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Joe Biden Is 'Dangerously Close to Using Republican Talking Points', Says Ex-Clinton Adviser

https://www.newsweek.com/joe-biden-using-republican-talking-points-clinton-adviser-1449559

A former adviser to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said that 2020 hopeful Joe Biden is "dangerously close to using Republican talking points" and sounds like President Donald Trump when he discusses Medicare for All.

Appearing as part of a panel discussion on CNN's New Day on Tuesday, ex-Clinton aide Jess McIntosh shared her perspective on the former vice president's healthcare pitch. Biden has criticized the proposal of several 2020 Democratic candidates to create universal healthcare for all Americans by expanding Medicare. Biden, who served under former President Barack Obama, prefers instead to expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare.

"The risk he [Biden] has here though, is he comes dangerously close to using Republican talking points when talking about Medicare-for-all," McIntosh said. "There was a lot of 'Medicare as you know it will go away, seniors will be left with nothing,'" she said.

"That sounds suspiciously like Donald Trump, and as long as Biden is trying to appeal to the Democratic base during the primary, they're not going to like him engaging with this topic using that kind of language," she asserted.

Who Said It?

Find out how Joe Biden's comments about Medicare for All compare to Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and the health insurance industry. There's also a surprise twist at the end. Have fun!

https://berniesanders.com/who-said-it/

Bernie Sanders releases list of anti-endorsements

This is pretty darn funny.

https://berniesanders.com/anti-endorsements/

538: Who Won the First Democratic Debate? (Spoiler: Harris, Sanders, Warren, Castro)

https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/democratic-debate-poll/

The four candidates who had the most positive change from pre-debate polling support to post-debate support are:

Harris: +8.7%
Sanders: +2.9%
Warren: +1.8%
Castro: +1%

Everyone else either went down or stayed roughly the same. Of course, it's early, so the effects of the debate may play out differently over time, but this is the immediate effect. It also should be noted that Warren's support jumped considerably after the first debate night, but most of those gains went to Harris after the second night.

New Bernie 2020 video, "Trapped", focuses on rural poverty in the South

Not sure if this is an ad to be aired on television or just circulated around the internet, but here it is. It focuses on a family in rural Alabama who bought a mobile home and experienced real estate devaluation due to nearby industrial development (likely targeting the impoverished community because, hey, they're poor, right?). It then goes on to tie that family's experience the broader issue of poverty throughout the country. This is what we're fighting for.

[link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=EUyfLiNCi3Q|

Does Joe Biden plan on releasing his tax returns?

He's been in the race for a couple months now so I think this is a reasonable question to ask at this point. Anyone know?

Senate Tax Bill passes 51-49 at 1:50am EST

And the rich keep getting richer...

MAGA

Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) vote *against* amendment to Senate tax bill...

...that would require any future cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security as a result of the Senate tax bill be passed with at least 67 votes. In other words, these two senators joined Republicans in making it easier for Congress to cut funding to these programs in the future. Thanks guys, great job...

EDIT: And Tom Carper (D-Delaware) too, making 3 Democratic Senators to vote no...wtf...

EDIT 2: Votes are up on Senate.gov

[link:https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=115&session=1&vote=00294|

Bernie and several Democrats will unveil a "Marshal Plan" for Puerto Rico on Tuesday

[link:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/11/28/bernie-sanders-to-unveil-a-146-billion-marshall-plan-for-puerto-rico/?utm_term=.7b6eb3f1a8d5|

On Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will unveil an ambitious $146 billion Puerto Rico recovery plan he says will allow renewable power sources such as solar and wind to provide about 70 percent of the island’s energy needs within the decade.

The bill, which has the backing of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, also calls on Congress to consider retiring Puerto Rico’s debt and would give the island billions in additional federal funding for transportation, health care and education in the hopes of stemming a feared mass exodus to the mainland. It would also allocate funds to the Virgin Islands, which were similarly devastated by Hurricane Maria.

“This is the closest we have to a Marshall Plan for Puerto Rico,” said Ramón Luis Nieves, a former member of the Senate of Puerto Rico who has testified to Congress about the hurricane’s impacts.


Highly doubtful Republicans will vote for this, but it's what the island needs. Also nice to see the Virgin Islands are included.

Tim Kaine calls for eliminating superdelegates

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/15/tim-kaine-end-superdelegates-244944

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is urging the Democratic National Committee to end its tradition of using superdelegates, which activists say diminish the influence of regular voters at the expense of party bigwigs in the presidential nominating process.

"I have long believed there should be no superdelegates. These positions are given undue influence in the popular nominating contest and make the process less democratic,” Kaine wrote in a letter Wednesday to DNC chairman Tom Perez, according to a copy obtained by POLITICO.

The plea from Kaine — himself a former DNC chairman, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 running mate, and a superdelegate — puts him on the side of many backers of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s primary opponent in last year’s race for the White House. Under the current system, elected officials and influential party members get to cast a vote for their preferred presidential candidate with extra weight, regardless of how their state or district votes during the primary.

Pointing to the ongoing work of the Unity Reform Commission appointed last year to review and change the DNC’s nominating process, Kaine urged the group to recommend doing away with the superdelegate system altogether, and by extension encouraged Perez to adopt that proposal.


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