Tag Archives: US Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass)

Elizabeth Warren as a ‘ Brand’ takes off….

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She is a one woman merchandising storm including Prayer candles. Action figures. Temporary tattoos. Coloring books. and more….

“Elizabeth Warren is an increasingly popular brand that people want to associate with,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “She’s the Apple of politics.”

It’s impossible to know the true size of the Warren merchandising-industrial complex. The bulk of it exists beyond the senator’s control on sites like online marketplace Etsy. And her campaign, which hosts its own online store, declined to disclose the exact amount of money it raises from merchandise sales.

But it’s safe to say no other senator has anything like it.

Warren’s campaign store has expanded beyond traditional political fare such as buttons, bumper stickers, tote bags and t-shirts to offer a line of products that capitalize on the “Nevertheless, she persisted” meme spawned by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s much-publicized admonishment of Warren on the Senate floor earlier this year…..

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Trump supporter Geoff Diehl to join the crowd running against Sen Warren….

…from the Boston Globe….

State Representative Geoff Diehl, a Whitman Republican and top local supporter of President Trump, formalized his 2018 US Senate bid Tuesday, promising a populist approach in his effort to topple Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

“Can anybody in this room name for me one accomplishment by our current senior senator?” Diehl asked.

Addressing a cheering, standing-room-only, crowd at a VFW post in his hometown, Diehl recalled his underdog legislative victory in 2010 and said he would wage a similarly spirited challenge to Warren.

“Let’s make history again,” Diehl said in remarks laced with sports references. “Let’s win the ‘people’s seat’ back like we did in 2010.”

Diehl has curried support with the party’s right-wing grass roots more aggressively and successfully than any other candidate in the race, hoping to leverage the disproportionately conservative primary electorate to the Republican nomination. His ties to Trump, though, could complicate a general election, whose voters are far less sanguine about the president.

The Republican field is getting crowded….

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Sen Warren turns to embrace the media…

Unknown to most progressives that swear by Massachusetts  Democratic Senator  Elizabeth Warren….

She is NOT Media friendly….

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And she HAS issues with support in her state……

(The 2020 presidential talk is just that…Outside Talk)

That was up to now…

Facing a  re-election she has done about face….

Elizabeth Warren’s creative media-dodging habits are a running joke among her home-state press corps. Whenever the senator makes a public appearance, Massachusetts reporters know to keep one eye fixed on the exit doors.

But that might be changing.

In just the last week alone, the notoriously press-averse progressive icon held three open-to-media events back home, followed by lengthy huddles with reporters on a wide range of issues ranging from her Senate votes to Donald Trump’s wiretapping accusations to the 2020 race.

Following her most recent press availability in Worcester, she shook hands with the half-dozen assembled reporters — and even asked if everyone “got what they needed.”

In Boston and Washington, where Warren is known for being as stingy with the media on Capitol Hill as back home, the sudden thaw has political operatives questioning what’s behind the change of heart.

“I always wondered why she wasn’t more accommodating to the press. You can be combative, it can be confrontational, but it’s always a long-term much better strategy to engage with the press,” said Democratic strategist Scott Ferson. “It’s not as if she has to be concerned about engagement with the press. She’s good on her feet.”

Yet you wouldn’t know it from some of Warren’s inventive attempts to evade the media. In addition to standard refusals to answer questions, the senator has bolted out side doors to avoid interviews and gone to great lengths to avoid questions such as who did she vote for in the Democratic presidential primary.

With Warren up for re-election in 2018, the first-term Democratic senator now has plenty of incentive to amp up her media profile back home. The state Republican Party has stepped up its attacks on her over the last year, and it might be leaving a bruise: A January poll sent shockwaves through the state by reporting that 46 percent of respondents said it’s time for someone else to have a shot at the Senate….

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren tells Democrats to ‘stiffen their spines’…..

