Archiv: centrists


30.08.2020 - 07:27 [ Washington Post ]

Amid fears that Trump might not leave office, two lawmakers press for Pentagon assurances on the election

(28.08.2020)

In a sign of the growing concern that President Trump might not leave office voluntarily or might attempt to use the military to hold onto power, two moderate Democratic lawmakers posed a series of written questions to the secretary of defense and the military’s top general about their obligations to the Constitution and the country.

Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) addressed their questions in writing to Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, setting a deadline of Thursday evening.

25.08.2020 - 15:22 [ New Yorker ]

Can Biden’s Center Hold?

After a career built on incremental progress, Joe Biden is promising a Presidency of transformational change. The election will test whether his campaign can bring together a divided Party and a beleaguered country.

25.08.2020 - 14:38 [ David Sessions / Twitter ]

Basically nobody in liberal circles is taking seriously the consequences of the fact that the exiled cadre of the Republican Party are building a massive power base in the Democratic Party

25.08.2020 - 14:34 [ Forbes ]

All The Republicans Who Have Endorsed Joe Biden For President

Though Trump has largely seized control of the Republican party and the loyalty of GOP officials, a number of prominent former GOP officials, and even some of his ex-staffers, have come out in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden.

13.08.2020 - 16:20 [ Haaretz ]

A Bruising No-holds Barred Exchange: What We Saw in the Bibi-Lapid Showdown

Gantz has now destroyed his own credibility by joining Netanyahu’s coalition, so has Labor leader Amir Peretz. Lapid remains the only leader of a major party on the center-left. Netanyahu has no choice but to take him on. But while Lapid’s inexperience and dilettantism gives Netanyahu ample ammunition against the former chat-show host and columnist, it also creates a dilemma for him. Attacking Lapid with all guns blazing increases his popularity in the anti-Netanyahu camp, where many have had trouble taking Lapid seriously. Lapid, unlike Gantz, Gabbay and Herzog, is also prepared to follow Netanyahu into the mud.

15.07.2020 - 15:02 [ Prospect.org ]

How Biden’s Foreign-Policy Team Got Rich – Strategic consultants will define Biden’s relationship to the world.

(06.07.2020)

They turned to an industry of power-brokering little known outside the capital: strategic consultancies. Retiring leaders often open firms bearing their names: Madeleine Albright has one, as do Condoleezza Rice and former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. Their strategic consultancies tend to blur corporate and governmental roles. This obscure corner of Washington is critical to understanding how a President Joe Biden would conduct foreign policy. He has been picking top advisers from this shadowy world.

15.07.2020 - 15:00 [ Jacobin Magazine ]

Expect More Military “Liberal Interventionism” Under a Joe Biden Presidency

(07.06.2020)

The liberal establishment is desperate to return a centrist to the White House in November and reestablish the country’s more stable military dominance of the world order, disrupted only briefly by Donald Trump. Joe Biden’s terrible track record on foreign policy — including his championing of war in Iraq — suggests a return to Obama-style strong military interventions abroad.

27.03.2020 - 08:20 [ i24news.tv ]

After Blue & White split, Lapid slams Gantz for ‚betraying‘ voters, ‚capitulating‘ to Netanyahu

Lapid, who heads Yesh Atid, told journalists at a press conference that „Benny Gantz decided today to break apart Blue and White and crawl into Netanyahu’s government.“

„What’s being formed today isn’t a unity government and not an emergency government. It’s another Netanyahu government. Benny Gantz surrendered without a fight,“ he added.

27.03.2020 - 02:09 [ Ynet ]

Lapid: Gantz stole votes, gave them to Netanyahu

Lapid lambasted Gantz’s actions as „a betrayal to voters and a theft of votes.“

10.03.2020 - 07:17 [ Fox News ]

Bernie Sanders, at Fox News Town Hall, hits Clinton for efforts to ‚relive‘ 2016, Biden for backing ‚crooks‘

The Biden campaign has repeatedly refused Fox News Channel’s invitations to participate in a town hall.

Separately, prompted by a recent video clip of Clinton claiming that „nobody likes“ Sanders and that he „didn’t work until he was 41,“ Sanders responded: „Unlike Secretary Clinton, I don’t want to relive 2016. We’re in 2020 now.“

10.03.2020 - 07:12 [ quora.com ]

Why can Republicans vote in the Democratic Party primary?

Because you can register as a member of any party you like. Republicans can register as Democrats and then vote in the primary, even though they have no intention of voting Democratic in the election.

10.03.2020 - 07:08 [ NBC News ]

Why some conservatives are voting in Michigan’s Democratic primary

Whether conflicted conservatives vote for a Democrat in November may depend on the nominee. Earlier in the primary, NBC News spoke to some moderate Republicans who were excited at the prospect of voting for Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota or former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

10.03.2020 - 07:06 [ New York Times ]

‘Never Trump’ Republicans Will Support Biden, not Sanders

Right-of-center voters are open to voting for a moderate Democrat. They have been helping one in the primaries.

