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Biden, Kamala Harris pose for photo together amid 2020 speculation

Source: The Hill

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) posed for a photo together in Washington, D.C., amid speculation that both politicians will launch White House bids.

Harris’s communications director, Lily Adams, tweeted the photo Wednesday afternoon, writing: “You just never know who you might run into in DC….”

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/421174-biden-kamala-harris-pose-for-photo-together-in-dc-amid-2020-speculation


Macron is a right winger

If a conservative tells you that the embattled Macron is a liberal, refer him to this post on Macron's policies:

The policies in question include ending a wealth tax on the rich, cutting retirees' Social Security benefits, and a series of measures designed to reduce the power of unions. While it is possible that Macron has taken these steps because he really does believe that this is the best way to boost economic growth, it is also possible that he has taken these steps because he wants to give more money to rich people.

In this respect it is worth noting that Macron is a former investment banker. Therefore he is likely to be very rich and to have rich friends.


The next Democratic nominee will not be the latest online sensation

Since the internet became very huge, these are the candidates that would have won user polls in progressive message boards such as the Daily Kos and we can include Twitter more recently.
2003/2004: Howard Dean
2007/2008: Dennis Kucinich, then John Edwards, then Obama when it became evident be would win the primary.
2011/2012: (Nobody challenged Obama, so there was no online debate).
2016/2017: Bernie Sanders.

It is extremely likely that our next nominee will not be an electrifying online darling.
Thus, Joe Biden has a good chance. and or even Bernie Sanders, who is losing ground to Beto as a super Internet sensation, has a good chance according to my no-shiny-object theory.
There seems to be an extremely important group of Democrats who go to work, come home, and go online briefly to read the news (not to Tweet hashtags or part "diaries" in online forums).
These are the ones who will chose our next nominee.

Christian Bale says Trump thought he was actually Bruce Wayne when they met

Source: CBS News

How would you react if you came face to face with Christian Bale dressed for his role in a Batman movie? Apparently, it happened once to Donald Trump, and Bale found the future president's reaction "quite entertaining."

Bale says he met Mr. Trump back in 2011 while filming a scene for "The Dark Knight Rises" at Trump Tower. Bale shared the hilarious tale with Variety at the red carpet premiere of "Vice," in which he stars as former Vice President Dick Cheney.  

"I met him, one time," Bale told Variety's Marc Malkin of Mr. Trump. "We were filming on 'Batman' in Trump Tower and he said, 'Come on up to the office.'"

"I think he thought I was Bruce Wayne, because I was dressed as Bruce Wayne. So he talked to me like I was Bruce Wayne and I just went along with it, really. It was quite entertaining. I had no idea at the time that he would think about running for president."

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-thought-christian-bale-was-actually-bruce-wayne-when-they-met/

AP: Ivanka, Kushner could profit from tax break they pushed

Source: AP

At an Oval Office gathering earlier this year, President Donald Trump began touting his administration’s new real estate investment program, which offers massive tax breaks to developers who invest in downtrodden American communities. He then turned to one of the plan’s strongest supporters.

“Ivanka, would you like to say something?” Trump asked his daughter. “You’ve been pushing this very hard.”

The Opportunity Zone program promoted by Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner — both senior White House advisers — could also benefit them financially, an Associated Press investigation found.

Government watchdogs say the case underscores the ethical minefield they created two years ago when they became two of the closest advisers to the president without divesting from their extensive real estate investments.

Read more: https://apnews.com/37b731bd1cc443fa953b112b7afe879a

Many U.S. Financial Officers Think a Recession Will Hit Next Year

Source: Wall Street Journal

Almost half of U.S. chief financial officers believe a recession will strike the U.S. economy by the end of 2019, with the tight labor market and growing trade tensions driving economic jitters among corporate America.

Additionally, more than 80% of U.S. CFOs think a recession will strike by the end of 2020, according to the Duke University/CFO Global Business Outlook survey released Wednesday.

"All of the ingredients are in place: a waning expansion that began in June 2009--almost a decade ago--heightened market volatility, the impact of growth-reducing protectionism, and the ominous flattening of the yield curve which has predicted recessions accurately over the past 50 years," said Campbell Harvey, a director of the survey.

Trouble finding and keeping qualified employees was the executives' most-cited concern. The U.S. unemployment rate and layoffs have hovered at historic lows this year, shrinking the number of skilled workers available to hire, leading many business owners to lift wages and go to extremes to put people on payrolls.

Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/many-u-s-financial-officers-think-a-recession-will-hit-next-year-11544612460

Nebraska Democrats vote "overwhelmingly" to replace caucus with primary

The state’s Democrats had been choosing their presidential nominee by caucus since 2008 in a system similar to Iowa’s. With caucuses, voters gather in place and discuss the candidates, as opposed to a primary, in which voting is done privately like any other election.

But Nebraska Democratic Party’s State Central Committee voted at its meeting in Ord on Saturday to discontinue the system and go back to regular primary voting. The change was overwhelmingly approved on a voice vote following about 90 minutes of debate.


Tulsi Gabbard on election meddling: Why is it all we hear about is Russia?

The US has meddled in other countries and so has China in Australia. That summarizes what Tulsi Gabbard had to say in March this year about Russian interference in the 2016 elections during Congressional hearings.
See 3:26

Before I blinked, the Dow turned negative

This morning stocks were higher because China and the United States began talking about trade.
Maybe this has something to do with ::

Beto O'Rourke wins MoveOn straw poll

NBC Reports that a poll among members of MoveOn.org found Beto O’Rourke ahead of Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
The most popular potential candidate was O’Rourke, D-Texas, who was selected by 15.6 percent of respondents, followed by Biden at 14.9 percent, and then Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, with 13.1 percent.

To get a sense of how representative of all Democratic voters MoveOn is, Bernie Sanders won endorsement 2016 with 78% in 2016 against Hillary Clinton, as mentioned in the fourth paragraph.
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