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Author Naomi Klein: I don’t trust Hillary Clinton

"The author of best-selling books, No Logo and This Changes Everything, told host Mehdi Hasan she does not trust the former secretary of state.

"I don't trust her because as secretary of state, when she had a huge megaphone to make this an issue, to show that she understands the connections between human security and climate, she didn't use the megaphone," Klein said.

She also criticised Clinton's ties to major donors, saying her ties to corporations made her hard to elect.

"I think that Bernie Sanders could win in a general election. I actually think he is a significantly better candidate than Hillary Clinton," she said.

"The power of the socialism smear [campaign against Sanders], I think has really lost a lot of its punch."

I happen to agree that Hillary had a huge microphone at her disposal and it when unused for the most part.

Please note that Naomi is Canadian

George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton Share a Giggly Embrace at N. Reagan's Funeral; Twitter Has a res

I personally think it's a very good picture but they sure do look close! I've never seen her have this chemistry with Obama.


Playing Defense Is Not Enough. Hillary Clinton Must Be Bold.

"At an otherwise unremarkable town hall on Sunday night, we discovered that, unlike the late Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, Hillary Rodham Clinton is still content to tinker with the machinery of death. In an extraordinarily compelling moment, a man named Ricky Jackson rose to ask HRC about her continued support for the death penalty. Jackson, it turns out, was convicted at 16 of the 1975 murder of a clerk at a money-order store. The principal witness against him was 12 at the time. Jackson spent 39 years in prison, waiting to be killed by the state of Ohio for a time until a paperwork glitch spared him from the death chamber. He wasn't exonerated until November of 2014, when the principal witness recanted his testimony.

After a 2011 investigation, the witness recanted his testimony, saying he had implicated Jackson and two others under police coercion. The witness, Eddie Vernon, said police had fed him the story and threatened to arrest his parents if he didn't cooperate.

This is what he asked HRC on Sunday night. He broke down briefly in the middle of his question.

As stated, I did spend 39 years of my life in prison for a crime of murder I did not commit, and it was only through heroic efforts of the Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati that I was ultimately exonerated and am able to stand before you today…Senator, I spent some of those years on death row, and—excuse me, I'm sorry. I came perilously close to my own execution, and in light of that, what I have just shared with you and in light of the fact that there are documented cases of innocent people who have been executed in our country, I would like to know how can you still take your stance on the death penalty in light of what we know right now.

And this was her answer.

You know, this is such a profoundly difficult question. And what I have said and what I continue to believe is that the states have proven themselves incapable of carrying out fair trials that give any defendant all of the rights a defendant should have, all of the support that the defendant's lawyer should have. And I have said I would breathe a sigh of relief if either the Supreme Court or the states, themselves, began to eliminate the death penalty. Where I end up is this, and maybe it is distinction that is hard to support, but at this point, given the challenges we face from terrorist activities primarily in our country that end up under federal jurisdiction for very limited purposes, I think that it can still be held in reserve for those. And the kind of crimes that I am thinking of are the bombing at Oklahoma City, where an American terrorist blew up the government building, killing, as I recall, 158 Americans, including a number of children who were in the preschool program. The plotters and the people who carried out the attacks on 9/11, but a very limited use of it in cases where there [have] been horrific mass killings. That is really the exception that I still am struggling with, and that would only be in the federal system. But what happened to you was a travesty, and I just can't even imagine what you went through and how terrible those days and nights must have been for all of those years. And I know that all of us are so regretful that you or any person has to go through what you did. And I hope that now that you are standing here before us that you will have whatever path in life you choose going forward and that you will get the support you deserve to have.
(Good Lord, somebody should tackle her every time she starts to mention 9/11.)

Ricky Jackson accepted this answer with good grace and went on his way, but the answer really is a pile of mush and it was the climax of a weekend in which HRC kept making unforced errors. It began Friday afternoon with her staggeringly tone-deaf praise of Nancy Reagan as someone who "started a national conversation" about AIDS, which was cruelly untrue to history. Then, her initial response to the events surrounding the Trump rally in Chicago seemed, at best, a watery appeal to civility. Ricky Jackson lost most of his life—and nearly lost it entirely—to a criminal justice system badly in need of reform. The answer she gave him, alas, was too political by half. First of all, she admits that the states are incapable of managing the machinery of death fairly on their own. (Inarguable, at this point, what with places like Oklahoma trying to bootleg new chemicals with which to kill people.) The rest of it is simply morally incoherent, if politically saleable. She's only willing to kill people in the name of the entire country, and only in cases of mass murder followed by a mass desire for revenge. That she is "struggling" with this position is admirable, I guess, but it's also not surprising. Anybody with a conscience would be "struggling" with the position she's trying to maintain on this issue.

There is some talk that what she said and did over the weekend is the beginning of a pivot to "the middle" in advance of the general election. I'm not willing to go that far, but it is devoutly to be hoped that, sooner or later, she'll come out of what appears to be a defensive crouch on so many issues. That she should be in one is no surprise, given the deluge of spurious abuse she's taken over the past 25 years. But the country has changed, and there's a wildness in its politics that requires boldness in response. That's her challenge the rest of the way. "


Hillary Clinton Once Cited NY Banks as ‘Biggest Winners' in Wall Street Bailout

“There was a bill that mixed money for the auto rescue and money for other bailouts,” Clinton said in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday night. “That was not an easy vote and I respect those who voted against it. But I’ll tell you this. I voted for it. Then President-elect Obama asked us to vote for it. I decided it was more important to save the auto industry and save our economy, and I am so glad I did.”

