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13.11.2018 - 09:48 [ The Dean Obeidallah Show / Youtube ]

Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wisc) on whether Nancy Pelosi will be Speaker

Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wisc) explains to SiriusXM radio’s Dean Obeidallah that despite Democrats winning the House on November 6 it’s still too early to say if Nancy Pelosi will be elected speaker, noting it will be about the final seat count of the Democrats victory. (November 7, 2018 show)

13.11.2018 - 09:45 [ theHill.com ]

Progressives flex muscles as Dems return to Washington

“We have 20 new people that we endorsed elected to Congress, and there’s still a few more that are coming,” Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), said Monday at a press conference presenting the group’s new members.

Pocan added that the CPC will have more than 90 members in the next Congress, making it the “largest value-based caucus” on the Hill.

13.11.2018 - 09:37 [ Steve Phillips / New York Times ]

Do the Math. Moderate Democrats Will Not Win in 2020.

Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams, progressive African-American Democratic candidates, may not have won their races for governor in Florida and Georgia (both are still too close to call). But the strategy they followed is still the best strategy for Democrats to win: inspiring, mobilizing and turning out voters of color and progressive whites.

I’ve argued for this strategy for years.

13.11.2018 - 09:34 [ Huffington Post ]

For Democrats, Progressive Is The New Moderate

Far more insidious is the corporate Democrat spin machine called Third Way.

To hear this band of Wall Street Democrats tell it, centrist Democrats had a great night, while progressives were losers. This selective use of statistics has all the intellectual honesty of an offering prospectus for subprime derivatives.

13.11.2018 - 09:24 [ New York Times ]

Kyrsten Sinema Declared Winner in Arizona Senate Race

Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat and former social worker, scored a groundbreaking victory in the race for a Senate seat in Arizona, defeating her Republican opponent after waging a campaign in which she embraced solidly centrist positions.

13.11.2018 - 09:21 [ theAtlantic.com ]

The Resistance Won’t Win Back Arizona’s Senate Seat

(25.10.2018) The onetime anti-war protester has spent a year carefully cultivating her moderate cred across the state, touting herself as a lawmaker who will work with “literally anyone who is willing to … get something done.” In Yuma, she spoke proudly about meeting with Trump on infrastructure and having him sign one of her bills. And she used the word bipartisan five times in four sentences as she discussed efforts to pass a farm bill in toxic Washington.

05.11.2018 - 09:30 [ Antiwar.com ]

Endless War and the Lack of a Progressive Critique of the Pentagon

“I believe that our foreign policy should be smart, tough, and pragmatic, using every tool in the toolbox – including defense, diplomacy, and development – to advance U.S. security and economic interests around the world.” The conclusion: “robust” diplomacy must be combined with a “strong” military.

Now, can you guess the name and party affiliation of that senator? Could it have been Lindsey Graham or Jeff Flake, Republicans who favor a beyond-strong military and endlessly aggressive counterterror operations? Of course, from that little critical comment on the AUMF, you’ve probably already figured out that my senator is a Democrat. But did you guess that my military-praising, counterterror-waging representative was Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts?

03.11.2018 - 22:45 [ theHill.com ]

Pence says Republicans will keep control of the House

„I think we’re going to expand our majority in the United States Senate, and I think we’re going to hold our Republican majority in the House of Representatives,“ Pence told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton.

„But that being said, there is certainly common ground in areas that we can work that the president has laid out,“ Pence added when asked about working with Democrats if they win the House, citing issues like trade and infrastructure.

03.11.2018 - 22:44 [ CNN ]

CNN Key Races: Six races move toward Democrats as battle for control of the House enters the home stretch

The generic ballot advantage, enthusiasm edge and President Trump’s underwater approval rating are facts that all work in the Democrats‘ favor. Mix in the staggering fundraising numbers seen this cycle and it adds up to an environment ripe for strong Democratic gains.

03.11.2018 - 22:42 [ New York Time ]

Why Aren’t Democrats Walking Away With the Midterms?

Unemployment is at its lowest rate since Vince Lombardi coached his last game in December 1969. The North American Free Trade Agreement has been saved with minor modifications and a new name.

