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- From Podemos in Spain to Bernie Sanders’s bid for the nomination, recent left-populist campaigns inspired widespread hopes only to fall short. But overwhelming the fortresses of neoliberalism demands a long-term strategy — and mass mobilizations that last beyond the excitement of an election campaign. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Spain’s Unidas Podemos has played a key role in shaping the government response, even pushing through a minimum household income to help out the hardest-hit families. Yet, despite such successes, Podemos’s role as a junior partner to the ...


- "We might be looking at 12 years of neoliberal power at the top of the Democratic Party," one activist says. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's running mate Kamala Harris speaks during a campaign event at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., on Wednesday. Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo Kamala Harris wasn’t left-wing Democrats’ first choice for Joe Biden’s running mate — and not just because of her policies. In the final days of Biden’s decision-making process, several prominent progressives said privately they hoped he would pick a nominee who would ensure the 2024 ...

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- In the hours after Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris  as his vice presidential running mate the folks at Really American PAC released a video that’s gone viral – more than one million views on Twitter in just 15 hours. "As progressives we have got to think strategically," the video, reliving some of Bernie Sanders’ comments on the 2020 race, shows the Vermont Senator and progressive icon saying. "We have to do everything we can to get Biden elected." "I think we can push the most progressive agenda since Franklin Delano Roosevelt," Sanders adds. Defend democracy. Click to invest in ...

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- Despite media warnings of imminent danger, Ilhan Omar, one of Congress’s most left-wing members, cruised to victory in her primary this week, defeating a well-funded primary challenger. It's another clear indication that the Left’s electoral insurgency is here to stay. This summer, three of the House’s most left-wing members — Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) — all faced primary challenges. Tlaib’s seat is in Michigan, Omar’s in Minnesota, and AOC’s in New York, but every contest yielded an identical pattern: corporate interests and big donors ...


- AOC will have just 60 seconds to deliver her remarks next week at the Democratic National Convention Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has one minute to give her speech on Tuesday during the second day of the Democratic National Convention. She's prerecording her remarks from New York. Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic primaries but later partnered with former Vice President Joe Biden on a key issue: climate change. While she has an official speaking role at the Democratic convention, the other members of the liberal "Squad" from Capitol Hill — Reps. Ayanna ...


- I’ve lived most of my life in small towns in pretty remote rural areas. Some were in red regions, some were purplish-blue—but every last one of them centered on the local post office. I remember years of picking up the mail from a little window in the postmaster’s living room. (If you called her the postmistress, she would tartly reply, “Uncle Sam can’t afford mistresses.”) Eventually, she needed her parlor back, to have room to work on her genealogy projects, so the community built a small freestanding building. Where I live now, the local post office takes up a third of the ...


- Ms. Omar, a member of the “Squad” of progressive women of color elected to the House two years ago, topped a well-funded challenger in a victory for the left. MINNEAPOLIS — Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota fended off a well-funded primary challenger on Tuesday, ensuring a clean sweep of re-election fights for the group of first-term Democratic congresswomen of color known as the Squad and sending a message to Washington about the staying power of the party’s new progressive voices. Ms. Omar, who made history in 2018 by becoming the first Somali-American to be elected to ...

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- The Politics of Being Cardi B She isn’t perfect, nor does she claim to be, but the rapper is learning, growing, and proving with her sophomore album that she and her powerful voice are here to stay. It feels like a lifetime ago, given the breakneck pace of the news and the steady erosion of our political system, but it has only been a year since rap lightning rod Cardi B sat down with Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders in a Detroit nail salon in the summer of 2019. The polymathic force—former stripper/onetime reality star/raptress/ wife/mother/hellion—converted the ...

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- Nonfiction Kurt Andersen Asks: What Is the Future of America? EVIL GENIUSES The Unmaking of America: A Recent History By Kurt Andersen It used to be called the New World. Now it’s run by a man who wants to make it great “again.” Sometime between then and now, the writer Kurt Andersen argues in his essential, absorbing, infuriating, full-of-facts-you-didn’t-know, saxophonely written new book, America lost one of its “defining” traits: “openness to the new,” its gee-whiz tendency to “try the untried and explore the uncharted,” its “innovative, novelty-seeking, risk-taking ...

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- "This is no art of the deal. This is not presidential leadership. These orders are not real solutions. They are just another cynical ploy designed to deflect responsibility." Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has hit back against President Donald Trump’s  open threat on Saturday  to  permanently cut the payroll tax which funds both Social Security and Medicare, two of the nation’s most popular and vital safety net programs. Even as White House officials on Sunday  did their best  to walk back Trump’s clear-as-day pronouncement that he permanently "terminate" the ...

