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Open Thread | Nancy Smash Is Trying To Tell You

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi is trying to tell folks. Nancy Smash is all about what she can get the House, and what needs to be presented that will keep the Democratic majority. So, when she gives interviews like this, pay attention.👏👏

Pelosi tells Bloomberg News: “What works in San Francisco does not necessarily work in Michigan. What works in Michigan works in San Francisco — talking about workers’ rights and sharing prosperity.”https://t.co/A0BVnTxsov

— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) November 2, 2019

Remarkable quotes from Speaker Pelosi here questioning the political viability of the most progressive ideas in the 2020 Democratic primary.

“As a left-wing San Francisco liberal I can say to these people: What are you thinking?”https://t.co/A0BVnTxsov

— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) November 2, 2019

Nancy Pelosi says she doesn’t quite understand the race to more lefty positions in the 2020 primary. “Bernie and Elizabeth own the left, right? Is anybody going to out-left them?”https://t.co/A0BVnTxsov

— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) November 2, 2019

Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) Tweeted:

When I asked Speaker Pelosi if she favors a wealth tax, she didn’t say yes or no, but called for “bipartisan” tax changes that unwind the “dumb” Trump tax cuts of 2017.

https://t.co/A0BVnTxsov https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/1190665946102415363?s=17

Nancy Pelosi knows how to count. She knows how to count the votes in her own caucus, and she knows how to count the Electoral College. Remember what winning back the House meant for the country. It saved the American Social Safety Net. This is NOT a left-leaning country. And, the person from one of the leftest leaning districts would know. Listen to her.😒😒

Open Thread | Where Are We Now?

So,

Where are we now?

We’re at the point where the State Department is forbidding people who have been subpoenaed before Congress to come and testify. It’s past time that these people are held in Contempt of Congress and arrested. Period. Also, Chairman Schiff says that the State Department is refusing to turn over an electronic device with messages on it.

You always knew that their whining about Hillary’s private server was nothing but garbage. Now, we know that these people were conducting the business of the United States. National Security stuff – on the WhatsApp.

A freaking APP.

Da hail?

You can’t make this stuff up.

Maddow has pointed out that the Republicans are attempting to take the sting and obviousness out of Dolt45 and his corruption by throwing the word corruption around. All the GOP is now so interested in corruption. No dice. Every muthaphucka attached to this Administration is rotten. We found out this week that while Rudy was in Ukraine trying to dig up non-existent dirt on Joe Biden, it didn’t slow him or Rick Perry down from attempting to shakedown a local utility, so that they could put their own people on it, and loot it. THAT is corruption, and just another day for this Administration.

 

 

I knew, eventually, that our luck would run out -Geopolitically Speaking.

And, it did.

When Dolt45 tweets out that, basically, the United States is abandoning their support of the Kurds, and will let Turkey massacre them.

This can’t be seen as anything other than a complete betrayal of the Kurdish people. It has been the Kurds, who have been fighting ISIS on the ground in Syria, so that American troops don’t have to. They have done the hand to hand combat in fighting this terrorist organization and defeating it in Syria. It’s the Kurds who have the captured ISIS fighters in prison.

And, now, we have a President, who, without consulting the DOD or State Department, has changed American foreign policy on a dime. And, the Kurds might wind up slaughtered because of it.

Then, this dropped too:

Trump apparently wants to pull the U.S. from the Open Skies Treaty, and nobody knows why

3:52 a.m.

On Monday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) released a letter to National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien expressing his deep concern about “reports that the Trump administration is withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty” and urging the administration to abandon “such a reckless action.”

The treaty, in force since 2002 with 34 nations as signatories, “aims to increase confidence in and transparency of military activities, particularly in Europe, by allowing unarmed aerial observation flights over the entire territory of its participants for information-gathering purposes,” the Arms Control Association explains. Specifically, “the Open Skies Treaty allows the United States and our allies and partners in Europe to monitor Russian military deployment,” especially in Ukraine, Engels said, and “American withdrawal would only benefit Russia.”

OF COURSE, it would benefit Russia. Everything Putin’s flunky does benefits Russia.

The President of the United States is a threat to National Security.

And,he is offensive to the Constitution.

