Democratic National Convention 2016 Open Thread

It’s the Democrats turn for their convention this week July 25-28 2016 in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pa.

The Drama, pre Convention, was the Release of the DNC emails by Wikileaks. These emails show that the DNC and the Hillary Campaign were working together against Bernie Sanders. The head of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz seems to be at the center of what some people are calling the rigging of the Democratic Primary and the released emails show that this happened. Debbie was dismissed as head of the convention and the DNC and was promptly hired by the Hillary campaign. So after a week of Drama with Trump antics at the Republican National Convention, we are in for another week of infighting at the Democratic National Convention. This has been a years for BAD Surprises.

Bernie Sanders and his followers are coming back in the spotlight and there is much talk about a Third Party, a strong Third Party which might actually be the outcome of this election.

What will happen next in this year of strange surprises?

928 thoughts on “Democratic National Convention 2016 Open Thread”

  1. This Is the Man Spearheading the Newest Voter Suppression Effort
    By Charles P. Pierce Aug 31, 2016 235

    One of the primary moles in our democracy does his business amid the amber waves of grain wafting over the fruited plains of Kansas. His name is Kris Kobach, and he is the Secretary of State out there in Brownbackistan. So far, in his career, Kobach has been the guy that John Ashcroft tasked with weeding out foreign travelers in the wake of 9/11—and Kobach’s program was so deeply involved in racial profiling that it was shut down. He also was the author of Arizona’s notorious “Papers, Please” law.

    Is it at all necessary to point out that Donald Trump thinks Kris Kobach is the bee’s knees? I didn’t think so.

    Now, in Rolling Stone, Greg Palast explains the most recent way that Kobach has been gnawing at the fundamental infrastructure of democracy. It’s called the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, and it is yet another way to suppress the franchise of the people that Kris Kobach would rather not have voting. Allegedly, this latest scam is supposed to stop people from voting in more than one state, which is another non-problem that Kobach thinks needs a really draconian solution.

    As you can imagine, Crosscheck doesn’t address the non-existent problem, but it does precisely what it’s supposed to be doing. [more]

  2. I was born early during the Eisenhower administration. I was still young and barely aware during the Kennedy administration. I began to awake during the Johnson administration and I was fully-fucking-aware during the Nixon administration.

    Study of history taught me that I do not agree with all of the policies and actions of Eisenhower or Kennedy. A combination of history and current events taught me that I do not agree with all of the policies and actions of Johnson. I did not need history to teach me that I do not agree with all of the policies and actions of Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama.

    That’s how it works, like it or not. There ain’t no Holy of Holies. If there ever is, s/he won’t be in politics.

  3. A comment from a New York Times reader…

    Mike Ann Arbor, Michigan 14 minutes ago
    Mr. Trump, tear down that imaginary wall!
    File under, “Damn! I wish I’d said that.”

  4. Did you listen to Trump’s speech and if so what do you think?

    To me it was the same ole, same ole scary, hateful Trump and completely different than what he spoke about in Mexico hours earlier!

  5. Already….

    After subdued trip to Mexico, Trump talks tough on immigration in Phoenix

    MEXICO CITY — Donald Trump, who has made maligning illegal immigrants from Mexico a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday — striking a remarkably subdued and cooperative tone as he faced a world leader who forcefully opposes his signature proposals.

    Yet just hours later in a major speech on immigration in Phoenix, the Republican presidential nominee had returned to the aggressive tenor that has defined much of his campaign. Repeatedly raising his voice to a yell, he said that “anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation,” and he vowed to crack down especially hard on illegal immigrants who have committed other crimes. [more]

    Donald Trump loses it with unhinged immigration speech, calls to deport Hillary Clinton
    After returning from his trip to Mexico, Donald Trump finally gave his immigration speech that quickly turned into a sideshow. [more]

  6. RationalPoet ‏@Brianrrs37 3h3 hours ago North Carolina, USA

    @co_rapunzel4 And Mexico’s president did say they were not going to pay for a wall. Trump is simply a fucking con artist.

    Business4Hillary ‏@puppymnkey 3h3 hours ago

    Now imagine Trump lying about the results of a meeting with China, Russia, Korea etc. it’s not a small thing. #imwithher

    Ellen Fedell ‏@LvsPnthers 21m21 minutes ago Rapid City, SD

    All @allinwithchris & @maddow do is promote Trump & trash Clinton. @MSNBC & rest of #MSM want Ad $$ from a closer race, country be damned

    Ronald Brownstein ‏@RonBrownstein 16m16 minutes ago

    It’s just possible that Mexico’s president did not fully think through how to handle this meeting. @LeonKrauze…

    MSNBC ‏@MSNBC 2h2 hours ago

    Trump: “Mexico will pay for the wall. 100%. They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for it.”

    Joy Reid ‏@JoyAnnReid 1h1 hour ago

    Sometimes I really can’t believe this is America in 2016.


    Supreme Court won’t let North Carolina use strict voting law

    …An evenly divided court said Wednesday that it would not restore the law that a unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit found unconstitutional…
    How’s that obstruction workin’ for ya, McConnell?

  8. Question! Trump said he will start deporting people the first hour he is President. Can he do that without Congress. If he does try to do it without Congress would make him a dictator!

  9. Congress Appears To Have No Place In Trump’s Grand Plans

    Donald Lambro

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has set forth a long list of precedent-setting policy actions he’ll take if he’s elected president of the United States.

    But he rarely, if ever, talks about how he will enact them, seemingly suggesting that he can, like President Obama, simply sign an executive order to achieve his policies with the stroke of a pen.

    Build a 10- to 15-foot wall along our 2,000-mile border with Mexico, across often impenetrable terrain, costing at least tens of billions of dollars? No problem.

    Knowing Congress will never appropriate the vast sums to pay for Trump’s wall, he assured voters from the very beginning that it won’t cost taxpayers one red cent. He will simply force Mexico’s government to pay for all of it — even though Mexican officials, from the president on down, have said that will never happen.

  10. The Ring of Fire
    8 hrs ·

    The Mylan Pharmaceutical price hike story is just one of many instances of Big Pharma executives putting profits ahead of people. Every major pharmaceutical company in America does the same thing, and it all has to do with their greed.

  11. The Ring of Fire with The Young Turks.
    9 hrs ·

    The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur interviews attorney and author Mike Papantonio on Republican bigotry and the future of the progressive movement.

  12. Greg Palast
    12 hrs ·

    “This is bigger than me.”
    Actors and Activists Rosario Dawson and Tim Robbins join investigative journalist Greg Palast discussing the media and the #2016 election.

  13. Jack Warren‎
    Thom Hartmann Listeners
    21 hrs ·
    Auto Posting – The Int.

    “Trump owns companies that have sought to import at least 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas since 2000, according to U.S. Department of Labor data reviewed by Reuters. Most of the applications were approved, the data show.

    Nine companies majority-owned by Trump have sought to bring in foreign waitresses, cooks, vineyard workers and other laborers on temporary work-visa programs administered by the Labor Department.”

    Media Matters for America
    3 hrs ·

    Mika Brzezinski: People like Ann Coulter “are hurting America” and have no place in the mainstream media.

  14. Revealed: Conway, Bannon Members of Secretive Group

    The two political operatives chosen earlier this month to lead Donald Trump’s presidential campaign after two former managers departed have been members of the secretive Council for National Policy (CNP), Hatewatch has learned

    Longtime Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway and Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of the far-right Breitbart News operation, were named on Aug. 17 as, respectively, the Trump campaign’s manager and its chief executive officer. The appointment of Bannon was by far the more controversial choice, given his role at a “news” outlet known for bashing immigrants, Muslims, women and others.

    The CNP is an intensely secretive and shadowy group of what The New York Times once described as “the most powerful conservatives in the country.” It is so tight-lipped that it tells people not to admit their membership or even name the group. Revealing when or where the group meets, or what it discusses, is also forbidden. The organization, which can only be joined by invitation and at a cost of thousands of dollars, strives mightily to keep its membership rolls secret.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which publishes Hatewatch, obtained a copy this spring of the CNP’s 2014 membership directory, a closely held document. It shows that Conway was a member of the CNP’s executive committee that year, and that Bannon was a regular member. It is not known if they remain.

  15. Charlie Pierce:
    Newspapers, television, everything.

    Donald Trump’s Trip to Mexico Was an Embarrassment for Our Nation’s Media

    This is how Donald Trump began his speech on Wednesday night.

    “Tonight is not going to be a normal rally speech. Instead, I am going to deliver a detailed policy address on one of the greatest challenges facing our country today: immigration.”

    Whew. I’m glad he told us that. If that was a detailed policy address, I’d have hated to see the rally speech. He’d have biting the heads off live chickens by the third paragraph.

    Quite simply, for almost 98 minutes, the presidential candidate of one of our two major political parties did a very convincing imitation of someone who should not be allowed out in public without a keeper, and whose keeper should not be allowed anywhere near him without a net, sufficient backup, and a tranquilizer gun capable of inducing coma in a herd of drunken elephants.

    Again, this was the only story to be covered on Wednesday night. It obliterated the earlier dog-and-pony show in Mexico. It made a jackass out of every member of the media who ever has used the word “presidential” in any connection with El Caudillo del Mar-A-Lago, and particularly those members of the media who got played for suckers on Wednesday afternoon.

    They were still looking for the pea under the shells even after the televised mania in Arizona was over. It was being argued that Trump had “moderated” his stance on rounding folks up, which he certainly had not, unless you consider changing “deportation force” to “deportation task force” a triumph for policy nuance. MSNBC decided that what was required was the cogent analysis of Bill Kristol and Hugh Hewitt. Meanwhile, CNN continued its rapid descent into the bail-bonds business by allowing Trump employee Corey Lewandowski back on its air. The New York Times rearranged its misinterpretation of events until nobody there seemed to know what was going on.

