December 2019

Archives In solidarity,  Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, Dr. Bill, Dan, Donna, and Janis—your PDA national team. It’s the Last Chance to Give This Decade! Support PDA’s Win 2020 Victory Fund Make a One-Time or Automatic Monthly Gift We’ve come a long way over the last...

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  • December 31, 2019

It really kills Donald Trump that the U.S. doesn’t have labor camps to send truculent dissenters to. If he had his way, no doubt Chelsea Clinton would be hauling Chicken McNuggets up the White House Grand Staircase 24/7 like a Sherpa, as fitting punishment for being far too smart to...

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  • December 31, 2019
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MoveOn members began 2019 with new hope for our future as a new Congress was sworn in—the most diverse House of Representatives in history, with many progressive champions MoveOn members played pivotal roles in electing. And we ended the year with the impeachment of Donald Trump—a critical achievement to help...

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  • December 31, 2019

Received two e-mails today from U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D. NM). The first one is in support of Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s (D. NM) U.S. Senate campaign: Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D. NM) Back in 2008, Ben Ray Luján and I were both part of the same freshman class of U.S....

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  • December 31, 2019

Because you always have one hour Iraq strategy meetings at your golf courses and return to the “Southern White House” afterwards. And no one, especially Leningrad Lindsey, was wearing golf shoes. Your aides decided you shouldn't be golfing while a US embassy is under siege, didn't they? — Josh Marshall...

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  • December 31, 2019

With Donald Trump becoming the first American president to be impeached in his first term, while holed up in the White House tweeting endless attacks around the clock like some internet troll, 2019 should have been the year the Beltway media finally shed its signature timidity and forcefully stood up to...

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  • December 31, 2019

Trump did hold the aid to ensure a personal benefit including the ordering of various agencies and staff to rationalize the hold in order to force a Ukraine investigation announcement. Trump may still be emboldened to force such a statement from Ukraine president Zelensky after that expected acquittal. “If Republicans bear...

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  • December 31, 2019

Climate change, it’s here. Perhaps it is time that the world helps Australia in their moment of need. It is like Armageddon in many areas of the continent. Yesterday, over 30,000 people were ordered to evacuate a huge swath of land in Victoria state, known as Gippsland, as soaring temperatures...

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  • December 31, 2019

Archives Donate to Our MFA Fund to Support PDAers Demanding Medicare For All In solidarity,  Dr. Bill Honigman and Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Dan, Janis, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, and Donna—your PDA national team. Our New Year’s Resolution: We Need Medicare For All! Today on the last Medicare For...

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  • December 31, 2019

Of course, Donald Trump famously said he’d get 95 percent of the black vote in 2020. Then again, Donald Trump says a lot of things. Almost none of them are true. A new survey from Third Way and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies reveals that 57 percent...

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  • December 30, 2019

Description: It is clear that Joe Biden does not realize it is 2020 and not 1980. He suggested that he would consider a Republican to run as VP. It confirms the Republican-lite neoliberal moniker he has earned. Sadly, this is no surprise. The tone-deafness of Joe Biden is palpable. It...

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  • December 30, 2019

Excellent point below about staying focused on the most important issue – Trump must go. https://t.co/3hQyZiXShH — David Cay Johnston (@DavidCayJ) December 30, 2019 As difficult as pre-primary rhetoric has been, the alternative in 2021 is worse. We need to get past the media framing and disinformation that privileges the moderate(sic) “middle” or...

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  • December 30, 2019

Think about this. The actual president of the United States is in a heated feud with a 16-year-old girl. And the president — if you insist on calling him that — is the needy, immature one. In an interview with BBC Radio 4 this morning, climate activist and Time magazine...

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  • December 30, 2019

Indicative of the current climate of coddled-hate gripping the country, it is not surprising that two houses, one literal, of worship were attacked over the weekend. Rockland County, New York, and White Settlement, Texas were the scenes of horrific violence this past weekend. Respectively, one at a Rabbi’s home and...

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  • December 30, 2019

CBS News’s Bo Erickson is reporting that Joe Biden, one of over a dozen candidates seeking our party’s nomination, is open to the idea of picking a Republican to be his vice-presidential nominee if he were to win the Democratic presidential nomination: .@JoeBiden was asked if he would consider choosing...

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  • December 30, 2019

Archives By Dr. Bill Honigman​, Progressive Democrats of America – National Outreach Lead I’m a recently retired Emergency Room physician, and after 37-plus years in the business I should know that #SinglePayer expanded and improved #MedicareForAll will save money and save lives.  And as an engaged citizen and a lifelong grassroots political...

