Tag: Biden

How to Fight Authoritarianism | Washington Monthly

Biden, Merkel, Xi, Illustration

As he spoke from the sunny steps of the U.S. Capitol during his inauguration, Joe Biden acknowledged that this will be “a time of testing.” He enumerated the crises we face—“an attack on democracy and on truth, a raging virus, growing inequality, the sting of systemic racism, a climate in crisis, America’s role in the world.” He vowed to “repair our alliances and engage with the world once again.”

Source: How to Fight Authoritarianism | Washington Monthly

Biden’s First 100 Days and the GOP’s First 100 Days Without Trump | The Smirking Chimp

By almost any measure, Joe Biden’s first 100 days have been hugely successful. Getting millions of Americans inoculated against COVID-19 and beginning to revive the economy are central to that success.

Source: Biden’s First 100 Days and the GOP’s First 100 Days Without Trump | The Smirking Chimp

The Real Morning in America: ~2/3s are Optimistic under Biden: majorities want Gov’t to fix the Economy and blame GOP for Obstruction

A new ABC News/ Ipsos poll finds that 64% of Americans are optimistic about the next twelve months. It is the first time we have felt that way about ourselves since before George W. Bush crashed the economy by deregulating everything.

Source: The Real Morning in America: ~2/3s are Optimistic under Biden: majorities want Gov’t to fix the Economy and blame GOP for Obstruction

How Many False Claims Did Biden Make In His First 100 Days Compared To Trump? | HuffPost

Biden made 67 false and misleading statements in his first 100 days in office, compared to 511 from Donald Trump, The Washing

Biden made 67 false and misleading statements in his first 100 days in office, according to a report Monday from The Washington Post’s fact checker. That compares to 511 such comments from his predecessor Donald Trump in his first 100 days. The Post’s fact checkers characterized the Biden era as “a return to a more typical pattern when it comes to a commander in chief and his relationship with the facts — one that features frequent spin and obfuscation or exaggeration, with the occasional canard.” The team analyzed Biden’s every speech, interview, tweet or public statement, following the same methodology as the database that tallied more than 30,500 false or misleading claims over the course of Trump’s four years in office.

Source: How Many False Claims Did Biden Make In His First 100 Days Compared To Trump? | HuffPost

How Bidenomics Unites America | The Smirking Chimp

A quarter century ago, I and other members of Bill Clinton’s cabinet urged him to reject the Republican’s proposal to end welfare. It was too punitive, we said, subjecting poor Americans to deep and abiding poverty. But Clinton’s political advisers warned that unless he went along, he jeopardized his reelection.

How Bidenomics Unites America | The Smirking Chimp

Fox News Liars Call Biden ‘Senile’ After Speech | Crooks and Liars

Fox News Liars Call Biden 'Senile' After Speech

Fox had to cover Biden’s first prime time address after b**tching for days about no presser. So they lined up “pundits” to pan the speech afterwards. Fox News has given up having anything to do with news.

Fox News Liars Call Biden ‘Senile’ After Speech | Crooks and Liars

Why Trump’s Takeover of the GOP is Great for Biden and the Democrats (but a Potential Disaster for America) | The Smirking Chimp

As the Trump Party takes over the GOP, anti-Trump Republicans are abandoning the party in droves – thereby weakening it for general elections while simultaneously strengthening Trump’s hand inside it. It’s great news for Democrats and Joe Biden.

Why Trump’s Takeover of the GOP is Great for Biden and the Democrats (but a Potential Disaster for America) | The Smirking Chimp

Why Republicans Won’t Agree to Biden’s Big Plans and Why He Should Ignore Them | The Smirking Chimp

If there were ever a time for bold government, it is now. Covid, joblessness, poverty, raging inequality and our last chance to preserve the planet are together creating an existential inflection point.

Why Republicans Won’t Agree to Biden’s Big Plans and Why He Should Ignore Them | The Smirking Chimp

Can Joe Biden change Australian politics for the better? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day There are three kinds of people. Those who know. Those who know when they are shown, and those who have no interest in knowing.(JOHN LORD)

Can Joe Biden change Australian politics for the better? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Biden Urged to Fire Entire Postal Service Board for Complicity in ‘Devastating Arson’ by Trump and DeJoy | Common Dreams News

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy arrives to testifiy during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on slowdowns at the U.S. Postal Service ahead of the November elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on August 24, 2020.

“Trump confessed he was wrecking USPS to rig the election. His toady Postmaster General DeJoy carried out that arson. It’s time to clean house.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer

Biden Urged to Fire Entire Postal Service Board for Complicity in ‘Devastating Arson’ by Trump and DeJoy | Common Dreams News

Biden Should Repudiate Espionage Act Prosecutions of Whistleblowers and Journalists

U.S. Capitol Police officers walk by the Department of Justice (DOJ) building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. A bulletin this week from the FBI and other agencies warned that extremists may exploit the aftermath of the Capitol breach by conducting attacks to destabilize and force a larger conflict in the U.S. Photographer: Pete Kiehart/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Before Donald Trump began his run for president, there was a war against journalism in the United States. President George W. Bush used the Espionage Act and sought to jail reporters who refused to give up their sources, not to mention killing journalists in war zones. When President Barack Obama, a constitutional law scholar, came to power, he did so claiming that he and Joe Biden would represent the most transparent administration in history. But then reality set in.