07.03.2020 - 20:11 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Gantz Vows to Form a Government, Says Voters ‚Want an End to Netanyahu’s Rule‘

Joint List MK and Balad Chairman Mtanes Shehadeh said Saturday following Gantz and Netenyahu’s statements that „the arab community has spoken, they want a change in their position and aim for an end to discrimination and racism. Netanyahu would die to disqualify them but could not, and Gantz would have liked to ignore them but he couldn’t.“

06.03.2020 - 10:34 [ Politico.com ]

‚Crash and burn‘: House Democrats cheer Biden’s thumping of Bernie

Centrist lawmakers are relieved that they may not have to run with a democratic socialist atop the ticket.

04.03.2020 - 04:52 [ ABC News / Twitter ]

Joe Biden praises Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke — the former 2020 candidates who endorsed him: “Our campaign reflects the diversity of this party and this nation and that’s how it should be.”

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03.03.2020 - 09:24 [ CNN ]

Bernie Sanders faces pivotal clash as Democratic establishment joins forces against him

Bernie Sanders has spent his entire campaign saying this day would come.

Now, it’s here.

03.03.2020 - 09:06 [ The Rolling Stone ]

Operation Bernie Block Is in Full Effect

There’s a whiff of desperation to this move. It’s not hard to see why: If Sanders, who leads in the delegate count, performs well in delegate-rich states such as Texas and California, he might be unstoppable on his way to winning the nomination at the convention this summer.

That’s an unacceptable outcome to a powerful bloc of the Democratic Party. It’s why Buttigieg and Klobuchar have moved so quickly to endorse Biden. It’s why Sanders opponents started Super PAC called the Big Tent Project to run advertisements criticizing Sanders as a radical who would lose to Trump.

03.03.2020 - 06:44 [ NBC News ]

Biden joined in Texas by rivals-turned-endorsers Buttigieg, Klobuchar and O’Rourke

The former vice president picked up the support ahead of crucial primaries on Super Tuesday.

03.03.2020 - 06:41 [ CNN ]

Biden racks up Buttigieg, Klobuchar, O’Rourke endorsements on same night

Joe Biden just had the best day of his campaign.
The former vice president racked up three key endorsements in the span of 24 hours, earning the backing of former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke on the same night.

02.03.2020 - 19:59 [ CNN ]

Amy Klobuchar will end 2020 presidential campaign and endorse Joe Biden

Sen. Amy Klobuchar will end her presidential bid on Monday and endorse Joe Biden, a campaign aide tells CNN.
The Klobuchar campaign confirmed that the senator is flying to Dallas to join the former vice president at his rally, where she will suspend her campaign and give her endorsement on the eve of Super Tuesday.

02.03.2020 - 16:12 [ NBC News ]

Protesters force Klobuchar to cancel rally in home state of Minnesota

Activists are upset with the case of a black teen sentenced to life in prison while Klobuchar was the county’s prosecutor.

02.03.2020 - 15:51 [ CNN ]

Biden races to lock down moderates as Buttigieg exit rocks rapidly shifting Democratic race

Joe Biden is moving closer to consolidating the support of moderate Democratic voters and donors after a resounding victory in South Carolina and Pete Buttigieg’s departure from the party’s presidential race.

02.03.2020 - 15:33 [ CNN ]

Buttigieg’s exit is better for Biden than Sanders

Let’s start with the simple fact that Biden has been hovering around the 15% threshold for delegates in a number of states, including the huge Super Tuesday delegate prize of California. Biden was at 13% in a CNN/SSRS poll conducted there. Buttigieg was at 7%. If Biden gets two points of that 7%, it could make all the difference in the world to him. That alone could net Biden dozens or more of delegates.

02.03.2020 - 10:44 [ theHill.com ]

Wasserman Schultz endorses Biden

Wasserman Schultz announced her endorsement and published an op-ed supporting the former vice president in the South Florida Sun Sentinel. She is the fifth representative of Congress to endorse Biden from Florida.

02.03.2020 - 10:30 [ CNN ]

Buttigieg is out as Democrats march toward Super Tuesday and beyond

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders holds substantial leads in the two largest states to vote in this week’s Super Tuesday lineup of primaries, according to new CNN polls conducted by SSRS in California and Texas.

02.03.2020 - 10:25 [ theHill.com ]

Trump: Buttigieg dropping out is start of Dems ‚taking Bernie out of play‘

Trump predicted in a tweet that the majority of Buttigieg’s votes in Super Tuesday states would go to Biden, thereby hamstringing Sanders’s chances of obtaining the Democratic nomination.

