AMERICAN MADE: How The U.S. Created The Central American Immigration Crisis

What happens in El Norte, doesn’t stay in El Norte. By Rebecca Gordon TomDispatch (8/15/19) It’s hard to believe that more than four years have passed since the police shot Amílcar Pérez-López a few blocks from my house in San Francisco’s Mission District. He was an immigrant, 20 years old, and his remittances were the sole support for his mother and siblings in Guatemala. On February 26, 2015, two undercover police officers shot him six times in the back, although they would claim he’d been running toward them with an upraised butcher knife. For two years, members of my little Episcopal church…

Read More

“Beyond logic and humanity” — True Horror As Trump DHS Announces Rule To Allow Indefinite Detention Of Migrant Families

“The ever-increasing immigration court backlog means these immigrant families could be held for months or even years.” By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (8/21/19) Rights groups reacted with horror and outrage on Wednesday after the Trump adminstration unveiled a rule that would allow the federal government to detain migrant families for an unlimited period of time. “This is yet another cruel attack on children, who the Trump administration has targeted again and again with its anti-immigrant policies,” Madhuri Grewal, policy counsel with the ACLU, said in a statement. “The government should not be jailing kids, and certainly shouldn’t be seeking to put more kids…


How Racist Dog Whistles Work: Why Some White Liberals Will Vote For Donald Trump

  By Arthur Delaney HuffPost (8/19/19) Reporters often describe President Donald Trump’s racism as a strategy to excite Republican voters, but it may actually work better on certain self-identified liberals. That’s the conclusion a pair of academic researchers reached after conducting an experiment with hundreds of white Americans earlier this year. A subset of liberals, not conservatives, could be the group “most responsive to the implicit ― and sometimes explicit ― racial appeals of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign,” Rachel Wetts and Robb Willer wrote in their paper, which appears this month in Socius, a scholarly journal published by the American Sociological…


‘Maus’ Creator Art Spiegelman’s Marvel Essay ‘refused publication for Orange Skull Trump dig’

Maus author says he was told the comics giant – whose chairman is a prominent Trump supporter – was trying to remain apolitical. By Alison Flood The Guardian (8/16/19) Art Spiegelman, the legendary graphic novelist behind Maus, has claimed that he was asked to remove criticism of Donald Trump from his introduction to a forthcoming Marvel book, because the comics publisher – whose chairman has donated to Trump’s campaign – is trying to stay “apolitical”. Spiegelman, who won a Pulitzer prize for Maus, his story of the Holocaust, has written for Saturday’s Guardian that he was approached by publisher the…


American “Just-Us” For Sale: Leaked Audio Shows Oil Lobbyist Bragging About Success In Criminalizing Pipeline Protests

“Big Oil is hijacking our legislative system.” By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (8/20/19) As a growing number of states move to pass laws that would criminalize pipeline protests and hit demonstrators with years in prison, an audio recording obtained by The Intercept showed a representative of a powerful oil and gas lobbying group bragging about the industry’s success in crafting anti-protest legislation behind closed doors. Speaking during a conference in Washington, D.C. in June, Derrick Morgan, senior vice president for federal and regulatory affairs at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), touted “model legislation” that states across the nation have passed in recent months. AFPM…


Russia Monitor: More & More Bat Shit Crazy? Yes, No, Yes, No, YES!!!

    By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/22/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Sometimes there is a perfect headline. There is one key Trump-Russia flavor to Trump’s recent frenzy of batshit statements, but it’s hard to pass this up: The President Is Currently Serving Up Several Flavors of Batshit on Twitter The ‘twitter’ part is irrelevant, what Esquire columnist Jack Holmes describes as “lunacy” is the important part. Holmes highlights (and links to the Trump tweets) Trump’s notice that he will “reschedule” his trip to Denmark since Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen didn’t immediately embrace Trump’s offer to purchase Greenland. Whatever you…


