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Pete Buttigieg Just Terrified Trump By Destroying The Myth Of MAGA

Posted on Sun, Apr 14th, 2019 by Jason Easley
Pete Buttigieg Just Terrified Trump By Destroying The Myth Of MAGA

Mayor Pete Buttigieg wasted no time in destroying the myth behind Trump’s MAGA and making a real appeal to rural and Rust Belt communities.

While kicking off his presidential campaign in South Bend, IN, Buttigieg said, “And that’s why I’m here today. To tell a different story than make America great again. Because there’s a myth being sold to industrial and rural communities, the myth that we can stop the clock and turn it back. It comes from people who think the only way to speak to communities like ours is through resentment and nostalgia. They’re selling an impossible promise of returning to a bygone era that was never as good as advertised to begin with. The problem is that they’re telling us to look for greatness in all the wrong places. Because if there’s one thing that the city of South Bend has shown it’s that there is no such thing as an honest politics that revolves around the word again. It is time to walk away from the politics of the past and towards something totally different. So that’s why I’m here today.”

Buttigieg is right. Trump did sell a myth to rural and Rust Belt communities. He sold them on the belief that he had a time machine and could take them back to the time when prosperity, not unemployed, opioids, and despair filled their streets.


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Apr 14, 2019, 10:27 PM (45 replies)

Buttigieg looking to begin new era in politics with historic candidacy


Buttigieg looking to begin new era in politics with historic candidacy
by Bob Montgomery, WSBT 22 AnchorSunday, April 14th 2019

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, left, hugs his husband, Chasten Glezman, after Buttigieg announces that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination during a rally, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

SOUTH BEND — "My name is Pete Buttigieg. They call me Mayor Pete. I am a proud son of South Bend, Indiana, and I am running for president of the United States."

With that, it's official.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a candidate for president.

We were at the Studebaker Building 84 on Sunday, where the mayor took his highly anticipated announcement inside.

The backdrop of the old automaker factory was the perfect setting for his central message for his brand-new candidacy: it's time to turn the page for America's next chapter.

“Change is coming, ready or not," said Buttigieg. "The question of our time is whether families and workers will be defeated by the changes beneath us or whether we will master them and make them work toward a better, everyday life for us all.”

The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend used the mayors of Dayton, Ohio, West Sacramento, California and Austin, Texas on stage at the start of the event -- and their endorsements -- to hammer home his point.

"Politics on the city level is much more personal and effective than what is happening in Washington these days," continued Buttigieg.

He says there's also a need for generational leadership change.

His bumper sticker slogan is what he says is "at the heart of every voter": freedom, security and democracy.

“Our conservative friends care about freedom, but they only make it part of the way," said Buttigieg. "They only see freedom from. Freedom from taxes, freedom from regulations, as though government were the only thing that can make somebody 'unfree.’ "

"The idea that security and patriotism belongs to one political party needs to end today. There's a lot more to safety and security than putting up a wall from sea to shining sea."

Buttigieg left his large, loud and enthusiastic crowd with one final thought.

"If you and I rise together to meet this moment, one day they will write histories, not just about one campaign or one presidency but about the era that began here today in this building where past, present, and future meet, right here this chilly day in South Bend."


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Apr 14, 2019, 08:18 PM (2 replies)

Sarah Sanders: Congress not 'smart enough' to look through Trump's taxes

Sounds like a challenge to me.

Sarah Sanders: Congress not 'smart enough' to look through Trump's taxes
By Michael Burke - 04/14/19 10:05 AM EDT

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday that she doesn't think members of Congress are "smart enough" to look through President Trump's tax returns.

"Frankly I don’t think Congress — particularly not this group of congressmen and women — are smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume that President Trump’s taxes will be," she said on "Fox News Sunday."

"My guess is that most of them don’t do their own taxes and I certainly don’t trust them to look through the decades of success that the president has and determine anything," Sanders continued.

Sanders also said that Democrats are taking a "dangerous, dangerous road" in asking for Trump's tax returns.


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Apr 14, 2019, 11:12 AM (22 replies)

Texas Legislature considers a 'God doesn't approve of you' bill

Texas Legislature considers a 'God doesn't approve of you' bill
Filed under Commentary at 4 days ago
Written by Neil Cazares-Thomas, Contributor

When will the madness stop?

During the last session of the Texas Legislature, it was the bathroom bill of 2017 - flushed, thankfully, in the waning days of the session.

But this year's absurdity is 10 times worse than the bathroom bill. The featured act before the 2019 Legislature is much more personal.

It's the "God doesn't approve of you!" bill.

All Texans must work urgently together for the immediate defeat of Texas Senate Bill 17 and its House companion, HB 2827, which would enshrine into law state-sanctioned discrimination - for whatever religious reason you choose to cite against your neighbor.

