Elections 2020

Articles about the 2020 election and related politics.


“In 2016 especially news reporters began to consciously divide and radicalize audiences. The cover was that we were merely ‘calling out’ our divisive new president, Donald Trump. But from where I sat, the press was now working in collaboration with Trump, acting in his simplistic mirror image, creating a caricatured oppositional demographic and feeding it content. As Trump rode to the White House, we rode to massive profits.

“The only losers were the American people, who were now more steeped in hate than ever.”
—Matt Taibbi in HATE INC, Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another

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Who Wants a Revolution? No One Who Owns a Major Media Outlet

Election Focus 2020: With a sudden turnaround in the race after Super Tuesday that finds Joe Biden in the lead both in polls and delegates, corporate media have been quick to spin the reversal as a rejection of progressive politics.

Sanders responds angrily to reporter when asked about his campaign: ‘I’m dealing with a f**king global crisis’

(CNN)Bernie Sanders has a decision to make about his campaign now that his path to the Democratic presidential nomination has effectively closed and the coronavirus pandemic has thrown into question the timing of future primary elections.

But on Wednesday, when asked during a question and answer session with reporters what his time frame for making that decision was, Sanders did not want to discuss it, telling CNN’s Manu Raju, “I’m dealing with a f**king global crisis.”
Sanders, who was at work in the US Senate to address the pandemic, added that “right now I’m trying to do my best to make sure that we don’t have an economic meltdown and that people don’t die. Is that enough for you to keep me busy for today?”

President Trump speaks about the coronavirus during a news conference at the White House on Sunday, (Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg)
President Trump speaks about the coronavirus during a news conference at the White House on Sunday, (Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg)

It’s bad enough that President Trump has relentlessly minimized the coronavirus threat for nakedly political reasons, disastrously hampering the federal government response to the crisis, with untold consequences to come.

Determined not to be outdone by his own malice and depravity, Trump is taking new steps that threaten to make all of it worse. He’s telling millions of Americans to entirely shut out any and all correctives to his falsehoods. He’s insisting they must plug their ears to any criticism designed to hold his government accountable for the failures we’re seeing, even though such criticism could nudge the response in a more constructive direction.

On the media: The mainstream corporate media coddles Biden and criticizes Sanders at every opportunity.  Matt Taibbi observes in Hate Inc that the media turns the election into a 3-ring circus focused on personality instead of issues.  Bernie always talks about the issues, and is better on the issues, and has a better Congressional record on the issues, while the media calls Biden “presidential” and stories abound that Bernie is “rigid.”  Both comments are about personality, not issues.

The mainstream corporate media attempts for the most part to detract us as much as possible from the many serious issues around the environment, climate crisis, gun control, endless war, and the militarization of US culture, as well as Trump’s authoritarianism that slides toward fascism.  You wouldn’t know from the mainstream corporate media what a crisis of democracy this country is in.  It shows though by how poorly the Coronavirus crisis is being handled.  Trump is still trying to make a buck for the corporations by privatizing care while the number of cases continues to grow in the U.S.  He closed down the crisis response center that Obama had created. He cut the Center for Disease Control’s budget by 16 percent.  And then he says we have to have privatization to control the virus, so his corporate buddies can make money.

Professor Noam Chomsky. (photo: Getty)Professor Noam Chomsky. (photo: Getty)

Noam Chomsky: “Bernie Is Vilified Because He Has Inspired a Movement”

By Jumbo Chan, Tribune  11 March 20

Noam Chomsky speaks to Tribune about the Bernie Sanders campaign, the obstacles standing in its way – and why the US business class will bitterly resist any attempt at social democratic reform.

In this interview, Noam Chomsky speaks to Tribune at a moment when socialists across the world are looking to the United States and the Bernie Sanders campaign for inspiration. He discusses the barriers facing a potential Sanders presidency, the importance of the labour movement to any prospect of meaningful change – and why the US business class will bitterly resist any attempt at social democratic reform.

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Democrats Sleepwalk Into the Nomination of Joe Biden

Fueled by fear of Trump and assurances of electability, primary voters have gone all in on a very big blind.

