Posts Tagged ‘ elections ’

Jim Webb, the Green Party and the future of the left

April 29, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Camilo Gomez  

"Besides the almost quixotic attempt of the 'Draft Warren' attempt, Hillary will not face a serious challenger in the Democratic Primaries maybe with one exception. Jim Webb is a strong candidate even if the liberal establishment always was suspicious of his populist tendencies. Webb a former Secretary of the Navy on the Reagan Administration once he switched parties was elected Senator from Virginia as a Democrat. He was somehow a left-wing paleoconservative that manage to be a cultural conservative with social tolerance while been an economic populist. But where he could score more points in the primaries is with is foreign policy restraint." (04/29/14)

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It’s election season. Do you know where the candidates stand?

April 29, 2015
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Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Dustin Curtis  

"Campaign season is upon us, and we've all heard the political rhetoric that comes with it. Many of our legislators have gotten comfortable spewing pithy talking points and safely winning re-election year after year. They count on you to forget their voting records and put party 'loyalty' over principle, while expecting that you will give them your vote without question -- if you vote at all." (04/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q28rcs7  

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The “champion” ruse

April 29, 2015
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Don Boudreaux Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
by Donald J Boudreaux  

"In the insipid launch of her latest bid for the presidency, Hillary Clinton said, 'Everyday Americans need a champion and I want to be that champion.' Let's assume that Mrs. Clinton's campaign is about practical substance rather than political cinema. That is, let's assume that she intends with her pronouncements to convey genuine, meaningful information rather than to anesthetize voters with sonorous sound bites. What, then, might she mean by the above proclamation?" (04/28/15)

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Sanders to launch presidential bid

April 29, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton. Sanders, an independent who describes himself as a 'democratic socialist,' will follow a statement with a major campaign kickoff in his home state in several weeks. Two people familiar with his announcement spoke to The Associated Press under condition of anonymity to describe internal planning." (04/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mkszt2n  

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Hillary on the brink of collapse

April 28, 2015
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New York Post New York Post
by Michael Goodwin  

"A passage from Ernest  Hemingway fits the moment. In 'The Sun Also  Rises,' one character asks,  'How did you go bankrupt?' and another responds: 'Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.' The exchange captures Hillary Clinton's red alert. She's been going politically bankrupt for a long time, and now faces the prospect of sudden collapse. If she's got a winning defense, she’d better be quick about it. ... She's on political trial in a country where Clinton Fatigue alone could be a fatal verdict. After 25 years of corner-cutting and dishonest behavior, accumulation is her enemy. Each day threatens to deliver the straw that breaks the camel's back. It may already have happened and we're just waiting for public opinion to catch up to the facts." (04/25/15)

http://nypost.com/2015/04/25/hillary-on-the-brink-of-collapse/  

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The UK’s return to socialism

April 27, 2015
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Iain Murray Foundation for Economic Education
by Iain Murray  

"In Britain today, the economy is booming. Employment is up, growth is up, public spending is down, and the head of the International Monetary Fund has praised the country's policies as 'obviously working.' The secret to Britain's success? Thirty years of generally liberal economic policies (liberal in the libertarian sense). That might be about to come to an end, following the general election in May. Despite the good economic news, Britons are unhappy. The liberal consensus may be breaking down. If so, it won't be the first time it's happened. And we've seen the dire results." (04/27/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/the-uks-return-to-socialism  

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Gillibrand proposes federal online voter registration mandate

April 27, 2015
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Westchester News 12    

"Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says every eligible voter in the United States should be able to register to vote online. She was joined by good government groups on Sunday as she announced legislation that would require all 50 states to let voters register online. Gillibrand says 25 states don't have an online registration system. Twenty-one states do and four others have passed legislation that will implement it." (04/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/klc3lfz  

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Lincoln Chafee’s Clinton critique is actually compelling

April 27, 2015
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W. James Antle III The American Conservative
by W James Antle III  

"By most measures, Jim Webb would be the more credible antiwar challenger to Clinton, even with his well publicized misgivings about the Iran deal. A fellow one-term senator, Webb has a formidable military background while the moppy-haired Chafee looks like he should either be attending classes at Brown or shoeing horses somewhere. In a 2001 New Republic profile, Michael Crowley compared Chafee to the Chauncy Gardner character in the Peter Sells film Being There. It's a backhanded compliment, as Gardner's 'simple aphorisms about gardening are misinterpreted as profound political insights.' Chafee, however, has shown a willingness to actually criticize Clinton on foreign policy and her coziness to Wall Street in a way that Webb has hesitated to do and Martin O'Malley probably can't if he is interested in a longer term career in the Democratic Party." (04/27/15)

