Saturday Morning Open Thread: I {Heart} Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren

Since you guys are only hanging around here until the next Site Revamp post shows up, I’m gonna indulge myself…

CNN reporter, eavesdropping on the Dulles shuttle bus:

Vanity Fair, “Elizabeth Warren Continues to Clobber Her Opponents in the War for Big Ticket, Eat-the-Rich Policies”:

Her proposals have been notable not just for their degree of detail—her plan to erase student-loan debt included a personalized online calculator—but also for their boldness. She’s staked out clear positions on an array of issues, including some that are controversial even within her own party. For instance, while Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats have shied away from impeachment talk, Warren has called for the president to be held accountable for the misdeeds outlined in Robert Mueller’s report. “This is not about politics,” she said on the Senate floor Tuesday, after calling for Trump’s impeachment on Twitter. “This is about the Constitution.”…

Warren’s unambiguous positions haven’t helped her much in the polls so far, and may not track with establishment Democrats’ desires to play it safe against Trump by tacking to the center. But her relatively low polling could change once she has the chance to lay out her plans on the debate stage, particularly if her colleagues’ allergy to specifics come to seem like a crutch. There’s also an argument to be made that the candidate with the best shot at beating Trump isn’t the one who seems most “electable”, but the one who runs on a bold, unapologetic platform—and can back it up. Perhaps the best way to beat a president who draws out his policies with a damn crayon is to put forth someone with clear ideas. Of course, she’s not totally alone: Kamala Harris has a plan to increase teachers’ pay; Julian Castro released a sweeping immigration proposal; and Beto O’Rourke has his $5 trillion plan to combat climate change. But Warren is unquestionably leading the pack. You may not like her ideas, but at least you know what they are.








Friday Morning Open Thread: We Fight On (Because We Have No Choice)

A federal judge will fast-track a decision on President Trump’s bid to quash a House subpoena for financial records from his accounting firm, saying he will decide the full case, not just whether to temporarily block the subpoena while the case proceeds, after a hearing Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta made his announcement Thursday in a brief notice to both sides after receiving a first round of written arguments in the case. The lawsuit was brought April 22 by Trump and several of his businesses against House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) and Trump’s accounting firm…

Mehta, an Obama appointee confirmed in 2014, gave all sides until Monday to file any further comments ahead of oral arguments previously set for 11 a.m. Tuesday in Washington.

The announcement means that any appeal of a decision in the case could reach an appeals court by the summer…

Cummings’s committee has called Trump’s bid to quash the subpoena a long-shot bid to delay the unearthing of politically damaging information about Trump until after the 2020 election, and to obscure from the public ongoing conflicts of interest by officials charged with executing the nation’s laws.

“Trump’s attacks on the Committee’s investigations amount to nothing more than political histrionics and hyperbole,” the panel’s lawyers wrote, calling the subpoena consistent with Congress’s duties to weigh legislation, conduct oversight, manage spending of tax dollars and informing the public…








Thursday Morning Open Thread: Tell It, Senator Warren!

As is her wont, Warren is serving as point-person here. And — as is hers — Speaker Pelosi is proceeding, with all due deliberation, along the same path:








Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Troll the Haterz

Kudos to Senator Harris:


(That should be ‘run’, thanks for nothing twitter autocorrect… )


Dearborn has a huge Arab-American population — not all of it Muslim, but the girls in hijab will set Trumplodytes’ heads to explode. Not to mention picking out an Asian-American teacher in the second clip… under a sign in Spanish!

Meanwhile, my favorite Senator continues to impress:

And for the lulz…








Tuesday Morning Open Thread

Local races update: