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This is one in a series of semi-regular updates on our Run Warren Run effort and Senator Warren’s work to give all Americans a fighting chance.
WARREN SUPPORTERS FIRED UP IN IOWA: With less than a year until the Iowa caucuses, Run Warren Run supporters are organizing events in Mason City and Des Moines this week:
And we’re just getting started: Over the next two weeks, Run Warren Run supporters will hold meetings in 12 counties across the state to build support for drafting Senator Warren into the presidential race. Watch the action on Twitter at #RWRIowa!
RUN WARREN RUN ON THE AIR: Watch MoveOn.org Civic Action Executive Director Anna Galland talk about Run Warren Run and answer viewer questions last weekend on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, and Community Manager Ben O’Keefe discussed the movement on HuffPost Live recently.
WARREN SKIPPED NETANYAHU SPEECH. Senator Warren did not attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on Tuesday, joining a sizable number of elected officials who skipped the speech, which sparked controversy after House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu in the middle of his election campaign and without consulting the White House. Here’s more from POLITICO’s Burgess Everett:
Warren [joined] a handful of Senate Democratic Caucus members to skip the address, such as Al Franken of Minnesota and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, as well as dozens of House Democrats. Many [skipped] because it’s election season in Israel and because Boehner arranged the speech without consultation with President Barack Obama, they say.
ICYMI: WARREN LEADS FIGHT AGAINST UNFAIR TRADE DEAL: Senator Warren has become a leading voice speaking out against Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal that would cost American jobs and allow massive corporations to circumvent legal systems in countries around the world, including the U.S. Here’s William Mauldin in The Wall Street Journal:
Led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), the criticism brings together liberal critics of President Barack Obama’s trade policies and libertarians and conservatives who worry that the language in international deals could undermine American sovereignty. …
Ms. Warren, a frequent critic of the administration’s economic policies, last week called the panels “rigged pseudocourts” that favor corporations as she and half a dozen other Democratic senators spoke out against the provision, among them Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.
The fight against TPP is the next big progressive campaign, writes National Journal’s Dustin Volz:
Warren’s renewed focus on the trade pact has raised the attention of Internet groups, which are shrewdly aware of the Massachusetts Democrat’s ability to take a wonky policy issue and make it a rallying cry for the liberal base.
“You can look at Elizabeth Warren as sort of holding a big neon sign that says, ‘This way to the next progressive win,’ ” said Harold Feld, senior vice president of the consumer-advocacy group Public Knowledge. Add in opposition from other groups like organized labor and nurses, he added, and “TPP is ripe to be the next target for the open-Internet movement.”
WARREN TO VISIT SELMA: On the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” Senator Warren will travel to Selma, Alabama this weekend to commemorate voting rights marches in the city.
“The civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery were landmark moments in the ongoing fight for equality,” Senator Warren said in a statement. “The protesters’ courageous actions helped push back against racial discrimination and spurred passage of the Voting Rights Act. I look forward to visiting Alabama this weekend to commemorate the legacy of these historic marches and to reflect on our continuing work to build a society where everyone is treated equally under the law.”
THE NATION EDITORIAL: “A Contested Primary Is Good for the Candidates, the Democratic Party and Democracy.” Here’s what the editors of The Nation have to say about the 2016 Democratic primary:
“Contested primaries mean the difference between a bland talking-points election and one that meaningfully engages the urgent issues facing the vast majority of Americans. Income inequality is at near-record levels. Failed trade policies, deindustrialization and a war on organized labor have depressed wages. Racial and ethnic divisions, intensified by Washington’s dysfunction and inaction, have reached a boiling point in communities nationwide. Disastrous foreign-policy decisions are blowing back on America, and the same “experts” who proposed the old cold and hot wars are picking new fights. Climate change grows worse with each season. If ever there was a time when America needed a progressive vision to be articulated at the center of the political process, this is it.”