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Focus: Hillary Clinton - May 24, 2016

FBI investigation into Clinton emails nears completion, will probably culminate in a sit-down with Hillary - CBS New York

U.S. intelligence veterans urge fast FBI report on Clinton’s emails, so the public can assess this issue in a timely fashion - Consortiumnews

Romanian hacker who says he breached Clinton server finalizing plea deal - Fox News

Former Clinton Global Initiative board member Terry McAuliffe under FBI investigation over his 2013 campaign finance - Daily Mail Online

A Clinton-involved scandal? Washington Post called McAuliffe a 'insider who got rich as he rose to power within the Democratic Party' - WND

Gov. McAuliffe takes state plane to Cuba, Final Four, U2 concert, Bill Clinton's birthday party among other destinations - AP

ARCHIVE: Clinton Foundation and campaign donors also pumped millions into McAuliffe’s coffers - Washington Post

ARCHIVE: Graphics: Clinton Foundation donors gave $13 million to Terry McAuliffe - Washington Post

ARCHIVE: I Can’t Believe Terry McAuliffe Is Going to Be Governor of Virginia, No experience in office? Check. Sketchy business partners? Check. Media manipulation? Check. - Mother Jones

Super PAC seeks IRS audit of Clinton Foundation - WSJ

Would Bill and Hillary's Clinton Foundation withstand IRS scrutiny? You decide - Forbes

FTC accused of engaging in ‘partisan’ defense of Clintons, after it refused a congressional request to investigate the family’s foundation -

A deep dive into how the Clinton Foundation operates illegally and in Haiti - Charles Ortel

Clinton Disaster fundraising in Haiti: Predatory humanitarianism? Interview with Charles Ortel - HAITIAN-TRUTH.ORG

VIDEO: Interview with Charles Ortel: Charity fraud at the Clinton Foundation - YouTube

ABC, CBS and NBC spend less than 5 minutes on Clinton Foundation scandals since Jan 2016 -

How corporate America bought Hillary Clinton for $21M - New York Post

Inside the Clinton paid speech machine, What, exactly, do you get when you pay a Clinton $285,000 for an intimate, closed-to-the-press speech? - POLITICO

Wealthy Saudi family emerges as Clinton Foundation, Dem donor -

Clintons gave $15 mil to charity since ’07 – $14.8 mil went to the Clinton Foundation - Press24

Rep. Trey Gowdy says Benghazi report will be released before conventions -

Clinton declines another debate with Sanders, which was to be held in California ahead of its June 7 primary -

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Focus: The Democratic National Convention - May 21, 2016

Sanders supporters secure rally permit near Democratic convention in Philadelphia - WSJ

Philadelphia approves four massive pro-Bernie Sanders rallies during DNC - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Bernie Sanders delegates prepare for Philadelphia convention fight - Fortune

Democratic insiders: Convention could be 'a rough ride' - POLITICO

Democrats consider new rules to avoid convention chaos - NBC News

DNC to offer Sanders a convention concession - Washington Post


Army of Sanders supporters fuming over Wasserman Schultz - TheHill

Liberal pundits blame Debbie Wasserman Schultz, not Bernie Sanders, for Democrats’ division - The Washington Post

ARCHIVE: DNC chair wants to exclude independents from Dem primaries - Washington Examiner

Nancy Pelosi calls out DNC on superdelegates, says party should ‘revisit’ rules so it doesn’t ‘undermine’ Democratic process -

#NeverHillary gathers momentum: 63,000 Bernie Sanders supporters sign online campaign promising not to vote for Clinton - Inquisitr


Sanders Camp: millions have ‘growing doubts' about Clinton campaign - TPM

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders: 'The Democratic Party has to make an important decision and I say to them: Open the doors. Let the people in!’ - YouTube



POLL: Democrats say continued primary campaign isn't hurting the party - CBS News

POLL: Most Democrats say continued campaign not hurting the party - Gallup

POLL: 55% of all adult voters, including independents, have an unfavorable view of Clinton against just 39% with a favorable one while 37% are unfavorable to Sanders and 48% favorable - Gallup

Primary results indicate independents craving for more choices, electorate more anti-establishment in open primaries than closed ones - IVN

Polling expert: Independents in primaries would make Sanders the next President - Political People Blog

Big challenge for Sanders to get California independents to vote -

Nonpartisan voters face hurdles in California presidential primary - The Sacramento Bee

Report: Bernie Sanders seeks California win to gain ‘maximum political power’ at Democratic convention - Hot Air

Hillary Clinton ducking final debate with Bernie Sanders in California - Washington Times

Clinton fury with Sanders grows - TheHill


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton: ‘I will be the nominee.That is already done, in effect. There is no way that I won’t be.’ - CNN

Sanders out-raises Clinton for the fourth month in a raw, launches microsite on historic fundraising - Bernie Sanders


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Focus: Hillary Clinton - May 19, 2016

Clinton aides Mills, Abedin subpoenaed over email; group seeks to depose Clinton - The Washington Post

Judicial Watch announces the schedule for deposition testimony in Clinton email lawsuit - Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch seeks Hillary Clinton testimony - Judicial Watch

VIDEO: Judicial Watch seeks deposition on emails from Hillary Clinton in Federal Court case - Fox News

Why a civil case over emails could hurt Hillary Clinton more than the FBI - TIME

FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton may involve more than her emails: donations given to the Clinton Foundation from foreign entities while she served as secretary of state - Conservative Daily Review

Peter Schweizer: ‘Clinton Cash’ shows how the Clintons ‘monetized public service’; email scandal ‘symptom of the larger problem’ - Breitbart

Peter Schweizer: FBI agents investigating Hillary Clinton are required to read ‘Clinton Cash’ as a backgrounder - Breitbart

Lobbyist sought secret favors from Hillary and Huma, David Mercer was paid $25,000 a month by the Turkish government to oppose the Armenian genocide bill - The Daily Caller

Financial analyst alleges major holes in Clinton Foundation records - Washington Examiner

The real Clinton Foundation record is getting exposed - Charles Ortel

Hillary and Bill Clinton made $6.7 million from speeches in 2015 - ABC News

Clinton ups the ante by tapping Goldman aide as economic spokesman - The New York Sun

Another Wall Street fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, former Goldman Sachs executive hosts Clinton in New Jersey -

New ad by the National Republican Senatorial Committee: Hillary Clinton is burden on Democrats candidates (VIDEO) - Washington Times



Top journalist's attorneys rip into FBI for not releasing correspondence with Clinton over emails - Inquisitr

Journalists’s lawyers present FBI with a dilemma In Hillary Clinton email server investigation - The Daily Caller

Text of document filed in court by journalist's attorneys that rips into the DOJ/FBI’s reasoning for withholding Clinton correspondence - LawNewz

Most within the FBI ‘cannot comprehend’ why Clinton investigation has not been concluded, says former district attorney and FBI agent - Inquisitr

Lawmaker predicts FBI will stay silent on Clinton indictment - Washington Examiner

Op-ed: Handling of Clinton probe tarnishes FBI - The Buffalo News

Here are all the ways the FBI director tried not to make news on Hillary Clinton's email probe -

Taxpayer tab for investigating Hillary: over $20 million -

Documents show Hillary's email technician was underqualified - The Daily Caller

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Focus: Donald Trump - May 18, 2016

POLL (NBC News): Trump closing gap with Clinton nationally - Newsmax

POLL (NBC News, Full results): Clinton leads Trump nationally 48 to 45% while Sanders beats Trump by 53 to 41% - NBC News

POLL (Morning Consult): Trump almost pulls even with Clinton leading him by 42 to 40% while Sanders beats Trump 50 to 37% - Morning Consult

POLL: Trump, Clinton tied in Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio, Sanders performs better against Trump than Clinton in all three states - POLITICO

POLL: Trump beats Clinton by 4%, loses to Sanders by 5%, in Georgia — Atlanta Constitution Journal

POLL: Trump tops Clinton and Sanders in Utah, beats Clinton 43-30% and Sanders 43-37% -

POLL: Trump leading Hillary with Hispanic voters - The Daily Caller

POLL (Reuters): Top reason Americans will vote for Trump: 'To stop Clinton' - Reuters

POLL (Military Times): Troops prefer Trump to Clinton by a huge margin - Military Times

POLL (NBC): Eighty-three percent of U.S. CFOs believe Hillary Clinton will become the next president of the United States - NBC

POLL: Majority supports Sanders-like health care plan - POLITICO

Conservative women: Donald Trump unpredictable, but Hillary Clinton ‘completely predictable,’ 'what a bad candidate' - Breitbart

Unions lean Democratic, but Donald Trump gets members’ attention - The New York Times

Donald Trump borrows from Bernie Sanders’s playbook to woo Democrats - The New York Times

