Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Progressives are Betting on Biden Leaning into Their Agenda; Joe Biden Transition Official Wrote op-ed Advocating Free Speech Restrictions, and related stories

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Progressives are betting on Biden leaning into their agenda
A growing chorus of high-level progressive lawmakers believes that once in office, President-elect Joe Biden will offer a warmer embrace to the Democratic Party’s left flank.
Speaking to CNN on Wednesday afternoon, Sen Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made his expectations known after being asked whether he believed the 46th commander-in-chief’s agenda would shift left or right once in office.
“Do I expect that the Biden administration will do everything that Bernie Sanders believes? No, I don’t. But do I expect that they will come forward and keep their word in maintaining and legislating on the proposals which we agree to? Yes, I do, and some of those proposals are very, very significant,” the Democratic socialist told the network.
Sanders’ comment comes as the Biden transition team has begun the process of building out a cabinet, and as factions of the Democratic Party fight for access to the available posts. --->READ MORE HERE
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Joe Biden transition official wrote op-ed advocating free speech restrictions:
President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team leader for US-owned media outlets wants to redefine freedom of speech and make “hate speech” a crime.
Richard Stengel is the Biden transition “Team Lead” for the US Agency for Global Media, the US government media empire that includes Voice of America, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Stengel, an Obama administration alumnus, wrote last year in a Washington Post op-ed that US freedom of speech was too unfettered and that changes must be considered.
He wrote: “All speech is not equal. And where truth cannot drive out lies, we must add new guardrails. I’m all for protecting ‘thought that we hate,’ but not speech that incites hate.”
Stengel offered two examples of speech that he has an issue with: Quran burning and circulation of “false narratives” by Russia during the 2016 election. READ MORE HERE
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