Matt Taibbi — Trump 2020: Be Very, Very Afraid

Middle Americans got so used to getting nothing out of elections, they started treating national politics for what it had become to them, a distant, pretentious sitcom. By Matt Taibbi Rolling Stone (8/19/19) Early evening, August, Cincinnati. The Queen City’s many bridges are sealed off, its sky is dirty with helicopters, and seemingly every cop for 100 miles is patrolling Pete Rose Way along the Ohio River. A crowd of 20,000 or more stands in punishing heat, waiting to enter U.S. Bank Arena. The evil rumor buzzing down the line of MAGA hats is that not everyone will get in…


‘A Snake Eating It’s Tail’ — Stock Buybacks Are Yet Another Wall Street Scam You Will Pay For

“All those billions are not just going into the air, they are going into someone’s pocket.” [Editor’s Note: One of the business experts interviewed warns we are at grave risk of yet another financial meltdown on the scale of what we experienced in 2008. — Mark L. Taylor] Business Daily / BBC (8/16/19) Share buybacks are when a publicly-listed company uses some of its spare cash to buy up shares in itself, in order to drive the share price up and benefit shareholders. The practice has become so common that the amount of buyback money extracted from corporations exceeds their…


Canadian Broadcasting Archives: Pete Seeger On Being Blacklisted In 1950’s America

CBC (7/10/13) In this clip from 1965, folk singer and activist Pete Seeger talks about being black listed for “un-American activities” and his refusal to answer questions that violated his Constitutional Rights. Link to 4+-Minute Video Here’s The Song Seeger Offered To Sing At His Trail — “Wasn’t That A Time”: Link to 3+-Minute Video ***** The Story Behind “Forever Young” By Pete Seeger   Amnesty International USA (3/14/12) Mini-documentary about the recording of the song “Forever Young” by Pete Seeger featured on the album “Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International”.  Link…


Alarm As Trump Requests Permanent Reauthorization Of NSA Mass Spying Program Exposed By Snowden

By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (8/16/19) Civil liberties groups and privacy advocates raised alarm Thursday after the Trump administration called on Congress to reauthorize an NSA mass surveillance program that was exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The New York Times, which obtained the Trump administration’s request to Congress, reported that “the administration urged lawmakers to make permanent the legal authority for the National Security Agency to gain access to logs of Americans’ domestic communications, the USA Freedom Act.” “The law, enacted after the intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden revealed the existence of the program in 2013, is set to expire in December, but…


Leaked FBI Documents Reveal That At A Time Of Deadly White Extremist Violence It Lists Black ‘Extremists’ As Biggest Threat

FBI’s ‘Iron Fist’ Program The Young Turks (8/9/19) “Under President Trump, the FBI’s official counterterrorism priorities have included “Black Identity Extremists,” “anti-authority” extremists, and “animal rights/environmental extremists,” according to leaked Bureau documents obtained exclusively by The Young Turks. The documents, many of which are marked “Law Enforcement Sensitive” and “For Official Use Only,” also reference a mysterious plan to mitigate the threat of “Black Identity Extremists” with a program codenamed “IRON FIST” involving the use of undercover agents. Each fiscal year, the FBI headquarters updates its Consolidated Strategy Guide, which lists the Bureau’s priorities in numerous domains such as counterterrorism,…


Notably Quotable: “”There’s nothing in the middle of the road but …”

  “There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.”  — Jim Hightower ***** “Jill Biden may have settled for her husband, but I’m not sure why anyone else should.” — Sarah Jones, columnist, New York Magazine. ***** “The nation is still reeling from two mass shootings. The financial markets are yo-yoing by hundreds of points. A bomb in Afghanistan, where we’re still at war, killed 63 revelers at a wedding. Tension between the United States and Iran continues to mount. North Korea keeps testing new missiles. India is playing with fire in Kashmir. Hong…


GOP Leadership Tells House Republicans To Just Lie About White Supremacist Gun Massacres By Calling It ‘violence from the Left’

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” — Martin Luther King Jr. By David Badash The New Civil Rights Movement (8/17/19) House Republican leadership has sent a memo to GOP members of Congress directing them to lie about right wing white supremacist gun massacres, and to call it “violence from the left.” The memo, which The Tampa Bay Times acquired, includes talking points for congressional Republicans to parrot when speaking with reporters or constituents. It instructs them on how to address questions about gun violence, including the domestic terrorism recently perpetrated in El Paso, Texas. If asked a question…


