Posts Tagged ‘ Democratic Party ’

Sanders to release tax returns, Clinton won’t commit to releasing paid speeches

April 14, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton refuses to commit to releasing the transcripts of paid speeches she gave to Wall Street firms, including Goldman Sachs. The former secretary of state was pressed on the issue Thursday night during a presidential debate in Brooklyn. She said she would release the transcripts when every other candidate does the same. She immediately turned the tables on her opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, calling on him to release his tax returns, something he had previously not committed to doing. 'There is a long standing expectation that everyone running release their tax returns,' she said, noting that she's released 30 years worth. Sanders responded by saying he would release his tax returns from 2014 Friday, April 15, which is traditionally tax day. (Taxes are due on Monday, April 18 this year.)" (04/14/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/sanders-release-tax-returns-clinton-won-t-commit-releasing-paid-n556286  

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Hey, Democrats, stop gloating — your party is imploding right before your eyes, too

April 14, 2016
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Salon
by Steve Almond  

"The governing narrative of the 2016 Presidential campaign so far has been that GOP is imploding. All it took was the adolescent agitprop of Donald Trump to lay bare the rift between the Party Establishment (i.e. corporate donors) and the Party Base, whose anxieties and prejudices they have been manipulating for decades. There's been a gleeful sense of schadenfreude in the coverage churned out by left-leaning outlets in particular. How lovely it has been to watch the conservative movement's house of cards fall into shambles! The problem, of course, is that Republicans aren’t the only party facing an historic rift." (04/14/16)

http://www.salon.com/2016/04/14/hey_democrats_stop_gloating_your_party_is_imploding_right_before_your_eyes_too/  

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To protect Hillary Clinton, Democrats wage war on their own core Citizens United argument

April 14, 2016
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Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"For years, the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Citizens United was depicted by Democrats as the root of all political evil. But now, the core argument embraced by the Court's conservatives to justify their ruling has taken center stage in the Democratic primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders -- because Clinton supporters, to defend the huge amount of corporate cash on which their candidate is relying, frequently invoke that very same reasoning." (04/14/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/14/to-protect-clinton-democrats-wage-war-on-their-own-core-citizens-united-argument/  

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Who should Bernie pick for VP?

April 14, 2016
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OpEdNews
by Rob Kall  

"There is growing discussion about who should be Bernie Sander[s]'s choice for vice president. I have two choices, one obvious the other someone no-one's mentioning, who could be stellar. I discuss possible candidates others have proposed and some I think should be on the table." (04/13/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Who-Should-Bernie-Pick-for-by-Rob-Kall-2016-Vice-Presidential-Candidate_Bernie-Sanders-2016-Presidential-Candidate_Ellison-Keith_Gabbard-Tulsi-160413-456.html  

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Sanders shows support as 40,000 Verizon workers go on strike

April 13, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Bernie Sanders got a rock star reception Wednesday when he joined some of the nearly 40,000 Verizon workers who walked off their jobs. The Democratic presidential candidate was greeted with cheers when he showed up unexpectedly on the picket line in Brooklyn to show solidarity with striking workers. 'Brothers and sisters, thank you for your courage in standing up for justice against corporate greed,' Sanders said to loud applause." (04/13/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/nearly-40-000-verizon-workers-strike-wednesday-n555141?cid=sm_fb  

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Once, the Clintons favored mass incarceration

April 13, 2016
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Tim Lynch  

"Democrats are not yet ready to unify behind Hillary Clinton. Last week, Bill Clinton got into a row with activists from Black Lives Matter over his 1994 Crime Bill. With criminal justice reform regarded as an urgent priority, that 1994 measure is being held up in Democratic circles as a reason to view the Clintons with suspicion. Back in 1994, it was popular to be 'tough on crime,' so that's where the Clintons positioned themselves. They were not alone. Democratic leaders in the Congress, such as Joe Biden and Charles Schumer, spearheaded the effort to get an anti-crime bill enacted." (04/12/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/once-clintons-favored-mass-incarceration  

