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Cenk Uygur Warns Democrats: Fight Trump’s Tax Plan “If You Actually Disagree”


Via The Young Turks: "You will find out who the Democrats are,†Cenk Uygur says, as he lays out what the Democratic party's reaction should be to Donald Trump's newly revealed tax plan. Since Democrats claim to fight for the average guy, now's their chance to "prove it.†Uygur describes the Trump and Republican tax plan as ‘draconian in every single way' and explains that Democrats don't need to be an obstructionist in the fight but to oppose the parts that clearly hurt regular Americans. He urges the Democrats to put up a fight on the estate tax, alternative minimum tax, lowering the income bracket from 39.6% to 35%, the pass through definition, and lowering the rate to 15% for the rich. "You fight him tooth and nail on every single one of those tax proposals that we don't agree with,†Uygur says. Regardless of the outcome, Uygur says Democrats need to show that they are willing to put up a fight since this plan, "Robs the American people on behalf of the donors…†"If you do not go with your donors, Democratic party, we will know. If you do the opposite, we will also know.†(The Trump budget also eliminates all taxes for income under $24,000).

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Cenk Uygur On Dianne Feinsten Not Backing Single-Payer Healthcare: “The Resistance Is Not Just About Resistance To Trump”


Cenk Uygur, one of the leaders of the Justice Democrats, talks about a raucous town hall captured by TYT Politics reporter, Michael Tracey, with Senator Dianne Feinstein. The veteran senator was asked about her position on Bernie Sanders' medicare for all bill to which she gave a tepid response calling it a "Takeover of all medicine.†Uygur disagrees with Feinstein's explanation and uses the loud boos she received from the audience as an example that people are also resisting Democrats who continue to serve corporate donors instead of voters. "She's a senator from California…she doesn't know what medicare for all is, at all,†Uygur says about Feinstein's comprehension of the bill, "How could you think that medicare is ‘taking over all of medicine?'†He says that based on her answer, Democrats are unlikely to ever back a bill like medicare for all and they don't even have a more ‘pragmatic' strategy in its place. "‘We have to go inch by inch and every once in awhile, we have to lose an election to Donald Trump and then get set back miles and miles, and then start inching back until we get medicare for all or single payer,'†Uygur says, mocking Democrats. "They have no intention of ever getting to that conclusion.†He agrees with Feinstein's assessment that Obamacare is better than the Republican proposal but criticizes her ‘tweaks' as having "…no intention of ever serving their voters.†To the media, Uygur says, "The resistance is not just about resistance to Trump. Did you see that town hall? Those weren't Republicans, those were Democrats booing your ‘beloved' Dianne Feinstein.†Common Dreams reported on the Feinstein event: t's not only Republicans that are feeling the heat in their hometowns during this congressional recess. Democrats who aren't on board with increasingly popular progressive proposals are being held to account as well. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was a case-in-point on Monday, when she faced angry and vocal constituents at a midday town hall meeting in her hometown of San Francisco. It was her stance on single-payer healthcare—an idea that's picking up momentum in the wake of last month's TrumpCare debacle, especially in California—that drew the most vociferous response. When asked about her position on such a system, Feinstein responded: "If single-payer healthcare is going to mean the complete takeover by the government of all healthcare, I am not there." Video from the town hall:

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Cenk Uygur to Bill O’Reilly: “Please Come Compete With Us Online”


Via 'The Young Turks': The Young Turks Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, and David Sirota speculate on where Bill O'Reilly will end up following his departure from Fox News as a result of piling cases of sexual harassment. The panel lists becoming a contributor on cable news, replacing Sean Spicer, running for office, and O'Reilly starting his own media company as possible options. Uygur says that many in the media experience a "moment of probation†following controversy, "After you serve your ‘time out' you can come back in doing something else…†Iadarola advises O'Reilly to mimic the actions of another ousted Fox employee, "The best option for him, probably, is to take the Glenn Beck route and just establish something independent.†"Please come compete with us online,†Uygur reacts, arguing that O'Reilly is unlikely to find his 70 year old audience on YouTube, "It will be a wonderful demolition of Bill O'Reilly.†Sirota suggests a more political path for O'Reilly since he still has a considerable following citing, "Crazier things have happened…so who knows?†He explains that O'Reilly could run for office while he still has the name recognition he possesses. "I think if you're Bill O'Reilly, cave is a perfectly good option,†Uygur concludes, "Any attempt at a comeback is going to be deeply embarrassing.â€

