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Buttigieg confronted by voters over work for McKinsey

CONCORD, N.H. — Pete Buttigieg is getting grilled by voters about his work at the corporate consulting firm McKinsey — a chapter of his career that's increasingly dogging his campaign.

The repeated questions about McKinsey on the trail here — Buttigieg was asked about it once on Thursday and twice Friday — come amid recent media scrutiny of Buttigieg's stint at the firm. The New York Times ran a lengthy article and an editorial this week titled "Buttigieg’s Untenable Vow of Silence."

... Buttigieg was confronted by one of them at a packed house party on Friday. Alan Cantor told the candidate that McKinsey is more interested in maximizing shareholder value than in helping communities or workers.

“They've done a lot of bad things,” said Alan Cantor of Concord, who is undecided in the race. “I don't think it's a good place. What do you think?” Buttigieg mentioned, as he often does, his work at McKinsey analyzing grocery store pricing. He said McKinsey's work for Purdue upset him.

... Cantor said he wasn't sold on Buttigieg's answer about McKinsey, though he thought the candidate was thoughtful. The Concord resident favors Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) for now. “I think his answer was very good as far as it went,” Cantor said. “The next question is: I'm trying to figure out where his values are?”


Clip of this exchange below:

Posted by BeyondGeography | Fri Dec 6, 2019, 05:02 PM (11 replies)

Elizabeth Warren releases medical exam results, doctor says she is 'very healthy'

(CNN) - Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign on Friday released the results of the senator's most recent annual physical exam, as well as a letter from her doctor that said Warren is a "very healthy 70 year old woman" with no medical conditions that would prevent her from serving as president.

Warren's latest physical was conducted on January 14, according to her long-time physician, Dr. Beverly Woo of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Woo said that the exam showed Warren's blood pressure, heart rate and blood tests were all normal, her cholesterol was "excellent," and that Warren also had a mammogram to screen for breast cancer. Warren is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 129 pounds, and received a flu shot in October, Woo wrote in the letter.

Woo said that Warren's one medical condition is hypothyroidism, and that she takes levothyroxine every day to restore her thyroid hormones to normal levels. Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid doesn't produce enough of certain hormones. It most often affects women who are middle-age and older, according to Mayo Clinic.
"Senator Warren has never smoked, used drugs or had any problem with alcohol use. She exercises regularly and follows a healthy diet despite her very busy schedule," Woo wrote in the letter. "In summary, Senator Elizabeth Warren is a very healthy 70 year old woman. There are no medical conditions or health problems that would keep her from fulfilling the duties of the President of the United States."

...The campaign's disclosure of Warren's medical exam comes as several of the top Democratic presidential candidates, who are in their 70s -- along with President Donald Trump, who is 73 -- have faced questions about their physical fitness.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, 77, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, 78, have also pledged to release their medical records before the Iowa caucuses in early February...

Posted by BeyondGeography | Fri Dec 6, 2019, 11:54 AM (4 replies)

Lawrence O'Donnell: Pete Buttigieg and the Republican lie

Posted by BeyondGeography | Fri Dec 6, 2019, 01:47 AM (9 replies)

As Joe Biden woos Iowa voters, Pete Buttigieg seems increasingly to be in his way

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Jeanne Trachta was a strong Joe Biden supporter during his 2008 presidential campaign, serving as a precinct captain. A dozen years later, she still likes the 77-year-old former vice president, but as she waited for his event here to begin, she gushed about a candidate less than half Biden’s age.

“He’s so articulate and charismatic and intelligent,” Trachta said of Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., whom she had seen here just a few days earlier. “He’s so organized. I’m getting something from the Buttigieg campaign a couple times a day.”

Trachta personifies a challenge facing Biden in Iowa and elsewhere as he tries to regain traction with the argument that he is the experienced, tested candidate best able to beat President Trump. Among centrist voters inclined to like Biden, the 37-year-old Buttigieg is becoming plausible as an alternative, and he highlights what Biden is not: energetic, articulate and young.

“I’ve narrowed it to Joe and Pete,” said Ed Neddermeyer, a farmer in Schleswig, Iowa. “Joe comes from a tried-and-true administration. Pete has a fresh face. I like what he’s saying and how he is saying it. When he first came out, there is no way I’d say that.”

These are difficult days for the Biden campaign. Although he has maintained his lead in national polls, Biden plummeted to a third-place tie last month in the Des Moines Register/CNN poll of Iowa while Buttigieg leapt into first. Those results, along with other polls showing Biden doing poorly in New Hampshire, which holds the other first contest of the primary season, set off renewed alarms about the former vice president’s prospects...

Posted by BeyondGeography | Tue Dec 3, 2019, 09:28 AM (18 replies)

Democratic state lawmakers admit lobbyists helped write their op-eds attacking Medicare-for-All

Lobbyists either helped draft or made extensive revisions to opinion columns published by three state lawmakers in a way that warned against the dangers of Medicare-for-all and other government involvement in health care, according to emails obtained by The Washington Post.

Montana state Rep. Kathy Kelker (D) and Sen. Jen Gross (D) acknowledged in interviews that editorials they published separately about the single-payer health proposal included language provided by John MacDonald, a lobbyist and consultant in the state who disclosed in private emails that he worked for an unnamed client. Gross said MacDonald contacted her on behalf of the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, a multimillion-dollar industry group founded in 2018 and funded by hospitals, private insurers, drug companies, and other private health-care firms.

Additionally, an aide to Ohio state Sen. Steve Huffman (R) confirmed in a brief interview that the lawmaker’s op-ed criticizing Medicare-for-all was written with the help of Kathleen DeLand, an Ohio-based lobbyist. None of the lawmakers’ columns disclose that they were written with the help of a lobbyist.

