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Re: Corruption in Government
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« Reply #931 on: April 11, 2019, 09:33:12 pm »
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"This is the first indictment of a journalist and editor or publisher...And if it's successful it will not be the last."


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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #932 on: April 13, 2019, 07:39:23 pm »
SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez 👍 Is Winning the Battle Against GOP 🐉🦕🦖 Sexists


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Those who cling to the idea of ornamental baby-making women existing in silence to please and flatter men are proving the point from the old saying: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." They are well into the fighting portion of the process regarding Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I have no doubt, however, that AOC will emerge the winner in the end.


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« Reply #933 on: April 15, 2019, 02:23:09 pm »
ďStunning and RevealingĒ Ė DCCC Demands Loyalty Oath From Political Consultants 

April 15, 2019

As Jeff Cohen points out, political fear of progressives and corporate power have pushed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) towards strategies for stopping primary challenges

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MARC STEINER: Welcome to The Real News Network. Iím Marc Steiner. Great to have you all with us for our weekly look at the news. In this segment, we are going to tackle whatís happening to progressive politicians in this country. The Right is threatening people with death in some of their tweets and more against several Congresswomen, especially women of color in Congress, which weíll talk about. But the story that is not being told a lot is about the D.C.C.C., the Democratic campaign committee, that says it is trying to stop progressive politicians from challenging established politicians in primaries. Whatís that all about? Well, weíre here once again with Jeff Cohen who is co-founder of RootsAction.org, founder of the media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, and author of Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media, and Jacqueline Luqman who is Editor-in-Chief of Luqman Nation and a regular contributor to The Real News. Letís just jump into this right away. In this piece here that we have, they have a form from the D.C.C.C. that came out that you have to sign if you are going to do any kind of work with the D.C.C.C. or any candidates. In one segment it says and they have to sign this, ďI understand the above statement that the D.C.C.C. will not conduct business with nor recommend to any of its targeted campaigns, any consultant that works with an opponent of a sitting member of the House Democratic Caucus. And thatís what they have to sign, threatening vendors and threatening people who are consultants, and more. Jeff Cohen, youíre smiling so go ahead.

JEFF COHEN: This is this is so offensive. Some of the exciting members of Congress, they got in there by challenging incumbents. A.O.C. challenged an incumbent in New York, Ayanna Pressley challenged an incumbent in Massachusetts, Ro Khanna, whoís a great progressive in his second term, he challenged an incumbent. So you have Cheri Bustos, the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, telling consultants if they work with these challengers, they wonít be punished, they will be blacklisted. And whatís interesting is Cheri Bustos of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee 👹💵🎩 (the D.C.C.C) She doesnít tell consultants, ďhey, if you work for the pharmaceutical industry, we wonít give you business. If you work for the oil or coal industries, we wonít give you business. Itís just if you work for a progressive challenger, you wonít get business from the Democratic leadershipĒ. Itís stunning and itís revealing.

MARC STEINER: So letís talk about the stunning and revealing issue around this and what this really means. Jacqueline, Iíll start with you and then come back to Jeff here. So what is the dynamic going on here? We understand the corporate control of the party and what happened in the last election in shutting down progressives and shutting down Bernie Sanders during the 2016 election, but Progressives have taken a huge foothold in Democratic Party politics now and theyíre pushing hard. So letís talk about what the two of you think of the internal dynamics and whatís going on here.

