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Focus: Obama and Clinton - July 29, 2016


Obama Tells DNC: 'America is already great. America is already strong’, Trump 'just offering slogans and fear' - ABC News


VIDEO: Obama says 'America is already great. America is already strong’ - YouTube


VIDEO: Obama: 'There has never been a man or woman, not me, not Bill, more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president' - YouTube


VIDEO: President Barack Obama's full speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: President Barack Obama's full speech at the DNC - UPI.com


Conservatives stunned by how much they liked Obama's DNC speech - talkingpointsmemo.com


Our country does not feel 'great already' to the millions of wonderful people living in poverty, violence and despair - Donald J. Trump on Twitter

 

President Obama spoke last night about a world that doesn’t exist. 70% of the people think our country is going in the wrong direction - Donald J. Trump on Twitter

 

Donald Trump again praises Putin’s leadership, saying it’s better than Obama’s - The New York Times


VIDEO: Trump: President Vladimir Putin better leader than Obama! - YouTube


Trump to look at recognizing Crimea as Russian territory, lifting sanctions - POLITICO


Trump has a record of siding with Putin on key issues - AP


Trump and the GOP old guard divide over Putin at the Republican convention - newsweek.com


Trump campaign manager Manafort has Ukrainian history - DW.COM


Madeleine Albright warns a Trump victory would be a ‘gift’ to Putin - talkingpointsmemo.com

 

Donald Trump’s Reddit appearance tops Obama’s as most popular - VOA

 

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IRS looking into Clinton Foundation 'pay-to-play' claims - Fox News


Expert: The IRS investigation of the Clinton Foundation will involve the same type of cover-up that we saw in the FBI email investigation - WND


Dinesh D'Souza's 'Hillary's America' is top-grossing documentary of 2016 - Breitbart


The other Clinton ‘change’, No one in Philadelphia wants to talk about the Clinton Foundation - WSJ


Thousands cheer 'Clinton Cash' at Bernie rally outside the Democratic national convention: 'Get educated’ - Breibart


Haitians at DNC: 'We hate Hillary'; she ‘belongs in jail - Breibart


How the Clinton Foundation got rich off poor Haitians - National Review


Chelsea Clinton’s net worth: 5 fast facts to know - Heavy.com


How Hillary has used donations to the Clinton Foundation: to pay 'personal consultant' Huma Abedin, a $34,000 a night Caribbean holiday for Chelsea and to silence Bill's sex accusers - Daily Mail


RADIO: The Clinton Foundation: Where have all the millions gone? - Progressive Radio Network


Less than half of Clinton Global Initiative projects were ever completed - Washington Examiner


Clinton Foundation ignores best practices of nonprofits - The Daily Caller


Clinton Foundation's auditor has troubled history - The Daily Caller


Author charges Clinton Foundation is ‘criminal operation,’ calls for state-level campaign to shut down operation - WND


Charles Ortel: States and foreign governments investigating Clinton Foundation ‘charity fraud’ - Breitbart


Norwegian donations to Clinton Foundation sparks scandal - The Daily Caller


Donald Trump alleges Hillary Clinton received money from Indian politicians for nuclear deal support - Times of India


Mystery surrounds sources of many Bill Clinton speaking fees - freebeacon.com


Bill Clinton got rich peddling influence for a sketchy higher education company - Patterico's Pontifications


These are the two companies that might land the Clinton Foundation in hot water - The Daily Caller


FBI boss Comey connected to Clinton Foundation - Alex Jones’ Infowars


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It's Not the Economy, Stupid

The last time a Clinton tried to get into the White House, his campaign motto was "It's the economy, stupid!"

If you engage with peace organizations, you will very quickly be told repeatedly that nobody gives a damn about distant mass murder, and that consequently a smart organizer will talk to them about something local, such as the local impact of the financial burden of war, or perhaps the militarization of the police, or local recruitment, or local environmental damage from military bases, etc., but mostly the financial cost.

The reasoning behind all such thinking is that people are often busy, overworked, overstressed, concerned with their day-to-day struggles, etc., and so, while some of them might occasionally also take a mild interest in the affairs of others in distant corners of the globe, virtually everyone can be appealed to using local community concerns and, in particular, economic concerns related to their own needs and greed.

The evidence that this line of thinking misses something includes the following:

People often back political candidates who work against their economic interests, but who win their support for other reasons, including race, religion, militarism, nationalism, scapegoating, etc. Blaming China for U.S. poverty, or opposing the TPP and the WTO, or promising fewer wars or the abolition of NATO -- these are economic positions, but they are something else as well.

Other people back political candidates who work against their economic interests, but who appeal to other needs. The Democrats are framing themselves as the inclusive, loving, multicultural, corporate militarist party, in contrast to the angry, white, bigot, corporate militarist party. Talking about equal (low) pay for equal work, and paid family leave, support for people with disabilities, equal rights for LGBTQ people, etc. -- these are economic positions, and the Democrats defend them as supposed engines of economic growth, but they are something else as well.

People take incredible interest in elections, while taking very, very little interest in activist campaigns for better economic policies. People who try to maintain living wage standards or even stop banker bailouts make up a tiny fraction of the number of people who obsess over candidates' personalities and related pomp and fluff.

Millions of people take part in some way in religion, which for the majority of them is not a tool for economic advancement, but something else entirely, often -- for better or worse -- a means of advancing a moral vision.

Activism around protecting the earth's climate is far more widespread than activism around ending the earth's wars and preventing nuclear holocaust. Neither disaster is local or economic in a simple immediate and selfish sense. Both activist campaigns are up against that same supposed hurdle. I would suggest that what actually holds back peace activism in comparison to other types of non-local activism is primarily pro-war patriotism and propaganda.

