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Hillary Clinton speaks at Aipac conference – campaign live

For those interested.


Clinton:“Coal Will Be Part Of The Energy Mix For Years To Come, Both In The U.S. And Around The worl

"The “Down with Tyranny” blog quotes Hillary Clinton’s statement in a recent letter to Democratic U.S. Senator from West Virginia, Joe Manchin, assuring him that as President she won’t be overly aggressive to reduce the coal industry, because coal-mining jobs are at stake; thus: “Coal will be part of the energy mix for years to come, both in the U.S. and around the world.”

That blogger, who styles himself “Gaius Publius,” has excellent sources in the national Democratic Party, and he comments:

Clinton uses job-concern as a reason to seem like we should proceed carefully. But after all, a great many people in the U.S. are out of jobs — many in disappearing industries — and yet I’ll be willing to bet money she either signs TPP or refuses to renegotiate it; then signs TTIP and TISA, and with them, says goodbye to the last jobs worth having, save those near the top."

Is this another flip flop?


Hillary Clinton and the ‘giant vampire squid’: How dangerous is the Wall Street connection?

"That Hillary Clinton accepted $675,000 from Goldman Sachs for three speeches in 2013 probably did more damage to her battle for the Democratic nomination than any other single issue. Even for Clinton, half of a political couple with an estimated net worth of $110m and 2014 earnings of $28m, that figure was not insignificant. For most Americans, it’s more money than they can imagine seeing in a single year or even a single decade, absent a lottery win.

Worse still, it came from Wall Street. And not just from Wall Street, but from Goldman Sachs, the infamous “ giant vampire squid ”."

So many potential landmines with this candidate.



"Democratic primary, and the crowd at the celebration in Chicago was eagerly awaiting the individual they hoped would be the next president of the United States. But the person who came forward to seize the microphone was not the Clinton everyone was expecting.
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60 MINUTES interview with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton conducted by Steve Kroft. Broadcast on CBS, January 26, 1992.
Because Hillary has been running for president far longer than you think.
In this special election series, OZY looks at Hillary Clinton — both her past and what she may encounter as she battles for the White House. Later this week, we’ll profile a key player from her inner circle, consider what her record in Haiti tells us and explore the global issues that could disrupt her campaign.

This was a watershed moment for the Clinton campaign. A dominant Super Tuesday showing had vaulted their candidate to a formidable lead in the Democratic primary, and the crowd at the celebration in Chicago was eagerly awaiting the individual they hoped would be the next president of the United States. But the person who came forward to seize the microphone was not the Clinton everyone was expecting.

“We believe passionately in this country, and we cannot stand by for ONE MORE YEAR and watch what is happening to it!” a 44-year-old Hillary Clinton proclaimed in a passionate introduction in which she hardly mentioned her husband, who, as one reporter put it, “danced in the background like a prizefighter trying to stay warm.”

The first time Hillary Clinton ran for president was, in fact, 1992. Long before Claire and Frank Underwood conspired to form a conjugal presidential ticket on House of Cards, Hillary and Bill Clinton were test-driving a real-life co-presidency on the campaign trail, the culmination of a 20-year political partnership. Governor Clinton boasted that by voting for him, you could “buy one, get one free.” And some 24 years before she electrified another Super Tuesday crowd with an appeal to “make America whole again,” Hillary Clinton was starting to divide it as no prospective first lady ever had."

This article brings back a lot of memories. Believe it or not I really respected (in some ways still do) Hillary and always thought she was the backbone of the two Clinton's.


Clinton Campaign Boosted By More Rumors And Dishonest Attacks Against Sanders

"Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has an honesty and trustworthiness problem. Exit polls continue to show voters see her as dishonest. Even voters who vote for her think she is less honest and trustworthy than Bernie Sanders, her opponent in the Democratic primary race.

Part of why she is viewed as dishonest is because her campaign routinely pushes rumors and disingenuous attacks into the establishment media. These rumors and attacks have been pushed by a group of individuals, like Brad Woodhouse, the president of Correct the Record, Zac Petkanas, the director of rapid response for the campaign, Brian Fallon, the press secretary for her campaign, Robby Mook, a campaign spokesperson, and John Podesta, the chairman of her campaign.

The campaign has an account on Twitter called “The Briefing,” which claims to push out the “facts” about Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Plus, there is Correct the Record, a super PAC setup by Clinton operative David Brock, which continues to push smears against Sanders (sometimes through “off the record” tips, which they do not want to be traced back to their group).

