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Focus: Hillary Clinton - Aug 22, 2016


Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin show favors for Clinton Foundation donors - New York Post


Judicial Watch: Abedin was a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary while she served as Secretary of State - Judicial Watch


State Dept: New emails not evidence of Clinton Foundation pay-to-play - Breibart


Clinton Foundation executive left 148 phone messages for Hillary Clinton's top aide Cheryl Mills - Fox News


State Department defends call logs showing close contact between Clinton aides, foundation - Washington Examiner


Pro-Clinton center: Media continue to fall for Clinton Foundation pseudo-scandals promoted by Judicial Watch - mediamatters.org


Huma Abedin worked at a radical Muslim journal for a dozen years - New York Post


Huma Abedin denies active role at radical Muslim journal, Clinton spokesman says ‘she did not play a role in editing at the publication' - New York Post


Spokesman: Huma Abedin was ‘fully vetted’ for State Dept job (VIDEO) - freebeacon.com


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


ARCHIVE: The Truth about Huma Abedin that Media Matters doesn't want America to see - Breitbart


ARCHIVE: The Atlantic whitewashes Islamist groups in Abedin controversy - Breitbart

 

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Donald J. Trump statement on Clinton Foundation: Shut it down - Donald J Trump for President


Tim Kaine: Trump tax returns more important than Clinton Foundation donations - Washington Times


Some of Trump’s toughest media critics agree: The Clinton Foundation should close - The Washington Post


Peter Schweizer: Media went from ‘defending the Clinton Foundation’ to ‘pretending it wasn’t there’ to ‘saying shut it down’ - Breitbart


Clinton Foundation charity grade: D-, Close all branches now - Medium


Giuliani: I would indict Clinton Foundation as 'racketeering enterprise' - Fox News


Bill Clinton: Foundation will continue work, change plans - WPMT FOX43


Clinton Foundation prepares to hand off programs, scale back operations - BuzzFeed News


Clinton Foundation ban would not apply to some related charities - The Boston Globe


More than half of Clinton Foundation’s major donors would be barred under new rule - The Washington Post


Clinton Foundation on backfoot after intense scrutiny; India operations may be affected - Times of India


The illegal incorporation of the Clinton HIV/Aids Initiative in Papua New Guinea - Michael Smith News


AUDIO: Twisted philanthropy: How the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation made billions mining the world’s misery index - Leid Stories

 

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Judge orders expedited release of new 15,000 Hillary Clinton documents found by FBI - CBS News


GOP demands all Hillary Clinton emails before election day - Washington Times


Judicial Watch: State Department stonewalling release of 15K newly discovered Hillary Clinton emails (VIDEO) - Breitbart


Clinton campaign 'not sure' what emails FBI found on server - Washington Examiner

 

Chaffetz claims FBI gave Congress conflicting documents on Clinton email probe - POLITICO


GOP subpoenas firms that ran Clinton's private email server - AP


Now will Hillary hold a press conference on the newly found emails? (Spoiler: Probably not) - National Republican Congressional Committee


Apparent Army Opsec Brief lists Hillary Clinton, David Petraeus as examples of insider security threats - The Daily Caller


Navy sailor argued his crime was same as Hillary’s. Here’s how long he’ll be spending in jail - ijr.com


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Belted by Trump: Gotcha!

By Ed Adelman

 

How Presidential “Non-Opinion” Polls Drive Down Third Party Numbers and Facilitate Debate Exclusion

This week, the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced what polls it will utilize in excluding candidates from its debates.

The CPD says candidates like the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein must get 15 percent in polls conducted by “five national public opinion polling organizations” — ABC/Washington Post, CBS/New York Times, CNN/Opinion Research Corporation, Fox News, and NBC/Wall Street Journal.

Not only — as several have correctly argued — is the 15 percent threshold arbitrary and exclusionary, but these polls don’t actually ask voter preferences at all.

They all ask “If the presidential election were being held today for whom would you vote?” or some minor variation of that.