Roger Stone: Trump will win one-third of Bernie Sanders supporters - Breitbart

Trump keeps telling Bernie Sanders to run as an Independent - Business Insider

Trump, Clinton and Sanders face most diverse demographic electorate in history - TheHill

Trump doesn't like his vote totals being compared to Clinton’s, 'I had 17 people to beat—she had one!' - Washington Examiner

Trump rips Hillary for Bill Clinton's 'role' in charge of revitalizing the economy, says he was responsible for NAFTA as the worst economic deal in U.S. history - Business Insider



POLL (NBC News): Majority of Republican voters trust Trump over Ryan to lead party - MSNBC

VIDEO: Ryan says he wants 'real unification over our common principles and policies' with Donald Trump - Reuters

GOP ‘establishment' may get on Trump train - CNN

Trump is forcing the GOP reconsider what is 'conservative', he has crayoned far outside the lines of party orthodoxy -

Rabid right winger? Not so fast. Turns out it's not that easy to pigeonhole Donald Trump -

VIDEO: Scarborough: 'This is not Paul Ryan's party anymore - this is Donald Trump's party' - Breitbart

Why Rupert Murdoch decided to support Trump - NYMag

Sheldon Adelson op-ed: Why I'm endorsing Donald Trump - Chicago Tribune

How Donald Trump made a Wall Street executive kiss his... ring - Vanity Fair

The powerless brokers: Trump’s got the Koch Brothers running away from the general election and leaving their billions at home -

How Donald Trump hypnotized America: while talking he uses repetitions to create a stimulus-response effect and to make his simple ideas, labels and attitudes stick -

Donald Trump criticizes Washington’s foreign policy elite—with cause - Cato @ Liberty

Donald Trump calls Hillary Clinton ‘trigger happy' as she courts neocons -

Donald Trump condemns Tony Blair for Iraq war ‘disaster' -

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Focus: Clinton Foundation - May 14, 2016


Clinton charity aided Clinton friends, a $2 million commitment arranged by the CGI in 2010 went to a for-profit company - WSJ


Clinton charity gives $2M to company owned by Bill’s ‘friend’, a wealthy blond woman rumored to have been his mistress - New York Post

Clinton Foundation rejects allegations it aided Clinton friends - CNN

Donald Trump steps into row over Bill Clinton’s charity helping woman 'dubbed the Energizer' to get cash for her company - Daily Mail

VIDEO: Trump reacts to ‘bombshell' report that Bill Clinton charity gave $2 million to friend's company - Inside Edition

Hit Job: A closer look at the WSJ’s clueless attack on the Clinton Foundation - Inside Philanthropy

Pro Clinton Media Matters: NY Post’s “blond bombshell” story is ripped from pages of National Enquirer -

VIDEO: Foundation scandal more damaging to Clinton than emails? - Yahoo Finance

Clinton received more than $100 million from Middle East leaders, in addition to another $30 million by two Mideast-based foundations and four billionaires from Saudi Arabia -

More on the Clintons and the Persian Gulf Sheikhs donations - The Daily Caller

Wall Street whistleblower says money missing from the Clinton Foundation - Breitbart

Hillary gave a special State Department post to an ex-fundraiser — even as he was laying the groundwork for a global consulting firm with ties to the Clinton Foundation - POLITICO

Blumenthal: I had a real job at the Clinton Foundation working on educational projects - Washington Examiner

Clinton Foundation takes steps to be rated by charity watchdog, in 2014 Charity Navigator said the foundation was operating with an 'atypical business model' - CNN


VIDEO: Charity Navigator CEO Michael Thatcher talks about the Clinton Foundation's rating - CNN



MSNBC look at 'Clinton Cash' doc as it debuts at Cannes on May 16, opens in U.S. on July 24 just before the Democratic National Convention - MSNBC

Clinton Cash: Review after the advance screening of the documentary - TIME

Clinton Cash film aims to cause likely Democratic nominee maximum damage - The Guardian

Donald Trump: ‘Clinton Cash’ Proves Hillary Is ‘Crooked As Hell’ - Breitbart

VIDEO: Trailer: 'Clinton Cash' - Washington Post

Pro-Clinton Media Matters: TIME calls error-ridden book Clinton Cash “heavily researched” -

A talk with Schweizer, the man behind Clinton Cash documentary - The Daily Caller

RADIO: Schweizer discusses the new “Clinton Cash” documentary - Breitbart News Daily

Schweizer: Uranium deal was ‘win-win-win’ for Clintons, Canadian financiers, Vladimir Putin; ‘losers are the American people’ - Breitbart

VIDEO: Schweizer talks about AP report which identified at least 60 firms and organizations that sponsored Clinton's speeches and lobbied the U.S. government - Fox News

AP Report: Firms that paid for Clinton speeches have US gov't interests - AP

VIDEO: Peter Schweizer speech on ’money and politics' - Government Accountability Institute

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Focus: NATO and Russia - May 13, 2016

New US missile defense system Aegis Ashore goes live in Russia's back yard - CBS News

NATO press release: Key missile defence site declared operational - NATO

VIDEO: NATO Secretary General at inaugural ceremony of Aegis Ashore, Romania - NATO

VIDEO: Joint press Conference following the Aegis Ashore ceremony - NATO

New NATO supreme commander vows tough line on Russia, says alliance should arm Ukraine - AFP

Commander: NATO needs to be ready to fight Russia ‘tonight' - The Daily Caller

Permanent US armored force in Europe would better deter Russia: NATO commander - Reuters

The U.S. Army’s war over Russia, group of dissenters say they’re overreacting to get a bigger share of the defense budget - POLITICO

Chuck Hagel to next US President: Talk to Putin, Former Defense Secretary warns against ‘cold war buildup’ as NATO deploys in Europe’s eastern flank -

Poll shows Americans say the U.S. 'should deal with its own problems and let other countries deal with their own', but Washington wants to intervene... everywhere - The Daily Caller

POLL: Key findings on how Americans view the U.S. role in the world - Pew Research Center



Russia calls new U.S. missile shield in Romania a ‘direct threat' - NBC News

Russia rejects US claims about ‘threat’ of Iran’s missiles - Tasnim News Agency

Russia is taking countermeasures against US missile defense in Europe: Kremlin - TASS


Russian media: 5 reasons why US antimissiles in Europe threaten Russia - RT News

Putin: Russia to encourage defense industry enterprises - TASS


Putin to hold third meeting on development of Russian defense sector - TASS


Putin ally accuses new NATO general of stoking ‘war hysteria' -

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Focus: Democratic National Convention - May 12, 2016


Democratic convention hosted by Republican donors, anti-Obamacare lobbyists and Net Neutrality opponents -

NY Democrats selling national convention access to big donors - New York Post

DNC joins arms with Comcast, America's most hated Internet provider, to host Democratic national convention -

After conventions a debt to donors, part and parcel of the creeping corporate buyout of America’s political system - The New York Times

DNC head denies Sanders’s claim of convention favoritism, 'I do not think that Sen. Sanders’s concerns are valid or warranted' - TheHill

Sanders accuses DNC of tipping convention toward Clinton - POLITICO

Sanders’ letter: DNC has forwarded only three of 40 names the Sanders campaign recommended for the key committees while installing Clinton loyalists in leading roles -

Wall street money: Barney Frank to oversee Democratic platform while running big bank -

Financial Sector Gives Hillary Clinton a Boost - WSJ

VIDEO: Wall Street donors give Clinton a boost - WSJ

Wall Street befuddled, alarmed by Donald Trump and may turn to Democratic ticket - The Boston Globe

Wealthy Cruz donor pours millions into Clinton campaign - Observer

Hillary forces target Bush donors, Their message to moderate Republicans: She represents your values better than Trump - POLITICO

VIDEO: Trump agrees with Sanders: Clinton 'is totally controlled by Wall Street' - Washington Post

Clinton and Goldman Sachs: Why it matters - The New York Review of Books

Clinton son-in-law’s firm is said to close Greece hedge fund tied to Goldman Sachs after losing nearly 90 percent of its value -

Hillary Clinton has a lot of donors in the Justice Department, twelve of the 228 contributions were for $2,700 with some in high places - Hot Air

Offshore tax haven leak implicates seven-figure pro-Clinton donor -

Whose ‘dark money’ flows from offshore accounts into Maine campaigns? - State & Capitol

Hillary Clinton's campaign taps aide tied to 2008 fundraising schemes: Report - Washington Times

Clinton fundraising leaves little for state parties, they've gotten to keep only 1 percent of the $60 million raised - POLITICO

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Focus: Hillary Clinton - May 6, 2016

FBI interviewing Clinton aides about private server and Hillary is next, CNN claims that as of now there is no prosecutable offense - Hot Air

Officials: Scant evidence that Clinton had malicious intent in handling of emails - The Washington Post

Judge orders top Hillary Clinton aides to answer questions about secret emails - Washington Times

Federal judge opens the door to Clinton deposition in email case - TheHill

Judicial Watch: Federal court allows discovery to begin in Clinton email case - Judicial Watch

VIDEO: Judicial Watch president on the latest in the Clinton email investigation - YouTube

New documents suggest Clinton withheld emails from State Department - Washington Examiner

State Dept: Clinton’s email security procedures won’t be released until after the election - Motherboard

The linchpin of the FBI's Hillary Clinton investigation - Washington Times

Hacker Guccifer claims he got into Hillary Clinton's server - NBC News

#DropOutHillary: Twitter just unleashed on Hillary Clinton and it is savage -

More than 500.000 #DropOutHillary tweets and now #1 trending topic on Facebook - Brendan4Bernie on Twitter



Trump calls Clinton Foundation ‘a scam’ - WSJ

Whistleblower Ortel turns scrutiny on the Clinton Foundation, says unclear what they got from the donors and what they did with it -

It's time to press for an Investigation of the Clinton Foundation - Charles Ortel

Clinton Foundation: The in-depth process begins - Charles Ortel


Charity watchdog: Clinton Foundation a ‘slush fund’ - New York Post

Is the Clinton Foundation really a charity? How much of the money raised is actually spent on the causes they are supposed to be aiding? -

Fact-checking Hillary: No, the Clinton Foundation hasn't operated with ‘complete transparency' -

‘Clinton Cash’ has been made into a movie, will be screened in Cannes and have its U.S. premiere the week of the Democratic convention (TRAILER) - Bloomberg

Firms that paid for Clinton speeches have US gov't interests - AP

Why did Congo offer Bill Clinton $650,000 for two pics and a speech? - Forbes

Disgraced Clinton Foundation donor got $13M in State Dept grants under Hillary - The Daily Caller

Clinton Foundation received $40 million since 2001 from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and the UAE, other charities collected no money from those same countries - InvestmentWatch

Environmental, health, and faith leaders call on Clinton Foundation to return ExxonMobil money - Common Dreams

The Clinton Foundation timeline (Part 1) -

The Clinton Foundation timeline (Part 2) -

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Focus: Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Nomination - May 4, 2016

If the Democratic Party nominates Hillary Clinton as presidential candidate at the July convention, Bernie Sanders should run as an independent or third party candidate in the November presidential elections. The Democratic Party has fundamental reasons to deny the nomination to Clinton: her foreign policy blunders, misguided domestic policies, campaign finance dependent on rich donors, paid speeches of which she would not release the transcripts, Clinton Foundation shady fundraising, private email server and more. If the Democratic Party nominate her it means it is unwilling to reform itself and represent the massive progressive movement sparked by the Sanders campaign.

Even if the Democratic Party at the July convention adopts a progressive political platform including Sanders proposals, it should not be acceptable without rejecting Clinton nomination. Given her dismal track record and her reliance on powerful special interest groups, a Clinton administration would lack the conviction on those reform issues, let alone the capacity to implement them: a $15 an hour minimum wage, an end to past trade policies, a Medicare-for-all health care system, breaking up Wall Street institutions and financial transaction tax, making public colleges and universities tuition free, passing a carbon tax to address climate change, ending fracking, promoting a foreign policy aimed at peace not regime change by military force, establishing an open primary system, etc. 

It must be stressed that the Democratic primary process of selecting a party candidate is flawed and rigged against Sanders because it denies full participation to the independents which overwhelmingly support him. If the independents were allowed to vote freely in all the primaries, with no restrictions, Sanders would be in a much better position to challenge Clinton. The latest example is today's Indiana primary which is open to the independents: Sanders beat Clinton 53% to 47%. According to NBC exit pollsin the Indiana primary Sanders won 72% of the independents while Clinton got 28%. Independents were the turning point considering that 53% of Democrats voted for Clinton and 47% for Sanders. An April Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that Clinton’s favorability rating among independents dropped 15% nationally in the last four months. That poll found that 20% of independents viewed Mrs. Clinton positively, compared with 62% who viewed her negatively. 

The Democratic primary process is furtherly rigged by the injustice of unelected superdelegates, which are prominent Democratic Party leaders, account for 15% of the overall convention votes and have mostly pledged to support Clinton nomination. While the Democratic Party establishment has endorsed by and large Clinton, Sanders fares much better than Clinton against Trump in all national polls. In the latest Rasmussen poll, Trump leads Clinton 41% to 39%.

Notwithstanding setbacks in New York and other Eastern closed primary states, Sanders looks more and more ‘presidential’, not just a ‘candidate' for Democratic nomination. There are still six months left to the presidential election. Time is on Sanders’ side. During this period he can win more popular support, grow the grassroots movement, build a group of experts in each field and refine his programs. it is necessary to know more about Sanders' top advisers who are in charge of shaping the policies and would be officials in his administration. 

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Focus: Trump, Clinton and Foreign Policy - Apr 30, 2016

Donald Trump's foreign policy speech earns praise in Russia - CNN

VIDEO: Donald Trump's foreign policy speech earns praise in Russia - CNN

VIDEO: Polling suggests Russians, given the choice, would elect Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton - BBC News

Putin-ally gives thumbs up to Trump as his choice for President -

Donald Trump’s Russia connections, realists with Moscow ties are lining up behind Republican frontrunner - POLITICO

Donald Trump gives voice to the GOP's Vladimir Putin wing - MSNBC

Trump calls for US foreign policy shake-up, says no more 'nation-building’ such as in Iraq, Egypt, Libya and Syria - Fox News

Trump: 'I will call for NATO summit' as soon as I'm elected - Washington Examiner

VIDEO: Donald Trump foreign policy speech - Mediaite

TRANSCRIPT: Donald J. Trump foreign policy speech - Donald J Trump for President



Hillary Clinton's foreign policy views spark anger in Russia and China - Washington Times

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton on Putin: ‘very tough, very arrogant' - YouTube

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton calls Donald Trump's foreign policy “quite concerning" - YouTube

How Hillary Clinton became a hawk, throughout her career she has displayed aggressive instincts on foreign policy - New York Times

VIDEO: Mark Landler, author of 'Alter Egos' on the complicated Obama-Clinton relationship - Bloomberg Politics

RADIO: Book: 'Alter Egos' dissects Hillary Clinton's tenure as Obama's Secretary Of State - NPR

VIDEO: Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson: Hillary Clinton the ‘closest thing to a hawk left in this race' - Breitbart

Meet Hillary Clinton's 'greatest influence' on military issues, a Fox News pundit who makes money from war -

Clinton aides once viewed Libya as “cornerstone of Hillary doctrine" (VIDEO) -

Obama adviser explains why Clinton's Syria plan won't work -

Hillary Clinton financier is lobbying for Saudi Arabia - The Daily Caller

Clinton overstates the impact of a 2011 nuclear agreement with Russia in a TV ad -

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Focus: Bernie Sanders - Apr 28, 2016


POLL: : Half of Americans think presidential nominating system ‘rigged’ against some candidates, only a quarter think it is not - Reuters

Sanders on primaries: 'The people in every state in this country should have the right to determine who they want as president' - Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders ‘movement’ sees progressives planning next step, a conference scheduled for late-June in Chicago - WOHF

Bernie Sanders under pressure to quit race - but many of his supporters would not vote for Hillary Clinton - The Independent

‘Bernie Or Bust’: Bernie Sanders’ supporters vow not to support Hillary Clinton even if he endorses her -

I asked 10 Bernie Sanders supporters if they're Bernie-Or-Bust & Hillary Clinton may never woo them - Bustle

Sanders supporter says she's 'Bernie or Bust' -

‘Bernie or Bust’ founder: So far 82,500 have signed the online pledge not to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election - Political People Blog

Why I say “Bernie or Bust”: If Sanders isn’t the Democratic nominee, his backers should not pull the lever for Hillary Clinton -

Activist Shaun King doubts his ‘conscience’ will allow him to vote for Hillary Clinton - Mediaite

Some Indiana Sanders backers unsure of voting for Clinton - Elkhart Truth

Local support for Sanders unfazed despite his trailing -

Which state could Bernie Sanders win next? - Bustle

Bernie believers urge independent bid in the general presidential election - Observer

Trump calls for Sanders to 'run as an independent' - AOL

Donald Trump says he'll beat Hillary Clinton with the Bernie Sanders playbook -

VIDEO: Trump: 'I'm gonna be taking a lot of the things that Bernie said and using them' - The Weekly Standard

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Focus: Bernie Sanders and the independent voters - Apr 25, 2016


POLL: : 44% of Americans describe themselves as independents in April, up from 38% in March. Democrats are 31% and Republicans 25%  - Gallup

No candidate has benefited more from the surge of independents than Bernie Sanders - The Washington Post

Why Sanders does better with independents. They are driven not by their ideology so much as their dislike of partisan politics - FiveThirtyEight

In New Jersey Sanders is at 51% and Clinton at 40% among independents who are 48% of the electorate (but NJ primary is closed) - NJTV

POLL (YouGov): In NY Clinton led Sanders 57% to 38% among Democrats but Sanders led Clinton 72% to 26% among independents (who in large majority did not vote because of closed primary) - YouGov

New York voters sue the state, claiming mass voter roll purges - The Liberty Beacon

500,000 California independents could be shut out of the primary -

Who will tap R.I.'s independent streak in Tuesday's primaries? -

Effort in South Dakota aims to drop parties, voters to consider initiative to set up open primaries - WSJ

Editorial: Restore open presidential primary in Colorado, include independents -

Who says that America is a democracy? The selection of presidential candidates is not driven by a truly representative system – The Moderate Voice

American democracy is rigged - Common Dreams

Democracy Spring and the US voting matrix: How much of the electoral process is illusory? -

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Focus: Bernie Sanders and the Closed Primaries on Tuesday - Apr 23, 2016

Bernie Sanders condemns closed primaries but facing 4 of them next week - ABC News

No voice for Pennsylvania independents: About 15 percent of eligible voters will have no say in presidential primaries - Times News Online

Can you vote In Maryland's primary if you're an independent? Those voters won't be happy - Bustle

Can independents vote in the Connecticut primary? 42 percent of voters, who are unaffiliated, must registered as Democrat or Republican - Bustle

Can independents vote in the Delaware primary? Only if they registered as Democrat or Republican by April 2 - Bustle

Rhode Island voters ‘caught off guard' by poll closures and voter ID law, only 144 of 419 polling places will be open on Tuesday - ThinkProgress

Bombshell: Arizona Secretary Of State admits election fraud took place - Nwo Report

The story of the great Brooklyn voter purge keeps getting weirder - Mother Jones

Clinton delegate Scott Stringer, the New York City comptroller, will oversee primary audit -

NY Board Of Elections suspends one employee for primary day debacle - Gothamist

One statistic shows how badly New York screwed up its primary: A mere 19.7% of eligible New Yorkers voted in the state's primary on Tuesday - Yahoo News

There's a long list of voting reforms New York can pass -

The New York Primary was a Sh*tshow. Here’s Why. - 34justice

Chicago Election Board Scandal: 21 Bernie votes were erased and 49 Hillary votes added to audit tally, group declares (VIDEO) -

CO lawmakers wrangle over open primary plan -

Voter suppression charged in almost every state – 2016 Election Central

Why are our elections such a mess? - Care2 Causes

POLL (Rasmussen): Only 24% Say U.S. heading in right direction - Rasmussen Reports

POLL (Rasmussen): 51% of Democrats oppose their party’s superdelegate system, 30% favor it - Rasmussen Reports

POLL: 36% of U.S. voters believe it’s at least somewhat likely that a third-party candidate could win the presidency in the next 10 years - Rasmussen Reports

Petition: Encourage Bernie Sanders to run as an independent candidate in the 2016 Presidential Elections - Whereby 'disenchanted Democrats' and 'disenchanted Republicans' pair up and both vote for the third party or independent candidates of their choice -

Stein, Green for President, sends letter to Sanders, invite him to cooperate on political revolution & real democracy - Independent Political Report

Sanders still registered as independent despite claims he’s a ‘Democrat for life’ -

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Focus: New York and the Closed Primary System - Apr 21, 2016

New York's Attorney General will investigate alleged voter suppression in state's primary, Board of Elections audited - VICE News

Sanders campaign, New York officials cry foul after New York voters report issues - CNN

Some New Yorkers feel disenfranchised by the primary. They are taking the fight to court. - Vox

N.Y. voter hotline swamped with complaints -

I’m one of NYC’s 125,000 ‘ghosts’ who couldn’t cast their vote - New York Post

Purged registrations cost this NY primary voter 5 hours - ABC News

Failure, fraud and more in New York’s punk rock voting disaster - The Daily Beast

VIDEO: NY Elections Board director denies claims that thousands of voters were disenfranchised - LawNewz



New York's strict voter registration rules frustrate Sanders supporters - The Guardian

Judge denied request to immediately open up New York primary to independent voters - ThinkProgress

Five states have primaries next week. Will they face the same problems New York did? - ThinkProgress

No voice for some Pennsylvania independent voters - Times News Online

Editorial: 1 in 4 NY voters prohibited from casting ballots because they do not belong to either party. Same fate will befall independents in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania - Bloomberg

VIDEO: Sanders: New York voter rules ‘absurd and wrong’ - The Guardian

VIDEO: Why did 3.2 million New Yorkers lose their voting rights? Thom Hartmann talks with Shyla Nelson, spokesperson-Election Justice USA - Democratic Underground

VIDEO: What is wrong with New York’s voting system and how can it be fixed? Interview with Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law - Democracy Now!

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Focus: Hillary Clinton and Campaign Finance - Apr 20, 2016

Sanders slams Clinton-DNC fundraising agreement, says it benefits Hillary’s presidential campaign - POLITICO

Press Release: Clinton-DNC joint fundraising raises serious campaign finance concerns - Bernie Sanders

Joint Clinton-DNC committee raised $33 million in first quarter, helped state parties but spent most of its cash boosting Hillary - POLITICO

Sanders aide: Clinton gets two thirds of all of the money from Clooney and others' fundraisers - TheHill

FEC Disclosure Form 3X for Hillary Victory Fund -

Does Sanders' accusation against the DNC hold water? Experts find Clinton’s activities unethical, likely not illegal - ThinkProgress


How Hillary Clinton bought the loyalty of the Democratic party establishment and superdelegates: Tracing the trail of money - kavips

Case study: Democratic Party of Wisconsin helps billionaires channel donations to Clinton campaign - Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative

Case study: Meet the Clinton campaign money makers funneling money through the Wisconsin Democratic Party - Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative

VIDEO: Hillary donors use state loopholes to launder millions - Young Turks Network

K Street cash helps boost Clinton's White House bid -

Meet the wealthy donors who are funneling millions into the 2016 elections - Washington Post



Thousands gather at U.S. Capitol for 'Democracy Awakening' rally, protest voting laws and the role money plays in the political system - USA TODAY

Capitol Hill arrests in campaign finance protest hit 1,240 - TheHill

Democracy Spring: why thousands of demonstrators protested in Washington, DC - Vox

VIDEO: Democracy Awakening protest - YouTube

VIDEO: More on Democracy Awakening protest - YouTube

VIDEO: Ben and Jerry explain why they got arrested at Democracy Awakening - YouTube

Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy - BBC News

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Focus: New York and the Closed Primary System - Apr 18, 2016

NY voters file lawsuit over alleged election fraud claiming party affiliation changed without their consent, calls for an open primary - NY Daily News

Election fraud: Why are voter registrations changing? -

As registration mix-ups are reported, should NY Democrats switch to open primaries? -

Discussion: NY voters to file suit calling closed primary 'a threat to our democratic system', claim party affiliation mysteriously changed - Reddit

Voter registration problem: Help us file an emergency injunction by describing your voter registration issue! - Election Justice USA

Independent voters could make polling sites a nightmare, officials bracing for a mess because they expect many Sanders voters will show up who can’t vote - New York Post

Independents may feel the Bern, but they can’t vote in New York’s closed primary - The Washington Post

Meet the people barred from voting In New York's presidential primary - ThinkProgress

N.Y. must do more to reverse state’s bad voter rate - NY Daily News

Primary rules test American democracy, How convoluted has the presidential selection process become? - CNN

Trumps closest confidants can’t vote for him because they’re still Democrats - World News Highlights

Donald Trump couldn’t vote in 2012 Republican primary - NY Daily News



Trump to RNC: Reform nomination system or ‘have a rough July at that convention’ - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Trump to RNC: Change rules or you’re going to have a rough Convention. People want their vote, to be represented properly - Grabien

Trump op-ed: Let me ask America a question: How has the electoral ‘system’ been working out for you and your family? - WSJ

Trump Convention Manager Manafort: We're trying to let voters decide who the nominee should be, not the party bosses -  RealClearPolitics

VIDEO: Trump convention manager Paul Manafort: "This Week" ABC full Interview - YouTube

Republican leaders consider rewriting convention rules - POLITICO

RNC Chair Preibus urges against changing convention rules before Cleveland -

Priebus blasted for 'major breach of trust' by top RNC officials - Washington Times

Trump supporters take American flag and walk out of GOP convention in Georgia as Cruz backers are chosen as delegates despite the Donald's primary victory - Daily Mail Online

Donald Trump: Cruz staged ‘attack' in Georgia to steal delegates -

Donald Trump fans protest as Miami Republicans pick convention delegates - Miami Herald

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Focus: Hillary Clinton and Honduras - Apr 15, 2016

Hillary Clinton claims Honduran coup not illegal, government ‘followed the law’ when military ousted the President in 2009 - ThinkProgress

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton defend her role in Honduras coup when questioned by Juan González - Democracy Now!

VIDEO: 'She’s baldly lying': Expert Dana Frank responds to Hillary Clinton's defense of her role in Honduras coup - Democracy Now!

Death squads are back in Honduras, activists tell Congress -

How Hillary Clinton militarized US policy in Honduras, used a State Dept office involved in counterinsurgency to aid the coup regime - The Nation

Hillary Clinton needs to answer for ‘regime change' in Honduras -

Hillary Clinton's emails and the Honduras coup - CEPR

Critical difference between Sanders and Clinton on whether children who fled violence in Central American countries, particularly Honduras, should be allowed to stay in the United States - Truthdig

‘Basta Hillary’ protesters in New York say Clinton ‘has blood on her hands’ destabilizing their Latin American homelands -

VIDEO: ‘Basta Hillary’ protesters in New York say Clinton ‘has blood on her hands’ destabilizing their Latin American homelands - YouTube

ARCHIVE: Obama says coup in Honduras is illegal - Reuters

ARCHIVE: Cable: American Embassy 2009 analysis of the forced removal of the Honduras president, asserting that it constituted an 'illegal and unconstitutional coup' -

ARCHIVE: Legitimizing the Illegitimate: The Honduran show elections and the challenge ahead - NACLA

ARCHIVE: Hounduras: After the coup - Human Rights Watch

How Hillary helped ruin Haiti, Much of the blame for the country chaotic political scene can be pinned on Clinton’s State Department whose handpicked president made things worse - The Daily Beast

Tough questions about Haiti for Hillary Clinton -

Hillary Clinton and Haiti: extract from Seitenfus’ book -

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Focus: New York and the Closed Primary System - Apr 13, 2016

Early primary deadlines frustrate New Yorkers left unable to vote, 2.9 million not registered Democrats or Republicans as of April - Guardian

New York election officials worry about crush of ineligible voters, their phone bank is flooded with people who want to vote but can't - WNYW

Independents make last-ditch effort to vote In NY's primary - Gothamist

College students flock to see Bernie Sanders, but can they vote for him? -

New York's closed primary could be Bernie Sanders' Achilles' heel - MSNBC

Could New York's closed primary cost Bernie Sanders? -

NY State Assembly Bill A9661: Motion to make NY primary an open primary which permits persons registered, but not enrolled in a party, to vote -

A guide to the Clinton-Sanders New York primary, by region - POLITICO

An early tableau of the New York primary -

Prospects are bright for Hillary Clinton in closed primaries ahead -

Hillary Clinton’s secret weapon against Bernie Sanders: Democratic voters - The Washington Post

The fight for open primaries -

'This system is so rigged': Sanders won 8 of the 9 past primary contests by double digits but Hillary got more delegates factoring in superdelegates -

Consultant: Superdelegate system is ‘cushy patronage' - The Daily Caller

VIDEO: Dark money, lobbyists serving as superdelegates could decide the 2016 race - Democracy Now!

Clinton aide: Sanders 'trying to rig the system' by wooing superdelegates -

Some Democrats accuse Sanders supporters of harassing convention delegates - Washington Post

How Bernie pitches to superdelegates, Sanders' efforts to woo party elites are meeting with mixed success - POLITICO

What would happen if superdelegates had to vote for the candidate who won their state? - The Washington Post



Donald Trump blasts 'crooked shenanigans' in primary process - AP

Donald Trump rages against the machine, issues a dire warning to his supporters: You're getting ripped off - CNN

VIDEO: Trump: The system is rigged, it's crooked - YouTube

Colorado protest planned after Trump loss -

Donald Trump confirms that his children will not be voting for him in New York - The Independent

Donald Trump's support deeper than it looks - POLITICO

POLL: Donald Trump wins in ‘Real New Yorker’ category - WSJ

POLL (Associated Press/GfK): GOP voters think candidate with most votes should win nomination - CBS News

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Focus: New York and the Closed Primary System - Apr 11, 2016

New York's primary is ‘closed shut' to certain voters, experts say its rules prevent people from voting for their preferred candidate - ThinkProgress

The ‘wacky’ delegate rules: a New York primary primer - The Buffalo News

NY election boards inundated with calls from voters “pissed off" about registration issues - Gothamist

New York election fraud? Voters have reported problems with their registrations -

Can New York change to an open primary election? Voters are pushing for the State to set new rules before April 19 -

Protest NY's closed primary: event set for Thursday, April 14 at 12 PM at NYC City Hall -

Two of Trump’s kids will not be voting for their father during New York’s closed primary because they missed the October deadline to register for a political party -



Trump: Primary process 'corrupt' on both Republican and Democratic sides - TheHill

VIDEO: Trump complaining about the primary process: Whether it’s me, or whether it’s Bernie Sanders... the system is corrupt - Reuters

Ordinary primary voters feel sidelined, it turns out that the world’s foremost democracy is not so purely democratic - New York Times

Closed primaries threaten our democratic ideals, a political parties’ stranglehold on the system -

ARCHIVE: Why Trump wins: Open primaries, maybe? -

ARCHIVE: A stolen election: Without closed primaries, early voting system and archaic registration rules, Bernie Sanders wins - The News Hub

ARCHIVE: Bernie Sanders won Michigan due to an “open” primary. What does this mean for Hillary Clinton? -

ARCHIVE: Arizona’s closed primary part of reason for long lines - AP

ARCHIVE: Sick of political parties, unaffiliated voters are changing politics - NPR

LIST: Presidential primary or caucus type (closed or open) by State - FairVote

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Focus: Hillary Clinton and Campaign Finance - Apr 8, 2016

How 'Citizens United' Is helping Hillary Clinton's White House bid: Report - NBC News

REPORT (Full version): How ‘Citizens United’ is helping Hillary Clinton win the White House - Center for Public Integrity

Inside Hillary Clinton's big-money cavalry, More than a dozen groups are boosting her presidential effort - Center for Public Integrity

POLL (Ipsos): 50% think Clinton relies on super PACs and big money too much while 18% think it is right - Center for Public Integrity

POLL (Ipsos): Campaign finance full results, including all presidential candidates - Center for Public Integrity

RADIO: Interview with The Center for Public Integrity senior reporter Dave Levinthal: Clinton camp taking mega money from Super PACs - 

See how much the 2016 presidential candidates have raised so far - Center for Public Integrity

Pro-Hillary Clinton PAC spending on TV and radio ads surges (GRAPHS) - AdAge

2016 presidential campaign on track to become most expensive, surpassing $1 billion - Washington Times

How Hillary Clinton bought the loyalty of 33 State Democratic parties -

Dem House super-PAC reserves $12M in TV airtime - TheHill

Union Effort to Create Super PAC Stalls - WSJ

Understanding political committees, 101 - Center for Public Integrity



Wall St is pretty certain Clinton will be president, institutional investors and online prediction markets rate the presidential candidates - CNBC

Hillary Clinton fundraiser hosted by all-star cast of financial regulators who joined Wall Street -

Sanders: Clinton ‘hustling money from the wealthy and the powerful' - POLITICO

Sanders links Clinton to Panama Papers scandal - Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders outlines plan to pare down big banks - WSJ

GE CEO op-ed: Bernie Sanders says we’re ‘destroying the moral fabric’ of America. He’s wrong. - The Washington Post

Shaky foundations: The Clintons’ so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends -  Harper's Magazine

Oil Companies donated to Clinton Foundation while lobbying State Department during her tenure -

Emails show Clinton intervened on behalf of tax avoiding corporate crony Corning Inc. - The Daily Caller

FBI director James Comey: No rush to finish Hillary Clinton email probe before convention - POLITICO

Why is the FBI so slow on Clinton e-mail probe? An investigation that drags on past the convention, into the fall, is more than a partisan concern. It’s unfair to the country as a whole. - Boston Globe

State Department lawyers want to limit the questions to ask former Clinton aides about her private email system and are dead set against Hillary testifying - The Daily Beast

#HillarySoQualified gets hijacked, used against Clinton - NY Daily News

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Focus: Syria News - Apr 5, 2016

Syrian opposition says no place for Assad in Syria, ahead of a meeting in Saudi Arabia before the third round of Geneva negotiations -

Hijab: Syrian opposition will not go further in the negotiations unless a transitional governing body formed without Assad and his clique - etilaf

Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee warns truce on verge of total collapse - etilaf

Syria opposition says US 'ambiguity' on Assad future is very damaging - AFP

Obama vetoed 50 plans by the CIA to engineer the downfall of the Assad regime in Syria: former agent - The Telegraph

No compromise with US over fate of Syria President Assad: senior Russian diplomat - RT

Russia ships more equipment to Syria than it removes - Business Insider

Video of military convoy new evidence Russia not pulling out of Syria (VIDEOS) - Fox News

Russian aircraft carrier to go to Mediterranean Sea carrying new fighters: source - TASS


Missile corvette joins Russian naval group in Mediterranean - TASS


Russia's Mi-28N helicopter's combat debut is Syria - TASS

Russia’s secret weapon of the Islamic State war: Mi-28 attack helicopter - The Daily Beast

Russian nuclear ballistic missile "Iskander" spotted in Syria - Zero Hedge

Moscow's campaign in Syria leads to arms sale windfall, Russian weapons exports expected to receive $6bn boost as result of ‘marketing effect’ of bombing - The Guardian



Ceasefire broken: Over the weekend Nusra Front with other Islamist groups and US-armed FSA rebels attack Syrian army in Aleppo - LA Times

Nusra Front and other armed groups attacks positions of Syrian army, Kurds on Monday: Russian Defense Ministry - TASS

Groups breaking ceasefire in Aleppo included Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham, FSA Division 13, Turkestani Islamic Party, Levant Brigade - Juan Cole

Eight Hezbollah fighters killed in Aleppo clashes over weekend - THE DAILY STAR

Three senior Iranian officers killed in confrontations with Syrian rebels in Aleppo - ARA News

VIDEO: Syrian rebels mount offensive against government forces in Aleppo - Al Jazeera

VIDEO (Arabic) - Syrian rebels’ footage of the operations in Aleppo - YouTube

VIDEO (Arabic): Free Syrian Army units moving into Khalidyah village - YouTube


VIDEO: State Department: U.S. unsure of ceasefire violations but Assad is the biggest violator - YouTube

Two senior intelligence analysts at U.S. Central Command say the military has forced them out of their jobs because of their skeptical reporting on U.S.-backed rebel groups in Syria - The Daily Beast



U.S. behind strike that killed Nusra Front's prominent leader Abu Firas: officials - Reuters

U.S weighs more special ops for Syria -

Russia, U.S. discussing coordination to liberate Syria's Raqqa: Interfax - Reuters

Putin's Russian air force bombing Islamic State effectively, Pentagon concedes - Washington Times

DoD Report: Operations against Islamic State costing average of $11.4M per day -

After Palmyra Syrian troops take another Islamic State-controlled town, Qaryatain is crucial for securing oil and gas pipelines and for blocking militant supply routes - AP

Destruction, razed monastery left behind by Islamic State in Syria town Qaryatain (PHOTOS) - AP

Syria: About 40 bodies reportedly found in mass grave in Palmyra, 23 of them women and children - FOX 11 Los Angeles

Islamic State fights back in Deir Zor, advances on Syrian airbase - ARA News

Islamic state militants use mustard gas in attack on Deir Zor airport: Syrian state TV - Reuters

Islamic State executes and crucify eight people in Syria's Raqqa for deserting its ranks or violating regulations - ARA News

Russian UN envoy says Turkey is key supplier of weapons to Islamic State - TASS

Turkish officers recruiting fighters for Nusra Front in Syria: Russian Defense Ministry -

Erdogan uses closed-door meeting to blast Obama administration, the Turkish president says that the White House is wrong to back the Kurds in the fight against the Islamic State - Foreign Policy

Syrian Kurds proceed with federal structures despite Turkish threats - Al-Monitor

Turkish court releases all 96 Islamic State suspects who are now on trial -


US orders diplomatic, military families out of south Turkey due to 'increased threats from terrorist groups' - AP

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Focus: Pew Poll on Campaign Issues, Values and How Life Has Changed in the U.S. - Apr 2, 2016


Note: Only 30 percent of Democratic or Democratic-leaning voters say that the primary process has been a good way of determining "the best-qualified nominees.” Among Clinton voters 37 percent have a positive opinion of the primary and among Sanders voters 25 percent. The Independents, which account for the majority of the voters, were not polled as a separate group; I guess that, given the limited role assigned to them by the primary system, their percentage would be even lower than the Democrats.

POLL (Pew Research Full results): Campaign exposes fissures over issues, values and how life has changed in the U.S. - Pew Research Center

POLL (Pew Research): A poll that asks about 'people like you' shows why Americans are voting the way they are - Quartz

STATS (Pew Research): 10 demographic trends that are shaping the U.S. and the world - Pew Research Center

POLL (Pew Research): Democratic voters more dissatisfied with primary than Republicans - The Weekly Standard

POLL (Pew Research): Republicans, especially Trump supporters, see free trade deals as bad for U.S. - Pew Research Center

POLL (Pew Research): Most U.S. voters view immigrants positively. Most Trump voters don’t. - The Washington Post

POLL (Pew Research): Support for border wall with Mexico drops to … 38/58 - Hot Air

POLL (Pew Research): Poll shows most Americans oppose bans on Muslims - The Arab Daily News

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Focus: NATO, Russia and Donald Trump - Apr 1, 2016

US sending thousands more armed troops and heavy weaponry to Eastern Europe in response to 'aggressive Russia’ - VICE

Official news release: Eucom announces European Reassurance Initiative implementation plan - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

NATO to switch defense doctrine from 'assurance to deterrence' in E. Europe: Eucom chief Breedlove - GlobalPost

Remarks from the Eucom chief General Breedlove in Riga, Latvia - United States European Command

NATO commander Breedlove calls for return to service of U-2 spy plane to help conduct surveillance on a resurgent Russia - The Independent

First Look at $3.4 billion in weapons the US is sending to NATO - The Fiscal Times

NATO reaches agreement With Kiev on military reforms -

NATO says Russian forces in Syria complicate crisis -

Russia envoy: Moscow won't passively watch US military build-up in Europe - TASS

Get ready, NATO: Russia's cold war T-72 tank is set for a big upgrade - The National Interest Blog

ARCHIVE: Pentagon chief Carter: Russia top global threat to U.S. - News.Az

ARCHIVE: The Pentagon's secret foreign aid budget, U.S. sends billions to foreign militaries each year - Politico



Terrorism and North Korea dominate Nuclear Security Summit in Washington - NBC News

Kremlin: Russia skips Nuclear Security Summit over lack of cooperation with partners - TASS

Russia’s absence from the Nuclear Security Summit raises questions about the international community’s ability to keep nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists, say analysts - VOA

Will the Nuclear Security Summit help stop terrorists from getting the bomb? - The National Interest Blog

America's nuclear weapons in Europe are the nuclear elephant in the room - VICE News



Pentagon: Donald Trump is wrong, NATO is not 'very obsolete’ - TheHill

VIDEO (and transcript): Trump: NATO is obsolete and expensive, doesn't have the right countries in it to fight terrorism - RealClearPolitics

Trump adviser Page has deep ties to Kremlin’s Gazprom, says his close relations with Russian business are a strength - Bloomberg Politics

Trump adviser Page criticized what he considers American aggression toward Russia, compared U.S.-Russia policy to slavery -

Clinton blasts Trump over NATO comments - Business Insider

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton on NATO: "If Mr. Trump gets his way, it will be like Christmas in the Kremlin" - YouTube


Patrick Buchanan op-ed: Trump is right about NATO - WND

Is it time for America to quit NATO? - The National Interest Blog

Donald Trump highlights debate over NATO's relevancy, interview with two experts - NPR

How did NATO survive the Cold War? NATO's transformation after the Cold War from 1989 to the present, lecture by acting NATO spokesman Jamie Shea -  NATO

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Focus: Donald Trump and the Polls - Mar 30, 2016

POLL (NBC News/SurveyMonkey): Trump nearly at 50 percent support among Republicans nationally, holds 21-point lead - NBC News

POLL: NBC News/SurveyMonkey weekly election tracking full results -

POLL (Public Policy Polling): Trump Most Acceptable Candidate to GOP - Public Policy Polling

POLL (Rasmussen Reports): 84% of likely Republican voters think Trump is likely to win their party’s nomination - Rasmussen Reports

POLL (Monmouth University): Most Republicans want the GOP to unite behind Trump - Washington Examiner

POLL (Quinnipiac and YouGov/Huffington Post): New polls cast doubts on anti-Trump movement - PJ Media

POLL (Morning Consult): Voters, especially women, push Donald Trump to 49% on national security after Brussels terror attacks - People's Pundit

POLL: In New York poll Trump leads Cruz by 33 points -

POLL: New poll shows Trump leading Cruz in California by 7 points - KCRA Home

POLL: Kasich trails Trump by 3 points in latest Pennsylvania poll -

POLL: Trump and Cruz in tight race in Wisconsin - Realclear Politics

Donald Trump berates Scott Walker for not raising taxes in Wisconsin, 'he cut back on schools, he cut back on highways, he cut back on a lot of things' - The Guardian

Donald Trump Is bringing message of jobs and trade to Paul Ryan's hometown in Wisconsin - The New York Times

Portraits beyond the polls: who’s really voting for Trump, two reports from RAND Presidential Election Panel and the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics - Yahoo News

Trump signals he’s ready to fight for every delegate, his legal team would soon file its formal complaint over 10 Louisiana delegates - Bloomberg Politics

The vast majority of Republican politicians aren't even trying to stop Donald Trump - Vox

Trump, Cruz and Kasich back away from their pledge to support GOP nominee (VIDEOS) -

VIDEO (Full): CNN Republican Town Hall: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich - YouTube

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Syria/Iraq News - Mar 28, 2016

Syrian army retakes ancient Palmyra in major victory over Islamic State, the town is known as the 'Pearl of the Desert' - Yahoo News

Encircled: Syrian army poised to storm key Christian town Qariatein near Palmyra - Sputnik International

Russian air force made 40 flights over Palmyra in last 24 hours, destroyed 8 terrorist command centers - Sputnik International

Palmyra Liberation: Syrian army officer reveals details of operation - Sputnik International

Retaking of Palmyra a huge morale boost for Syrian army -

VIDEO: Liberation of Palmyra: Awesome footage from drone -

List of Syrian army advances since Russian intervention - AFP

President al-Assad: Palmyra achievement proves army strategy more effective than US-led coalition efforts – Syrian Arab News Agency

Putin congratulates Assad on Palmyra liberation - Sputnik International

UN chief Ban hails removal of Islamic State from Syria's Palmyra - AFP

Why is David Cameron so silent on the recapture of Palmyra from the clutches of Islamic State? - The Independent

Syria antiquities chief: Palmyra ruins generally 'in good shape', Islamic State destroyed the grand Temple of Bel, the shrine of Baal Shamin and several funerary towers - AFP

Palmyra National Museum completely plundered, artifacts partly destroyed - Sputnik International

Preserving Syria's threatened treasures in digital - France 24

In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA - LA Times

Book review: ‘Syria Burning’ suggests U.S. stoked the flames -



Thousands of Iraqis flee fighting south of Mosul in new front by the Iraqi army against Islamic State - AFP

VIDEO(English Subtitles): People leave homes in Mosul by car - YouTube

VIDEO (English Subtitles): Men, women and children fleeing the Islamic State-controlled areas to the Kurdistan Region's capital Erbil - Liveleak

Iraqi forces make slow progress south of Mosul - Reuters

Tentative push for Mosul reveal's Iraq army's failings - The National

VIDEO (English Subtitles): Makhmour clashes fail to achieve Iraqi army objectives to capture key villages before any thrust into Mosul - Rudaw

The Pentagon is planning to send more combat troops into Iraq to enable operations in Mosul -

Air force moves to replenish bomb stockpile drained by Islamic State fight -

Iraq: Islamic State imposes curfew on residents of Mosul - AhlulBayt News Agency

Islamic State executes 12 of its members’ relatives in Mosul over intel links: report - Al Arabiya English

Islamic State executioner killed by assassins in occupied Iraqi city of Mosul -

The Battle for Mosul and the Future of Islamic State -

Trump would consider halting U.S. oil purchases from Saudi Arabia unless it provides troops to fight Islamic State -

VIDEO: Obama weekly address: Defeating Islamic State - YouTube

Islamic State chief executioner says Brussels was ‘just a taste' of what terrorists are planning in horrifying new video - Mirror Online

VIDEO: Official Islamic State threat video says Brussels is 'just a taste' - YouTube

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Syria News - Mar 26 , 2016

Palmyra: Syrian government forces 'retake citadel’ from Islamic State, a strategic medieval castle on the hill overlooking the city - BBC

VIDEO: Footage shows Syrian Army entering Palmyra -

VIDEO: Syrian Army retaking the citadel castle -

VIDEO: Drone footage of Palmyra castle earlier today - YouTube

Islamic State launches counteroffensive against Syrian army in Palmyra: commander -

IS video claims to show group still in control of Palmyra (VIDEO) - Middle East Eye

Russian warplanes flew 41 sorties to support Syrian offensive against Islamic State near Palmyra, destroyed 146 targets - Reuters

Russia warplanes in Syria attack IS militants carrying weapons to Palmyra from Raqqah and Deir ez-Zor: source - TASS


Russian general says military special forces active in Syria - ABC News

Spotted and surrounded by IS, Russian special forces officer called for fire on himself - RT News

U.S. State Department: Replacing Islamic State with Syrian troops in the city of Palmyra is not a 'great trade-off', The Syrian people should not have to decide between IS and Assad - Fulton News

VIDEO: U.S. State Department: Replacing Islamic State with Syrian troops in the city of Palmyra is not a 'great trade-off' - YouTube

UNESCO Director-General welcomes the liberation of Palmyra - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

VIDEO (starts at 2:25 min): Interview with UNESCO official: ’Palmyra is not just an archaeological site, it is a symbol of Syria’ - YouTube

VIDEO: Drone footage captures ancient Palmyra after Syrian army enters the city, what is left of the archelogical sites destroyed by Islamic State - YouTube



US, Russia push for new Syrian Constitution by August - VOA

Russia says U.S. agrees not to discuss Assad's future for now: Ifax - Reuters

US says it hasn't changed position on Syria's Assad - AP

TRANSCRIPT: Press conference of Kerry and Lavrov on Syria -

UN envoy De Mistura: Syria peace talks to resume April 9 - AP

VIDEO: De Mistura touts 'essential principles' as latest Syria talks conclude - YouTube

TRANSCRIPT: Press conference by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura - ReliefWeb

Moscow insists Kurds participation in Syria peace talks - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Russia admits to training Syria Kurds - Kurdpress News Aganecy

U.S. emphasizes 'YPG and PKK are separate entities' - Kurdpress News Aganecy

IS ‘second in command’ killed by US raid in Syria, Sec. Carter says - Yahoo News

Profile of senior Islamic State leader killed by US - The Long War Journal

Jordan begins covert operations against IS in Syria - Middle East Eye

Jordan's king accuses Turkey of sending terrorists to Europe - Middle East Eye

Turkish journalists face secret trial for revealing Ankara arms deliveries to Syria Islamist rebels - The Guardian

IS, oil & Turkey: What RT found in Syrian town liberated from jihadists by Kurds - RT News

Iran deploys Army Special Forces to Syria and Iraq - The Long War Journal

Iraqi army says border area with Syria taken from IS - Al Arabiya English

Iraqi Shiite fighters in Syria boon to Assad, bane to Abadi’s authority - Al Arabiya English

Are North Koreans fighting in Syria? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. - The Washington Post

Syrians describe horrific torture in jails run by militants of Army of Islam -

Why many jihadi terrorists are criminals before they turn to extremism -


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Focus: Clinton, Sanders and the Polls - Mar 25, 2016


The Independents are the largest segment of the American voters. According to the Gallup Historical Trends of Party Affiliation, 38% consider themselves independents while 32% are Democrats and 26% Republicans. Also Democrats and Republicans are not solidly behind their own parties: the Fox News poll shows that 38% of the Democrats and astonishingly 68% of Republicans 'feel betrayed by politicians from their political party'.


Unlike the November elections, primaries privilege the Democrats and Republicans compared to the self-identified Independents and are skewed toward the two established parties. Many states require voters to affiliate with a party in order to take part in presidential primaries and caucuses. The Fox News poll find that only 21% of the Independents vote for the Democratic party and 33% of Independents vote for the Republican party during the primaries. Moreover the presence of the superdelegates at the Democratic Convention strengthen the party establishment offsetting the influence of the grassroot movement. While the Independents play a limited role in the primaries, they will be a key factor in electing the President in November because Democrats and Republicans do not have enough votes. 


Independents are a major political force behind the popularity and success of the Bernie Sanders candidacy. While Clinton so far has the backing of the majority of the Democrats, according to the Quinnipiac poll 46% of Independents and 80% of Republicans say they would never vote for her in the presidential election. In contrast Sanders is opposed by only 19% of Independents and 58% of Republicans. With his campaign Sanders is potentially in a position to build a large coalition of a majority of Independents, Democrats and Republican swing voters. That is the reason why Sanders has a much better chance than Clinton to beat Trump. The Quinnipiac poll shows that in a November matchup Sanders beat Trump 52% to 38% while Clinton beat Trump 46% to 40%.


