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Here's a medley of stories about Senator Elizabeth Warren that might be called Senator Warren's Busy Morning.

Gabrielle Levy reports Warren, Democrats urge passage of student loan bill, which would allow "people people to refinance their student loans to 3.68 percent interest."

 

In introducing the legislation last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said it had twin goals of driving down the $1.2 trillion in student loan debt, and shrinking the profits the federal government pulls in from the interest payments on those loans.

"College affordability is about economics and about our values," Warren said. "We want to offer the same opportunity for those who got an education, but right now the law works for billionaires."

She was joined by Sens. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Chuck Schumer of New York, Al Franken of Minnesota, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Jack Reed of Rhode Island, five of the bill's 27 co-sponsors.

"We need to let students refinance their loans like others do with their homes," Franken said. Added Reed: "We need to give people a fair shot at a better life, a better America."

A Pew study just found that those under 40 who graduated without student load debt have a net worth nearly seven times those who have student debt.


Matt Sludge of the Huffington Post write Elizabeth Warren Blasts FCC Net Neutrality Plan: 'Just One More Way The Playing Field Is Tilted'

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) blasted the Federal Communication Commission's recent proposal to let internet service providers charge for access to their customers, saying it would "gut" the principle of net neutrality.

"We don’t know who is going to have the next big idea in this country, but we’re pretty sure they’re going to need to get online to do it," Warren wrote on her Facebook page Wednesday. "Reports that the FCC may gut net neutrality are disturbing, and would be just one more way the playing field is tilted for the rich and powerful who have already made it."

Warren's voice is the latest to join a chorus of Democratic lawmakers like Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) who aren't happy with the FCC proposal, which represents a reversal from President Barack Obama's previous position on net neutrality. But her statement goes a bit further in tying the potential end of net neutrality to her trademark theme of an America rigged against the middle class and for big business.

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George Zornick of The Nation reports Elizabeth Warren Reveals Inside Details of Trade Talks suggesting it should be scuttled. I agree having read elsewhere it subverts "local" environmental legisation.  

One of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s top priorities since coming to Washington has been opening up ongoing international trade talks to public scrutiny—she has, on several occasions, criticized the secret nature of the negotiations, and has pressed the administration’s trade representative directly about transparency.

“From what I hear, Wall Street, pharmaceuticals, telecom, big polluters and outsourcers are all salivating at the chance to rig the deal in the upcoming trade talks. So the question is why are the trade talks secret? You’ll love this answer. Boy, the things you learn on Capitol Hill,” Warren said. “I actually have had supporters of the deal say to me ‘They have to be secret, because if the American people knew what was actually in them, they would be opposed.’”

“Think about that. Real people, people whose jobs are at stake, small business owners who don’t want to compete with overseas companies that dump their waste in rivers and hire workers for a dollar a day—those people, people without an army of lobbyists—they would be opposed. I believe if people across this country would be opposed to a particular trade agreement, then maybe that trade agreement should not happen.”

Well, Senator Warren has had a busy morning standing up for the common good of working people, students, and regular Americans. Senator Warren also answered reporter's questions about her new book "A Fighting Chance," describing her heroic efforts working on behalf of the average American against the powerful financial interest and lobbyists who have such a strong influence over Washington.

I have no information yet, on what she plans to do after lunch. I'll let you know if I hear anything.  

Originally posted to HoundDog on Thu May 15, 2014 at 11:47 AM PDT.

Also republished by Massachusetts Kosmopolitans.

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Even though Senator Warren has firmly said she will not run for president in 2016 do you sometimes have wistful thoughts wishing that she, or someone like her, would run?

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  •  Please Ms? Can we have some more ... (18+ / 0-)

    ..progressives just like this!

    “Without a struggle, there can be no progress.” ― Frederick Douglass

    by TrueBlueMountaineer on Thu May 15, 2014 at 11:57:33 AM PDT

    •  Yes, please. (8+ / 0-)

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      by HoundDog on Thu May 15, 2014 at 12:00:45 PM PDT

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    •  Your poll makes no sense! (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, HoundDog

      If you want to go from point A to B and you are at A, why would you say, "Yes, I want to go to point B really bad, but since I really don't believe I can walk that far, I'll just decide to go to C because it's easier."