    And one of the well written comment on this…

    Stephan Alan Sonn
    Stephan Alan Sonn: Those of us who are endowed with larger lobes and orbs seem to have to suffer whims and specter of a completely artificial Trump assent, hatched in Hell. By what lapse of collective sanity did this occur. The media was only part of it, the rest not seen from Plato’s cave. Trump was a wild card that The Koch should have anticipated…Troublesome at first, Trump decimated the alternative party by hijacking the Koch Tea Party creation. Republicans indeed served as an instrument of institutional democracy, however much a prop… There is a plan at work here. Nothing new under the sun, but the modern presentation, the benefit of stealth and the culled demise of intellect. …This is playing out metaphorically in part, by the New York Times targeting the Clinton’s, who are the best defense vehicle at our disposal. It is both a grand spoof on ourselves and a cosmic tragedy as seen from another reality perspective.

  16. Social Security Works
    2 hrs ·

    Congressional Republicans are refusing to allow the Social Security Administration adequate funding. That makes it harder for the American people to access their earned benefits!

    The 47ers
    12 hrs ·

    Rachel Maddow shows how throughout American history, when normal politics breaks down, fringe voices gain prominence scapegoating immigrant groups.

  17. Donald Trump and the president of Mexico are fighting on Twitter

    Donald Trump flew to Mexico yesterday for a meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto.

    After the meeting, Trump said that he and the president did not discuss the question of who would pay for Trump’s proposed wall on the US–Mexican border. Then Trump went to a rally in Phoenix where he delivered a deranged, ranty speech about the evils of immigration and reiterated that Mexico will pay for the wall. Early this morning on Twitter, he again made his point clear.

    Donald J. Trump Verified account @realDonaldTrump

    Mexico will pay for the wall!

    Peña Nieto, meanwhile, was under fire in Mexico for not having stood up to Trump adequately in their post-meeting press conference. But his staff put the word out that during the meeting he said Mexico would not pay for the construction of the wall, a stance he reiterated on Twitter this afternoon in reply to Trump.

    Enrique Peña Nieto ✔ @EPN

    Repito lo que le dije personalmente, Sr. Trump: México jamás pagaría por un muro.

    This means, basically, “Repeating what I told you in person, Mr. Trump: Mexico will never pay for a wall.”

    To be fussy and technical about it, my view is that given the current low interest rate environment, the question of who actually finances the wall’s construction is fairly secondary. The problem with the wall, economically speaking, is that building both the wall and the necessary supporting infrastructure (much of the border passes through wilderness or desert areas that currently lack the roads you would need to ship in the components) would require an enormous amount of manpower, concrete, steel, and other construction materials. [more]

  18. Christopher Johnson
    2 hrs ·

    What kind of reporting is this where you just drive around looking for yard signs and then determine there’s not going to be a big turnout? No mention was made to the obstructive efforts of the NC state government and no visit was made to any Democratic campaign office.

    This is not reporting, it’s story telling in search of a meme or laying validity to an existing one.

    Some people are saying NPR dropped comments on their blog because too many concerned listeners were pointing out the consistently shoddy shortcut story telling trying to pose as real journalism.

    Trump was mentioned 12 times in the story, Clinton 14. NPR All Things Considered

    Sponsored ·

    RNC head Priebus claims Clinton Foundation has 80% overhead — it’s actually 12%

    GOP head Reince Priebus is claiming that a whopping 80% of the Clinton Foundation’s expenses go to overhead — yeah, try 12%. For a party that claims to have gotten beyond its penchant for intolerance, it’s interesting that the Republicans are so hell-bent on shutting down an organization that is currently providing life-saving drugs to 11.8 million people with AIDS in developing countries, including 800,000 children. You’d think trying to shut that down would be a bad thing. And trying to shut it down based on a lie is borderline bigoted, as it shows a rank disregard for the lives of people with AIDS. That’s something the Republicans told us they’d finally gotten beyond, promoting policies that blithely kill people with HIV. Yeah, not so much.…/rnc-head-claims-clinton-foundation…

    Here’s Why We All Need to Stop Trusting WikiLeaks
    The once independent whistle-blowing group now seems tied to the Russian government.

    As a journalist, I’ve always loved the idea of WikiLeaks. A safe place where whistle blowers and others with inside information could anonymously share data that the public needs to know. In a digital age when the once-great newspaper industry is on the decline and there are fewer checks than there should be on corporate and governmental power, WikiLeaks seemed to restore a small degree of balance.

    But then things changed. In the last few months, WikiLeaks’ actions and motivations have increasingly seemed untrustworthy. Yesterday, the New York Times published the results of a lengthy investigation into WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. The reporters noted that–for whatever reason–WikiLeaks’ latest activities have often tended to benefit Russia, particularly its president Vladimir Putin.

    US officials say they are highly confident that the Democratic National Committee emails WikiLeaks released last month were obtained by Russian government hackers. “That raises a question,” the Times story says. “Has WikiLeaks become a laundering machine for compromising material gathered by Russian spies? And more broadly, what precisely is the relationship between Mr. Assange and Mr. Putin’s Kremlin?”

    Organizations like WikiLeaks work when they have no agenda except one: Reveal the whole truth and let the chips fall where they may. While WikiLeaks started out that way, that isn’t what it’s doing now.