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- A bold and effective House member, Omar disrupts conventional wisdom. So those comfortable with the status quo want her gone. Trust Representative Ilhan Omar to introduce a piece of legislation that cuts straight to the heart of the matter. While other officials in Washington are arguing about where to find resources to address the mounting challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic and mass unemployment, the Minnesota Democrat has stepped up with the Make Billionaires Pay Act . Introduced last week in cooperation with her frequent ally Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the proposal would ...


- In anticipation of President Trump’s loss in November, there is a cottage industry of speculation about the fate of the post-Trump Republican Party. The New York Times’s David Brooks pines for a Republican Party without racism, anti-government animus or unbridled faith in free markets. (The technical term for that might be “the Democratic Party.”) It would be refreshing to see the Republican Party cast off its obsession with old white men in favor of “a cross-racial alliance among working-class whites, working-class Hispanics and some working-class Blacks.” That, however, supposes ...


- Rethinking the past is a tough challenge when colonial structures run deep. Statues have fallen across the United States in recent months, turning the issue into a political flash point. All of Chicago’s three monuments to Christopher Columbus have been taken down —at least temporarily. In Virginia, an array of Confederate statues have fallen so far. In response to that, U.S. President Donald Trump has promised new laws and deployed federal troops to defend America’s racist legacies. For Latin America, the turmoil in its northern neighbor is nothing more than an anxious flashback. The ...


- The conversation Never a Dull Moment in Trump World ‘One thing I have to give Trump credit for is a general lowering of expectations.’ Gail Collins: Bret, did you listen to the president’s weekend address? The one he gave to an audience composed of members at his private golf club ? The part where he said Democrats don’t love the country? For a long time now I think I’ve gone past the ability to be shocked by his run-of-the-mill rants, however dumb and mean, but he does still have a way of getting to me. Bret Stephens: I made myself watch it. I think the country needs to brush up on ...

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- The capitalist economic system has always had a big problem with politics in societies with universal suffrage. Anticipating that, most capitalists opposed and long resisted extending suffrage beyond the rich who possessed capital. Only mass pressures from below forced repeated extensions of voting rights until universal suffrage was achieved—at least legally. To this day, capitalists develop and apply all sorts of legal and illegal mechanisms to limit and constrain suffrage. Among those committed to conserving capitalism, fear of universal suffrage runs deep. Trump and his Republicans ...

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- Cori Bush, the Ferguson activist and nurse running for Congress in St Louis, caused a political earthquake this week, unseating a powerful centrist incumbent. Yesterday, she sat down with Jacobin to talk about how she took on the political establishment's big money and won. This Tuesday, Cori Bush unseated St Louis congressional incumbent Lacy Clay, who has represented the district for two decades and whose father Bill Clay represented it for three decades before him. Bush is a nurse who was a dedicated activist during the Ferguson uprising in 2014. She’s also an outspoken progressive whose ...


- In the district where George Floyd was killed, Omar Fateh wants to bring the progressive wave to the state legislature. Omar Fateh’s campaign for the Minnesota State Senate operates out of an adult day care center in Minneapolis, run by and for members of the local Somali community. It sits on Lake Street, where much of the immediate local response to George Floyd’s death took place. Just weeks prior, the gas station next door was ablaze; onlookers gawked at the inferno as national guardsmen ushered them along. The care center was unscathed, but when I went to meet with Fateh at his ...


- "By taxing 60% of the wealth gains made by just 467 billionaires during this horrific pandemic, we could guarantee healthcare as a right for an entire year." Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday introduced legislation that would tax the "obscene wealth gains" America's billionaires have accumulated during the Covid-19 crisis and use the resulting revenue to empower Medicare to cover all out-of-pocket medical expenses for everyone in the United States for a year. "We can continue to allow the very rich to get much richer while everyone else gets poorer and poorer. Or we can tax the winnings a ...


- A left-wing organization that once described the former veep’s record as “abysmal” is asking swing state progressives to bite the bullet and support the Democratic nominee. From left, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders greet one another before they participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate in March 2020. Evan Vucci/AP Photo A left-wing group that opposed Joe Biden in the primaries is launching a six-figure digital campaign aimed at persuading progressive voters in battleground states, especially Bernie Sanders supporters, to cast a ballot for the ...

Source: politico.com

- Sen. Bernie Sanders maintains progressive candidates won because they campaigned "not only against Trump, but for an agenda that works for the working families of this country." Cheering multiple primary wins this week for progressive candidates up and down state ballots, Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.) rallied supporters Wednesday to keep up the fight to actually win the visionary demands driving those electoral victories. "If we are serious about creating transformative change in this country — and if we're serious about taking on the powerful special interests that want to protect the ...