      With that kind of logic we have Barack Obama, a country that is out of control totally, and it seems to be getting more out of control each day. We have to change our approach.

      We will get to point B if we just decide to go there and not get sidetracked.

      Remember Obama vs. Clinton?  How did that happen?  It happened because We the People said yes to Obama, who also said he wasn't running for President during his first term in the US Senate.  Remember that?  

      I'd be happy if you made a YES WE CAN ELECT HER option.  You really didn't give us that option in the poll!!

      •  What do you mean victoria2dc? The first option is (3+ / 0-)
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        YES which 73% of people have chosen?

        Is your complaint that I said "sometimes have wistful thoughts?"

        If so, that I quess I could see. The original poll was going to be just about her.  I had not yet put put in the "or someone like her" and since she as made clear she had no intention of running, even promising us in Massachusetts in December she would finish her six year term making a 2016 run impossible I had to put in the "sometimes wistful" words.

        But, in retrospect, I agree with you, when I added the phrase, "or someone like here," I should have taking out the "sometimes wistful" prepositional phrase."

        I remember the thought I was having at that moment was we do not have anyone "just like her" except maybe "Bernie Sanders" who is an independent' and 72 or older.

        Maybe Al Franken, who is not quite as charming and not a woman so I'm not sure he would have the same draw.  

        OK, I concede your point. Sorry, I can't change it now.

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        by HoundDog on Fri May 16, 2014 at 09:16:13 AM PDT

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  •  Elizabeth Warren is one of the few politicians (14+ / 0-)

    who speaks to me on 60% of the issues.  In this day and age, I'll take it.  Warren for President.  

    •  and the 40% (2+ / 0-)
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      she hasn't yet weighed in?

      plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

      by anna shane on Fri May 16, 2014 at 07:43:54 AM PDT

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      •  As I said above... (2+ / 0-)
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        Obama said the same thing.  He ran, we elected him. Remember?  It was not easy to run down the Clinton machine, but he did it with our help (ugh... and I do have regrets)!

        We can do it again.

        •  And she's even better than Obama was. (1+ / 0-)
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          She's the real deal, and groundbreaking as well.

          "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

          by elwior on Fri May 16, 2014 at 08:17:31 AM PDT

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        •  always turns into the cat fight? (3+ / 0-)
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          Why can't progressives admire one woman without needing to disparage another one?  shake my head and wonder

          Jill got fired from her job at the NYT, paid less and complained.  Running down the "Clinton machine" offends me, as a woman who was around when all those smears got started.  

          I heart Elizabeth and she'd never disparage Hillary. If or when Hillary announces, Elizabeth will endorse her and she'll explain why, and it'll be on the issues not on past smears.  

          plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

          by anna shane on Fri May 16, 2014 at 08:30:36 AM PDT

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          •  She said she's not endorsing, (1+ / 0-)
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            that she's focusing on the upcoming elections.
               She'll be out there campaigning.

            "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

            by elwior on Fri May 16, 2014 at 12:14:02 PM PDT

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            •  yes (1+ / 0-)
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              and  anyway she can't cause Hillary hasn't said she's running, so it's not possible. Elizabeth is working on the '14 election, she doesn't want to get ahead of that.  She signed the letter urging Hillary to run, but you and I have a bet, that she'll endorse but only after Hillary is clear about what her positions are regarding  consumer protections and wall street rules.  She'll want clarity for her signature, as well she should. But that will be after Hillary announces which will be after the mid-terms.

              plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

              by anna shane on Fri May 16, 2014 at 02:13:14 PM PDT

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        •  He did it with massive corporate help (1+ / 0-)
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          and told his faithful that their small Internet contributions did it.