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Aug 18, 2016


FBI 'improperly' restricting access to Clinton probe files, senator Grassley says - Fox News


Text of Sen. Grassley's letter on access to Clinton probe docs - Washington Post


FBI's Clinton documents viewed in secure areas of the U.S. Capitol, they are collected in large binders labeled 'secret'- Reuters


Chaffetz: Clinton material is so highly classified that even I, as Oversight Committee Chair, don't have security clearance - Washington Examiner


VIDEO: Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Chaffetz talks heavily redacted Clinton documents from FBI - YouTube


Clinton campaign: FBI document release a partisan witch-hunt - Washington Examiner


Clinton aides perk up with prospect of ‘classified’ FBI leak - New York Post


Unclassified documents from the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email investigation might be made public - The Washington Post


House panel to probe FBI about whether Clinton perjured herself to Congress - usatoday.com


State Department to turn over all Clinton emails uncovered by FBI which were not provided to State by Clinton in December 2014, including deleted ones - Judicial Watch


Judicial Watch: Court hearing Monday, August 22, in FBI Clinton email records case - Judicial Watch


State Dept won’t say when new Clinton emails will be released - freebeacon.com


VIDEO: State Department can't say if Clinton emails provided to Judicial Watch will be made public - YouTube


Priebus to State: Release Clinton emails before election - TheHill


Six batches of Clinton-related documents we're still waiting to see - Washington Examiner


After Hillary walks, Navy sailor wants same leniency over his ‘classified’ incident - ijr.com

 

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Clinton Foundation will stop accepting foreign and corporate donations if Clinton is elected - CBS News


State Department records fail to show if Hillary Clinton, aides took mandatory ethics training - McClatchy DC


Trump campaign blasts Clinton over ethics training report - POLITICO


POLL: Majority thinks Clinton Foundation donors influenced Clinton when she was secretary of state - newsmax.com


Citizens United fights for records on major Clinton Foundation donor who served on intel panel - freebeacon.com


Clinton Foundation advised World Bank on contracts that netted donors millions - freebeacon.com


Clinton Foundation pushed State Dept. on Bill Clinton speech in North Korea - Washington Examiner


Bill Clinton’s pay at for-profit education company topped $17.5 million for his five-year role as an 'honorary chancellor' - POLITICO


The sordid history of Australia's deals to 'facilitate' the Clinton Foundation's access to Asia - Michael Smith News


Former Australia PM Julia Gillard lavished an unprecedented $292 million in taxpayer dollars on the Clinton-dominated Global Partnership for Education, where she was later appointed chair - Quadrant


Abu Dhabi offered to contribute to the Clinton Foundation while lobbying State Department over airline deal - Daily Mail Online


Did the Clinton Foundation received a $175,000 donation from the mining conglomerate BHP Billiton in return for State Department ensuring the firm’s mining contracts in Gabon and Guinea? - Infowars


State Department sought land deal with Nigerian firm tied to Clinton Foundation - Fox News


The Clinton-Kremlin Connection - The Weekly Standard


Peter Schweizer op-ed: The Clinton Foundation, State and Kremlin connections - WSJ


Clinton Foundation profited from Clintons' personal charity, returns show - Washington Times


Clinton Foundation gave $5,000 to veterans charities last year - Breibart


A massive hack of Clinton donor George Soros' Open Society Foundations suggests that his various nonprofit organizations are little more than fronts for his many political activities - IBD


Manafort Accuses Never Trumpers of being tied to Clinton Foundation - Cortney O’Brien


The crusading prosecutor who is on Clinton Foundation case - newsmax.com


Modest to Majestic: A look at Hillary and Bill Clinton’s homes over the years - The New York Times

 

'Clinton Cash: A Graphic Novel' to debut #1 on the New York Times graphic novel bestsellers list - Breibart


Review: 'Clinton Cash: A Graphic Novel' - Military Press


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New York Times shames itself: Attacking Wikileaks’ Assange for Doing What Journalists are Supposed to Do

By Dave Lindorff

 

While I periodically have written commentaries dissecting and pillorying news articles in the New York Times to expose their bias, hypocrisy half-truths and lies, I generally ignore their editorials since these are overtly opinions of the management, and one expects them to display the elitist and neo-liberal perspective of the paper’s publisher and senior editors.

