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One thing is for sure, Republicans are most certainly not afraid of Bernie Sanders.


They've run zero ads against Bernie. They don't even mention his name at debates. They don't even respond to his comments.

Hillary on the other hand is beating every candidate on both sides of the aisle while simultaneously being attacked by every candidate on both sides of the aisle.

All while running a global charity to fight AIDS and poverty around the world, and battling Citizens United and Judicial Watch in the courts.

No wonder why she has the union endorsements, party endorsements, and endorsements from Civil Rights heroes like John Lewis, Gloria Steinem, Dolores Huerta, Andrew Young, Jim Obgerfell, to name a few.

Apologize For What?

Donald Trump's Muslim Bashing Aids Cause of Terror Networks, Say Experts.

Donald Trump's call for closing America's door to Muslims is opening a window of opportunity for groups like ISIS, counter-terrorism experts and human rights advocates say.

The Republican presidential candidate's controversial proposal for barring all Muslims from entering the United States is being used by the head-chopping fanatics and other terrorist groups like al Qaeda to attract recruits by painting the land of the free as opposed to Islam, experts told NBC News on Tuesday.

"They love him from the sense that he is supporting their rhetoric," said Rita Katz with the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors the social media activities of Islamic terrorist groups

"They follow everything Donald Trump says," she noted. "When he says, 'No Muslims should be allowed in America,' they tell people, 'We told you America hates Muslims and here is proof.'"

link: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/donald-trumps-muslim-bashing-aids-cause-terror-networks-say-experts-n476221

Clinton campaign sweats out data breach damage.


And it’s a source of real and deepening concern for Clinton’s data and voter targeting teams in Iowa – where Clinton leads by single digits — and New Hampshire, where she trails neighboring-state Sen. Sanders by a similar spread.

“We’re down in New Hampshire and we all know Iowa is going to tighten,” said one Clinton staffer on the ground in a battleground state. “(The Sanders team) is full of s--t when they say they didn’t get any intel … It’s like the opposing general getting your battle plans.”

Clinton’s top strategist and pollster-in-chief Joel Benenson, who oversaw two successful Obama campaign operations that set records for maximizing core-voter turnout, says his staff is eagerly awaiting the results of a third-party audit into the hack of the Democratic National Committee-housed lists. The DNC said it is just beginning the process of securing an independent audit by a data security firm.

The Clinton campaign also wants to learn basic details of the narrative — like why, for instance, Sanders’ campaign manager didn’t tell his candidate when he learned of the breach last Wednesday; Sanders was only looped in a day later, after DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz called him personally with the news. Weaver told POLITICO on Saturday he withheld the information from Sanders because he at first believed the breach was a staff-level concern that could be dealt with in-house. “My field director informed me,” he recalled. “I said, ‘let everyone know that no one is to do anything with the Clinton data.' It was not clear immediately there was any problem on our side.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-data-breach-217019#ixzz3uxiIeZLo

Shouldn't Bernie have also apologized to Hillary supporters?

I read a tweet by a Hillary volunteer who said her and her 2 kids ages 10 and 8 worked through the summer helping compile those lists. Not only was potentially millions worth of data stolen, but months of hard labor was also potentially stolen.

I know Bernie fans don't want this to be a big deal, and it probably won't be a big deal, but with new reports of staffers saving files then trying to cover it up there is literally no way of ever knowing what or how much was taken. Or for how long it was being snooped.

Guess who won the Dem debate?

From one of the biggest Hillary-haters in the media: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/12/19/winners-and-losers-in-the-4th-democratic-presidential-debate/

Four Questions Bernie Sanders Needs to Answer

We’re glad that the Sanders campaign and DNC reached an agreement last night and that the Sanders campaign has agreed to an independent audit of the data breach.

