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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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.
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)
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.
CHANG W. LEE – NEW YORK TIMES
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.
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.
TRUMP IS A DISASTER FOR ABORTION RIGHTS — BUT JOE BIDEN CAN’T BE TRUSTED TO FIGHT FOR CHOICE
Until last year, Joe Biden supported a law that restricted federal funding for abortion — and his flip-flop smacks of political expediency.
ELIZABETH WARREN SHOULD ENDORSE BERNIE SANDERS — NOT FOR HIM, BUT FOR HERSELF AND HER MISSION
Warren stayed out of the 2016 Democratic primary, and it hurt her badly.
VoicesBIDEN WANTS TO EXPAND THE ACA. BLUE STATES CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO RUN IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.
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.
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.
FEAR PERVADES BLACK POLITICS, AND MAKES US AGENTS OF OUR OWN OPPRESSION
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.
‘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’
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.
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.
The recently retired (forced out) MSNBC anchor and ardent Joe Biden Supporter Chris Matthews. (photo: Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Getty)
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
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”
GregPalast.com March 2, 2020
“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.
The Democratic Party, should it resurrect such policies [as Roosevelt’s New Deal], would win every election in a landslide.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
The Pentagon sees climate victims as threats.
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 14, 2020
Democracy Now! February 17, 2020
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
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.
BySlate February 18, 2020
“Sanders has real followers, whether you like them or not,” the president said.
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.
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
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
Democracy Now! February 12, 2020
Democracy Now! February 12, 2020
New York TImes February 11, 2020
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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
If you’re voting on electability, recent polls put Bernie as the best candidate to beat Trump.
PETE BUTTIGIEG REPEATEDLY DODGED A QUESTION ABOUT BLACK MARIJUANA ARRESTS IN SOUTH BEND — THEN INVOKED GANGS
Pete Buttigieg spent the weekend justifying his obfuscation on a debate question about racially disproportionate marijuana arrests in South Bend.
DNC chair calls for a recanvass in Iowa as chaos ensues
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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.
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.
Behind the app is a dark money operation funded by pro-Israel anti-Sanders billionaires like Seth Klarman, an Israel devotee who backs Buttigieg
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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 Naomi Klein The Intercept January 22 2020, 10:48 a.m.
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.”
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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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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