Oh, and: The Islamic State is largely defeated. Tehran has not restarted its nuclear programs despite America’s withdrawal from the Iran deal. U.S. sanctions on Russia are still in place. Democrats badly damaged their chances of taking the Senate with their over-reaching and polarizing crusade to stop Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

01.11.2018 - 14:20 [ CNN ]

Trump shocks with racist new ad days before midterms

In the most racially charged national political ad in 30 years, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party accuse Democrats of plotting to help people they depict as Central American invaders overrun the nation with cop killers.
The new spot, tweeted by the President five days before the midterm elections, is the most extreme step yet in the most inflammatory closing argument of any campaign in recent memory.

27.10.2018 - 20:08 [ Buzzfeednews.com ]

Top Obama Allies Are Ready To Support A Deval Patrick Presidential Campaign

(23.10.2018) Standing in a church hall this month, Deval Patrick scanned the faces at the get-out-the-vote rally and took them back to his childhood in Chicago’s South Side and the private school experience that changed him.

What he had in Chicago was a real community, he said. When you had a stake in your neighbors’ dreams and struggles, and they had one in yours. When each adult was responsible for each child, and people were wholly devoted to common interests. When you were intent on leaving things better for the next generation …

27.10.2018 - 19:50 [ Ajamu Baraka ‏/ Twitter ]

Any candidate not willing to take a public stance against war & militarism should be rejected by electorate. Why is U.S. still in Afghanistan, illegally in Syria, bombing five other nations, escalating military tensions with the Russians? Both ruling class parties support war.

27.10.2018 - 13:10 [ local10.com ]

Numerous candidates challenge Debbie Wasserman Schultz for District 23 seat

(17.10.2018) Wasserman Schultz said she is campaigning on her experience.

„I’m going to continue to do that. Talk about my record, my service on the [House] Appropriations Committee as a senior member, my fight as a leader for funding for our veterans,“ she said.

27.10.2018 - 13:05 [ Donna Brazile / Politico.com ]

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC

(2.11.2017) When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign.

27.10.2018 - 12:35 [ RoseAnn DeMoro ‏/ Twitter ]

Gotta love the #Democratic Bots defending the undemocratic Superdelegates. PS the new #2020 #DNC campaign, is the old #DNC campaign with a new face, well funded with the same players in play. @NomikiKonst @WaywardWinifred

(13.11.2017)

27.10.2018 - 12:26 [ CSPAN ‏/ Twitter ]

„Your process is tainted. You know that. The public was largely excluded by not being invited…“ Prior to votes at DNC Unity Reform Commission Meeting members of the public interrupt and hold up signs reading „Democratic Party or Undemocratic Party?“

(8.12.2017)

27.10.2018 - 12:20 [ thisisInsider.com ]

Whoever sent pipe bombs to a series of Trump critics appears to have spelled John Brennan and Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s names wrong

The package addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan — which Business Insider has seen pictures of — misspelled his name as „Brenan“ and misidentified the TV network he contributes to.
It listed Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida as the sender but spelled her name as „Shultz“ and her home state as „Florids.“

23.10.2018 - 18:03 [ St. Louis Post-Dispatch ]

Obama hasn’t endorsed McCaskill. Why not?

In his unprecedented engagement in political campaigns so close to his presidency, Barack Obama has officially endorsed hundreds of local and statewide Democratic candidates around the country.

Conspicuously off the list so far: Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who was one of Obama’s most important early endorsers …

23.10.2018 - 18:01 [ Bloomberg ]

The Left Is Sabotaging the Best Democratic Senator

If we lived in a better world, these investigations would lead to results that might bring the crisis to an end. Company executives and physicians would be indicted. And Congress would pass laws to stop the practices she has exposed. But we don’t live in that world, in no small part because senators like McCaskill have become dinosaurs.

11.10.2018 - 16:59 [ Mark Alderman / realclearpolitics.com ]

Deja Vu for Democrats?

