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Updated Special Report | 2010 Mid-term Election Guide

  • Walk away from the Democratic Party and back progressive, third party candidates until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves. -- Chris Hedges
  • 2010 Elections: Why Have the Democrats Lost Popular Support?

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Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day, Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future

  • If the public votes in a new Congress that rejects the idea of helping to create demand in the economy because they think it didn't work, then the new Congress could do things that cause a depression.
  • This stuff really matters.
  • Five Things People "Know"
  • People Are Allergic to the Facts

Duty to Warn: Lessons from History to Guide AntiFascist Voters, Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest

  • What Can Happen if We the People Let Down our Guard and Vote for Our Future Oppressors
  • Excerpts, without comment, from Milton Mayer’s “They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45”
  • Advice for citizens who still have hope for America

Duty to Warn: Don't Vote for Your Future Oppressors, Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest

  • Who should freedom-loving people vote for?
  • Advice for citizens who still have hope for America

Advancing the Progressive Agenda in November: Don’t Vote Dem! David W. Culver, Evergreene Digest
Walk away from the Democratic Party and back progressive, third party candidates until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.

The left has lost its nerve and its direction, Chris Hedges, Philadelphia Inquirer | PA
If the left wants to regain influence in the nation's political life, it must be willing to walk away from the Democratic Party, even if Barack Obama is the (president), and back progressive, third-party (officials) until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.

U.S. Midterms: Political Freak Show, Cliff Schecter, Huffington Post
I'm you, dear readers. Well, actually, I'm not. But I'm also not a witch, so at least I've got that going for me.

Ignorance as Authenticity, Joe Klein, Swampland

  • There is something profoundly diseased about a society that idolizes its ignoramuses and disdains its experts.
  • People Are Allergic to the Facts

Empire of Illusion, Jeff Dietrich, The Catholic Agitator

  • It's all about spectacle and debauchery. People are so disconnected from reality that they don't know how to read what is happening--they cannot grasp that the walls are tumbling down--and so they retreat into absurdities. This is the disease gripping American society today.
  • Building a Nation of Know-Nothings
  • Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline

Lessons of the Obama Debacle, Walden Bello, Foreign Policy in Focus

  • The failure of progressives (is) to translate their vision and values into a program that is convincing and connects with the people trapped in the terrible existential conditions created by the global financial crisis.
  • Our side has been derailed (but) ... we can fight back to political relevance.

Anti-tax fervor undermines the common good, Neal Peirce, Syndicated columnist, Seattle Times | WA

  • Facing yawning deficits, many years of tough sacrifice and reckoning lie ahead of us. But to use that as an excuse to eviscerate government functions left and right, or push down taxes just when government needs them to remain solvent, represents a strange kind of patriotism.
  • The Myths of Austerity
  • Hey Tea Party-Republicans: The Founders Are Not Your Guy

2010 Elections: Why Have the Democrats Lost Popular Support?, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun.org<http://www.tikkun.org/>

  • What the Democrats Could Have Done
  • Scaring Us To The Polls


 

Democrats Totally Cave on Border: Give Trump All He Wants, Get Nothing In Return.

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  • Part 1: The Democrats' total capitulation on the border
  • The Democrats got absolutely nothing. Zilch. Nada.
  • Part 2: Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding
  • We have Democrats actually playing his (Trump's) game.

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Part 1: The Democrats' total capitulation on the border
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So, all in all, Trump got more money for a border barrier, enhanced border security, and increased detention capacity. What did Democrats get? Absolutely nothing. Zilch. Nada.

Shikha Dalmia, the Week

February 12, 2019 | Republican and Democratic lawmakers last night reportedly came to an agreement on border enforcement funding to avert another government shutdown before the Friday deadline. Yet after all this drama, it's unclear if Democrats accomplished much beyond virtue signaling to their base. If anything, they may have given Trump a green light to forge ahead with his draconian interior enforcement agenda without any meaningful oversight of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Details of the deal are still trickling in but it seems clear that after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pledged not to give Trump even a "dollar" for his wall, Democrats agreed to hand him $1.375 billion to build a 55-mile long barrier in the Rio Grande Valley. They're trying to spin this as mere "pedestrian fencing." Trump, who is never shy of staring a gift horse in the mouth, is saying it’s not enough. But it's pretty clear that Democrats gave in.

https://images.theweek.com/sites/default/files/author-images/shikhadalmia.png?resize=500x500/ Shikha Dalmia, the Week columnist, is a senior policy analyst at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. She is a Bloomberg View contributor and a columnist at the Washington Examiner, and she also writes regularly for Reason, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and numerous other publications.

