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The Rude Pundit: Manchin and Sinema Made Promises to Their Voters That They Refuse to Keep

https://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2021/06/manchin-and-sinema-made-promises-to.html


The Rude Pundit
Proudly lowering the level of political discourse
6/23/2021
Manchin and Sinema Made Promises to Their Voters That They Refuse to Keep


After yesterday's 50-50 vote killing the For the People Act because a Republican filibuster prevented it from even being debated, let alone voted on, I was ready to write another piece raging about feckless Democrats and their inability to get things done, even when they have both houses of Congress and the presidency. But every time I thought it through, I came up against one pretty solid wall built by Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia and their declarations that they will not vote to do away with the filibuster, which will affect every bill from now until Republicans take back over the Senate and almost definitely ditch the filibuster when a Republican is president. Sure, sure, we can say that President Joe Biden could try some kind of LBJ-like threats and/or cajoling to get them to change. But that's not going to happen. Screaming against that wall is kind of useless. So lemme zag instead of zigging:

Sinema and Manchin have taken an untenable position on the filibuster because it puts them in the position of lying to their constituents about a whole lot of the promises they made when they last ran for office in 2018.

For instance, Manchin's campaign website explicitly says, "America’s infrastructure is deteriorating, and too many roads and bridges in West Virginia are falling apart. Joe wants to put West Virginians to work updating and modernizing infrastructure." And in the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, which is set to be voted on by the entire House of Representatives, West Virginia gets earmarks worth in the neighborhood of $35 million in specifically budgeted infrastructure projects, all requested by Republican members of Congress from the state, Carol Miller and David McKinley. That seems pretty damn bipartisan.

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Even by her own standard that she laid out for voters, Sinema fails. On her website, it said, "We believe that delivering results is more important than scoring political points. That’s why Kyrsten will work with anyone – regardless of party – who’s serious about getting things done for everyday Arizonans." If she believes that the vote-blocking Republicans are "serious about getting things done" at this point, she's either owned by someone or delusional (or, yes, both - you can safely put away the little girl gif). But if Sinema believes "delivering results" really is "more important than scoring political points," then, it seems, the only result she cares about is preserving the filibuster. And that's just about scoring political points because it accomplishes nothing more.

Manchin and Sinema made explicit promises about what they wanted to do while in office. And the only people who are preventing them from fulfilling those promises are Manchin and Sinema. They will need to go home and explain why an anti-majoritarian Senate rule is more important than jobs, safe drinking water, bridges that don't break, and decent health care, especially for seniors and veterans.

You want them to change their minds? Forget about raging. Go full court press in their home states. Remind voters of what they stand to lose.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Jun 23, 2021, 10:32 PM (0 replies)

Former NRA Prez Duped Into Addressing Empty Chairs Representing Gun Violence Victims



55 seconds ago
Former NRA Prez Duped Into Addressing Empty Chairs Representing Gun Violence Victims


The parents of a child killed in a school shooting orchestrated an elaborate hoax earlier this month, inviting a former president of the National Rifle Association and a gun rights activist to give commencement addresses to the graduating class of James Madison Academy in Las Vegas.

But there is no such school. David Keene, the former NRA head, and John Lott, a pro-gun writer, delivered their speeches to thousands of empty chairs. Those seats represented ‘The Lost Class,’ – the 3,044 teens who should have graduated from high school this year but were instead killed by gun violence (watch video above at link).
https://twitter.com/shannonrwatts/status/1407752603849531394
“We lost Joaquin three months before his graduation,” Manuel Oliver, who’s son died in 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida told Buzzfeed News. “We know exactly the feeling of being there and receiving the diploma without your kid being there. Because we understand that, we know there are a lot of people going through that same experience right now,” he added.


Oliver pulled off the stunt with the help of advertising agency Leo Burnett and production company Hungry Man.

more...

https://www.newsandguts.com/video/former-nra-prez-duped-into-addressing-empty-chairs-representing-gun-violence-victims/
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Jun 23, 2021, 10:12 PM (3 replies)

Buffett resigns as Gates Foundation trustee, donates another $4.1 billion for philanthropy


Buffett resigns as Gates Foundation trustee, donates another $4.1 billion for philanthropy
Reuters
June 23, 2021, 7:46 AM


(Reuters) -Warren Buffett on Wednesday resigned as trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the world's largest private charitable organizations, as he delivered another $4.1 billion worth of Berkshire Hathaway stock to philanthropy.

Buffett has been making annual contributions to five charitable foundations since 2006 as part of a plan to distribute about 99% of his net worth to philanthropy.

"With today's $4.1 billion distribution, I'm halfway there," Buffett said in a statement.

more...

https://www.aol.com/finance/buffett-resigns-trustee-gates-foundation-114948733-124657420.html
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Jun 23, 2021, 02:32 PM (4 replies)

Eric Boehlert: How the media's helping GOP fuel critical race theory hysteria

https://pressrun.media/p/how-the-medias-fueling-critical-race

How the media's helping GOP fuel critical race theory hysteria
Right-wing witch hunt
Eric Boehlert
3 hr ago

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Across the country, Republican legislators and officials in more than 20 states, who often have no grasp as to what CRT is, are forbidding educators from teaching it. And across the country educators are confirming CRT isn’t being taught. (The theory, often taught at the college and grad school level, details how racism and white supremacy are systemic in American society.) This year’s runaway, manufactured, red-state frenzy is reminiscent of the Red Scare that swept through the country during the Cold War.

Back then at least, the Soviet Union was an actual foe and represented a military threat to American security. By contrast, the mobs forming to make sure CRT isn’t taught in schools seem to have no idea — or don’t care — that CRT isn’t taught in schools. The whole controversy is fabricated, and it’s getting a ton of media attention. It’s the kind of media attention that plays right into the hands of conservatives.

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The conservative ignorance surrounding CRT is overwhelming, and it’s purposeful. Journalists have a responsibility to ask every Republican fanning the flames of hysteria to explain, in their own words, what critical race theory is. And if they cannot, journalists need to walk away.

It was actually a local caller phoning into a Nebraska radio show who pressed Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts to define CRT, after he urged it be banned from state schools. His word-salad response made clear he had no idea what the academic and legal theory is:

So, the critical race theory — and I can’t think of the author right off the top of my head who wrote about this — really had a theory that, at the high level, is one that really starts creating those divisions between us about defining who we are based on race and that sort of thing and really not about how to bring us together as Americans rather than — and dividing us and also having a lot of very socialist-type ideas about how that would be implemented in our state.


The Republican Noise Machine is demanding critical race theory be banned, but has no idea what critical race theory is, or that it’s not taught in American schools. That’s the news story that requites attention.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Jun 23, 2021, 10:39 AM (4 replies)

Newsmax Goes There: Critical Race Theory Is 'Road to Death Camps' for White People



https://www.thedailybeast.com/newsmax-goes-there-says-critical-race-theory-is-road-to-death-camps-for-white-people?ref=home


Newsmax Goes There: Critical Race Theory Is ‘Road to Death Camps’ for White People
GODWIN’S LAW
Right-wing radio talker Michael Savage declared the obscure academic theory is akin to the Holocaust, prompting a supportive response from a Newsmax TV host.
Justin Baragona, Contributing Editor
Published Jun. 22, 2021 11:33AM ET

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Republicans and right-wing media have been mired in a months-long freakout over critical race theory, an obscure legal academic framework that conservatives now use as a catch-all term for any racial-equity training or anti-racist school curriculum. At the same time, NBC News recently reported that the battle over CRT that has invaded local school boards is largely an astroturfed effort funded by well-connected national political organizations and right-wing activists.

Prior to interviewing Savage on Monday night, Newsmax hosts Steve Cortes and Jenn Pellegrino griped that the left was trying to deny that critical race theory exists while claiming they” have the receipts to prove” that it is “permeating all of our culture and our schools.” They then turned to Savage, a provocateur long known for his inflammatory and offensive rhetoric, as their expert on the subject.

After taking issue with NBC News anchor Chuck Todd dismissing the right-wing outrage over CRT, saying he’d like to “reach through the screen and smack him in the face,” Savage then delivered an overheated diatribe about how the schools are literally abusing white kids.
https://twitter.com/i/status/1407334052835774464

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“I worry sometimes that if we continue to always use the phrase critical race theory that we might allow the left to hide, in effect,” the conservative host said. “What I mean is they’ll say, ‘Oh no, we’re not teaching CRT.’ But they are, in fact, teaching some other version of anti-white racism.”

Cortes concluded: “So I’d really—I’d prefer to call it anti-white racism as a term because, let’s face it, no matter what flavor this takes or what shape this takes the goal, always, is to shame white people.”
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jun 22, 2021, 02:29 PM (9 replies)

Democratic Group Will Pour $20M Into Voting Rights

https://politicalwire.com/2021/06/22/democratic-group-will-pour-20m-into-voting-rights/

Democratic Group Will Pour $20M Into Voting Rights
June 22, 2021 at 1:40 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard


New York Times: “The digital effort will include a series of extensive voter information campaigns, going beyond a more traditional approach that would consist solely of persuasion ads. Their overall goal is to help people navigate a new balloting landscape created by the many new restrictions passed by Republicans in at least 16 states.”

“The campaigns will also provide voting tools like text message reminders to register to vote or request an absentee ballot.”

Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jun 22, 2021, 02:19 PM (0 replies)

GAO Busts Trump's Lies About Building Border Wall


6/21/21 9:39am
GAO Busts Trump's Lies About Building Border Wall
Building only 69 miles of a border wall was a failure of enormous magnitude.
By John Amato


The Government Accountability Office rained on Traitor Trumps' parade, as they determined that the former president did not deliver on his border wall claims, and lied about what he actually built.