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Aug 15, 2016

 

Here is a concise summary of the major weak points of Hillary Clinton which can cause a drop in her poll numbers:


Hillary Clinton is the candidate of Wall Streets banks, characterized by financial mismanagement, theft and fraud. She is the candidate of companies ready to outsource more jobs abroad in low-wage countries. She is the candidate of overpaid corporate CEOs and managers who enrich themselves at the expense of company employees and shareholders. In general she is the candidate of powerful special interest groups who influence legislative and government policy to seek benefits and privileges often contrary to the national interest. Bill and Hillary speaking and consulting fees are a testament of the deep-rooted, enduring relationship between the Clintons and the corporate world. In a short period of time the Clintons have become multimilionaires.


Hillary Clinton advocated war, regime change and toppling governments in Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc. causing death, destruction, migration and the rise of the Islamic State. If elected President, Hillary Clinton will raise tensions with Russia to a dangerous level. She will establish no-fly zones and arm Syrian rebels who aim to overthrow Assad, thus creating the risk of a US military confrontation with Russia. She will assist, finance and maybe arm the Ukrainian government in its struggle against its Eastern Russian speaking population which is supported by Putin. She will promote the NATO troop and missile deployment in Eastern Europe near the Russia border. Conflicts with Russia would be a calamity for the US military which is strained, if not demoralized, after so many years of wars and sacrifices. On top of this, her policies will divert resources that are instead needed to defeat Islamic State.


It looks like Hillary Clinton was able to weather the Benghazi and private emails scandals with an helping hand by her friends, unless there are new revelations and the disclosing of the 30,000 deleted emails. But the Clinton Foundation remains an open issue that deserve an intense public scrutiny. Calls must be renewed of an official investigation of the foundation including a speeding resolution of the IRS inquiry. According to a recent Bloomberg poll 'more than half said that the Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of foreign contributions while she was secretary of state bothers them a lot.’ In addition to the shady, unethical and maybe illegal fundraising activities, the Clinton Foundation must be held accountable for how the donated money was spent. How much of that money was allocated to the needy and how much was pocketed by Bill, Hillary and their cronies to pay for high salaries, pricey meetings, luxury travel expenses, etc? The  majority of voters regard Hillary as dishonest and untrustworthy.

 

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Focus: Clinton Foundation - Aug 11, 2016


Emails do not show improper influence from Clinton Foundation, State Department says - ABC News


VIDEO: Aug 11 briefing: Reporter skeptical when State Dept claims wasn’t influenced by Clinton Foundation - freebeacon.com


VIDEO: Aug 10 briefing: State Department dodges questions about Clinton Foundation's emails - YouTube


Judicial Watch: State Dept. colluded to thwart FOIA request for Hillary emails, 'This is evidence that Cheryl Mills covered up' - Breibart


Top Clinton State Department aide Cheryl Mills helped Clinton Foundation - CNNPolitics.com


CNN's Griffin: Cheryl Mills did work on behalf of Clinton Foundation while she was gov't employee, may have violated ethics rules (VIDEO) - Breitbart


Hillary aide Mills OK'd deal that put $500K in Bill's pocket - The Daily Caller


Email batch provides additional evidence that Clinton Foundation donors got access at State Department - The Washington Post


Hillary played favorites with huge number of Clinton Foundation donors - New York Post


Another day, another Hillary/Clinton Foundation scandal - Power Line


Five Clinton friends who got special State Department access - Washington Examiner


Five devastating facts about Hillary Clinton's foreign funder, Gilbert Chagoury - Breibart


Donald Trump on Clinton Foundation, State Dept. relationship: 'It's illegal' - Breitbart


Cotton: Clinton used private server to hide her foundation work - Washington Examiner


VIDEO: 'Classic pay-to-play': Giuliani blasts ‘corrupt' Clinton Foundation - Fox News Insider


NY Times' Haberman: Hillary campaign ‘extremely unprepared' for accusations of Clinton Fdn-State Dept ‘overlap' - Breitbart


Pro-Clinton center: Running with Judicial Watch’s storyline, media manufacture another false Clinton email scandal - mediamatters.org


Pro-Clinton center: News outlets hyping new Clinton Judicial Watch email story ignore new development undermining it - mediamatters.org


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Inside the debate over probing the Clinton Foundation, Officials from the FBI and DOJ met to discuss opening a public corruption case - CNN


VIDEO: FBI field offices wanted investigation into Clinton Foundation, DOJ was against opening a case - CNN


Trump starts petition urging DOJ to probe Clinton Foundation - New York Post


Trump on Hillary's missing 33,000 ‘personal’ emails: 'That's a lot of yoga' - Breitbart


