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Fighting Back: “Senators must choose to uphold our system of democracy.”


Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) calls on the Senate to uphold the integrity of our democracy and our system of justice.

She also asked for Republican Senators to uphold the integrity of the Senate but, holy mackeral, has she not been paying attention!?!! The Senate is not the “saucer that cools the hot tea of the House” but a bunch of craven cowards wearing their underwear on their head and drooling.

Republican Death Panel

These are the faces of the 12 men who will repeal the Affordable Care Act.

They will be condemning 36,000 people a year to death by their blind obeisance to an ideology that places cuts in marginal tax rates for billionaires over the well-being of millions who will lose access to health care.

None of these men will ever suffer because of a lack of health care, none will never have to mortgage their home to pay for a sick child’s cancer treatment, none will never feel the pain of watching a loved one die because they cannot afford to go to a doctor or pay for life-saving drugs.

Why are these men smiling? Because they are Republicans and when people suffer and die, it does not bother them one bit.

President Obama: “This is the moment where America stands up for our best selves”

Yesterday, President Obama spoke to a crowd at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

President Obama:

If you’ve been marching for criminal justice reform, that’s great. But you know what, you better vote for a President and a Congress who actually care about disrupting the pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails. Protests aren’t enough if you’re not voting. You’ve been marching for the environment and to do something about climate change — I’ve heard you. But you better vote for the next President and Congress believing in science, and who will protect the progress we’ve made so we can leave behind a world that we’re proud of for our children.

If you want more good jobs, you want to have a higher minimum wage, you want help with respect to student loans — don’t just sit there and complain. Don’t just sit there in the barber shop and the beauty shop and watching the Tar Heels and say, you know, politics is all messed up, but what’s the score. No, no, no. You can watch the game after you vote.

And the good news is, you’ve got a proof point. You know it works. You know it works because so many of you voted in ’08. And it’s because of you that millions of people have health care today that didn’t have it before. It’s because of you that millions of young people are going to college that couldn’t afford it before. It’s because of you that a Marine can serve his country without hiding the husband he loves. It’s because of you that more young immigrants came out of the shadows and are serving our country.

North Carolina, I’m asking you today what I asked of you eight years ago. I’m just asking you to believe not in my abilities to change, not even just in Hillary’s ability to bring about positive change. I’m asking you to believe in your ability to bring about change. I am not on the ballot, but I tell you what, fairness is on the ballot. Decency is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Progress is on the ballot. Our democracy is on the ballot right now.

And Hillary gives you a chance to advance our democracy. But you’ve got to do everything you can to make sure everybody votes — your friends, your family, your cousins, your uncle, your neighbors, your coworkers. Tell them this is the moment where America stands up for our best selves. Stand up and reject cynicism. Stand up and reject fear.

Choose hope. Choose hope. Choose hope. Choose hope. Choose hope. Vote!

Full transcript below.

Weekly Address: President Obama – It’s Time for the Senate To Do Its Job

The President’s Weekly Address post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments.

From the White HouseWeekly Address

In this week’s address, the President repeated his call for Republicans in the United States Senate to give Chief Judge Merrick Garland a fair hearing and a vote. It has been 45 days since President Obama nominated Judge Garland to the Supreme Court. The President highlighted that Senate Republicans have said that Judge Garland is a man of experience, integrity and impeccable qualifications. Despite this, most Senate Republicans refused to do their job and give Judge Garland the consideration he deserves. The President made clear that the Supreme Court must remain above partisan politics, and that’s why the President did his job in nominating Merrick Garland. Now, it’s time for the Senate to do its job.

Russ is in!!!!

Great news for Wisconsin: Russ Feingold has announced that he will run against teaparty Sen. Ron Johnson in November 2016

Feingold was defeated in 2010 in the low-turnout mid-term election and starts out the 2016 contest heavily favored. Last month’s Marquette poll (PDF) showed him beating Johnson 54% to 38%.

Here, I’ll let Russ speak for himself:

Tell Russ that you’re in too: RussFeingold.com