Bernie Sanders Bid Has Left the Democratic Party Deeply Divided

A friend of ours attended a Democratic Party meeting in his hometown of Athens, GA, and discovered the two warring factions of the Democrats: The Bernie Sanders wing and the other GA Democrats who supported Hillary Clinton. Sander lost his 2016 Presidential Bid to the so-called Establishment Wing of the party. The after effects of Sanders loss has left the two groups split and deeply divided even in the GA State Democratic Party. Our political party can’t win elections if we remain divided as we are; Sanders has caused serious disagreements as to the direction of the party. We thought the dissent was only at the national level. Wrong. The same concerns at the national level have spillover into several State Parties, which is devastating.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings Suggests Trump May Have Fired Preet Bharara To Block Investigation

COMMENTARY
AMANDA TERKEL

The dismissal of Bharara, who represents the powerful southern district of New York, was especially surprising, however, because in November, Trump had said he would like him to stay on. Bharara refused to submit his resignation and was therefore fired on Saturday. “Just not very long ago, the president was saying that he was going to keep the U.S. attorney there in New York. And then, suddenly, he’s, I guess, changed his mind. I’m just curious as to why that is,” Cummings said. “And certainly, there’s a lot of questions coming up as to whether Mr. Trump is – President Trump is concerned about the jurisdiction of this U.S.

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A Bill So Bad It’s Awesome

Paul Krugman

NYTimes.com

It has long been obvious to anyone following health policy that Republicans would never devise a workable replacement for Obamacare. But the bill unveiled this week is worse than even the cynics expected; its awfulness is almost surreal. And the process by which it came to be tells you a lot about the state of the G.O.P. Given the rhetoric
Republicans have used over the past seven years to attack health reform, you might have expected them to do away with the whole structure of the Affordable Care Act — deregulate, de-subsidize and let the magic of the free market do its thing. This would have been devastating for the 20 million Americans who gained coverage thanks to the act, but at least it would have been ideologically consistent.

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The GOP can no longer claim it believes in fiscal responsibility

Eugene Robinson

WashingtonPost.com

It’s time to put an end to the myth that Republicans believe in fiscal responsibility. Saving taxpayer dollars takes a back seat to the ideological imperative of blaming and shaming the poor. Witness the GOP’s longawaited plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. House committees are moving forward on the legislation before the Congressional Budget Office has even had a chance to estimate how much the measure will cost. Why the rush? Because if the plan doesn’t snatch away health insurance coverage from millions of people — and both President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) swear it won’t — then it’s surely going to cost a ton.

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Us Killing Us – The high cost of carnage in Black neighborhoods and why we have to stop it.

BY BRYAN CRAWFORD

CHICAGO—Whether it’s a large city like Chicago, or a small town in the South, Black communities across the country struggle with the same issues: gangs, guns, drugs and violence. It’s reached epidemic proportions to where young Black boys and girls are dying every day due to one, or a combination of all four factors. However, in Chicago, the city was rocked by the senseless killings of three children in the span of four days. Eleven-year-old Takiya Holmes, who is the cousin of well-known Chicago activist Andrew Holmes, was killed by a stray bullet while sitting in a van. Twelve-year-old Kanari Gentry Bowers was also killed by a stray bullet while she was just playing outside, and the youngest, two-year-old Lavontay White, was killed in a targeted attack as he was sitting in the car with his uncle—who was also killed in the shooting—and his girlfriend who was four months pregnant. At the time the fatal shots rang out, the 21-year-old woman was streaming via Facebook Live.

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A Ticket to Hell

Charles Blow

NYTimes.com

Donald Trump has spent his whole life overselling an overinflated vision of himself and his success. He was the outer-borough boy whose father’s “boxlike office” was on Avenue Z in Brooklyn; he always dreamed of making it to Manhattan and breaking into the big league. With a hustler’s spirit and some sleight of hand, he made it, but not in total. He made the move, made the money and made his mark on New York’s skyline, but he never quite made it into the inner sanctum of New York high society. I’m convinced that this is part
of his obsession with former President Barack Obama. Obama was quickly granted the thing Trump never had: upper-class acceptance and adulation.

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