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Focus: Donald Trump vs. the Republican Establishment - June 28, 2016


Dump Trump movement planning for convention floor fight - NBC News


Trump foes make new push to unbind GOP convention delegates - POLITICO


Text of letter by GOP delegate Kendal Unruh including a new party rule that would permit any delegate to shrug off pledged support - POLITICO


Virginia GOP delegate Beau Correll sues for freedom to vote against Trump - CBS News


VIDEO: Interview with Beau Correll: Lawsuit could give 'Never Trump' movement legal standing - YouTube


Anti-Trump group launches TV ads (VIDEO) - NBC News


POLITICO delegate survey: Dump Trump lacks the votes - POLITICO


Donald Trump & Republican convention revolt: How far can it go? - National Review


POLITICO reached out to more than 50 prominent Republicans. Few said they plan to attend the convention in Cleveland, let alone speak - POLITICO


Here’s a list of the top 11 Republicans who won’t speak at the Trump convention - Daily Wire


GRAPHIC (at the bottom of the page): GOP politicians not attending Republican national convention: Senators, governors, executives - US News


Is Trump qualified to be president? Mitch McConnell won't say. - CSMonitor.com


Conservative columnist George Will leaves Republican Party over Trump, says ’make sure he loses' - NBC News


VIDEO: George Will: I joined the GOP in 1964 when I voted for Barry Goldwater, I joined it because I was a conservative. But I leave for the same reason, that I'm a conservative - YouTube


President Bush Treasury chief Paulson slams Trump, to vote for Clinton - NBC


Paulson op-ed: A Donald Trump presidency is unthinkable. So I'm voting for Hillary Clinton. - Chicago Tribune


Bush White House adviser backs Clinton over Trump - POLITICO


GOP 'savior' George W. Bush headlines fundraisers for senator McCain and others, last spring said he will never endorse Donald Trump - Cincinnati.com


Huffington calls for GOP to dump Trump with 'Trexit' - TheHill


Analysis: Thousands of Republican donors avoid Donald Trump - usatoday.com


The list of prominent hedge-funders who say they won't vote for Trump is growing - theweek.com


Silicon valley snubs Donald Trump - US News

 

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Donald Trump and R.N.C. crack down on rebelling delegates - The New York Times


Trump: Cruz, Kasich shouldn't speak at convention without endorsement - TheHill


Trump camp scrambles to shape up before GOP convention - Fox News


Trump campaign chairman Manafort promises 'major' personnel announcements - Washington Examiner


VIDEO: Paul Manafort on Donald Trump's campaign (Full Interview) - NBC News


Trump co-chair Sam Clovis on GOP opposition: 'They'll get over it' - POLITICO


Is Donald Trump softening his tone? - CNNPolitics.com


Iowa GOP chair: Delegation to go for Trump at convention despite Cruz winning Iowa - RedState


Michigan conservative coalition warns against denying Donald Trump presidential nomination - MLive.com


Pro and anti-Trump groups will be able to protest safely at the Cleveland convention - The Daily Caller


Huckabee: 'I'd be honored' to speak for Trump at RNC - POLITICO


Sarah Palin blasts GOP establishment, stumps for Donald Trump - dailynews.com


Dick Morris says he's been advising Donald Trump - POLITICO


Pete Coors, Mike Shanahan to host Donald Trump fundraiser in Colorado - Denver Post


Donald Trump's son spearheads his presidential fundraising campaign - The Independent


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Focus: Brexit - June 25, 2016


Brexit: Worries about excessive migration to the U.K.overshadowed fears of the economic fallout of leaving the European bloc - Bloomberg


This is how immigration fueled the Brexit result - The National Interest Blog


Fear of immigration drove the Brexit victory – not immigration itself - The Guardian


POLL: Just ahead of the EU referendum, concern about immigration rose by 10 percentage points - Ipsos MORI


Brexit, explained in one chart: British voters push back against a huge surge in immigration that’s taken place over the past decade - Vox


Brexit: UK Immigration by the numbers - The Post Newspaper


Immigration pushes UK population to 65 million - The Times & The Sunday Times


EU referendum: How the results compare to the UK's educated, old and immigrant populations - telegraph.co.uk


Brexit: What next for immigration after the EU referendum? - newsweek.com


David Cameron, Britain's Prime Minister, to step down after Brexit vote - NBC News


Jeremy Corbyn faces calls to resign from Labour MPs over disastrous referendum campaign - The Independent


VIDEO: Jeremy Corbyn says he wont resign despite Brexit result - ibtimes.co.in


Brexit: New Labour should have listened to 'racist' immigration concerns years ago, As years passed and migration soared those who spoke up were dismissed - ibtimes.co.u

 

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Trump cites immigration anger as driving factor in 'Brexit' vote – and beyond - Fox News


VIDEO: Trump: Brits have voted to take their country back - Fox News


TRANSCRIPT: Donald Trump’s Brexit press conference - The Washington Post


Donald J. Trump Statement Regarding British Referendum on E.U. Membership - Donald J Trump for President


How Trump benefits from Brexit - Yahoo Finance


Hillary Clinton camp says Trump’s ‘Brexit’ remarks show he’s unfit for White House - WSJ


Hillary Clinton statement on Brexit vote - hillaryclinton.com


Bernie Sanders on Brexit: ‘The global economy is not working for everybody’ - huffingtonpost.com


VIDEO: Sanders on Brexit: The ‘global economy is not working for everybody' - YouTube


Joe Biden, in a speech in Ireland, warns against blaming immigrants for unrest - LA Times


Joint statement by Schulz, Tusk, Rutte and Juncker on UK referendum outcome - uroparl.europa.eu


From trade to migration - how Brexit may hit the EU economy - Reuters


Brexit to hit German economy hard: business groups - MarketWatch


Brexit sparks calls for more EU exits, world leaders react to EU referendum result - btimes.com


Voters in Sweden, Denmark and Greece demand their say on 'broken' Europe - Daily Mail Online


Swiss say Brexit vote complicates its EU immigration talks - Yahoo Finance UK


Putin on Brexit: UK citizens' choice resulted from the British authorities' 'arrogance and a shallow approach to solving pivotal issues’ - RT News


The British Brexit vote is awful news for China - Quartz


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Focus: Russia - June 21, 2016


Germany's foreign minister accuses NATO of ‘warmongering' over Russia, criticizes military exercises in Eastern Europe - RFERL


NATO’s chief brushes aside comments from Germany’s foreign minister saying both military, political approach needed toward Russia - RFERL


U.S. Navy officials say European exercises not 'sabre-rattling', but necessary steps to deter aggressive Russian maritime expansion - Reuters


US Nato general fears rapid Russian troop deployments - BBC News


NATO targets Russia ‘threat' in July summit - Daily Express


German foreign minister suggests European split over Moscow, Merkel ally rebuffs his NATO criticism - NASDAQ.com


Russia won’t be invading NATO countries, Germany shouldn’t help start a new arms race: former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder - RT News


NATO launches anti-submarine warfare exercise in Norwegian Sea - NATO


NATO jets in Baltics scrambled twice last week to escort Russian warplanes - baltictimes.com


NATO battalions on Russian borders could easily grow into larger contingent: Russian analyst - Sputnik


Defense secretary Carter hails US alliances amid Trump criticism that the U.S. 'cannot afford to police the entire world’ - TheHill


Pentagon chief Carter: 'Next month when I accompany President Obama to the NATO Summit in Warsaw, we all need to do more to deter and defend against Russian aggression' - Sputnik


Carter confirms new NATO battalions on eastern flank - IHS Jane's 360


Is the Pentagon hyping the Russia threat? Some officials are inflating it in an effort to boost the Defense Department’s budget - The American Conservative


Joe Biden rips Donald Trump's foreign policy: 'Embracing Putin at a time of renewed Russian aggression I believe will call into question America's longstanding commitment to Europe' - CNN


Top Russian politician hails Trump’s Washington invite of Putin as ‘common sense' - newsweek.com


She isn’t president yet, but Russia already hates Hillary Clinton - Observer

 

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EU to extend Russia sanctions until the end of the year, divided over next steps - Reuters


European ministers wrestle with future of Russia sanctions - WSJ


Likely sanctions renewal on Russia welcomed by US allies - defensenews.com


US senators press EU to renew Russian sanctions - defensenews.com


NATO's Stoltenberg: EU sanctions on Russia should remain - Reuters


Germany's Steinmeier favors gradual phasing-out of Russia sanctions - Reuters


Time to send ‘strong signal of accommodation’ to Russia and gradually lift sanctions: Austrian FM - RT News


Germany supports Russia's initiative on Nord Stream-2: Russian Energy Minister - TASS


Putin seeks to include China, India, Iran in fledgling Eurasian Union - Forbes


China, Russia expected to sign multibillion dollar high-speed rail deal during Putin’s visit to Beijing - South China Morning Post


Moscow starts developing heavy engine for joint Chinese-Russian airliner - TASS

 

Work on Russian-Chinese heavy helicopter autonomous from 3rd countries: deputy PM - TASS


Putin said to weigh $11-billion Rosneft sale to China, India - worldoil.com


Key economic policy players in the rival Kremlin camps - Daily Mail Online


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Syria News - June 19, 2016


U.S. backed Kurdish and Arab forces advance two km from center of Islamic state-held Manbij: source - Reuters


US Special Forces active in Manbij offensive, says YPG official - Rudaw


Islamic State mounts fierce defence of besieged Syrian bastion Manbij, launches a wave of suicide and car bombings - Daily Mail


Hundreds of Kurdish villagers near Manbij taken by ISIS as human shield - Rudaw


SDF forces break ISIS defense lines and reach trapped civilians in Manbij (VIDEO) - Rudaw


ISIS extremists execute whole family for trying to escape Manbij city - ARA News


'I felt liberated': Syrian girl reveals joy removing niqab after US backed Syrian forces expel ISIS - Reuters


Kurdish commander: ISIS no longer able to cross the border, send terrorists from Syria to the outside world - ARA News


Federal plan for Syrian Kurdistan advances with U.S.-backed forces - ekurd


Syrian government forces impose heavy losses on ISIS military hardware in Raqqa province - alalam.ir


UN human rights panel concludes ISIS is committing genocide against Yazidis - United Nations News Centre


REPORT: “They came to destroy”: ISIS crimes against the Yazidis - UN Human Rights Council

 

Why the Islamic State Is Weaker Than It Seems - Stratfor


ARCHIVE: Islamic State sees sharp drop in its revenue - Jerusalem Post

 

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Russia bombs U.S.-backed Syrian rebels near Jordan border - CNNPolitics.com


Images suggest that Russia cluster-bombed U.S.-backed Syrian fighters - The Washington Post


Pentagon chief Carter hits Russia for attacking U.S.-backed Syrian rebels - AP


U.S. seeks answers over Russian strikes on Syrian rebels - Reuters


Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on U.S.-Russia Video Conference - U.S. Department of Defense


Russian defense minister meets Assad, inspects Khmeimim airbase in Syria (VIDEO) - RT News


Russia says Syria campaign death toll moves into double figures - THE DAILY STAR


Syrian rebel groups, including Nusra Front, capture government-held areas, dozens dead - ABC News


Islamist group kills seven members of a Kurdish family in Aleppo (VIDEO) - Rudaw


Syrian forces stop al-Nusra Front offensive near Turkish border - Sputnik


Iran’s Qods Force general vows to fight in Iraq and Syria until the last jihadist is killed - The Long War Journal


John Kerry is said to side with diplomats’ critical memo on Syria - The New York Times


Brain-dead diplomats: Why did 51 American State Dept. officials ‘dissent' against Obama and call for bombing Syria? - Alternet


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Focus: Russia - June 18, 2016


Putin calls on Europe to improve ties despite sanctions, 'we are willing to meet our European partners halfway' - AP


Putin: Russia ready to lift sanctions first, if certain that EU will follow suit - RT News


Russian economy overcomes recession: Putin - RT Business


Putin repeats praise of Trump for his comments on improving relations between Russia and the US, says he's a 'bright' person - POLITICO


VIDEO (and transcript): Putin speech at the Plenary session of St Petersburg International Economic Forum - President of Russia


VIDEO: Putin talks to world news agencies at St. Petersburg Economic Forum - YouTube


Putin hosts top EU official for talks in rare visit, Juncker says EU-Russia ties not broken beyond repair and must be mended - AP


Speech by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum - europa.eu


U.S. State Dept official confident EU will continue to back Russia sanctions, 'this is the price we all need to pay if we're to successfully resist Russian aggression' - rferl.org


VIDEO: U.S. State Dept official confident EU will continue to back Russia sanctions - YouTube


Ukraine furious over remarks on Russia by U.N. chief Ban - Reuters


Western leaders, CEOs visit Russia amid sanctions fatigue - AP


Calls for EU-Russia free trade agreement echo at St. Petersburg Forum - Sputnik


Italian leader Renzi wants to boost ties with Russia, says Europe and Russia share same values - ABC News


Foreign investment in Russia doubles despite sanctions, West Europeans lead - Russia Beyond The Headlines


To the first, the spoils - Western investors venture back to Russia - Reuters

 

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Russia assails NATO's move to deploy troops near its border - AP


NATO military rotation in Eastern Europe poses threat to Russia: Envoy - Sputnik


NATO war games In Poland get Russia's attention - NPR


Russia's position regarding missile defense, NATO ignored: Putin - Sputnik


Russian lawmaker says US missile defense system deployment in Japan to affect security - TASS


Russia to watch US and NATO military activities in Black Sea: Grushko - TASS


US to Russia: We're staying in the Black Sea - Business Insider


‘I don’t need war’: Bulgarian PM rules out joining NATO flotilla in Black Sea - RT News


NATO watches warily as Russia conducts snap combat readiness test - Sputnik

 

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Putin: New elections, not forced regime change, key for ending Syrian civil war - Fox News


Putin hopes US can convince Syrian opposition to talk with Damascus  -Sputnik


Russia failed to heed U.S. call to stop targeting Syrian rebels: U.S. - Reuters


Lavrov accuses US of sparing al-Qaeda's branch to topple Assad - Telegraph


State Department officials call for U.S. military action against Assad regime - CNNPolitics.com


Obama, despite dissent on Syria, not shifting toward strikes on Assad - Reuters


Diplomats’ dissent on Syria is a signal to their former boss Hillary Clinton - Bloomberg Politics


Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir rips White House on Syria - CNNPolitics.com


Erdogan sends letter to Putin, hopes for improved ties with Russia - Sputnik


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Focus: Saudi Arabia and Hillary Clinton - June 14, 2016

 

Powerful Saudi prince to meet Obama, amid policy differences with the United States over the war in Syria and relations with Iran - Reuters


Here’s who Saudi Arabia wants as the next US president: Clinton - NBC


POLL: Saudis strongly prefer Clinton over Trump - Arutz Sheva


Deleted official report says Saudi funding Hillary Clinton election - Middle East Eye


Roger Stone on Clinton aide Huma Abedin: 'Do we have a Saudi spy in our midst? Do we have a terrorist agent?' - POLITICO


Roger Stone: It's time America got some answers about Huma Abedin - Breitbart


RADIO: Interview with Roger Stone on Huma Abedin -  Breitbart


Podesta firm with close Clinton ties lobbied for Islamic Bank accused of financing terrorism - The Daily Caller


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


ARCHIVE: Saudi government has vast network of PR, lobby firms in U.S. - The Washington Post

 

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Clinton calls for the Saudis, Qataris, Kuwaitis and others 'to stop their citizens from funding extremist organizations' - freebeacon.com


Donald Trump demands that Clinton Foundation return $25 million from Saudis - POLITICO


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Mook dodges question on Saudi donations to Clinton Foundation - freebeacon.com


Family close to Saudi royals pump millions into Clinton Foundation, Democratic coffers - freebeacon.com


Persian gulf sheikhs gave Bill and Hillary $100 Million - The Daily Caller


Revealed: The State Department’s hidden Hillary donors - The Daily Beast


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


ARCHIVE: While Saudi Arabia poured cash into the Clinton Foundation, Hillary's State Department armed Saudi Arabia to the teeth - FPIF


ARCHIVE: Emails show Hillary Clinton aides celebrating F-15 sales to Saudi Arabia: 'Good news' - theintercept.com


ARCHIVE: Hillary Clinton, Saudi Arabia and weapons manufactures - dailykos.com


ARCHIVE: Hillary Clinton on Saudi execution of 47 including prominent Shiite cleric: Not 'a smart decision', but she still calls Saudi Arabia a ‘friend' - Washington Examiner


ARCHIVE: Missing Clinton e-mail claims 'Sunni Islamists in Saudi Arabia' financed Benghazi attacks - Zero Hedge


ARCHIVE: McCain-linked nonprofit received $1 million from Saudi Arabia - Bloomberg Politics


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Focus: Hillary Clinton - June 7, 2016


Ex-Secret Service officer: Bill, White House staff lived in fear of Hillary's 'erratic, uncontrollable and occasionally violent’ behavior - NY Post


Hillary campaign rocked by secret service agent book exposing Clintons' dirty laundry, she 'gave Bill a black eye' in White House - Zero Hedge


Excerpts from Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate - scribd


VIDEO: Secret Service agent to release tell-all book about the Clinton White House - Fox News


Hillary Clinton 'triggered' suicide of Vince Foster when she attacked and humiliated him in front of White House staff one week before his death, FBI agents claim - Daily Mail Online


Did Hillary Clinton’s behavior contribute significantly to Foster’s suicide? - Power Line


Obscene vulgar quotes by Hillary Clinton: Do you really want this trash-mouthed woman be America’s next president? - Fellowship of the Minds


ARCHIVE: 'Call off your f- -king dogs!’ Hillary rages to Obama - NY Post


ARCHIVE: Hillary has long history of beating up Bill behind closed doors: book - NY Post


ARCHIVE: Hillary Clinton beats husband Bill and terrorizes her staff, books claims - Daily Mail Online


ARCHIVE: Secret Service agents: Hillary is a nightmare to work with - NY Post


ARCHIVE: Chelsea Clinton called secret service ‘pigs,’ says new book: ‘Well, that’s what my mother and father call you’ - BizPac Review


ARCHIVE VIDEO: Hillary Clinton on Gaddafi’s death: We came, we saw, he died - YouTube


ARCHIVE: Book author Aldrich: Hillary Clinton's abominable national security record - Washington Times


ARCHIVE: Bill or Hill? Who really ran the Clinton Administration? - Jane Chastain


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Focus: Hillary Clinton's Foreign Policy Speech - June 4, 2016

 

Trump says 'pathetic' Clinton speech 'had nothing to do with foreign policy', she 'has to go to jail’ on emails - usatoday.com


VIDEO: Trump compares Clinton foreign policy speech to sleep-aid Sominex, 'It’s hard to stay awake' - YouTube


VIDEO: Trump on Clinton: She has to go to jail, she's guilty as hell - YouTube


Trump adviser: 'Death, destruction' are Clinton's foreign policy signature, 'nation building has proven to be a catastrophic failure’ - TheHill


VIDEO: Clinton full speech on national security: Trump 'dangerously incoherent,’ ‘temperamentally unfit’ for White House - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Read Hillary Clinton’s Speech on Donald Trump and national security - TIME


Clinton roasts Trump in foreign policy speech: The 13 biggest zingers - MSNBC


Where Hillary Clinton’s heavy attack on Trump was light on specifics: Missing issues were Syria, Russia, Libya, ISIS, North Korea - NYTimes.com


On foreign policy, Hillary Clinton leans more to the right than Donald Trump - Fox News


Clinton says Kremlin ‘will celebrate' if Trump becomes U.S. president - The Moscow Times


Hillary Clinton campaign edits out scene featuring graffiti of Trump and Putin kissing (VIDEO) - Business Insider


NATO's top soldier says Trump comments play into hands of Putin - Reuters


Susan Sarandon: Hillary Clinton “more dangerous” than Donald Trump - Salon.com


ARCHIVE: Trump calls Clinton ‘trigger happy', 'Her decisions in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya have cost trillions of dollars, thousands of lives and have totally unleashed ISIS' - The Intercept


AUDIO ARCHIVE: Hillary the hawk: Mark Landler of The New York Times discusses Clinton and Obama's contrasting views on America's role in the world. His book is 'Alter Egos.’ - NPR


Hillary Clinton posted names of hidden intelligence officials on her email - Breitbart


Clinton ex-aide Pagliano won't testify in e-mail-related lawsuit - Newsmax


Top Hillary aide Cheryl Mills suffers memory loss in deposition, 222 instances of 'I don't know' or 'I don't recall' in email lawsuit - WND


TRANSCRIPT: Clinton email update: Judicial Watch releases former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills deposition testimony - Judicial Watch


VIDEO: Hillary email scandal: What did Cheryl Mills know? Interview with Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton - WSJ


Did the Clinton email server have an Internet-based printer? - Krebs on Security


POLL: Clinton half as honest as Trump: 30 percent believe Trump 'is more honest than most other politicians', 15 percent think the same of Clinton - Washington Examiner


POLL: CEOs favor Hillary Clinton over ‘businessman' Donald Trump - huffingtonpost.com


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Poll: The frustrated public: Reservations about the two-party system and the fairness of the nominating process - June 1, 2016


POLL (AP-NORC): Voters feel disconnect with both parties, helpless about presidential election - CBS News


POLL (AP-NORC poll): Americans want nomination system changed, prefer open primaries to those that are closed to all but party members - AP


POLL (AP-NORC press release): Both parties are seen as resistant to new ideas and candidates from outside the party organizations - AP-NORC


POLL (AP-NORC full report): The frustrated public: Reservations about the two-party system and the fairness of the nominating process - AP-NORC


POLL (AP-NORC full results): The frustrated public: Views of the 2016 campaign, the parties, and the electoral process - AP-NORC


POLL (Golden State): Clinton up 13% over Sanders in California but Sanders has a 40% lead among independents voters, How many 'no party preference' voters will turn out or be able to vote? - Politico


POLL (Golden State full results): Clinton at 51% and Sanders at 38%, Hillary shows weakness among 'no party preference’ and younger voters - hoover.org


Are more primary problems looming in California? Thousands of independents may not get to vote - WhoWhatWhy


Voter suppression in California: 5 fast facts you need to know - Heavy.com


There are more than 4.1 million California voters who are registered without a party preference - Truthdig


California attorneys sue to extend registration deadline: Failure to inform no party preference voters of their right to obtain a 'crossover ballot' and to vote is significant - The Bern Report


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders supporters file lawsuit against California's voter registration system - YouTube


Election Justice attorneys add critical new evidence to California primary lawsuit which aims to address the 'mass confusion' surrounding the participation of 'no party preference' voters - Facebook


Hearing set in Bernie Sanders backers’ injunction bid for Calif. Primary: June 1, at 11:00 a.m. - City Attorney of San Francisco

 

California: 75% of voters who requested a non-partisan mail-in ballot have already received a No-Party-Preference (NPP) ballot that includes no Presidential candidates - Election Justice USA


Gaius Publius: 'Networks are colluding' to declare Clinton the overall winner before California polls close - naked capitalism


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Focus: The Trump-Sanders Debate - May 26, 2016


If there will be a debate between Trump and Sanders, I hope it will be conducted in a civil, respectful manner. Trump has been viciously attacked by the media, politicians and pundits calling him names such as fascist, racist, bigot, misogynist, etc. In truth Trump and Sanders are the best presidential candidates compared to their opponents which are the relics of a past of wars, economic recession, inequality, corruption. They both reflect a popular desire to clean up this mess. They both try to address the root societal problems but with different solutions. They may even find a common ground on some issues. A debate between them should highlights their differences without resorting to personal insults and disparaging remarks.

I am a Sanders supporter and I disagree with some Trump statements but I recognize the beneficial effects of his campaign. Trump defeated his opponents who were backed by powerful, moneyed interest groups and the Republican establishment and certainly this was not a small feat! He spelled out his thoughts frankly, clearly, in a non professional style. And he found an audience tired of old policies and lies by consummate politicians and looking for someone who 'tells it like it is'. Whoever become the next U.S. president, either Sanders or Trump, after the elections they will need each other’s supporters to enact their programs.

 

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Focus: Hillary Clinton - May 26, 2016


State Dept. watchdog: Clinton violated email rules, failed to comply with the agency’s policies on records while using a personal server  - POLITICO


Key findings from inspector general report on Clinton emails - AP


Hillary Clinton failed to report several hacking attempts: IG - Washington Times


REPORT: Full text of the State Department report on Clinton's email practices - POLITICO


VIDEO: State Department briefing on Hillary Clinton email (Starts at 3:00 min) - C-SPAN.org


Clinton campaign statement on the IG report claiming Hillary’s email practices were consistent with those of other Secretaries and senior officials - Townhall


VIDEO: 'Looks as if she’s got something to hide’: Blitzer grills Hillary spox Brian Fallon on email report - CNN


VIDEO: Why Clinton’s email woes are deemed worse than predecessors’ - PBS NewsHour


VIDEO: Judge Napolitano: State Dept audit could be ‘devastating' for Hillary - Fox News Insider


Guccifer, hacker who says he breached Clinton server, pleads guilty - NBC News


VIDEO: What does Guccifer know about Hillary's email and why did he get such a sweet deal from prosecutors? - Fox News


I am pretty sure Bill Clinton's doodles prove Guccifer hacked into Hillary's server. No Joke - reddit.com


ARCHIVE: Here’s some new hacked presidential art from the Clinton White House - Gawker

 

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Republicans rip Clinton after IG email report - POLITICO


Trump: Email scandal might force Clinton out of race - TheHill


VIDEO: Trump: Hillary got some bad news about her emails today - YouTube


Gowdy: Benghazi probe forced exposure of Clinton email abuse - Washington Examiner


VIDEO: Senator Boxer: Clinton email audit ‘such a nothingburger’ - MSNBC


VIDEO: Pelosi: Sec. Clinton acted in ‘good conscience’ on emails - YouTube


Democrat Elijah Cummings defends Hillary’s email practices - BizPac Review


Sanders camp refuses to pounce on Clinton State IG report - POLITICO


Bernie Sanders camp: We're getting 'zero' pressure from Democrats to drop out - POLITICO


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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 - freebeacon.com


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 - newsbusters.org


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 - freebeacon.com


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 - usatoday.com


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


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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 - TheBlaze.com


#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

 

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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 - capradio.org


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 - freebeacon.com


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

 

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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 - huffingtonpost.com


Taxpayer tab for investigating Hillary: over $20 million - americanthinker.com


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% - utahpolicy.com


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

 

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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 - CSMonitor.com


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


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 - Salon.com


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 - theweek.com


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


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


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


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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 - mediamatters.org


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 - Examiner.com


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

 

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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” - mediamatters.org


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 - atlanticcouncil.org


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

 

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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' - newsweek.com


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Focus: Democratic National Convention - May 12, 2016

 

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


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 - usuncut.com


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 - berniesanders.com


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


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 - NYTimes.com


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 - freebeacon.com


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 - usuncut.com


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

 

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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 - freebeacon.com


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? - commentarymagazine.com


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


‘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) - thompsontimeline.com


The Clinton Foundation timeline (Part 2) - thompsontimeline.com


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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 - newsweek.com


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

 

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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 - gawker.com


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


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


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 - factcheck.org


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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 - inquisitr.com


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' - CNNPolitics.com


‘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 - Salon.com


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 - herald-dispatch.com


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 - mic.com


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 - usuncut.com


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


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 - GJSentinel.com


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? - truth-out.org


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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 - dpreview.com


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 - gothamgazette.com


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) - inquisitr.com


CO lawmakers wrangle over open primary plan - 9news.com


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 - Change.org


VotePact.org: Whereby 'disenchanted Democrats' and 'disenchanted Republicans' pair up and both vote for the third party or independent candidates of their choice - huffingtonpost.com


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’ - freebeacon.com


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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 - democratandchronicle.com


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

 

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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 - docquery.fec.gov


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 - rollcall.com


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

 

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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? - Heavy.com


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


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

 

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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 - usatoday.com


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 - breitbart.com


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 - theintercept.com


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 - huffingtonpost.com


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 - latest.com


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' - NYTimes.com


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 - counterpunch.org


Hillary Clinton and Haiti: extract from Seitenfus’ book - counterpunch.org


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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? - buffalonews.com


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


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


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 - nysenate.gov


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


An early tableau of the New York primary - counterpunch.org


Prospects are bright for Hillary Clinton in closed primaries ahead - CSMonitor.com


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


The fight for open primaries - openprimaries.org


'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 - Salon.com


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 - CNNPolitics.com


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

 

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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 - usatoday.com


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 - Heavy.com


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


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


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 - TheBlaze.com

 

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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 - centralfloridafuture.com


ARCHIVE: Why Trump wins: Open primaries, maybe? - nbc.com


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? - dailynewsbin.com


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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