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Cranks for president

April 13, 2016
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Some of us who think of ourselves as populists -- or just ordinary people, hence 'outsiders' -- are having a hard time this political season. The two most talked-about outsider candidates, billionaire Donald Trump and socialist Bernie Sanders, make for strange populists. A billionaire as a 'man of the people?' Not very plausible. It is his lack of a self-censor, his free-wheeling, stream-of-conscious grade-school-level discourse, that impresses many folks. Definitely not scripted. A socialist as populist? Socialism, long associated with elitists, would put the State into every area of everyday life. Most folks with horse sense resist that." (04/12/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/04/12/cranks-for-president/  

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CO: Sanders wins crucial extra delegate after Democratic mistake went unreported

April 12, 2016
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Russia Today [Russian state media]    

"Bernie Sanders easily won the Colorado caucus in March, but a mistake made by the Democratic Party awarded the Vermont senator one less delegate than he actually earned -- and the party didn't bother telling the Sanders campaign about the error. Originally, it was projected that Sanders -- who won the Democratic caucus against Hillary Clinton by a tally of 60 percent to 40 percent -- would earn 38 delegates compared to Clinton's 28. After tallying Clinton's support from 10 Colorado superdelegates, the former secretary of state tied Sanders 38-38 in delegates." (04/12/16)

https://www.rt.com/usa/339347-sanders-colorado-delegate-mistake/  

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Krugman attacks: The establishment snarls a warning to Sanders

April 12, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Rick Sterling  

"When Republicans are in the White House, Paul Krugman and the NY Times sometimes sound pretty good. But when someone starts seriously and effectively challenging core assumptions and values of our political economic system, the progressive veneer quickly vanishes. This is demonstrated in Paul Krugman's verbal attack on the Bernie Sanders campaign in his 'Sanders Over the Edge' editorial. ... Krugman’s diatribe deserves scrutiny and lampooning. The purpose seems to be to ridicule, threaten and warn Sanders to get back in line. Hopefully progressives will intensify support for Bernie and tell Krugman to get his facts straight." (04/12/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/12/krugman-attacks-the-establishment-snarls-a-warning-to-sanders/  

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Why Soviet refugees aren’t buying Sanders’s socialism

April 12, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Olga Khazan  

"Interviews with more than a dozen immigrants from the former Soviet Union in the Bay Area suggest that some in the community are recoiling from Bernie Sanders and his leftist ideals. One hundred years after the Bolshevik Revolution swept Communists into power, some Russians in America say they can't believe a serious candidate in the United States is calling himself a socialist. As another Russian emigre, Tatiana Menaker, put it, 'We feel like we survived a plague, and now we are seeing people with boils on their skin.'" (04/12/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/bernie-sanders-trump-russians/477045/  

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Trump, Clinton officially win Missouri

April 12, 2016
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Politico    

"Nearly a month after voters cast their ballots, the primary results in Missouri have finally been made official, and Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton can add the state to their list of wins. ... Trump pipped Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by just 0.2 percentage points -- 40.9 percent to Cruz’s 40.7. ... On the Democratic side, the former secretary of state also led Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders also by 0.2 percentage points -- 49.6 percent to his 49.4." (04/12/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/trump-clinton-win-missouri-221831  

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Liberals and conservatives should reject Sanders

April 11, 2016
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"In the polarized environment of modern American politics, there aren't many things that liberals and conservatives agree on. But they should be able to join hands and lift their voices in unison to say, 'Bernie Sanders will not do.'" (04/11/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/11/liberals-and-conservatives-should-reject  

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Presidential caucuses: Cruz sweeps Colorado, Sanders wins Wyoming

April 11, 2016
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Ted Cruz both scored weekend victories against their front-running rivals in a tightening race as the two major parties prepare to pick their White House nominee. Cruz, the Texas Senator, chipped away at fellow Republican Donald Trump's lead by taking all 13 Colorado delegates at stake in a state Republican convention Saturday, his fourth win in a row against the bombastic billionaire. That was in addition to another 21 delegates Cruz won in the state through a series of county elections, for a total of 34. ... Sanders meanwhile pulled off a surprise win over rival Hillary Clinton in the Wyoming caucuses, his eighth victory in the last nine contests. Despite the Democratic Senator's 10-point lead over Clinton (55.7 percent to 44.3 percent), both candidates scored seven delegates each due to party rules in the overwhelmingly Republican state." [editor's note: It wasn't a "surprise" win for Sanders in Wyoming; I don't know of anyone who predicted Clinton would win that state - TLK] (04/10/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3531884/Sanders-wins-Wyoming-extend-victory-run.html  

