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Ocasio-Cortez Heralds a New Political Era

Polls show socialism has risen in stature, which Mr. McConnell sees as evidence of the new era. Last year, he notes, Gallup found for the first time that Democrats have a more “positive view” of socialism than of capitalism. She calls herself a “democratic socialist.” At the top of the Democratic agenda is a campaign to enact enormous tax hikes on the rich. The Green New Deal is another of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s ambitious ideas. She’s been a House member for less than two months. If anyone defines the new political era, it’s AOC. I have no problem saying that.” Most Republicans don’t take the Green New Deal seriously. Nor are Republicans anxious about polls that show how popular Democratic tax plans are. There’s no chance of that with a GOP Senate and Donald Trump in the White House. It’s possible for Democrats to hold the House and win the Senate and presidency.

Leftwing Democrats steal the 2020 spotlight but can centrists fight back?

At the same time, some argue that debate over the Democrats’ supposed “lurch to the left”, as relentlessly highlighted by the president, is an oversimplification that overlooks the Democratic electorate’s desire to limit Trump to one term. “The challenge for Democrats will be to have a substantive, even heated debate over progressive policy while still reminding voters that re-electing Trump would be a catastrophe,” said Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter for Barack Obama whose podcast, The Wilderness, examined the rebuilding of the party after 2016. Play Video 1:18 “Democratic candidates should debate each other but they shouldn’t disqualify each other,” he said. Sanders pushed Clinton on issues including climate change, trade, Wall Street reform and college affordability. As he did so, he strengthened the progressive wing of the party. Warren, Gillibrand, Harris and Booker have signed on to Medicare for All, the single-payer healthcare proposal drafted by Sanders. Many of the contenders have pushed a variation of debt-free college tuition and Warren, Gillibrand, Booker and Harris have embraced the Green New Deal championed by rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “There’s going to be a lot of Democrats on the stage when the primaries begin,” he said, “but I don’t think there’ll be nearly as much distance between them as people think.” Play Video 1:49 Differences, he said, would likely amount to one candidate campaigning on a subsidized jobs program tailored to a marginal group versus another advocating for a guaranteed jobs program affecting millions of people. The question is how far does each of them want to push in terms of solutions to those problems.” Biden has been mulling a third run for president and would be the most establishment-friendly figure if he did jump in. People talked about reforming Ice.” ‘America will never be a socialist country’ Republicans have sought to cast the Democrats’ agenda as “socialist”, zeroing in on healthcare and tax proposals that poll better than the GOP seems to think.

Don’t Interrupt the Democrats

Can we blame U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), really? Being ambitious and bold are not usually considered bad things. A decade of quantitative easing, along with trillion-dollar annual deficits run up recently by congressional Republicans, have laid the debt-ridden tracks upon which she hopes her massive Green New Deal will glide. Keep your balance near those computer keyboards, folks. Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.” Cut the green congresswoman some slack? You cannot tell me that silly FAQ wasn’t spot on. Who knew that, days after the GND offered to Americans the notion that high-speed train travel could be a human (almost religious) right, deepest blue-state Governor Gavin Newsom stopped California’s high-speed train projects in their tracks, looking at costs and declaring, “Let’s be real.” Nonetheless, the Green New Deal enthusiastically promises to “create millions of good, high-wage jobs . counteract systemic injustices.” But what about afterlunch? Kindly old Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he will generously bring the GND to a vote in the U.S. Senate, helping Ocasio-Cortez in the upper house — and putting Senate sponsor Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, and all other senators squarely on the record. The comeuppance would come, according to this rationale, when the public realizes just how humongously big Big Government would be if only Democrats were voting.

On Politics: The Biggest Stories of the Week

From the border wall fight to conflict with Iran, it’s been a busy week in American politics. ___________________ Trump declares national emergency to build border wall House and Senate negotiators agreed “in principle” on Monday to provide $1.375 billion for physical barriers at the southwestern border. The deal provided much less funding than the proposal President Trump rejected in December, and his border wall took a back seat in Congress’s budget negotiations, which instead focused on the record number of immigrants in detention. (Here are five takeaways from the deal.) On the Republican end, former Gov. Bill Weld of Massachusetts announced on Friday his intention to challenge Mr. Trump for the Republican Party’s 2020 nomination. There are six women in the 2020 race, but Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is the only one who has been making feminism the central theme of her candidacy. While the United States and Israel have accused Iran of instigating terrorism in the Middle East, Iran itself has also been the target of terrorist attacks. Ms. Witt was charged with spying for Iran; ex-officials say her defection severely damaged United States intelligence efforts. Additional Reading • Trump Pushes Iraq to Stop Buying Energy From Iran • Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq • Mike Pence Lashes European Allies for Their Stance on Iran Here’s what else happened this week: • Federal prosecutors recommended Friday that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, serve up to 25 years in prison and pay up to $25 million in fines for a fraud scheme.

What exactly is Bill Weld up to? Here’s what we know so far.