Pro-war propaganda does not focus primarily on any supposed economic benefit of wars. Sure, there are false claims made about militarism serving as a jobs program. But what turns people out in the streets to cheer for wars usually has nothing to do with their busy economic struggles. Rather, it's a moral vision related to the supposed good work of policing the globe (whether the globe wants it or not), punishing evil monsters, slaughtering inferior populations, rescuing less fortunate peoples, etc.

When people all across the United States suddenly declare "We are all France," this is not because France is in their neighborhood any more than Syria or Congo or Afghanistan is in their neighborhood. The magic of television and the internet has long made distance irrelevant. When people hold local drives to collect supplies for victims of a hurricane in Central America, it's not because that helps their budgets or increases their job security. It's because they have been encouraged to care about others suffering in a country not currently being targeted for war. The same applies to helping victims of natural disasters within the United States -- often they are thousands of miles from those helping them. A candle light vigil for victims of 9/11, a marathon against cancer, and a campaign to save rainforests -- these and millions of other activities have nothing to do with local economic well-being.

The peace movement of the 1920s was driven by as altruistic a distaste for any human suffering as was the movement to abolish the slave trade in Britain. And it succeeded in so far as it did by advancing a moral argument against war, not a claim that war would hurt your next paycheck.

Of course there is an economic argument against war, but there is also a civil liberties argument, an environmental argument, an argument for safety against the counterproductive impact of war, and -- critically -- a moral argument against mass murder. And there is powerful potential in making the case for a coherent worldview that outgrows war and manages foreign relations by other means.

My point is not that peace activism is more important than economic activism. And of course economic activism must focus on the economy, stupidly or otherwise. But the need to do so with a passionate vision of a better world remains. At the Democratic Convention now underway, a victim of Trump University began her remarks by saying that Donald Trump had been born into extreme wealth. "And that's fine. There's nothing wrong with that," she said, before denouncing the scams by which he maintained and enlarged his wealth.

The main problem with this is not the nasty schemes by which Trump's racist slumlord father piled up his money, but that once you've claimed that hoarding obscene piles of wealth is just fine you're never going to rid the world of ripoffs far worse than Trump University -- and people know it. People want the billionaires, bankers, and corporations taxed. People want the war profiteering ended. People want widespread prosperity and peace and massive investment in environmental and human needs including free college. They don't want acceptance of plutocracy except for one plutocrat who's running for president against another one. They don't want equal lousy pay, taxes for weapons, but paid family leave for a week or two. That doesn't excite them.

The Democrats have no idea why Bernie Sanders almost won, even against their organized rigging of the primary. I think this failure to grasp the obvious is in part a reflection of how lesser-evilist thinking is modeled on economic game theory in which human beings are reduced to robots with very limited interests programmed in to them. Only a privileged white person would go off and vote for a decent candidate like Jill Stein, the Democrats say, privileged as they are to not live in any of the countries their own candidate would bomb, and privileged as they are to have forgotten all the damage that she and her husband have done for decades, packing prisons, merging media, outsourcing jobs through NAFTA, destroying welfare, etc. They forget all this by focusing on fear of Donald Trump.

Sure, appealing to fear of Trump is an emotional appeal. But hardcore lesser evilists who recognize how bad Clinton herself is, argue for a vote against Trump and for Clinton, based on the idea that humans won't act like humans. The theoretical lesser evil humanoid will protest Clinton's wrongs while campaigning for her and after electing her, threatening her with voting for her again while feeling even more flustered about it than last time -- and such a theoretical creature will do so only in swing states, while voting for Jill Stein in non-swing states.

The real world doesn't work that way. People who join a team join its delusions and distortions. Campaigning for and resisting candidates don't mix. And people don't build momentum around mediocre muddling. They will, however, pour energy into a powerful vision of a better world, if allowed to imagine it's possible.

Focus: Islamic State - July 26, 2016


In France Catholic priest forced to kneel and filmed before being killed by ‘two soldiers of the Islamic State’ during Mass - irishtimes.com


One of the ISIS knifemen was a convicted terrorist and was fitted with an electronic tag but it let him free to roam in the mornings - Daily Mail


France church where priest was killed came up on ISIS hit list - New York Post


Murder of French priest brings ISIS' long-threatened war on Christians to Europe - Fox News


White House statement stresses ‘religious liberty' commitment after Normandy terror attack, doesn't mention ISIS - PJ Media


In video Bavarian attacker pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and said Germans 'won't be able to sleep peacefully' - AP


ISIS celebrates the murders of innocent children on Twitter after Munich massacre - Daily Mail Online


Alarmed Germans wonder about the security risks posed by asylum seekers - The Washington Post


Afghanistan marks day of national mourning after Islamic State huge attack that killed at least 80 people - ABC News


NATO spokesman plays down Islamic State strength in Afghanistan - Stripes


Afghanistan, Pakistan vow to battle Islamic State together - Stripes


Suicide bombing north of Baghdad kills 16, Islamic State claims attack - Reuters


ISIS burn parents and 2-year old daughter alive after trying to flee Iraq - Daily Mail Online


ISIS execute another man in Iraq for being gay - thesun.co.uk


ISIS’s flying carpet torture tool which snaps victims' backs in two is revealed - Daily Mail Online


What does Daesh mean? ISIS 'threatens to cut out the tongues' of anyone using this word - Mirror Online


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No mention of Islamic State during Democratic national convention's first day - usatoday.com


Trump knocks Dems for not mentioning ISIS at convention (VIDEO) - CNNPolitics.com


Trump says he would consider alliance with Russia against Islamic State - Reuters


Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus: 'Democrats have their heads buried in the sand on national security issues' - TheHill


GOP: Enough of Clinton's foreign policy failures - GOP


Clinton camp expect convention to address terrorism, says Trump 'wants to break down the alliances that are helping us fight terrorism' - Washington Examiner


Report: Tim Kaine appointed Hamas supporter to state immigration commission, spoke at dinner honoring a Muslim Brotherhood terror suspect, received donations from Islamist groups - Breitbart


Obama says Trump's approach on NATO and Islamic State is dangerous - LA Times


Obama: Islamic State is 'being defeated in Syria and Iraq' but there would still be instances where 'small cells, individuals, are going to be able to do some harm to innocent people' - POLITICO


Obama rushing Mosul offensive against ISIS to influence election, some U.S. officers in Baghdad fear - Washington Times


Robert Kagan and other war hawks are backing Hillary Clinton - theintercept.com


VIDEO: Donald Trump: Clinton’s legacy is death, destruction, terrorism - Bloomberg Politics


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The Democrats' War Within, War at Home, and War Abroad

On this episode of "By Any Means Necessary" host Eugene Puryear is joined by Congressman Dennis Kucinich and former Presidential candidate to talk about the fall out at the DNC over leaked emails exposing their coordination with the Clinton campaign.