„Pete Buttigieg is OUT,“ Trump wrote. „All of his SuperTuesday votes will go to Sleepy Joe Biden. Great timing. This is the REAL beginning of the Dems taking Bernie out of play – NO NOMINATION, AGAIN!“

28.02.2020 - 13:26 [ theHill.com ]

Centrist Democrats insist Sanders would need delegate majority to win

But several Sanders critics said they would probably try to deny the Vermont independent the nomination if he fails to reach the required 1,991 delegates on the first ballot at the convention in July, even if he has more than any other candidate.

If a candidate does not secure a majority of pledged delegates on the first ballot, so-called superdelegates — members of Congress and other party officials — would be able to cast votes for any candidate during subsequent rounds.

27.02.2020 - 20:38 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

The same establishment Dem politicians who claim to believe Trump is a fascist dictator existential threat to the Republic are now admitting they’re willing to blow up the Party to rob Sanders of the nomination if he acrues a plurality but not a majority

27.02.2020 - 17:36 [ Shaun King / Twitter ]

THIS IS EXPLOSIVE. ? And infuriating. The @NYTimes interviewed 93 Democratic Superdelegates. They said they are willing to irreparably damage the party if it means stopping @BernieSanders . We must defeat them. It’s the only way.

27.02.2020 - 17:31 [ New York Times ]

Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders

The Times has interviewed 93 party officials — all of them superdelegates, who could have a say on the nominee at the convention — and found overwhelming opposition to handing the Vermont senator the nomination if he arrived with the most delegates but fell short of a majority.

Such a situation may result in a brokered convention, a messy political battle the likes of which Democrats have not seen since 1952, when the nominee was Adlai Stevenson.

25.02.2020 - 21:06 [ Walker Bragman / Twitter ]

Michael Bloomberg in 2010 on government: He begins with, „I’m not suggesting we shouldn’t have democracy, BUT…,“ lamenting the lack of qualifications required to seek public office. Then he says progress depends on executives having „far and away“ more power than legislatures.

25.02.2020 - 14:22 [ Matt Taibi / The Rolling Stone ]

Russia Isn’t Dividing Us — Our Leaders Are

The extraordinary thing about this campaign to identify basically the entire universe of political thought outside of establishment Democrats in the U.S. as Russian assets has been the obvious projection involved.

The plot running through all of these stories has been the idea that Russia is trying to “undermine our democracy” by “sowing division.” But these charges are coming from the same people who spent the last four years describing Republicans as deplorable fascists, and progressives on the other side as racist, sexist, Nazis, and “digital brownshirts.”

24.02.2020 - 20:08 [ Politico.com ]

Sanders sends Democratic establishment into panic mode

“In 30-plus years of politics, I’ve never seen this level of doom. I’ve never had a day with so many people texting, emailing, calling me with so much doom and gloom,” said Matt Bennett of the center-left group Third Way after Sanders‘ win in Nevada.

23.02.2020 - 15:32 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

For those upset about critique of establishment politics: There are D reps in SAFE blue seats who side w/ the NRA, are anti-LGBT+, and yet are protected because they advance the interests of big donors, Wall St, fossil fuels, etc. It’s not “wrong” to take that on and do better.

This isn’t about swing seats or pushing communities “too far left.”

It’s about accountability. Working families deserve so much better. And if we aren’t willing to admit where we can do better, then what is the point?

Our job is to serve the people, not the powerful.

22.02.2020 - 18:39 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

The Myth Of The Moderate Democrat: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

There is no such thing as a moderate mainstream centrist. There is nothing moderate about an ideology of endless mass military slaughter abroad and ever-tightening authoritarianism and economic exploitation at home. These people are violent extremists. They’re ISIS with nukes.

22.02.2020 - 18:32 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Krystal Ball: If Dems steal the nomination from Bernie there will be hell to pay

Krystal Ball explains how Democrats have abandoned democratic ideals.

22.02.2020 - 11:08 [ theHill.com ]

Clinton calls Trump ‚Putin’s puppet‘ amid reports of Russian interference in 2020 election

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called President Trump „Putin’s Puppet“ and claimed he „can’t win“ without foreign help after a report this week said that intelligence officials are warning of Russian interference in the 2020 election.

22.02.2020 - 10:45 [ theHill.com ]

Bloomberg campaign hits Sanders over reports of Russian interference

Mike Bloomberg’s campaign seized on reports that Russia has sought to interfere in the 2020 election to boost the campaigns of his Democratic presidential rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and President Trump.

22.02.2020 - 10:37 [ theHill.com ]

The Memo: Chaos deepens among Democrats after Bloomberg’s misfire

The party’s moderate vote is splintered among several candidates while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a democratic socialist, advances toward the nomination.

Bloomberg’s misfire means that dynamic won’t change anytime soon.

The centrists contend Sanders is too risky a candidate to run against President Trump in November — an assertion that is, of course, vigorously disputed by his supporters.