          American Presidents: 43 men, 0 women. Ready for Hillary

          by atana on Fri May 16, 2014 at 11:41:22 AM PDT

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  •  I think the case is that if she got (2+ / 0-)
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    Elected the makeup of the senate and house would force her rightwards.

    Obama is the most progressive president in my lifetime.

    by freakofsociety on Thu May 15, 2014 at 12:56:55 PM PDT

  •  All very deliberate (9+ / 0-)

    MOR solutions and comments from Sen.Warren.
    The US has a student debt problem that is wedely hobbling consumer demand and holding back a generation. (or two) So Warren wants to begin to fix the problem. Moderately.
    In an increasingly connected world & amidst a growing knowledge based economy,Warren sees that it will be detrimental to tier off the Internet. So she is opposed to doing so.Sensible .
    In this connected world and global marketplace,Warren wants an open & democratic process as the US works out gigantic trade deals that will affect every single segment of the US economy. Again,hardly a radical idea unless you are a lobbyist.Reasonable Approach
    In short,the senior Democratic Senator from Massachusetts is supporting the pragmatic,commonsense and moderate positions here.
    And as a lefty,I can appreciate that and so do my oldschool GOP neighbors. Common Sense 2016
     

    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Thu May 15, 2014 at 01:05:47 PM PDT

  •  A most excellent poll (6+ / 0-)

    still laughing, in a sad way.

    •  Thanks Choco8. I'm glad someone is. I put a lot of (2+ / 0-)
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      thought into trying to make these funny and hardly anyone one notices. I think many times they compare favorably to the level of David Letterman's top 10 lists --- although I admit that not a big claim.  But those are professional writers who get paid!!!!  I do his out of pure love. ♥♥♥

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      by HoundDog on Thu May 15, 2014 at 06:47:16 PM PDT

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  •  I would not like to see Elizabeth Warren (7+ / 0-)

    as Vice President - she is much more effective as a Senator.  That said, I doubt she could be had as Vice President.

    An illusion can never be destroyed directly... SK.

    by Thomas Twinnings on Thu May 15, 2014 at 02:05:26 PM PDT

    •  I agree. (5+ / 0-)

      I think Senator Warren is an incredible advocate for .... well everyone, actually. Even those who would disagree with her policy positions will end up benefiting from them. She is very strong in her advocacy for the "common man" (and woman!).

      I wish her a long and illustrious career in the U.S. Senate. Look ahead, Harry Reid will retire someday, wouldn't Senator Elizabeth Warren be a powerful and effective Majority Leader? Think about the long game.

      That's where I think she will be most effective and for the longest time. Remember, she sits in Ted Kennedy's seat.

    •  I agree too. I want to see her as president. --nt (7+ / 0-)

      And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

      by Pale Jenova on Fri May 16, 2014 at 07:31:56 AM PDT

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      •  What a wonderful thought. (2+ / 0-)
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        by HoundDog on Fri May 16, 2014 at 09:19:52 AM PDT

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  •  3.68%. Finally, a serious proposal from Warren (4+ / 0-)
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    Her last flier was to match the Fed's 30-day emergency loan rate of .25%.  That was not serious.

    Rec.  I fully support this.

    "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Thomas Paine

    by shrike on Thu May 15, 2014 at 03:07:35 PM PDT

    •  Why shouldn't we invest in our future? (7+ / 0-)

      Why not educate people? Ignorance is much more expensive.

      Also, student loans at the Fed rate would get a ton of young people out to vote.

      I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

      Trust, but verify. - Reagan
      Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

      by Words In Action on Thu May 15, 2014 at 03:38:00 PM PDT

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      •  We should! (3+ / 0-)
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        Rec.  I fully support this.
        For anyone that attends college.  Anyone!

        "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Thomas Paine

        by shrike on Thu May 15, 2014 at 03:44:50 PM PDT

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        •  Right, but why not at the Fed's 30-day (4+ / 0-)
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          HoundDog, dfarrah, elwior, quill

          emergency loan rate of .25%?

