"The Trump administration says global slavery and child labor are bad — for American businesses
They give an “unfair advantage” to US competitors, according to the US Labor Department."
>> I see this as an instance of something good-ish. Lemme explain. 1/
What's happening with this report on global slavery & child labor is something that's happening throughout our government: mission-driven civil servants are figuring out how to keep pursuing their long-time goals by reframing them into language that resonates with Trump.
You'd think that Trump's government would simply stop working on stuff like forced labor. But the people actually doing the work? They care. So, like good bureaucrats everywhere, they figure out how to manage up.
GOP seems to think that if Dr. Blasey Ford doesn't speak at their 2-witness hearing on Mon, she'll disappear. But per @JRubinBlogger, "Ford has another option: Hold a news conference with her own experts and make the case directly to the American people." washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/…
It is Dr. Blasey-Ford's right to decide how, whether, when, and where to share her story. It's unclear to me why Senate Republicans keep saying, and apparently believing, that they have the power to dictate terms to her. She doesn't have to play their game.
Media seem confused about this too. Axios quoted @JeffreyToobin on CNN saying "If she refuses to testify on Monday, Kavanaugh is getting confirmed." Why? If she chooses to make her case publicly on her own terms, it could be *more* powerful than in a GOP-controlled hearing.
In the forthcoming book "An Uncivil War," by @ThePlumLineGS (out 10/16! Pre-order: goo.gl/oq9ZTj), I point out that elected Ds & Rs respond to very different media incentives. Ds hate criticism by mainstream media. For Rs, only Fox/Limbaugh matter. 1/
This plays out in a million ways. I tell the story of the DACA #TrumpShutdown in the book. But as @ThePlumLineGS notes, it particularly matters vis-a-vis "Constitutional hardball"—the extent to which each side is willing to flout norms in pursuit of substantive & political ends.
This dynamic is at play to a staggering extent in the Kavanaugh confirmation fight. Imagine of one of Obama's lawyers & top aides was nominated for SCOTUS, and a Dem prez refused to release >90% of White House papers. Media would scream. And Dems would buckle, & release it all.
Katrina & Maria both happened under GOP control of government. But after Katrina, notes a new report, the GOP House led an actual investigation into the disastrous response, leading to a 569-page blistering report w/ lessons learned. Post-Maria: crickets.
Don't just refresh Florence news. Read the @OversightDems / @RepCummings report—"A Failure of Oversight: How Republicans Blocked a Credible Investigation of the Trump Administration’s Response to the 2017 Hurricanes." & then work to take back the House.
Make no mistake. 2005-6 Congressional Republicans were a morass of corruption and partisan CYA. But compared to today’s GOP, on post-hurricane disaster oversight, they were a model of check-and-balances good government.
I just became the 32,279th person to pledge a donation to Collins's 2020 opponent if she votes for Kavanaugh. The fund is now up to $905,551. How much can you chip, in right now? crowdpac.com/campaigns/3874…
Outside the Capitol, Alaskan superstar Jeff King—4x winner of the Iditarod—and a group of fellow Alaskan leaders takes the stage and makes the case for Murkowski voting to #StopKanavaugh. He tells us they made the same case privately to her earlier today.
Soon to be first Native American woman elected to Congress, @Deb4CongressNM, takes the stage with a group of indigenous leaders. “I don’t want any of you to underestimate your power right now. Keep marching. Keep protesting. Make sure the rest of the country knows. Keep it up!”
“I stand before you as a young person wanting not to be shot.” Speakers from March for Our Lives Dani Miller & @shaheerajalil
Huge kudos to @elizabethforma for the courage to put everything on record this transparently, and to @AnnieLinskey & @BostonGlobe for reporting this so thoroughly & compellingly. Plus, this article is worth it for the vintage photos alone.
Thing I learned this week: when pollsters test Republican messaging on Republican voters about the Republican tax bill, it makes them less likely to vote Republican.
The total absence of messaging about the tax bill from GOP campaigns isn’t happening simply bc Repubs find racist fearmongering to be more effective. It’s because talking about their tax heist actually backfired, even with their own people.
You might think that the GOP tax scam’s abysmal polling means it’s a political disaster for Republicans. Nope! It’s doing very well with its key objective: convincing its main beneficiaries, the conservative super-rich, to fund Republican campaigns. nytimes.com/2018/08/18/us/…
Trump's family separation policy was the other big example of universal condemnation followed by T losing his nerve. At first, Trump insisted it was outside his control. But when he couldn't take the heat, he ordered a halt. (Admin continues to fail to reunite 100s of families.)
Look closely, and you'll see a number of other instances where Trump took a position, got blowback, and retreated—even if the retreats were often half-hearted or later reversed. The fact is, given enough pressure, Trump nearly *always* breaks down. theatlantic.com/international/…
In this op-ed, former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd pronounces Rupert Murdoch "the greatest cancer on the Australian democracy." I'd take that a step further: he's the greatest cancer on democracy on earth. Far more damage than Putin or Trump.
There's little question that Trump wouldn't be president if not for Fox. In fact, a brilliant, peer-reviewed study of the Fox effect found that if not for Fox, *George W. Bush* wouldn't have been reelected. Dubious? Read about it: vox.com/policy-and-pol…
Rupert Murdoch's Fox has played a mind-bogglingly central role in radicalizing the GOP, whipping up anti-immigrant hysteria and racism, and cementing climate denial as Republican orthodoxy. And Murdoch-owned media have done similar things worldwide.
The GOP weaponizing a tragic murder—while, among other things, rewarding dirty fossil fuel backers & sentencing 1400 ppl/year to death by eviscerating the clean power plan—is GOP politics in a nutshell: fan hate to distract & divide while picking pockets & endangering the public.