(*Note: Brock is best known for his “scurrilous hatchet jobs on Anita Hill—whom he famously derided as ‘a bit nutty and a bit slutty’—and Bill Clinton, whose extramarital dalliances (facilitated, Brock claimed, by Arkansas state troopers on the governor’s security detail) were the subject of a 11,000-word exposé rife with seamy details that he never bothered to verify, part of the so-called ‘Arkansas Project’ to delegitimize the Clinton presidency, generously funded by right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife.” How a feminist candidate for president could align herself with a person like this remains unclear.)"

Kevin Gosztola does a good job breaking down the issues


Bernie Sanders Shuts Down Calls for Him to Drop Out—NOT Happening!

"Published on Mar 19, 2016Since Hillary Clinton's victory on March 15, the Democratic establishment, media pundits, and Hillary supporters have called for Bernie Sanders to drop out and rally around Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders responded to these calls by shutting them down. #StillSanders"

Here's a good video for Bernie's supporter's
Fyi, there's a swear word near the end.

“(Sanders) is the very first presidential candidate to step foot on our sacred land.

"Nearly 3,000 people lined the sidewalks around the Twin Arrows Casino in Flagstaff on Thursday to hear what Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders had to say. With a capacity of only 900 people in the main ballroom, many Bernie supporters only made it as far as the casino lobby where they listened to the senator from Vermont’s speech over speakers.

The “A Future to Believe In” rally hit many of the same talking points Sanders has been hammering home throughout his campaign. Sanders talked about vote suppression and how the U.S has the lowest voter turnout of any county on earth, the “rigged economy” with the top 1/10th of 1% having as much wealth as the bottom 90%, and his plans to create tuition free public colleges and universities, a universal healthcare system, and raise the minimum wage to $15 a hour. But what made this rally different from others Sanders has hosted was the focus on Native American issues."

"“I thought he was pretty well versed on the issues. He brought up the fact that we need to honor the treaty rights, he brought up the fact that we need to have members from our own tribe from all over the nation be a part of executive decisions which is not what’s happening now.” Larry said. His sister, Cecilia, added that she was pleased the candidate brought up one issue in particular,

““I especially liked that he brought up indigenous women and violence against indigenous women. Right now that’s a really big issue because there are a lot of indigenous women missing, murdered, raped, sexually assaulted, and a lot of it goes along with the pipeline, the fracking, those (work) camps are committing violence against indigenous women on indigenous land. And we cannot do anything about it because of federal jurisdiction. So I really appreciated that he brought up that tribes need to have sovereign rights in order to be able to persecute those criminals on Indian land.”

Cecilia finished by saying that this is the most she has heard a candidate discuss issues regarding tribal communities,"


We all win when Bernie Sanders runs

"That Bernie came in second in this past Tuesday's primaries doesn't mean much. He got more than enough votes to justify an ongoing campaign. And the longer he runs, the better for all of us.

This stuff about him being a "single-issue candidate" is nonsense. The corporate media and the regular Democrats can't handle the complexity of what's essentially a nuanced class and counter-cultural analysis. They're desperate to avoid the realities of what's being said.

The campaign, of course, is about way more than just Bernie.

And the calculations of delegates and vote counts and much of the rest of it have their place. But we need not lose heart when Hillary seems to get more votes. And she, above all, should be deeply grateful to a genuine grassroots campaign that's been the only thing sparking any real life into an otherwise excruciating mainstream slog.

Every speech Bernie gives, every day his campaign proceeds, every moment of media time he gets is a plus for all of us.

He is, above all, educating and energizing a new wave of activists and ordinary citizens of all ages. The impacts are essential and incalculable. They will be with us for decades.

This past Sunday I watched Bernie speak to about 5,000 mostly young, very diverse citizens at Ohios State's Schottenstein Arena. State Senator Nina Turner opened for him with amazing verve.

Bernie then talked for about an hour on a wide range of issues near and dear to us all: social justice, Social Security, Medicare, fair taxation, killing free trade agreements, climate chaos, Solartopian energy, native rights, women's rights, LGBT, true family values, corporate power, the 1%, militarism, the power of activism, and more.

Of course he began by denouncing Donald Trump's fascist demagoguery.

At the end, he simply pointed out that love is a more powerful force than hate."

Please note that I took the 🗽 to change the headline.


U.S. to select first woman combatant commander in the military

Source: Yahoo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will name the first woman to head a U.S. combatant command, selecting Air Force General Lori Robinson as the next head of the military's Northern Command, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday.
The position, which is subject to Senate confirmation, is one of the most senior in the U.S. military and would make Robinson - who now leads U.S. air forces in the Pacific - the top general overseeing activities in North America.
"General Robinson, it just so happens, would also be the first ever female combatant commander," Carter said, disclosing Obama's plans to nominate her.

Read more: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/u-general-named-become-first-woman-lead-combatant-132119000.html

Congratulations to General Lori Robinson!
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