Per HuffPo, Sanders' 16 co-sponsors are as follows:

That roster of co-sponsors includes a who’s-who list of potential Democratic presidential candidates for 2020, including Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Also backing the bill are Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Al Franken of Minnesota, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall of New Mexico, Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.

Specifics on the bill and conjecture as to the political fight necessary to pass it are at the above link.

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The U.S. Attorney's office has subpoenaed Kushner Companies for information on its use of a program that allows foreigners residency to get green cards in exchange for investing $500,000 or more in projects that create at least 10 jobs. They're called EB-5 visas.

Kushner Companies used EB-5 funding for its One Journal Square and Trump Bay Street projects in Jersey City.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop is especially concerned about the use of the visa program for the Trump Bay Street project:

"I think the goal of the EB-5 program is low-income investment in low-income areas. And I think that that obviously didn't serve that goal," Fulop said.

Tonight, on CBS News

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Thu
Aug 3 2017
09:47 am
By: Tamara Shepherd  shortURL
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This is big.

You may or may not be aware that the U. S. Department of Labor discontinued its Contingent Worker Supplement (CWS) reporting in 2005, some years prior to the acceleration we've seen in the so-called "gig economy."

You may or may not be aware that former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez had sought to revive that reporting in the last months of his service to the DOL.

After many futile online searches, I was able to confirm online (and by phone to the DOL) this morning that Perez did succeed in his request to restore the reporting and that the collection of data to support it did take place in May 2017, under the new administration.

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Time magazine reports that Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, issued a public apology to Scouting families today for President Donald Trump's remarks at last week's National Boy Scout Jamboree.

(Backstory here: The 17 most jaw-dropping moments of Donald Trump’s speech to Boy Scouts)

Excerpt from BSA statement of apology:

I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree," Michael Surbaugh wrote in a statement. "For years, people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, and we have steadfastly remained non-partisan and refused to comment on political matters. We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.

Full text to BSA's statement at the link.

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While the U. S. continues to lead the world in innovation relating to artificial intelligence (AI), CNN reports today China's announcement to overtake us via its planned investment of $150 billion over the next few years.

However, a nearly offhand remark in the story--on which the author doesn't expound--is this one:

Alibaba (BABA, Tech30) founder and chairman Jack Ma, currently China's richest man, thinks artificial intelligence will bring about a massive upheaval in society, with robots replacing many CEOs as well as less senior workers.

Cashiers at McDonalds we knew about, but CEOs, too?! Ma has offered prophecies as jarring before, telling media earlier this year that "in the next three decades, the world will experience far more pain than happiness."

But is he alone in his warnings? What could be the future impacts of AI to labor and to society in general? More to the point, if he's right, how should governments be planning now to combat disruption on the scale Ma suggests--and are they?

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Fri
Jul 21 2017
07:53 am

Her speech to ALEC was yesterday in Denver, preceded by protests the day before that.

An excerpt from the Time magazine coverage:

In prepared remarks, DeVos described the protests as a "badge of honor." "Our opponents, the defenders of the status quo, only protest those capable of implementing real change," she said. "You represent real change."

The protesters had criticized DeVos' support for school vouchers, arguing that voucher programs will threaten public school systems by driving money to private schools. Such arguments have also been fueled by recent findings that voucher programs don't improve student performance.

(I haven't posted much on this topic in recent months, have I? It's just so very, very tiring...)

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Tue
Jul 18 2017
07:44 am

The most prominent Democrat challenging Ted Cruz in 2018, Rep. Beto O’Rourke from El Paso, just announced raising $2.1 million last quarter, beating out Cruz's $1.6 million--and he did it with $0 from corporate PACs, 46,574 individual donations, and more than 80% of the money coming from real, in-district constituents. "This is not a Jon Ossof-style phenomenon where people around the country are throwing money at O'Rourke," the article says.

More, from The Intercept:

...the way O’Rourke is raising money changes the game. The El Paso congressman does not have much in the way of a national fundraising network, has refused corporate PAC money, and is known among his colleagues to be a less-than-enthusiastic fundraiser. That’s the kind of lawmaker who often had little future in Washington — but exactly the kind many grassroots Democrats would like to see rise. The type of person who is good at spending hours a day with doctors, bankers, lawyers and other professionals who can write four- and five-figure checks is A) probably not hard-wired to be a conviction politician and B) vulnerable to have their politics diluted just by virtue of the conversations they’re having day in and day out.