Sen Warren is against a Bipartisan supported bill known as the 21st Century Cures Act which is up for a vote and IS supported by Vice President Biden and scores of Democrats….The language of the Bill is not set and some are NOT happy with parts of it…..Some Democrats are pushing for some control on high drug prices

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16:  U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) addresses the 10th annual Make Progress National Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center July 16, 2015 in Washington, DC.  Hundreds of youth leaders, student activists, and organizers gather for the convention which is organized by Generation Progress, the youth engagement arm of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday told Democrats to stiffen their spines, reminding them that “the majority of voters supported Democratic Senate candidates over Republicans ones, and the majority supported a Democratic presidential candidate over a Republican one.”

The remark came as Warren took to the Senate floor to oppose a bill originally intended to spur medical innovation but which she now says has been “hijacked” by the pharmaceutical industry. The bill, known as the 21st Century Cures Act, has reportedly attracted the attention of “more than 1,455 lobbyists representing 400 companies.” That means lots of money is at stake.

“I do not care how many campaign contributions they dump into Congressional pockets,” Warren said in a spirited speech, “I do not care how painful they can make life for politicians who oppose them, I will not be their lackey.”

But Warren’s call to abandon the legislation was wrapped in a broader appeal to Democrats to gird for a fight as Republicans prepare to take full control of the government even though both the senate and the executive lack the support of a majority of American voters.

Republicans are taking over Congress. They are taking over the White House. But Republicans do not have majority support in this country. The majority of voters supported Democratic Senate candidates over Republicans ones, and the majority supported a Democratic Presidential candidate over a Republican one. (Emphasis added.)

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Earlier post on this bill here…
CONGRESS GETS READY TO PASS A DRUG, CANCER RESEARCH AND MENTAL HEALTH BILL…

Sen. Warren and Both parties Senators tear Wells Fargo CEO a new one…

The Bank has announced that they have fired up to 2,500 employee’s for creating false accounts to make money…..

Bank of America  Chief Executive Officer John Stumpf  walked into a verbal Buzz Saw up infront  of the Banking Committee of the US Senate this morning….

Wells Fargo & Co. Chief Executive Officer John Stumpf needs to step down, give back his compensation and face criminal prosecution for a scandal in which the bank opened 2 million unauthorized customer accounts, Senator Elizabeth Warren said.

“You should resign,” the Massachusetts Senator told Stumpf Tuesday as he testified before the Senate Banking Committee in Washington.

“You should give back the money you took while this scam was going on and you should be criminally investigated by both the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

Warren led a chorus of criticism against Stumpf as both Republicans and Democrats blasted Wells Fargo, demanding more accountability from the company’s leadership. The bank agreed to pay $185 million to authorities including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after a review found employees opened accounts and credit cards without customers’ permission. Stumpf, his right arm wrapped in a bandage, told lawmakers he was “deeply sorry” and detailed a five-year timeline of attempts the bank made to deter misconduct.

“The Wells Fargo board is actively engaged in this issue,” said Stumpf, 63. “The board has the tools to hold senior management accountable, including me and Carrie Tolstedt, the former head of our retail banking business….

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Eliazbeth Warren wants veto power over Clinton appointments…

Politico is out with a piece that seems to say that Hillary Clinton will defer to Warren’s Progressives in dealing with the Bank’s and Wall Street from a Clinton administration….

We’ll see how far a President Clinton will go with Warren’s wishes….

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her allies aren’t waiting for Election Day: Months before the votes have been counted, they’re already exerting pressure on Hillary Clinton’s transition team over key hiring decisions.

Warren’s coalition is developing a hit list of the types of people they’ll oppose — what one source called “hell no” appointments — in a Clinton administration. They’re vowing to fight nominees with ties to big banks, and warn against corporate executives assuming government roles in regulating the industries that made them rich. Warren has a mantra — “personnel is policy” — and behind the scenes, Warren, her allies and a left-leaning think tank affiliated with her have fanned out to try to influence the Clinton hiring process long before the election results come in…..

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Elizabeth Warren is ON Trump’s case BIG TIME…And helping Herself…

Hillary Clinton IS gonna end up owning  Sen Elizabeth Warren TONS of political capital….