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Part 2: Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding

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We have Democrats actually playing his game, trying to give him more money for DHS, trying to give more money, which can be—and … will be—used to continue to detain people.

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! / Truthout

February 15, 2019 | President Trump declared a national emergency today to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite opposition from Congress, after signing the latest spending bill, which includes nearly $1.4




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  1. Can Trump’s Wall Survive His Fake Emergency?
  2. Trump’s Broken Promises to the Land of “American Carnage”
  3. Is Trump’s National Emergency a Step Toward Fascism?
  4. Trump Moves the World Closer to “Doomsday”


billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers out of steel, far less than the $5.7 billion he requested.Congressmembers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib issued a statement that they voted against the bill because it gives more funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “That is the right thing to do. We’ve been pushing for Democrats to do the right thing, to stop playing [Trump’s] games,” says our guest Erika Andiola, chief advocacy officer for RAICES, the Texas-based Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on more than 1,100 public television and radio stations worldwide. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its “Pick of the Podcasts,” along with NBC‘s “Meet the Press.”

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Demand Critical Congressional Hearings – Long Overdue, Avoided or Blocked.

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Here are my suggestions for a dozen long-overdue hearings in the House of Representatives, now run by the Democrats.

Ralph Nader, Nader.org

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January 30, 2019 | Earlier this month I wrote a column listing twelve major redirections or reforms that most people want for our country (see: “It’s Your Congress, People!” Make it work for you!). All of which require action by Congress—the gate-keeper.  Now Congress must hold informative and investigative public hearings to inform the media and to alert and empower the people.

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) explains a Congressional Hearing as follows:

“A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, joint, or special committee of Congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law. In addition, hearings may also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest.”

Here are my suggestions for a dozen long-overdue hearings in the House of Representatives, now run by the Democrats.

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. His latest book is The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future. Other recent books include, The Seventeen Traditions: Lessons from an American Childhood, Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build It Together to Win, and "Only The Super-Rich Can Save Us" (a novel).


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Why millions of people are getting hit with a surprise tax bill this year.

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An effort to make the tax bill look better ended up making it look worse.

Matthew Yglesias, Vox

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February 6, 2019 | Americans who are accustomed to receiving an income tax refund tend to file their taxes early — often in late January or early February when all the paperwork becomes available — but this year many early filers are finding to their surprise that they actually owe money to the IRS.



Republicans are now facing a backlash from an angry public that includes millions of people who were expecting tax refunds that they are now not going to get.



A tweet rounding up other tweets from displeased early filers went viral because the user, @smarxist, deliberately singled out people who are mad at President Donald Trump for raising their taxes.

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Biggest Threat to Single-Payer? Democrat Support for a Public Option.

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 / Despite co-sponsoring Medicare for All, Rep. Brian Higgins is clearly not interested in pursuing the reform any time soon. Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call

The next big fight for single-payer may not be with Big Pharma or the GOP, but rather, Democrats who insist on putting their energy behind weaker policies.

Michael Corcoran, Truthout

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http://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/obamacare-healthcare-profits.jpg / January 4, 2019 | With the midterms over, a battle over health care policy among establishment Democrats and the grassroots is unfolding. What kind of health care reform should Democrats pursue now that they have won control of the House? This struggle will determine in large part how Democrats will spend the political capital the party has accumulated on the issue of health care. This is a considerable amount thanks to the GOP’s efforts to take health care away from millions and ongoing war against Medicaid. How this battle transpires over the next two years may go a long way in determining if Medicare for All can become policy, or simply remains a “goal” or an “aspiration.”



“Access to affordable health care” is not the same thing as a guarantee to comprehensive health care.



Single-payer advocates, jubilant about record support in Congress and in public polls, have responded to the midterm success by boldly pushing for a floor vote on Medicare for All (H.R. 676) during the 116th Congress. This move would not result in a law as it has no chance in the Senate. It would, however, represent a huge symbolic victory and, ideally, plant HR 676 as the centerpiece of the Democratic Party’s health care platform.

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Caution: Moderate Democrats Ahead

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  • Part 1: Beware the Moderate Democrat
  • Why the centrist extremists are an incredibly dangerous political animal
  • Part 2: ‘Socialism surging in Iowa’ gives cold feet to centrist Democrats contemplating 2020 run: report
  • it might be the centrists who are getting cold feet.
  • Part 3: The Last Thing America Needs Right Now is a 'Centrist Independent'
  • Howard Schultz is contemplating a run for president, while Kamala Harris leans into Obama-style rhetoric. God Help Us All.

