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- Large corporations "have given Senator Manchin over a million reasons to avoid paying their fair share," said Accountable.US president Kyle Herrig. Sen. Joe Manchin, one of a handful of Democratic lawmakers threatening to tank President Joe Biden's legislative agenda, has received at least $1.5 million in campaign donations from the businesses and trade groups leading corporate America's lobbying blitz against the Build Back Better reconciliation package, a new analysis by Accountable.US ...


- Democrats say they 'have no sense' of what Kyrsten Sinema wants in Biden's safety net package as she opposes tax hikes Sinema is frustrating many Democrats on Capitol Hill as talks on Biden's social spending bill stall. Two Senate Democratic aides tell Insider she's opposed to any corporate and individual income tax increases. "I can't put myself in her head," House Budget Chair John Yarmuth recently told reporters. It's not just Bernie Sanders. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona is vexing many of ...


- Labor advocates are calling the nationwide show of union power and worker solidarity "Striketober" Kellogg's Cereal plant workers demonstrate in front of the plant on October 7, 2021 in Battle Creek, Michigan. Workers at Kellogg’s cereal plants are striking over the loss of premium health care, holiday and vacation pay, and reduced retirement benefits. Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich observed Wednesday that with employees in industries across the spectrum set to strike in the coming days ...

Source: salon.com

- The second millennium was nearly over, and so were global capitalism’s worst “financial troubles.” Or so one influential economist suggested in 1999. On the eve of this century, MIT’s Rudiger Dornbusch argued that humanity was living through the early days of a nigh-interminable Belle Époque. In the century to come, the world would witness “a relentless advance of the standard of living,” as “big government” policies gave way to “free enterprise,” and globalization ...

Source: nymag.com

- "We can choose to strengthen the bond Americans have to one another by proposing universal social insurance benefits that broadly benefit all Americans." Leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus on Wednesday reiterated their top-level priorities for the nascent reconciliation package and urged their fellow Democrats to pursue universal programs instead of "complicated methods of means-testing that the wealthy and powerful will use to divide us." "The CPC agrees that President [Joe] Biden ...


- Bernie Sanders (I) . Republican members of Congress have made scathing remarks against the modern Democratic Party, accusing it of pursuing a socialist platform for America. On Twitter, the freshman politician launched criticism at the Treasury Department and Bernie for “bringing socialism to America.” According to President Biden’s controversial budget, which has received opposition from both Republicans and Democrats, “it could result in banks having to report transaction data for an ...


- Conservatives and banks are actually afraid of a non-captured regulator who knows the secrets of the financial sector. Saule Omarova speaks during a September 2018 Senate banking committee hearing titled "Fintech: Examining Digitization, Data, and Technology." Republicans and bank lobbyists are trying to derail the nomination of Saule Omarova, a financial law expert at Cornell University, to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which oversees banking regulation. Their main line ...

Source: huffpost.com

- "Damn right, let's do more of that," Pennsylvania's genial Bob Casey says to GOP critics of Democrats' social spending agenda. Bob Casey isn’t known as an outspoken liberal, nor does he seek the spotlight. That’s all changing this fall. The 61-year-old Pennsylvania Democrat is championing an effort to include roughly $250 billion for states to expand care for older people and people with disabilities through Medicaid in Democrats’ multitrillion-dollar social spending plan. Casey's not one ...

Source: politico.com

- Chicago Welcomes Donald Trump to Town Chicago Illinois 10-28-19 Charles Edward Miller from Chicago, United States, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons John Stoehr October 13, 2021 So much depends on respectable white people. Those are white people who care about appearing respectable to other white people, who themselves care about appearing respectable to other white people. They are the great globular middle of American politics that determines electoral outcomes in this country. For the ...

Source: alternet.org

- People like David Shor are not "telling Democrats what they don't want to hear." The claims of so-called "centrists" are music to the ears of corporate Democrats who will lead the nation right back to Trump. It's 'popularism' week in the commentariat, as pundits across the ideological spectrum discuss recent remarks by pollster David Shor. This problematic and imprecise term reflects a way of thinking about politics that is poised to reshape the Build Back Better debate, and other debates yet ...