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Clinton Foundation admits “mistakes” on how it listed foreign donations

April 27, 2015
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"The Clinton Foundation issued a statement on Sunday in which it admitted it 'made mistakes' over the listing of donations from foreign governments on its tax forms. At the same time, the author of a forthcoming book, which alleges that donors to the family's interests may have received government favours, called for an urgent investigation. Barely into her run for the White House in 2016, Hillary Clinton is already engulfed in controversy over donations, political influence and transparency." (04/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ocvow2h  

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EU referendum: The invisible revolution

April 27, 2015
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Libertarian Alliance The Libertarian Alliance
by Richard North  

"The FUD continues unabated, as the Guardian reports that HSBC, Britain's biggest bank, has issued 'a stark warning about the economic risks of the UK pulling out of the European Union,' citing the economic uncertainty created by the risk of the UK going alone. This comes as the bank has revealed it was threatening to move its headquarters out of London to another country, a threat that has not impressed Mark Gilbert of Bloomberg. Writes Gilbert, there's a saying used to call the bluff of someone who threatens to flounce out of the room during an argument: 'Don't let the door hit your backside on the way out.' That sums up, he says, how the UK should react to the bank's threat to move its headquarters to a different country." (04/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q2a7jqk  

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Kick the cops out of the election campaign

April 26, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"For the police to monitor what candidates say, to keep a check on the political positions they put forward and tell them off if their positions are 'wrong,' is an intolerable intervention by the armed wing of the state into what ought to be a free and open debate between aspiring political representatives and the public. Well, it's no longer only tinpot nations overseas where the police barge into the electoral arena. It has now happened on Britain. This week. Ahead of the General Election on 7 May. The police have announced that they are investigating one of the people campaigning for a seat, not for anything he did, not for any crime against a person or property, but for something he said, for a political position he put forward during an election debate." (04/25/15)

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The clash over Clinton’s cash — and why it matters

April 26, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by David Frum  

"Today was the latest installment of the never-ending Clinton scandal saga, but it won't be the last. Yet in some ways, the specifics are a distraction. The sale of access was designed into the post-2001 Clinton family finances from the start. Probably nobody will ever prove that this quid led to that quo ... but there's about a quarter-billion-dollar of quid heaped in plain sight and an equally impressive pile of quo, and it's all been visible for years to anyone who cared to notice." (04/25/15)

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Progressives line up to defend Clinton corruption

April 26, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Chris Floyd  

"It's amusing to see how our staunch progressives -- who believe so deeply in a level playing field and fair play, who railed so vociferously against crony capitalism back in Bush-Time -- are now twisting themselves in knots to dismiss the stories about that long-festering font of corruption, the Clinton Foundation. Suddenly, what was once evil and corrosive -- peddling elite insider influence for private profit -- is just old hat, no big deal, business as usual." (04/24/15)

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America’s not ready for Hillary

April 24, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Institute for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"[I]t's not financial hijinks, tall tales about Bosnian sniper fire, shrugging deflections of responsibility for American deaths in Benghazi, or even her Nixonian, and undeniably criminal, actions in controlling, concealing and destroying official emails as Secretary of State that sound the death knell for her presidential aspirations. The real problem is that nobody seems to be able to think of any good reason why she should be elected president. Even among those Americans who are okay with politicians running their lives, there's no great stampede on to let THIS politician run their lives. Maybe that's because she so clearly relishes the idea." (04/23/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1126  

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Rand Paul, hawk or dove?

April 24, 2015
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W. James Antle III The American Conservative
by W James Antle III  

"Since his election to the Senate in 2010 it's barely been an exaggeration to say that the Republican foreign-policy debate has been Rand Paul versus everyone else. While he has some likeminded colleagues, especially in the House, he is the single figure most associated with a break from the GOP's Bush-Cheney national-security legacy. The debate was kicked off by his father, former Texas congressman and two-time GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul. Many hoped that the son would expand the electoral base for what his father started. In the early stages of his own 2016 presidential campaign, however, Rand Paul has edged closer to the Republican foreign-policy consensus." (04/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qfo78bj  

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The Clintons, crony capitalism, and American foreign policy

April 24, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The income stream of the Clinton Foundation, which includes many millions of dollars from foreign governments and individuals with close links to foreign governments, has created a firestorm of controversy. A forthcoming book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, by Peter Schweizer, contends that, during her tenure as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton granted favors and concessions to governments that were generous in their donations to the Foundation that bears her name." (04/24/15)