Proof?

The letter the White House sent to Congress this afternoon.

The letter, which is addressed to Speaker Pelosi, & Reps. Schiff, Engel, & Cummings says impeachment inquiry is “constitutionally invalid and violates basic due process rights and the separation of powers” & “seeks to reverse the election of 2016” & to “influence” 2020 election.

— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) October 8, 2019

Wow. This letter is bananas. A barely-lawyered temper tantrum. A middle finger to Congress and its oversight responsibilities.

No Member of Congress should accept it, no matter his or her view on the behavior of Pelosi, Schiff, or Trump.

Things are bad. Things will get worse. https://t.co/AesJ6cGHrl

— Gregg Nunziata (@greggnunziata) October 8, 2019

Wednesday Open Thread | Checking In On The By-product of Racism As Public Policy

Actions have consequences. Tear children away from their parents, and then have a lowering of standards for who can keep said children….what did you think would happen?😠😠😠

 

 

These families should have never been separated.
No rest until the migrant families are reunited, freed, and ICE is abolished. https://t.co/psMdMM5Hnw

— Voto Latino (@votolatino) August 17, 2019

When it comes to Dolt45, some folks always try and bring up ‘what’s in his heart’. Muthaphucka, I don’t give two shyts what’s in his heart. I know what he’s said, and more importantly the RACISM IN THE POLICIES ENACTED.

The RACISM IN THE POLICIES that we see…

We have been telling you from the beginning on the issue of immigration what the end goal was:

MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN!

EVERYTHING that they have done has participated in MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN.

Attacking and rounding up the undocumented.

Attacking and deporting longtime residents of this country for trivial matters.

Tearing apart families.

Betraying immigrants who signed up to fight in the military and put their lives on the line for this country.

Trying to strip the actual CITIZENSHIP from naturalized citizens.

Tearing children apart from their parents.

LOSING children.

NOT attempting to reunite children with FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE UNITED STATES.

Warehousing migrants as if they were cattle, in unsanitary conditions.

Children in cages.

Monitoring the PREGNANCIES of migrants in custody and attempting to DENY THEM THE RIGHT TO AN ABORTION IF WANTED.

Closing the proper legal access points of entry for asylum, so that when people attempt to cross, they are committing a crime.

Deliberately not screening those applying who want to ‘take care’ of the stolen children – thus placing them in the path of abusers and pedophiles. When it’s all said and done, we will find out that some of these ‘lost’ children have been trafficked.

And now, I found this posted today:

Where do children separated from parents, or detained without them at the border go? In #Chicago, journalists at @propublica + community organizers exposed a network of child prisons. Now, we’re publishing testimony from a former staff member. #AbolishICEhttps://t.co/hMVsUgbcRm pic.twitter.com/wtOGsK8Un9— It’s Going Down (@IGD_News) August 20, 2019

CHILD PRISONS!!

These people belong at The Hague.

ALSO…

In the latest example of its racist cruelty, the Trump administration won’t provide flu vaccines to migrant families at border detention camps. This is despite the fact that at least three children held in detention centers have died, in part, from the flu.https://t.co/CQlojb1CVC— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) August 20, 2019

They have been pushing ‘ the diseased invader’ meme for awhile.

They are hoping that a flu epidemic happens.

 

How do you lost one child?hundreds? thousands? 🤯

Federal officials lost – yes, lost – 1,475 migrant children https://t.co/YYfT7tVQVn

— Voto Latino Sacramento (@VotoLatinoSac) August 16, 2019

Jewish allies from @NeverAgainActn are putting themselves on the line to defend immigrants.

Angry but not surprised that ICE drove a truck though the people protesting their inhumane treatment of migrants at the border.https://t.co/MKSUrjWUqC

— Voto Latino (@votolatino) August 16, 2019

200 Latino leaders and artists, incl @DoloresHuerta, @AmericaFerrera, & @ChefJoseAndres, have released letter of support to US Latinos.