    Here are some reasons I don’t trust WikiLeaks anymore, and I don’t think anyone should:

    1. It continues to deny that its information comes from the Russian government.

    Assange insisted to the Times that there is no “concrete evidence” that material it published came from Russia’s intelligence agencies. That’s an odd way of putting it, especially since Assange has also said that WikiLeaks would publish material from those agencies anyhow. And with US intelligence agencies saying Russia was the source of the material, it seems to be an open secret. Why keep denying the source of the emails? The only reason I can think of is that Russia told them to.

    With this in mind, it’s worth remembering that Assange works for the Russian government–literally. He’s been given a television show to host on Russia Today, the Kremlin’s state-sponsored television network. ]more]

  20. Esquire Politics
    3 hrs ·

    This week in the laboratories of democracy.

    Georgia Residents Will Vote for President on the Windows 2000 Operating System|By Charles P. Pierce

    e begin this week in Minnesota, land of weaponized Nice, where the local Republicans have decided that the state’s image could use a little toughening up through several verses from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Morons.

    ThinkProgress explains it to us.

    But an unruly protest outside an August 19 Trump event in downtown Minneapolis presented the Minnesota Republican party (MNGOP) with an opportunity. And party leadership is exploiting it, going so far as to create a “Security Planning support service” to protect Republican candidates — an entity the party believes is necessary because police officers aren’t getting the job done… In a Tuesday press release, he announced his party is creating “a new Security Planning support service that will be provided to Republican candidates, event planners and local district organizations.” While that sounds uncomfortably like a political police force, the release notes that “the assistance is intended only to help with planning security, not providing it.” That security service will be made up of “volunteer former law enforcement and security planning professionals.”

    It probably would be unfair to refer to this as a proposal to organize vigilantes under color of law because, dammit, this is Minnesota where, even if they had vigilantes, they would be the nicest, most helpful vigilantes there ever were, anywhere. They would help elderly protesters across the street before breaking their heads. They might organize mayhem but, after the mayhem was over, everybody would get together for hot-dish.

    Traveling down to Florida, where they had a right nice little old election on Tuesday, we find that Angela Corey, the prosecutor whose performance in the George Zimmerman case made Marcia Clark look like Savonarola, and whose performance in the Marissa Alexander case made Savonarola look like Marcia Clark, got herself beaten for re-election. [more]

  21. Democrats really might have a shot at taking the House. Here’s the math.

    There’s one key shorthand to watch if you’re trying to figure out the state of the House race.

    Hillary Clinton has a healthy lead over Donald Trump in the polls. Republicans look likely to lose control of the Senate. Could Democrats hit the trifecta — and also take back the House of Representatives this fall?

    It’s not impossible.

    Even though most analysts think it’s unlikely — Democrats would need to pick up 30 seats, including in reliably Republican territory — there is one political analyst who has a theory of how it could happen.

    Geoffrey Skelley, who closely tracks congressional races at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, suggests there’s a crude shorthand for evaluating the battle for the House: Look to see if Clinton can beat Trump by 6 points or more in the presidential race. If that happens, Skelley projects 50 seats would be in play.

    If Clinton wins by 6 points — and current polling suggests she might — it would mean Democrats could have a real, genuine, honest-to-goodness shot at pulling off what looked impossible just a few months ago.

    By most projections, Democrats look more likely to get closer to 15 or 20 seats, not the 30 they’d need. Many states have gerrymandered safe Republican seats that would require an extraordinary landslide to do the trick. In 2012, for instance, Democratic House candidates won 1.7 million more votes than their Republican foes — and still ended up with 33 fewer members of the House. This is why even many Democrats believe taking the House is unlikely.

    But unlikely doesn’t mean impossible. Here’s the math behind how Democrats’ long-shot dream might just become a reality.
    Projection: A 6-point Clinton victory would put 50 Republican-held House seats in play

    Get a district to vote for your party’s presidential nominee and your party will also probably win its House seat. [more]

  22. BREAKING: Four Star Army Generals DEFIANTLY Make First Presidential Endorsement Of Their Careers

    Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton continues to receive endorsements from America’s top military leaders from both sides of the aisle.

    Two retired four-star U.S. Army generals stepped up on Thursday morning and endorsed the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. Although both Gens. David Maddox and Bob Sennewald say they have never endorsed a political candidate before, they both felt compelled to speak out this election cycle.

    The two issued a joint statement to the press, saying:

    ‘Having each served over 34 years and retired as an Army four-star general, we each have worked closely with America’s strongest allies, both in NATO and throughout Asia.

    ‘Our votes have always been private, and neither of us has ever previously lent his name or voice to a presidential candidate. Having studied what is at stake for this country and the alternatives we have now, we see only one viable leader, and will be voting this November for Secretary Hillary Clinton.’

    As reported in the Washington Post, Hillary Clinton continues to destroy the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, when it comes for foreign policy.

  23. Reuters TV ‏@ReutersTV Aug 29

    Trump surrogates squirm under increased scrutiny. Watch now:

    Michael F Ozaki MD ‏@brontyman 4m4 minutes ago

    CNN’s Calamity Worsens: Lewandowski Reportedly Prepping Trump For Debates

    Trump is a Loser ‏@LosinDonald 40m40 minutes ago

    Trump pays IRS a penalty for his foundation violating rules with gift to aid Florida attorney general

    FiveThirtyEight Verified account @FiveThirtyEight

    There’s probably nothing that will change Clinton or Trump supporters’ minds:

    Donald ‏@canativeobt 14m14 minutes ago

    NASA: Earth is warming at an ‘unprecedented pace’ via @YouTube #TYTlive #Climate #Fracking #GetMoneyOut

    Will Schmitt @ws_missouri

    .@RoyBlunt, @JasonKander still close in @ppppolls poll that asks about federal minimum wage. … @springfieldNL

    The Telegraph Verified account @Telegraph

    Turkey warns: we will treat Britons fighting with Kurds as terrorists

    Mikey Kay ‏@MikeyKayNYC 2h2 hours ago

    Mikey Kay Retweeted The Telegraph

    So, Turkey will regard anyone that signs up to fight w/ the Syrian Kurds, against the Islamic State, as terrorists.

  24. Progressive Politics
    9 hrs ·

    “Donald J. Trump has a Catholic problem. He has a Mormon problem too, an African-American problem, a Hispanic problem, a women problem. The one group that poses no problem, to our shame, is white Evangelicals.”

    Democracy Now! ‏@democracynow 2h2 hours ago

    U.S. Arms Manufacturer to Stop Making Cluster Bombs

    Billmon ‏@billmon1 2h2 hours ago

    It mystifies me how this election keeps finding new depths of awfulness to plumb. An endlessly inventive cosmic narrator.

  25. @toniD:

    U.S. Arms Manufacturer to Stop Making Cluster Bombs

    Probably a good thing… considering Obama has refused to sign the Cluster Munitions Treaty since day one and US Politician are starting point a finger at Russia for the increasing number of clusterbomb deaths in Syria

  26. @toniD:

    So, Turkey will regard anyone that signs up to fight w/ the Syrian Kurds, against the Islamic State, as terrorists.

    Always have… always will…

  27. @toniD:

    Projection: A 6-point Clinton victory would put 50 Republican-held House seats in play

    Yes, but what good will that do if all of them turn out to be like Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

  28. The Rachel Maddow Show
    2 hrs ·

    “It is one of the ugliest things we have ever been as a country, and we are now living it in our generation again.”

    Below is the concluding thesis of Rachel Maddow’s remarks on Donald Trump’s immigration speech last night. In short, when the Republican Party ceased to function as a policy-driven, governing entity, fringe voices took over. And our history shows that when the fringe fills a political vacuum, the result is scapegoating of immigrants.

    Full segment:
    Social Security Works
    5 hrs ·

    #ThrowbackThursday: On September 1, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an expansion of Social Security into law.

    HuffPost Politics
    5 hrs ·

    “My biggest problem with Donald Trump … It’s not his cockamamie policies, it’s the way he treats people.” — Vice President Biden

    The Raw Story
    10 hrs ·

    Joe Biden just ripped Donald Trump a new one in a speech delivered at a campaign stop in Warren, Ohio:

    “This is the guy born with a silver spoon in his mouth that now he’s choking on — because his foot’s in his mouth along with his spoon”


  29. Liberals and Welfare Reform: Denying the Damage They’ve Done
    September 2, 2016
    by Eoin Higgins

    In a recent POLITICO interview Hillary Clinton confidant Neera Tanden said she was always “opposed to welfare reform.”

    “I never worked on— was never involved with welfare reform,” said Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress and former aide to Clinton during the latter’s time as both First Lady and Senator from New York.

    That’s not true— but Tanden’s reflexive denial is standard fare from the Clintons and their surrogates.

    Welfare reform is a particularly touchy subject for the Clinton camp. The bill was seen as widely destructive and has had almost universally negative consequences in the 20 years since its passage.

    Tanden’s involvement in the law’s implementation after 1996— however limited— has been the subject of some of the more effective challenges to her advocacy for Clinton.

    The specter of welfare reform has haunted Tanden’s social media all year.

    In May of this year, a fight on Twitter between Tanden and progressive blogger Matt Bruenig ended with Bruenig losing his position with British think tank Demos. Here‘s a good overview from Gawker (RIP).

    Most recently, The Intercept reporter Zaid Jilani mentioned that White House Domestic Policy head Bruce Reed acknowledged during an interview that Tanden was involved in welfare reform implementation.

    Reed was the architect of the welfare reform bill in 1996 and stayed in the White House through the end of the Clinton administration, so it stands to reason he might know what he’s talking about. When faced with Reed’s statement, Tanden flatly denied any involvement in drafting the bill (which nobody suggested she had been involved in) and in implementation of welfare reform in any way.

    Not to be dissuaded, Jilani produced audio of the exchange. Tanden then posted what she said was an email from Reed absolving her of any involvement.