And later in the show Eugene is joined by David Swanson, author, activist, and journalist and Reece Chenault, National Coordinator for US Labor Against the War to talk about the Democrats false narrative of supporting the rebuilding of American communities while at the same time supporting foreign war. The group also discusses the current state of the anti-war movement and its intersection with the labor movement within the United States.

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Focus: Democratic National Convention - July 25, 2016


Democratic national convention: Boos and jeers from Sanders supporters at virtually every mention of Hillary Clinton - The Washington Post


VIDEOS: Shouting matches erupt for Hillary and Bernie at start of Democratic convention - Mediaite


VIDEO: Anti-TPP protest breaks out on Democratic convention floor - Breibart


Bernie Sanders supporters push to make sure he gets a roll-call vote - LA Times


At a meeting with his pledged delegates Sanders gets booed as he urges to vote for Clinton and Kaine - POLITICO


VIDEO: Sanders booed after saying 'we have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine' - CNN


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders full speech to his 1900 delegates - YouTube


Pelosi, other officials booed by Democratic delegates at convention breakfast - freebeacon.com


Sanders delegates threaten convention chaos, Bernie 'is not running the show’ - Mother Jones


Bernie Sanders to delegates: Please don’t protest on convention floor - yahoo.com


Sanders protesters march on Democratic national convention, 55 cited for disorderly conduct - Fox News


Bernie Sanders supporters chant ‘lock her up’ in Philadelphia protest against Clinton - WSJ


VIDEO: Sanders supporters protest: 'Hell no, DNC, we won't vote for Hillary' - Breitbart


PHOTOS: 13 best protest signs at Democratic national convention - Breibart


We asked Sanders die-hards, 'Who will you vote for in November?': 'I'll even vote for Trump before I vote for her. I’m so anti-Hillary.' - Mother Jones


Meet the groups protesting the Democratic national convention - CBS News


Democratic convention: Celebrities head to Philadelphia, some to back Clinton, others to protest - CNNPolitics.com


There will be no Bernie Sanders delegates on DNC convention floor? - freebeacon.com


A guide to buying access at the Democratic national convention - freebeacon.com

 

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Latest scandal rocks Clinton's crowning at convention start, leak of emails from the DNC indicated an anti-Bernie Sanders bias - Fox News


Embattled DNC chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz won't gavel in the convention, Gets booed at Florida convention breakfast - NBC News


Hillary Clinton's soft landing for ousted Democratic Party chair Wasserman Schultz rankles Bernie Sanders supporters - LA Times


DNC issues 'deep and sincere apology' to Bernie Sanders - UPI.com


Sanders: Leaked DNC emails in no way change my support for Clinton - talkingpointsmemo.com


Sanders' campaign manager on DNC leaks: 'Time to go forward' - wfmz.com


There is no longer a Bernie Sanders "political revolution." He is turning out to be a weak and somewhat pathetic figure, wants it all to end! - Donald J. Trump on Twitter


DNC leak reveals party insiders promised Obama access in exchange for cash - Common Dreams


Leaked DNC documents show plans to reward big donors with federal appointments - The Daily Caller


FBI investigating Democratic national committee email hack - Breitbart


Sources: US officials warned DNC of hack months before the party acted - CNNPolitics.com


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DNC Now Less Popular Than Atheism

So, the "neutral" DNC secretly plotted to hurt Bernie Sanders' campaign by getting him asked if he was an atheist. Did the DNC succeed in this? Sanders was in fact asked repeatedly in public fora about his religion. Did the DNC make those questions happen? I don't know. It's worth investigating. The DNC was in touch with Anderson Cooper who asked one of the questions to Bernie, but I've seen no indication they influenced his questions. As I recall, Cooper was himself intent on asking every possible non-policy fluff question he could think of that day. Same for Jimmy Kimmel who asked another of the questions to Bernie.

More significant is what we already know if we choose to see it: Being exposed as an atheist by any other name did not hurt Bernie Sanders in the least. That is to say, in U.S. politics now, if you present an atheistic point of view but don't call it that, you're totally fine. You could even get yourself nominated by the Democratic Party if it weren't so corrupt. If Bernie Sanders were to go before a randomly sampled audience of Americans right now and face these two questions:

1) Do you believe in God?
2) Do you still support the DNC and the legitimacy of its primary results?

... his answer to the first would win applause, although he would not say he believes in God. But his answer to the second would get him roundly booed, although he would declare his allegiance to the Democratic Party.

Sanders' website calls him "secular" and "not particularly religious." His answers to a religion question during that CNN "town hall" were typical. A member of the audience asked about religion and race, and Sanders answered only about race. Then the moderator asked again about religion. And this was Sanders' answer:

"It's a guiding principle in my life. Absolutely it is. You know, everybody practices religion in a different way. To me, I would not be here tonight, I would not be running for president of the United States if I did not have very strong religious and spiritual feelings. I believe that, as a human being, the pain that one person feels, if we have children that are hungry in America, if we have elderly people who can't afford their prescription drugs, you know what? That impacts you, that impacts me, and I worry very much about a society where some people spiritually say, 'It doesn't matter to me. I got it. I don't care about other people.' So, my spirituality is that we are all in this together, and that when children go hungry, when veterans sleep out on the street, it impacts me. That is my very strong spiritual feeling."

