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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…
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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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Bernie Sanders IS after Warren supporters…

Actually?

This IS a smart move by the non-Democratic guy who is running from the left for the Democratic 2016 Presidential nomination…

Sen Warren (D-Mass) isn’t running and Sen Bernie Sanders  (I-VT) IS…….

Sanders (I-Vt.) reached out on Tuesday to Charles Chamberlain, executive director of the progressive organization Democracy for America, which, along with MoveOn, ran the Run Warren Run campaign.

“Senator Sanders called Charles on Tuesday and congratulated the Run Warren Run campaign for succeeding in helping to focus the upcoming election on populist, progressive issues,” said Neil Sroka, DFA communications director.

Sanders told Chamberlain that the Run Warren Run campaign succeeded in “building a movement to put progressive issues front and center,” he said.

MoveOn and the DFA announced the end of the $1 million Run Warren Run campaign on Tuesday.

Getting Democracy for America’s support could help Sanders, who has seen his polling numbers jump since he entered the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The group’s email lists and voter data would be important assets to his bid.

Sanders recently hired Kurt Ehrenberg, who previously worked on Run Warren Run, to spearhead his New Hampshire efforts, Sroka said.

Sroka said that the Sanders-Chamberlain phone conversation on Tuesday wasn’t the first time Sanders has talked with the DFA….

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The President vs the Democratic Left on Trade….

The President has lost round one to the Democratic left….

And the issue seems to have turned from trade to support for the Democratic left….

(Something that seems to to be an issue for Hillary Clinton also)

And of course Sen Eleazabeth Warren (D-Mass) in right in the middle of things …..

In the fourth quarter of his presidency, without another race to run, Barack Obama has gone to war with what he sees as an out-of-touch, stuck-in-old-thinking Washington liberal elite — Elizabeth Warren’s the most famous member, but AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and a coterie of Hill Democrats are up there with her.

Obama advisers say the president sees Democratic opponents of his trade agenda as just as detached from reality as Republicans in Congress who held four dozen Obamacare repeal votes or turned raising debt ceilings and fiscal cliffs into government crisis carnivals.

West Wing aides point to last week’s NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that showed deep and wide Democratic support for trade. Obama’s own poll numbers are up. And so a president who views his left-wing detractors as knee-jerk ninnies (as opposed to his view of himself as a true progressive who never acts out of politics, only taking positions because he’s thought things through more thoroughly than his opponents) has decided to let loose, they say.

The first failed trade vote on Tuesday, when Senate Democrats voted against even opening debate on granting Obama fast-track authority to negotiate a trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, was a temporary setback that means Obama’s going to step up the push. Obama aides went to work Tuesday night drawing up plans for the next round….

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Sen Warren meets with Progressive Group that has ties to the ‘Draft Warren’ movement…

The Politico piece has a Great Draft Warren teaser….

It’s NOT what is advertised….

It appears The Massachusetts Senator and staff had a get together , like Washington politicians do all the time with group of Progressives….The topic was how could they get Warren to keep at progressive idea’s they wanted heard during the 2016 campaign (Aimed at Hillary Clinton ?)….

According to Warren and staff they where NOT there to discuss her running….

She has been adamant that she is NOT running for President next year….

In an hourlong meeting with her staff and a 30-minute meeting with Warren, the group of about a half-dozen top progressive activists — including three who were active in the “Draft Warren” movement — did not discuss the draft campaign. Instead, the conversation focused on issues of social and racial justice. They highlighted specific issues the senator can use to influence the presidential debate in 2016 and, they hope, push Hillary Clinton to the left on issues including police brutality, immigration reform, the privatization of prisons, and reducing naturalization fees to promote naturalization, among other issues.

The meeting’s purpose was to see “how Elizabeth Warren, with her platform, could work with us to move a progressive vision for the country and really engage with communities of color,” said Jonathan Westin, director of New York Communities for Change, who attended. “That goes hand in hand with what she’s already doing.” Warren is addressing problems that are “part and parcel of what we believe is wrong with this country,” he said.

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Sen Warren earns Four Pinocchios on ‘auto dealer markups cost ‘…

The senator is fighting against the exemption of auto dealers from the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau….That’s a Good fight…

But it looks like the numbers she used against the industry are NOT correct….

The below from the the Washington Post Fact Checker people…

Sen. Warren has long objected to Congress’s decision to exempt automobile dealers from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which she helped set up as an adviser to the Obama administration. In a recent speech, she indicated that she will push Congress to eliminate this exemption and allow the CFPB to supervise loans made by car dealers.

We take no position on whether this is necessary — or whether auto dealers should be barred from arranging loans — but we did become curious about a statistic that Warren has frequently cited — that “auto dealer markups cost consumers $26 billion a year.” She referenced a 2011 report released by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), which describes itself as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that fights “predatory lending practices.”

How accurate is this $26 billion figure and is Warren describing it correctly?

As regular readers know, we hold politicians accountable for the accuracy of sources they cite. There are enough warning flags in the CRL report — such as its lack of transparency on how the $26 billion number was calculated — that would have given a close reader pause. The National Automobile Dealers Association in 2012 submitted to the FTC a lengthy rebuttal of the report that also raised serious questions about the research.

But besides citing a faulty number, Warren misleadingly says it represents “auto dealer mark-ups.” The group that produced the report said that figure includes reasonable compensation owed to car dealers. She earns Four Pinocchios….

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Elizabeth Warren has Obama’s back on The Iran Deal……..

What can we say?

For those on the Right….. and Left…

Warren isn’t fighting her President on something….

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) expressed support on Friday for the tentative Iranian nuclear deal during the premiere episode of “The HuffPost Show.”

There is still much debate ahead about the deal — the product of 18 months of controversial negotiations aimed to limit the country’s nuclear capabilities — but Warren told hosts Roy Sekoff and Marc Lamont Hill that negotiations are the best bet for the Middle East at the moment.

“Here’s the bottom line. Finding a negotiated solution, something that works, something that doesn’t involve trusting, something that involves verifying that Iran is not moving toward developing a nuclear weapon, that is our best promise in the region,” Warren said. “And so far, when everyone says they don’t like this deal — not everyone certainly, [but] the people who do say it — the real question is, ‘And what’s the alternative here? What have you got as the next best move?'”

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Sen Warren will vote for Schumer to lead Senate Democrats…

The Progressive/Lefty rookie Senator is supporting New York Senator Chuck Schumer for the leadership role in the Senate next year….

We should know that with the touch evidently going to Schumer , he will now be essentially the co-US senate Majority leader for the next 18 months….

Since Reid announced his decision Friday not to seek reelection, Schumer has received endorsements from his top colleagues in the Senate, including potential challengers Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.). Reid himself quickly pushed Schumer as his replacement, hours after announcing his retirement.

Some liberal groups were quick to push Warren to challenge for the post, but the freshman senator and big bank critic quickly shot down the notion.

Some outside liberal groups had suggested Schumer was too close to the financial industry that plays a major role in his home state, but Warren dismissed the idea when asked about it Monday.

“Look, I worry about everyone being too close to Wall Street,” she said. “But there are people who have said, ‘I’m going to fight for middle class families. I’m going to get out there and make this happen.’ ”

Warren ran down a number of areas where she sees common ground with Schumer. In addition to the consumer bureau, she mentioned providing student loan relief and protecting Social Security…

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