IMT Episode #78

No one thought at this point in the 2016 election Trump had a chance. I’m thinking that lack of seriousness may be being repeated by the top contenders trying to outflank each other to the left.  Sure I want all that stuff but voting is a practical matter.  

Republicans vote with their heads, not their hearts. What will win in 2020 is the right mix of doable healthcare and economic reform that will bring Obama/Trump voters back into the fold and pull more disgruntled Republicans who find Trump’s ways as repulsive as we do but just won’t admit it in public.

This is a touchy issue sure to rattle diehard Progressives and that’s exactly my intention.  I’ve put my heart on the shelf until after the election. I hope the leading candidates can come to a consensus and worry more about what is needed to win the day on Election Day 2020 and less about being the Progressive du jour in an attempt to get money. I also hope some of the liberal media will stop attacking viable Democratic candidates who might not be their preference at this time. Fight Trump, not each other.

36 thoughts on “IMT Episode #78

  1. ‘Not my Jesus’: Christian students protest Pence, alarming conservatives

    The latest sign that even Christian colleges are not safe spaces for Pence came last week, when Taylor University, an evangelical school in rural Indiana, announced that Pence would speak at the commencement ceremony on May 18. As a former governor and congressman of Indiana, the vice president has a home-state advantage at Taylor, a school of about 2,500 located in Upland, about 75 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

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  2. Does everyone really love Mayor Pete? His home town has some answers

    When Pete Buttigieg announced his run for US president last Sunday, he chose to do it in a cavernous former Studebaker factory in South Bend. The ghosts of assembly line workers were replaced by his cheering supporters. The symbolism was clear for a candidate who is said to have “the trauma of midwestern deindustrialisation in his bones” and who is trying to make the case that – after seven years as mayor – his revival of the city shows he is ready to be president.


  3. Opinion
    Trump’s Nominees: Too Much Even for the Die-Hards
    Some are spectacularly unqualified, others so extreme as to alienate the president’s most conservative enablers.

    These are vexing times for Senate Republicans.

    While divided government complicates the already dim prospects for legislative progress, the confirmation of presidential appointees should be simpler — especially after the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, greased the process by slashing debate time on most nominees to two hours from 30.

    Instead, President Trump has been making senators’ lives ever more difficult in this area, proposing nominees seemingly purpose-built to cause distress. Some of his choices are unqualified; others are so nakedly partisan or ideologically extreme that they unnerve even conservative lawmakers. More than one has driven multiple Republicans to take the hazardous step of publicly disagreeing with their loyalty-obsessed president.

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  4. Maybe Rich Liberals Don’t Hate Sanders Because They Fear He Can’t Win, But Because They’re Rich

    The New York Times (4/16/19) profiled a network of “wealthy liberal donors” who, shockingly, are not fans of Bernie Sanders, who according to the same report has rejected their big-bundler funding and instead opted for small donations. (The Times reported the same day that 84 percent of Sanders’ donations are less than $200; by contrast, only 37 percent of Kamala Harris’ donations are.)

    That a network of multi-millionaire and billionaire donors would dislike a candidate who not only rejects their funding, but is actively trying to tax them at rates not seen since 1960, would surely be enough reason to explain why these wealthy elites would want to “stop” his nomination. But not to the credulous New York Times, which takes at face value rich donors’ claim to oppose Sanders because they believe he simply can’t defeat Trump:

    Mainstream Democrats are increasingly worried that their effort to defeat President Trump in 2020 could be complicated by Mr. Sanders….
    “Some in the party still harbor anger over the 2016 race, when he ran against Hillary Clinton, and his ongoing resistance to becoming a Democrat. But his critics are chiefly motivated by a fear that nominating an avowed socialist would all but ensure Mr. Trump a second term.”

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  5. Distinguished pol of the week: She shines in hearings
    Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Wednesday. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)
    Hoping you can get past the paywall on this one to see all the videos

    This week Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) took out her whiteboard and grilled Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, about the budget of an employee working at his bank:

    There was no answer, of course. The answer, she made clear, is that employers need to pay workers a decent wage.

    This isn’t the first time she boxed the ears of a CEO. She took it to the chief executive of Equifax whose company is arguing in court that its security breach didn’t injure anyone:

    There was also the time she skewered Timothy Sloan, chief executive of Wells Fargo. He resigned two weeks later.

    Her inquisitions are not limited to private-sector figures. In a hearing with the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which the administration has hollowed out, she left no doubt that the current director doesn’t know some basics about the area she is supposed to regulate:

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  6. Altname

    Betsy DeVos was right, reading programs don’t work but was wrong in cutting the funding. AOC was right to want to keep the funding but wrong in thinking the existing programs should continue. We need reading programs but we need programs that do much better.

    Sickness and ignorance are two of the trickiest problems that government tries to tackle. The inputs to the system are infinitely variable; every human being is a unique snowflake. That makes the outputs of a hospital bed or classroom incredibly difficult to measure — or to manage. That’s why programs aimed at making people healthier and better educated have a much higher miss rate than the Social Security system.

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  7. What it means for us to actually ‘see’ a black hole
    We had proof that black holes existed — yet images of outer space have an uncanny power.

    ‘We have seen what we thought was unseeable,” the astronomer said, like someone who knows history’s ear is pressed against the door. He stood in the hushed attention of the room in Washington as he called up the image on the screen behind him. You know it by now: a smoke ring, an orange doughnut, a blurry circlet of light closed around a profound darkness. By the end of the day, it would be familiar to millions of people as the first photo ever taken of a black hole.

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  8. Opinion
    Is Assange’s Arrest a Threat to the Free Press?
    He deserves his fate, but it sets a dangerous precedent.

    Note: I’ve been a bit consumed by all the blowback on the reporting of the Mueller report or should I say the lack of real reporting on the report. Cable news took us for a wild ride, talking to you Rachel, but all the channels did us viewers a great disservice in once again putting ratings ahead of meaningful content. Now we have the Assange assault. I think it is imperative to separate what he was and what he now is. He was a journalist living on the fringe willing to take risks in reporting leaked government secrets but now he is, as Michelle Goldberg describes, “a handmaiden to authoritarian”. Assange teaches us the tremendous power of there internet to do good and evil. The question is just because he once could be considered a hero, does that alone give him a get of jail free card now? To be determined, but more important is the jeopardy journalism in general is facing.

    So Assange may well deserve to go to prison. What’s troubling, however, is that his indictment treats ordinary news gathering processes as elements of a criminal conspiracy.

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    You may also want to read Kathleen Parker’s treatment on this (whole article in pdf) subject where she draws some similarities and differences between Assange and Ellsberg.

  9. @chris:
    chris says:
    April 9, 2019 at 8:03 pm
    @Crank Bait: I was also thinking of the always good to go to, Republicans vote for whoever will give them their judges and end Roe v Wade.
    I agree that the anti-abortion faction would support the Lord of Darkness if he promised to oppose abortion (Faust had something to say about that).

    But I wonder what the numbers are within the voting electorate? How many single-issue, anti-abortion extremists are there?

    Speaking of single-issue extremists, I love this joke from Bill Maher (and his writing team): “Pence is so homophobic, he eats bananas sideways.”

  10. Chris Hayes @chrislhayes 2h 2 hours ago (6:13 PM – Apr 12, 2019 · Manhattan, NY)

    Also, a response to John Yoo.

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    Me: I hope msnbc will post the video segment, it was awesome ! , imo.

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