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Eric Boehlert: After touting Trump as "populist," New York Times paints Biden as elitist

After touting Trump as "populist," New York Times paints Biden as elitist
Rolex nonsense
Eric Boehlert
1 hr ago

This is why Democrats cannot have nice things.

Reviving a long-running gotcha narrative that portrays wealthy Democrats as hypocrites, the New York Times has been dinging President Joe Biden since Inauguration Day as being out of touch with voters. It's a dishonest pursuit that looks especially absurd following Trump's four years of gaudy, country club excess, which the newspaper ridiculously labeled, “populism.”

At the swearing, the Times reported Biden wore, "a stainless steel Rolex Datejust watch with a blue dial, a model that retails for more than $7,000," and noted the handsome piece "costs the equivalent of dozen or so stimulus checks." The Rolex was "a far cry from the Everyman timepieces that every president not named Trump has worn conspicuously in recent decades," the Times stressed. "Recent presidents have tended to wear Everyman timepieces such as Timex and Shinola."

Note that a Shinola men's watch costs between $400-$1,400, so it's not clear how that brand fits into the "Everyman" mode, unless Times staffers routinely make three and four-figure timepiece purchases. In the same article detailing the price of Biden's Rolex ($7,000), the Times omitted any references to the cost of the gold Rolex Trump wore as president. ($36,000.)

The urgent wristwatch update came three days after the Times delivered a reported piece on Biden's exercise bike of choice, Peloton, noting the high-end workout machine, "does not exactly comport with Mr. Biden’s “regular guy from Scranton” political persona."

Instead of focusing on what's on Biden's wrist or in his exercise room, the better way to determine his "Everyman" agenda is to look at his earliest policy initiatives. To date, they include asking the Education Department to extend the federal student loan payment and interest pause through Sept. 30, pledging to raise corporate income taxes to 28 percent, and firing union-hating officials at the National Labor Relations Board.

The fact that the Times seems obsessed with Biden's missing "Everyman" bona fides after the paper treated Trump as a man-of-the-people "populist" is unforgivable. Trump’s corrupt brand of pro-corporate, anti-worker politics represented the exact opposite of populism, which stands as a political struggle on behalf of regular people against elite economic forces.


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Jan 25, 2021, 08:20 AM (19 replies)

Biden's latest executive order: Buy American


2 hours ago - Politics & Policy
Biden's latest executive order: Buy American
Hans Nichols

President Joe Biden will continue his flurry of executive orders on Monday, signing a new directive to require the federal government to “buy American” for products and services.

Why it matters: The executive action is yet another attempt by Biden to accomplish goals administratively without waiting for the backing of Congress. The new order echoes Biden's $400 billion campaign pledge to increase government purchases of American goods.

What they're saying: "President Biden is ensuring that when the federal government spends taxpayer dollars they are spent on American made goods by American workers and with American-made component parts," the White House said in a fact sheet.

The big picture: Biden’s action kick offs another week in which the president will seek to undo many Trump policies with executive actions, while signaling the direction that he wants to take the country.

Biden will also reaffirm his support for the Jones Act, which requires maritime shipments between American ports to be carried on U.S. vessels.

Last week, Biden signed an order to attempt to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors and workers to $15 an hour.

The bottom line: Former President Trump also attempted to force the federal government to rely on U.S. manufacturers for procurement with "buy American" provisions.

But supply chains — with some parts and components made outside of the U.S. — require long and complicated efforts to boost domestic manufacturing.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Jan 25, 2021, 08:13 AM (7 replies)

David Jolly Eyes Independent Run for Florida Governor

Do it!


David Jolly Eyes Independent Run for Florida Governor

January 25, 2021 at 7:12 am EST By Taegan Goddard

Former Rep. David Jolly is “strongly considering” a run for Florida governor in 2022 as an independent, Axios reports.

Tampa Bay Times: “Since the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, what appears to be an unusual number of Republicans in the three biggest Tampa Bay area counties have switched parties, mostly to no party affiliation, but some becoming Democrats.”

“News reports in Florida and nationwide have noted a similar phenomenon elsewhere, with voters citing anger at President Donald Trump and his supporters.”
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Jan 25, 2021, 07:46 AM (7 replies)

Defense secretary Lloyd Austin demands US military sexual assault reports

Defense secretary Lloyd Austin demands US military sexual assault reports
Sun 24 Jan 2021 07.59 EST

In his first directive since taking office, US defense secretary Lloyd Austin has given his senior leaders two weeks to send him reports on sexual assault prevention programs in the military, and an assessment of what has worked and what hasn’t.

Austin’s memo, which went out Saturday, fulfills a commitment made to senators last week during confirmation hearings. Joe Biden’s pick, a retired army general, vowed to immediately address the problems of sexual assault and harassment in the ranks.

“This is a leadership issue,” Austin said in his two-page memo. “We will lead.”


“You do agree that we can’t keep doing the same thing that we’ve been doing for the past decade?” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, said during Austin’s confirmation hearing. “Do I have your commitment to be relentless on this issue until we can end the scourge of sexual violence in the military?”