18.02.2020 - 13:58 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Op-Ed: Dems Should Do The Sensible Thing And Nominate A Moderate Rapacious Psychopath

If you can’t take it from me, take it from the cold, hard numbers: if Democrats want to beat Trump, they need to nominate a centrist. Someone who rejects the extremes of Bernie’s far left and Trump’s far right and instead espouses sensible, middle-of-the-road values like endless war and military expansionism, rapacious ecocide, corrupt plutocracy, crushing domestic austerity measures, new cold war nuclear escalations, continued deregulation of sociopathic financial and commercial institutions, police militarization, unprecedented levels of imprisonment, Orwellian surveillance programs, internet censorship, and ever-mounting authoritarianism.

You know, the moderate position.

17.02.2020 - 11:43 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats redefine center as theirs collapses

Now the Democratic field ideologically stretches barely at all. It runs from left to extreme left; and to the extent that the remaining candidates are trying to differentiate themselves, it’s by moving even still further left.

Unable to admit the obvious, or hold the center, party leaders are hurriedly seeking to recast their field to the center.

17.02.2020 - 11:37 [ CNN ]

Hillary Clinton is not going to be Bloomberg’s vice president

Let’s start by saying this: It is not going to happen. Bloomberg is a long way from leading, let alone winning, the race for the Democratic nomination. There’s no indication he would ask Clinton to be on his ticket, and no compelling reason why she would accept.

15.02.2020 - 19:22 [ theGuardian.com ]

Bernie Sanders‘ success has Democratic centrists sounding the alarm

“You’re going to absolutely see significant money behind centrists, moderates, whatever, to defeat Sanders,” said Democratic strategist Andrew Feldman.

“Bernie is absolutely going to see intensified scrutiny. He was never in this position of the frontrunner in the 2016 race, and you’re going to see things from a long career come out that people are gonna go after.”

15.02.2020 - 15:06 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

The Belief That Everything Will Be Fine Once Trump’s Gone Is More Dangerous Than Trump

Whether it winds up being Buttigieg, Bloomberg, or one of their ideological alt-centrist clones like Amy Klobuchar or the floundering Joe Biden, the mainstream narrative will soon converge around one candidate in a very positive way, with the only important qualification being that they aren’t Bernie Sanders. Many powerful people will do everything they can to prevent a Sanders nomination, whose presidency they oppose more than Trump’s. As journalist Matt Taibbi recently pointed out, the Democratic establishment has “every incentive to play every conceivable card. Trillions at stake.”

14.02.2020 - 12:40 [ Yahoo News ]

Documents reveal DNC was ‚intimately involved‘ in development of troubled Iowa caucus app

The copies of Atwater’s email and Shadow’s contract with the IDP obtained by Yahoo News contained some redactions. Sources familiar with the original documents confirmed the authenticity of the copies. Atwater’s email was redacted to omit the name of the IDP official she communicated with. The Shadow contract was redacted to omit signatures and details about how much the company was paid by the IDP.

14.02.2020 - 12:10 [ New York Times ]

Centrists Are the Most Hostile to Democracy, Not Extremists

(23.05.2018)

Respondents who put themselves at the center of the political spectrum are the least supportive of democracy, according to several survey measures. These include views of democracy as the “best political system,” and a more general rating of democratic politics. In both, those in the center have the most critical views of democracy.

Some of the most striking data reflect respondents’ views of elections. Support for “free and fair” elections drops at the center for every single country in the sample. The size of the centrist gap is striking. In the case of the United States, fewer than half of people in the political center view elections as essential.

13.02.2020 - 17:16 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Moderate Democrats Stress Over Crowded Center Lane

There is no single centrist rival to front-runner Bernie Sanders, and party leaders are bracing for a protracted nomination fight

13.02.2020 - 17:11 [ theHill.com ]

Senate Democrats queasy over Sanders as nominee

Democratic senators have been careful not to criticize Sanders publicly, fearing that it could undermine party unity heading into the November general election, which they view as a must-win contest.

But they have serious questions about the electability of their self-described democratic socialist colleague and the problems he may create down-ballot for vulnerable Senate candidates.

13.02.2020 - 17:04 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The death of the centre in European politics

What happens when times change, but parties don’t?

13.02.2020 - 14:59 [ theHill.com ]

The Hill’s Morning Report – Sanders surge triggers Dem angst

Biden, once the Democratic frontrunner, has posted fourth- and fifth-place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, respectively, and has supporters trying to keep the faith and remain optimistic about his chances. However, one key bloc of supporters has grown nervous since voting has kicked off: Senate Democrats.

13.02.2020 - 14:57 [ New York Times ]

Centrist Democrats Want to Stop Sanders. They’re Not Sure Who Can.

