Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

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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The Ryan fantasy

April 12, 2016
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Speculation about Ryan's intentions strikes me as little more than this year's version of the 2012 fantasy candidate gossip that a few pundits indulged in last time. During the 2012 cycle, we kept hearing from Bill Kristol et al. that it wasn't too late for the field to include more candidates, and one name after another was floated to stave off the boredom of Romney's inevitable victory. This year the outcome is much less certain, but the desire to find a new candidate late in the process is still there. Ryan was the subject of such speculation in 2011 and again in 2014 and 2015, so it was probably bound to start up again now that it looks as if there really could be a contested convention. But it still doesn't make sense, not least because Ryan seems genuinely unwilling to fill the role that is being created for him." (04/12/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-ryan-fantasy/  

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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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Trump is not the peace candidate

April 12, 2016
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Reason Reason
by Matt Welch  

"[Y]ou could see why longtime critics of American empire were talking themselves into enthusiasm about the Trump phenomenon. He was saying things about foreign policy that few Republicans dared previously to utter, and he was making all the right enemies. What's not to like? Plenty. The same candidate being cheered on by anti-war commentators is an open advocate of committing more war crimes. He favors deliberately targeting the family members of suspected terrorists .... He wants to expand the use of torture .... Trump's troops will not only be 'defeating ISIS big league' but also seizing its oil. He keeps repeating a wholly made-up story about General John Pershing dipping bullets in pig's blood and executing villagers in the Philippines a century ago -- and he thinks Pershing's alleged behavior is worth emulating." (for publication 05/01/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/12/trump-is-not-the-peace-candida  

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Electile dysfunction

April 12, 2016
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L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"Just a few short weeks ago, I officially endorsed the colorful software pioneer and billionaire John McAfee as my candidate for President. He's running as a libertarian, and everything I've seen from and about him is admirably principled. Also, he has that attractive quality of flamboyance that LP candidates have uniformly lacked over four decades. However, it now appears that the libertarian Party is going to have its usual embarrassingly stupid difficulty nominating and running anybody who is actually a libertarian. There are reasons for this, and a cure, which I will be happy to share provided that they pay me enough money. I have done it for free -- and been ignored -- long enough. I didn't think so." (04/10/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle867-20160410-02.html  

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NJ: Judge to decide Tuesday if Ted Cruz can appear on state GOP ballot

April 12, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"A New Jersey judge said he would rule Tuesday if Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was a "natural-born citizen" under the U.S. Constitution and therefore could appear on the state's June 7 presidential primary ballot. Judge Jeff Masin in Mercerville heard Monday from a group of New Jersey residents and a Catholic University of America law professor. They insisted Cruz, born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father, did not meet the constitutional requirements to be president. Similar arguments were rejected in Pennsylvania, where Cruz will appear on the April 26 primary ballot." (04/11/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/judge-will-decide-tuesday-if-ted-cruz-can-appear-on-new-jersey-republican-ballot  

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Setting the record straight about Colorado’s Republican Caucus

April 12, 2016
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AriArmstrong.com
by Ari Armstrong  

"'All Colorado Republicans [registered more than a month] could vote in precinct caucuses, which chose delegates to congressional and state conventions, who voted for national delegates.' That's my (unabbreviated) Tweet summarizing the way that Colorado Republicans chose delegates to the national Republican Convention. I should know; as a Colorado Republican I participated in the caucuses. But apparently, for some Trump supporters, my experience participating in the caucus process is no match for a Drudge headline claiming it never happened. As of the evening of April 10, Drudge claimed on its main page, 'Fury as Colorado has no primary or caucus; Cruz celebrates voterless victory.' So let's set the facts straight, beginning with my own experiences with the caucus system." [editor's note: My recollection is that Ari used to be a libertarian and a partisan Libertarian. Sad to see him over on the other side with THOSE guys - TLK] (04/11/16)

http://ariarmstrong.com/2016/04/setting-the-record-straight-about-colorados-republican-caucus/  

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Philippines: Elections hack “leaks voter data”

