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Warren, Sanders criticize Amtrak's arbitration policy for passengers


11/27/2019 12:16 PM EST

Fourteen Senate Democrats, including four presidential candidates, criticized Amtrak's new arbitration policy for passengers in a letter to the CEO of the federally subsidized railroad.

The change, which was first reported by POLITICO, was implemented in January.

The lawmakers wrote that the policy, which prevents passengers from suing Amtrak for anything from discrimination and ticket disputes to injury or wrongful death, is "gravely imperiling traveling Americans' access to justice and public accountability."

The letter, sent Tuesday, also criticizes the broad scope of the agreement, as well as its prohibition on class-action lawsuits, and refers to several recent accidents involving Amtrak.


Warren Wealth Tax Has Wide Support, Except Among One Group

by Ben Casselman and Jim Tankersley

Nov. 29, 2019, 5:00 a.m. ET

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s plan to tax the assets of America’s wealthiest individuals continues to draw broad support from voters, across party, gender and educational lines. Only one slice of the electorate opposes it staunchly: Republican men with college degrees.

Not surprisingly, that is also the profile of many who’d be hit by Ms. Warren’s so-called wealth tax, which has emerged as the breakout economic proposal in the Democratic presidential primary race.


Warren 2020!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elizabeth Warren honors black women in speech disrupted by pro-charter school protestors

( Handled very well all considered. )

By Jess Bidgood Globe Staff,November 21, 2019, 11:14 p.m.

ATLANTA — Senator Elizabeth Warren took the stage in a gymnasium of a historically black university on Thursday and delivered a sweeping broadside against institutional racism that singled out the experiences of black women, a key constituency as she seeks the Democratic presidential nomination.

“When I am president of the United States, the lessons of black history will not be lost,” Warren said at Clark Atlanta University. “Those lessons will live in every part of my presidency – and I will ask you to hold me accountable for that promise every single day.”

It was a marquee event meant to highlight the racial justice themes woven into Warren’s campaign, delivered on a day that her rivals for the Democratic nomination criss-crossed the city after Wednesday’s debate here in an effort to shore up support from African American voters.

But Warren’s event was thrown temporarily off kilter shortly after it began when a diverse group of adults wearing t-shirts reading “Powerful Parent Network” stood up in the bleachers to chant “Our children, our choice,” in protest of her plan to end federal funding for charter schools.


Background with excerpt:

School’s out Charters were supposed to save public education. Why are Americans turning against them?

By Jack Schneider
May 30, 2019

Today, however, the grand promises of the charter movement remain unfulfilled, and so the costs of charters are being evaluated in a new light. For the first time in two decades, even as the number of charter-bound children rises (the schools will educate between 20 and 40 percent of American students by 2035, according to one projection), the opposition is gathering momentum.


'They barely mentioned us': Atlanta's black voters frustrated by Democratic debate

Malaika Jabali in Atlanta

Thu 21 Nov 2019 11.45 EST

Debate watchers in this majority black city were keen to hear candidates address their concerns – only to leave disappointed


'This is corruption': Warren blasts Zuckerberg's secret dinner with Trump

Warren, a 2020 presidential contender, has been an outspoken campaign trail critic of Facebook, calling for federal regulators to break up the company.


11/21/2019 10:02 AM EST

Sen. Elizabeth Warren hammered Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for attending a previously undisclosed dinner with President Donald Trump at the White House, accusing the tech mogul's company of cozying up to the administration as it faces mounting pressure over its competitive practices from federal regulators.

“Amid antitrust scrutiny, Facebook is going on a charm offensive with Republican lawmakers,” Warren tweeted from her campaign account. “And now, Mark Zuckerberg and one of Facebook's board members — a major Trump donor — had a secret dinner with Trump. This is corruption, plain and simple.”


Ending the Stranglehold of Health Care Costs on American Families ( Elizabeth Warren )

Ending the Stranglehold of Health Care Costs on American Families

My Medicare for All plan gives everyone good insurance and cuts their health care costs to nearly zero - without increasing middle-class taxes one penny. Sign on if you agree: we need Medicare for All to be the law of the land.

Use this handy calculator to find out what Elizabeth’s plan for Medicare for All will mean for you.

Read expert letter on cost estimate of Medicare for All here

Read expert letter on financing Medicare for All here


Warren 2020

Why I'm Endorsing Elizabeth Warren

By Ady Barkan
Today 7:57 am

Elizabeth or Bernie? It’s a difficult and wonderful choice to have.

I have spent my entire career at the messy and vital intersection of movement-building, electoral politics, and governance. And for the past three years, I’ve done that work under the debilitating weight of ALS, a deadly neurological illness that’s robbed me of my ability to do almost all the things that most people take for granted: hug my son, go for a walk with my newborn daughter, or speak to my wife. I was diagnosed three weeks before the 2016 presidential election, and I vividly remember wondering, on that tragic November night, whether I was going to die under President Donald Trump.

Whom would I like to see replace him? Of the hundreds of elected officials, activists, and policy wonks I have worked with over the past two decades, Elizabeth Warren is the individual who I believe would make the best president. I believe that she, more than any other person in America, has the skills, the temperament, and the knowledge to lead us toward a more just and equitable future.

Please keep reading, especially if, like me, you’re an admirer of Bernie Sanders. Because I have no intention to diminish his incredible work building our progressive movement or the ways in which his historic campaigns for president have shifted American political discourse. This is, rather, a declaration of how I plan to vote in the California primary, and why.

I believe in Warren because during her whole career, she has fought to put economic and political power in the hands of working families. I’ve seen up close how she confronts a problem: She listens to the people most affected, does her homework, and then comes up with a plan. A brilliant, workable plan.


On edit. For those who may not be familiar with Ady, from The Atlantic.

Warren was able to cut through with an anecdote about the progressive activist Ady Barkan, who has ALS.“This is somebody who has health insurance and is dying,” Warren said. “Every month, he has about $9,000 in medical bills that his insurance company won’t cover. His wife, Rachael, is on the phone for hours and hours and hours begging the insurance company: Please cover what the doctors say he needs. He talks about what it’s like to go online with thousands of other people to beg friends, family, and strangers for money so he can cover his medical expenses.” https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/07/elizabeth-warren-i-am-not-afraid-democratic-debate/595135/

Military Times questionnaire: Sen. Elizabeth Warren

By: Leo Shane III   4 hours ago

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Military Times reached out to her campaign for answers on several questions related to his military and veteran policy plans if he is elected president.

To see all of the candidate responses, click here.

President Donald Trump has touted that the U.S. military is now stronger than ever before, due to increases in military spending and fewer battlefield restrictions on troops. What is your assessment of the current state and readiness of the armed forces? Are they in a better place than they were four years ago? Why?


In November 2019, billionaire and former Goldman Sachs executive Leon Cooperman

(who as recently as 2017 settled with the SEC on insider-trading charges) was brought to tears on live television while discussing the prospect that a President Elizabeth Warren might require him to pay his fair share in taxes.



Warren 2020!

Warren's days at Rutgers and Penn

Excerpt on the roots of Warren's continued education. I hope you'll read it through, it is an interesting read, bringing some insights to her political opinions today.

(Unlike many law schools then, Rutgers actively recruited a diverse student body flush with women and people of color. Tuition cost around $900 per year. Students volunteered for legal clinics representing poor people facing eviction or discrimination. They researched cases on police conduct, including the killing of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg had recently finished a teaching stint there, and while one page in the 1969 yearbook touted her trailblazing work for women in law, another joked that she “doubled as a go-go dancer on the East Side.”)


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