Warren is throwing down on Donald Trump with GUSTO…….

All of this , without ACTUALLY endorsing Clinton, is shrewd politics for Warren, who was smart enough NOT to have jumped on Sanders bandwagon but carves out a place for HERSELF…..

Elizabeth Warren is taking her war with Donald Trump to a new level, and it goes well beyond her usual 140-character Twitter attacks on the likely GOP presidential nominee.

The Massachusetts senator on Tuesday night dedicated a speech to rallying opposition against Trump — calling him a “small, insecure moneygrubber” who she said is “kissing the fannies of poor, misunderstood Wall Street bankers.”

“He inherited a fortune from his father, and kept it going by scamming people, declaring bankruptcy and skipping out on what he owed,” Warren said in prepared remarks, calling into question Trump’s bona fides as a populist champion.

The assaults on Trump are becoming Warren’s signature contribution to the Democratic Party’s attempt to retake the WhiHouse…..

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren …’McCarthyism’ from the left ?…and New Retirement Rules/Regs coming…

Warren goes after another one….

All it took was an hour of damaging Twitter comments and press attention, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren had claimed another prize.

News broke at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday that the liberal Massachusetts firebrand was blasting Brookings Institution scholar Robert Litan because a mutual-fund company paid for his research criticizing an Obama administration proposal to regulate the industry. By 9:30 a.m., Litan — an economist and former adviser to President Bill Clinton — was out.That, despite indications from Brookings’ senior management just the night before that it would all blow over.

The events show Warren’s snowballing power to use her celebrity and her sway over social media as she battles to keep Wall Street influence out of Washington. The Litan episode follows her successful attempt to torpedo the nomination of banker Antonio Weiss for a Treasury position requiring Senate confirmation earlier this year. And it comes as Warren’s allies are pushing back against any potential nominees to the Securities and Exchange Commissionn with corporate ties.

Litan’s departure is already prompting backlash among some economists and rival think tankers, who say Warren’s crusade and Brookings’ response could have a chilling effect on research.

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Meanwhile here’s the overview of the fight over making reirement  advisors put their clients interst BEFORE their push to make money …..Something THAT should be paramount….

Why Wall Street Is Howling Over The Big New Reform Coming Down The Pike

The Obama administration is moving forward with a plan that could bring a sea change to how retirement advisors must treat their clients, while financial industry-allies in Congress engage in another round of push back.

The new rules for retirement advisors that the President and consumer advocates are pushing address a conflict of interest the White House estimates costs retirement savers $17 billion annually. The problem? Contrary to what many investors believe, the advisors who direct them to retirement funds are not always required to act in their clients’ best interests…

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Hillary Clinton supports bill limiting payouts and lobbying for private/government employment…

Highlevel government employees often leverage their government jobs into  higher paydays as they move back and forth between government and private jobs.

Hillary Clinton has announced that she is supporting a bill that will set limits to that practice….

She has no problem with private people moving into government jobs with expetise in certain fields…

But the partice of finacial companies accerating huge compensation package to those people, and the some of those people being involed with the very comaponies they have left would be cuttailed or outlawed in a bill supposed by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis)  and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)….

Oh, and Clinton gets Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.)  support on this….

The Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act, which is sponsored in the Senate by Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and in the House by Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), would ban golden parachutes and crack down on other conflicts of interest in government. Progressive groups, who believe that the revolving door between the private sector and the government fosters corruption, had written a letter to Clinton last week asking her to clarify whether she supported the legislation. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has called it “a bill any presidential candidate should be able to cheer for.”

Clinton voiced her support for the bill in an op-ed for The Huffington Post co-written with Baldwin. Their blog post argues that government workers with private sector experience are usually an “asset, and not a liability,” but “in some cases it can affect the public trust — for example, if a public servant’s past and future are tied to the financial industry. That’s when people start worrying that the foxes are guarding the hen house.”

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Biden and Warren have NOT been the best of friends….

With Joe Biden possible run against Hillary thing up and running in the media for the past few days…..