This will not come as a surprise to readers of this website.

The Washington Times, a right-wing publication and Trump ally, put it best, "the Government Accountability Office has delivered a scorching report card on his border wall. It calculates that he completed only 69 miles of the wall system he promised Americans — not the more than 450 miles he claimed."

The Washington Times continued, "The GAO said the administration front-loaded construction of fence panels to meet Mr. Trump's deadline, and that meant shortchanging the roads, lights and other technology for the highly touted "wall system."


Building a border wall and promising "Mexico would pay for it" was one of Trump's signature promises when he ran for office in 2015-6.

As the seditious ex-president failed to meet his campaign promise even Fox and Friends attacked Trump for his claims. Host Brian Kilmeade said, "Mexico is off the hook, he's right, the president never should have said Mexico is going to pay for the wall."

The border wall was also used as a scam leveled by Steve Bannon, Brian Kolfage and others to bilk millions of dollars out of witless MAGA supporters. Trump pardoned Bannon for ripping off his own supporters.

more...

https://crooksandliars.com/2021/06/gao-busts-trumps-lies-about-building
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jun 22, 2021, 08:50 AM (4 replies)

Trump Wanted His Justice Department to Stop 'SNL' From Teasing Him



Trump Wanted His Justice Department to Stop ‘SNL’ From Teasing Him
DEBBIE DOWNER
“SNL” amounted to “nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials,” Trump tweeted in 2018, pondering whether his thought “should be tested in courts, can’t be legal?”
Asawin Suebsaeng, Senior Political Reporter
Adam Rawnsley, Senior Researcher
Published Jun. 22, 2021 3:41AM ET


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“It’s truly incredible that shows like Saturday Night Live, not funny/no talent, can spend all of their time knocking the same person (me), over & over, without so much of a mention of ‘the other side,’” Trump tweeted, long before he was banned from Twitter for inspiring a violent mob. “Like an advertisement without consequences. Same with Late Night Shows. Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this?”


It was, on its face, a ridiculous question and threat, as SNL is obviously satire, and therefore a form of protected speech in America that pissed-off commanders-in-chief have no authority to directly subvert. However, then-President Trump went farther than simply tweeting his displeasure with the late-night comedians and SNL writers’ room. The internal discussions that followed, between the former leader of the free world and some of his political and legal advisers, once again underscored just how much Trump wanted to use the full weight and power of the U.S. government to punish his personal enemies.

According to two people familiar with the matter, Trump had asked advisers and lawyers in early 2019 about what the Federal Communications Commission, the courts systems, and—most confusingly to some Trump lieutenants—the Department of Justice could do to probe or mitigate SNL, Jimmy Kimmel, and other late-night comedy mischief-makers.

To those who heard it, Trump’s inquiries into what federal regulations could be used to bust the likes of Kimmel and SNL was more of a nuisance than a constitutional crisis. “It was more annoying than alarming, to be honest with you,” one of these sources recalled. However, the conversations further showed, in the pettiest of ways, how the 45th U.S. president was keen on turning the country’s top law enforcers into something more akin to his own personally retained law firm.

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-wanted-his-justice-department-to-stop-snl-from-teasing-him?ref=home
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jun 22, 2021, 08:45 AM (64 replies)

GOP Loses Foothold In Big Cities

https://politicalwire.com/2021/06/22/gop-loses-foothold-in-big-cities/

GOP Loses Foothold In Big Cities
June 22, 2021 at 6:39 am EDT By Taegan Goddard


New York Times: “The realignment of national politics around urban-versus-rural divisions has seemingly doomed Republicans in these areas as surely as it has all but eradicated the Democratic Party as a force across the Plains and the Upper Mountain West. At the national level, Republicans have largely accepted that trade-off as advantageous, since the structure of the federal government gives disproportionate power to sparsely populated rural states.”

“But the party’s growing irrelevance in urban and suburban areas also comes at a considerable cost, denying conservatives influence over the policies that govern much of the population and sidelining them in some of the country’s centers of innovation and economic might. The trend has helped turn formerly red states, like Georgia and Arizona, into purple battlegrounds as their largest cities and suburbs have grown larger and more ethnically mixed.”
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jun 22, 2021, 07:11 AM (29 replies)

"...Just a note, how despicable a man is Donald Trump?"

https://politicalwire.com/2021/06/21/bonus-quote-of-the-day-1516/

Bonus Quote of the Day
June 21, 2021 at 4:44 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard


“He lied over and over and over again… poisoning our democracy, lighting a fire between Republican state legislatures who immediately launched the most sweeping voter suppression effort in at least 80 years. Just a note, how despicable a man is Donald Trump?”

— Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), quoted by The Hill.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Jun 21, 2021, 11:14 PM (6 replies)
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