It's also my very strong non-spiritual feeling. But that was a typical Bernie answer, one he's given many times, typical even in its focus on only 4% of humanity and on only a particular type of homeless people. Some states, by the way, are making huge strides toward ending the shame of homelessness for veterans, so that soon all homeless people in the United States may be people who have never been part of a mass-murder operation. I point this out not to oppose it. Better more people with homes, no matter how it's done! And I point it out not to quibble with Sanders' statement of generosity and humanism, but to suggest that part of how Sanders slipped a completely irreligious answer past an audience that asked a religious question is that Sanders identified himself with the true U.S. religion -- the religion of war, the religion of national exceptionalism. Who can forget Ron Paul being booed in a primary debate for applying the golden rule to non-Americans?

When Sanders is asked explicitly if he "believes in God," he also answers, "What my spirituality is about is that we're all in this together." Exactly what my non-spirituality is about. I think it's safe to assume politicians will never be asked if they believe in death (which television sponsors would be pleased by that topic?), so "God" is the question they'll get, and they won't be required to answer it. The United States has moved against religion and even more so against "organized religion." Some of us always preferred the organized part (the community, the music, etc.) to the religion, but the larger trend here is a rejection of elite institutions telling us how to run our lives while demonstrably running the world into the ground. And who has more to answer for in that regard than God?

Rejecting organized religion while proclaiming an individual "spirituality" may be all that is needed, and that is tremendous news. That Sanders has done this while professing an ideology of generosity and solidarity, and winning applause for that, is even better news. Studies find that lack of religion can correlate with greater generosity, as certainly seems to be the case with the Scandinavian societies Sanders points to as models. (Seventeen percent of Swedes, as compared to 65% of U.S. Americans, say religion is "important".)

A majority in the United States say they wouldn't vote for an atheist, but for many atheism, like gender, race, sexual preference, and other identifiers is now a matter of self-identification. Someone must choose to call themselves an atheist. Just having no use for theism doesn't qualify them. The media also seems to have no direct interest in attacking candidates on religion. Nobody pays them to do that. And it doesn't show a lot of potential as a weapon. Donald Trump was seen as the least religious candidate in the field, and some of the most religious voters say they support him and just don't care. In addition, Sanders is a supporter of religious freedom, tolerance, and even tax exemptions. He doesn't fit the mold of the bigoted atheist who finds Islam dangerously more religious than Christianity. The media is also no big fan of Ted Cruz, who was on a Dubya-like mission from God. All of these factors seem to have made it possible to run for president of the United States on a platform of pure enlightenment humanism. I didn't think I'd live to see that.

To some extent people also excuse religious differences as cultural, accepting that people "believe" what their parents told them. The same could apply with similar logic to partisanship, but it is not so applied, not to anything like the same extent. That is to say, if you watch the Democratic Party rig an election for an unpopular candidate like Hillary Clinton and you go on supporting the Democratic Party, most people are going to blame or credit that decision on nobody but yourself.

Focus: Tim Kaine's Foreign Policy Record - July 24, 2016


Clinton picks Kaine, foreign policy heavyweight: he favors 'shoring up democracies’, safe zones in Syria, nuclear modernization - defensenews


Clinton's VP pick Tim Kaine supports Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression - UAWire


Letter to Obama, signed by Kaine, to make U.S. support for Ukraine and Eastern Europe a focus of upcoming NATO summit - senate.gov


ARCHIVE: Defense policy bill, supported by Sen. Kaine, would send weapons to Ukraine - Washington Examiner


Sen. Kaine: Trump's NATO comments ‘very dangerous' - Morning Consult


VIDEO: Tim Kaine: Is NATO obsolete? - C-SPAN.org


Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's VP pick, told us why he wants the US doing more in Syria - Vox


Factcheck: Kaine voted to strike Assad in August 2013 and to train & equip Syrian rebels - All4Syria


ARCHIVE: Kaine: U.S. not creating safe zone in Syria will be considered ‘one of the big mistakes we've made’ (VIDEO) - Washington Free Beacon


ARCHIVE: Letter to Obama, signed by Kaine, calling on the US to set up 'humanitarian safe zones' in Syria - senate.gov


Meet Tim Kaine: he agreed with removing Saddam Hussein from power, and said 'I do share the President's [Bush] view’ - GOP

 

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US lawmakers duel over plans to upgrade nuclear arsenal - DoD Buzz


Sen. Kaine signed pro-nuclear ‘modernization' letter to the Secretary of Defense - PEACE ACTION


Letter signed by Kaine urging 'nuclear modernization in light of a wide array of strategic challenges facing the United States' - senate.gov


Sanders and other senators call on Obama to scale back plans to develop new, costly, nuclear weapons and reduce the risk of war – PEACE ACTION


Letter to President Obama, signed by Sanders, to cut nuclear weapons spending - senate.gov


ARCHIVE: Sen. Kaine: Sanders is 'an incredibly risky bet' for commander in chief - POLITICO


ARCHIVE: Commentary: US is more secure without new, nuclear-armed cruise missile - defensenews.com


Kaine statement on senate passage of defense bill: it 'contains several provisions he advocated for that will benefit Virginia’s shipbuilding industry and defense community' - senate.gov


Kaine and other senators vote to keep bomber price secret, a severe blow to transparency and fiscal responsibility  - pogo.org


ARCHIVE: Kaine: Budget deal good for defense industrial base - nationaldefensemagazine.org


ARCHIVE: Analysts warn budget problems on new carrier Ford to be expected, Kaine says Ford expenses are not out of line with the development of new ships - Military.com

 

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RNC War Party, DNC War Makers

If you believe that Hillary Clinton might be working with (or be) Lucifer, if you believe that supporting Israeli wars helps bring about the re-election campaign, as it were, of Jesus Christ (who will deal with those Israelis like the Muslims and atheists they exactly resemble as soon as he gets here), if you think eternally burning to death is a fate too mild for Muslims who burn people to death (something no missile made by Raytheon would ever do), if you believe military weaponry is appropriate for police as long as they focus on the real criminals (black people), if you want Muslims banned and deported, you just might -- I'm going to go out on a limb here -- you just might be a Republican.