Democrats shouldn't shy away from nailing the GOP's racism. Instead, empirical message testing has found that it's an explosively powerful message to explain that the GOP deliberately fans racial anxiety to distract and divide while ripping people off.
As research by @anatosaurus & @IanHaneyLopez has shown, talking about race and class *together*—as in, "We need elected leaders who will put the interests of working people first, whether we’re white, Black or brown"—outperforms simply talking about populist economics w/o race.
Some time in the next few weeks, a notoriously conservative Texas judge is likely to rule to shut down DACA entirely. Other judges have already upheld it. So it'll go to the Supreme Court. Which is likely to split 4-4.
If you have DACA, and if you care about Dreamers, keep this on your radar. The Texas judge who previously ruled against DAPA is set to issue an injunction to completely block implementation, nationwide, in conflict with other judges' injunctions.
If you're a DACA recipient and your status expires before 2020, renew *now.* renewmydaca.com has more info. If you want to help Dreamers, chip in at dacarenewalfund.com to help folks afford the fees. Get on this *stat.* Soon, the renewal process could be shut down.
Post-Pruitt, there's a DC guessing game about who will emerge as the Trump administration's poster child for corruption (other than Trump), of course. Many fine candidates. But it's looking increasingly like Wilbur Ross will emerge as the most astonishingly corrupt of the bunch.
One weird thing about Ross: he can give exemptions from tariffs to specific companies. And he can also invest in said companies. Even Fox and Breitbart have gone after him about it this summer.
Michiganders, you just lucked out: @Garlin is one of my favorite people on this earth. A great progressive, great dad, and a changemaker to his core. I’m *thrilled* that he’s reportedly be named as the Dem Lt Gov candidate tomorrow morning. Everybody vote! freep.com/story/news/pol…
If you want to get to know Michigan’s superstar next Lieutenant Governor better, I’d humbly recommend this podcast episode in which I interview @garlin about his life story: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the…
For about a year, @garlin and I co-hosted a weekly podcast segment called The Win Report, where we tallied up progressive wins and losses in battles across the country. Garlin Gilchrist II’s selection as Whitmer’s running mate is a definite, A-grade win. freep.com/story/news/pol…
So, uh, looks like Kavanaugh lied to the Senate during 2006 judicial confirmation hearings—even just going by the tiny fraction of documents that are publicly available. Said he knew nothing about Bush torture & rendition. But: was emailed talking points. leahy.senate.gov/press/081618ka…
Republican superlawyer Bill Burck, who simultaneously represents Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, and Don McGahn in their dealings with the Russia probe, is also brokering access to Kavanaugh documents for the Senate. He's keeping a *very* tight lid on them. politico.com/story/2018/01/…
Grassley & Burck made deal where, of the few Kavanaugh papers that the Senate does receive, tons are labeled "committee confidential"—meaning the 79 senators *not* on the Judiciary committee don't get to see them.
Worth noting: more than half of the Democrats in the Senate vote for Trump's judicial nominees more than half the time, even though Trump has largely abandoned the vetting & bipartisan consultations that used to precede nominations.
The Dems who vote against Trump's judicial nominees most consistently are (in ascending order of consistent opposition) Gillibrand, Booker, Sanders, Warren--and @MazieHirono, by far the most consistent "no" vote. She's terrific.
My first taste of real activism, when I was in high school, focused on the underfunding of WI public schools. Scott Walker has turned a problem into a full-blown crisis. Tonight, @Tony4WI, WI's education chief, won the Gov primary. This is it. Toss Walker out. It's time for Tony.
Scott Walker has crushed Wisconsin's unions, backbone of the middle class. He's ripped apart hard-won protections for the environment. He's disgraced what was once the nation's finest civil service. He's a Koch puppet and a disaster. It's time for him to go. It's time for Tony.
Tony Evers has had a ringside seat as Scott Walker has attempted to throttle public education—including the great state university system—in Wisconsin. He's seen every step. As governor, he'll have the power to set it right. Let's do this, people. @Tony4WI.
At a presentation by @NextGenAmerica about the #YouthVote. Fate of country depends on the young. Millennial and Gen Z will be 34% of all US eligible voters in 2018.
In 2014, the last midterm, turnout by 18-34yo was... 23%. Gotta change that this year.
“For the vast majority of non-Republican young voters, the decision isn’t D vs R. It’s voting vs. non-voting.” #youthvote
This research project doesn’t focus on issues. Young people care intensely about issues; that’s a given. Talking about issues vital. But things that stop them from voting aren’t about issues, they’re more about believing that votes don’t matter or perpetuate a broken system.
It's Friday afternoon. You're bored at work. What to do? Call the Senate to oppose Kavanaugh! 202-224-3121. And then text RESIST to 50409 (or DM "RESIST" to @resistbot) and fax a message to your senator's office. Then look up local offices at contactingcongress.org & call those!
...after you're done calling your Senators about Kavanaugh, visit townhallproject.com to see if they've got any town halls planned. Chuck Grassley, for example, has THREE next week. Iowans, go ask him to insist that Trump #ReleaseTheRecords about K's Bush White House days!
You're fighting Kavanaugh. You're making calls. You're looking for town hall meetings and local protests next week. But there's something else you've gotta do: plan ahead. Specifically, make your plan to organize and/or recruit for a big protest on Aug 26. uniteforjustice2018.com/?source=demand…
It’s like I always say. If you want to understand politics, dasymetric dot density maps beat choropleth diverging hue maps every time. wired.com/story/is-us-le…
This map—where each dot represents the same number of presidential votes—is the best representation I’ve seen of the 2016 election. It also gives you a sense of where people actually live. It’s called a dasymetric dot density map, and it’s the one to use.