Biden Should Repudiate Espionage Act Prosecutions of Whistleblowers and Journalists

Bernie Sanders Is Right, and Joe Biden Is Wrong. We Still Need Medicare for All.

Joe Biden and the Democratic establishment refuse to push Medicare for All even as COVID-19 continues to ravage the country. That’s all the more reason for us to demand, alongside Bernie Sanders, that everyone get the health care they need free of charge until the pandemic is over.

Bernie Sanders Is Right, and Joe Biden Is Wrong. We Still Need Medicare for All.

Biden cannot govern from the center – ending Trumpism means radical action | Joe Biden | The Guardian

Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Delaware.

This Republican party traffics in conspiracy and thuggery – the new president must be bold on healthcare, equality and more

Biden cannot govern from the center – ending Trumpism means radical action | Joe Biden | The Guardian

Biden to invoke Defense Production Act for Vaccine manufacture. Trump? Playing Golf at Mar-a-Lago

Trump said on December 9 that he “might” invoke the Korea War-era act, which allows the US government to direct companies to produce urgently needed goods necessary to national security. The US government pays the companies to do this, so it isn’t socialism and doesn’t involve a government take-over. It just delays receipt of other goods by other customers. Trump has repeatedly said he is reluctant to invoke the act because it is socialist in character and would make us like Venezuela. He did use it to compel GM to produce ventilators last spring, paying $489 million for 30,000 ventilators. It was a relatively minor use of the act given the scale of the national emergency.

Biden to invoke Defense Production Act for Vaccine manufacture. Trump? Playing Golf at Mar-a-Lago

Iran assassination is way for Netanyahu and Trump to hurt Biden

I think Washington can show good faith by lifting sanctions prior to opening negotiations. Then both sides could work out such details as destroying the excess enriched uranium and arranging frequent international inspections. Iranians are waiting for Biden to make the first move after his Inauguration on January 20, 2021. Lifting unilateral US sanctions is the key to foiling Trump’s attempt to handcuff the new administration. We’ll see if Biden finds a good locksmith.

Iran assassination is way for Netanyahu and Trump to hurt Biden

‘America First’ is no more, but can president-elect Biden fix the US reputation abroad?

Throughout the four years of Donald Trump’s presidency, Joe Biden spent significant time reassuring American allies around the world that Trump’s America is not “who we are” and pledging “we’ll be back”.

‘America First’ is no more, but can president-elect Biden fix the US reputation abroad?

Trump’s Reelection Chances Are Shrinking Quickly In 2020 Election Nail-Biter | HuffPost Australia

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to supporters early Wednesday. Later in the day, he won crucial...

With only Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania yet to be called among the swing states, Biden is in striking distance of the 270 electoral votes he needs to win the election.

Trump’s Reelection Chances Are Shrinking Quickly In 2020 Election Nail-Biter | HuffPost Australia

Joe Biden is tipped to win the US presidential election, but polling is never as simple as it seems – ABC News

A composite image of Donald Trump and Joe Biden Polls highly favour Joe Biden to win the US presidential election.

These polls are not just abstract information. By telling prospective voters who is the most likely to win, can they influence the result of the election by playing a role in the voters’ decision? The evidence says yes, and it most likely favours Biden.

In theory, you could imagine two possible effects of polls. First, a momentum effect. Second, an underdog effect.

Source: Joe Biden is tipped to win the US presidential election, but polling is never as simple as it seems – ABC News

Disruptive outlier: the election outcome that could shake markets

A Biden presidency could result in  the Democrats implementing the most progressive policy agenda since Franklin D Roosevelt.

If Trump and the Republicans hold on and retain control of the Senate the future is less clear – there is no published Republican platform for a second term – but it seems reasonable to assume more of the same.

Disruptive outlier: the election outcome that could shake markets

Sloppy Methodology: Social Media, Censorship and New York Post’s Hunter Biden Story – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sloppy Rudi doing his best to scandalize Biden

The email correspondence had been purportedly obtained from a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden, though the owner of the computer repair store who passed on the material to the FBI and one Rudy Giuliani was unsure if Hunter had left the computer with him. Thin stuff to go on. Father Biden repeatedly claims to have never discussed his son’s “overseas business dealings” with him. The Biden election campaign has also denied that the meeting ever took place. “We have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.” At another time, the move by the platform might have caused a shrug of indifference. But Biden is leading in the polls. Every anti-Trump agitator is concerned to ease the pathway for the president’s defeat. Every advocate for Trump is keen to ensure that flames are lit under his opponent.

