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Why Are So Many 2020 Dems Ignoring Muslims?

This Labor Day weekend, the largest gathering of Muslim Americans in the country will take place in Houston, Texas, at the annual Islamic Center of North America (ISNA) convention. Past conventions have attracted several thousand to north of 10,000 attendees. But this years may be the biggest turnout yetwith well-known special guests like Daily Show host Emgage, an organization that seeks to increase Muslim American activism in U.S. politics. Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-are-so-many-2020-democrats-ignoring-muslims

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BACKFIRE in progress! NY Post front page ‘perfectly’ sums up hand-raising moment from #DemDebate2

Every Democrat on the stage at last night’s debate raised their hand when asked if their health care plans would fully cover people in the country illegally. Here’s how the New York Post summed it up: Friday’s NY Post cover on #DemDebate2: “Who wants to lose the election?” pic.twitter.com/JizEFdB0FD — David Caplan (@DavidCaplanNYC) June 28, 2019 Well played. LOL!!! — MISS KELLIE ANNE (@Kellie3333) June 28, 2019 What country do all those folks think they are hoping to be President of? All they talk about is what they will do…

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This July 4th Had Everything: Tanks, Trumpand Scandal

After two years of trying, President Donald Trump finally got the military pageantry he has so desperately wanted. The annual Fourth of July celebration in Washington, DCa parade, concert, and fireworksfeatured tanks, fighter planes and Trump himself. It was called A Salute to America, but it looked more like a salute to Trump, who made a rare address for a president on Independence Day from the Lincoln Memorial. Arain-soaked crowd around the Lincoln Memorial chanted USA USA! and Air Force One flew low over Washington as Trump strode up to…

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Democrats must just bring down Trump for the sake of the world | Robert Reich

We do not need 20 candidates having confusing fights over healthcare. We need urgent action to defeat a would-be tyrant Imagine an opposition political party in a land being taken over by an oligarchy, headed by a would-be tyrant. The tyrant and the oligarchy have convinced many voters the reason they feel powerless and economically insecure isnt because the oligarchy has taken most of the economic gains and overwhelmed the government with its money. Its because the country has been taken over by undocumented migrants, Latinos, African Americans and a…

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The planet’s on fire but candidates’ climate crisis response remains tepid

The 10 candidates on stage in Miami accurately conveyed the urgency of global heating but missed chances to show how it underlies all key political issues Thursdays Democratic debate demonstrated just how far the the US is from contemplating the climate crisis as a threat that will touch almost all areas of American life and policymaking. Once again, debate moderators where the effects of climate change are already apparent, they missed multiple opportunities to press home how rising temperatures play into other political issues. Extreme heat and climate disasters threaten…

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Sanders dares Democrats to stop him but is he the man to beat Trump?

The socialist senator from Vermont and his supporters seem to have the upper hand over a party establishment worried hes too leftwing Raging against the machine has taken Bernie Sanders a long way. In 2016, his disdain for the establishment and the donor class gave progressives a near-perfect foil to Hillary Clinton, who was cast as the anointed Democratic candidate for president. Sanders was beaten in the primary but the senator and his allies clamored for and won changes to party rules they said were rigged. Now, the partys role…

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Trevor Noah Grills Bernie Sanders: Does America Really Need Another Old White Guy?

By almost any measure, Senator Bernie Sanders is the decided to hold a town hall event on Fox News later this month. Trust me, I know Fox News, Sanders said. I know who they are and I know the role that they are playing. So, to me, it is important to distinguish Fox News from the many millions of people who watch Fox News. And I think it is important to talk to those people and say, You know what? I know many of you voted for Donald Trump, but…

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Not the billionaires: why small-dollar donors are Democrats new powerhouse

Bernie Sanders early fundraising haul with an average contribution of $27 has turbo-charged the competition in a shift from the traditional way to raise money For a significant stretch of the 2016 Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders political revolution thrived on donations that averaged $27, or twenty-seven dollahs, as the senator said so often during the campaign that it became a call-and-response and a crowded field. Small-dollar donors are going to be the most important constituency on the Democratic side, said Erin Hall, the executive director of ActBlue, an online fundraising…