Ethicists: Clinton team violated ‘spirit’ of pledge, Emails suggest aides were catering to Clinton Foundation donors - POLITICO


Clinton Foundation IRS inquiry involves charity's legal status - Washington Examiner


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Trumped

Why would it be that 8 years ago you couldn't win a Democratic presidential primary if you'd voted for a war on Iraq after pushing all the Bush White House lies about it, and yet now you can? Back then the war looked closer to ending, the death count was lower, and ISIS was only in the planning stages. Reports on the fraud, criminality, and knowingly self-destructive nature of the war launch -- reports like the Chilcot report -- hadn't yet been produced. How can you drag this albatross across the finish line at this late date in 2016?

Well, you can't, in fact. Claiming that Hillary Clinton won the 2016 primary is like claiming Bush won the 2000 election. It's one of those things that everyone will say, using it as shorthand, and repeating it until everyone forgets that the thing was stolen. So, let me rephrase: How can you get people to pretend en masse that you won the 2016 Democratic presidential primary despite lugging around the same baggage as 8 years before only now stuffed with putrid rotting flesh?

And not only that, but how can you pull loved ones of people you sent to kill and kill and kill and die in that criminal calamity onto the stage of your coronation convention and get people to cheer for it?

How can you get your supporters to scream "U - S - A! U - S - A!" at anyone who shouts "No more war"?

How can you get people to the point of believing that, should the ongoing war on Iraq make big news in October, that will actually benefit, rather than hurt, you?

How can you, in fact, get liberals to start saying that ending the overthrow of governments would be irresponsible? After Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Honduras, Ukraine, and Brazil, how can you get all the bleeding hearts to rally behind your intention to overthrow the Syrian and possibly the Iranian governments?

How can you get them to go even further and support world-risking hostility and threats toward Russia?

How can you get popular support for maintaining and expanding NATO and for committing to being dragged into any new wars that any of NATO's mushrooming list of members might get themselves into or claim to have gotten themselves into?

There is only one answer to all of these questions: partisan perversion in the form of Trump. If Trump occasionally and inconsistently says he might abolish NATO, then abolishing NATO must be bad. If Trump says the war on Iraq was a horrible idea (even though he supported it at the time) it must have been a wonderful idea. If Trump suggests that demonizing Russia is stupid, then it must be genius, and Trump must be a commie-loving pinko. If Trump badmouths loved ones of someone who died making war on Iraq, then making war on Iraq must be heroic and noble.

Of course this way of thinking is on Trump's intellectual level, which means that with a slight twist or two here and there, Trump propaganda could replace Hillary propaganda in the hearts of some of Trump's most passionate opponents. And the two camps' lesser-evilist doctrines are identical, only with the greater and lesser evil figures reversed.

All of which is not an argument for only letting the smart people vote. On the contrary, this is all good material for building a case for direct democracy. People are entirely capable of voting No on banning all Muslims while voting Yes on abolishing NATO. When it comes to policies, the majority of the U.S. public will get many more right than wrong. It's when policies are associated with personalities that people choose to reverse their positions for no good reason.

For decades we've heard the tired old refrain "We need leaders." I'm afraid we won't survive many more leaders. I think what we actually need is democracy. Single payer healthcare should get an up or down vote regardless of whether single-payer healthcare once insulted someone or has been married three times or giggled when it killed Gadaffi. Policies don't have those problems.

Get rid of the super-delegates, the delegates, the representatives, the senators, and the president, and let people set the policies. Any bureaucrats needed could be randomly appointed with darts and a phone book, guaranteeing better results than the present system.

Focus: Hillary Clinton Campaign Finance - Aug 2, 2016


Hillary Clinton has biggest fundraising month yet in July, raising $90 million - Chicago Tribune


Obama holding first fundraiser for Clinton, $33,400 for a seat at the Atlanta home of former CEO Andy Prozes - wsaw.com


Clinton heads back to Hamptons for $33K-a-ticket fundraiser, Loews Hotels CEO and New York Giants co-owner will host the event - Page Six


Apple’s CEO Tim Cook hosts $50,000-per-ticket Hillary fundraiser - breitbart.com


Susie Buffett's private event raises more than $1.5 million for Clinton, 15 supporters paid $100,000 to attend the two-hour dinner - omaha.com