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  • December 30, 2019

The NewYorker’s Susan Glasser finds a single word to describe the Trump era that really isn’t about underpants gnomes, even if it applies to most Trumpian policies, such as they are. There must be one of those long German words for all that soul-sickening worry, right? Some tortured mouthful of...

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  • December 30, 2019

Archives In solidarity with justice,  Mike Fox for Alan, Mike H., Dan, Janis, Deb, Dr. Bill, Donna, Kimberly, and Bryan—your PDA national team. Need Orgs To Participate In Press Conferences Nation Wide Jan. 2-6th The Senate will be starting the process to vote on whether or not to remove the...

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  • December 30, 2019

The tagline on my profile says, as it has for years: “It is not the business of the state to help its citizens get into heaven nor save them from hell.” Apparently our esteemed Attorney General never read that. Nor has he read the First Amendment. As an op-ed in...

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  • December 30, 2019

Received this e-mail from Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D. PA) on behalf of the Democratic Attorney Generals Association: Friends: I know the hard work it takes to win a down-ballot race in a place President Trump carried. I did it in 2016 in Pennsylvania, and now, with reproductive rights,...

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  • December 30, 2019

Received this e-mail today from Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA) in support of U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s (D. MN) re-election campaign: Friend, Donald Trump barely lost Minnesota in 2016 — in fact, he was just 1.5 percentage points from flipping it. This time around, he'll be...

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  • December 30, 2019

The annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union was held on December 9 in San Francisco. There should be a lot of updated information on climate change released to the public in the coming weeks. Two items discussed was permafrost and glaciers, including those from Greenland and Antarctica. The other...

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  • December 30, 2019

A new article provides a narrative that while explaining the story of the Arms for Dirt scandal, that there’s a timeline for several parallel activities. It also shows that there are more than a few strands of related activity at work, especially since running in the background of Arms for...

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  • December 30, 2019

The holiday season is a special time of year for Americans of all faith traditions. The arrival of Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s brings good cheer and joy to family, friends, and even perfect strangers. Above all, it is for many a time of reflection on the miracles that define the...

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  • December 30, 2019

Received this e-mail today from the Council for a Livable World: The latest edition of the highly reliable Cook Political Report states that the Senate majority is in play. Cook's Jennifer Duffy writes, “Democrats appear to have expanded the playing field enough to put Republicans' majority at risk.” Council for...

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  • December 30, 2019

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s former Deputy Chief of Staff, Adam Jentleson, wrote that a quick coalescing around Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren is best for a Democratic win. Indigenous Pirate Radio’s Breakdancing with the Wolves podcast’s Gyasi Ross appeared on AM Joy on MSNBC. He had a prescient message...

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  • December 30, 2019

I’d love to see this for three reasons: 1) I love Barack Obama, and his presence in public life simply makes us better, 2) it would be sweet revenge for the Merrick Garland travesty, and 3) there’s a pretty good chance that, if it happened, Donald Trump would swallow his...

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  • December 29, 2019

The year has not ended well, even as there is some hope that 2020 will bring a reversal of the perfect storm of 2016 that elected a buffoon to the WH. A recent article outlined the cascading possibility of connected tipping points in the Climate Crisis. This emergency cannot be unmet. With...

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  • December 29, 2019

No matter how hard the rightwing media is trying to spin the upcoming Evangelicals for Trump rally in Miami as a good thing, everyone outside the cult knows it’s a scream of panic.  I can’t describe how desperate this all is: it would be like Hillary Clinton forced to hold...

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  • December 29, 2019

History has clearly shown that Democrats are continuously left to clean up the economic mess of Republican administrations. And in the process, like President Obama in 2010, Democrats pay the price for the pain as they rebuild from the latest financial meltdown. While Republicans will lie about supposed consequences of Democratic policies (death...

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  • December 29, 2019

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D. PA) in support of Rep. Conor Lamb’s (D. PA-17) re-election campaign: Last March, Conor Lamb won a special election to flip Pennsylvania's 18th District blue for the first time in 15 years. Then in November's general election, he won...

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  • December 29, 2019

Received this e-mail from the progressive group, Indivisible: Indivisibles, Hey everybody, this is Ezra, the co-founder of Indivisible, here with a really exciting (and short!) message. 36 frontline Democrats who flipped GOP seats last year just voted to impeach Trump. The only reason Trump is being held accountable is because we...

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  • December 29, 2019

Been playing catch up with my e-mails due to the holidays and I have also been recovering from a sinus infection. Received this e-mail from former Congressman and Presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke (D. TX): “I’ve spent these last two days in Fort Bend county, Texas working on the most important...