Unless a moderate favorite soon emerges, party leaders may increasingly look to Michael R. Bloomberg as a potential savior.

30.01.2020 - 17:42 [ LA Times ]

Sanders’ rise fueling internal fight as some Democrats fear a November wipeout

DES MOINES —

With Sen. Bernie Sanders gaining traction, his rivals for the presidential nomination and other top Democrats have begun aggressive efforts to slow the favorite of the party’s progressive wing, fearing he may become unstoppable and cost Democrats their shot at retaking the White House in November.

There are risks, however. The attacks may backfire by galvanizing Sanders’ fervent supporters, who embrace him precisely because he is an anti-establishment figure.

22.01.2020 - 21:01 [ Newsweek ]

AOC Says Democratic Party Is ‚Center-Conservative Party,‘ Adds ‚We Don’t Have a Left Party‘ in The U.S.

She noted that there are some „true believers“ within the Democratic Party who think capitalism can end poverty. „If anything, that’s probably the majority,“ she said, adding that she disagrees.

„That’s an area in which I agree with Dr. King, that that assessment is flawed,“ Ocasio-Cortez said as the audience erupted into loud applause.

Newsweek has reached out to the Democratic National Committee for comment but did not hear back before publication.

22.01.2020 - 20:53 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

AOC: The Democratic Party Is Center-Right

AOC is exposing the corruption inside the Democratic Party. Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

14.01.2020 - 19:59 [ Haaretz ]

For Israel’s Left, Jewish-Arab Partnership ‚Unwanted,‘ Activists Charge After Merger

In contrast, the Joint List of Arab-majority parties did not conceal its satisfaction over the move. They sent their blessing to Meretz and Labor over the union, taking into account Israel’s larger political context, but also for probably boosting participation in the Arab electorate. “Members of the Zionist left who believe in Jewish-Arab partnership and in social justice are welcome to join the Joint List,” said Hadash MK Aida Touma-Sliman.

14.01.2020 - 07:33 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

Barak: Leaving Shaffir out is a ’serious mistake‘

Former Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday welcomed the expected union between the Labor and Meretz parties, but expressed concern over the fact that Green Movement chairwoman Stav Shaffir was left out of the alliance.

14.01.2020 - 07:30 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel’s two historic left-wing parties announce merger

Leaders of the Labor-Gesher and Meretz parties, Amir Peretz and Nitzan Horowitz, stood alongside each other as they announced their merger at a press conference held in Beit Sokolov in Tel Aviv on Monday evening.

“If you want to vote Right you can vote for Likud or Blue and White,” Horowitz said in a tongue-in-cheek manner, placing Benny Gantz’s alliance together with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing base.

12.01.2020 - 15:31 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Left Is Acting Like It Really Doesn’t Want Any Votes

It seems as if our leftist politicians have simply given up all hope, or pretense, of getting their act together.

Now they are looking to Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz, hoping he will be so kind as to stick his hand into the wading pool in which they are drowning, pull them out and sit them down nicely one next to the other.

07.01.2020 - 20:42 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Yeah, I don’t know why people are up in arms about this. Many other countries have multiparty democracies, where several parties come together in a coalition to govern. In another country, I’d be in a Labor Party like Jacinda Ardern. Our primary field would cover 2-3 parties.

07.01.2020 - 19:37 [ Politico.com ]

AOC: ‚In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party‘

Asked for a profile by New York Magazine about what role she might play as a member of Congress should Biden capture the White House, the freshman House Democrat from New York responded with a groan.

“Oh God,” she said. “In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are.”

06.01.2020 - 19:27 [ Haaretz ]

Despite Doubts, Israeli Left-wing Parties Due to Discuss Election Merger

Israeli Labor and Meretz parties are expected to discuss the possibility of running together in the upcoming Knesset election, say sources familiar with talks between the two parties.

Negotiating teams on their behalf – or the two leaders themselves – are expected to meet in the next few days, in advance of the deadline for formal submission of party slates to the Central Elections Committee, in nine days‘ time.

27.12.2019 - 14:50 [ Haaretz ]

Labor, Meretz, Come Down to Earth

Meretz is even more vulnerable in the polls and is liable to pay the price. That’s why Peretz has allowed himself to stand on the sidelines and insist on realizing his dream. And therefore, he is the one who must pay the price for this reckless gamble.

27.12.2019 - 14:44 [ Haaretz ]

The Left Must Unite Now

The danger is clear and present. If either Labor or Meretz (in its present wrapping as the Democratic Union) do not make it into the next Knesset, the right will enjoy a crushing victory, with Netanyahu forming a coalition that will grant him immunity from facing trial while destroying the judicial system and annexing the West Bank.

The results of the last two elections, as well as recent opinion polls, show that these two parties, especially Meretz, face the risk of collapsing.