Let's watch this one closely, and keep our fingers crossed.

(Hat tip to Steve Steffens in Memphis.)

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Sun
Jul 16 2017
11:17 pm
By: Tamara Shepherd  shortURL

I couldn't help noticing this morning that a post linked on the sidebar here is yet another misguided accusation that third party voters cost Clinton the general presidential election.

Now, I wouldn't care to beat this dead horse except that we Dems will never reach any agreement on the reason we lost that election until we first reach agreement about what reasons we can and should weed out. Please, people, third party voters are a reason the data tell us we can and should weed out. Hang with me...

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Thu
Jul 13 2017
08:09 am

As Donald Trump begins removing those fake Time magazine covers hanging in his hotels and golf clubs, the publisher offers him a bonafide cover he may hang up to fill all the bare spots left on his walls.

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Conservatives' beloved President Ronald Reagan expanded and improved upon Medicaid several times over his two terms, 1981-1989. From the Kaiser Family Foundation, a recap of those actions follows after the break.

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Tue
Jun 27 2017
03:37 pm

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says it’s time for Democrats to run on single-payer health care across the country.

President Barack Obama “tried to move us forward with health care coverage by using a conservative model that came from one of the conservative think tanks that had been advanced by a Republican governor in Massachusetts,” Warren, referring to Mitt Romney, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Tuesday.

“Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single payer,” she said.

HuffPo: Elizabeth Warren calls for Democrats to embrace single-payer Health Care

Also WaPo: Whatever happens, the GOP is bringing us a whole lot closer to single payer (Opinion)

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Tue
Jun 27 2017
02:30 pm

...so that someday "we can find our way back again," she says.

That's the reason cited by Amy Siskind, former Wall Street exec of twenty years (and mom and gay and dog lover and jock and nerd, according to her Facebook profile), for having begun compiling and sharing in cyberspace her "Weekly List" of changing norms since Donald Trump's election.

Each post begins with: “Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.”

By Week 9, two million people were viewing her Facebook page. Now, in Week 32, she has hundreds of thousands of followers on Facebook, Medium, and Twitter.

The Washington Post story yesterday here.

Siskind's Weekly List at Medium here.

(Hat tip to Michael Gill for introducing me to Siskind. I'm a new follower.)

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Mon
Jun 26 2017
06:31 pm

Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini urges in a newsletter today that "this week is all about healthcare."

Events and rallies across the state this week (including three in Knoxville) and contact info for Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander after the break.

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Mon
Jun 26 2017
06:09 pm

The Congressional Budget Office did complete its scoring of the Senate healthcare bill today and released its data this afternoon. Yes, it's as mean as the House bill.

The CBO says 22 million more would lose insurance under the GOP Senate bill (49 million uninsured by 2026) as compared to projections under the ACA now in effect (28 million uninsured by 2026).

The agency says the the 22 million increase in uninsureds is attributable to 15 million fewer who would be enrolled in Medicaid and 7 million fewer who would be privately insured.

Forbes

Politico

Business Insider

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Thu
Jun 15 2017
04:53 pm

Other hilarious parodies (behind closed doors) have undoubtedly gone unrecorded among our allies.

Fortunately, we have Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull on tape for posterity.

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Wed
May 31 2017
01:41 pm

One of them a Bushmaster assault-style rifle. And 90 rounds of ammo.

ABC News

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Tue
May 30 2017
06:54 pm
By: Tamara Shepherd  shortURL

Oh, girlfrans. My cousin dropped by moments ago with The. Best. Ice cream. Ever.

That would be Blue Bell's "Bride's Cake" flavor. Label reads "almond flavored ice cream with cake pieces and Amaretto flavored cream cheese icing." That's right, there isn't even any chocolate in it. At all.

Denali Extreme Moose Tracks just dropped to a perfectly respectable second place.

Now make haste to your nearest Kroger.

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Fri
May 19 2017
04:23 pm

It appears that Friday offers a double-header.

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