Sanders not dropping out but where does he go from here?

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Bernie Sanders is vowing to press ahead with his presidential campaign at least long enough to debate Joe Biden this weekend, even while acknowledging his deficit in the Democratic race may be insurmountable.

While our campaign has won the ideological debate, we are losing the debate over electability,” Sanders said, meaning Democrats think Biden has a better chance of beating President Donald Trump in the fall. “That is what millions of Democrats and independents today believe.”

He was quick to add that he thinks he’s the stronger choice, and that he could show that during Sunday’s debate. Sanders promised to press Biden for answers about millions of Americans who don’t have health insurance, a criminal justice system he said unfairly targets and punishes minorities and raising the federal minimum wage.


Bernie Sanders Is Trying to Save the Democratic Party From Itself

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally comprised of health care advocates, grassroots activists and others outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 19, 2017. (Andrew Harnik / AP)

By Robert Sheer  Truthdig  March 8, 2020

The movement that has grown around Sen. Bernie Sanders has become a political force to reckon with in the 2020 presidential election. Part of its strength is the many intersections it has with other progressive movements, some of which have been around for many years, others which stemmed from his 2016 primary campaign against Hillary Clinton. Sanders’ campaign has been endorsed by or includes members from Black Lives Matter and the Sunrise Movement, among many others, and from its inception was made up of activists.


Until last year, Joe Biden supported a law that restricted federal funding for abortion — and his flip-flop smacks of political expediency.


Warren stayed out of the 2016 Democratic primary, and it hurt her badly.


Democrats have failed to build on the Affordable Care Act, not from a lack of good intentions, because of the fatal complexity of the law itself.

Podcasts by The Intercept

Super Tuesday: Which Side Are You On?
InterceptedLee Fang discusses who’s funding the Biden campaign and the role of superdelegates; former Clinton adviser Peter Daou explains why he’s now backing Sanders.LISTEN →
Can Joe Biden Still Be Stopped?
DeconstructedAfter big wins on Super Tuesday, the former vice president appears to be consolidating moderate and establishment support. Can Bernie Sanders regain his momentum?LISTEN →

Can Moderate Democrats Sign On to a Progressive President?

Chris Winters Yes! Magazine  March 4, 2020

The short answer could have been ripped from Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign: “Yes, We Can!”

The longer answer is more qualified, but it does seem to point to the central question of whether an unabashed progressive such as U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will win over the Democratic electorate and ride that support to the White House.

The Super Tuesday primaries this week point to a qualified “yes.” Sanders certainly has momentum, despite former Vice President Joe Biden’s comeback, and he could still secure a majority of delegates ahead of the convention in July.

The road ahead can be perilous, however, not least because a contested convention in July could lead to a repeat of 2016.


By Glen Ford  Blackagendareport.com  Popular Resistance 
Fear is the tool of manipulation used by the two Wall Street parties to keep voters stuck in the corporate duopoly. Glen Ford gives a Black perspective on how fear is used by the Democratic Party and there are many reasons for black people to fear the “white man’s party” or the Republicans, especially with Donald Trump controlling the party. But, fear is used to keep white people in check as well. Fear of Trump is used to keep people supporting any Democrat even someone like Joe Biden who has worked for corporate interests and against worker’s interests throughout his entire career. This is one of the reasons democracy is an illusion in the United States. We live in a mirage democracy with manipulated elections and fear is one of the prime tools to manipulate voters.

Bernie Sanders Can Still Win the Nomination and the Presidency

By Matt Karp, Jacobin  04 March 20

or a few beautiful moments last week, it looked like it might be easy.

Sanders appeared ready to annihilate all three on Super Tuesday, claim a massive delegate lead, and hold a commanding position in the race ahead, even if the so-called “moderates” could finally consolidate around one candidate.

Today, the baseless fabric of this vision has dissolved, leaving only the grim spectacle of Joe Biden, the new Democratic front-runner, ascending the stage in Los Angeles and confusing his wife with his sister.

President Donald Trump addresses the media at the White House Tuesday.