          That would bring the cost way down and create a huge voting incentive to young voters.

          I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

          Trust, but verify. - Reagan
          Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

          by Words In Action on Thu May 15, 2014 at 04:43:20 PM PDT

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          •  Because our only source for the money is (4+ / 0-)
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            the US Treasury and they borrow at higher rates.  Without looking a 1 year bill is around 1%, the 10 year is 2ish % and the 30 year is about 3.6% - which is probably where Senator Warren gets her rate.

            The Fed is independent and any Congressional effort to require them to back student loans would fail or maybe even be illegal.  

            "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Thomas Paine

            by shrike on Fri May 16, 2014 at 06:51:27 AM PDT

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            •  The Fed wants you to believe they are independent (1+ / 0-)
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              ... but they really are not.

              The Fed was (of course) created by Congress.  And Congress has decreed that the goals of the Fed are: 1) control inflation; 2) control unemployment.  There really is no reason why Congress could not add another goal - promote education.

              "But all in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me." - bush, summing up his first year in office, 3 months after 9/11, Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2001

              by rmx2630 on Fri May 16, 2014 at 06:00:21 PM PDT

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              •  Of course they could. The Fed is entirely (1+ / 0-)
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                beholden to Congress.

                3) Lender of last resort - the final Fed stipulation.   Very important - that one.

                "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Thomas Paine

                by shrike on Fri May 16, 2014 at 06:55:05 PM PDT

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    •  I think no interest (6+ / 0-)
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      We should be paying our kids to get educated.  imo

      plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

      by anna shane on Fri May 16, 2014 at 07:45:53 AM PDT

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      •  I could support that. Or at the same rate we give (2+ / 0-)
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        elwior, Nulwee

        to banks. I think it  is called the risk free rate.

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        by HoundDog on Fri May 16, 2014 at 09:20:53 AM PDT

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  •  "A Fair Shot for Everyone." (3+ / 0-)
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    Who puts banners with slogans on their table when they are making speeches?

    Is she running for something?

    The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

    by dfarrah on Thu May 15, 2014 at 07:02:19 PM PDT

  •  To use a term from the recent popular movie series (5+ / 0-)
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    "Hunger Games", Senator Warren is the political Katniss Everdeen, "Girl on Fire" in the constant claim to not wanting to run for President.  The real important issue here is that she is "hitting all the right buttons" with her policy positions and statements, and by her actions.

    My, my, my...  She is giving many in the corporate halls of the DNC some serous heartburn these days.

    What will this "Girl On Fire "do is the real big question.  The Clinton folks have to be shitting bricks, and wondering the very same thing right now:  That is if they haven't given Warren a good "reality talk" and she has really pledged she would not challenge the DNC's hand picked, ordained corporate darling choice in the Presidential rigged horse race.

    The next installment of this series is around the corner...  Till then, I, as many others in this country ask Senator Warren to keep on doing what she is doing, and hopefully there will some good that will come of it.  

    We all need some real, genuine honest to goodness "hope and change", and not more of the "meet the new boss, same as the old boss" style of appeasing weak governance while maintaining the usual lobbyist takers and abusers of the commons that manipulate with their "free speech" payola of those that sit comfortable in their DC legislative offices.

    "Girl On Fire":  What will you do next?

    “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

    by LamontCranston on Fri May 16, 2014 at 07:58:13 AM PDT

    •  More likely Warren understands she doesn't have (1+ / 0-)
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      a shot at the presidency in 2016 (assuming she even wants one, which is far from certain). And she's not willing to be the tool of those who merely want to prevent Hillary from becoming president.

      And, while many of Warren's fans here hate Hillary, there's no evidence Warren herself does. She can probably see that having Hillary in the WH would be good for the country.

      American Presidents: 43 men, 0 women. Ready for Hillary

      by atana on Fri May 16, 2014 at 11:59:16 AM PDT

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  •  Not yet (2+ / 0-)
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    She probably has more clout and impact right where she is now than she would as President. No really.