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Cenk Uygur Warns Moderate Democrats: We Will Primary You If You Work With Trump


Cenk Uygur warns Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Manchin that they will be primaried soon, especially since both expressed hesitation in a filibuster to block the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Uygur says Republicans obstructed Merrick Garland but now Democrats have the ability to stop Gorsuch. With Heitkamp talking about a straight vote, Uygur says: "Maybe you're encouraging the Republicans to break the rules every time and that whenever you have a President you're not going to get your Supreme Court nominee." He adds that this empowers Republicans to slap Democrats around. Uygur goes on to say that Heitkamp and Manchin are like Democrats that: "Act out of incredible fear and cowardice, plus their donors love Neil Gorsuch." On Manchin saying he won't filibuster, Uygur reacts, "What are you preserving it for? …we're going to come for these guys," he concludes.

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Cenk Uygur to CNN: You Pay Donald Trump’s Mouthpieces To Do Propaganda On Your Air?


Cenk Uygur, host of 'The Young Turks,' slams CNN for hiring Jason Miller, one of President Trump's former communications aides, even after Trump called them "fake news" and the "enemy of the American people." CNN also employs Trump surrogate Jeffrey Lord and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Via 'The Young Turks': Cenk Uygur describes CNN's recent hiring of Jason Miller as one of the reasons people have lost trust in the media. Instead of being a watchdog, CNN is going back to access journalism with this hire. Miller was a former spokesperson to Donald Trump. Uygur calls this an "Open handed slap†to CNN because this happened despite all the criticisms Trump threw at the news organization. "You're going to pay Donald Trump's mouthpiece to be on your air and do his propaganda?†Uygur asks, pointing out the countless times Trump demeaned CNN reporters and called the news organization, ‘Fake.' Uygur says this isn't the first time CNN did this, referring to their hiring of Corey Lewandowski in the past. "If you insult CNN, they hire you. If you really insult CNN, they'll pay you a ton of money to insult them on their own air.†Uygur argues that CNN should put in more effort to be a watchdog and, "You don't need two sides doing propaganda. You just need all of your people to actually try to arrive at what is real.†"We don't play this game,†he says, "Our job is to hold them to account and that should be everybody's job in the media.†"For CNN, they are so proud today. ‘They got a Trump guy…' Congratulations, boy, you're so trusted!â€

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Cenk Uygur: Trump Made A Deal With Russia, “Might Not Last Six Months”


'The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur comes to the conclusion that Donald Trump "made a deal" with Russia where he gets paid. "He might not last six months!" Uygur said. "Because he did a deal with the Russians." "The Russians helped me win the election a little bit because of the propaganda and the leaked emails and that's helpful, and then later I'll think about lifting the sanctions," he said speaking for President Trump. "He did a business deal with the Russians: You give me money, you give me a portion of the oil contracts, then I lfit the sanctions. I Donald J. Trump make money!" Via 'The Young Turks': The Young Turks Cenk Uygur doubles down on a prediction he made when Michael Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor that Donald Trump possibly made a deal with Russia. Back in February, Uygur brought up the possibility of Trump's business contacts also communicating with Russia and how that supports his argument that the President made a deal. At the time, Uygur brought up the importance of Carter Page and his role in making a deal since he's a businessman and former foreign policy advisor to the campaign. "If Flynn didn't act on his own and Trump is directing Carter Page, and Flynn, and Manafort, and Roger Stone, etc., to deal with the Russians and it's not just so he has a better chance at winning the election but it's because he has something to gain then…†Uygur said. Uygur talks about Trump making a deal with Russia, again, in reaction to Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, recusing himself. This happened on the same day reports of Page meeting with the Russian ambassador came out. "He might not last six months,†Uygur says, predicting the end of Trump's presidency, "because he did a deal with the Russians.†He adds that this isn't a deal to win the election since Trump only really cares about making money, "‘You give me money, you give me a portion of the oil contracts, then I lift the sanctions for you guys.'†"His priority is ‘how do I turn the presidency into more money',†Uygur explains, arguing for the importance of an investigation of Trump's ties to Russia.

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