What I told the American Constitution Society

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Judge Gonzalo Curiel is one of countless American patriots who has spent decades quietly serving his country, sometimes at great risk to his own life. Donald Trump is a loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud who has never risked anything for anyone and serves nobody but himself.

Donald Trump should be ashamed for using the megaphone of a Presidential campaign to attack a judge’s character and integrity simply because he thinks he has some God-given right to steal people’s money and get away with it.

Last night, I spoke with the American Constitution Society, an organization of progressive lawyers, about why we cannot allow a small, insecure, thin-skinned wannabe tyrant or his allies in the Senate to destroy the rule of law in the United States of America.

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Orlando

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We mourn those lost in Orlando this weekend, and our heart goes out to the victims, families and loved ones touched by this horrific tragedy. As President Obama said: This was an act of terror and hate.

But we face a choice – as individuals, as a community, and as a country. A choice about whether to come together as one people and live our values, or a choice to splinter, turn on each other, and turn on our values in fear.

America is strongest when we are united. It is strongest when we celebrate our diversity. It is strongest when we promote those values abroad and live them here at home. When we love each other.

That’s the message of Pride. And that’s how we defeat hate, and how we protect America.

New Hampshire

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I had a terrific time at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention on Saturday.

We’re ready to go to elect Maggie Hassan to the Senate, take back the Democratic majority, and beat Donald Trump this November.

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Why doesn't Donald Trump release his taxes?

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We don’t know what Donald Trump pays in taxes because he is the first Presidential nominee in 40 years to refuse to disclose his tax returns. But the last time Trump’s taxes were made public, he paid nothing – ZERO.

If Donald Trump doesn’t even believe in paying his fair share for the government, we shouldn’t put him in charge of the government. Watch my new video with MoveOn and ask your Fox News-loving uncle: Why do you pay your taxes but Donald Trump doesn’t?

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America's Agenda

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I spent most of my career studying what has happened to America's middle class and why working families are going broke. A few weeks ago, I gave a Powerpoint presentation on it at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention. At heart, I'm a pretty hard-core data nerd, and I love giving this type of talk.

The video here is long – 40 minutes – but if you care about the economic security of working families and what we can do to rebuild our middle class, I think you'll enjoy it.

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Donald Trump can NEVER be the President

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Tonight I called out Donald Trump. While the rest of us were horrified by the 2008 financial crisis, Donald Trump was drooling over the idea of a housing meltdown – because he figured he’d make more money from the misery of millions. Now that he’s sewn up the Republican nomination, he’s out there kissing the fannies of poor, misunderstood bankers, promising to dismantle the rules we put in place after that crisis to rein in Wall Street greed.

And while nurses, teachers, and dockworkers pay their fair share to support our military personnel who show courage and sacrifice for us every single day, Trump says he’s more than happy to dodge taxes.

Donald Trump has made it perfectly clear that he cares about exactly one person – Donald Trump. And that kind of man can NEVER be the President of the United States.

 

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I can't believe we're voting on this today

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In just a few hours, the Senate Republicans will vote for a proposal to make it easier for giant Wall Street banks to cheat Americans out of their retirement savings.

That’s right, EASIER.

Here’s the deal: Many financial advisers already put their customers’ interests first, but a loophole in the law means scrupulous retirement advisers don’t have to —and it costs their customers $17 billion a year. The Department of Labor recently released a terrific new conflict of interest rule to close the loophole. The new rule is simple: all retirement advisers have to do what’s in the best interest of their customers. It’s so obvious that most people assume it already exists.

It didn’t exist – and if the Republicans have their way, it never will. Today on the floor of the United States Senate, the Republicans will publicly vote to overturn those new commonsense regulations. Unbelievable, right?

The Senate Republicans only need 51 votes today to send this to the President’s desk – and President Obama has already vowed to veto it. But the only way we can stop the Republicans from pushing these appalling bills on the Senate floor is if enough people pay attention – and if the Republicans feel some heat for what they’re doing.

Tell the Senate Republicans: Shame on you for pushing Wall Street’s agenda to weaken the new rules on retirement advisers.

Slick-talking retirement advisers have a lot to lose with this new conflict of interest rule. It’s been perfectly legal for them to receive free vacations, cars, bonuses and kickbacks for selling lousy retirement products to unassuming clients.  And they have a lot of influence in Congress.  

But I have a message for the Senate Republicans: We weren’t sent here to work for Wall Street and their armies of lawyers and lobbyists. We weren’t sent here to make it easier for financial institutions to cheat people.

Help us remind the Senate Republicans exactly who they work for. Before today’s vote, tell the Republican majority: Shame on you for cheating America’s working families.

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Stephen Colbert and I talk Trump

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Last night, I went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk about one person: Donald Trump.

Because let’s be clear: Donald Trump doesn’t care about helping America’s working families. Donald Trump is interested in helping exactly one person, and that’s Donald Trump.

Sure, he does lots of name-calling and finger-pointing, but Donald Trump isn’t part of the solution – he’s the problem. He’s a guy who inherited a fortune, then kept it going by cheating people – always looking out for himself and no one else.

In case you missed it, take a look at the video of my talk with Stephen Colbert and share it with your Facebook friends:

 

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Electing Donald Trump would be worse than having a fox guard the henhouse. As I told Stephen, it’s like calling an arsonist when your house is on fire.

No matter who you support in the primary, it’s up to all of us – Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, Vegetarians – to say No to Trump and to win back the Senate. 

Here's proof that government works

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Most retirement advisers do what’s in their clients’ best interests – but not all of them.

Believe it or not, loopholes in the law have made it perfectly legal for some retirement advisers to sell lousy products to unsuspecting clients. Last year, my office put out a report showing the fancy vacations, luxury cars, even Super Bowl-style rings that retirement advisers can receive as kickbacks for selling certain retirement products – even if those products are bad options for their customers.

Patty Murray, Cory Booker and I have been fighting for a strong new Conflict of Interest rule that requires retirement advisers to put their customers first – and today, President Obama and Labor Secretary Tom Perez did just that.

The Obama Administration’s new, higher standard for retirement advice is a huge win for working families. Sign up now to join Patty Murray, Cory Booker and me in thanking President Obama and the Department of Labor for making retirement saving easier, fairer, and more secure for all Americans.

Lousy retirement advice is a much bigger problem than just a few bad apples. Americans lose over $17 billion a year from advisers and brokers who give them conflicted advice.

With literally billions of dollars on the line, the financial industry and its armies of highly-paid lawyers and lobbyists have spent years trying to stop this new Conflict of Interest rule.

And even though today’s announcement just means that the good retirement advisers who already put their clients’ interests first no longer have to compete against the ones that don’t, the lobbyists are going to use every trick in the book to weaken and water down this new rule any way they can.   

President Obama and Secretary Perez stood up to the powerful interests to issue this strong new Conflict of Interest rule – and we need to keep standing by their side to protect it and make sure Congress doesn’t overturn the rule. Join Patty Murray, Cory Booker and me in thanking the Obama Administration for leveling the playing field for America’s families and to show our support.

Today’s announcement is the kind of change that people want to see in Washington. Government works when we have people on the frontlines fighting to make it work.

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