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  • December 29, 2019

Dean Obeidallah appeared on MSNBC’s AM Joy and made a very important critique on Democrats ceding the economic narrative to Donald Trump. Dean Obeidallah correct on not ceding economic message A few weeks ago I wrote a piece titled “Make the stock market record highs and low unemployment Trump’s failure.”...

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  • December 29, 2019

Archives In solidarity,  Alan Minsky for Mike F., Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, Dr. Bill, Dan, Donna, Mike H., and Janis—your PDA national team. Support PDA’s Win 2020 FundMake Monthly Gifts for Victories   2019 was a busy and eventful year for Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), setting us up for a...

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  • December 29, 2019

This happened two days ago. How did I not smell the singed orangutan hair until now? Like many moms, mine is a master multi-tasker who can be many places at once. For instance, this Christmas she is cuddling with her youngest granddaughter in beautiful California – while apparently living rent-free...

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  • December 29, 2019

President Trump has reversed many regulations. We all know there were purposes for each of these regulations. Interestingly, the people hurt more are those who voted him into office. As an example, wealthy people don’t have to be concerned about the water in creeks surrounding coal waste. They can afford...

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  • December 29, 2019

Recall that however vulgar, the Trump Twitter feed has been since the Inaugural, official WH statements. Trump has perhaps crossed a line with regard to the Whistleblower Protection Act, that if anything, as retaliation could add to the numerous possible charges of witness tampering. Trump has shared more than 100 posts about the...

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  • December 29, 2019

x #KremlinAnnex 334, week 76! https://t.co/Wmb3lhA7FK — Kremlin Annex (@KremlinAnnex) December 27, 2019 x Help make Trump’s life miserable for just $20.20 https://t.co/BKmPtgImA0 — Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) December 27, 2019 x Have you read about our team yet? ✌️🇺🇸 Kremlin Annex: Five women have been protesting outside the White House...

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  • December 29, 2019

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D. NM) in support of Sara Gideon’s (D. ME) U.S. Senate campaign: Next year, we have the unique ability to flip the Senate and wrestle control away from Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans. Today, I wanted to talk to you about...

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  • December 28, 2019

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D. VA) in support of John Hickenlooper’s (D. CO) U.S. Senate campaign: John Hickenlooper (D. CO) Team, My friend John Hickenlooper is an innovator and a problem solver. As a small business owner, former Mayor of Denver, and two-term Governor of...

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  • December 28, 2019

Latest tweet from IMPOTUS: California and New York must do something about their TREMENDOUS Homeless problems. They are setting records! If their Governors can’t handle the situation, which they should be able to do very easily, they must call and “politely” ask for help. Would be so easy with competence!...

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  • December 28, 2019

Received two e-mails from U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D. CT). The first one is in support of Jaime Harrison’s (D. SC) U.S. Senate campaign: We just got big news in our fight to take back the Senate. It’s starting to look like South Carolina could seriously be on the board....

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  • December 28, 2019

Received this e-mail from actor Alec Baldwin in support of Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez’s (D. TX) U.S. Senate campaign: Hi, You may know me as Alec Baldwin the actor — but today I’m reaching out to you as Alec Baldwin — a fellow, proud member of Team Cristina. I want to share with...

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  • December 28, 2019

2020 will continue Trump’s lying and incessant touting about an economy that has underperformed with the growth given him by PBO. Numbers artificially propped up by deficits and tax cuts will result in a potentially catastrophic and looming recession. Trump’s “trade war” has contributed to global slowing. With the new year...

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  • December 28, 2019

Politicians thinking of entering the recent Giuliani Ukraine “documentary” piece into trial evidence, need to first read this WaPo article by Ian Bateson. x Opinion: What Rudy Giuliani’s version of reality looks like from Ukraine https://t.co/pz3iyiY5CT— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 27, 2019 Earlier this month, Rudolph W. Giuliani made an...

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  • December 28, 2019

Received this e-mail from Governor Tim Walz (D. MN) in support of U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s (D. MN) re-election campaign: Folks — Tina Smith is a good friend of mine, which is why when she asked me to reach out to this incredible team today, I couldn't say no. You...

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  • December 28, 2019

Received this e-mail from former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D. WI): A hyper-partisan Republican judge in Wisconsin just ordered the state to suppress more than 200,000 voters. Mere weeks later, a top Trump advisor said, “Traditionally, it’s always been Republicans suppressing votes” — then he promised “it’s going to be a much...

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  • December 28, 2019

Received this e-mail from Actress & Activist, Jane Fonda, in support of U.S. Senator Ed Markey’s (D. MA) re-election campaign: Sen. Ed Markey (D. MA) I’m reaching out today to ask you to join me in supporting my friend and co-author of the Green New Deal, Senator Ed Markey. As...

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  • December 28, 2019