Trump’s Real Base Is the Ruling Class


Don’t blame the Trump presidency on the white proletariat. The real responsibility for this epically transgressive administration — headed by an individual Noam Chomsky rightly describes as “the most dangerous criminal in human history” — lies with the billionaire class.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

Joe Biden on Super Tuesday

In the Land of the Gerontocrats

BY JACOB BACHARACH  Truthdig  March 6, 2020
Joe Biden’s record on the Iraq war has come under scrutiny as he seeks the Democratic nomination.

‘Their blood is on your hands’: Veterans confront Joe Biden over support for Iraq war

Group confronts former vice president for past support ‘enabling a war that killed thousands of our brothers and sisters’

Alex Woodward  New York  Independent  March 4, 2020

Military veterans confronted Joe Biden over the former vice president’s past support for the Iraq War, which the Democratic presidential nominee had voted to support when he was a senator, a move that one anti-war veterans group says should disqualify him from the presidency.

During a campaign event in Oakland, California on 3 March, Michael Thurman asked Mr Biden: “We are just wondering why we should vote for someone who voted for a war and enabled a war that killed thousands of our brothers and sisters [and] countless Iraqi civilians.”

By Robert Reich  Nation of Change  March 5, 2020

The Democratic establishment is wrong to think Sanders is too liberal to win a general election. To the contrary, he’s the Democrats’ best shot at taking back the White House.

The answer? Warren ends her campaign and Sanders makes her his VP choice

Democratic Party leaders are at war with Sanders…
Rise Up Times Editor’s Note: And the mainstream corporate media is practicing its usual negative press about Bernie…

SOURCE  This Can’t Be Happening!

Word that Elizabeth Warren is reconsidering her run for the Democratic presidential nomination, and that she and Bernie Sanders are looking at the idea joining to form a progressive “united front,” are encouraging.

It is clear that the Democratic neoliberal establishment has gone to war on its left wing — willing to risk losing the November election to keep the Democratic Party from being taken over by progressives and democratic socialists.

Texas closes hundreds of polling sites in areas where minorities vote

“For many people, and particularly for voters of color, older voters, rural voters, and voters with disabilities, these burdens make it harder — and sometimes impossible — to vote.”

Since 2012, Texas had closed 750 polling places statewide in predominantly black and Latino areas, the Leadership Conference Education Fund, a civil rights group, reported.


Bernie Or Biden?

Robert Reich, Robert Reich’s Blog
03 March 2020

Why Is Joe Biden Even Still in This Race?

The recently retired (forced out) MSNBC anchor and ardent Joe Biden Supporter Chris Matthews. (photo: Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Getty)
The recently retired (forced out) MSNBC anchor and ardent Joe Biden Supporter Chris Matthews. (photo: Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Getty)

By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News  05 March 20

he ultimate political retread, a guy on his third run for the Democratic nomination after the first two failed decades ago, who would be considered a racist if the obvious were not banned from the discourse, is leading the race for the Democratic presidential nomination on the backs of African American voters, mostly in former slave-states twenty years into the twenty-first century. How can this be?

Propaganda, propaganda, and more propaganda.

Fear the cable networks, for they enslave you. How did the Democrats get their good old boy, game manager Joe Biden back in the game? With a massive onslaught of unreported campaign donations in the form of campaign promotion on cable news.

Try not to lose sight of the fact that Biden is almost entirely bereft of new ideas or solutions. What he is selling is being kinder, gentler, and better than Donald Trump. That bar is so low you have to dig a tunnel to get under it.

From Truthout  March 5, 2020

Trump’s Harsh Iran Policy Helped Hardliners Win Iran’s Elections

Elizabeth Warren Drops Out of 2020 Race Without Announcing Endorsement

Sanders Says He Would Love to Debate Biden on Medicare for All



President Donald Trump addresses the media at the White House Tuesday.

Trump’s Real Base Is the Ruling Class

BY PAUL STREET   Truthdig  March 3, 2020

After Biden’s Super Tuesday Surge, Sanders Campaign Faces Questions About African-American Support

Democracy Now!  March 4, 2020   Full Transcript is available on the Democracy Now! website.

The Case Against Joe Biden: Former VP’s Long Career Shows a Recurring Theme of “Appeasing the Right”

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“Particularly at risk of losing their vote are 18 to 24-year olds and LatinX voters, groups that strongly favor “Tio Bernie.”  A quarter of independent voters are LatinX.”

Editor’s Note: they may register for a party at their polling place and receive a ballot, but this information has not been publically promoted.

Chris Hedges, Class: The Little Word the Elites Want You to Forget

The Democratic Party, should it resurrect such policies [as Roosevelt’s New Deal], would win every election in a landslide.

Mr. Fish / Truthdig

BY CHRIS HEDGESTruthdig  March 2, 2020

Aristotle, Niccolò Machiavelli, Alexis de Tocqueville, Adam Smith and Karl Marx grounded their philosophies in the understanding that there is a natural antagonism between the rich and the rest of us. The interests of the rich are not our interests. The truths of the rich are not our truths. The lives of the rich are not our lives. Great wealth not only breeds contempt for those who do not have it but it empowers oligarchs to pay armies of lawyers, publicists, politicians, judges, academics and journalists to censure and control public debate and stifle dissent.



ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar canceled a rally in her home state Sunday after protesters took over the stage shouting for her to drop out of the presidential race over the case of a black teen sentenced to life in prison while Klobuchar was the county’s top prosecutor.

Klobuchar was scheduled to speak at St. Louis Park High School in suburban Minneapolis ahead of Tuesday’s Minnesota primary, which she is fighting to win and notch her first victory. But dozens of protesters entered the gymnasium, raised signs and chanted “black lives matter” and “Myon,” a reference to Myon Burrell, who was convicted of the murder of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards.

An Associated Press investigation questioned Klobuchar’s handling of the 2002 case, in which Burrell was sent to prison for life following a police investigation some say was flawed. Klobuchar has said if there is new information in the case it should be considered — a response that some activists have said doesn’t go far enough.

Klobuchar has struggled to win support from black voters, a major problem for her campaign as she seeks the Democratic nomination. Her best finish in the first four contests was in New Hampshire, an overwhelmingly white state where she came in third. In both Nevada and South Carolina she trailed far behind the front-runners, failing to win a single delegate.

She has rejected suggestions she drop out of the race, saying she plans to compete at least through the upcoming Super Tuesday contests, when 14 states will vote and about one-third of delegates will be up for grabs.

Klobuchar has said she expects to win her state, but she’s facing tough competition from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who leads in delegates overall. Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, won the Minnesota vote in 2016 over Hillary Clinton and has made a big push to win again.


  • ST. PAUL, Minn. — Bernie Sanders has a shot to deliver an embarrassing blow to Amy Klobuchar in the moderate senator’s home state on Super Tuesday, thanks to a large and motivated progressive base in a state where she was once considered a shoo-in to win.

Neoliberalism Has Radicalized a Whole Generation

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Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a Jan. 2020 event in Washington, D.C. (Patrick Semansky / AP)

When the conversation veered toward “capitalism” and “socialism” at last week’s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, the preeminent capitalist on the stage, Michael Bloomberg, could hardly believe what he was hearing.

By Conor Lynch  Truthdig  February 26, 2020

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

Sanders won’t attend AIPAC conference, says the group opposes ‘basic Palestinian rights’


On Sunday, Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders confirmed that he would be skipping this year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference and attacked the pro-Israel organization on his Twitter page.

“The Israeli people have the right to live in peace and security. So do the Palestinian people. I remain concerned about the platform AIPAC provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights. For that reason I will not attend their conference,” tweeted Sanders, “As president, I will support the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians and do everything possible to bring peace and security to the region.”

Factchecking NPR’s Attempted Takedown of Bernie Sanders

A close look at a piece by two of NPR’s leading political reporters, which aired just before the caucuses, provides a view of how journalists speak with authority on issues they seem to know very little about.