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, in particular, would feel the the full rebellion. The shocking primary victory of a candidate like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who toppled Rep. Joe Crowley — long rumored to be a future House speaker — would be the trend, not the aberration.

07.10.2018 - 09:08 [ New York Times ]

Kavanaugh Is Sworn In After Close Confirmation Vote in Senate

The Kavanaugh confirmation, playing out against the backdrop of a midterm election where control of Congress is at stake, gave Republicans what they believe is momentum to ensure that they keep their slim Senate majority.

Republicans are now painting Democrats and their activist allies as angry mobs. Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, delivered a speech on Saturday assailing what he called “mob rule,” while the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, told reporters that “the virtual mob that has assaulted all of us in this process has turned our base on fire.”

06.10.2018 - 08:27 [ New York Times ]

Collins and Manchin Will Vote for Kavanaugh, Ensuring His Confirmation

A final vote is expected late Saturday afternoon.

Judge Kavanaugh’s ascent to the nation’s highest court is a huge victory for President Trump, Senate Republicans and their conservative allies, who have mounted a decades-long campaign to remake the Supreme Court in their image. He will replace the court’s swing vote, the retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, with a committed conservative who is likely to push the court to the right for decades.

05.10.2018 - 19:40 [ CNN ]

Kavanaugh nomination: Murkowski no, Flake yes for Saturday’s final vote

Flake said he will back Kavanaugh unless something changes. Asked how he will vote, he said „yes, unless something big were to change. I don’t see what would.“ The Arizona Republican had forced a one-week delay and an extended FBI investigation into Kavanaugh.

05.10.2018 - 19:36 [ Washington Times ]

GOP defeats Dem filibuster, keeps Kavanaugh on track

The 51-49 vote saw one defection from each party, canceling each other out and giving the judge enough leeway to clear the procedural hurdle. A final confirmation vote now looms on Saturday, and that remains in doubt.

29.09.2018 - 09:54 [ Tulsi Gabbard, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Glad the FBI will now look into the allegations regarding Judge Kavanaugh before the Senate takes a vote. This should’ve been done already, but better late than never. The American people deserve better from our leaders.

29.09.2018 - 09:19 [ thisisinsider.com ]

What’s really going on in the viral picture of women grimacing during Kavanaugh’s angry defense

An image from Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony as he denied sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford went viral.
The image shows several women behind Kavanaugh scowling as he became visibly angry during his hearing on Thursday.
Many saw it as a wider symbol of how women were reacting to Kavanaugh and to the visible emotion Ford displayed during her testimony earlier in the day.
But people sitting behind Kavanaugh were his friends, family, and allies.

29.09.2018 - 09:16 [ CNN / Youtube ]

Anderson Cooper: This is what a U-turn looks like

President Donald Trump ordered a limited, week-long FBI probe of the allegations against his Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, at the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday. It was a 180-degree turn from his previous statements about making such a move.

25.09.2018 - 16:58 [ NationalReview.com ]

We Are Living Nineteen Eighty-Four

In Orwell’s world of 1984 Oceania, there is no longer a sense of due process, free inquiry, rules of evidence and cross examination, much less a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Instead, regimented ideology — the supremacy of state power to control all aspects of one’s life to enforce a fossilized idea of mandated quality — warps everything from the use of language to private life.

Senator Diane Feinstein and the other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee had long sought to destroy the Brett Kavanaugh nomination. Much of their paradoxical furor over his nomination arises from the boomeranging of their own past political blunders, …

25.09.2018 - 16:53 [ Lindsey Graham, US Senator / Twitter ]

Requiring an FBI investigation of a 36 year old allegation (without specific references to time or location) before Professor Ford will appear before the Judiciary Committee is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process till after the midterm elections

25.09.2018 - 16:46 [ Time ]

Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation Is Now the Ultimate Test of Political Power in 2018

(20.9.2018) Both parties have every incentive to fight to the finish: Democrats see an opportunity to galvanize their already furious base, while Republicans, who’d hoped to put a big election-eve win on the board, fear discouraging theirs.

25.09.2018 - 16:39 [ CBS News ]

The Supreme Court: Every seat „a chess piece in the struggle for power“

(23.9.2018) Totenberg broke the Anita Hill story, and is covering the replay.

„This is an election year, after all,“ Totenberg said. „Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats want to look insensitive. But it is a very political proceeding. A great deal of what we see on camera will be, and has been, role-playing.“

In The New York Times last week, Hill wrote that the Senate Judiciary Committee appears to have „learned little from the Thomas hearing, much less the more recent #MeToo movement.“

30.08.2018 - 09:02 [ forapeoplesparty.org ]

DNC Kills Caucuses, Keeps Superdelegates, Retains Joint Fundraising Agreements, and Expands Control Over 2020 Primary

The DNC took several steps to expand and consolidate its power over the 2020 presidential primary at its summer meeting in Chicago this weekend. The party reduced caucuses, which heavily favored Bernie in 2016, and replaced them with primaries. It rebuked progressive demands to eliminate superdelegates, moving them to the second round of voting at the nominating convention instead. It preserved the use of joint fundraising agreements, which Hillary used to launder money to her campaign and take over the DNC. It approved a rule allowing the DNC to block candidates who have not been “faithful” Democrats from running. It kept nearly a hundred lobbyists on the DNC. And it did nothing to extricate corporate and billionaire money from the party, preserving rampant corruption.

The Democratic Party is a committee of corporations. Goldman Sachs, CitiGroup, News Corp., Pfizer, CitGo, Verizon, Aetna, and many other corporations sit alongside high-priced consultants on the national committee.

30.08.2018 - 08:28 [ Huffington Post ]

Ron DeSantis Tells Florida Not To ‚Monkey This Up‘ By Electing Andrew Gillum

“The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state,” said DeSantis to Smith.

Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee, is backed by Bernie Sanders and is campaigning on progressive policies. President Donald Trump has expressed his support for DeSantis.

29.08.2018 - 18:26 [ Washington Examiner ]

Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum absolutely wallop the Florida political establishment

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won the Republican and Democratic nominations for Florida governor Tuesday. The political establishment, in both cases, lost.

Neither party got their preferred gubernatorial candidate, and now a hard-charging conservative will square off against a liberal progressive in an encapsulation of the current political moment.

29.08.2018 - 18:21 [ Miami Herald ]

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum shocks Democratic rivals, wins nomination for governor

Running to the left of his rivals and despite being vastly outspent, the charismatic and proudly liberal Gillum built a devoted statewide following of progressives. He had a well-received message of social justice and lifting up the downtrodden and an appeal to Florida’s growing diversity.

23.08.2018 - 09:59 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Democrats rigged the 2016 primary for Hillary Clinton, claims former DNC chair

(2.11.2017) In an interview with CNBC, Mr Perez said, “We’re moving forward”, when asked about the Ms Brazile’s allegations.

“One of my goals here as DNC chair is to make sure that the nominating process for 2020 is a process that is totally fair and transparent for everybody,” he said.

Ms Clinton has so far declined to comment.

23.08.2018 - 09:49 [ Consortium News ]

US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

(12.12.2016) we draw on decades of senior-level experience – with emphasis on cyber-intelligence and security – to cut through uninformed, largely partisan fog. Far from hiding behind anonymity, we are proud to speak out with the hope of gaining an audience appropriate to what we merit – given our long labors in government and other areas of technology. And corny though it may sound these days, our ethos as intelligence professionals remains, simply, to tell it like it is – without fear or favor.

We have gone through the various claims about hacking. For us, it is child’s play to dismiss them. The email disclosures in question are the result of a leak, not a hack.

23.08.2018 - 09:46 [ CBS News ]

FBI, DNI back CIA judgment that Russia meddled in election and favored Trump

(16.12.2016) “Earlier this week, I met separately with (Director) FBI James Comey and DNI Jim Clapper, and there is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election,” Brennan wrote, U.S. intelligence sources confirmed. “The three of us also agree that our organizations, along with others, need to focus on completing the thorough review of this issue that has been directed by President Obama and which is being led by the DNI.”