- Throughout decades of neoliberal counterreforms, the most resilient parts of the Nordic welfare state have been the ones under direct popular control. Their experience shows that the best way to push back against capital is to democratize power in society. Norway’s election last month brought a landslide shift to the Left , including a parliamentary breakthrough for the socialist Red Party (Rødt) . There are now social-democratic governments in all five Nordic countries, with growing ...


- "The Dems must stand with the people, not fold," said Sen. Bernie Sanders. The leaders of dozens of grassroots progressive advocacy groups joined their congressional allies late Tuesday in calling on Democrats to reject "false choices" posed by right-wing lawmakers and ensure that all of the party's key priorities—from child care to Medicare expansion to climate action—remain in the final budget reconciliation package. "What we are talking about is not simply a laundry list, a wish list. It ...


- Andrew Yang attends the 2021 Comic Con at Javits Center on October 10, 2021, in New York City. Andrew Yang is not actually interested in politics. He’s interested in “thought leadership.” These ideas have some overlap and are easy to confuse, but in Yang’s case, the differences come shining through. A key tell: He doesn’t appear to have thought much about governance, legislation, or power; according to a May profile in The Nation, he was completely unacquainted with basic policy ...


- After 40 years of neoliberal rule, in which the state actively sought to eradicate the boundary between market, civil society and governance by making economic rationality the cornerstone of every human activity, advanced capitalism appears to be at a crossroads on account of the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. So-called “big government” has staged a dramatic comeback, and even conservative leaders have broken with some of the basic orthodoxies of neoliberalism. Are we ...

Source: truthout.org

- The president's free college plan is a great first step. Here's what else we can do to Build Back Better Over the course of the Covid pandemic, we have seen one of the largest upward shifts of wealth in recent history. According to Forbes , there were 660 more billionaires in 2021 than the year before. At the same time, enrollment in community colleges and four-year universities plummeted in the United States, with the student debt crisis creating a situation in which low-income communities are ...


- © Greg Nash Sen. Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is raising funds for the Democratic Socialist candidate in Buffalo’s mayoral race less than a month out from Election Day. Sanders sent an email blast urging his supporters to make a small contribution to support India Walton’s campaign for Buffalo mayor, pointing to her progressive ideals. “Please make a $2.70 contribution to help India Walton win the general election to become the next mayor of the city of Buffalo, New York, and to ...

Source: thehill.com

- Gail Collins: Bret, October is my favorite month. And now that the Senate has decided not to default on the national debt, really, what could be better? Bret Stephens: If the Yankees hadn’t been trounced by the Red Sox, Gail, October would have been better. Gail: Thanks to my husband’s Boston roots, we’re cheering on the Red Sox. Along with — oh, I’d guess about four other people in our section of the city. Bret: Looks like we’ve discovered the root of our differences. But yes, for ...

Source: nytimes.com

- Elite demands for democratic respectability serve only to protect an unjust system. The tension between progressives and "Centrists" has broken out, once again, in the open as the Left is pressuring and demanding that so-called "moderates" stop their obstruction of a much needed (and already compromised) 3.5 trillion "build back better" human infrastructure plan. While many in the media may dismiss this as typical Washington Beltway drama, it actually reflects deeper political anger at ...


- Media coverage of the fight over a pair of infrastructure bills—one physical, one social—has become so chaotic that the truth is getting lost amid a cacophony of arguments over price tags and party factions. What’s happening in Washington is not a D.C.-insider argument between West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Or between Arizona Senator Krysten Sinema and the Congressional Progressive Caucus chair, Washington Representative Pramila Jayapal . It is not a ...


- Top Bernie Sanders campaign alums are launching a progressive firm in the Biden era to drive the conversation further leftward and elect more left-wing Democrats. The new consultancy, Left Flank Strategies, first reported by The Hill, bills itself as an insurgent-style alternative to Democratic shops that rely on traditional tactics to usher centrist candidates into office. It’s also an attempt to break up the moderate firewall in Congress that finds itself publicly sparring with the newly ...

Source: thehill.com