Bernie Versus the Establishment? | Dissent Magazine

The primary field isn’t polarized between left and center as clearly as it was in 2016. But Sanders is still the only candidate who tells us, over and over, that we need more than a good president. Source: Bernie Versus the Establishment? | Dissent Magazine Elizabeth Warren’s sincere reformism has narrowed the political territory Bernie … Continue reading »

Bernie Sanders and Palestine | Portside

We’ve closely followed the statements of Democratic presidential hopefuls to the American Jewish Committee. Almost every candidate so far has been careful to skirt the Israel question, hinting at some mild criticism of Israel but not actually voicing it. Joe Biden went after the Palestinians. Kamala Harris embraced Israel. No one has mentioned the occupation … Continue reading »

[Letter from Washington] No Joe! Harper’s Magazine

Joe Biden’s disastrous legislative legacy Source: [Letter from Washington] No Joe! | Harper’s Magazine By Andrew Cockburn In the heart of the US Capitol there’s a small men’s room with an uplifting Franklin Delano Roo­sevelt quotation above the door. Making use of the facilities there after lunch in the nearby House dining room about a … Continue reading »

2020 Democratic Candidates Taking Lobbyist Donations Despite Pledges

Many major Democratic presidential candidates pledged not to take special-interest money — but, with a raft of loopholes, the money is still pouring in. Source: 2020 Democratic Candidates Taking Lobbyist Donations Despite Pledges Lee FangApril 17 2019, 5:27 p.m. All of the Democratic presidential candidates have committed to rejecting the influence of special interests. To demonstrate … Continue reading »

As Joe Biden Hints at Presidential Run, Andrew Cockburn Looks at His “Disastrous Legislative Legacy” | Democracy Now!

Speculation is mounting that former Vice President Joe Biden will soon enter the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. As a longtime senator from Delaware, Biden has previously run twice for the Democratic nomination. The last time was in 2008, when he ultimately became then-Senator Barack Obama’s running mate. While a new campaign would seek … Continue reading »

Joe Biden: “I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason why we’re in trouble.” – RootsAction

“I love Bernie, but I’m not Bernie Sanders. I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason why we’re in trouble… The folks at the top aren’t bad guys.” – Joe Biden, speaking to the Brookings Institution (5-9-18) Source: Joe Biden: “I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason why we’re in trouble.” – RootsAction by RootsAction.org … Continue reading »

An Independence Day Alternative

How the “enlightened” leaders of the early US disregarded an Independence Day oration and set in motion indigenous peoples’ brutalization.  By Nicholas Guyatt Source: An Independence Day Alternative Sample first page. Two hundred and twenty-two years ago today (1797) , in a field near what’s now Greenville, Ohio, a preacher named John Rhys delivered an … Continue reading »

Kamala Harris Surges After First Democratic Debates

Twelve percent of Democratic primary voters said Kamala Harris was their first choice for president in the latest Morning Consult survey. The survey indicates that Harris’ big night in Miami came largely at the expense of the race’s front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden. Source: Kamala Harris Surges After First Democratic Debates Follow @Rebels_Band

All About Pete | Current Affairs

Source: All About Pete | Current Affairs Only accept politicians who have proved they actually care about people other than themselves… by Nathan J. Robinson Sample first page. Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is being hyped as the “Democratic celebrity” of the moment. Buttigieg has been the subject of buzz since 2014, … Continue reading »

I Was Sexually Harassed on Sanders’s 2016 Campaign.

Accusations of sexual misconduct should not be weaponized to serve a political agenda. Nor should claims be ignored to protect a beloved candidate. Source: I Was Sexually Harassed on Sanders’s 2016 Campaign. “As was the case throughout the 2016 campaign season, my personal experiences as a woman of color were sublimated to serve an establishment … Continue reading »

How to Win

Without unions to institutionalize them, waves of activism dissipate. As the nation and the labor movement shift to the left, progressives need to push forward policies and politics that strengthen those working-class organizations. The 2018 election reinforced the critical role unions play in electing progressive, pro-worker candidates. In Michigan and Pennsylvania, union-household voters made up … Continue reading »