“If you are feeling terrified, heartbroken & defeated by the barrage of attacks on our community, you are not alone.” https://t.co/hnhGjczy7C

— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) August 16, 2019

“But we will not be broken. We will not be silenced. We will continue to denounce any hateful & inhumane treatment of our community. We will demand dignity & justice. Though real pain & fear are sweeping through our communities, we remain powerful.” #QueridaFamilia

— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) August 16, 2019

Thursday Open Thread | 12 Black Elected Officials In Charlotte Receive Trump Inspired Racist Letters

At least 12 local elected officials, including black county commissioners, Charlotte City Council members who are people of color, and the black chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board, received similar letters in recent days, according to representatives of those bodies. The letter, which the Observer obtained a copy of from a City Council member, is also addressed to the local police and fire departments.

The letter to Leake invoked the name of President Donald Trump, said blacks need to “assimilate” to Charlotte and the United States and blamed “twisted media” for problems.

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article233797097.html

“Nothing good will come to you if you don’t change,” the letter to Leake and other commissioners stated. “You need to go back to where you came from … Your freedom was born on the backs of great Americans, white Americans, who fought for you, so get over it. Assimilate.

“One of these days, someone … will round you up. All of you. And send you screaming to the concentration camps where you belong … Be very careful.”

A Mecklenburg County commissioner says she has asked the FBI to investigate who sent her and other black elected officials a racist, threatening letter that said “Black Democrats should be tarred and feathered and run out of town” and sent “screaming to the concentration camps.”

The letter, which Commissioner Vilma Leake read aloud at a recent public meeting, was received by mail at her county office address. It is a nearly two-page-long rant that threatens “someone” may “blow up” a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr., and also says, “I would love it if they would blow you up.”

The big names in Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Black Book’

The “black book” of Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy financier and now-accused child sex trafficker, is a smorgasbord of high-profile, powerful people, including Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, Britain’s Prince Andrew and former Prime Minister Tony Blair, and convicted sex assailant and comedian Bill Cosby, Epstein’s former neighbor.

Then there’s supermarket mogul Ron Burkle, Clinton’s daughter Chelsea Clinton, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and John Kerry, late Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, media titan Rupert Murdoch, and movie director Woody Allen, New York magazine notes in a new article detailing the contents of Epstein’s private phone book and private plane’s flight logs.

The article contains summaries of Epstein’s relationships with various well-heeled people whose names appear in those documents including President Donald Trump, who once called Epstein a “terrific guy” in an interview with New York, and Bill Clinton, who traveled multiple times on Epstein’s plane.

Trump’s first wife, Ivana, is in the book, as is his third wife, Melania, and his daughter, Ivanka, currently senior advisor to the president.

Epstein’s address book originally was published in 2015 by the defunct news site Gawker, after its content was revealed in a court case.

Epstein Contacts- A to Z

“Along with the logs of Epstein’s private plane, released in 2015, the book paints a picture of a man deeply enmeshed in the highest social circles,” New York says in its article.

New York notes that a woman whose name appears on flight manifests of Epstein’s jet — “including Bill Clinton’s trip across Africa, and who wound up working at the Clinton Foundation” — is one of five women whom Epstein recommended as an assistant for Charlie Rose, the then host of a PBS talk show.

Rose ended up hiring three of Epstein’s recommendations, the magazine reported.

One of those women, who later was among more than two dozen who accused Rose of sexual misconduct, was quoted by New York as saying, “I was being offered up for abuse” by Epstein.

Rose in 2017 lost his PBS gig, along with posts at “CBS This Morning” and “60 Minutes,” on the heels of the misconduct allegations.

Epstein, a registered sex offender, was arrested in early July on federal charges that he trafficked dozens of underage girls, who traveled to his huge New York City townhouse and Palm Beach, Florida, mansion, where he alleged sexually abused them during purported “massage” sessions from 2002 through 2005.

The 66-year-old, who pleaded guilty to prostitution-related charges in 2008 in Florida, has pleaded not guilty in the current case, for which he remains held without bond in a federal jail in Manhattan.

Trump and Clinton have distanced themselves from Epstein since his latest arrest.

Trump has said “I was not a fan” of Epstein.

Clinton’s spokesman has said he has not spoken with Epstein in “well over a decade,” and that “President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York.”

Rose’s spokesman told New York that Rose only learned about Epstein’s abuse years after the recommendations of assistants, when Epstein pleaded guilty in the Florida case.