But if you are a hard-core promoter of wars like Robert Kagan, Dick Cheney, Henry Kissinger, Jamie Weinstein, Max Boot, Eliot Cohen, Richard Perle, George Shultz, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and many others, you have either endorsed or said very positive things about Hillary Clinton. How to explain this? Are the most rabid war supporters on one side and the most dependable war makers getting nominated by the other? Well, maybe.

But if you believe that the U.S. military is a force for good that hardly ever kills anyone worthy of redemption, that the chief role of the military is to rescue poor innocents from evil by overthrowing tyrants and spreading democracy by drone missile, if you believe air wars are more humane because in air wars nobody gets hurt, if you think presidents checking off kill lists on Tuesdays is ideal as long as it's the right presidents doing it, if you cheer for diversity in the U.S. military and want the Selective Service expanded to force every 18-year-old woman to register for the draft, if you believe Honduras and Ukraine and Libya had it coming or you have no idea what I'm referring to, if you think suggesting the abolition of NATO or a halt to overthrowing governments is crazy talk, and if you believe a good heavy bombing campaign of Syria would be the perfect way to demonstrate that we care about Syrians and value them as human beings, you just might be a Democrat.

Yes, Hillary Clinton is the most dependable war monger nominated by a major party in the United States in many years. She has the most consistent and lengthy record of doing what she's paid to do, of marketing U.S. weaponry abroad, of manufacturing justifications for wars, of lobbying branches of the U.S. government and foreign governments to support wars. And she'll do so while keeping up a pretense of abiding by some selection of laws.

What if it were to strike Donald Trump that arming the world, including the opposite side of many U.S. wars, with U.S. weapons was dumb or not great? What if he were to conclude that NATO really did have to go? What if he were to alienate possible accomplices before a new war? What if he were to just skip ahead to nuking everybody, or start sharing nukes with any non-Muslim or non-Mexican nation? He's too unpredictable.

But Trump is almost guaranteed to continue, escalate, and launch new wars, just like Clinton -- though that has little to do with what his supporters -- the group that Ted Cruz calls servile puppies -- want. In a representative system, one would suppose that electing the leader of the most war-crazed party would bring on the most war. In fact, what Trump or Clinton does will not necessarily bear much in common with what the majority of Republicans or Democrats want. So, it does make sense for real war mongers to base their pick on the candidate rather than the party. But how will party demands play out under one of these two regimes?

I've studied the marketing of wars, and the most successful war marketing campaigns in the United States include, in order from most to least necessary:

1) The pretense of a threat to anyone in the United States, most powerfully if it is a threat of torture or rape or death by hand or knife. It need not be the least bit realistic.
2) The demonization of an entire foreign population.
3) The demonization of a particular foreign person.
4) Revenge.
5) The pretense of urgency, inevitability, and ideally of the state of being already underway.
6) The pretense of upholding the rule of law.
7) The pretense of humanitarianism.

Point #7 will pick up a section of the population's support, even among people opposed to some of the other justifications. But alone it won't work. Points #1 and #2 can do well without #7.  Any of these points can be strengthened or undone by partisanship if the war is labeled the possession of one political party or the other. And once the war is really up and rolling, a new justification slides into the #1 spot, namely the need to "support the troops" by killing more of them.

A Trump war would have the support of Trump followers, but that category does not include many Republicans and Independents, much less Democrats. Those groups are all maybes. Left-leaning and Democratic peace activists would be quite likely to oppose a Trump war -- albeit in the face of nasty police attacks.

A Clinton war would have the support of Clinton followers, but that category is as limited as Trump's. Would war-mad Republicans find supporting a war or opposing Clinton more appealing? The devil, if not Lucifer, is in the details. But the peace movement would be limited to people willing to challenge Democrats in the cause of peace -- and that could mean that Clinton could get away with lower ranked excuses (such as numbers 4 through 7), but there is no reason to imagine she wouldn't reach for numbers 1-3 as well.

Laugh about it, wrote Paul Simon. Shout about it. When you've got to choose. Every way you look at it you lose. Unless you support Jill Stein and/or build a more principled peace movement.

Initiative-873 gives small flicker of hope: Seattle’s ‘Liberals’ Get Chance to Finally Start Addressing Police Brutality

By Jess Guh, MD

 

Seattle, WA -- Ever since moving to Seattle it’s become clear to me that though most of its inhabitants identify as liberals, the dominant white culture enables a culture of armchair liberals. When it comes to LGBT rights, Seattle will stand up, but when it comes to addressing issues that actually threaten the comfortable, largely white and privileged population of the Seattle, it’s another story.

Abandon all hope for the Democratic Party

For decades, people have tried to fix the Democratic Party. They've imagined that their failings in this regard could be overcome by a greater effort. But it is hard to imagine anyone in the future mounting as significant an effort as did Bernie Sanders and his supporters.

We're cynically told to just wait, because younger people hold better views. But the holding of views, by anyone, has nothing to do with it. And younger people have a pretty consistent record of becoming older people.

Why does the holding of views have nothing to do with it? Because the Democratic Party is bought and paid for and directed from the top down.

Here is a party that pretends to have solved the healthcare crisis with such self-deluding intensity that it refuses to express support for providing universal healthcare.

Here is a party that criminally pushes for more militarism and war including the overthrow of the Syrian government, and that will not admit the existence of occupied Palestine.