JACQUELINE LUQMAN: Well the internal dynamics are that the D.C.C.C. does not want to relinquish power to a bunch of upstart Progressives. Thatís really what this is all about. They donít want to lose the corporate lobbyist money that come in from these incumbent candidates who not all of them, not all of them, but many, too many incumbent House Democrats are very friendly to very large corporate interests. And we know by nowĖ if we donít, we shouldĖ that corporate interests often run counter to the interests of the people. So whatís shocking about this is that the D.C.C.C is trying to keep power in the House. Theyíre trying to maintain power. Theyíre also trying to maintain the corporate money flow coming. Not all incumbent House members are aligned with big money corporate interests, but too many are. And if we havenít learned by now, corporate interests usually run counter to the interest of the people. So what this really means, why this is so shocking to me, is that the D.C.C.C is limiting the exposure for voters of candidates who might be better, who they might like more than the incumbent candidates, who they feel arenít doing enough for them and certainly arenít supporting progressive policies. Thatís why this is shocking to me, because it looks like the D.C.C.C is limiting the choice of voters.

MARC STEINER: And why do you think, Jeff, they feel a threat?

JEFF COHEN: Because Progressives, especially these young women of color in Congress, are raising hell, becoming popular, have huge social media followings. But I believe itís important to point out that the Justice Democrats, the Progressives, have just put out an e-mail where they said that the D.C.C.C. in the first quarter of 2019, raised $400,000 or more from corporate lobbyists and bundlers. Jacqueline made an important point. Ninety percent of the Democratic districts are true blue. Theyíre uncontested; they will always be Democratic. You could run a blue dog in November and the Democrats would win. So if constituents donít have an opportunity to choose between two candidates in the primary, they have no role in Congressional elections. So it really does shut out the voters and thatís the goal of the corporate wing of the Democratic Party. They are afraid of the voters.

MARC STEINER: So what do you both think this means in terms of the power of the Progressive Movement and where itís going? There are a lot of Progressives who lost in these primaries, who fought very hard campaigns but lost. A number of them won. Youíre seeing a battle take place in the State Senate in New York right now around Cuomo saying he was really upset with people who were running in these primary challenges and want you to oppose them, battles taking place in their Caucus, so this is falling down to the states, as well. Somethingís afoot here and I want Jeff really quickly to give your analysis. What do you think is afoot politically, Jeff?

JEFF COHEN: I think that the Progressives are showing that they donít need the corporate money, that they can get online small donations from lots of donors, and that scares the hell out of the leadership of the Democratic Party, which has relied so heavily on corporate donors. Thereís a civil war going on in the Democratic Party and the progressive candidates and politicians are with the base. And the corporate Democrats are increasingly isolated and fearful.

MARC STEINER: Jacqueline?

JACQUELINE LUQMAN: Thatís absolutely true. Thatís absolutely correct. I canít add anything to that.

MARC STEINER: Well weíll stay on top of this story. I think itís a really important story and look forward to interviewing a lot of people who are involved in the progressive politics in this country to really get into this, to understand the depth of this, and where this can be taking us. Weíre here with Jacqueline Luqman and Jeff Cohen. In our next segment, we are going to take a look at the power Steven Miller, the rise of nationalist power inside the Trump administration, and what that means. Iím Marc Steiner here for The Real News Network. Donít miss the next segment.

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« Reply #934 on: April 16, 2019, 06:29:21 pm »
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« Reply #935 on: April 16, 2019, 09:06:03 pm »
April 15, 2019

SNIPPET:

In Khannaís words, ďYou canít oppose endless wars and then vote to fund them.Ē Jayapal said: ďWe need to prioritize our communities, not our military spending. Progressives arenít backing down from this fight.Ē

The New York Times described the intra-party disagreement as ďan ideological gap between upstart progressives flexing their muscles and more moderate members clinging to their Republican-leaning seats.Ē But that description bypassed how the most powerful commitment to escalation of military spending comes from Democratic leaders representing deep blue districts ó in Pelosiís case, San Francisco. Merely backing a budget thatís not as bad as Trumpís offering is a craven and immoral approach.

Sen. Bernie Sandersí staff director, Warren Gunnels, responded cogently days ago when he tweeted: ďHow can we keep giving more money to the Pentagon than it needs when 40 million live in poverty, 34 million have no health insurance, half of older Americans have no retirement savings, and 140 million canít afford basic needs without going into debt? This is insanity

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