Monday, July 11, 2016

Progressive Breakfast: Don't Stop the Revolution: The Sanders Movement After Orlando

MORNING MESSAGE

Bernie Sanders’ “political revolution” scored some impressive wins this weekend at the Democratic Party Platform Committee meeting in Orlando, adding to its victories last month in St. Louis. ABC News called the resulting document “exceptionally progressive.” Apparently Sanders had more leverage after the California primary than his critics were willing to admit.

PLATFORM DONE, ENDORSEMENT TOMORROW

Sanders to endorse Clinton tomorrow. Politico: “Sanders will campaign with Clinton at a high school in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at 11 a.m. Tuesday … the two former primary rivals will ‘discuss their commitment to building an America that is stronger together and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.'”
Follows several Sanders wins in Dem platform. W. Post: “The Democratic Party shifted further to the left in one election than perhaps since 1972, embracing once-unthinkable stances on carbon pricing, police reform, abortion rights, the minimum wage and the war on drugs … What else did the Sanders forces win? Support for the senator’s college-tuition plan (also backed by Clinton) and tough new antitrust language.”
And one notable loss. NBC: “…Bernie Sanders failed to get strong language opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership … Instead, the committee approved an amendment backed by a large swath of labor unions that called for tough restrictions on trade deals, but did not explicitly oppose the trade pact … Sanders will now have to decide whether he wants to use a parliamentary mechanism to push the issue to a fight on the floor of the Democratic National Convention…”
Sanders backers argue TPP omission gives Trump an opening. The Nation: ” The failure to explicitly reject the TPP, they argued, would be used by Trump and his allies in their appeals to working-class voters in states that have been hit hard by deindustrialization and the offshoring of jobs.”

CLINTON PREVIEWS POVERTY AGENDA

Clinton talks poverty with Vox: “…when welfare reform was passed, there was an expectation … that there would be a requirement that states would have to be contributing to the broadest possible safety net, particularly in economic downturns … after 2001, there were a lot of decisions made that basically did not carry on what had been not just the spirit but the requirements in the law … I think we have to do much more to target federal programs to the poorest, where intergenerational poverty is once again a cycle.”
The Atlantic explores why welfare reform hasn’t lifted many out of poverty: “Sectoral employment programs … are good at filling this skills gap because they pool together different employers, who can best identify which jobs are in demand … Federal law mandates that at least half of all families receiving [welfare benefits] engage in work or work-related activities … [But sectoral employment programs] rarely count as such training…”
Women more likely to face poverty in retirement. AP: “The National Institute on Retirement Security, a nonprofit research center, reports that women are 80 percent more likely than men to be impoverished at age 65 and older. Women age 75 to 79 are three times more likely.

GOP FACES DIVISIONS BEFORE CONVENTION

GOP prepares platform one week before convention. USA Today: “…preparations begin in earnest Monday with platform hearings that may spotlight party differences over trade, immigration, and other issues likely to linger during and after the era of Trump. Later this week, a meeting of the convention rules committee gives Trump’s opponents a chance, however faint, to somehow derail his candidacy.”
Both Trump and Ryan would cut taxes for rich. NYT: “…the [House GOP] blueprint, shepherded by Paul D. Ryan… embraces a transformational shift … away from taxing income to a system that basically taxes consumption … Despite their conceptual differences, however, there is a crucial feature that Mr. Trump’s plan and the House Republicans’ plan share: The biggest tax cuts are reserved for the wealthiest.”
Ryan to speak at GOP convention. Politico quotes: “I want to talk about our ideas, our solutions and how our party should unite…Our agenda, our solutions and how we ought to unite around our common principles and how we apply those principles to problems…”

OBAMA, BUSH TO SPEAK IN DALLAS

President and former president to address memorial service. CNN: “President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush on Tuesday will speak at an interfaith memorial service in Dallas for five police officers slain late last week … Obama will also meet with families of the fallen officers … Obama said that police and activists need to work together and ‘listen to each other’ in order to mobilize real change in America.”
Protests continue through weekend. W. Post: “Renewed protests over the latest fatal shootings of black men by police took place in Dallas, Baton Rouge, La., and the District, although they remained peaceful, unlike the unrest that erupted late Saturday … protests in five cities nationwide [Saturday] resulted in more than 200 arrests…”
New study finds racial bias in use of police force, except for shootings. NYT: “[African-Americans] are more likely to be touched, handcuffed, pushed to the ground or pepper-sprayed by a police officer, even after accounting for how, where and when they encounter the police. But when it comes to the most lethal form of force — police shootings — the study finds no racial bias … Officers face great costs, legal and psychological, when they unnecessarily fire their weapons. But excessive use of lesser force is rarely tracked or punished.”

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