Biden Is Raising a Lot More Money Than Trump - The Monday AM Quickie 10/16/23

I saw Velvet Goldmine on the big screen on Friday and I think the world is overdue another noirish indie glam rock musical. - Corey

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Worldwide Campaigns and Elections Roundup

  • Centrist Coalition Claims Victory Over Ruling Rightwing Nationalists in Poland Final results are expected today, but the three-party centrist-progressive opposition coalition led by former Prime Minister Donald Tusk has already declared victory; the outgoing Law and Justice party bullied the courts and the press, rolled back abortion access and LBGTQ+ rights, and undermined the European Union. via the New York Times and the Associated Press.
  • The Left Loses in New Zealand Winning National Party leader Chris Luxon, a former Unilever executive, ran a campaign that "focused on crime, with the 53-year-old traveling the nation to talk with store owners about increases in shoplifting, 'ram raids' — burglaries in which a vehicle is used to breach a building — and gangs." via the Washington Post and NBC News.
  • Australians Vote Against Placing an Indigenous Voice in Parliament "It is the second time that Australians have rejected a referendum that would have included recognition of Indigenous people in the constitution"; an Indigenous academic who helped draft the proposal said the result showed the "nation has been poisoned" by racism. via the AP.
  • 35-Year-Old Banana Heir Wins Ecuadorian Presidency with Help of Viral TikTok Campaign Daniel Noboa, the son of Ecuador's wealthiest man, defeated the socialist candidate with a message focused on job creation and combating a violent crime wave by putting the worst offenders on prison ships. via the Post and the Guardian.
  • MAGA Flunkie Jeff Landry Wins Louisiana Gov.'s Race The Trump-endorsed Republican candidate won nearly 52 percent of the votes in a crowded field with an open primary. via Politico and the Post.
  • Biden Outraises Every Republican Candidate with $71 Million Haul, 240,000 New Donors "One promotional effort to sell 'Dark Brandon' color-changing mugs, with an image of Biden that switches when filled with a hot beverage from wearing sunglasses to showing red laser eyes, raised $2 million since August." via the Post and NBC News.
  • Pence Campaign 'Running on Fumes'; DeSantis Skips $1 Million in Bills While Spending $1.5 Million on Private Jets Donald Trump's fundraising advantage over GOP primary contenders continued to widen in the third quarter. via NBC News.
  • 'Gold Bar' Bob Menendez Outraised By Upstart Democratic Challenger New Jersey Rep. Andy Kim launched his Senate campaign one day after the bribery indictment dropped against Sen. Menendez, and raised nearly $1 million in a week – although the incumbent has loads more cash in the bank (and maybe stuffed in a mattress). via Politico.

Biden Warns Israel Against Occupying Gaza

Queer ASU Instructor Bloodied By Turning Point Operatives; Police Investigating Hate Crime

Arizona State University President Michael Crow condemned two "cowards" from the Trumpy campus propaganda outfit Turning Point USA who "followed, harassed, pushed and injured" David Boyles, an English Department instructor and co-founder of Drag Story Hour Arizona, last week. Inside Higher Ed reports that campus police are investigating the incident "as possible aggravated assault including bias toward LGBTQ+ individuals":

"'What are you gonna tell me, nothing? What are you gonna do?' the Turning Point 'reporter' kept asking Boyles as he remained silent. 'David, you can't run. It's best if you just talk to me about why you want to push sodomy onto young people.'

Turning Point claimed Boyles inured himself in a fall after attacking their cameraman. However, a security video released by the campus cops shows "the Turning Point interviewer, in all black with a backward baseball cap, almost immediately pushes Boyles face first onto the concrete" after Boyles reached for the camera. Per the Arizona Republic, Turning Point has reponded to all this by trying to intimidate ASU President Crow, saying he should be "very careful" in how he discusses the incident; Turning Point founder Charlie Kirk has asked Republican state lawmakers to defund the university. In related news, the Washington Post tells the story of how a trans sorority sister at the University of Wyoming faced stalking and death threats after she was targeted by rightwing media.


  • New GOP House Speaker Nominee Jim Jordan Will Face a Challenger in Tomorrow's Floor Vote House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries says Democrats have had "informal conversations" with Republicans aimed at installing a less extreme speaker. via Politico and the Guardian.
  • Fourth Big Quakes in Eight Days Hit Afghanistan Meanwhile, a public inquiry in London showed that knowledge of civilian murder by British special forces in Afghanistan was "widespread at the very top of the government." via the New York Times and the Guardian.
  • Rite Aid Files for Bankruptcy The drugstore chain is "weighed down by billions of dollars in debt, declining sales and more than a thousand federal, state and local lawsuits claiming it filled thousands of illegal prescriptions for painkillers." via the Times.
  • Kaiser Permanente Workers Win Tentative Deal After Walkout "Millions of Americans are safer today because tens of thousands of dedicated health-care workers fought for and won the critical resources they need and that patients need," says union coalition leader Caroline Lucas. via the Washington Post.


538 percent

That's how many more obstructions there were at U.S. abortion clinics last year compared to the year before, with 287 in all. "Federal prosecutors have responded by pursuing a growing number of cases, with harsher potential penalties," the Washington Post reports.


10/16: Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President at the Quincy Institute, to discuss his recent piece on the escalating situation in Israel and Gaza entitled "Biden refuses to talk 'ceasefire' though it could prevent a regional war."


Why the Crimewave Myth Persists

Rite Aid tried to blame shoplifters for all its problems, too.

Who's Really Behind the UN Deployment to Haiti

Emma interviews Brian Concannon, human rights lawyer and executive director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti.


"It's going to lead to solutions or policies that are fundamentally inappropriate... There will only be a subset of companies positioned to accommodate a licensing regime. It concentrates existing monopolies and entrenches them even further."

-- Deborah Raji, an artificial intelligence researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, speaking to Politico about the Big Tech-backed group Open Philanthropy, which is funding the salaries of "tech fellows" in key Congressional offices and government agencies in an effort to shape national policy on AI.

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