Sanders has wide leads in two of three battleground states: survey

By Rebecca Klar  The Hill  February 23, 2020

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has wide leads over the Democratic presidential field in Michigan and Wisconsin but is facing a tighter race in Pennsylvania, according to a poll released Sunday.

Klobuchar even alarmed some conservatives by backing an anti-BDS bill that endangered civil liberties and free speech.

Environmentalist in Klobuchar’s Home State Says She’s “Owned by Big Agriculture”

Amy Klobuchar has also shown a staunch unwillingness to challenge mining or pipeline interests.

Klobuchar’s dedication to mining interests is also apparent when it comes to her position on another contentious copper-nickel mining project by Twin Metals in northern Minnesota — a copper-nickel mine that other 2020 hopefuls, including Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg, have opposed because of its proximity to Minnesota’s historic Boundary Waters. One of the last actions of the Obama administration was to ban this mine; a leaked email shows her displeasure with the ban.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks Feb. 8 at Democratic dinner in Manchester, N.H. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)
Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks Feb. 8 at Democratic dinner in Manchester, N.H. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)
Feb. 21, 2020 at 3:16 p.m. CST
“I don’t care, frankly, who [Russian President Vladimir] Putin wants to be president,” Sanders said in a statement. “My message to Putin is clear: Stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.

TYT’s The Conversation  February 7, 2020
Noam Chomsky weighs in on Bernie Sanders’s chances of success.

Buttigieg and Centrist Dems Want a Military Response to Climate Change. That’s Dangerous.

The Pentagon sees climate victims as threats.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks at a town hall event in Coralville, Iowa on Feb. 2, 2020. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks at a town hall event in Coralville, Iowa on Feb. 2, 2020. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)

Mayor Pete Buttigieg says that if he were elected president, he would use the Department of Defense to fight climate change by creating “a senior climate security role in the Secretary of Defense’s office responsible for managing climate security risks” and boosting the Pentagon’s budget to “allow our military leaders to build resilience for military bases and installations.”

These efforts to address climate change through a national security lens are deeply worrisome. If an ethic of fear and national self-interest—and not justice and solidarity—shapes the U.S. response to climate change, it could unleash a number of frightening actions, in which the U.S. fortresses its borders, protects its military bases and slams the door on those its emissions have harmed.

“Worth the Price?” New Film Shows How Biden Played Leading Role in Push for U.S. to Invade Iraq

Democracy Now!  February 18, 2020
The Democratic presidential candidates face off in Las Vegas Wednesday night ahead of the Nevada caucuses. Nevada could be a decisive state for candidates who performed poorly in Iowa and New Hampshire, including former Vice President Joe Biden. As Biden hopes for a comeback, a new short documentary sheds light on his extensive role in the Iraq War — an issue that has been raised repeatedly on the campaign trail. Biden has apologized for supporting the war, but the new film, directed by the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s Mark Weisbrot, exposes Biden’s central role in pushing for an Iraq invasion. It’s called “Worth the Price? Joe Biden and the Launch of the Iraq War.” The documentary is narrated by Danny Glover.

Blankfein, who calls for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and who headed Goldman Sachs when it paid Hillary Clinton $675,000 for three speaking engagements in 2013, laid out the stance of the billionaire class that controls the Democratic Party. The New York Times reported that Mike Novogratz, “a Goldman Sachs alumnus who runs the merchant bank Galaxy Digital, said Mr. Sanders’s oppositional nature had prompted ‘too many friends’ to say they would vote against him in November. ‘And they hate Trump,’ he said.”

Truthdig  February 17, 2020

Bloomberg Is the Crisis, Not the Cure

Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg talks to supporters during the "Mike for Black America Launch Celebration" in Houston, Texas, on February 13, 2020. Mike Bloomberg at the “Mike for Black America” launch in Houston, Texas.  MARK FELIX/Getty Images

The morning after President’s Day, a new poll found that Michael Bloomberg had captured enough public support to claim a place onstage in the next Democratic presidential debate. On Wednesday night, the business-information tycoon and former Republican mayor of New York City will appear alongside candidates who have spent months or years trying to win over Democratic voters—shaping their policy proposals, cultivating armies of donors and volunteers, gathering support door-to-door—having himself spent only money, a tsunami of it: more than $400 million of his own fortune on campaign expenses, including saturation ads across TV and online media.