Former FBI Agent Reveals The Agency Could Fight Far-Right Violence But Chooses Not To

  By Mike German The Guardian (8/16/19) Federal law enforcement officials have all the tools necessary to address far-right violence proactively – as my own successful investigations as an FBI undercover agent in the 1990s indicate. They have simply chosen as a matter of policy not to prioritize these cases. What role racism, latent or overt, plays in these decisions has yet to be explored. There are currently 52 federal terrorism laws available to address entirely domestic acts of political violence. Congress has also passed five federal hate crimes statutes specifically designed to punish the types of violence white supremacists and other far-right militants…


Gov. Evers Bows, Bends, Scrapes, Grovels, Rolls Over & Served Himself Up With Whipped Cream On His Tummy To Koch Brothers Backed WMC Corporate Looters

  His message sounded like something that could have “dribbled out of the mouth of Scott Walker.”   [Editor’s Note: Really, Tony? Do you think surrender and humiliation is what we voted for in a governor? Disgraceful. No doubt a Gov. Mike McCabe would have delivered a very different and much-needed message on behalf of the people of Wisconsin to this band of thieves.  — Mark L. Taylor] By Matt Rothschild, Executive Director Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (8/14/19) Gov. Tony Evers bowed down to the biggest business lobby in Wisconsin yesterday [4/13]. In a speech to Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, which…


Bulletproof: The Nation Has Officially Lost Its Collective Mind

“We’re asking children to stand up to gunmen because lawmakers are too scared to stand up to the gun lobby. (These products) shouldn’t exist.” By Abbey Zimet Common Dreams (8/13/19) In a new grim grotesquerie, sales of bulletproof backpacks are up as much as 300% as parents frantic to keep their children alive prepare to send them to this year’s killing fields – once called going back to school – after our latest slaughter in El Paso and Dayton. Really, it’s little wonder we’re now sending our kids to classrooms in princess-and-superhero-emblazoned anti-ballistic armor: Even apart from massacres, roughly 100 Americans a day die from guns…


Co-Founder Of ‘Extinction Rebellion’ Lays Out The Brutal, Relentless Truth About Climate Crisis We All Confront & Most Deny

“We are facing massive starvation in the next ten years, social collapse and the possible extinction of civil rights.” HARDtalk / BBC (8/16/19) Back in 2015, the nations of the world made a formal commitment to keep global warming below 2 degrees centigrade. So much for fine words; global greenhouse gas emissions are still rising. The data suggest the planet is warming at an alarming rate. What to do about it? Stephen Sackur interviews Roger Hallam, the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, a movement dedicated to mass resistance and civil disobedience; how far are these climate rebels prepared to go? ‘I…


Dozens Of Migrant Children Report Being Sexually Abused After Being Separated From Parents By Trump Policy

By Garance Burke, Juliet Linderman & Martha Mendoza Associated Press (8/16/19) This story is part of an ongoing joint investigation between The Associated Press and the PBS series FRONTLINE on the treatment of migrant children, which includes an upcoming film. After local Guatemalan officials burned down an environmental activist’s home, he decided to leave his village behind and flee to the United States, hoping he’d be granted asylum and his little boy, whose heart was failing, would receive lifesaving medical care. But after crossing the border into Arizona in May of last year, Border Patrol agents tore the man’s 7-year-old son from…


In The Shadows: The Mysterious Case Of Jeffrey Epstein

“I was told Epstein belonged to intelligence and to leave it alone.” — Alexander Acosta, former federal prosecutor and Trump Secretary of Labor. [Editor’s Note: This article was written before the death of Jeffrey Epstein. — Mark L. Taylor] By Leonard C. Goodman The Chicago Reader (8/1/19) There are several confounding mysteries surrounding the case of Jeffrey Epstein, the 66-year-old “financier” who was arrested July 6 on a federal sex trafficking indictment that alleges he recruited and sexually abused dozens of minor girls, some as young as 14 years old, beginning at least in or about 2002. And for reasons…