Below are the latest polls:


POLL: Sanders pulls even with Clinton in a new national poll. Because it’s the economy, stupid. Clinton came out on top on issues of foreign policy while Sanders on domestic issues - The Washington Post


POLL: Words used to describe Clinton and Trump presidencies aren't that great, for Hillary most frequently used word was ‘disaster’ and ‘scared' 'disappointed' rounded out the top five -


POLL: Clinton leads Sanders by 6 in Wisconsin - TheHill


POLL: New Pennsylvania poll: Clinton up 25 points over Sanders, Kasich three points behind Trump - PhillyVoice


POLL: Polls give Trump and Clinton huge leads in NY Primary ⋆ Hudson Valley News Network


POLL: California poll: Trump leads GOP; Clinton, Sanders close - POLITICO


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Focus: Hillary Clinton - Mar 23 , 2016

New emails highlight interaction between State, Clinton Foundation - TheHill

Judicial Watch: New internal State Department documents raise questions on Benghazi, Clinton Foundation - Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch submits proposed witness list, discovery plan to Federal Court in Clinton email matter - Breitbart

As Hillary bolstered Boeing, company returned the favor giving millions to Clinton Foundation and six-figure speeches to Bill - Seattle Times

Ex-Im Bank beneficiaries are heavy Clinton Foundation donors - The Daily Caller

ARCHIVE: Boeing Refuses to Disclose Any Boeing-State Department-Clinton Foundation Email Correspondence -

Clinton Foundation discloses $40 Million in Wall Street donations - Breitbart

ARCHIVE: Clinton Foundation donors got weapons deals from Hillary Clinton's State Department -

Congresswoman Blackburn to ask FTC to investigate the Clinton Foundation’s charitable status - Breitbart

Hillary’s other email server scandal: Clinton Foundation and the unethical mixing of Mrs. Clinton’s public work and her personal fundraising/speech-giving/favor-doing - WSJ

ARCHIVE: Clinton Foundation received subpoena from State Department investigators - The Washington Post

HRC's final paid speech: $260K from the ACA, Why would a non-profit promoting summer camps spend 10 per cent of its annual budget on a Hillary Clinton speech? -

Clinton Foundation hires H-1B guest workers in place of American graduates - Breitbart

REPORT: Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation -

REPORT: Special report concerning latest amended disclosures of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation (attached) - Charles Ortel

Hillary Clinton campaign's foreign fundraisers under scrutiny -

WikiLeaks publishes searchable archive of Clinton emails - Washington Examiner

POLL: Trump, Clinton score historic unfavorable ratings -



Uproar over Hillary's role in Honduran coup grows as her campaign denies connection - Alternet

The Clinton-backed Honduran regime is picking off indigenous leaders - The Nation

Hillary Clinton needs to answer for her actions in Honduras and Haiti - The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton's response to Honduran coup was scrubbed from her paperback memoirs -

High hopes for Hillary Clinton, then disappointment in Haiti - The New York Times

Haitians protest Hillary Clinton’s ‘destruction’ of country -

7 articles to read uncovering Hillary Clinton’s Haiti record - The Haitian Times

The mysterious gap in Hillary Clinton’s Haiti emails -

Clinton aide demanded to clear Department’s travel warnings and human rights report on Haiti, releases interfered with fundraiser benefitting the country -

ARCHIVE: Gov’t memo said Clinton would steer State Department resources to donor’s Haiti Project, instead of building houses Claudio Osorio went to prison -

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Focus: Donald Trump and the GOP Establishment - Mar 21, 2016


Trump: If GOP takes my nomination 'a lot of unhappy people', supporters won't vote in the general elections -

VIDEO: Donald Trump Interview at 'ABC This Week' - YouTube

RNC chair says GOP prepping for possible brokered convention - NY Daily News

VIDEO: RNC chair Reince Priebus: Nothing nefarious about an open convention - YouTube

TRANSCRIPT: Donald Trump, Reince Priebus, Denis McDonough, and Sen. Mitch McConnell on ‘ABC This Week'- ABC News

Republican leaders map a strategy to derail Donald Trump - The New York Times

Trump to huddle with influential Republicans in D.C. ahead of AIPAC speech - The Washington Post

Some RNC members weighs scrapping convention rule book to head off anti-Trump maneuvers - Washington Times

Conservatives call for anti-Trump unity, hint at a Cruz-Kasich ticket - POLITICO

Kasich responds to anti-Trump forces ‘split the map’ strategy -

Graham: Trump is a "demagogue of the greatest proportion” (VIDEO) - CBS News

PAC Club for Growth nets $4 million for fight against Trump - POLITICO

Anti-Trump super-PAC Our Principles raises $4.8 Million in February - Bloomberg Politics

Here's Everything the Republican party is doing to try to stop Donald Trump -

Lifelong Republican: voting for Trump is 'the middle finger vote' to a good ole boy system that lines the pockets of elites in Washington while neglecting working men and women -

Donald Trump's campaign threatens to steal tea party thunder - LA Times

Democrats beware: Donald Trump is finding success well outside the Republican fringe - LA Times

Donald Trump's type of voter found in big numbers in Pennsylvania, nearly 55,000 voters switched registration from Democrat to Republican this year - The Morning Call

VIDEO: Judge Jeanine Pirro pro-Trump opening statement: Donald Trump Vs the GOP establishment - YouTube

POLL: Trump still holds 15-point lead over Cruz nationally - Rasmussen Reports

Donald Trump Owes At Least $250 Million to Banks - WSJ



Man charged with allegedly punching and kicking anti-Trump protester at rally - ABC News

VIDEO: Protester punched and kicked at Donald Trump rally - YouTube

New York anti-Trump protest draws thousands; some detained and pepper-sprayed after scuffle with cops (VIDEO) - NY Daily News

VIDEO: Violence and pepper spray at anti-Trump rally in New York - YouTube

Protesters block road to Trump rally In Arizona, supporters getting out of their cars and walking to the rally (VIDEO, PHOTOS) - Huffington Post

Trump campaign manager accused of another physical altercation, appears to have grabbed a protester by the collar - POLITICO

VIDEO: Here is Donald Trump's campaign manager in the Tucson crowd grabbing the collar of a protester - Jacqueline Alemany on Twitter

Anti-Trump protester April Foster charged with hitting police horse in Kansas City - Breitbart

Donald Trump's sister, son receive threatening letters demanding that the billionaire drop out of the presidential race -


Donald Trump's campaign to add rally security amid violence - Bloomberg Politics

Donald Trump says protesters are violating his First Amendment rights -

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Focus: Bernie Sanders - Mar 17, 2016


Following the results of yesterday’s primaries, the odds are against Bernie Sanders winning the Democratic nomination at the convention according to the delegate and superdelegate math. There are primaries in the coming weeks that will give a clearer picture. More than half of the delegates are yet to be chosen and the next races may favor Sanders campaign while the past primaries have been in Clinton territory. Clinton is winning the Democratic nomination thanks to the super Pac and rich donor money which finances her campaign and the campaigns of the Democratic congressmen that endorsed her. The Democratic party machine and a sympathetic media coverage promote her candidacy notwithstanding her domestic failures, foreign policy blunders and revelations about her private email server and the Clinton Foundation dealings.

It may come the time for Sanders to consider the option of running as an independent for President if he does not collect enough delegates to win the nomination, which is likely unless there is a political earthquake such as Hillary Clinton indicted by the FBI or else. There are more than seven months to the November elections, an arc of time long enough to turn events around. Sanders and the movement, which he represents, deserve to make their case until the November elections given the crucial issues facing the nation. As shown in several polls Clinton won the majority of Democrats in most primaries and Sanders won the independents and the new voters, two groups that will have more weight in the November elections than in the primaries which are slanted in favor of the political parties. 

If Sanders runs as an independent for President chances are he will not be a “spoiler,” the label used against third-party candidate Nader when Gore lost to Bush in 2000. On the contrary Sanders may attract Trump low-income supporters who share his same concerns on the issues of jobs, trade, economic inequality, health insurance, college tuition, etc. On the other end Hillary Clinton may lose in a matchup with Trump or Cruz because of her political past and a majority of Americans think she is not honest and trustworthy. Personally I think that Sanders has a chance to win a three way contest between him, Clinton and Trump (or Cruz.) 

Time will run out to be an independent candidate for President if Sanders wants to go this route. There are deadlines for gaining ballot access to run as an independent or 3rd party candidate in every state starting with Texas on May 9, North Carolina June 9, Illinois June 27, Indiana and New Mexico June 30 and so on. Here are filing deadlines and signature requirements for independent presidential candidates in all states.


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