Here is a party that continues to refuse to oppose fracking, that won't put opposition to the TPP in its platform even while its candidate pretends to hold that position, and that won't put free college in its platform even while its candidate pretends to hold that position.

This is where the Democratic Party is after -- just as before -- a challenge from within and without that, if not for systemic corruption, probably would have made a decent candidate the party's nominee and did make that candidate the winner of nearly 50% in its primaries and caucuses. A greater challenge than this is highly unlikely in the coming days, months, years, or decades.

Let's pause a moment and listen to the breeze. There it is. Wait for it.

All together now and con brio: So I want Donald Trump to transform the country into fascism because I hate women, right?

I want you to vote for a woman named Jill Stein, with or without Bernie Sanders on her ticket.

I also want you to recognize that the system is totally corrupted. Cleaning the money out, fixing the communications system, opening up the ballots and debates, abolishing or democratizing the Senate, undoing gerrymandering, creating hand-counted paper ballots at each polling place and an election holiday, banning bribery, publicly funding elections, ending the electoral college and delegates and superdelegates, creating direct democracy through referenda, redistributing power to states and localities, and other necessary reforms are not going to be achieved because of whom we elect within the broken system so much as by what we do to bring pressure to bear on everyone working within it.

The reason to break free of both election obsession and lesser evilism is not that one evil candidate is or isn't worse than another evil candidate. The reason is to make ourselves independent minded throughout the year and to direct our focus toward policy-based popular campaigns for radical change rather than dissipating a movement into cheerleading for a particular set of Misrepresentatives.

The majority of the United States cannot stand either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. That majority needs to take a clear stand for a system of government that does not impose such people on us. Don't fund them. Don't work for them. Don't allow them to go outdoors without protest. Don't allow them to go indoors without protest. #NoTrumpNoClinton should be our position. And our agenda should be investing unprecedented, undreamed of quantities of energy and funding and time and creativity into building a movement to overwhelm whoever claims to be our public servants with our legitimate majority demands to try to save this planet, stop killing, share the wealth, and improve rather than degrade peoples lives with public resources.

If you like Obama you'll love Trump

By William Blum

Oh what fun we have with the nonsense that flows out of the mouth of Donald J. Trump.  The man is suffocatingly banal, racist, dishonest, inarticulate, uninformed, uneducated, narcissistic, a bully, just plain stupid, and an asshole (or in the immortal words of my people -- a schmuck!).  I would guess that as the boss of his own enterprises for many years, with the power and the habit of firing people, he eventually became deeply accustomed to not having his thoughts seriously questioned or challenged, to the extent that he really believes the crap that comes out of his mouth and doesn't really understand what others actually think of him.
    But if we look at what comes out of the mouth of The Barack is there any reason to castigate The Donald for his supposedly outrageous or weird way of expressing himself?  Here's a sample:
 -- On numerous occasions, in reply to a question about why his administration has not prosecuted the Bush-Cheney gang for mass murder, torture and other war crimes, former law professor Obama has stated: "I prefer to look forward rather than backwards.”  Picture a defendant before a judge asking to be found innocent of any crime on such grounds.  On other occasions, Obama, without apparent embarrassment, has stated that "nobody is above the law".  (A public figure can be labeled stupid not just for saying or doing stupid things, but for not even realizing that the public will SEE his words or actions as stupid.)

Focus: FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton emails - July 6, 2016


FBI says Clinton's handling of email 'extremely careless,' but no charges recommended - Chicago Tribune


VIDEO: FBI director James Comey full statement on Hillary Clinton email investigation - C-SPAN


TRANSCRIPT: Statement by FBI director James Comey on the investigation of secretary Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail system - FBI


Clinton fact check: Key assertions by Hillary in defense of her email practices have collapsed under FBI scrutiny - AP


FBI boss James Comey's 7 most damning lines questioning Hillary Clinton’s judgement, competence - CNNPolitics.com


F.B.I.’s critique of Hillary Clinton is a ready-made attack ad, James B. Comey all but indicted her judgment and competence - The New York Times


Hillary Clinton’s email problems might be even worse than we thought - The Washington Post


FBI says Hillary Clinton claim on reading emails was false - TIME


Despite FBI findings, experts say Clinton's email likely hacked - POLITICO


Former official: FBI agents likely to be ‘way beyond disappointed' on Clinton - The Daily Caller


The Internet is furious over what James Comey said about Hillary Clinton’s emails - The Daily Caller


Opinion: Nine big questions for FBI Director Comey about Hillary's emails - Fox News


Opinion: FBI rewrites federal law to let Hillary off the hook - National Review

 

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FBI investigation: Donald J. Trump statement on Hillary Clinton's bad judgment and the rigged system - Donald J Trump for President


Donald Trump: FBI decision on Clinton emails a 'total miscarriage in justice' - CBS News


VIDEO: Donald Trump interviewed on the FBI investigation: 'No choice but to convict, or to go to some form of very harsh punishment' - Fox News


VIDEO: Donald Trump: ’Bernie, my poor Bernie lost the FBI primary' when the decision on Hillary Clinton was announced - CNN


Paul Ryan, GOP officials blast Clinton over FBI email findings - usatoday.com


RNC chief: 'FBI’s findings are a glaring indictment of Hillary Clinton’s complete lack of judgement, honesty, and preparedness to be our next commander-in-chief' - Breibart

 

Sen. Judiciary to the FBI: Release all information on Hillary email case to the public - Breibart


VIDEO: Rudy Giuliani: Hillary broke the law; ‘gross negligence equals extreme carelessness' - RealClearPolitics


Anti-Hillary video quickly seizes on ‘Clinton’s lie’ after FBI director reveals findings of email investigation (VIDEO) - TheBlaze.com


Judicial Watch blasts Comey for 'weak recommendation' on Clinton emails - POLITICO