Joe Rogan Interview With Bernie Sanders

  Link to 1-Hour, 7-Minute Video ***** If You Think Bernie Shouldn’t Have Gone On Joe Rogan, Or Fox News, You’re Leaving Fellow Americans For Dead Ultimately, this is about reach. Electoral College Mindset has led us to believe that there are certain demographics who are lost to us totally, but this is ridiculous. Great interview! Read the Rest


BERN NOTICE: SUSH! What We Are Told We Cannot Discuss

By David Sirota Bern Notice (8/16/19) “People will think what I tell them to think!” — Charles Foster Kane, Citizen Kane. As Bernie Sanders has been rising in post-debate polls, why are elite media pundits particularly angry at him? The explosion of rage tells us a lot about what the corporate media says we can and cannot discuss — and how frightened the establishment really is. Let’s review what happened: this week, the billionaire-owned Boston Globe and New York Times both rehashed an old media-manufactured trope pretending that Bernie Sanders doesn’t talk to people at parades and fairs (he does, a lot). This followed the Washington…


Russia Monitor: Trumputin, Moscow Mitch & Our Nation Of Dwindling Options

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/19/19) Dear Fellow Readers, I was sent quite a few links to articles and videos over the last few days and I find myself trying to make sense out of the hours worth of reading and video. With a heavy heart I feel like the United States is on a path to mediocrity, as if we have no vision for our future, as if we lack the will for rising above our lesser selves; no longer the country people look to for inspiration or even a safe haven. Let me organize some of…


Koch Brothers EXPOSED • FULL DOCUMENTARY

The Koch Brothers Grab $16.4 Million Every Day. [Editor’s Note: Given the impact of the surreptitious Koch brothers’ machinations in Wisconsin a review of their role in American politics is in order. There pernicious influence on universities is especially dangerous. This is a good, concise review. Be sure to watch all the way through the credits at the end. — Mark L. Taylor]  Brave New Films (1/21/15) The last time we exposed the Koch Brothers’ dealings to the world we here at Brave New Films wound up in their crosshairs. They produced online ad campaigns attacking us, but, it takes more…


A Commoner Writes: The Importance Of Citizens Speaking Up

I am now 78 years old and I have never experienced the amount of anxiety that I have currently. On Independence Day, I wrote a letter to the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram which was published on July 14. Several days later I received a letter in which the writer said I had “attacked him personally” and that he is “very angry”. Here is what I wrote: July 4, 2019, was one of the more depressing days of my life. I saw no reason to celebrate America’s Independence with all that has transpired since the 2016 elections. I remained at home, refusing…


Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump Is Following Hitler’s Early Rhetoric & Policies

“From the leading constitutional lawyer who has sued every president since LBJ, a masterful explication of the ‘pillars of our democracy’.” — Amazon review By Steven Rosenfeld Independent Media Institute (8/9/19) A new book by one of the nation’s foremost civil liberties lawyers powerfully describes how America’s constitutional checks and balances are being pushed to the brink by a president who is consciously following Adolf Hitler’s extremist propaganda and policy template from the early 1930s—when the Nazis took power in Germany. In When at Times the Mob Is Swayed: A Citizen’s Guide to Defending Our Republic, Burt Neuborne mostly focuses on…


Yes, It Could Happen Here: When 20,000 American Nazis Rallied In New York In 1939

Most humans have dark passions inside us, waiting to be stirred up. [Editor’s Note: Keep in mind there was a sizable number of German American Bund Nazis in Milwaukee in the years right before WWII. It happened here then and can happen here now. resist! — Mark L. Taylor]  By Abby Zimet Common Dreams (8/12/19) With Trump’s latest crime against the poor, the brown, the other – wherein immigrants may have to choose between food or housing and a green card – it’s a good time to consider a new book detailing the threat of a “21st-century master of divisive rhetoric” whose toxic mix of fear,…


At A Time Of Fascism, Concentration Camps, White Nationalism, Venality & Domestic Terrorism, Words To Remember

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” ― Frederick Douglass ***** And Just How Evil Are Our Tyrants? SUICIDE? Jeffrey Epstein’s Neck Was Broken In Multiple Places: Updated Autopsy Finds By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call…