    I watched this exchange with some interest and went to the Clinton Library’s digital archive to see what I could find. I dug up three documents related to welfare and bearing Tanden’s name via cc. They are:

    A fax header for a packet on welfare implementation re children’s benefits; a cc on an American Public Welfare Association document on how the law’s implementation would affect children; and, perhaps most revealing, a cc on an internal White House document clearly plotting out how to implement the law’s harsh penalties while maintaining other benefits.

    Twitter user @vabayad also dug up documents referring to Tanden’s involvement.

    The evidence I found indicates that Tanden was at least tangentially involved in the implementation of the law, if only on how it affected child welfare in the US. At the very least she helped to manage how the law would affect its victims— and that at least meets the standard of involvement in implementation.

    So why lie? Why not just admit involvement, frame it as protecting those most negatively affected by the law, and move on?

    Apparently admitting blame is not the way things are done in the Clintonian spin zone. For the Clintons and their surrogates, it’s better to deny deny deny.

    Acknowledging any involvement in a politically unpopular policy would be worse than admitting involvement with the added nuance of what that involvement meant in practice.

    It’s disappointing. But not surprising.

    You can hear Tanden on her time in the White House and welfare reform beginning at 17:20 here.

  30. Michele Happe
    1 hr ·

    “The Midwest was, at least until recently, a bastion of union strength. Southern states, by contrast, are mostly “right-to-work” states where unions never gained a strong foothold. Private-sector unions have been shrinking across the country for decades, but they are stronger in the Midwest than in most other parts of the country. In Michigan, 23 percent of manufacturing production workers were union members in 2015; in South Carolina, less than 2 percent were.

    Unions also help explain why the middle class is healthier in the Midwest than in the Southeast, where manufacturing jobs have been growing rapidly in recent decades. A new analysis from the Pew Research Center this week explored the state of the middle class in different parts of the country by looking at the share of households making between two-thirds and double the national median income, after controlling for the local cost of living. In many Midwestern cities, 60 percent or more of households are considered “middle-income” by this definition; in some Southern cities, even those with large manufacturing bases, middle-income households are now in the minority.”

  31. OurFuture ‏@OurFuture 2h2 hours ago

    Richard Eskow: How Much Will the War On Unions Cost You This Labor Day?

    4q2 ‏@ForQ2 5h5 hours ago

    trump who rails against $$ in politics, isn’t “self-funding” & now hires poster child for $$ in politics

    Vox ‏@voxdotcom 17m17 minutes ago

    The 2016 Presidential debate moderators have officially been announced:
    Lester Holt, Elaine Quijano, Martha Raddatz, Anderson Cooper, and Chris Wallace.

    Anders Andreyevitch @ANDREYEVSKY

    What kind of man is Donald Trump? He withdrew medical support from his infant nephew, born with cerebral palsy.

    Alberto Support Dems ‏@aefadul22 25m25 minutes ago

    Watchdog Group Destroys GOP Conspiracy Theories By Giving Clinton Foundation High Marks via @politicususa

  32. Wow! From 1971. A must read!!

    Laurel Krause
    August 28 at 2:37pm ·

    READ the #Disgusting and #Revealing #LewisPowell #Memo from 1971 blueprinting America’s corporate takeover with special emphasis on targeting #Student #Protest

    “In his memo, he said it was time to fight back against the “Attack of the American Free Enterprise System” from “perfectly respectable elements of society” like the “college campus, the pulpit, the media, the intellectual and literary journals, the arts and sciences and from politicians.”

    “Colleges were targeted for their liberal teachings, with Powell calling for “constructive action” to include staffing colleges with those who “believe in the system”, applying pressure to ensure the right sort of speakers appear on campus, and keeping textbooks “under constant surveillance.”

    Kent State Truth Tribunal with The Allison Center for Peace & Healing

    The Lewis Powell Memo: A Corporate Blueprint to Dominate Democracy

    Written in 1971 to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Lewis Powell Memo was a blueprint for corporate domination of American Democracy.

    Attack on American Free Enterprise System
    DATE: August 23, 1971
    TO: Mr. Eugene B. Sydnor, Jr., Chairman, Education Committee, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    FROM: Lewis F. Powell, Jr.

    This memorandum is submitted at your request as a basis for the discussion on August 24 with Mr. Booth (executive vice president) and others at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The purpose is to identify the problem, and suggest possible avenues of action for further consideration.

    Dimensions of the Attack
    No thoughtful person can question that the American economic system is under broad attack. This varies in scope, intensity, in the techniques employed, and in the level of visibility.

    There always have been some who opposed the American system, and preferred socialism or some form of statism (communism or fascism). Also, there always have been critics of the system, whose criticism has been wholesome and constructive so long as the objective was to improve rather than to subvert or destroy.

    But what now concerns us is quite new in the history of America. We are not dealing with sporadic or isolated attacks from a relatively few extremists or even from the minority socialist cadre. Rather, the assault on the enterprise system is broadly based and consistently pursued. It is gaining momentum and converts.

    Sources of the Attack
    The sources are varied and diffused. They include, not unexpectedly, the Communists, New Leftists and other revolutionaries who would destroy the entire system, both political and economic. These extremists of the left are far more numerous, better financed, and increasingly are more welcomed and encouraged by other elements of society, than ever before in our history. But they remain a small minority, and are not yet the principal cause for concern.