23.08.2018 - 09:42 [ CBS News ]

Obama, GOP senators call for probe to examine Russia’s meddling in U.S. election

(9.12.2016) “See, the problem with hacking is that if they’re able to disrupt elections, then it’s a national security issue, obviously,” McCain told the Post.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, who’s close with McCain, told CNN earlier this week that he thinks Russia “did interfere with our elections.”

“It’s pretty clear to me that Wikileaks was designed to hurt [Democratic presidential nominee Hillary] Clinton and it could be us tomorrow,” Graham said. “I’m going after Russia in every way you can go after Russia.”

23.08.2018 - 09:29 [ Washington Times ]

Wasserman Schultz immediately joins Clinton campaign after resignation

(24.7.2016) She may be done with the Democratic National Committee, but former chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was quickly picked up by the Hillary Clinton campaign.

23.08.2018 - 09:16 [ thinkprogress.org ]

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigns From DNC In Wake Of WikiLeaks Email Dump

(24.7.2016) The DNC’s vice chair, longtime party official Donna Brazile, would serve as interim chair, the DNC said. CNN’s Jeff Zelany said that it took a call from President Obama for Wasserman Schultz to agree to resign. Obama’s statement, released after Wasserman Schultz’, was supportive of her work for the party.

23.08.2018 - 09:05 [ New York Times ]

Released Emails Suggest the D.N.C. Derided the Sanders Campaign

(22.7.2016) WikiLeaks posted almost 20,000 emails sent or received by a handful of top committee officials and provided an online tool to search through them. While WikiLeaks did not reveal the source of the leak, the committee said last month that Russian hackers had penetrated its computer system.

Among the emails released on Friday were several embarrassing messages that suggest the committee’s chairwoman, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, and other officials favored Hillary Clinton over Mr. Sanders — a claim the senator made repeatedly during the primaries.

23.08.2018 - 09:00 [ Washington Post ]

Russian government hackers penetrated DNC, stole opposition research on Trump

(14.6.2016) One group, which CrowdStrike had dubbed Cozy Bear, had gained access last summer and was monitoring the DNC’s email and chat communications, Alperovitch said.

The other, which the firm had named Fancy Bear, broke into the network in late April and targeted the opposition research files. It was this breach that set off the alarm. The hackers stole two files, Henry said. And they had access to the computers of the entire research staff — an average of about several dozen on any given day.

The computers contained research going back years on Trump.

16.08.2018 - 07:33 [ Washington Post ]

Comey cautions Democrats against ‘socialist left.’ Democrats pounce.

(23.7.2018) James B. Comey, the former FBI director and a registered Republican most of his adult life, is trying out a new role: armchair strategist for the Democratic Party.

Days after urging voters to paint the country blue in the midterm elections this fall, Comey took to Twitter on Sunday to caution Democrats not to move too far to the left.

13.08.2018 - 06:21 [ CNN ]

Democrats want Facebook to tell them who has seen disinformation

The proposal from Raffi Krikorian, the Democratic National Committee’s chief technology officer and a former Uber executive, would allow Democrats and Republicans alike to combat misinformation by serving those people accurate information.

12.08.2018 - 12:31 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Hawaii 2018 primaries: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez supports Democratic Socialist Kaniela Ing

Centrist politicians, Democratic Socialists, Never Trumpers — and lava. Hawaii politicians are fighting tooth and nail for last-minute votes in a primary election that reflects the divides seen within the Democratic Party nationwide.

08.08.2018 - 16:41 [ Bobby Goren ‏/ Twitter ]

Unbelievable election night. No matter what the results end up being, there is a giant cloud cast over the Kansas primaries. It could be a computer glich or some genuine shady shit but there needs to be massive investigation done beginning IMMEDIATELY

08.08.2018 - 16:16 [ Steve Vockrodt ‏/ Twitter ]

Similarly, Sharice Davids‘ lead over Brent Welder in Johnson County two updates ago was 2,599. The last update increased her lead to 3,131 over Welder. Davids still trails 113 votes in the overall tally.

