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brooklynite's Journal
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July 17, 2019

Alyssa Milano faces backlash for supporting a Marianne Williamson fundraiser: 'I know. I know.'

Washington Post

Alyssa Milano might be a big fan of former vice president Joe Biden, but the “Charmed” actress and prominent activist is still playing the field when it comes to which of the Democratic presidential candidates she plans to ultimately back — and she’s starting out by attending a fundraiser for Marianne Williamson.

“I’m going to my first fundraiser of the election cycle and it’s for-@marwilliamson,” Milano announced Tuesday on Twitter. She preemptively defended the move, perhaps anticipating criticism for .?.?. supporting a self-help guru who plenty of people have dismissed as a New Age-spouting political sideshow? Probably?

“I know. I know,” Milano wrote. “But she’s the only candidate talking about the collective, soulful ache of the nation & I think that’s an important discussion to have.”

Milano said she also planned to have Williamson as a guest on her podcast, “Sorry Not Sorry.”
July 17, 2019

Who Will Make The Second Democratic Debate?


Today is the last day for polls that can affect who qualifies for the second 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate, which is now just two weeks away. While the Democratic National Committee will release the final list of qualifying candidates Wednesday, we’ve taken a look at which candidates look set to make the debate stage in Detroit on July 30-31. (But remember, a new qualifying poll could still drop later today, so be sure to check back; we’ll update if anything changes.)

By our count, 21 candidates have qualified for the second debate by getting either 1 percent support in at least three qualifying national or early-state polls (conducted by different pollsters or in different geographies) or 65,000 unique donors (including at least 200 individual donors in at least 20 states).1 This means that there is one too many candidates for the second debate — the DNC has capped participation at 20 candidates — but there’s not much suspense as to who’s out. Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel will not make the stage, even though he reportedly has hit the donor threshold, because the DNC’s tiebreaker rules favor those who’ve met the polling requirement, and he’s the only candidate who has qualified via donors alone. And at this point, it’s more or less impossible for Gravel to meet the polling requirement because he needs not one but two more surveys to qualify via the polls.

Although Gravel’s drive for 65,000 donors became something of a cause célèbre on Twitter, the former senator has had only one qualifying poll in all of 2019. Some surveys haven’t even listed him as an option for respondents to choose from. But the fact that his campaign has struggled to attract support isn’t all that surprising given he isn’t campaigning vigorously — he has even described his bid as a “patio campaign” — not to mention that his operation is primarily managed by two teenagers.

But there will be one newcomer who didn’t make the stage last time — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. Bullock qualified via the polling requirement, hitting 1 percent in five qualifying polls by four different pollsters. (And thanks to Rep. Eric Swalwell dropping out of the race last week, there wasn’t even the need for a three-way tiebreaker for Bullock to make the cut.)
July 17, 2019

Nina Turner on Joe Biden: "He just flat-out lied"

Sanders aide hits Biden over criticism of health care plan: He 'just flat out lied'

A top official for Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) campaign fired back at 2020 presidential rival Joe Biden on Wednesday after he criticized Sanders's health care plan.

Nina Turner, co-chairwoman of Sanders’s campaign, accused the former vice president of lying about about the senator's proposed government-run “Medicare for All” plan during an AARP presidential forum in Iowa on Monday.

“Matter-of-fact, he gave a speech to the AARP — just flat out lied — trying to scare elderly folks, and I really did not think that the vice president would go to that length,” Turner told Hill.TV during an interview on "Rising."

"It's one thing to want to win the nomination, it's another thing to do anything to win it," she continued.


Hard to believe I had lunch with her as an up-and-coming Party leader back in 2015...
July 17, 2019

Apparently, "Killer Mike" wasn't available...

The Hill

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is praising Cardi B after the rapper endorsed his 2020 White House bid this week.

"She is very sharp and understands a lot about politics and a lot about history," the Democratic presidential candidate said Wednesday during an interview with Ali Velshi on MSNBC's "Velshi & Ruhle."

Sanders, 77, revealed that he recently chatted with the 26-year-old Grammy Award winner.

"I'm very appreciative to have her support," Sanders added.

If that doesn't get him the African American vote, nothing will......so I'm guessing, nothing will.
July 17, 2019

Whitmer starts hashtag to gather questions for Detroit Democratic debate

Michigan Live

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is starting a hashtag to for Michigan residents to highlight issues that should be addressed at the next Democratic presidential debate in Detroit.

The Democratic governor encouraged Michiganders to tweet about their top issues for the 2020 election using #DemDebateMI. She said "the whole world will be watching what happens in Michigan” at the second Democratic National Convention debate, scheduled to take place during two nights on July 30 and 31 at The Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be sharing what is important to Michiganders to hear about from the candidates at the Detroit #DemDebateMI. So tell me - what issues do you want to hear from the 2020 candidates about?

“I think, instead of hoping they talk about the things we care about, we should weigh in,” Whitmer said. “Tell us what you think the candidates should be talking about, what you want to hear, and then let’s make sure they focus on the things that are going to make life better for everyone in Michigan and across the country.”

The DNC is requiring every debate to include questions submitted by voters. According to the DNC, voters in Michigan can submit questions to be asked at the debate, but additional details have not been released.
July 17, 2019

Trump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report

Source: The Hill

President Trump is reportedly dissatisfied with Republican lawmakers for their lack of defense of his weekend tweets, which targeted a group of minority progressive lawmakers.

Multiple sources told Politico that has informed at least two GOP members of Congress that his is not satisfied.

The news outlet notes that Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) are preparing for tough reelection races and face a difficult decision — standing by the president and risking support of needed voters, or condemning the president for his remarks and “facing his wrath.”

“I wouldn’t have done it. That’s not what we ought to focus on in this country,” Gardner said of the president's tweets, in which he suggested that the four freshman lawmakers known as “The Squad” — Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.) — “go back” to their home countries.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/453444-trump-angry-more-republicans-havent-defended-his-tweets-report

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