    The most disquieting voices joining the chorus of criticism come from perfectly respectable elements of society: from the college campus, the pulpit, the media, the intellectual and literary journals, the arts and sciences, and from politicians. In most of these groups the movement against the system is participated in only by minorities. Yet, these often are the most articulate, the most vocal, the most prolific in their writing and speaking.

    Moreover, much of the media — for varying motives and in varying degrees — either voluntarily accords unique publicity to these “attackers,” or at least allows them to exploit the media for their purposes. This is especially true of television, which now plays such a predominant role in shaping the thinking, attitudes and emotions of our people.

    One of the bewildering paradoxes of our time is the extent to which the enterprise system tolerates, if not participates in, its own destruction.

    The campuses from which much of the criticism emanates are supported by (i) tax funds generated largely from American business, and (ii) contributions from capital funds controlled or generated by American business. The boards of trustees of our universities overwhelmingly are composed of men and women who are leaders in the system.

    Most of the media, including the national TV systems, are owned and theoretically controlled by corporations which depend upon profits, and the enterprise system to survive.

  33. Bernie Sanders
    14 hrs ·

    At a time when wealth inequality is obscenely high, and workers’ wages are obscenely low, we need more unions, not less.

    Bernie Sanders
    18 hrs ·

    Colorado could lead the nation in moving toward a system to ensure better health care for more people at less cost. If this proposal for universal health care can win in Colorado, I believe it will spread around the country.

  34. The History of English in 10 Minutes
    A compilation of ten videos on the history of the English language. I compiled the videos….

  35. I heard this yesterday while watching Joy Reid and cringed when Gutierrez said this. He just dissed his own people. It was the talk of twitter and now MSNBC has played it back all morning.

    Bob Stein‎
    3 hrs ·

    Build a wall around your neighborhood and make taco truck owners pay for it. Beware of their burritos and queer quesadillas, and don’t let those roughneck refried beans near your kids.

    Trump surrogate warns of ‘taco trucks on every corner’ if Hillary Clinton wins

    During a segment on Thursday night’s episode of MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes,” Latinos for Trump founder Marco Gutierrez offered a deliciously dystopian prophesy for America should Donald Trump not, in fact, make it to the White House.

    “My culture is a very dominant culture,” Gutierrez, who is Mexican, explained to to guest host Joy Reid, when asked about Donald Trump’s recent Arizona speech where he unveiled a ten-point plan to address immigration.

    “It is imposing and it’s causing problems,” Gutierrez continued. “If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.”

    Which sounds…delicious?

    Here’s the video:

  36. Charlie Pierce:

    Greetings from Michigan, Where the Wrong People Are Being Pulled off Food Stamps

    This is what happens when you run government like a business.

    Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan, the One Tough Nerd of campaigns past whose approach to Running The Government Like A Business helped turn the water in Flint into a chemistry set, is still Running Government Like A Business—which should be obvious to anyone who’s ever had any contact with cable companies, health insurance firms, or payday lenders out by the airport.

    The latest evidence comes from The Detroit Free Press.

    Walter Barry, a 46-year-old mentally disabled Detroit man who lives with his mother, lost his public assistance when his name turned up in a fugitive database: His brother had stolen his name and used it as an alias when he was arrested about 25 years ago. Identity theft victim Donitha Copeland, a onetime homeless woman, lost her food benefits when her name showed up in the same database: There was an outstanding warrant for her arrest for writing bad checks in Kalamazoo, though she had never been there. Kenneth Anderson, a disabled 58-year-old man who requires oxygen 24 hours a day, lost his food assistance, too, because of an arrest warrant involving a nephew—not him.

    The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals looked at these cases and found something amiss. Namely, that Michigan’s Fugitive Felon Law, which was employed to cut some 20,000 people off public assistance, was so badly administered that it couldn’t tell Shirley Booth from John Wilkes. [more]

  37. Beatrice M Medini‎
    Bill Maher Rules!!!!
    14 hrs · Shore View, NJ ·

    Trump is leading a revolution of stupid within the Republican Party. The presumptive 2016 nominee represents all of the fear, bigotry, and bias that has been pumped into the Republican Party by conservative media. The Trump supporters are out of touch reality on every level, and they have taken over the Republican Party.

    American Idiots: Poll Proves Trump Supporters Are The Stupidest People In The US
    A new poll revealed that depth of bigoted stupidity of Republican voters who are supporting Donald Trump.|By Jason Easley

  38. Robert Reich
    23 hrs ·

    I’ve almost given up trying to correct Trump’s lies because every time he opens his mouth he emits more of them. But his speech yesterday in Pheonix on immigration was so trumped-up that it’s important to be reminded of the truth. Here are 6 Trump whoppers about immigration:

    1. Trump’s claim that “illegal immigration costs our country more than $113 billion a year” is pure baloney. In fact, most undocumented workers pay into Social Security and other programs from which they’ll never benefit.