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It’s time for Hillary Clinton to step aside

April 10, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Rob Urie  

"There is no -- zero, nada, zilch, possibility that Mrs. Clinton will actually step aside to make room for the Leftward leaning youth movement now propelling Bernie Sanders. The stakes in terms of political graft, patronage and the power to serve the deeply entrenched Western plutocracy are too high for establishment Democrats (and Republicans) to forego in the public interest. Not only will Mrs. Clinton and her cohort use the levers they have created to assure that she is the Democratic Party candidate, the Democratic establishment will be the greatest hindrance to political and social resolution should Mr. Sanders prevail. The Party of FDR will do whatever is in its power to destroy the New Deal revival programs that Mr. Sanders is promoting." (04/08/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/08/its-time-for-hillary-clinton-to-step-aside/  

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The problem with Hillary Clinton isn’t just her corporate cash. It’s her corporate worldview.

April 7, 2016
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OpEdNews
by Naomi Klein  

"The Clinton camp really doesn't like talking about fossil-fuel money. Last week, when a young Greenpeace campaigner challenged Hillary Clinton about taking money from fossil-fuel companies, the candidate accused the Bernie Sanders campaign of 'lying' and declared herself 'so sick' of it. As the exchange went viral, a succession of high-powered Clinton supporters pronounced that there was nothing to see here and that everyone should move along. The very suggestion that taking this money could impact Clinton's actions is 'baseless and should stop,' according to California Senator Barbara Boxer. It's 'flat-out false,' 'inappropriate,' and doesn't 'hold water,' declared New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman went so far as to issue 'guidelines for good and bad behavior' for the Sanders camp. The first guideline? Cut out the 'innuendo suggesting, without evidence, that Clinton is corrupt.' That's a whole lot of firepower to slap down a non-issue. So is it an issue or not?" ()4/07/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Problem-With-Hillary-C-by-Naomi-Klein-Climate-Change_Clinton-Foundation_Corporate-Contributions_Fossil-Fuel-160407-38.html  

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Bernie Sanders’s short memory

April 7, 2016
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Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"Bernie Sanders was asked to specify the fraud committed by Wall Street banks. He replied: 'What kind of fraudulent activity? Fraudulent activity that brought this country into the worst economic decline in its history by selling packages of fraudulent, fraudulent, worthless subprime mortgages. How's that for a start? Selling products to people who you knew could not repay them. Lying to people without allowing them to know that in a year, their interest rates would be off the charts. ...' Does Sanders really forget that it was progressives like him who demanded that banks lower lending standards so that low-income people with no, weak, or bad credit histories could get mortgages with low teaser interest rates that would later balloon? Is he ignorant of the fact that these banks had every reason to believe the government would bail them out if they failed? ... Sen. Sanders, Wall Street couldn't have done it alone. It needed people like you." (04/06/16)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/04/bernie-sanderss-short-memory.html  

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Bernie Sanders opposes charity

April 6, 2016
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Tim Slagle.com
by Tim Slagle  

"Bernie Sanders supports welfare over charity, even though evidence suggests welfare leads to laziness, but not in the way you think it does. You would think that a candidate, whose campaign relies solely on charity, would be a little more sympathetic to it. A New York Times article from 1981, contains a shocking admission from the #2 Candidate. (h/t: Powerline): ''I don't believe in charities,' said Mayor Sanders, bringing a shocked silence to a packed hotel banquet room. The Mayor, who is a Socialist, went on to question the 'fundamental concepts on which charities are based' and contended that government, rather than charity organizations, should take over responsibility for social programs.'" (04/06/16)

http://timslagle.com/comedy/satire/bernie-sanders-opposes-charity.html  

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Extremist against charity

April 6, 2016
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Vermont's favorite son, Senator Bernie Sanders, has a long history of saying strange things, comments that cast a shadow on his current spin that the socialism he favors is a 'democratic' one. He really is (or has been) quite extreme, extremist. How extreme? He is against charity. You know, private aid provided to alleviate private suffering." (04/06/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/04/06/extremist-against-charity/  

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Trump and Clinton trip on abortion taboos