25.12.2019 - 15:11 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Panel: Dems embrace of neocon ‚Never Trumpers‘ is a disaster

Team Rising ponders why the ‚Never Trumpers‘ still think they matter in the Republican party

25.12.2019 - 14:33 [ New York Magazine ]

Tulsi Gabbard and the Return of the Anti-Anti-Trump Left

What they share, in addition to enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders, is a deep skepticism of the Democratic Party’s mobilization against the president. The left’s struggle against the center-left is the axis around which their politics revolves. From that perspective, the Russia scandal and impeachment are unnecessary and even reactionary.

While incomprehensible to liberals, centrists, and even many leftists who work within two-party politics, left-wing anti-anti-Trumpism has a coherent logic. It takes as its starting point a familiar critique that Trump won because liberalism failed. Trump, while bad, is merely a meta-phenomenon of the larger failure of the Democratic Party and the political and economic Establishment.

24.12.2019 - 12:02 [ newStatesman.com ]

The New Right revolution

Very recently it was common to hear people ask, with a genuine puzzlement, what had happened to the prospect of a mildly centrist, progressive, pro-European political force. The December 2019 election has shattered that possibility, perhaps for ever. The Blairites in the Labour Party are a tiny, uninfluential rump. Their vocal media cheerleaders are an anachronism. The Europhile progressives who quit their parties have been everywhere rejected, not least because of Britain’s brutal first-past-the-post voting system. The Liberal Democrats have been decapitated.

But beyond the current lack of individual leaders, there is a yawning gap of vision.

20.12.2019 - 17:59 [ Haaretz ]

Sanders Says Netanyahu Is ‚Racist‘, Biden Calls for Two-state Solution in Democratic Debate

Sanders added, however, that „U.S. foreign policy is not just being pro-Israeli; we must be pro-Palestinian as well.“ Sanders criticized Netanyahu, saying that „we must understand that right now in Israel we have the leadership of Netanyahu who has recently been indicted for corruption, and who in my view is a racist.“

The Vermont Senator said U.S. foreign policy should work toward solving the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and should focus on „bringing people together and negotiating agreements, not running endless wars.“

19.12.2019 - 16:24 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats fear Trump could win despite impeachment

Some worry that former Vice President Joe Biden is a weak front-runner. At the same time, they are nervous that Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are too progressive to appeal to more moderate voters in swing states.

29.09.2019 - 11:59 [ Haaretz ]

If Center-left Forms Gov’t With Haredis, We May Support It, Arab Israeli MK Says

MK Ofer Shelah of Kahol Lavan, who was interviewed after Tibi, said he did not rule out such a proposal.

18.09.2019 - 22:14 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Netanyahu Suffered Defeat Despite the Center-left’s Abysmal Campaign Flop

It could have ended far worse. If Netanyahu had won a few more Knesset seats, he would have secured immunity from prosecution, set up the most extreme government in Israeli history and finished his demolition derby of the country’s democracy. A rare convergence of favorable circumstances – chiefly the uptick in Arab voter participation, the failure of Kahanist Otzma Yehudit and the indifference of Likud voters – combined to spare Israel from a disaster that would have changed the country forever.

17.09.2019 - 10:49 [ CNN ]

In the face of Netanyahu’s annexation plans, his centrist rivals remain silent

Netanyahu’s recent announcements, like a pledge to annex parts of the West Bank he made three days before the April 9th elections, have barely registered in the campaign of Blue and White, the centrist party co-led by Generals Benny Gantz, Moshe „Bogie“ Ya’alon, and Gabi Ashkenazi (all former chiefs of the Israeli Defense Forces) along with former finance minister Yair Lapid

16.09.2019 - 11:22 [ Haaretz ]

Two Days to Election: Netanyahu Goes to DEFCON 1, Guns Blazing, in Last-ditch Effort to Sway Voters

In the process, Netanyahu has successfully relegated what was supposed to be the central issue of this election – his alleged corruption and prospects of indictment – to the sidelines. He has deftly shifted the focus of the campaign to his fortes in national security and foreign affairs. Come what may, he has proven once again that he is the undisputed heavyweight champion of Israeli election campaigns, making his rivals look like clueless amateurs in comparison.

15.09.2019 - 16:35 [ Haaretz ]

‚If Netanyahu Wins, Turn Out the Lights‘: Meet the Most Die-hard Opponents of Israel’s ‚Crime Minister‘

As a young Israeli studying abroad, I recently came home for a visit eager to discuss the upcoming elections with family and friends – but found an atmosphere of utter apathy. So I decided to go find people who were actually getting involved, and that’s how I ended up meeting Elisheva and her fellow protestors.