    2. Trump says Clinton’s plan will provide Social Security to illegal immigrants. False. It won’t.

    3. He says Clinton plans to bring in 620,000 new refugees from Syria. Wrong. She doesn’t.

    4. Trump describes unauthorized immigrants as aggravated felons, whose crimes include murder. Wrong again. According to U.S. Sentencing Commission data, homicides are a small percent of the crimes committed by non citizens (whether they are in the U.S. illegally or not).

    5. He describes unauthorized immigrants as more dangerous than native-born Americans. False. According to FBI data, a smaller percent of undocumented immigrants commit serious crimes than do native-born Americans.

    6. Trump says illegal immigration is growing. Baloney. Illegal flows of people across the Southern border in fiscal 2015 were at the lowest levels since 1972, except for in 2011, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

    Trump continues to repeat these lies and the media aren’t adequately refuting them. As a result, many Americans start believing them.

    Your thoughts?

  39. Standing Up to Apple

    By Robert Reich, Robert Reich’s Website
    02 September 16

    For years, Washington lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have attacked big corporations for avoiding taxes by parking their profits overseas. Last week the European Union did something about it.

    The European Union’s executive commission ordered Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in back taxes from Apple.

    But rather than congratulate Europe for standing up to Apple, official Washington is outraged.

    Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan calls it an “awful” decision. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer, who’s likely to become Senate Majority Leader next year, says it’s “a cheap money grab by the European Commission.” Republican Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, accuses Europe of “targeting” American businesses. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden says it “undermines our tax treaties and paints a target on American firms in the eyes of foreign governments.”


    These are taxes America should have required Apple to pay to the U.S. Treasury. But we didn’t – because of Ryan, Schumer, Hatch, Wyden, and other inhabitants of Capitol Hill haven’t been able to agree on how to close the loophole that has allowed Apple, and many other global American corporations, to avoid paying the corporate income taxes they owe.

    Let’s be clear. The products Apple sells abroad are designed and developed in the United States. So the foreign royalties Apple collects on them logically should be treated as corporate income to Apple here in America.

    But Apple and other Big Tech corporations like Google and Amazon – along with much of Big Pharma, and even Starbucks – have avoided paying hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes on their worldwide earnings because they don’t really sell things like cars or refrigerators or television sets that they make here and ship abroad.

    Their major assets are designs, software, and patented ideas.

    Although most of this intellectual capital originates here, it can be transferred instantly around the world – finding its way into a vast array of products and services abroad.

    Intellectual capital is hard to see, measure, value, and track. So it’s a perfect vehicle for tax avoidance.

    Apple transfers its intellectual capital to an Apple subsidiary in Ireland, which then “sells” Apple products all over Europe. And it keeps most of the money there. Ireland has been more than happy to oblige by imposing on Apple a tax rate that’s laughably low – 0.005 percent in 2014, for example.

  40. Trump’s Mass Deportation Machine Would Create an American Police State Equal to Nazi Germany
    Trump’s plan portends great civil strife, economic devastation and the imposition of a police state.

    Donald Trump’s pledge yesterday to speedily deport “anyone who has entered the United States illegally” would require the creation of a vast police state that harkens back to the early 20th century, with Nazi Germany’s roundups and deportations of millions of Jews and others deemed undesirable.

    “Under my administration, anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed out of our country and back to the country from which they came,” Trump blared. “And you can call it deported if you want. The press doesn’t like that term. You can call it whatever the hell you want. They’re gone.”


  41. Robert Reich
    1 hr ·

    Why has free trade become so unpopular? What should be done to make it acceptable again? Watch our newest video to find out.

  42. Bernie Sanders
    2 hrs ·

    There is already far too much hatred and violence in the world. We don’t need candidates for president adding to it.
    Hate in the Race

    A remarkable level of vitriol has characterized the Republican contest for president. And it’s showing no signs of letting up.

  43. Charlie Pierce:

    The New York Times Screws Up Its Clinton Coverage, Part Infinity
    Hey, look, there goes the plot.

    Oh, for the love of god, mother Times. Are you freaking kidding me?

    It’s long past the point where many of our major news publications be sent to the dogtrack with their names pinned to their sweaters, at least as far as the Clintons are concerned. Right now, there is substantial evidence that many of them will print anything as long as they can wedge “Clinton,” “questions” and “e-mails” into a headline. Of course, if Hillary Rodham Clinton would just hold a press conference, at which every question would feature those three words in some order or another, then we’d all turn to discussing the comprehensive mental health plan that she released to thundering silence on Monday when most of the press was in an Anthony Weiner frenzy. Yes, and I am the Tsar of all the Russias.

    But this latest iteration of The Clinton Rules is probably the most egregious one yet. From the Times:

    A top aide to Hillary Clinton at the State Department agreed to try to obtain a special diplomatic passport for an adviser to former President Bill Clinton in 2009, according to emails released Thursday, raising new questions about whether people tied to the Clinton Foundation received special access at the department.

    That sounds bad. Was the guy trying to smuggle hash in a diplomatic pouch? Visiting Thai brothels in a government jet? [more]

  44. @toniD:

    I have always admired Charlie Pierce’s style… but lately, the effort required to give Charlie the benefit of the doubt on all his low-balling Hillary’s screw-ups is beginning to become an effort…


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