By   Slate  February 18, 2020

Trump says he’d rather run against Bloomberg than Sanders

“Sanders has real followers, whether you like them or not,” the president said.

President TrumpPresident Donald Trump. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Donald Trump on Tuesday insisted that he’d rather run against Mike Bloomberg than Bernie Sanders in the general election this November, amplifying complaints from Democrats that the billionaire former mayor of New York was buying his way into contention in the primary field.

We graded the 2020 Democratic candidates on four key environmental areas.

It is no surprise that Bernie and Warren have the best records. Bloomberg, who is supposedly good on the environment, is not included for reasons stated at the beginning.

January 27, 2020

By Nicole Powers for the Palast Investigative Fund

Rise Up Times Editor’s Note:  This is a very important victory. Kemp threw about half a million voters off the voter rolls in Georgia, mostly people of color. You may recall that Stacey Abrams, a woman of color, ran against Kemp in a highly contested election. 

[Atlanta-Feb 9] In an extraordinary and unexpected move, Federal Judge Eleanor Ross has declared Gov. Brian Kemp the loser in a lawsuit brought by investigative journalist Greg Palast for the State of Georgia to open up its complete files on the mass purge of over half a million voters from the rolls.

Surprising all parties, the judge ruled that Kemp’s defense was so weak that no trial is needed.  The judge acted “sua sponte”—on her own initiative, unrequested by Palast’s attorneys.

GregPalast.com  February 9, 2020

The Weaponization of Data: Cambridge Analytica, Information Warfare & the 2016 Election of Trump

Feminist Scholar Barbara Smith on Identity Politics & Why She Supports Bernie Sanders for President

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We speak with the legendary African-American feminist scholar Barbara Smith. She is a founder of the Combahee River Collective and of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. Barbara Smith recently wrote a column in The Guardian newspaper titled “I helped coin the term ‘identity politics’. I’m endorsing Bernie Sanders.” Her latest book is “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith.”

Democracy Now!  February 12, 2020

South Bend Politician: I Worked with Pete Buttigieg. He Did Not Respect Black Residents’ Struggles

Democracy Now!  February 12, 2020

Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg’s Racist Defense of Targeting Black & Brown Youth

Democracy Now!  February 12, 2020

New Hampshire 2020 Primary: Live Results

New York TImes  February 11, 2020

Bernie Sanders has won the New Hampshire primary. Feb. 11, 2020, 11:29 PM ET

Rise Up Times: Note that he is tied with Buttigieg for pledged candidates.
Candidate Votes Pct. Pledged delegates
Bernie Sanders 73,791 25.7% 9
Pete Buttigieg 70,111 24.4 9
Amy Klobuchar 56,894 19.8 6
Elizabeth Warren 26,556 9.3 0
Joseph R. Biden Jr. 24,115 8.4 0
Others 35,511 12.4 0
View all candidates

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont won New Hampshire’s Democratic presidential primary Tuesday night, consolidating support on the left in his second strong showing in as many weeks.

Mr. Sanders fended off two moderate rivals, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. finished behind them.

The New York Times  February 12, 2020

Sanders Rides Wave of Support Into New Hampshire, Despite Corporate Media Bias
Corporate media’s negative coverage of Sanders seems to be escalating as he gains political momentum.

Sanders jumps out to huge lead in national poll as Biden plummets

If you’re voting on electability, recent polls put Bernie as the best candidate to beat Trump.

On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders pulled ahead of Joe Biden in a new Quinnipiac national poll — which also showed Mike Bloomberg leapfrog into third and score the largest…
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On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders pulled ahead of Joe Biden in a new Quinnipiac national poll — which also showed Mike Bloomberg leapfrog into third and score the largest…
By Bob Fredericks  NYPOST.COM  February 10, 2020


Pete Buttigieg spent the weekend justifying his obfuscation on a debate question about racially disproportionate marijuana arrests in South Bend.