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Bernie Sanders Ramps Up Amazon Battle With New Bill Demanding Living Wage for Workers

Sanders said in a statement. [Amazon CEO] Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest person on earth, has become a symbol of that inequality and greed, the statement continued. While Mr. Bezos is worth $155 billion and while his wealth has increased $260 million every single day this year, he continues to pay many Amazon employees wages that are so low that they are forced to depend on taxpayer funded programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing just to get by. The announcement comes after the Vermont senator The proposed legislation,…

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Hillary Clinton: Being a Capitalist Probably Hurt Me in Primary Because Many Democrats Are Socialists

Hillary Clinton claimed Wednesday that declaring herself to be a capitalist during the 2016 presidential primaries may have hurt her with Democratic voters. Probably, she said when asked by Time Inc. Brands CCO Alan Murray if the declaration hurt her. The pair appeared in conversation as part of the Shared Value Leadership Summit in New York City. Its hard to know but I mean if youre in the Iowa caucuses and 41 percent of Democrats are socialists or self-described socialists, and Im asked Are you a capitalist? and I say,…

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Flake: Someone in GOP Will Challenge Trump in Primary, If Not Me

President Donald Trump is likely to face a challenge from an independent candidate, and possibly a fellow Republican, if he runs for a second term, as voters thirst for a more centrist alternative, said Senator Jeff Flake. “If the president is running for re-election, if he continues on the path that he’s on, that’s gonna leave a huge swath of voters looking for something else,” said the Arizona Republican, who plans to leave the Senate at the end of 2018. Flake, who’s emerged as one of the president’s most vocal…

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Bernie Sanders unveils universal healthcare bill: ‘We will win this struggle’

Senators Medicare for All bill, which is gaining steam among Democrats, would cover 323 million Americans under single system Battle lines have been drawn as Bernie Sanders launches his latest attempt to establish a healthcare system that covers all 323 million Americans. Standing in opposition to Sanders plan are what he calls the most powerful and greedy forces in American society: the pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies, Wall Street and the Republican party. The opposition to this will be extraordinary, Sanders said in an interview in his Capitol Hill office, prior…

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$35,000 a plate: Donald Trump starts fundraising for 2020 re-election

Reporters barred from hearing presidents remarks at fundraiser held in Trumps Washington hotel President Donald Trump was whisked a few blocks from the White House to his hotel on Wednesday night for his first re-election fundraiser. But reporters were barred from hearing his remarks. Security was tight at the Trump International Hotel, where guests in long gowns and sharp suits started arriving around five. The presidents motorcade was greeted by protesters outside hoisting signs with slogans such as Health care not tax cuts and chanting Shame! Shame! First-time candidate Donald…

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Bernie Sanders lambasts ‘absolute failure’ of Democratic party’s strategy

Vermont senator hails the successes of the progressive agenda but says establishment Democrats are standing in the way of further gains Bernie Sanders has criticised the Democratic partys current direction as an absolute failure in a speech at the Peoples Summit in Chicago. Speaking to a crowd of 4,000 activists, Sanders hailed the enormous progress in advancing the progressive agenda, saying the increasing Peoples Summit, a gathering of some of the most influential progressive activists and organizations in the country. There had been an urgency to the event on Friday…

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Bernie Sanders: Trump was right, Australian healthcare is better

Sanders also says Senate should use Australian system as model while crafting an alternative to Republicans replacement for Obamacare Bernie Sanders has declared President Donald Trump was right the virtues of Australias universal healthcare system, saying it guarantees better service to all Australians at about half the cost of US healthcare. The video also notes that Australians can expect to live longer than Americans on average. Sanderss tweet came two days after Trump told the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Trumbull in New York: You have better healthcare than we do.…

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