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Part 1: Beware the Moderate Democrat

  • https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/the_moderate_armadillo.jpg?itok=oFkR5nAL / "There's nothing in the middle of the road," the progressive populist Jim Hightower of Texas famously quipped, "but yellow stripes and dead Armadillos."
  • Why the centrist extremists are an incredibly dangerous political animal

Les Leopold, Common Dreams

February 02, 2019 | The "moderate."

Such a soothing political word. It conjures up a reasonable, considerate person who seeks the middle ground between ideological extremists: Works well with others, crosses the aisle to make good policy, knows how to win incremental change rather than issuing jarring proclamations that jump too far ahead of the electorate. A moderate is pragmatic, gets things done and doesn't let the perfect become the enemy of the good.

Oh, in these troubled times, aren't such moderates—beloved as they are by right-wingers like Bret Stephens—desperately needed?

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/les_leopold.jpgLes Leopold, the director of the Labor Institute in New York, is working with unions, worker centers and community organizations to build a national economics educational campaign. His latest book, Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice (Oct 2015), is a text for that effort.

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Part 2: ‘Socialism surging in Iowa’ gives cold feet to centrist Democrats contemplating 2020 run: report

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Jon Queally, Common Dreams / AlterNet

February 3, 2019 | Amid warnings within progressive circles that the “moderate Democrat” remains a serious obstacle to the kind of transformative change many rank-and-file party members and voters in general say they want, new reporting by Axios on Saturday shows that it might be the centrists who are getting cold feet as they register just how hungry the electorate has become for policy solutions like Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, tuition-free higher education, and taxation that targets the nation’s wealthiest.

Citing informed sources, Axios reports that both “Michael Bloomberg and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, each of whom were virtual locks to run, are having serious second thoughts after watching Democrats embrace “Medicare for All,” big tax increases and the Green New Deal. Joe Biden, who still wants to run, is being advised to delay any plans to see how this lurch to the left plays out. If Biden runs, look for Bloomberg and McAuliffe to bow out.”

Jon Queally: As seen in: Mint Press News, AlterNet, RawStory, Common Dreams, Truthout, Truthdig, In These Times, EcoWatch, BillMoyers.com, Wisconsin Gazette, Green Builder Magazine and more

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Part 3: The Last Thing America Needs Right Now is a 'Centrist Independent'

Howard Schultz is contemplating a run for president, while Kamala Harris leans into Obama-style rhetoric. God Help Us All.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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Jan 28, 2019 | There was a lot that was intriguing about the high-end rollout of Senator Kamala Harris's presidential campaign on Sunday. The announcement rally itself seemed to shut down most of Oakland. Harris's speech, which has been slightly overpraised, but which was quite solid and occasionally soaring in its quasi-Obama-ish way, had a lot in it to fascinate the casual observer.

For example, the biggest knock against Harris so far is based in her career as a prosecutor, during which she took some stands and actions that run contrary to the post-Ferguson mood among liberal activists. Hence, she's on a unique tightrope that her primary rivals— with the possible exception of Joe Biden, who has other problems, too—don't have to walk. She gave an extended look at the techniques she will try to use to keep from falling.

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These are the obscure Trump staffers who are systematically dismantling the federal government.

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  • Back in October a leaked Office of Management and Budget document revealed that eight staffers are quietly poised to take an axe to domestic policy. After examining these eight members, we found they're deeply conservative and uniquely suited to dismantle or outsource major parts of the federal government.
  • Related: Republicans’ lack of alarm over the shutdown reveals a disturbing truth.
  • Related: Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors.

Josh Israel, Danielle McLean, Think Progress
Yvette Cabrera, Joshua Eaton, and Kira Lerner contributed reporting to this story.


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Dec 18, 2017 | In August 2016, a day after then-presidential candidate Donald Trump announced some of his economic plans, he called in to Fox Business Network to discuss those plans with host Maria Bartiromo. In their conversation, Trump insisted his assault on government programs would not have any negative ramifications. “We’re going to be doing smart budget cuts, budget cuts that will make it just as good or better than it is right now but for a lot less money,” he vowed.

Congress has not yet enacted his massive budget cuts, but that has not stopped the administration from dispatching a team of domestic policy aides to push for cuts, unilateral executive actions, and conservative actions across the federal government.

Josh Israel has been senior investigative reporter for ThinkProgress since 2012.

Danielle McLean is an investigative reporter at ThinkProgress.

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Republicans’ lack of alarm over the shutdown reveals a disturbing truth. Ross Barkan, the Guardian


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The rightwing, anti-government forces which first took root in the Republican party more than 40 years ago are now in full bloom and Trump is their willing avatar.

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Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors. Credo Action / Ultraviolet

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  • Tell Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos:   "Do not eviscerate protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault."
  • Related: These are the obscure Trump staffers who are systematically dismantling the federal government.

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