08.08.2018 - 16:10 [ Tom Dempsey, reporter for @41actionnews / Twitter ]

JoCo election commission: 1 encrypted USB drive for each of the 196 voting locations. Each one should take seconds to upload. Tonight, they are taking around one minute (or more).

Multiple that by 196 and you get a LONG delay

08.08.2018 - 16:05 [ kshb.com ]

Officials cite ’slow reporting‘ for Johnson County vote delay

The county recently spent more than $10 million on 2,100 new voting machines. It’s unclear if Tuesday’s delay is connected to the new machines.

The results were key in determining the outcomes of two high-profile races: the Republican nomination for Kansas governor and the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional District.

01.08.2018 - 22:15 [ Washington Post ]

Assad must go, Obama says

(18.8.2011) As Obama issued his statement, the leaders of France, Germany and Britain joined him in calling on Assad “to face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people and to step aside.”

Obama had spoken to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron over the past two weeks to discuss calling for Assad’s resignation and to coordinate steps on sanctions.

01.08.2018 - 22:10 [ Al Jazeera ]

Obama: Gaddafi must leave Libya now

(27.2.2011) Obama’s remarks came in a call on Saturday to Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, sharpening US rhetoric after days of deadly violence – and criticism that Washington was slow to respond.

„When a leader’s only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now,“ the White House said in a statement, summarising their telephone conversation.

30.07.2018 - 10:31 [ iranfreedom.org - Our Pledge: Regime Change ]

Nancy Pelosi: America stands in solidarity’ with a free Iran

Hello, it is my pleasure to send my warm regards to advocates and friends to a free Iran. This year, the world has watched men and women bravely stand up for their rights in peaceful protests across the country.

27.07.2018 - 11:16 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

Steve Bannon Tells Haaretz Why the Russians Aren’t the Bad Guys and Why He Can’t Be an anti-Semite

Bannon seems to have discovered something that for members of the American intelligentsia is not only strange, but practically incomprehensible: Racism is not an issue that interests the majority of Americans. The economy, not racism, was the issue of the election. What truly interests Americans is not the Mexicanness of illegal migrants, but the illegality of so much Mexican migration. “The Democrats,” Bannon told an infuriated Robert Kuttner at The American Prospect a few days before he was sacked from the White House, “the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

17.07.2018 - 06:09 [ Consortium News ]

US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

(12.12.2016) we draw on decades of senior-level experience – with emphasis on cyber-intelligence and security – to cut through uninformed, largely partisan fog. Far from hiding behind anonymity, we are proud to speak out with the hope of gaining an audience appropriate to what we merit – given our long labors in government and other areas of technology. And corny though it may sound these days, our ethos as intelligence professionals remains, simply, to tell it like it is – without fear or favor.

We have gone through the various claims about hacking. For us, it is child’s play to dismiss them. The email disclosures in question are the result of a leak, not a hack.

15.07.2018 - 11:06 [ For a People’s Party ‏/ Twitter ]

CHRIS HEDGES: “A new and ‘diverse’ group of Democratic Party candidates, over half of whom have been recruited from the military, the CIA, the National Security Council and the State Department, is hoping to rise to political power based on the old con.”

15.07.2018 - 11:04 [ Politico.com ]

Sanders-backed DNC plan sparks superdelegate revolt

The resisting superdelegates’ odds of success are long. The proposal has the support of DNC Chairman Tom Perez and two former DNC chairs — former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 running mate. And the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, following months of discussion, voted without dissent on Wednesday to recommend the plan to full DNC. The proposal was backed by many Clinton supporters, as well.

30.06.2018 - 15:09 [ q13fox.com ]

Could progressive newcomer Sarah Smith upset 11-term incumbent in Washington primary?

Her opponent is on the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Adam Smith has a long history in the 9th Congressional District. So who is Sarah Smith?

„I work full time,“ Sarah Smith said. „I manage a mechanic garage. I have student debt. I have a husband. I can’t afford to have a kid. I’m every person in this district.“

30.06.2018 - 14:50 [ CNN ]

Who’s next? Progressive primary insurgents to watch

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary defeat of New York Rep. Joe Crowley on Tuesday hit like a shot of pure political adrenaline for progressives hungry to remake the Democratic Party.
The question now, as the last round of nominating contests comes into focus, is simple — and for parts of the party establishment, terrifying: Who’s next?

27.06.2018 - 08:41 [ CBS News ]

Primary results: Powerful NYC Democratic Rep. loses to progressive challenger — live updates

Crowley had been considered a candidate to become the next House speaker if Democrats win the majority. Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders organizer, whas never held elected office.Ocasio-Cortez ran a low-budget campaign and was outspent by an 18-1 margin. She won the endorsement of some influential groups on the party’s left, including MoveOn.

15.06.2018 - 15:18 [ CNBC ]

Democratic donors are pushing former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to run for president in 2020

(9.5.2018) Just after Trump was elected, members of Obama’s inner circle, including former senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and chief campaign strategist David Axelrod, reportedly met with Patrick to discuss a possible run.

Obama himself, who is friends with the former governor, has also reportedly encouraged Patrick to make a move against Trump.

15.06.2018 - 14:53 [ Burlington Free Press ]

What it means that Bernie Sanders met with Barack Obama about 2020 run

Axios, which boils down news and analysis into concise takes, explains why this matters: “A meeting with Obama is an easy way for 2020 contenders to gain legitimacy and presidential wisdom — and, most importantly, a foothold with the man still largely considered to be the Democratic Party’s figurehead.”

13.06.2018 - 17:16 [ CNN ]

Mitt Romney predicts Donald Trump will win in 2020 ’solidly.‘ Is he right?

Much of Romney’s calculus is based on his belief that Democrats will ultimately choose „someone who is really out of the mainstream of American thought.“ And they might! But the 2020 Democratic field is totally in flux at the moment and it’s literally impossible to anticipate who might eventually be the nominee and why.

13.06.2018 - 16:10 [ Democracy Now ]

Rep. Ro Khanna: If U.S.-North Korea Summit Happened Under Obama, Democrats Would Be Cheering

„My disagreement with Senator Schumer in that letter is that’s basically parroting the talking points of John Bolton, saying that we should not engage in any diplomacy or make any concessions without complete denuclearization. That’s just not realistic. A far more realistic framework is what Bill Perry has advocated in the 1990s and worked on, which is an incremental approach, where we need to look at our joint military exercises, as the president has, where we need to ask for the cessation of testing, and make concessions on an incremental basis. And that’s what I think has begun with this process.“

13.06.2018 - 14:39 [ Movement for a People's Party ]

DNC Gives Itself the Power to Veto Presidential Candidates

Washington, D.C. — The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee met in Providence, R.I. on Friday, June 8 and declared a new rule that allows the party to block presidential candidates from running on the Democratic ballot.

The rule states that in order to be accepted as a candidate by the DNC, the applicants’ “public writings and/or statements” must “affirmatively demonstrate that they are faithful to the interests, welfare and success of the Democratic Party of the United States.”

The new rule means that a committee of corporate lobbyists, consultants, and people who participated in rigging the 2016 primary election will decide if a progressive is eligible to run for president in the Democratic Party in 2020. When Bernie Sanders or another progressive files to run as a Democrat, the DNC can reject them before a single vote is cast.

13.06.2018 - 14:27 [ Newsweek ]

DNC Rule Change May Block Bernie Sanders from Running as Democrat in 2020

While Sanders has not said anything concrete about running for president again in two years, his 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weavers hinted at the possibility during an interview with C-SPAN host John McArdle in May.

“He is considering another run for the presidency and when the time comes I think we’ll have an answer for that. But right now he’s still considering it,” Weavers said.

06.06.2018 - 22:16 [ TYT Politics / Youtube ]

Alison Hartson Loses, Feinstein and de Leon Advance

TYT’s Cenk Uygur and TYT Politics‘ Emma Vigeland breakdown the results of the California primary election for U.S. Senate, where incumbent Dianne Feinstein (D) and challenger Kevin de Leon (D) advanced to the November 2018 election.