The emails show how, even at the state and local levels, lobbyists are trying to bend public opinion away from an idea that has seized much of the debate during the current Democratic presidential primary. Two candidates, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (Vt.), have proposed a massive redesign of the health-care system that would place all Americans on a single government health insurer...

Posted by BeyondGeography | Mon Dec 2, 2019, 12:50 PM (23 replies)

Elizabeth Warren shares emotional moment with young voter over struggle for acceptance

Posted by BeyondGeography | Mon Dec 2, 2019, 09:29 AM (6 replies)

America is not the land of the free but one of monopolies so predatory they imperil the nation

Its growing economic crisis is in contrast to a thriving and newly innovative Europe

Tomorrow, President Trump arrives in London for the annual Nato summit. Despite the boasting and the trappings of superpower status, he is an emissary from a country whose economy and society are in increasing difficulty, and whose global leadership is under challenge not just from the usual suspect, China, but from Europe. With the unerring capacity to be wrong that defines the Brexit right, Britain is about to decouple itself from a continental economy beginning to get things right, and hook up with one that is palpably beginning to fail.

... Except the latest research demonstrates the reverse is true. Britain is about to make a vast mistake. In the recently published The Great Reversal, leading economist Thomas Philippon of New York University and member of the advisory panel of the New York Federal Reserve, mounts a devastating attack on the conventional wisdom, so perfectly embodied by the witless Boris Johnson. The news is that over the last 20 years per capita EU incomes have grown by 25% while the US’s have grown 21%, with the US growth rate decelerating while Europe’s has held steady – indeed accelerating in parts of Europe. What is going on?

Philippon’s answer is simple. The US economy is becoming increasingly harmed by ever less competition, with fewer and fewer companies dominating sector after sector – from airlines to mobile phones. Market power is the most important concept in economics, he says. When firms dominate a sector, they invest and innovate less, they peg or raise prices, and they make super-normal profits by just existing (what economists call “economic rent”). So it is that mobile phone bills in the US are on average $100 a month, twice that of France and Germany, with the same story in broadband. Profits per passenger airline mile in the US are twice those in Europe. US healthcare is impossibly expensive, with drug companies fixing prices twice as high or even higher than those in Europe; health spending is 18% of GDP. Google, Amazon and Facebook have been allowed to become supermonopolies, buying up smaller challengers with no obstruction.

This monopolising process gums up everything. Investment in the US has been falling for 20 years. Because prices stay high, wages buy less, so workers’ lifestyles, unless they borrow, get squeezed in real terms while those at the top get paid ever more with impunity. Inequality escalates to unsupportable levels. Even life expectancy is now falling across the US. But why has this happened now? Philippon has a deadly answer. A US political campaign costs 50 times more than one in Europe in terms of money spent for every vote cast. But this doesn’t just distort the political process. It is the chief cause of the US economic crisis. Corporations want a return on their money, and the payback is protection from any kind of regulation, investigation or anti-monopoly policy that might strike at their ever-growing market power...

Posted by BeyondGeography | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 09:45 PM (18 replies)

Elizabeth Warren meets with Des Moines Register's editorial board (full interview)

Warren displaying her trademark soulful wonkery, her PhD in how the wealthy few are adding to the struggles of average Americans and what she would do about it as President.
Posted by BeyondGeography | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 06:39 PM (1 replies)

Elizabeth Warren gets endorsement from Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Ahead of her Saturday night town hall on Chicago’s North Side, Democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren received the endorsement of 10-term U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston.

Schakowsky, a member of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership team, said in a statement she first got to know Warren when she proposed creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

“But she didn’t just come up with the idea,” Schakowsky said. “She turned it into reality. She convinced newly elected President Barack Obama to embrace it. She helped organize a public groundswell of voters to support it. She led the battle to convince Congress to pass it. Then she was asked by President Obama to set it up and staff it.”

Schakowsky said if Warren could do that as an unelected official, “think what she will do as president of the United States.”

More at https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ahead-of-a-chicago-rally-democratic-presidential-candidate-elizabeth-warren-gets-endorsement-from-rep-jan-schakowsky/ar-BBXzHYM
Posted by BeyondGeography | Sat Nov 30, 2019, 07:11 PM (4 replies)

William Ruckelshaus, Who Quit in 'Saturday Night Massacre,' Dies at 87

Source: NY Times

William D. Ruckelshaus, who resigned as deputy attorney general rather than carry out President Richard M. Nixon’s illegal order to fire the independent special Watergate prosecutor in the constitutional crisis of 1973 known as the “Saturday Night Massacre,” died on Wednesday at his home in Seattle. He was 87.

... A lawyer and political troubleshooter, Mr. Ruckelshaus twice headed the United States Environmental Protection Agency, as its founding administrator from 1970 to 1973 under Nixon, and from 1983 to 1985 under President Ronald Reagan. He won praise for laying the new agency’s foundations, and later for salvaging an E.P.A. that had strayed from its mission and lost the confidence of the public and Congress

...For many Americans, however, the deeds of Mr. Ruckelshaus’s varied career were all but eclipsed by his role in the events of a single night in the autumn of 1973, as the political dirty tricks and cover-up conspiracies of the Watergate scandal closed in on his boss, the beleaguered President Nixon.

...The dismissals, all on Saturday, Oct. 20, labeled the “Saturday Night Massacre” by news media, set off a firestorm of protest across the country. Some 300,000 telegrams inundated Congress and the White House, mostly calling for Nixon’s resignation. The outcry was so ferocious that the White House said within days that it had decided to surrender the tape recordings after all...

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/us/politics/william-ruckelshaus-dead.html
Posted by BeyondGeography | Wed Nov 27, 2019, 05:14 PM (13 replies)
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