Monday, October 17, 2016

Progressive Breakfast: Her First 100 Days: A Pledge to Take On Wells Fargo and Wall Street

MORNING MESSAGE

Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street speeches are casting a pall over her potential victory and weakening her political capital before she even assumes office. She should make a pledge now: to take immediate action in her first 100 days that will address Wells Fargo’s scandals and the systemic problems behind them. We have nine suggested actions...

SANDERS, WARREN HEAD WEST

Sanders, Warren team up in Denver to stump to Clinton. Denver Post: “[They urged] votes for Hillary Clinton — a first step, they said, igniting hopes for sweeping change from Wall Street to environmental stewardship to establishing single-payer national health care … Sanders is [also campaigning for] Colorado’s proposed Amendment 69 to create a state-run health insurance system to replace insurance industry health care …”
Sanders in AZ tomorrow. The Hill: “The Vermont senator will hold rallies in Tucson and Flagstaff on Tuesday … Trump’s campaign has not put much focus on the state … ‘I think he’s going to lose Arizona,’ GOP state operative Matthew Benson told NBC News.”
Battleground map is changing, notes David Wasserman in NYT: “The parties are realigning along an axis primarily of educational achievement, but also of race. Democrats have been on the upswing with minorities, college-educated whites and younger voters, while Republicans are increasingly reliant on older whites, whites without a degree, or both … Trump is looking for breakthroughs in states where non-college whites outnumber college-educated whites the most: Iowa (by 30 percent), Wisconsin (by 25 percent), Ohio (by 24 percent) and Nevada (by 18 percent) … Clinton maintains an edge in states where that margin is closer, like Virginia (2 percent) and Colorado (0.1 percent), and has a strong opportunity to win North Carolina (12 percent).”
Evangelicals split over Trump. NYT: “While most of the religious right’s aging old guard has chosen to stand by Mr. Trump, its judgment and authority are being challenged by an increasingly assertive crop of younger leaders, minorities and women … The big names who sit atop organizations that function largely as lobbying groups and mobilization squads for the Republican Party have stuck with Mr. Trump…”

GOP HOPES TO KEEP CONGRESS

Trump not clearly dragging down down-ballot Republicans. W. Post: “…the so-called generic ballot … still only favors Democrats by a small margin [which doesn’t] suggest a a big Democratic wave ahead…”
But Dems still eye House. Politico: “Democrats are salivating over the kind of progressive agenda they’d pursue with a Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and President Hillary Clinton. Several Democratic sources told POLITICO the wish list would likely include billions of dollars for infrastructure spending, potentially an overhaul of immigration laws, and bipartisan fixes to Obamacare.”

PROGRESSIVES MAP POLICY PATH

Jacob Hacker offers health care advice to Clinton, in American Prospect: “…the ACA is missing some ingredients … a broad cross-section of Americans must come to see the law as critical to their own well-being … the public option [is] the way to achieve these goals … strengthen and extend the ‘risk-adjustment’ and reinsurance provisions of the law … increase the subsidies for enrollees in the exchanges … require that individual insurance plans sold outside the exchanges also be offered on the exchanges…”
Simon Lazarus offers next steps after forcing out Strumpf, in American Prospect: “To turn this teachable moment into a lever for systemic change, reformers must help the public connect the dots that lead past Stumpf and his management cadre to the legal environment that made them think they could get away it. A primary architect of that permissive environment is the United States Supreme Court … For decades, industry advocates have waged a multi-front campaign to cripple consumer protection laws and their enforcement, in legislatures, executive agencies, and the courts.”
NYT edit boards highlights new research on out-of-work middle-aged men: ” As of last month, 11.4 percent of men between the ages of 25 and 54 — or about seven million people — were not in the labor force … 40 percent of prime working-age men who are not in the labor force report having pain that prevents them from taking jobs for which they are qualified … Forty-four percent said they took painkillers daily … these drugs are far less effective and much more addictive than previously thought.”

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