Bloomberg Plagiarized Parts of at Least Eight of His Plans


DNC chair calls for a recanvass in Iowa as chaos ensues

2020 United States presidential primary election results

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Votes displayed are State Delegate Equivalents, which represent the number of state convention delegates that determine how many pledged delegates each candidate will receive
Candidate Delegates Percent Count
Pete Buttigieg
11 26.2% 550
Bernie Sanders
11 26.1% 547
Elizabeth Warren
5 18.2% 381
Joe Biden
0 15.8% 331
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The fact that Sanders can succeed without the party machine enrages those who sacrificed their idealism to play the game

 ‘The vast majority of the Democratic power structure has focused far more on deriding Medicare for All than it ever did on trying to ensure that poor people do not die because they are poor.’ Photograph: Cheryl Senter/AP

Even in our pitifully broken semi-democracy, rich people shouldn’t be in charge. The math is against them. There are, by definition, comparatively few rich people, and many middle- and lower-class people. In a two-party system where one party represents the interests of the rich and the other party is meant to represent the interests of everyone else, logic says that the rich people party should lose most of the time, based on sheer numbers. The political power of plutocrats should be arbitraged out of existence as parties seek a larger base.

“Progressive Except Palestine” groups gang up on Bernie Sanders

“Progressive Except Palestine” groups gang up on Bernie Sanders

Mike Bloomberg is courting pro-Israel, Jewish voters with conservative-type promises to keep Israel great, and progressive positions on everything else. The Democratic Majority for Israel PAC (DMFI) supports similarly PEP (Progressive Except Palestine) candidates. Both have it out for Bernie Sanders.


Early results of Iowa caucus. Not final.

After a delay in tallying, the Iowa Democratic Party has released partial results that show Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders leading different metrics.

Behind the app is a dark money operation funded by pro-Israel anti-Sanders billionaires like Seth Klarman, an Israel devotee who backs Buttigieg

Behind the app is a dark money operation funded by pro-Israel anti-Sanders billionaires like Seth Klarman, an Israel devotee who backs Buttigieg

Voters in US capitol cast their ballots, From YouTubeVideos
Election Theft Is a 120-Year Tradition. Let’s End It This Year. By Bob Fitrakis  1 1 Comment Count  

As Bernie Sanders shows strength in the early-voting states, his opponents face a challenge: Attacking him can help fuel his campaign.

Senator Bernie Sanders campaigning in Iowa on Sunday. His campaign has fund-raised off a negative ad that targets him.
Credit…Mark Makela for The New York Times

DES MOINES — A Democratic super PAC wanted to undermine Senator Bernie Sanders’s presidential candidacy just days before the Iowa caucuses. It may have handed him a gift instead.


Ukraine’s ex-prosecutor who led Burisma investigation demands criminal probe of Biden

Ukraine’s ex-prosecutor who led Burisma investigation demands criminal probe of Biden

Former top prosecutor of Ukraine, Viktor Shokin, has filed a criminal complaint with the state authorities, claiming former US Vice President Joe Biden strong-armed Kiev into firing him in order to stop the Burisma investigation.

RT  Jan 29, 2020  Video: 23:51

Moscow Mitch Makes Mistake [Updated: He Admits He Doesn’t Have the Votes]

Quick update: The Daily Beast has a story out this morning about Oleksandr Danylyuk, the former chairman of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, who was in the July 10 meeting with Sondland that Bolton had abruptly stopped — only to have Sondland move the meeting elsewhere.

Danylyuk said he and his team, which included Zelensky aide Andriy Yermak, “couldn’t conclude [the meeting] properly” because as The Daily Beast previously reported, Sondland interrupted the conversation to bring up the demands from Trump that Zelensky agree to the investigation of the Bidens. Soon after Sondland’s interjection, Bolton ended the official meeting. That’s when the group, which included Hill, Sondland, and other trop Trump officials, moved into the Ward Room of the White House and Sondland again, but more ferociously, pushed the investigations further, telling Danylyuk and Yermak that it was the only way the two countries could develop a meaningful relationship.