Julián Castro on reparations for slavery

If elected president, 2020 Democratic contender Julián Castro said he would create a commission to explore the possibility of reparations for slavery.

During a stop Sunday at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Castro did not commit to paying reparations but said it should be part of a topic of conversation for a commission or task force that could explore that and other issues surrounding the nation’s history with slavery.

“I’ve long believed the country should consider reparations because of the atrocity of slavery,” said Castro, a former San Antonio mayor who was President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. “I also believe that we’re never going to fully heal as a country from the racial divide until we’ve addressed the tremendous wrong that was done with slavery.”

Former Obama cabinet official and current Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro crushed rival Bernie Sanders‘ argument against “writing a check” for reparations, noting that Sanders’ solution to a host of other issues is to do just that.

On Sunday morning’s edition of CNN’s State of the Union, host Jake Tapper asked Castro for his reaction to a clip of Sanders responding to a question about support for slavery reparations by asking what his rivals mean by reparations.

Castro noted that he has promised a “task force” to explore reparations, but zeroed in on a different Sanders remark on reparations. In a recent appearance on The View, Sanders said that “our job is to address the crises facing the American people and our communities, and I think there are better ways to do that than just writing out a check.”

“To my mind, that may or may not be the best way to address it,” Castro said. “However, it’s interesting to me that when it comes to Medicare for all, health care, you know, the response there has been we need to write a big check, that when it comes to tuition-free or debt-free college, the answer has been we need to write a big check.”

“So if the issue is compensating descendants of slaves, I don’t think the argument about writing a big check ought to be the argument you make if you’re making the argument that a big check needs to be written for a whole bunch of other stuff,” Castro continued. “If, under the Constitution, we compensate people because we take their property, why wouldn’t you compensate people who actually were property.”

Julian Castro’s Housing Reform policy

White House hopeful Julián Castro on Monday released a portion of his latest “People First” policy proposal focused on affordable housing and homelessness.

The “People First Housing” plan will be released in three segments, starting on Monday.

“Housing is a human right. But for too many people, affordable, safe, and healthy housing is out of reach—forcing them to pay 40, 50, or even 60 percent of their income in rent, and forcing others on the streets,” Castro, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary under former President Obama, said in a statement.

“I understand the challenges that Americans face in housing—from rising rents, to gentrification, to housing discrimination, to homelessness. We need a president who will match the urgency of this issue with concrete, bold plans. That’s why I’m proud to release my People First Housing plan to ensure every American can access safe, affordable housing for them and their families.”

Castro, who has struggled to gain any traction in early primary polling, proposes a four-pronged approach to strengthen affordable housing by expanding the housing choice voucher program, creating a renters’ tax credit for those not eligible for vouchers, investing in new affordable housing units and reforming local zonings which restrict efficient buildings.

Many of these would expand on the National Housing Trust Fund, which provided $173 million in grants to create affordable housing, that Castro established while leading HUD.

Castro says he would reduce America’s homelessness epidemic by setting new government housing targets, increasing assistance grants, establishing consistent government homelessness definitions and investing in a wide variety of programs designed to help individuals who are homeless or housing insecure.

The plan would also decriminalize homelessness and end laws that discriminate against those without homes.

The housing initiative ties in Castro’s other platform positions, including expanding Pell Grants and expanding Medicare, to address housing issues.

Homelessness has been a steadily growing issue for years. According to HUD’s most recent Annual Homeless Assessment Report, each night of 2018 roughly 553,000 people were experiencing homelessness.

Homeownership is often cited as a key component to wealth-building for American families.

Data shows that obstacles, both economic and social, have especially left minorities lagging behind in homeownership.

A recent report by the Urban Institute shows that black homeownership has declined 5 percent since 2011, compared to a 1 percent decline for white families.

The same report showed an increase in Hispanic homeownership during that period, though it came at a time when Hispanic families were digging out after being particularly affected by the Great Recession, with Latino households losing 66 percent of their overall wealth from 2005-2009, according to the Pew Research Center.

Castro’s policy platforms tackling issues including immigration, policing and the cost of college have so far not resulted in an uptick in polling, with the former San Antonio mayor frequently polling near 1 or 2 percent.