April 6, 2016
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"When Donald Trump said women who obtain illegal abortions should face 'some form of punishment,' it was a rookie mistake. New to the anti-abortion movement, the Republican presidential front-runner did not realize he was supposed to view women who terminate their pregnancies as victims rather than perpetrators. By contrast, when Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee and a longtime champion of abortion rights, called a fetus an 'unborn person,' she really should have known better. Her stumble, like Trump's, exposed a taboo that facilitates blinkered thinking about abortion." (04/06/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/06/trump-and-clinton-trip-on-abortion-taboo  

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WI: Cruz, Sanders notch primary wins

April 6, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Bernie Sanders won Tuesday's primaries in Wisconsin, dealing setbacks to frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and giving both winning candidates a burst of momentum as more delegate-rich contests loom in a matter of weeks." (04/06/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/wisconsin-primary-takes-2016-spotlight-both-parties-n550966  

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DC: Sanders reportedly left off primary ballot after Democratic Party error

March 31, 2016
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Washington Times    

"Washington primary voters may not get to feel the Bern. Because of an error by the D.C. Democratic Party, Sen. Bernard Sanders’ name is not on the ballot, according to a report by WRC-TV, the local NBC affiliate. Both the Vermont senator’s team and the campaign of rival Hillary Clinton submitted the required $2,500 registration fee and other paperwork, but the party did not notify the D.C. Board of Elections by a key deadline." (03/30/16)

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/30/bernie-sanders-left-dc-primary-ballot-after-democr/  

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Why do the candidates want war with China?

March 31, 2016
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Barry Brownstein Foundation for Economic Education
by Barry Brownstein  

"Who is the peacemaking candidate this year? It is neither outsider. Sanders and Trump are both economic illiterates whose policies, if implemented, will result in a trade war with China. And, as we will see, trade wars can lead to shooting wars. Some may chafe at the idea of lumping kindhearted Bernie with vulgar Trump. Surely Sanders's intentions are peaceful. But good intentions are never enough." (03/30/16)

http://fee.org/articles/why-do-the-candidates-want-war-with-china/  

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Election 2016: Hillary Clinton is a bad hand in the World Series of Political Poker

March 30, 2016
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"I hold no brief for the Democratic Party in general, or for Hillary Clinton in particular, or for the Republicans. I'm a partisan Libertarian and a pox on both their houses. But I tremble at the prospect of one party exercising absolute control over both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government -- especially with Donald Trump or Ted Cruz at its head. Those are the stakes in this year's game of presidential poker. Do Democrats really want to go all in on Hillary Clinton's narcissistic sense of self-entitlement, especially when it's looking more and more likely that the next card the dealer turns up will be grand jury indictments? Apparently they do, but I can't for the life of me figure out why." (03/29/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/5278  

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FBI interviews loom for Clinton, aides, says report

March 29, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"The FBI is arranging interviews with some of Hillary Clinton's closest aides over her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of State, a new report says. Prosecutors are also expected to seek an interview with the Democratic presidential front-runner herself, though nothing has been scheduled so far, according to the Los Angeles Times. ... The email controversy has dogged Clinton's campaign even as she has moved closer to winning the Democratic nomination. The report on the FBI's push for interviews suggests its probe will continue for weeks, making it more likely the issue will not be resolved before the end of the primary." (03/28/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/274440-report-fbi-scheduling-email-interviews-with-clinton-aides  

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Bernie Sanders accidentally endorse the free market

March 29, 2016
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Gary McGath  

"[Bucharest is] noteworthy for having some of the fastest Internet service in the world, a fact that socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has called attention to on Twitter: 'Today, people living in Bucharest, Romania have access to much faster Internet than most of the US. That's unacceptable and must change.' Bucharest is among the world's top cities for Internet speed, though it's only the third fastest in Romania and is outranked by Kansas City. Why that upsets Sanders so much isn't clear. Perhaps he shares the Dracula's Castle stereotype of the country and thinks it outrageous that Americans can't do better. Perhaps he's jealous and thinks Romania ought to slow down. Or perhaps he thinks Bucharest achieved its high speeds through central planning and the US should emulate it." (03/28/16)

http://fee.org/articles/bernie-sanders-accidentally-endorses-the-free-market/  

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