Elections 2020

Articles about the 2020 election and related politics.

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

  Mondoweiss 

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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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TYT’s The Conversation  February 7, 2020
Noam Chomsky weighs in on Bernie Sanders’s chances of success.
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Buttigieg and Centrist Dems Want a Military Response to Climate Change. That’s Dangerous.

The Pentagon sees climate victims as threats.

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

Democracy Now!  February 12, 2020
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Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg’s Racist Defense of Targeting Black & Brown Youth

Democracy Now!  February 12, 2020
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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
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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

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 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.
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Bloomberg Plagiarized Parts of at Least Eight of His Plans

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DNC chair calls for a recanvass in Iowa as chaos ensues

2020 United States presidential primary election results

Iowa   Updated at 1:32 PM CST

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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
Votes
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.
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“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.

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Early results of Iowa caucus. Not final.

VOX.COM
After a delay in tallying, the Iowa Democratic Party has released partial results that show Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders leading different metrics.
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Behind the app is a dark money operation funded by pro-Israel anti-Sanders billionaires like Seth Klarman, an Israel devotee who backs Buttigieg

 

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

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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 …

 

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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.”
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‘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
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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.

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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.”

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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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