This saga - and having our campaign’s hard work violated by the Sanders’ campaign - has been disturbing to our campaign and the volunteers who worked hard to build a strong organization.  But it has also been a distraction from the issues that the American people care about. We think those issues should be the focus of the debate tonight: issues like raising wages, access to healthcare, and keeping America safe. However, given news that Senator Sanders and his team apparently want to make this topic the centerpiece of their debate strategy, here are some questions that should be on the table.

1: Why'd your campaign say you didn't store anything?

The Sanders campaign was able to access (and save) 24 different lists of proprietary Clinton campaign information, as seen in their NGPVAN activity logs. Here, for example, is a Sanders staffer searching for and saving a list of voters that the Clinton campaign identified as persuadable in Iowa.

Let’s be clear about how the VAN system works: when you look at the log, “saving” means an attempt to store the data to your own account–and there are reports that there were preliminary attempts to export the data into excel sheets. They knew what they were doing. Which brings me to my next point.

2: Why'd your campaign claim it was an accident?

In an interview with Bloomberg yesterday, Tad Devine claimed this was all a “mistake.” A mistake?

NGPVAN’s audit found that Sanders staffers conducted 25 targeted searches of Clinton campaign data, just like the example above. Let me reiterate what this being a “mistake” would mean. Take a look at this pull out from the audit activity logs.

For this to be a “mistake,” the Sanders campaign would have had to  accidentally…

Searched for the voters we've identified as being unlikely to support Hillary Clinton in the South Carolina primarySaved that list into their own account folderSearched for the voters we've identified as supporters who are very likely to turn out to vote in the South Carolina primarySaved that list into their own account folderSearched for the voters we've identified as supporters who are unlikely to turn out to vote in the South Carolina primary

This is just a sample. They pulled 21 more lists. That seems hardly accidental to me.

3: Why did the Sanders campaign claim that only one staffer was involved in accessing Clinton campaign data?

Contrary to their claims, there werefour staffers involved. In fact, from the audit logs provided by NGPVAN, the staffer they fired wasn’t even the person involved in accessing the most data.

4. Why did your campaign claim that the "one staffer" was junior level?

In initial reports, the Sanders campaign claimed that the “single staffer” involved in accessing Clinton campaign data was at the junior level. Tad Devine even went so far as to say that he’d never met the guy.

Josh Uretsky, the staffer who was fired, was the campaign’s most senior data strategist.

From his Linkedin page: 

Our data director is involved in our strategic, day-to-day decision making. That’s a pretty broad interpretation of junior.

In conclusion...

To most voters, this will all seem pretty arcane. They care about raising wages for their family. They care about security for their family. They care about who’s going to keep them safe. They certainly don’t spend much time thinking about campaign data theft.

With that said, if Senator Sanders intends to make his campaign’s theft of our data a rallying point, he should have to answer these questions. His campaign took advantage of a security flaw to access and retain proprietary Clinton campaign information. We don’t know if they still have it. Those are all facts. No amount of misdirection changes those facts.

We look forward to tonight’s debate.


This link includes screenshots.

link: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/briefing/statements/2015/12/19/four-questions-bernie-sanders-needs-to-answer/

NGP VAN says they were never alerted to such a problem,


Just one problem: NGP VAN says they were never alerted to such a problem, and in interviews on Friday afternoon, the former Sanders data director, Josh Uretsky, says the glitch being referred to wasn’t even with the VAN. It was a different program. So not only did the Sanders campaign commit a lie of omission in their fundraising email, it appears they outright lied about the earlier problem to the press. Or, at the very least, this was yet another instance where many people inside the Sanders campaign don’t seem to be on the same page.

Link: http://iowastartingline.com/2015/12/19/sanders-campaigns-reckless-reaction-to-data-breach-is-a-danger-to-all-democrats/

Bernie has paid lobbyists on his staff and his campaign engaged in data theft.

I have no faith that his incompetent campaign can carry and deliver our party an electoral victory to the white house and down ticket races.



Audit #1 Shows 9x Bernie staffers saved stolen data into their own account.

And this is just audit #1:


Screenshot of VAN actions taken by Bernie staff in data breach

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