The revolution will not be deficit-neutral. Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images Last year, House Republicans voted to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit, for the sake of delivering enormous tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations. Now, as one of their first acts upon taking power, House Democrats are preparing to prohibit themselves from adding a penny to the deficit for any purpose — including investments in things like climate preparedness, which could plausibly pay for themselves in the long run. This plan has outraged the party’s far-left flank, seeding a (small-scale) rebellion against Nancy Pelosi’s leadership before she’s even taken the Speaker’s gavel. And all of this constitutes a welcome sign of progress. But before we examine why this particular episode of “Dems in Disarray” is a happy one, let’s take a more detailed look at the plot. The Washington Post’s Mike DeBonis and Jeff Stein offer a succinct synopsis: House … [Read more...] about Democrats Are Fighting About Whether Deficits Matter. That’s Good.
The porn star who ended Anthony Weiner's political career by exposing their sexual online relationship is embroiled in another 'sexting' scandal. Sydney Leathers has now exposed the kinky fetishes of a Democratic statesman in the American Midwest. The politician allegedly replied as 'B***h Boy' to an advert the adult actress put out looking for a submissive client who she could 'financially dominate'. Leathers - who lives in Evansville, Indiana - said B***h Boy was careful never to reveal his name and sent his money through a prepaid PayPal card. Scandal: Leathers says her new 'sexting' companion goes by the name 'B***h Boy' and sends her lingerie and shoes through the post Disgraced: Former congressman Anthony Weiner was on the verge of a comeback in 2012 when his online relationship with Leathers emerged in 2012 - as he launched his New York mayoral bid But the politician who cannot be named for legal reasons did not realise his name was on the parcels containing lingerie … [Read more...] about Anthony Weiner’s sexting pal strikes again: Porn star claims Democratic state legislator sent her kinky messages in which he ‘begged to be tied up and left in a closet’
Mike Bloomberg, one of the world's richest people, pushed back against claims that he wants to buy the Democratic presidential nomination. In his first TV interview since joining the 2020 race, Bloomberg spoke with "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King Thursday about how he's paying for his campaign, as well as his plan to fight gun violence and where he stands on the political spectrum. On gun control: "Look at the victims" GAYLE KING: Okay, we're in Colorado, Mayor, because you chose this place to launch your big gun initiative. And I'm wondering, as I sat there looking at the families, hearing the families, because they have heard this before. "We're going to do it. We're going to get it done. Will be some changes." Why do you think you're different this time? MIKE BLOOMBERG: I understand the problem. You have to go and look at the victims before you can really understand what they're going through, the emotional problems they have, the financial problems. Somebody in your family … [Read more...] about Mike Bloomberg denies “buying” the 2020 Democratic presidential primary
On the issue of race, Democrats must do better. It's not enough to simply condemn politics that embrace white supremacy. Instead of "a negative peace, which is the absence of tension," as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once admonished, we need "a positive peace, which is the presence of justice." A fairer caucus process is one critical step toward that positive racial justice. For example, about 43 percent of Democratic voters are Americans of color. Yet the first two states in the Democratic presidential primary are Iowa and New Hampshire, where only 9 percent and 6 percent, respectively, of residents are Americans of color. Yes, the following states of Nevada, at 26 percent, and South Carolina, at 32 percent, are more representative—but that doesn't change the fact that the first two and most campaigned-after states are demographically an abysmal reflection of the Democratic Party. On Tuesday, Senator Kamala Harris suspended her presidential campaign. As I tweeted that day, there … [Read more...] about Letting Iowa Vote First Is Holding Back the Democratic Party | Opinion
Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg dismissed his fellow 2020 Democrats’ chances of beating President Donald Trump in a general election match-up, warning “Trump would eat them up.”“I looked at our national government getting worse. The way we were behaving overseas and domestically, led by our president. I said back in 2016 he is the wrong person for the job. He doesn’t have the temperament, the ethics, or the intellect to do the job,” Bloomberg told CBS This Morning’s Gayle King in an interview which aired Friday. “I watched and I said we just can’t have another four years of this.” In an exclusive interview with @GayleKing, former NYC Mayor @MikeBloomberg explains why he chose to enter the presidential campaign so late. Bloomberg also spoke about President Trump, other Democratic candidates and his own complicated history on the issue of race and policing. pic.twitter.com/ipQg9L07BK — CBS This … [Read more...] about Michael Bloomberg Dismisses 2020 Democrats: ‘Trump Would Eat Them Up’
Away from the Democratic national convention, an art exhibition called Truth to Power has been one of the must-see events in Philadelphia this week. The pop-up show, located about five miles north of the Wells Fargo arena, features pieces highlighting gun violence and police shootings in the US. New Jersey senator Cory Booker and actor Rosario Dawson have been among those to visit the space, which includes work by Banksy and Shepard Fairey – the creator of the Barack Obama “hope” poster in 2008. “It’s to talk about issues that young people care about,” said Michael Skolnik, one of the producers of Truth to Power. “Mass incarceration, immigration, gender issues, climate justice and jobs and student debt.” Skolnik, an artist based in Brooklyn, New York, has been a visitor to the Democratic national convention this week. He said there were parallels between what was happening in the convention center and the exhibit. “There’s … [Read more...] about Art exhibit speaks Truth to Power in the shadow of the Democratic convention