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Seems like a real liberal champion

Kamala Harris seems to be the 2020 candidate that the rich Clinton backers are getting behind. So here is some background on her:

As California Attorney General, she was the champion of an extremely punitive truancy law (which mostly affects black and Latino youths). She supported the death penalty. She laughed at marijuana legalization. She supported using prisoners as slave labor. And yet she was not-so-tough on crime when it came to corporate criminals like Steven Mnuchin, now Trump's Treasury Secretary.

As a Senator, she's offered tepid, caveat-laden support for Single Payer ("as a concept, I'm completely in support of single payer, but we've got to work out the details, and the details matter on that."). She mainly seems to have come to prominence for her performance in the Russian Show Trials.


By fnord12 | July 19, 2017, 3:28 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Why don't they know what they're sponsoring?

Whatever you think of BDS, a bill criminalizing it, with a minimum civil penalty of $250,000, and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison, seems insane. Even more insane is that a lot of Democratic sponsors (not just supporters, mind you, but sponsors) of the bill don't even seem to know what is in it.


By fnord12 | July 19, 2017, 3:21 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Flooding away Jersey's poor

Atlantic City meets climate change.


By fnord12 | July 19, 2017, 3:19 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Individuals can't fix structural problems on their own

I've been saying this since Al Gore's movie ended with telling us to change our lightbulbs.


By fnord12 | July 17, 2017, 11:56 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Actually, going veggie is pretty great but i know how you people are

Maybe this is the pressure point we needed: either let us regulate the fuck out of these 100 companies or you all have to go vegetarian.


By fnord12 | July 13, 2017, 9:13 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Shell game

Taibbi:

Sanders, along with co-sponsors Elizabeth Warren and Robert Casey, offered an amendment... that would have allowed for importation of drugs from FDA-approved facilities in Canada...

Once again, Democratic discipline broke down. The amendment this time was beaten in committee, 13-10. Two Democrats, Patty Murray and Michael Bennet, both of whom accept a lot of pharmaceutical money, voted no.

Interestingly, two Republicans from states bordering Canada who voted for almost exactly the same measure earlier in the year - Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine - now voted no as well.

This often seems to happen with controversial bills. The math will allow a large-ish number of members to cast a vote in favor of a popular policy disliked by industry, but if there's any danger of it actually passing, there will suddenly be defectors or converts. The political damage is limited to just a few poor souls who have to wear the unpopular vote.

This is why you should never trust a politician like Cory Booker who tells you that he supports your issue but couldn't vote for this particular version of it because of some minor (bullshit) flaw.


By fnord12 | July 12, 2017, 7:45 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Life Comes At You Fast

Conservatives: Solar power will never work.

Also Conservatives: Solar power is working too well.

The linked article is also a good example of why the press sucks. There is absolutely no reason to print the baldfaced bullshit from the utility lobbyists with a straight face. "Unfair to homeowners who do not want or cannot afford their own solar installations" made me snort so hard i nearly lost a nostril.


By fnord12 | July 10, 2017, 8:44 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Jersey is a land of contrasts

The good: "New Jersey is at the top of the list for having achieved the greatest reduction in our prison population in the country -- a 35 percent decline since 1999."

The bad: "New Jersey has the worst racial disparities within our prison population in the country. "

Link.


By fnord12 | July 8, 2017, 12:10 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



"After 2016, Democrats should pick a side again."

Vox was Centrist Central during the primary, so it's interesting to see them increasingly put out pieces like this.


By fnord12 | July 7, 2017, 4:18 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Universal programs

Dovetailing with Ryan Cooper's article below, Jeff Spross has 4 dumb ideas that the Dems should avoid.


By fnord12 | July 6, 2017, 10:41 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Scourge of the Time Traveling Socialists

Odious loser and failed Hillary Clinton campaign strategist, Mark Penn:

Candidates inspired by Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren and a host of well-funded groups have embraced sharply leftist ideas. But the results at the voting booth have been anything but positive: Democrats lost over 1,000 legislative seats across the country and control of both houses of Congress during the Obama years.

By fnord12 | July 6, 2017, 10:28 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Frontrunner Bernie

Yglesias:

  • gives a bit of behind-the-scenes about why unions didn't fully back him last time
  • shows Sanders addressing his foreign policy weakness
  • addresses the age thing
  • looks at why Warren won't work as an alternative
  • talks about how Sanders has "moderated" his views (which to me looks 90% like the Dems have come around to his way of thinking and 10% a misunderstanding about what happened with Heath Mello).

By fnord12 | July 5, 2017, 12:20 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Make government simple

Ryan Cooper.


By fnord12 | July 5, 2017, 12:10 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



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