    •  No, not really. (4+ / 0-)
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      The presidency is a very powerful position. A single Senator, not anywhere close.

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Fri May 16, 2014 at 08:52:54 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, I'd have to say the President has more power. (1+ / 0-)
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        And, she could always go back to being a Senator if she wanted to afterwards.

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        by HoundDog on Fri May 16, 2014 at 09:22:28 AM PDT

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  •  I vote "other" (5+ / 0-)
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    ...because the part of the question that states "or someone like her" is a false premise. There is no "someone like" Elizabeth Warren. It's got to be her.

    But since Sen. Warren is my senator, I tend to be selfish because I want Massachusetts to hold onto her for a bit longer. I think the Senate would benefit from holding onto her for a bit longer.

    Plus, if Warren resigns from the Senate, then Scott Brown will take up his carpetbag, move back to Massachusetts, and be a pain in the ass. And who wants that.

    •  Fair enough. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. (1+ / 0-)
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      I had the same thoughts when I put in that phrase. There is no one else like here, and it created another problem, I didn't anticipate. So I should have left it out.

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      by HoundDog on Fri May 16, 2014 at 09:23:38 AM PDT

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    •  Tru dat. (1+ / 0-)
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      There is no "someone like" Elizabeth Warren.
      She's unique and in a very good way.
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      It will never happen for the first time until it does.

      by catilinus on Sat May 17, 2014 at 07:56:49 AM PDT

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  •  I live in Maine, but I am damned happy (2+ / 0-)
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    that I was born in Massachusetts.

    SPES MEA IN DEO EST.

    by commonmass on Fri May 16, 2014 at 11:12:25 AM PDT

  •  She's not going to run for POTUS...nor should she. (0+ / 0-)

    That doesn't mean I wouldn't love to see Elizabeth Warren sitting in the Oval Office.  It means that, at least at this moment of history, she can be far more important functioning as a template for other progressive candidates for Congress...and as the voice and face of the changing Democratic Party.

    At this moment, the country is not yet ready for a progressive President.  But by building on the foundation of progressive change that Senator Warren has helped to establish, the country as a whole could surpass that tipping point - if not by 2020, then possibly by 2024.

    All that is necessary for the triumph of the Right is that progressives do nothing.

    by Mystic Michael on Fri May 16, 2014 at 11:16:53 AM PDT

  •  I voted other (0+ / 0-)

    because there was no pie option -- and this diary is clearly meant to start a pie fight over Hillary rox/sux.

    American Presidents: 43 men, 0 women. Ready for Hillary

    by atana on Fri May 16, 2014 at 11:45:47 AM PDT

  •  I would rather (1+ / 0-)
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    See her on SCOTUS as Scalias replacement.

  •  Hillary & Warren 2016 (0+ / 0-)

    Now that would be cool. With Hilalry's popularity and Warrens populist values, she as VP could help steer the wheel & or speak out when needed.  

  •  I would love to see her run... (2+ / 0-)
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    I was at a book event last weekend where she was speaking, and she's the real deal.  I never saw Obama in person, but as I recall in '08 he mostly talked in generalities.  She talks in specifics, very personal stories of how she has been impacted by government policies that actually make people's lives better (e.g. the toaster oven anecdote from her book).  Who'd've thunk it, government as the solution? (yeah, fuck you Ronnie.)

    Her heart is truly in the right place, but I'm pretty sure there's no way the ruling oligarchy will let her get the nomination, let alone win, as they would surely "do a Dean" on her at some point...  However, if she does run at least she would really help push Hillary to the left and towards a populist agenda, which I think would be a good thing.  Veep?  That would be like corralling her - she'd be more effective in the Senate.

    I'm not really feeling optimistic tonight, but I'm willing to keep holding the faith that one day we will elect enough progressive politicians to actually make a difference.

    ~ Trendar.

  •  Senator Warren Speaks Truth to Power (1+ / 0-)
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    She's my hero!

    BTW, I voted as a Rethug troll in the poll....Only because ANYTHING Warren decides to do is FINE by me.