Austin agreed, telling senators: “This starts with me and you can count on me getting after this on day one.”


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Jan 24, 2021, 06:38 PM (0 replies)

'Sometimes to Tell the Truth, You Have to Take a Stand'


‘Sometimes to Tell the Truth, You Have to Take a Stand’
These words from legendary CBS producer Fred Friendly are on the mind of a former student.
BY Ti-Hua Chang | January 22, 2021

Journalist Edward R. Murrow (left) and producer Fred Friendly, in their CBS office in New York, Oct. 15, 1954. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

I have a story I want to share with my fellow journalists. It’s essence is: sometimes telling the truth requires taking a stand (though it must be done rarely and carefully) and neutrality is not necessarily objectivity.


What does this have to do with today?

For the past two years under President Trump (and not in his first two years of office), I have referred to him as a racist and a sexist. Now I call him an American fascist, who attempted a coup to stay in power and overthrow democracy. It is our duty as journalists to be honest purveyors of information. There is only one side to the January 6th storming of the US Capitol, only one truth. It was, at the very least, an attempt to subvert democracy and an act of sedition and insurrection. It was not merely a riot or takeover, euphemistic terms used by some news media, though, thankfully, not all.

Of course, we cannot always know or tell the truth, especially when reporting the day of an event. When news is breaking, we may only have enough time and knowledge to report both sides. To take a stand, we must prepare thoroughly and be aware of our own biases, which can cloud our judgment. That’s the reason I did not label Trump in his first two years of office.”

Decades after Murrow’s McCarthy takedown, Friendly admitted that “f Ed were here, he would tell you that we were a year late doing the McCarthy program. It was the only time in his whole life when he preached.”

Our job as journalists is to tell as close to the truth as humanly possible, and when the facts are abundantly clear, there are times we have to take a stand on an issue in order to do that.

January 6th is one of those issues and this is one of those times.

Posted by babylonsister | Sun Jan 24, 2021, 11:01 AM (3 replies)

Trump's second impeachment after Capitol riots isn't enough. He needs to go to prison.

Sam Liccardo Trump's second impeachment after Capitol riots isn't enough. He needs to go to prison.
Political sanction did not deter the president from abusing his power again, nor should we believe it would deter anyone else. A criminal conviction will.
Jan. 19, 2021, 11:13 AM EST
By Sam Liccardo, mayor of San Jose

The second impeachment of President Donald Trump has concluded, not with a bang, but with a whimper. Whether it results in a Senate conviction or not, impeachment amounts to a feeble punishment for a man who will have left office anyway.

We cannot satisfy ourselves with the prosecution of the pelt-wearing members of the mob. Prosecuting only the puppets gives license to future puppet masters.

While the forces of decency, democracy and good government prevailed in this impeachment vote, we should ask what gain this battle has wrought. A Senate debate will distract that body at a time when a new president critically needs it to confirm his Cabinet, and to approve a funding package to accelerate vaccinations and Covid-19 relief. Impeachment likely persuaded nobody; on all things Trumpian, it seems, virtually no American appears persuadable.

What is needed, rather, is criminal prosecution.

To deter the next unhinged narcissist from using the presidency to undermine the electoral process, a jury must convict Trump of his crimes. Trump previously suffered impeachment for deploying unlawful means to remain in power — using his office to leverage Ukraine to investigate then-Democratic opponent Joe Biden’s family. That impeachment did not deter Trump from abusing his power again, nor should we believe that this one will deter anyone else. A criminal conviction will.

By imposing a personal and direct punishment upon Trump, criminal prosecution will force future leaders to think twice about threatening that essential precondition of any functional republic: the peaceful transfer of power.

It will unequivocally repudiate, once and for all, the Nixonian doctrine that “when the president does it ... that means it’s not illegal.” If democracy depends on the “consent of the losers,” as some have put it, then the loser’s consent must be mandatory, and enforced by a punitive sanction.


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Jan 24, 2021, 10:04 AM (5 replies)

Jurors want Attorney General Daniel Cameron impeached for shameless lies in Breonna Taylor case


Jurors want Attorney General Daniel Cameron impeached for shameless lies in Breonna Taylor case
Lauren Floyd
Daily Kos Staff
Saturday January 23, 2021 · 10:48 AM EST

Three grand jurors in the Breonna Taylor case have had enough of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s lies and manipulation, and on Friday they decided to do something about it. They filed a petition with the Kentucky House of Representatives calling for Cameron's impeachment after he failed to even mention a homicide charge in his presentation to the jury last September, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, died on March 13 after officers smashed through her door while she was sleeping and fired 32 times into her apartment, hitting her six times. But Cameron only presented to the jury three wanton endangerment charges, regarding shots fired into a neighboring apartment. Kevin Glogower, the lawyer representing the three grand jurors, said in the petition: “The Grand Jurors did not choose this battle. This battle chose them."

Glogower told the Courier-Journal that the jurors were “randomly selected” and “terribly misused by the most powerful law enforcement official in Kentucky,” adding that “Mr. Cameron continues to blatantly disregard the truth.”