15.09.2019 - 14:34 [ Haaretz ]

Four Days to the Election, Netanyahu’s Last-minute Surge Hinges on Millennial Apathy

(14.09.2019)

His victory hangs on the fates of racist Otzma and leftist Labor – and on right-wingers coming out in droves while leftists go to the beach

02.09.2019 - 17:13 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Poll: 78% of Arab Voters Support the Joint List Entering a Coalition

A large majority (76%) of those surveyed supported Hadash MK Ayman Odeh’s declaration last Friday, August 23, that he would join a moderate-center government; 65% of those asked expressed their full support for the Joint List joining a coalition headed by Kahol-Lavan (Blue & White); and 20% responded they neither support nor oppose the such a move.

Youssef Makladeh, the CEO of Statnet, told Maariv: “This isn’t new; past surveys have indicated that the Arab community in Israel is more interested in more pragmatic leadership that will work towards solving more acute issues, such as curbing the spread of violence, [achieving] building permits [for Arab towns], [developing local] infrastructure and sewage management [for their places of residence].” Makladeh added, “For the first time in a decade, an Arab leader has thrown the ball into the court of the Jewish parties.”

31.08.2019 - 15:30 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Democratic Union Fails to Take Off

Hunting gender-segregated events robs time and energy from the left’s two fundamental raisons d’etre. The first is the struggle against the occupation and racism and the second – safeguarding citizens’ welfare and survival with dignity. As long as the Democratic Union is preoccupied with smoking out religious coercion and fires in the Amazon, it will remain solely within the esoteric borders of its current sector.

27.08.2019 - 06:42 [ Ansa.it ]

Crunch time for govt talks: Mattarella to end 2nd round of consultations with M5S 19:00 Wed

On Tuesday Mattarella will phone his predecessor Giorgio Napolitano, then will receive Senate Speaker Elisabetta Casellati at 16:00, and House Speaker Roberto Fico at 17:00.
Meetings with the parties will follow, first with the smaller ones on Tuesday and following with the larger ones on Wednesday like Brothers of Italy (FdI), Forza Italia (FI), the League and the Democratic Party (PD), before lastly the M5S.

27.08.2019 - 01:07 [ Washington Post ]

Sen. Bernie Sanders wins major labor endorsement

The union, which represents some 35,000 workers, announced the endorsement at its biennial convention in Pittsburgh, where Sanders spoke Monday morning. It is the first endorsement Sanders has received from a national union this year.

The only other national union that has made an endorsement in the Democratic contest is the International Association of Fire Fighters, which backed former vice president Joe Biden shortly after he declared his candidacy. That union includes about 300,000 members in the United States and Canada.

27.08.2019 - 00:21 [ theHill.com ]

New poll shows Biden falling badly, three-way tie for Democratic lead

The survey showed Biden with support from 19 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters nationally, a double-digit decline from Monmouth’s most recent poll in June when he led the pack with 32 percent.

26.08.2019 - 17:29 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Zionist Blue & White Rejects Joint List Participation in Any Coalition

Joint List Chairman Ayman Odeh is prepared to recommend that Kahol Lavan’s Benny Gantz form a government, and that the united slate of Joint List would be willing to join a center-left coalition, he told in a long interview published by the Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper Friday morning.

MK Odeh’s comments drew ire from across the Zionist political spectrum, ranging from Kahol Lavan to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud. In the interview, Odeh formulated a list of demands with regard to the end of the occupation of the Palestinian territories, welfare issues and Arab public needs. If Kahol Lavan accepts these terms, it would prepare the grounds for Joint List to join the government, for the first time in Israeli history.

25.08.2019 - 16:31 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

AOC Utterly DEVASTATES Corrupt Democrats

„Top Democrats are circulating a poll showing that one of the House’s most progressive members — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — has become a definitional face for the party with a crucial group of swing voters.“

Hosts: Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Dan Evans

25.08.2019 - 16:27 [ Salon.com ]

When establishment Democrats attack the „hard left,“ what are they really afraid of?

Centrist Democrats have started parroting right-wing talking points about the „hard left.“ That’s brainwashing

24.08.2019 - 21:42 [ Haaretz ]

Joint List Says It Doesn’t Outright Reject Joining Government After Arab Israeli Leader’s Overture

The Joint List slammed the other political parties, made up of Jewish lawmakers, for not taking an interest in the opinions of Arab lawmakers. „It’s pretty clear that the Zionist parties that make up governments do not acknowledge our natural right to influence decision-making. This was apparent after Ayman Odeh made his declarations and put the political arena to the test.“

Odeh said in an interview with Israeli daily Yedioth Aharonot that he would be willing to recommend Gantz to President Reuven Rivlin as the candidate for making up the coalition, and that he would also be open to joining a center-left governing coalition.

22.08.2019 - 19:42 [ Times of Israel ]

Top Arab lawmaker says he is willing to join a center-left government

On Thursday, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily published a preview of an interview with Odeh that will be published in full on Friday, leading with a quote of him saying he was “willing to join a center-left government.”

However, he laid out several conditions for joining such a coalition.