Bill Weld is back. Brett, a former Massachusetts state representative who has stayed in touch with Weld since their time together at the State House in the 1990s, says he reached out to the 73-year-old former Republican governor to see if there was any interest in speaking at Politics & Eggs. Despite running in a disproportionately Democratic state in a presidential election year, the Weld-Kerry race was neck-and-neck through the summer, before the incumbent senator won with 52.7 percent to 41.2 percent of the vote. After switching his residency back once more to Massachusetts, the former Republican governor was picked to be the 2016 vice presidential running mate of Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson. “We are planning a partnership as president and vice president; I think it’s something unprecedented,” Johnson, who referred to himself as the “lesser half” of the ticket, said at the time. During the campaign, Weld had responded to Libertarian Party members who were skeptical of his Republican record by pledging to remain “Libertarian for life.” And the former governor was so active in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections — touring Libertarian conventions, talking about how the party could grow, fundraising for the party, and endorsing its local candidates — that he stirred speculation that he was setting the groundwork for a 2020 presidential campaign on the Libertarian ticket. And later last month, several outlets reported that he was considering running against President Donald Trump in the 2020 GOP primary. “I’m not going to have anything to say until my talk at Politics and Eggs,” he told WMUR. Then and now, Weld has hardly been the only anti-Trump Republican. While acknowledging the difficulties of running a primary campaign against a Republican president, Brett says he feels pretty sure that Weld will announce plans for a White House bid Friday.

On Politics: Tentative Deal Reached to Avert Shutdown

Good Tuesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today. The deal, which would stave off another partial government shutdown, appears to be a significant victory for Democrats. It still must pass the House and Senate, and secure the president’s signature. In a bit of political theater, Beto O’Rourke was holding his own rally less than a mile away. • Critics called Hillary Clinton “shrill” and “unlikable” in 2016. It’s no coincidence that the same words are being used against Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris as they campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Here’s how sexism plays out on the campaign trail. • Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota apologized for insinuating that American support for Israel is fueled by money from a pro-Israel lobby group — a comment that drew condemnation from fellow Democrats. • Cliff Sims, the former White House communications aide who wrote an insider account about working for Mr. Trump, is suing the president in his official capacity, alleging that he used his campaign organization to keep former employees from invoking their First Amendment rights.

Conservatives Give Trump a Pass for Referencing Genocide to Mock Elizabeth Warren

Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!” Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2019 Of course, most of the reaction to Trump’s tweet was centered around his callous and purposeful use of “TRAIL,” a reference to the genocidal forced relocations of Native Americans in the 19th Century referred to as Trail of Tears. So, when CNN’s Jake Tapper asked the congresswoman about Trump’s tweet, she ignored his question and went about blasting Warren, calling her a “laughingstock.” . @jaketapper: “What about the language the President uses and the joking references to genocide against Native Americans?”@RepLizCheney: "Elizabeth Warren has made herself a laughingstock.” #CNNSOTU — State of the Union (@CNNSotu) February 10, 2019 Ignoring or excusing any and all things racist that Trump utters is par for the course for most Republicans — politicians and commentators alike. Even someone like Cheney, whom Tapper points out, has a large number of Native Americans in her state, can’t bring herself to be critical of him. Jeez. — Brit Hume (@brithume) February 10, 2019 Trump’s most recent tweet and his constant use of Pocahontas, a racist slur he uses when referring to Warren is not an accident.

Warren: Trump ‘may not even be a free person’ by 2020

(CNN)President Donald Trump might be in jail by the time Election Day comes around, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said on her first full day of campaigning as a declared presidential candidate. "In fact, he may not even be a free person." It's no longer just the Mueller investigation," Warren said. Earlier in the day, the Massachusetts Democrat had lamented in Cedar Rapids that the country is in a "dangerous moment," and that, "what happens in 2020 is going to determine the direction of our nation, the direction of our people." "Every day, there's a racist tweet, a hateful tweet, something really dark and ugly," Warren said of Trump. "And what are we, as candidates, as activists, the press, going to do about it? Yeah. Donald Trump is the symptom of a badly broken system," Warren said. "So, our job as we start rolling into the next election is not just to respond on a daily basis. A Warren campaign official told CNN that the presidential candidate does not plan to engage in every single tweet or attack from Trump as the 2020 season ramps up.

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: At His Whitaker’s End

What We’re Following Today It’s Friday, February 8. Testy Testimony: Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker testified before the House Judiciary Committee that he has not discussed the special counsel’s investigation with President Donald Trump, nor denied funding for it. Tensions ran high: At one point, Whitaker reminded committee Chairman Jerry Nadler that his allotted time was up. This is likely Whitaker’s last testimony before the committee, because the Senate is set to confirm Trump’s nominee, William Barr, to take over the department. Bernie 2020 Is a Go: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is about to jump into the Democratic primary pool, reports Edward-Isaac Dovere. He’s confident that he can successfully take on Trump in the general elections—and he’s already got a big campaign network ready to push him through the primaries. But the Sanders team is keeping tabs on potential Democratic competitors who haven’t yet formally entered the race, including former Vice President Joe Biden. They’re also watching Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is expected to formally announce her campaign tomorrow, and will likely be Sanders’s closest ideological competitor. A Tenuous Agreement: The United States and South Korea have quietly resolved a months-long disagreement over how to pay for the American troops currently based in Korea. But the deal is only a temporary one—and it’s a sign of how the Trump administration’s treatment of United States allies is making its alliances more and more fragile.
Elizabeth Warren tries to explain why she listed 'American Indian' on Texas Bar document

Elizabeth Warren tries to explain why she listed ‘American Indian’ on Texas Bar document

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) says that she is a not a member of an American Indian tribe as she tried to explain why she listed her race as "American Indian" on a State Bar of Texas registration card in 1986.…
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