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Bernie Sanders is working on 2020?…Or?

And he has begun to work WITH Democratic party establishment types….

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has tasked him with doing outreach for Democratic Senators…

BUT HE STILL ISN’T A DEMOCRAT…

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Bernie Sanders is taking steps to address longstanding political shortcomings that were exposed in 2016, ahead of another possible presidential bid in 2020.

From forging closer ties to the labor movement to shoring up his once-flimsy foreign policy credentials, the moves have provided the senator inroads into party power structures that largely shunned him in favor of Hillary Clinton last year. They’ve also empowered the progressive icon to harness his newfound political power and help Democrats fight President Donald Trump’s administration.

Sanders has been working closely with figures who are close to the party establishment he’s long railed against, like American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. And he’s been meeting with international affairs experts such as Bill Perry, a defense secretary in the administration of President Bill Clinton, around a series of speeches designed to define his international vision, one year after running a campaign heavy on domestic policy and light on the rest of the world.

The Vermont independent hasn’t decided whether to run for president again in 2020. To his closest allies, his efforts represent a natural next step in his role as “outreach chairman” for Senate Democrats, a new position created for him late last year by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.

Yet the maneuvers could form an important part of a Sanders 2020 effort, a dozen of those allies acknowledged to POLITICO — one that looks markedly different from his surprise 2016 bid, which often suffered from a lack of mainstream political support….

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While political pundits all have him in the lead in the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination race?

Almost ALL of the polls of Democrats have Joe Biden in the lead…

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2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination race updates 8/31/17….

Book Releases….

Former Vice President Joe Biden will release a new book this fall that could also serve as a test for whether the country is interested in seeing him run for president.

Longtime advisers to Biden see his memoir, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose” as the ultimate test for whether or not he’ll wade into a potentially crowded 2020 field.

“It’s a chance to step out on his own terms with a character reinforcing narrative that reintroduces himself to America as more than a vice president,” said one former senior aide. “

His book tour will be a vital test. Can he generate enthusiasm and crowds, and subtly market his character and conviction, his values and vision to a national audience?

“It’s a great soft launch for a potential campaign,” the confidant said.

Biden’s book is due to be published on November 14th, nearly a year after Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump.

He’s just the latest potential 2020 candidate to come out with a new book.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) have also released books this year, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) came out with a book this month aimed at young readers: Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution.”…

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Bernie Sanders….

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will hold two events in New Hampshire on Labor Day, a schedule that only intensifies speculation that he’ll make another bid for the White House in 2020.

Sanders will speak first at a breakfast in Manchester for New Hampshire’s AFL-CIO, an event which requires a $30 donation, his campaign arm announced on Thursday.

The senator will then head to a rally in Concord that is hosted by Rights & Democracy New Hampshire and is open to the public. Sanders will end the day with two other events in his home state of Vermont…..

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Bernie Sanders…”No, I’m an Independent,”

Please read Sanders view of Democrats….

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Tuesday night that he still does not consider himself a Democrat, despite taking part in a Democratic National Committee unity tour with the party’s new chair Tom Perez.

“No, I’m an Independent,” Sanders said when asked by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes whether he now identifies as a Democrat.

“If the Democratic Party is going to succeed – and I want to see it succeed – it’s gonna have to open its door to Independents,” he continued. “There are probably more Independents in this country than Democrats or Republicans….

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The Democratic left wants Elizabeth Warren for 2016…

The idea that NO ONE will run against Hillary Clinton is silly….

Clinton NEEDS someone to be there pushing her….

It probably won’t be Elizabeth Warren….

But others ARE going to run and they will run at Hillary from the left which IS a weak point for her…..

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) received a standing ovation at a progressive conference in Washington on Thursday, as the left continues to urge her to run for president in 2016.

“Run, Elizabeth, run!” they chanted, as one supporter asked her whether she’d launch a presidential campaign.

“I appreciate the thought,” Warren told the crowd, smiling. “I am not running for president.”

Her well-received speech at the liberal Campaign For America’s Future (CAF) conference only underscores liberals’ growing frustration in finding an alternative to all but undeclared frontrunner and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Progressive groups such as CAF, which helped launch then-Sen. Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, have become increasingly more vocal about their concerns with Clintons’ economic policies.

They say former President Bill Clinton’s deregulatory policies in the 1990s helped contribute to the 2008 economic collapse, and question the Clintons’ ties to Wall St. donors.

“Hillary Clinton, if she decides to run, should be talking about the kinds of issues we’ve been talking about today,” said CAF co-founder Roger Hickey in an interview. “There are a lot of things that she hasn’t clarified.”

Last week, the Clintons offered an unapologetic defense of their economic policies in separate Washington speeches. Hillary, for her part, praised her husband’s economic record, while criticizing former President George Bush.

Bill was more forthright.

“Everybody acts like I sat in a closet and said, ‘What can I do for Wall Street today?'” the former president said at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 2014 Fiscal Summit last week.

The so-called “Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic party” has yet to find their candidate. Warren has insisted she’s not running. But other contenders lack her appeal to the base.

Earlier Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that former Montana Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer was interested in running as a progressive alternative to Clinton. And Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley as well as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are also considered to be mulling a run…..

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And they damn well know it!…Whatever Works on Social Security and taxes….

by  @ Whatever Works….

In the mid-80′s, Ronald Reagan sat down with Speaker Tip O’Neill and crafted a few fixes to secure Social Security as a self-funding program for the next quarter century. It worked, just as planned. They knew, as did congress then and as does congress now, that future congresses would be required to do the same from time to time. They knew then as they know now, that Social Security is sound policy and a sound program, unless . . . .

For nearly a century, this marvel of policy engineering has kept generations of our elders out of poverty.

For all of that time, it’s also had enemies, determined to destroy it. In the 80′s, Reagan and O’Neill and the sensible policy establishment (much more centrist them) in Washington hadn’t yet heard of Newt Gingrich or Grover Norquist orPete Peterson (well, those aforementoined  ’enemies’ had heard of Peterson all right – he financed them).  Nor did they know that a well-funded campaign was already underway to convince younger Americans that SS wouldn’t be there for them while engineering its destruction.

They’ve pretty much succeeded.

Because they knew that all it would take to break Social Security was to refuse to fix it.

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Few people are aware that Ronald Reagan started out as a union card carrying Democrat…..

The Dog…

Senator Sanders gives the Senate back after 8 1/2 Hours…….

(Senate Television via Associated Press)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has ended a marathon filibuster of the proposed tax compromise, ceding control of the Senate floor after more than 8 1/2 hours.

“It has been a very long day,” he said as he concluded his remarks, including a five-hour period in which he spoke without interruption. “I do believe that if the American people stand up … I think we can defeat this proposal. I think we can come up with a better proposal which better reflects the needs of the middle class.”