22.08.2019 - 19:41 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Arab Party Leader Signals Historic Shift – and Brews a Political Storm

Ayman Odeh says he’s willing to sit in center-left coalition, demands establishing Palestinian state, ending occupation – but other leaders in his party say they were not consulted on this deal, and Kahol Lavan were quick to rebuff

22.08.2019 - 17:20 [ BBC ]

Italy centre-left to seek coalition with Five Star populists

President Sergio Mattarella wants a government deal in the coming days.

Otherwise Italy faces new elections.

18.08.2019 - 15:12 [ Haaretz ]

In Netanyahu’s Israel, Democracy Is Dying in Broad Daylight

(13.08.2019)

Ominous pre-election right-wing purges inspired by Trump’s brazenness have been met with apathy and impotence on the center-left

12.08.2019 - 23:15 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Democratic Union blasts Gantz over willingness to form govt with Netanyahu

Speaking to the press in Tel Aviv, the three leaders of the Democratic Union – MK Nitzan Horowitz, MK Stav Shaffir and former prime minister Ehud Barak – also took Blue and White to task for what they described as its right-wing policies, arguing that the party would not replace, but instead participate in, a right-wing government.

31.07.2019 - 21:29 [ New York Times ]

Moderates Faltered at Tuesday’s Debate. Will Joe Biden Do Better Tonight?

If a moderate candidate is going to rise from the pack of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, no one in the forum appeared to gain enough political propulsion to catch up with Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren. The two populist liberals have defined the Democratic Party’s policy debate up to this point, a dynamic that only intensified on Tuesday.

And so on Wednesday, many moderate Democrats were turning their eyes once more to Joseph R. Biden Jr.

31.07.2019 - 05:56 [ theHill.com ]

Sanders, Warren battle centrists in testy debate

Sens. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) beat back against an onslaught of attacks from the moderate candidates at a testy debate on Tuesday night that exposed deep divisions between the centrists and the liberals seeking to challenge President Trump.

28.07.2019 - 12:12 [ JTA.org ]

New left-wing alliance including Ehud Barak aims to unseat Netanyahu in Israel’s elections

The united slate announced Thursday has the far-left Meretz party running with Barak’s new Israel Democratic Party and Stav Shaffir, who left the Labor Party, under the Democratic Camp moniker. It also hopes to bring Tzipi Livni, a former foreign minister, out of political retirement.

What it means: While Democratic Camp won’t overtake Netanyahu’s Likud and his right-wing camp, it could combine with the center-left Blue and White party to ensure that Benny Gantz, a former military chief of staff, is tapped to form the government.

27.07.2019 - 16:31 [ Haaretz ]

New Israeli Center-left Alliance Should Take a Page Out of the American Politics Playbook

An enormous and fundamental political battle is breaking out throughout the democratic world, and in Israel, too.

26.07.2019 - 10:26 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Polls show Democratic Union Party to net 8-12 seats

Horowitz said the party would be left-wing and proud, and would not join any right-wing government, even one not led by Netanyahu. The top goal of the party in the agreement its leaders signed was reaching a peace agreement.

“The Israeli Left has returned to be large and influential, and the days of kissing up to the Right are over,” he promised.

26.07.2019 - 10:14 [ Haaretz ]

Democratic Union Leaders Launch Campaign: Left Has Never Been Stronger; Netanyahu – Your Time Is Up

(25.07.2019)

Horowitz says alliance is ’setting out on a path that will lead to regime change in Israel‘; Barak, placed 10th on slate, vows to ‚give Netanyahu a fight,‘ while Shaffir calls for Israeli Arabs to see union as their allies

26.07.2019 - 10:08 [ theStar.com ]

Former PM Barak, others join forces before Israel’s ‘do-over’ elections

(25.07.2019)

The newly formed “Democratic Union” said in a joint statement it would be made up of Barak’s “Democratic Israel” faction, the dovish Meretz party and senior Labor Party official Stav Shaffir.

09.07.2019 - 20:12 [ New York Times ]

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

Six months into the new House Democratic majority, long-simmering tensions between the speaker and the squad — Representatives Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — have boiled over in the most public of ways, setting off a flurry of criticism of Ms. Pelosi among liberal activists and reinvigorating a debate within the party about how best to stand up to President Trump.

09.07.2019 - 19:42 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

New York Times Kisses Nancy Pelosi’s Ass – Again!

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09.07.2019 - 19:40 [ CNN ]

Why is Nancy Pelosi slamming AOC and helping Trump?

Pelosi’s criticism came after a June 25 vote in which the four were the only Democrats to oppose a House bill to provide funding for the crisis at the southern border because as they put it in a statement, „in good conscience, we cannot support this supplemental funding bill, which gives even more money to ICE and CBP and continues to support a fundamentally cruel and broken immigration system.“