Now Judicial Watch points investigators at Attorney General Lynch, Clandestine meeting with Bill Clinton raises questions about investigation of Hillary - WND


Sanders stays quiet on FBI announcement about Clinton, says he is not altering his plan to remain a presidential candidate - The Washington Post


Bernie Sanders supporters melt down over FBI's Hillary Clinton decision - CNNPolitics.com


Celebrity Bernie supporters on FBI Clinton investigation: System rigged - Breitbart


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Focus: Donald Trump and Trade - July 1, 2016

 

Trump amps up trade war with Clinton in Manchester, NH - Bloomberg Politics


Trump highlights N.H. factories closed thanks to Hillary Clinton trade agenda - breitbart.com


Donald Trump on TPP: We should seek a guarantee from Hillary Clinton that she won't sign it in any form - Breitbart


VIDEO: Trump: There is no way to fix Trans-Pacific Partnership - YouTube


VIDEO: Trump: TPP greatest danger yet to U.S. manufacturing - News Planet


Donald Trump: Americans should 'pay a little bit more' for U.S.-made products to save jobs - LA Times


VIDEO: Full Speech: Donald Trump delivers remarks on trade in Manchester, NH - YouTube


Trump attacks Hillary’s support for NAFTA and other trade agreements in Monessen, PA - Reclaim Our Republic

 

Trump vows to scrap NAFTA if Mexico and Canada don’t renegotiate - The Yucatan Times

 

TRANSCRIPT: Donald Trump's trade and jobs speech in Monessen, PA - POLITICO

 

Trump: Sanders and I know the trade deals are terrible - Washington Examiner

 

VIDEO: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders sound alike on trade - CNN

 

Chamber of Commerce, business groups blast Trump over trade - CBS News

 

Trump’s trade policies would make America recession-bound again - U.S. Chamber of Commerce

 

Donald Trump slams Chamber of Commerce ‘sinister' trade agenda: They ‘don’t care’ about working Americans - breitbart.com

 

VIDEO: Trump: Chamber of Commerce controlled by special interests that don't care about you - RealClearPolitics

 

Bush's top NAFTA negotiator bashes Trump, says she will vote for Clinton - Forbes

 

Top GOP donor and hedge fund executive warns Trump trade policies would cause global depression - theaustralian.com

 

Here’s the growing list of big-name Republicans supporting Hillary Clinton - The Washington Post

 

POLL: Polls find Republicans voters shifting into the anti-trade party - providencejournal.com

 

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Bernie Sanders pushes Democratic Party to oppose Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal - masslive.com


Backers of Sanders mobilize to overthrow DNC platform's pro-TPP stance - Common Dreams


Democrats and Republicans poised to clash on trade at Conventions - newsweek.com


Environmental groups deliver more than 500,000 anti-TPP petitions to congress - InsideTrade.com

 

Wealthiest U.S. senator backs Clinton, supports TPP - courthousenews.com

 

In Canada, Obama rebukes Trump on trade - TheHill

 

White House to Trump: We already overhauled NAFTA during the talks on the Trans Pacific Partnership - Washington Examiner

 

Keystone Pipeline company demands $15B to US governemnt under NAFTA deal - Common Dreams

 

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Trashing Clinton in the Times: Is Sanders’ End Game to Sell Out His ‘Political Revolution’ or to Take It to November?

By Dave Lindorff

 

            What is Bernie Sanders up to?

 

            I sure don’t know, and I’m sure that Hillary Clinton and her campaign managers are wondering too.

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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Party's Over, Quarter Billion Dollars on Bernie, Now What?

Well meaning people just spent a quarter billion dollars on the Bernie Sanders campaign which continues operations while its candidate says he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president.

Let's put that in a little perspective. Iraqis fleeing Fallujah yet again, as wars that Hillary Clinton pushed for roll on, are in need, according to the United Nations, of $17.5 million for survival.

I work for an organization opposing war, called World Beyond War, which runs on less than $50,000 a year. Many good organizations pursuing just what this world needs run on less than that, but you could fund 5,000 organizations at the level of World Beyond War's current funding for what's been spent on Bernie.

Has Sanders for President been a wise investment or not?

Certainly Bernie's campaign inspired people. But I see no reason not to expect most of them to become despondent and despairing now that it's over. If past experience with failed and successful campaigns alike is any guide, that's where we're headed.

Certainly Bernie's campaign educated people. But it's reasonable to assume that establishing or expanding major new media outlets to the tune of $250,000,000 would have educated people too, and that they might have gone on providing the same funding next year and the year after, if their interest were in education rather than election. (First Look Media, publisher of The Intercept, was created with just that amount, but not to all be spent in one year.)

Certainly Bernie should go on trying to somehow make the Democrats' Platform (which, if the past is any guide, they will ignore anyway) slightly less rightwing and disastrous.

It's unclear that investing in Bernie was a reasonable gamble toward winning something more. The rigged nature of the election was clear from the start. Bernie's commitment to promote Hillary Clinton in the end was clear from the start. And her commitment to warmongering, environment destroying, oligarchy enhancing policies was clear from the start.

What else could have been done or could be done now or could be done next time? No, of course you should not vote for the fascist golfer clown. Yes, of course you should vote for Jill Stein. But the system is as rigged against her as it was against Sanders.

Let me ask the question a different way. Why is it that corporations will now take a public stand for LGBTQ rights? Why will even a conscience-free corporate hack like Hillary Clinton defend LGBTQ rights she used to oppose? The primary answer is that activists changed the culture. The role of voting in their work was minimal. As Emma Goldman said, if voting ever changed anything they'd ban it. As Howard Zinn said, it matters less who's sitting in the White House than who's doing the sit ins.

Why so down on elections? I'm in favor of them! I think we should have one some day! That will require some of these changes that cannot be voted in under the broken system that lacks them: public funding of elections, no bribery, free air time for candidates, automatic voter registration, open debates and ballots, no gerrymandering, hand-counted paper ballots, international monitors, no electoral college, no delegates, no superdelegates, and a three-month election season with a bit of actual governing before the next one.