In short, the Ukrainians were being pressured to deliver the goods, and they knew it.

AK-46: The Case Against Amy Klobuchar 

 By Nick Pemberton  CounterPunch.org  January 24, 2020

Editor’s Comment. When this article gets to the nitty gritty, Amy’s voting record, it is excellent.

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Amy Klobuchar, along with Elizabeth Warren was recently endorsed by the New York Times. Their opinion piece published Jan. 20 said “nearly …


Amy Klobuchar says she would work on increasing support for Israel if elected president

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Amy Klobuchar at Dem debate, June 26, 2019. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

In an interview with the New York Times editorial board Amy Klobuchar also cited her strong record of pro-Israel votes in the Senate. “I still think that they are in a really tough neighborhood in a really dangerous position,” she explained, “And made worse by what Trump just did with Syria because now Iran has a foothold there.”

‘If Truth Doesn’t Matter, We’re Lost’: Watch Rep. Adam Schiff’s 9-Minute Closing Argument on Why Senate Must Remove Trump

“You know you can’t trust this president to do what’s right for this country. You can trust he will do what’s right for Donald Trump. He’ll do it now. He’s done it before.”
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An Open Letter to the Green Party for 2020

Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Fletcher, Leslie Cagan, Ron Daniels, Kathy Kelly, Norman Solomon, Cynthia Peters and Michael Albert

As the 2020 presidential election approaches the Green Party faces the challenge of settling on a platform, choosing a candidate for president, and deciding its campaign strategy. In that context, Howie Hawkins, a contender for Green Party presidential candidate, recently published a clear and cogent essay titled “The Green Party Is Not the Democrats’ Problem.” It represents a precedent Green Party stance which may guide Green campaign policy. We agree with much, but find some ideas very troubling.

Truthdig  January 24, 2020

How the Transformative Power of Solidarity Will Beat Trump

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders at a rally in Minneapolis, Minn., on Nov. 3, 2019.  Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images

Naomi Klein: “I blocked Twitter, chatted with my son about why he’s such a Bernie fan (“He will beat Donald Trump”), and started writing about being on the Sanders campaign trail in Iowa and New Hampshire over the last couple months. Because among Sanders’s steadily growing base of supporters, the mood is about as far from rage tweeting as you can get. In fact, despite the senator’s reputation as a finger-waving grump, the more time I spend with the campaign, whether in small meetups or huge rallies, the more I am struck by the undercurrent of tenderness that runs through all these events. Surprisingly enough, the force that is bridging what at first seem like huge divides — between multiracial urbanite Gen Z-ers and aging white farmers, between lifetime industrial trade unionists and hardcore climate organizers, between a Jewish candidate and a huge Muslim base — is a culture of quiet listening.”

By   The Intercept  January 22 2020, 10:48 a.m.


‘Love Letter to Capitalism and War’: Progressive Scorn Follows New York Times Endorsement

The newspaper’s endorsement of both Warren and Klobuchar, said one critic, reveals “so much about the liberal reaction to a resurgent left, a reaction that holds Trump as an aberration and polite, well-mannered centrism as the greatest virtue.”


2020 will reshape the international order

JENNY CLEGG looks ahead at a year where an increasingly multipolar world will challenge US dominance

By JENNY CLEGG  Morningstar  January

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The Republican Party versus democracy

In 2018, we learned how Trump’s GOP behaves after losing elections. It could prove disastrous in 2020.  Photos: Getty Images. Photo illustrations: Javier Zarracina/Vox


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‘Love Letter to Capitalism and War’: Progressive Scorn Follows New York Times Endorsement

The newspaper’s endorsement of both Warren and Klobuchar, said one critic, reveals “so much about the liberal reaction to a resurgent left, a reaction that holds Trump as an aberration and polite, well-mannered centrism as the greatest virtue.”

About that endorsement…
“If I were going to go all weak-kneed like the New York Times,” said Bill McKibben, “I’m not sure I would have picked the day devoted to our most clear-eyed moral leader to do it.”

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