April 11, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The Philippines may have suffered its worst-ever government data breach barely a month before its elections. Personal information, including fingerprint data and passport information, belonging to around 70 million people is said to have been compromised by hackers. The Philippine Commission on the Elections (Comelec) saw its website defaced at the end of March." (04/11/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36013713  

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Peru: Fujimori wins first round of election, heads to runoff

April 11, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"The daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori looked headed to victory in the first round of Peru's presidential election Sunday and will likely face a former World Bank economist in a June runoff, preliminary results indicated. ... The center-right [Keiko] Fujimori led opinion polls for months, but faces a competitive runoff scenario because of how polarizing a figure she is among Peruvians, who either adore her father for defeating Maoist-inspired Shining Path rebels and taming hyperinflation or loathe him for human rights abuses and ordering tanks to shut down Congress. Almost half of Peruvians surveyed said they would never vote for anyone associated with her father, who is imprisoned for human rights violations." (04/11/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/fujimori-polarizing-peru-vote-eyes-runner-race-38283799  

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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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If Trump were president: Boston Globe’s fake front page dares to imagine

April 10, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"The editorial board of The Boston Globe has printed a fake front page featuring Donald Trump as president. The newspaper printed the front page in its Sunday 'Ideas' section and on its website. The page is dated 9 April, 2017, and features a large photo of Trump below a headline that reads 'Deportations to Begin.'" (04/10/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/10/trump-president-boston-globe-predicts-news-fake-front-page?CMP=soc_567  

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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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TN: Maryville man could be first Muslim vice presidential candidate

April 7, 2016
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Blount County Daily Times    

"A Maryville man could reportedly become the first Muslim candidate for vice president in U.S. history. Will Coley, whose activism has gained him national attention in libertarian circles, has agreed to be the running mate of Libertarian Party presidential candidate Darryl W. Perry. Perry is one of 15 candidates seeking the Libertarian nomination for U.S. president." (04/07/16)

http://www.thedailytimes.com/news/maryville-man-could-be-first-muslim-vice-presidential-candidate/article_5b4d00ee-29c6-5945-ac4c-ba9157db9249.html  

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Ireland: Fianna Fail party rules out historic coalition

April 7, 2016
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Killeen Daily Herald    

"Hopes of forging a historic coalition between Ireland's two traditional political foes have been dashed after one party, Fianna Fail, decided it cannot partner Prime Minister Enda Kenny in government. Thursday's decision at a Dublin meeting of Fianna Fail lawmakers leaves two possible outcomes from Ireland's inconclusive election." (04/07/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/world/ireland-s-fianna-fail-party-rules-out-historic-coalition/article_1e498ffa-5e5f-5a5d-b4ed-6fc9e3fd050b.html  

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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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There’s still time for a serious third party presidential run

April 6, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Russell Berman  

"[I]t's not too late for a third-party or independent run, and it might even be possible for someone as wealthy and well-known as Trump to launch a serious campaign as late as July. (Note: Serious does not necessarily mean winning.) But for the anti-Trump forces scrambling to find a conservative alternative, time is very much running short." (04/06/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/how-a-third-party-presidential-bid-could-still-happen/477021/  

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Trump and Clinton trip on abortion taboos

April 6, 2016
posted by

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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Trump proposes funding wall by abusing USA PATRIOT Act to threaten workers’ support for families

April 6, 2016
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Washington Post    

"Donald Trump would force Mexico to pay for a border wall by threatening to cut off billions of dollars in remittances sent by immigrants living in the U.S., according to a memo released by his campaign Tuesday. The memo outlines how Trump would try to compel Mexico to pay for a 1,000-mile wall if he becomes president. In his proposal, Trump threatened to change a rule under the USA Patriot Act, an anti-terrorism law, to cut off funds sent to Mexico through money transfers known as remittances. Trump said he would withdraw the threat if Mexico makes 'a one-time payment of $5-10 billion' to finance the wall." (04/05/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/report-trump-hell-fund-wall-cutting-remittances-38158595  

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