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Hillary the hawk

April 23, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Charles Davis and Medea Benjamin  

"Announcing her latest campaign for the presidency, Hillary Clinton declared she was entering the race to be the champion for 'everyday Americans.' As a lawmaker and diplomat, however, Clinton has long championed military campaigns that have killed scores of 'everyday' people abroad, from Iraq to Yemen. As commander-in-chief, there's no reason to believe she'd be any less a hawk than she was as the senator who backed George W. Bush's war in Iraq, or the Secretary of State who encouraged Barack Obama to escalate the war in Afghanistan. If her nomination is as sure a thing as people say, then antiwar organizing needs to start right away." (04/23/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/04/23/hillary-the-hawk-2/  

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Graham, McCain call for wahhhhhhmbulance over Paul “lapdog” remark

April 23, 2015
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Politico    

"The Senate's Two Amigos are firing back at Rand Paul's 'lapdog' diss. Paul, the 2016 GOP presidential contender who's tussled with Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain over foreign policy, took aim at the hawkish duo this week by charging that they are 'lapdogs' for President Barack Obama's policies abroad. On Wednesday, Graham -- considering a 2016 bid of his own -- dismissed the Kentucky Republican's criticism and said Paul would have the 'worst chance of anybody to make a case against Obama’s foreign policy.' ... Meanwhile, McCain said an anonymous Obama administration official has compared him and Graham to Doberman Pinschers -- rather than lapdogs." [editor's note: I have to agree that Graham and McCain aren't "lapdogs." More like rabid Chihuahuas - TLK] (04/22/15)

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Hillary logo

April 22, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by Nate Beeler  

Cartoon. (04/21/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/04/hillary-logo/  

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How to judge a political candidate

April 22, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Modern campaigning techniques are often derided by the high-minded because they so often resemble advertising campaigns out to sell consumers some product or other: our Olympian intellectuals have nothing but disdain for this 'commercialization' of politics, and sneer that political strategists are trying to sell candidates as if they were bars of soap. But of course there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, and certainly libertarians will understand the explicit anti-capitalist bias of such a wrong-headed attitude. After all, selling people on an ideology, or a candidate, is not fundamentally different from selling them, say, a brand of toothpaste, or whatever." (04/22/15)

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A grand coalition of folly

April 22, 2015
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Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by Alex Rantwell  

"On the one hand it seems unthinkable that the two parties often seen as the opposing poles of British politics could form a coalition government. On the other hand it seems to make perfect sense. There is precious little difference in terms of policy, ideology or integrity. Both parties seem to govern with the notion that everything would be fine if not for the public. Both have hemorrhaged membership in recent decades as they have ceased to be organs of democratic governance and become essentially vote brokers offering a veneer of legitimacy to a sort of disorganised corporatism." (04/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q28fnem  

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Hillary

April 22, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by David Fitzsimmons  

Cartoon. (04/20/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/04/hillary-2/  

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Finished business

April 21, 2015
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"I mean Nebraska's civil war, a 23-year schism between its unicameral legislature and what's known as the state's 'second house' -- that is, the people, acting through the initiative and referendum process, often checking the power of the first house." (04/21/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/04/21/finished-business/  

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Ben Carson’s gay epiphany

April 21, 2015
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Republican potential presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, experienced an epiphany recently after taking some heavy flack for expressing his opinion that homosexuality is a 'choice' and backing up the argument by declaring that people 'go to prison straight -- and when they come out they're gay.' Upon serious reflection, and to his credit, the good Dr. apologized for his ignorant insensitive comments. He now says that he no longer wants to talk about LGBT issues." (04/21/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/04/ben-carsons-gay-epiphany.html  

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Rubio’s phony concern for stability

April 21, 2015
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"It is fairly common for hawks to exaggerate how disorderly and dangerous a region or the world is, but Rubio's statement stands out for being even more misinformed than the usual fear-mongering claims. The [Middle East] has not suffered from '3,800 years of instability,' and if Rubio were pressed on this he would have to admit that this phrase is silly. ... Some parts of this region are very insecure and unstable, but it is clearly untrue that regional instability is greater now than it has ever been. It is certainly much more stable than it was a century ago when the Ottoman Empire was disintegrating and being carved up into the many states we see today. So Rubio's claim is easily refuted. Another part of his speech shows us that his concern for regional stability is phony." (04/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q6fvlhq  

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