I can’t believe I’m just finding out about this, but it’s important. And I have to guess Obama will let it go through, too.
Labor groups and activists have been hitting the town halls this month:
House Republicans are facing angry protests at home this month as liberal activists and labor organizers try to replicate the Tea-Party backlash that bit Democrats in August of 2009.
Liberal groups have been planning these protests for months. One organizer told The Hill in February that the campaign would “build to a crescendo” in August.
Another organizer said participants held 1,500 house meetings “a couple of months ago” to launch the movement, claiming “that’s twice as many as the Tea Party had.”
Hundreds of people showed up at the Wayzata Golf Club in Wayzata, Minnesota, Friday to protest a fundraiser for Reps. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) and Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), which was attended by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
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It’s rare that I like a cover better than the original, but I love this Ellen McIlwaine cover:
In three months, Philly’s had our hottest month ever (July) and now our wettest month ever (August). Think there’s something happening with the climate, I wonder?
Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke to more than 3,000 enthusiastic union leaders from across North America in Las Vegas on Wednesday at the convention of the United Steelworkers of America. Bernie focused on the need to create millions of good-paying jobs and to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Earlier in the week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addressed the convention. President Barack Obama spoke to the membership via video.
At a time when more than 16 percent of American workers — 25 million Americans — are either unemployed or underemployed, Bernie called for a bold effort to create millions of jobs by rebuilding the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, transforming our energy system and rewriting our trade policy so that American products — not jobs — are our number one export.
“These are tough times in our country and a pivotal moment in our history. It’s important for us not just to be on the defensive. We have got to be on the offensive,” Bernie said in his speech. “We have got to bring forth a vision that speaks to what America is all about. And that is jobs that pay people a decent wage, jobs that are created in the United States of America, not in China.”
Hours after delivering his convention speech, Bernie spoke with Ed Schultz on MSNBC about the jobs crisis facing the country.
“I think the American people are beginning to catch on,” Bernie said. “The president cannot keep trying to compromise with people who do not want to compromise. What he needs to do is come out with a bold job-creating program to put millions of people back to work, and challenge the Republicans to support it.”