If I were drafting a party platform, it would add to those the following: take military spending back to 2001 levels, tax corporations and billionaires at 1960 levels, restore the minimum wage to its 1968 level, and guarantee everyone top-quality free education preschool through college, healthcare, job training as needed, vacation, family leave, retirement, transportation, childcare, clean energy, public parks, sustainable agriculture, and significant aid to the rest of the world. Yes, that's Bernie's platform, or could have been if he'd been willing to mention cutting military spending or investing in foreign aid. It's also Scandinavia's reality. But a party platform is not the most important place for these commitments.

The place for our passion and even our "unity" is not in a political party that destroys everything we hold dear and calls our continued subservience "unity." We have 60% of the U.S. public that simply cannot stand Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. That may increase as we're forced to endure more and more of the pair of them. If all of those people, or even half of them, backed Jill Stein she might win. But that requires imagining a fair system of elections and of communications that does not exist.

And what if she were elected president? Or what if Bernie Sanders were elected president? We'd still be up against a corrupt communications system, an ill-informed public, a reactionary Congress, a medieval Supreme Court, and the absence of a major independent movement for change. It's good to see Congress Members staging a sit-in to demand that other Congress Members back some ridiculously weak if not counterproductive gun control measures, but what we need is a massive movement of independent people sitting in and surrounding the Capitol until both parties act on the basic lessons learned around the world: ban the guns and stop bombing people.

Does that sound dreamy and utopian? The point is not to expect it to succeed entirely and immediately. The point is that the most strategic way to achieve a partial, compromised solution is to build momentum for a real fix. When your best Congress Members are openly bragging that their opening negotiating demand is for the very least that could possibly be done, the predictable result is less than that. When people fall in behind those so-called public servants, failure is guaranteed.

So what should we do? Even if you believe in dumping most of your energy and money into a broken election system, please consider saving a little for independent activism. We should organize, educate, march, rally, protest, sit-in, disrupt, create alternatives, create media, and find local, state, regional, and international solutions.

Here's one example of what I'm working on. World Beyond War is planning an event called No War 2016 that will happen in Washington, D.C., in September and involve panels, workshops, and nonviolent civil resistance. Speakers will include Dennis Kucinich, Kathy Kelly, Miriam Pemberton, David Vine, Kozue Akibayashi, Harvey Wasserman, Jeff Bachman, Peter Kuznick, Medea Benjamin, Maurice Carney, David Swanson, Leah Bolger, David Hartsough, Pat Elder, John Dear, Mel Duncan, Kimberley Phillips, Ira Helfand, Darakshan Raja, Bill Fletcher Jr., Lindsey German, Maria Santelli, Mark Engler, Maja Groff, Robert Fantina, Barbara Wien, Jodie Evans, Odile Hugonot Haber, Gar Alperovitz, Sam Husseini, Christopher Simpson, Brenna Gautam, Kent Shifferd, Patrick Hiller, Mubarak Awad, Michelle Kwak, John Washburn, Bruce Gagnon, David Cortright, Michael McPhearson, and Sharon Tennison (none of whom necessarily agrees with me on anything in this essay, and some of whom certainly disagree passionately).

We can help you plan a conference or a nonviolent action or both in your part of the world, and you can find lots of events here. I particularly recommend sit-ins in Congressional offices now, pointing to Congress's willingness to use the same tactic itself, and pointing the media to your own live video feed of your own teach-in on the floor of the plush office of your senator or misrepresentative.

The truth is that we have far more power than we're told, we just don't have it where we're told to look for it.

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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NEWS FLASH!: With 5 Million Votes Still Uncounted in the Democratic Primary, Sanders Could Still Win California!

By Dave Lindorff

 

FLASH! The Los Angeles Times, actually a Hillary Clinton backer, reports that not 3.6 million votes, as reported on election night, but 8 million votes were actually cast in the California Democratic primary -- a turnout of 47%. According to the Times article, the Secretary of State of California, Alex Padilla, concedes that 2.5 million of those votes, mostly mail-in ballots from young people and hispanic voters, both backers of Sanders, have been counted, and another 2 million have yet to be counted by local county officials.

The Foreign Policies of Sanders, Trump, and Clinton: America and the World in 2016 and Beyond

By Joanne Landy

The world today is faced with crises on virtually every front, and any assessment of the foreign policy positions of the two major parties’ 2016 presidential candidates must be measured against how well they respond to these crises.

BERNIE SANDERS

            The Sanders campaign has been a breath of fresh air on the American political scene. Bernie has taken into the political arena the Occupy movement’s outrage at the domination of the United States by the one percent. Whether or not he wins the nomination, his astounding success is a sign of the real potential for a new kind of politics in the country—inspiring whether or not one shares his Democratic Party strategy.

            Bernie has a strong domestic program—it calls for ending the domination of big money in politics, single-payer Medicare for All, free tuition at public colleges and universities, breaking up the big banks, raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy, support forworkers and their unions, confronting climate change, and questioning the government’s mass surveillance programs. Moreover, despite his stubborn tendency to sound at times (though less and less as the campaign goes on) like he believes that economic inequality takes precedence over social inequality, Sanders does have good positions in favor of abortion rights, reform of the criminal justice system, demilitarization of the police, and the need to oppose institutional racism.If his campaign doesn’t end up as a faction entrapped within the Democratic Party, these positions could be the basis for beginning to build a lasting independent political party that can offer an alternative to the status quo.

Republican presidential candidate’s true colors: Trump’s Bashing of Hispanic Judge Defines Bigotry

By Linn Washington, Jr.

 

When Donald Trump announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in June 2015 he unleashed a tirade against illegal immigrants from Mexico, libeling most of those immigrants as criminals and “rapists.”

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