Sloppy Methodology: Social Media, Censorship and New York Post’s Hunter Biden Story – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Biden Makes a Direct and Heartfelt Call for Common Sense After Trump Tests Positive – Mother Jones

When Trump mocked Biden

“It’s not about being a tough guy,” the former vice president said during the speech in Grand Rapids, Michigan—a Friday afternoon appearance only made possible by his own negative result. “It’s about playing your part. Wearing a mask is not only gonna protect you, but it will also protect those around you.”

Biden Makes a Direct and Heartfelt Call for Common Sense After Trump Tests Positive – Mother Jones

If Joe Biden Wants to Win Big, He Should Pledge to Cancel Student Debt

If Joe Biden promises to cancel all student debt, he will defeat Donald Trump in a landslide. Everyone who is serious about removing Trump from office should pressure him hard to do it right now.

Rather than motivate a large untapped base that would give it a sure win, Biden and the Democrats are playing a risky game and going for a miniscule margin of victory that relies on a small number of persuadable Republicans.

They aren’t acting like they think democracy is at stake. They aren’t acting like beating Trump is the world-historical task they say it is. Rather, what’s most important is beating him with a voter base that won’t push the party too hard to make things better for working-class and poor people. It’s worth it to risk losing, to win that way.

The most important thing is not really to win but, to quote Joe Biden, to make sure “no one’s standard of living will change, nothing [will] fundamentally change.”

It’s the year 2020, and anything could happen. Joe Biden could very well win this election. But if he follows the path he’s on, it won’t be because of anything he’s done.

Give us something to vote for, Joe. Cancel student debt.

If Joe Biden Wants to Win Big, He Should Pledge to Cancel Student Debt

Old Dog Thoughts- Van Badham says it better than I can

This is some grown-up politics from Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, who are powerfully uniting to defeat Donald Trump.

👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

Sanders has endorsed Biden and Biden is including Sanders’ people in his policy development process.

Goes to show you can get a lot more done within the tent of the big party than squealing impotently on the sidelines at it. No one turns up to the big game to watch the audience.

My politics are closer to Sanders; I liked his policies from all the way back when successive Australian Labor governments legislated them, from 1941 onwards.

But what I do like about Biden has always been a union man – and proud of it. There are not enough people who live union values in American politics and the idea that one could become President gives me hope that it will lead to many more… Especially in the wake of the murderous billionaire shit-show which is the Trump administration.

There are many squealy “leftishts” on the internet who are insisting that despite Trump’s mismanagement of coronavirus leaving piles of dead bodies across the continental landmass of America, Joe Biden is the devil, and they won’t vote for him.

I can’t imagine living a life so entitled, self-absorbed and privileged that you’d forsake the one opportunity you have to end the Trump presidency to throw a tantrum because Biden’s politics aren’t as OBVIOUSLY FLAWLESS as your own – and, as is made clear in the link below, good Bernie Sanders can’t, either.

 

If the Democrats nominate a can of cheese to run against Trump, I would be marching in the street chanting “CHEESE! CHEESE! CHEESE!” – because where I come from, we believe it sensible to tackle our problems in the order of which they’ll kill us.

Anyway, the news website Politico put together a dot point list of Biden’s existing policy positions, and I think they’re totally worth voting for, whether he was running against Trump or not. Progress becomes possible when the demand’s no longer “perfection or nothing”.

https://www.theguardian.com/…/bernie-sanders-endorses-joe-b…

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Joe Biden Blisters Trump For Lying About Defense Production Act After FEMA Admits Holding It As ‘Leverage’ | Crooks and Liars

Joe Biden Blisters Trump For Lying About Defense Production Act After FEMA Admits Holding It As 'Leverage'

“Mr. President, stop lying and start acting. Use the full extent of your authorities, now, to ensure that we are producing all essential goods and delivering them where they need to go.”

“President Trump’s dithering on preparing us for this global pandemic and his lies about his response to this dangerous crisis is one of the most unjustifiable failures of presidential leadership in American history.”

via Joe Biden Blisters Trump For Lying About Defense Production Act After FEMA Admits Holding It As ‘Leverage’ | Crooks and Liars

Nunes as Fox Guarding Henhouse: Parnas alleges he was part of Ukraine Scandal

two lawyers for Lev Parnas say that Parnas tells them he arranged meetings for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) in the Ukraine for the purpose of pushing investigations of Hunter Biden and Burisma. They say he has offered to testify to Congress.

Nunes as Fox Guarding Henhouse: Parnas alleges he was part of Ukraine Scandal

Trump Lashes Out At Fox News For Poll Showing Him Trailing Biden: ‘NO WAY’ | HuffPost Australia

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President Donald Trump on Friday launched yet another attack on Fox News, continuing to turn on the network that once appeared to be his favorite, this time over a poll that showed him lagging behind former Vice President Joe Biden.

The national survey, conducted by the outlet in conjunction with a bipartisan team of pollsters and discussed on “Fox & Friends,” indicated that Biden is leading the pack of Democratic 2020 hopefuls and, in a head-to-head matchup with the president, is ahead by 10 points.

via Trump Lashes Out At Fox News For Poll Showing Him Trailing Biden: ‘NO WAY’ | HuffPost Australia