The Democratic National Committee drives their midterm “blue wave” off a high cliff

Two months after adopting a resolution prohibiting donations from fossil fuel companies (in a unanimous vote), DNC Chair Tom Perez has introduced a new resolution to reverse course.

Party insider Perez, who beat out progressive Keith Ellison for the chairmanship in 2017, has issued some blather about this move somehow supporting the American worker.

Instead, this action will turn off all the young progressives that the party needs to turn out, in order to have any hope of breaking the current Republican hegemony. You’d almost think he was getting his orders from Putin.

So Tom Perez, you quisling, Bite Me!

Source: Democratic National Committee Proposes Reversing Its Ban On Fossil Fuel Donations | HuffPost

Sanders campaign accessed Clinton voter data

Bernie Sanders apologized to Hillary Clinton in the third Democratic debate hosted by ABC News after his staffers accessed Clinton’s voter data. “Yes, I apologize,” he said when asked whether Clinton was owed an apology. “I very much appreciate that comment, Bernie,” Clinton responded.

Quick summary: A Bernie Sanders staffer accessed Clinton voter data on a DNC computer. DNC cut off Sanders campaign’s access to DNC voter data. Sanders sued DNC, fired staffer, apologized to Clinton. DNC restored access.

Sounds like everyone is happy now.

But just a day before, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver accused the DNC of theft:

Two million contributions have come in. Those contributions paid for the data that the DNC has stolen. Those voters and volunteers — that’s their data. That’s not Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s data.

It was a classic Big Lie.

Sanders accused the DNC of theft, but if there was any theft, it was Sanders’ employees who stole Clinton’s voter data.

A new kind of candidate?

Bullshit.

Source: Bernie Sanders Apologizes to Hillary Clinton Over Accessing Voter Data – Yahoo

Senate Intelligence Committee Passes Bill That Codifies, Expands NSA Powers

Matt Sledge in the HuffPo writes: “Just days after expressing outrage over reports of widespread surveillance of foreign leaders by the National Security Agency, Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif. pushed through the Senate Intelligence Committee on an 11-4 vote a bill that enshrines the bulk collection of Americans’ phone call records into law, and expands the agency’s authority to track foreign nationals who enter the United States.”

Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. commented: “The Feinstein bill is terrible and would make things worse.”

via Senate Intelligence Committee Passes Bill That Codifies, Expands NSA Powers.

The Scumbag List: the nastiest, most relentlessly negative political voices

Joel Connelly says, “Sifting through a political writer’s e-mail press releases at the start of each day and week is a job akin to handling moldy garbage.” So he made a list of the worst offenders and unloaded with both barrels. Click the link: SeattlePI.com ScumBag List.