    God Bless E. Warren!!!

  •  What she and other REAL progressives (2+ / 0-)
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    are getting at is that our laws and economy need to be reconfigured to meet the needs of average people, and especially the most needy, not the desires of the most well-off, which is what we have in the US today.

    We already DO have "wealth redistribution" in the US--upwards. Time to even out that redistribution in a way that's both fairer and more sustainable.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Sat May 17, 2014 at 06:57:00 AM PDT

  •  Also, the more than people like Warren (1+ / 0-)
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    elwior

    keep saying these things, the less people will think of it as "socialism" and the more they'll think of it as common sense and basic decency.

    We need a paradigm shift in the US in how we see our laws and economy, away from the current free for all that's based on some arbitrary and quite limited notion of "freedom", that ultimately favors a few over the many, to one that's based on fairness and a decent quality of life for all. We're not just a country or nation. We're a society, and a decent society is a fair society.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Sat May 17, 2014 at 07:00:32 AM PDT

  •  One of the reasons I think she has a shot is that (0+ / 0-)

    She claims to be reluctant to be the ultimate leader.

    If it is real and not an act, Then that is who I want as leader because they take the job seriously as a servant to the people  and do not game the system for personal gain.
    like bush jr did.

    but if she is all act and does run, then she is ruthless and I am not sure I want someone who is the mindset the ends justify the means.

  •  It's worth a shot (0+ / 0-)

    She's too old, she's starting this too late in life, but in every other respects it hits the right buttons -- populism and progressivism people can relate to, getting towards social democracy, a compelling life story, and a compelling combination of left-liberal and community values on economics and individual with community freedom values on civil liberties.

    She runs, it's a no-lose proposition in my book; she's not up for re-election that year; she fine-tunes Hillary's likely candidacy in a healthy direction that makes for a stronger campaign and presidency; in the unlikely event she actually wins the nomination, she's an extremely appealing nominee that brings in a lot of both right and left-leaning independents (remember joe schmoes on the right are as upset about the corporate internet and the banks as we are) as well as shoring up the liberal base of the Democratic Party.

  •  She is on OUR side, which is something (0+ / 0-)

    I am not sure Hillary is.

    Because is Hillary for net neturality and willing to say so with the level of conviction that you know she'll fight like a tiger for it?

    Because is Hillary against the TPP and willing to say so with the level of conviction that you know she'll fight like a tiger for it?

    Because is Hillary for student loan reform that won't keep graduates in perpetual indenture and willing to say so with the level of conviction that you know she'll fight like a tiger for it?

    Separation of Church and State AND Corporation

    by Einsteinia on Sat May 17, 2014 at 10:41:20 PM PDT

  •  I think I'd love a Sanders/Warren 2016 ticket (0+ / 0-)

    Or a Warren/Sanders 2016 ticket but realistically, there are plenty of guys who wouldn't vote for a lady President, even one as smart and dedicated as her.

    I doubt they'd win but if they got their message out, I don't doubt they'd be highly competitive in a three-way race. Competitive enough to maybe push the inevitable Clinton campaign a little more to the progressive side. I think getting an actual left-wing message out through the mainstream media would be damn near impossible in the US now, though.

    This is all silly speculation on my part anyway. Warren seems unlikely to abandon her party to run independently and Sanders would never join up with the Democrats to run against Hillary (or with Elizabeth). Oh well, I can dream.

  •  Remind me again how the Dem appointees on (0+ / 0-)

    the FCC voted, when it came time to protect Net Neutrality or advance Predatory Corporate Interests?

    I'm curious.  Not that it matters, of course.  Cause.. GOP! And.. Tea Party!

    And oh!  Look at that wrestling match at the Kabuki Theater of the Absurd!

    The 1% are Purists: They only support Candidates that Deliver Results They Can Bank On. Don't they know they should compromise? /sarcasm

    by Johnathan Ivan on Sun May 18, 2014 at 08:18:57 AM PDT

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