Rewind to 2008, then-New York Senator Hillary Clinton argued that one of the reasons she voted in favor of the so-called Wall Street bailout was because “the banks of New York” and “other financial institutions” were some of the biggest winners in the deal.

During an October 2008 interview with a New York radio station, Clinton said the banks would benefit, not other industries or families who lost personal assets in the recession, and that influenced her decision to ultimately vote for the controversial legislation."


John Oliver on Hillary Clinton’s HIV/AIDS gaffe

"The fact Hillary Clinton didn’t know that is a little weird. It’s strange to forget something so fundamental about a person. It’s like forgetting Cookie Monster’s thoughts on cookies or Sir Mix A Lot’s opinions on big butts. A president is supposed to know this stuff.”

That's pretty much the whole article but the qoute sums it up nicely. Hillary should have known this and said something else nice about Nancy.


The Labor Movement F****d Up By Supporting Hillary Clinton

"Though unions have woefully declined in power over the course of the past generation, they still represent the biggest unified force of average workers in the political sphere. In the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton definitively won the union endorsement race over Bernie Sanders months ago. Though Sanders’ policies are objectively closer to the ones that the labor movement calls for, many major unions made the political calculation that Hillary is the likely nominee and the best chance for a Democratic White House, and that it would be wise to get on board with her early on.

In the past few months, the landscape has changed. Donald Trump’s nomination is now a distinct probability. Bernie Sanders, who has steadily polled well against Donald Trump in a head-to-head matchup, is still in the race, and engenders a level of grassroots enthusiasm that Hillary does not. After an early wave of union endorsements that mostly went for Hillary, the AFL-CIO decided not to endorse anyone at all in the primary, in a nod to the strength of Sanders’ support. The labor movement could be excused for looking at the political situation as it stands today and wondering why the hell they didn’t endorse Bernie Sanders early on—because if Trump gets nominated, Bernie Sanders could actually win the White House, making him the most pro-labor president in living memory."


Hillary Clinton Wants to Have It Both Ways on the Death Penalty

"At a town hall event in Columbus, Ohio, tonight, Hillary Clinton took a question from Ricky Jackson, who was exonerated in May after 39 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Jackson asked Clinton whether she would abolish the death penalty; she said that she would not.

Jackson spent two years on death row after his 1975 conviction—his death sentence was commuted on a technicality in 1977 (there had been a mistake in jury instructions). Given that, and given the fact that 20 of the 337 people exonerated since 1989 on post-conviction DNA tests spent time on death row, he asked Clinton to justify her pro-death penalty position."

This is one position that I strongly disagree with Clinton on.


Is Arizona still Hillary Clinton country?

"In 2008, then-U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton won Arizona's presidential preference election, or primary, handily defeating Democratic rival and future President Barack Obama. She captured 13 of Arizona's 15 counties — Obama won only Coconino and Yavapai — and did particularly well among Latino voters.
Twelve years earlier, her husband, President Bill Clinton, became the only Democrat to carry red-state Arizona since President Harry Truman in 1948


In February, the Sanders campaign signaled it intended to compete in Arizona.
It unveiled its "coalition of Arizona leaders," including many Latino elected officials, opened a campaign headquarters, and hired an Arizona state coordinator and other staff members. Sanders won the endorsement of Living United for Change in Arizona, or LUCHA, a Latino-oriented group whose aim is to organize the state's lower-income and minority families in the pursuit of "social and economic justice."
Sanders' Arizona supporters say the state has changed since 2008, with Latino voters having lived through the controversy of Senate Bill 1070, the state's 2010 immigration law, and the disappointment in Obama and Congress' failure to enact immigration reform. Sanders' messages on the economy and income inequality also resonate in the Latino community, they say."

This is is a fair and balanced article highlighting the challenges facing Bernie Sanders.

For the record I'd be happy if Bernie does better than Obama in 2008.


Bernie Sanders questions Clinton's praise for Nancy Reagan's Aids record

"Bernie Sanders on Sunday criticised Hillary Clinton’s brief praise for Nancy Reagan, whom the Democratic presidential frontrunner said “started a national conversation” on HIV/Aids.

“I just don’t know what she was talking about,” Sanders, the independent Vermont senator who is running for the Democratic nomination, said in an interview with CNN."
“In fact that was a very tragic moment in modern American history, there were many many people who were dying of Aids, and in fact there was demand all over the country for President Reagan to start talking about this tragedy, and yet he refused to talk about it.

“I’m glad [Clinton] apologized, but the truth it was not President Reagan and Nancy Reagan who were leaders … quite the contrary … they didn’t get involved in it.”

This gaffe isn't going away any time soon.


Bernie Sanders Polls: After Trailing Hillary Clinton By 30 Points In Illinois, Sanders Now Leads

"Bernie Sanders is nearing Hillary Clinton in Illinois, with the Vermont Senator aiming to pull off another upset win like last week’s surprising victory in Michigan.
The Sanders campaign was close to wrapped up had he last last week in Michigan, a state where polls showed Clinton ahead by a roughly 20-point margin. But instead Sanders pulled off the upset victory, propelling his campaign forward to critical upcoming votes in Ohio, Florida, and Illinois."
Oh snap! It's getting interesting!

"A CBS News poll found that Bernie Sanders now leads 48 percent to 46 percent."

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/2884101/bernie-sanders-polls-after-trailing-hillary-clinton-by-30-points-in-illinois-sanders-now-leads-just-two-days-before-voting/#KYX0eKZ1lUzV3OsL.99
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