And the Vice President having and meeting with the Democratic Senator from Massachusetts…

(A possible running mate for Biden some wondered?)

The Boston Globe went back and checked on how the two have been with each other in the past….

Rocky,  would be a good answer….

A look at the public record shows that clashes between the pair began more than a decade ago. The fraught relationship has improved in recent years, but their past would complicate a potential alliance should he decide to run for president — and, as some have speculated, ask her to join him on a ticket.

Biden was an early opponent of Warren as she cut her teeth in national politics, and he became one of the first in a long list of Democrats to be called out by her for not sufficiently supporting the pro-middle class policies that she has made a reputation promoting.

There’s the lengthy letter she penned in 2002 to The New York Times. In the missive she accused him of taking a position that made it harder for women to overcome debt and suggested a reason why: His home state is a place “where many banks and credit-card issuers are incorporated,” she wrote.

Three years later they were still at it, continuing to debate on consumer debt, with Biden accusing her in 2005 of making a “mildly demagogic” argument as a witness before his Judiciary committee.

At one point Biden interrupted Warren as she testified. “That is not my question,” he snapped. “I would like you to answer my question.”

Although there has been less outright bickering between the two in recent years, they’ve hardly developed close ties….

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Political Roundup for August 24, 2015…Warren 2018 Senate run…Maybe?…RRH Elections

Senate:

IN-Sen: State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) is considering a run for US Senate. Delph would likely shoot for the antiestablishment side of the primary with Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R), while Rep. Todd Young (R) and Coats staffer Eric Holcomb (R) would remain on the establishment side of the spectrum.

KY-Sen: The KYGOP approved Sen. Rand Paul’s (R) caucus plan, which will allow Paul to run for both Senate re-election and the Presidency while getting around Kentucky’s prohibition on seeking multiple offices on the same ballot. The decision was contingent on Paul footing the bill for the caucus.

MA-Sen ’18: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) is refusing to commit to a run for re-election in 2018, suggesting she may be considering some sort of executive position….

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It’s too late for a Warren run for Democrats…

Like a game of ‘Bop the mole”……

Democratic candidates keep being talked up….

It’s too late people…

Hillary HAS moved vaguely to the left…

But having her move too far isn’t gonna happen….

She co-oped several of Sen. Warren’s policies….

She has also allowed  Sen. Sanders to push her….

But Biden, Sanders and especially Warren simply do NOT have the money, organization and support anymore to overtake Hillary Clinton….(Hillary just about OWNS Black  and Latino Democrats)

Even if some people are worried about Clinton handling the emails thing….

If Warren had run for president, she would have put Clinton on her heels, liberals say.

“The enthusiasm, the energy that Warren tapped into would have made her an incredibly strong contender. She obviously decided not to get in the race but there’s no doubt that her agenda is exactly where the primary electorate is,” said Ilya Sheyman, the executive director of MoveOn.org, which helped launch the “Run Warren Run” campaign.

Sheyman argues the race is still wide open and is pushing Clinton to embrace, as has Warren, a proposal to expand Social Security. Her campaign rivals, Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, have already done so.

“Progressives are incredibly eager to hear if Secretary Clinton will come out for expanding Social Security. At this point it’s a wide open race and we’re looking forward to vigorous conversations,” he said.

But not all Democrats agree that Warren would have given Clinton a viable challenge. Some say she would struggle, like Sanders has, in appealing to African-American and Latino voters.

Joe Trippi, a strategist who served as campaign manager of Howard Dean’s insurgent liberal bid in 2004, downplayed Clinton’s vulnerability.

“If she were threatened and her supporters thought, ‘Hillary is in trouble,’ there would be more energy in her campaign,” he said. “The majority of people don’t see Bernie Sanders as a threat yet.”

He noted that in Democratic presidential primaries going back to 1984, African Americans have been a key demographic, and argued that Clinton has those voters in her camp at this point. He said a potential game changer would be if Obama endorsed Sanders, but virtually no one in Washington expects that to happen…..

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