Julian Castro’s Education Policy

Presidential candidate Julián Castro unveiled an estimated $1.5 trillion education plan Monday that starts with what he’s most known for — early learning — but follows with detailed ideas for updating the nation’s public education system and making it more accessible, including college.

The broad plan includes proposals for pre-K to high school and into college or trade school.

Castro calls for creating a “universal, high-quality, publicly funded, full-day Pre-K” for 3- and 4-year-olds, through grants to state and local governments. He calls for eliminating tuition at public colleges, universities, community colleges and technical and vocational schools, and raising the maximum Pell grant to $10,000.

The plan seems to go into the most detail on ways to help students pay off debt, which he said now tops $1.5 trillion.

His plan is something of a critique of the nation’s education system, including the continued segregation that keeps opportunities out of reach for many.

“It’s not enough to just invest in our schools and hope that inequities are repaired — we need targeted approaches that ensure all students have access to a quality education,” Castro says in his plan, posted on his campaign website.

The nation has failed to adequately invest in students, teachers and schools, which disproportionately affects students of color, Castro said. He said his plan “21st century-izes” our education system, because we haven’t done that,” although a lot of local communities already are doing pieces of his plan, he said.

“Education policy doesn’t exist in silos, and I’m proud to put forward the first comprehensive education plan to invest in our students holistically and keep our nation competitive in years to come,” Castro stated in a news release.

Castro, the only Latino seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, released an in-depth immigration plan in April. It has been drawing praise, including from fellow candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., but Castro is still polling in the low single digits.

Castro’s plan echoes his personal story of having grown up poor, which he has told in speeches and his memoir, and his belief that educational opportunities helped him and should be available to all. Castro has said repeatedly in campaign stops he wants the country to be the smartest, healthiest, fairest and most prosperous on earth.

“There’s no question I was swimming upstream,” Castro told NBC News. He attended a school district with some of the most poorly funded schools in Texas, he said. But at the same time, “I had a mom who was determined I succeed and she had an education of her own,” said Castro who went on to graduate from Stanford and Harvard Law School.

“What I want is no matter what the circumstances of the child are, that he or she can get a great education wherever they go to school,” he said in a telephone interview.

Castro is a former mayor of San Antonio and former Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Barack Obama. As mayor, he persuaded more than half of the city’s voters to approve a one-eighth-of-a-cent sales tax increase to pay for a full-day, quality pre-K program that has received good performance ratings.

He also launched Cafe College, a one-stop shopping site for school-age children to introduce them to the possibility of attending college and help them plan and start the process. The idea was meant to help schools that don’t have enough counselors to give students personal attention.

Cal Jillson, a Southern Methodist University political science professor and expert on presidential politics, told NBC News in March that Castro was on the cutting edge when he pushed for the pre-K investment.

Boosting teacher pay, help with student debt

Castro’s plan includes “reimagining high school” by investing $150 billion to modernize schools by improving facilities, technology and infrastructure, and supporting teachers, the arts and foreign language programs.

Castro, whose wife was a teacher and is now an elementary instructional math coach at a San Antonio school district, proposes ensuring that every high school student has the chance to graduate with at least one year of college credit, at no additional cost, and wants to create trade programs that link students with schools and employers.

Castro also proposed investing $3 billion annually in Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority serving institutions, to ensure more low-income students can attend.

According to his campaign, Castro would repeal the Trump tax plan and replace it with one that Castro plans to release at a later date. Corporations and more wealthy Americans would be asked to pay their fair share to support the education changes, his campaign said.

One provision that could draw backlash is a proposal to end public support for private for-profit colleges.

Castro also called for fairness, closing achievement gaps for children of color, protecting LGBTQ students, increasing diversity in higher education and ensuring that all students — regardless of criminal history or immigration status — have access to a quality education.

That part of his plan includes strengthening Title IX protections, some which the Trump administration has been proposing to rewrite.

It also includes protections for immigrant students without permanent legal status and ensuring they have access to higher education assistance.

Another potentially controversial measure: Castro calls for repealing Trump administration policies that allow educators to arm themselves in schools. Instead, he proposes “taking meaningful steps to address gun violence.”