‘Blood on their hands’: The Intelligence Officer Whose Warning Over White Supremacy Was Dismissed

[Editor’s Note: And let’s be clear, here: it was the Obama administration that caved to Republican pressure and buried the report on the rise of the threat of white nationalism. It is another example of corporate dems not standing fast in the face of opposition. They helped create the metastasizing fascist threat. No more. The time for such corporate dem spinelessness is done. — Mark L. Taylor] By Lois Beckett The Guardian (8/8/19) Ten years ago, the Department of Homeland Security sent American law enforcement agencies an intelligence briefing warning of a rising threat of domestic rightwing extremism, including white supremacist terrorism. The…


Facial Recognition Technology Test Falsely Tags 26 Lawmakers As Criminals And Exposes Blatant Racial Bias

“One false match is too many, especially when people’s lives are at stake or their freedom is at stake.” [Editor’s Note: The short video accompanying this story is very good. Link below. — Mark L. Taylor] By Lydia O’Connor The HuffPot (8/13/19) In an attempt to show lawmakers how dangerously inaccurate facial recognition technology can be in the hands of police, the American Civil Liberties Union decided to get personal. On Tuesday, the ACLU’s Northern California branch released its findings from running photos of all 120 California state legislators against a database of 25,000 publicly available mugshots using common facial recognition…


Is Trump Wearing Out His Welcome? Farmers Lash Out At Trump After Latest Trade War Blow From China

“Trump is ruining our markets.” By Mary Papenfuss HuffPost (8/12/19) American farmers are attacking President Donald Trump in the wake of a new hit from China, which comes as part of the lingering trade war between the countries. Trump’s “strategy of constant escalation and antagonism” has worsened the situation, Roger Johnson, the president of the National Farmers Union, the nation’s second-largest general farmers group, told Bloomberg. Family farmers and ranchers “can’t withstand this kind of pressure much longer,” he added. “It’s really, really getting bad out here,” Bob Kuylen, a North Dakota farmer of 35 years, told CNBC. “Trump is ruining…


Russia Monitor: The One Thing You Can Say In A World With ‘Trump Straws’ … Things Suck

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/15/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump just confirmed his open secret – everything he does is based on a simple filter of how it makes him look. Trump will embellish, lie or rationalize anything he says or does and his base will respond with adoration and their own rationalization. ““He’s a very highly respected conservative pundit,” Trump told reporters in New Jersey, referring to right wing commentator and comedian Terrence K. Williams, who pushed out a wild conspiracy theory about Bill Clinton and being involved with Jefferey Epstein’s death. “He’s a big Trump fan….


Greta Thunberg Sets Sail For Carbon-Free Trans-Atlantic Journey To Combat ‘Climate And Ecological Crisis’

Putting pressure on the people in power. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams (8/14/19) Swedish teen climate activist Great Thunberg set sail aboard a zero-emissions boat Wednesday, beginning a two-week journey across the Atlantic Ocean for a United Nations summit in New York City. The 16-year-old Nobel Peace Prize nominee—whose solo protests outside the Swedish Parliament have inspired #FridaysForFuture school strikes across the globe—has chosen not to fly to highlight air travel’s contributions to the climate crisis. Instead, she opted for what The Associated Press described as “a high-tech but decidedly low-comfort sailboat.” Put pressure on the people in power “By this journey I hope to increase awareness among…


Greed Unbound: New Study Shows CEO Pay Has Grown More Than 1,000% Since 1978

“An obscene concentration of profit at the top levels of companies.” By Julia Conell Common Dreams (8/14/19) As even some of the wealthiest Americans have begun to call for major reforms to the U.S. economic system to narrow the wealth gap, a new study released Wednesday revealed that over the past four decades, salaries for the top executives in the U.S. have gone up by more than 1,000 percent. CEOs at the 350 largest companies now take home salaries that are 278 times higher than those of the average worker, according to the new Economic Policy Institute (EPI) analysis. With an average compensation…


John Steinbeck’s ‘Grapes Of Wrath’ Documented Another Time Of American Cruelty, Greed & Oppression

