-- Anybody else watch "Bernie Blackout" last night?
Tonight: watch our live town hall featuring special guests on the existential threat of climate change and what we can do to save our planet. Tune in at 8 p.m. ET at https://t.co/vreIiWfeoS. pic.twitter.com/gqQD9Jeudg— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 13, 2020
The Senate on (Wednesday) took up a key bill to reauthorize domestic surveillance programs while making changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, with several substantial amendments on the line. One of the amendments, introduced by Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden and Republican Sen. Steve Daines, would have required authorities to obtain a warrant to access internet users’ search histories and browsing information. Uh, yes, pass that??
The amendment, however, met an extremely Senate grave: It “failed” with 59 yeas to 37 nays, one short of the 60-vote threshold it needed to overcome the streamlined vestigial filibuster. The splits didn’t fall neatly along partisan lines: 24 Republicans voted for it, while 10 Democrats voted against it. (Would you like to see the names of the Democrats who voted against it? Their names are: Tom Carper, Bob Casey, Dianne Feinstein, Maggie Hassan, Doug Jones, Tim Kaine, Joe Manchin, Jeanne Shaheen, Mark Warner, and Sheldon Whitehouse.)
But where was Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, ranking member of the HELP Committee and assistant Democratic leader, or Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats and also constantly comes in second place for the Democrats’ presidential nomination?
Murray, a spokeswoman told me after the vote, was “flying back to D.C. from Washington state today. She isn’t in quarantine; she’s just been working remotely.” An aide confirmed separately to Politico that Murray would have supported the Wyden–Daines amendment had she been there.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday named the co-chairs and members of their joint task forces meant to shore up Democratic Party unity ahead of November’s general election.
The announcement follows through on a pledge the two men made last month — when Sanders, the runner-up in the Democratic presidential primary, endorsed Biden, the party’s presumptive nominee — to establish working groups to advise the Biden campaign on six key policy areas: climate change, criminal justice reform, economy, education, health care, and immigration.
Amid a pandemic that could cost 45 million people in the US their healthcare coverage, Joe Biden can't even pretend to support Medicare4All - because his owners won't allow it. And as usual, he can't complete a sentence without looking unelectable.#DropOutJoe pic.twitter.com/dfOa66DY4Z— Pat, just Pat. #IBelieveTara🌹🦺 (@PatTheBerner) May 11, 2020
The money Democrats waste on consultants & strategists could probably fund enough grassroots organizing that they wouldn't need to claim that beating the GOP requires corrupting corporate $$$, which ironically is what's preventing them from being meaningful opposition to the GOP. https://t.co/y5ELo7z1FW— Eldon Katz 🌹 (@eldon_katz) May 11, 2020
Please join us this Sunday to have a discussion surrounding the rights of the disabled community. This topic effects so many of us personally, from ourselves, to friends and family. (ASL interpreters will be in attendance) #DeafAwarenessWeek #Disability @HowieHawkins pic.twitter.com/iKR61rAy6r— Angela N Walker (@AngelaNWalker) May 13, 2020