If this bill becomes law, if you go to see a doctor, or you call a plumber -- or if your teacher doesn't "approve" of your child -- all the state license holder has to say is, "God doesn't want me to provide you with service," and there would, effectively, be no recourse for you.

SB 17 would bar state license-granting agencies from denying or stripping professional licenses for conduct "based on a sincerely held religious belief" of the applicant or license-holder.


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Apr 14, 2019, 10:03 AM (20 replies)

The plot against America: Inside the Christian right plan to "remodel" the nation

The plot against America: Inside the Christian right plan to "remodel" the nation
Religious right's blueprint for theocratic state laws keeps creeping forward. Is the left ready to fight?
Paul Rosenberg
April 13, 2019 4:20PM (UTC)

On April 3, USA Today published an array of stories under the banner, “Copy, Paste, Legislate,” exploring the political impact of model bills on state-level legislation — more than 10,000 bills from 2010 to 2018 — based on a two-year joint investigation with the Arizona Republic and the Center for Public Integrity. The lead story headline said it all: "You elected them to write new laws. They’re letting corporations do it instead."

OK, it wasn't quite all. While corporate influence was the strongest, figures revealed that conservative groups weren’t far behind: There were 4,301 bills from industry and 4,012 from conservative groups, far more than the 1,602 from liberal groups or the 248 classified as “other.” The hidden origins of these bills often hides their true intent. The most notorious such group, the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, for instance combines business interests with movement conservatives.

But within the fold of “conservative groups” there’s a whole other story to be told about the organizing of extremist religious conservatives, whose political mobilization, as I’ve noted in the past, played a crucial role in electing Donald Trump. Indeed, just the day before “Copy, Past, Legislate” was published, the Texas Senate passed SB-17, a bill that would protect anti-LGBTQ discrimination by all licensed professionals who claim to act on a “sincerely held religious belief.”

It’s time for Americans to wake up to the harsh reality that the religious right, fueled by their fear of loss of power from the changing demographics in our country and their support from the Trump administration, is emboldened and aggressively pursuing all means possible to maintain white Christian power in America,” Rachel Laser, the president of Americans United For Separation of Church and State, told Salon. “Project Blitz, for example, has already introduced over 50 bills in at least 23 states this year alone,” she added.

One spin-off story published in the Nashville Tennessean dealt specifically with an anti-LGTBQ adoption model bill. (Simultaneously, NBC reported such bills were “'snowballing' in state legislatures.”) The Tennessee bill came from Project Blitz, which was described as “a legislative effort with the stated aim to ‘bring back God to America.’" But as Salon has reported in the past, Project Blitz is much more sinister than that.

Frederick Clarkson, senior research analyst at Political Research Associates, was the first to discover its three-tier playbook, produced by a coalition of right-wing activists he’d long been following, including Texas Republican activist and pseudo-historian David Barton, whose book, “Jefferson Lies,” which tried to remake Thomas Jefferson as an evangelical hero, was canceled by its publisher under withering criticism from conservative and evangelical scholars (followup here).

“The authors of the Project Blitz playbook are savvy purveyors of dominionism,” Clarkson told Salon at the time. “They are in it for the long haul and try not to say things that sound too alarming. ​But they live an immanent theocratic vision.” Not all their allies would go all the way with them, Clarkson told me, but the theocratic end they envision is chillingly akin to “The Handmaid's Tale” — reason enough to warrant far more attention than they’ve gotten so far.


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Apr 14, 2019, 08:56 AM (45 replies)

David Attenborough, the voice of Our Planet: "Things are going to get worse"

David Attenborough, the voice of Our Planet: “Things are going to get worse”
The voice of some of the most stunning nature documentaries ever made is pessimistic about the future of wildlife on earth.
By Brian Resnick@B_resnickbrian@vox.com Apr 12, 2019, 11:50am EDT
“Unless we act within the next 10 years, we are in real trouble,” Attenborough told Vox. Shannon Finney/Getty

David Attenborough is the most famous nature storyteller on television. The 92-year-old producer, narrator, and documentarian essentially invented the genre of television nature documentaries in his decades-long career at the BBC. Programs like Life on Earth, Blue Planet, and Planet Earth have brought the wild world into the homes of urban dwellers for decades.

These series focused on the wonderful grandness and diversity of life on earth, conjuring up images of a world that is seemingly untouched by humans. But these also, at times, skirted around the ecological crises threatening life on the planet — which are caused by humans.

Now, Attenborough is coming into a slightly different role: advocate for fleeting biodiversity and ecosystems.

His latest venture is narrating the Netflix documentary Our Planet, which injects wildlife conservation advocacy into every episode much more deliberately than previous series. The producers hope to reach a billion people with the series and its accompanying website, with the goal of educating people about the natural world. And they’ve sent Attenborough on a press tour that includes advocating on behalf of disappearing wildlife and ecosystems at institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

“I find it hard to exaggerate the peril,” Attenborough said Thursday at the IMF, according to the Guardian. “This is the new extinction and we are half way through it. We are in terrible, terrible trouble and the longer we wait to do something about it the worse it is going to get.”


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Apr 14, 2019, 07:39 AM (0 replies)

Three Veterans Die by Suicide in Five Days at Veterans Affairs Facilities


Three Veterans Die by Suicide in Five Days at Veterans Affairs Facilities
Larry Downing/Reuters

Three veterans died by suicide in a five-day span at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, prompting a response from Capitol Hill. Two veterans died by suicide in Georgia, and another shot himself in the waiting room at a VA clinic in Austin, Texas. “Those deaths did not go by me without noticing them, nor has it gone by me that we have a job to do,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson, (R-GA). The Trump administration’s VA has failed to spend millions of dollars that were allocated for suicide prevention, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office. VA officials have left millions of dollars available for outreach campaigns in 2018 untouched and severely cut back on their advertising efforts. According to a report by The Washington Post, 19 suicides occurred on VA property between October 2017 and November 2018. “Every one of these is a gut-wrenching experience for our 24,000 mental health providers and all of us that work for VA,” said Richard Stone, executive in charge of the Veterans Health Administration.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Apr 13, 2019, 04:25 PM (10 replies)

Trump's Environmental Protection Agency chief says climate is not a top priority

Posted on Fri, Apr 12th, 2019 by Reuters
Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency chief says climate is not a top priority
By Timothy Gardner and Valerie Volcovici

(Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil a proposal to speed state-level permitting decisions for energy infrastructure projects soon, the agency’s chief told Reuters on Thursday, blasting states that have blocked coal terminals and gas pipelines on environmental grounds.



Wheeler said he believes climate change is a problem, but that it had been overblown by former President Barack Obama’s administration – at the expense of other bigger issues like water quality.

“Yes, climate is an issue and we are working to address it, but I think water is a bigger issue,” he said.

Wheeler dismissed the findings of a report released earlier this week by EPA scientists in the journal Nature Climate Change that detailed the scale and urgency of climate change.

He said while he encouraged EPA scientists to carry out and publish research, he stressed the recent paper “did not reflect EPA policy.”


Posted by babylonsister | Sat Apr 13, 2019, 06:29 AM (5 replies)

Houston police chief hits order to deport child without family: 'Nazis enforced their laws as well'

Houston police chief hits order to deport child without family: 'Nazis enforced their laws as well'
By Morgan Gstalter - 04/12/19 03:14 PM EDT

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo on Friday blasted a recent immigration order, likely triggered by accident during the government shutdown, to deport an 11-year-old migrant girl without her family.

Acevedo took to Twitter to slam the “heart-wrenching” news that Laura Maradiaga would be sent back to her native El Salvador alone.
Acevedo was sharing a Houston Chronicle report detailing the deportation order against the child.

Maradiaga and her family entered the U.S. through the southern border in early October and claimed asylum. They have checked in with immigration officials without fail every two weeks. The family was given a February court date that was rescheduled to March 12 due to the government shutdown, the Chronicle reported.

Maradiaga’s official order states that she is subject to deportation because she was not present for the March 12 court appearance. Her mother Dora Alvarado, however, said she arrived at an immigration court that day with both of her daughters but was told that Maradiaga was not listed on the docket.

The newspaper noted that it is unclear if the court translator available that day provided incorrect information or if the case fell through logistical cracks given the backlog of asylum cases delayed by the record-long partial government shutdown.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Apr 12, 2019, 08:33 PM (3 replies)

CNN to host back-to-back town halls with five Democratic presidential candidates on April 22


CNN to host back-to-back town halls with five Democratic presidential candidates on April 22
By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN
Updated 1302 GMT (2102 HKT) April 11, 2019

(CNN)Five Democratic presidential candidates will appear later this month in back-to-back CNN town halls focused on issues of importance to young voters, the network announced Thursday.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren will participate in this live, internationally telecast 2020 event from New Hampshire on April 22.
The CNN town halls are co-hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School. The presidential hopefuls will field questions directly from students and young New Hampshire Democrats, said a CNN spokeswoman, who added the audience will be drawn from the two schools and a pool of young Democrats living in the state.

On April 22, Chris Cuomo will moderate the Klobuchar (7 p.m. ET) and Sanders (9 p.m. ET) town halls, Anderson Cooper will moderate the Warren (8 p.m. ET) and Buttigieg (11 p.m. ET) town halls, and Don Lemon will moderate the Harris (10 p.m. ET) town hall.

The CNN town halls will take place on the campus of Saint Anselm College, and coincide with the release of the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School's new national poll of young voters.

The latest Harvard Poll shows that Sanders has a commanding lead among 18-29 year olds over his political rivals: 31% back Sanders, while former Vice President Joe Biden places second with 20% support. At this point during the 2016 campaign, Sanders was polling at only 2% with the same age group in the Harvard poll.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Apr 12, 2019, 06:45 PM (18 replies)
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