“I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this.” By Sam Jordison The Guardian (8/13/19) In March 1938, shortly before he began working on The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck wrote to his agent Elizabeth Otis to turn down a commission to write about migrant workers. “The suffering is too great for me to cash in on it … it is the most heartbreaking thing in the world,” he wrote. “I break myself every time I go out because the argument that one person’s effort can’t really do anything doesn’t seem to apply when you come…


Right Wing Religion Round-Up: Trump-Loving Evangelicals Say They’re Grateful Trump Has Saved Them From Seeing Obama’s Rainbow White House

Trump-Loving Evangelicals Say They’re Grateful Trump Has Saved Them From Seeing Obama’s Rainbow White House By Brad Reed Raw Story (8/13/19) Conservative evangelical Christians in the United States are President Donald Trump’s most staunch supporters, despite the fact that the president is a serial adulterer who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault and who regularly deploys racist attacks on political opponents. A Washington Post profile of Trump-loving evangelicals shows that many of them felt they were under assault by former President Barack Obama — and one of them pointed to the Obama White House lighting up in rainbow colors in…


Notably Quotable: “Rep. Thomas Massie introduced a bill to get rid of all gun-free zones in schools…”

“Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced a bill to get rid of all gun-free zones in schools. If he believes gun-free zones are the problems, he will get rid of the gun-free zone around the U.S. Capitol and House and Senate office buildings. Instead, he too hides behind his gun-free zone.” — Sarah K. Burris, Here are the top 7 places hypocritical Republicans won’t let you take a gun. ***** “Gun control has paralyzed 535 people this year — they’re called the United States Congress.” — Bill Maher (8/9/19) ***** “By 6:01 p.m., after just a little more than two hours, he…


Justice Denied? Nobody Will Ever Believe The Official Story On Epstein’s Death

By Charles Pierce Esquire (8/10/19) Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell Saturday morning. Absolutely nobody is going to believe any official story that comes out about this. From The New York Times: Mr. Epstein hung himself and his body was found this morning at roughly 7:30. Manhattan federal prosecutors last month charged Mr. Epstein, 66, with sex trafficking of girls as young as 14, and details of his behavior have been emerging for years. How in the hell do they let this happen? The guy was incarcerated in the Manhattan Correctional Center. He already had made one try. He…


Bearing Witness. Telling Truth In A Time Of Lies: Why It Is Important To Call Them What They Are — Concentration Camps

“Terrible things are happening outside… poor, helpless people are being dragged out of their homes. Families are torn apart; men, women and children are separated. Children come home from school to find their parents have disappeared. “ — Anne Frank ***** By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (8/12/19) On Saturday I got into a fiery Facebook squabble with a frequent corporate dem critic objecting to something I posted about the growing network of concentration camps popping up along the southern border. I was accused of “extreme exaggeration” because the situation now is nothing like the death camps in Nazi…


Leaked Draft Of Trump Executive Order To ‘Censor the Internet’ Denounced As Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

In practice, this executive order would mean that whichever political party is in power could dictate what speech is allowed on the Internet. By Jon Queally, Common Dreams (8/11/19) Civil liberties groups are warning of a major threat to online freedoms and First Amendment rights if a leaked draft of a Trump administration edict—dubbed by critics as a “Censor the Internet” executive order that would give powerful federal agencies far-reaching powers to pick and choose which kind of Internet material is and is not acceptable—is allowed to go into effect. According to CNN, which obtained a copy of the draft, the new rule “calls for…


Sanders Demands Drug & Insurance Industries Explain The Hundreds Of Millions They Appear Willing To Spend To Defeat Medicare For All

“You made a $100 billion in profits last year—how much are you going to be spending of that $100 billion to oppose Medicare for All? Is it $200 million? Is it $500 million? Is it a billion dollars in order to protect your profits?” By Jon Queally The Commoner Call (8/10/19) Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is calling on the top lobbyists of the nation’s private health insurance and pharmaceutical industries to explain to the American people why they are willing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars this election cycle to attack his proposal for Medicare for All—a plan…