Leonardo DiCaprio to host $33,400-a-ticket Hillary Clinton fundraiser - The Guardian


Billionaires for Hillary: Clinton campaign lining up moguls to say 'I'm with her' but appearing too buddy-buddy with them holds risks - POLITICO


VIDEO: Here are some of the billionaires who support Hillary Clinton, They’ve also made it a point to attack Donald Trump - Fortune


Lobbyists have raised $7 million for Hillary Clinton. For Trump? Zero - The Washington Post


Lobbysts contributions to the 2016 presidential race - OpenSecrets


Hedge-fund money: $48.5 million for Hillary Clinton, $19,000 for Donald Trump - WSJ


Contrary to a story published by the Wall Street Journal, Clinton is not completely annihilating Trump among hedge fund donors - Fortune


Hedge fund managers purchase Hillary Clinton - Donald J Trump for President


Guy Cecil of Pro-Clinton PAC Priorities USA will not be outspent, A Q&A about how he intends to spend his $200 million - Bloomberg Politics


Democrats say want reform — but court big money in the meantime - Center for Public Integrity


Leaks show DNC asked White House to reward donors with slots on boards and commissions - OpenSecrets Blog


After lying low, deep-pocketed Clinton donors return to the fore - The New York Times


DNC sought to hide details of Clinton funding deal - POLITICO


Julian Assange says he has 'quite a lot of material' from Hillary Clinton's campaign - Daily Mail Online

 

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Donald Trump: ‘I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged’ - WSJ


Donald Trump says Bernie Sanders 'made a deal with the devil' meaning Hillary Clinton - ABC News


Donald Trump: Hillary will never reform financial markets, she ‘is owned by Wall Street' - newsmax.com


VIDEO: Trump releases powerful new ad: Hillary’s Wall Street donations - Tea Party News


Selected Industry Totals: Contribution of the security and investment sector to the 2016 presidential race - OpenSecrets


The billionaire Koch brothers are rejecting calls from big donors to back Donald Trump - Business Insider


The Kochs freeze Donald Trump out denying him access to their state-of-the-art data and refusing to let him speak to their gatherings - POLITICO


"I turned down a meeting with Charles and David Koch. Much better for them to meet with the puppets of politics, they will do much better!” - Donald J. Trump on Twitter


Trump promises more federal infrastructure spending than Clinton, skeptical of full employment figures says ‘people have given up looking for jobs' - WSJ


In dueling campaign swings, Clinton, Trump make very different plays for Pa. voters: Analysis - PennLive.com


In Youngstown, Ohio pro-Trump protesters recall another candidate Clinton's unfulfilled promises - BillMoyers.com


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The Problem with Chanting "USA"

These were instructions passed around during the last night of the Wells Fargo Arena Anti-Russia Don't-Say-TPP Call-It-Debt-Free-College-Not-Free-College Democratic Party Extravaganza. Noise Makers were deployed. Lights could be switched off on people as needed. Delegates were prevented from walking out. And chants like "Black Lives Matter" and "Love Is Love" were joined in by the corporatists.

However, if you chanted "Ban Fracking Now," they would chant "Hillary" back at you, as if having Hillary as their beloved leader was better than banning fracking. Also if you chanted "Stop TPP" or "Walk the Walk" you'd be greeted by screams of "Hillary!"

But what if you shouted "No More War"? Wouldn't they join in and try to own that one? Don't Christmas decorations even today still sometimes say "Peace on Earth"? Didn't Tim Kaine pretend in his speech that Woodrow Wilson was a peace maker? Doesn't the Pentagon claim that it kills people for peace? Wouldn't trying to shout down opposition to war be a step too far even for a pro-fracking, pro-corporate-trade, cult of personality?

The response of USA has got to be the worst choice they could have gone with. The poison of nationalism/patriotism is the driving force behind support for mass-murder expeditions. It turns clever shouts into mindless obedience.

Shout this over and over again, out loud: Hey You Ass Hey You Ass Hey You Ass Hey. Not the nicest thing to scream at a retired four-star mass-murderer, but still less repulsive than USA, USA, USA. This was supposed to be a convention marketing a candidate, an incredibly unpopular candidate, as the anti-fascist. Instead it became the convention of militarism, bluster, and blind loyalty to the god of war.

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.)

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