Officers have said they were responding to a shot fired by Taylor's boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who has maintained that he thought intruders were breaking into his girlfriend's home instead of police. Officers used a no-knock drug warrant for Taylor’s ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover to justify their presence in Taylor’s home, but Glover didn’t live at Taylor’s house and was already in police custody at the time of the shooting. Det. Joshua Jaynes, who secured the drug warrant, and Det. Myles Cosgrove, who fired the shot the FBI determined killed Taylor, were officially fired this month for their roles in the deadly shooting, the Louisville Metro Police Department confirmed to media on Jan. 6.

Brett Hankison, who is accused of blindly firing 10 shots into Taylor’s home during the raid, was also fired, but Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who shot Taylor five times, was only reassigned to administrative work. Mattingly was injured in the incident when Walker shot the cop, Cameron said during a news conference on Sept. 23.

Cameron used the press event to allege that the grand jury “agreed” that Mattingly and Cosgrove were “justified in their return of deadly fire after having been fired upon by Kenneth Walker.” While dodging a question about whether homicide charges were presented to the jury, the prosecutor instead claimed that his office presented “all the information” and jurors “were walked through all the homicide offenses.”

Jurors maintain that simply is not true. “Neither Cameron nor anyone from his office mentioned any homicide offense to the grand jury,” they said in their petition, obtained by the Courier-Journal. “Not only were no homicide offenses presented as alleged, no charges of any kind were presented to the Grand Jury other than the three wanton endangerment charges against Detective Hankinson."
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Jan 23, 2021, 12:13 PM (2 replies)

Jon Ossoff's Bible Shows Connection Between Jews And Blacks On Civil Rights

1/22/21 7:00pm
Jon Ossoff's Bible Shows Connection Between Jews And Blacks On Civil Rights
Sen. Ossoff was sworn in on pioneering Atlanta rabbi’s Bible – a nod to the historic role of American Jews in the nation's civil rights struggle.
By The Conversation
Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University

The first Jewish senator in Georgia history, Jon Ossoff, was sworn in on Jan. 20, on what his office described in a tweet as a “Hebrew scripture that belonged to historic Atlanta Rabbi Jacob Rothschild.”

It left many wondering what exactly the Hebrew scripture meant, and what the relevance was of using this particular copy.

The term “Hebrew scripture” usually refers to the 24 books that Christians denominate as the Old Testament. These biblical books, originally written in Hebrew, are ordered differently in Judaism and Christianity.

In Ossoff’s case, the volume selected was a well-thumbed copy of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, which Jews known as the Torah, edited with commentary by the American-educated former Chief Rabbi of Britain Joseph H. Hertz. That, for many years, was the edition of the Torah found in most American synagogues and temples.

As a scholar of American Jewish history, I recognize that in emphasizing the book’s tie to Rabbi Jacob M. Rothschild, Ossoff appeared to be making a statement about Black-Jewish relations – a central theme in his campaign and a signal of his ties to Congressman John R. Lewis, his mentor, as well as Rev. Raphael Warnock, his fellow incoming Georgia senator.


Posted by babylonsister | Sat Jan 23, 2021, 09:06 AM (1 replies)

Democrats float 14th Amendment to bar Trump from office

Democrats float 14th Amendment to bar Trump from office
By Jordain Carney - 01/22/21 04:25 PM EST

Democrats are mulling whether they can use the 14th Amendment to prevent former President Trump from ever holding office again.

The discussions are in the early stages — and top members of the Senate caucus aren’t yet convinced it’s a viable remedy — but senators are exploring their options as they plot a strategy after Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol.

“It’s an idea that’s out there that I think people are contemplating in the accountability space,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who described himself as “quite confident” that Congress could act under the constitutional amendment.

“I just want us to choose a path that maximizes focus on the Biden-Harris agenda,” Kaine added.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who caveated that talk of the 14th Amendment was hypothetical, said it could be applied to Trump, with one mechanism being a resolution from Congress.


Posted by babylonsister | Sat Jan 23, 2021, 08:55 AM (5 replies)

Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report

Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report
By Tal Axelrod - 01/22/21 09:41 PM EST

Former President Trump sought to oust his acting attorney general in a bid to overturn the presidential election results in Georgia, according to a new bombshell report in The New York Times.

Trump reportedly planned to replace then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, a lawyer at the Justice Department, in an effort to apply pressure to Georgia politicians to overturn the results of the race there. Rosen had refused to back Trump’s disputed claims that voter fraud had cost him the election, drawing the president’s ire.

Trump had also pressed Rosen to appoint special counsels to investigate what he said were irregularities in the election, though he never provided any evidence for his claims. Among the investigations he wanted launched was one into Dominion Voting Systems, a company that made the election equipment Trump’s backers falsely said had ties with Venezuela to prevent Trump’s reelection.

The plot failed after a group of Department of Justice (DOJ) officials uncovered the plan and threatened to resign en masse if Trump and Clark followed through with it. Rosen stayed in his position for the remainder of the administration.

The Times’s report was based on four former Trump administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jan 22, 2021, 10:53 PM (6 replies)
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