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New TCBH! poem by resident poet Gary Lindorff: 'Riding the elephant'

There is an elephant lying

flat out on the ground,

depressed, wasted.

His life is giving rides.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


VIDEO: Donald Trump foreign policy speech - Mediaite


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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Focus: Bernie Sanders - Apr 28, 2016

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


Sanders supporter says she's 'Bernie or Bust' - CNNPolitics.com


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


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


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


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


Local support for Sanders unfazed despite his trailing - herald-dispatch.com


Which state could Bernie Sanders win next? - Bustle


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


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


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


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


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Why the best candidate can’t win the support of People of Color: Where the Bern is Fizzling

By Alfredo Lopez

 

In the recent New York primaries, Bernie Sanders experienced some very cold water thrown in his face. Not only did he lose, and soundly, but he was served a major lesson about one of the primary deficiencies in his campaign.

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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


American democracy is rigged - Common Dreams


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Voter suppression charged in almost every state – 2016 Election Central


Why are our elections such a mess? - Care2 Causes


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


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


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


Petition: Encourage Bernie Sanders to run as an independent candidate in the 2016 Presidential Elections - Change.org


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


N.Y. voter hotline swamped with complaints - democratandchronicle.com


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


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


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


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

 

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


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


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


No voice for some Pennsylvania independent voters - Times News Online


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


FEC Disclosure Form 3X for Hillary Victory Fund - docquery.fec.gov


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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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

 

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


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


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


VIDEO: Democracy Awakening protest - YouTube


VIDEO: More on Democracy Awakening protest - YouTube


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


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


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Denying discrimination: Clintonian Political Calculus and the Culture of Hooey

By Linn Washington, Jr.

 

Hooey –- silly talk/nonsense –- frequently has slimy characteristics and slime is slippery.

Former President Bill Clinton recently slipped on some silly talk when trying to dance around a slime trail oozing from his presidency during the 1990s.

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


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


Election fraud: Why are voter registrations changing? - Heavy.com


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 

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


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


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


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


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


Republican leaders consider rewriting convention rules - POLITICO


RNC Chair Preibus urges against changing convention rules before Cleveland - usatoday.com


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


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


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


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


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Focus: Hillary Clinton and Honduras - Apr 15, 2016


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


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


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


Death squads are back in Honduras, activists tell Congress - theintercept.com


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


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


Hillary Clinton's emails and the Honduras coup - CEPR


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


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


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


ARCHIVE: Obama says coup in Honduras is illegal - Reuters


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


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


ARCHIVE: Hounduras: After the coup - Human Rights Watch


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


Tough questions about Haiti for Hillary Clinton - counterpunch.org


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The fight for open primaries - openprimaries.org


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 

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


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


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


Colorado protest planned after Trump loss - usatoday.com


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


Donald Trump's support deeper than it looks - POLITICO


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


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


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Clinton has a delegate lead thanks to 6 Deep South states: The Democratic Convention Pledged Delegates Story Nobody Talks About

By Dave Lindorff

 

Bernie Sanders is behind Hillary Clinton in the number of pledged delegates he has amassed over the course of just under two and a half weeks of primaries and caucuses. Her advantage in pledged delegates has fallen over the last month and a half from a high point of just over 300 to a current 213.

The problem’s that Clinton IS qualified for president: Is Bernie’s ‘Political Revolution’ the Real Thing or a Pathetic Joke?

By Dave Lindorff

 

Bernie Sanders had a shining moment last week at a massive rally in Philadelphia at the Temple University Liacouras Sports Center. The high point came when he mentioned that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, had implied that he was “not qualified” to be president -- a charge that she has continued to make in a tense campaign for the April 19 Democratic primary in New York state.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Union Effort to Create Super PAC Stalls - WSJ


Understanding political committees, 101 - Center for Public Integrity

 

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


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


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


Sanders links Clinton to Panama Papers scandal - Bernie Sanders


Bernie Sanders outlines plan to pare down big banks - WSJ


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Something’s happening in the presidential race: Clinton’s Crumbling, Bernie’s Surging ‘Political Revolution’ is in the Air

By Dave Lindorff


            Philadelphia -- Something “YUGE” is happening in the Democratic presidential campaign, and perhaps in the broader American body politic. It’s hard to put your finger on it, but like that feeling of your neck hairs rising off your skin as a big thunderstorm approaches, you know it’s big and it’s coming.

New TCBH! poem: 'Fishing the Red Herring'

We were at Shelby’s at the bar and Jeff,

Who was watching Fox News,

Slams down his empty bottle

And says,

I’m so sick of hearing about damn red herrings

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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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New poem by TCBH! resident poet Gary Lindorff: 'One day, in the asylum'

We were having a bad day in the asylum,

A bad 8 years, a bad sixteen years,

Oh, heck, a bad era,

Well, let’s face it, a bad history.

But we had a good leader for a change,

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Below are the latest polls:

 

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

 

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

 

POLL: Clinton leads Sanders by 6 in Wisconsin - TheHill

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Stolen primary in Arizona?: Questioning Hillary’s Tuesday Primary Win Amid Widespread Evidence of Voter Suppression in Phoenix

By Dave Lindorff

 

         It sure looks like there was some voter fraud committed in the Democratic primary in Arizona on Tuesday.

 

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Mar 23 , 2016


New emails highlight interaction between State, Clinton Foundation - TheHill


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


REPORT: Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation - discoverthenetworks.org


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


Hillary Clinton campaign's foreign fundraisers under scrutiny - Examiner.com


WikiLeaks publishes searchable archive of Clinton emails - Washington Examiner


POLL: Trump, Clinton score historic unfavorable ratings - CNNPolitics.com

 

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


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


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


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


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


Haitians protest Hillary Clinton’s ‘destruction’ of country - freebeacon.com


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


The mysterious gap in Hillary Clinton’s Haiti emails - haiti-liberte.com


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


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


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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 

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


Donald Trump says protesters are violating his First Amendment rights - yahoo.com


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Why I won’t be voting for Hillary in November: A Neolib Posing as a Progressive vs. a Reality TV Star Posing as a Fascist

By Dave Lindorff

 

            I won’t be voting for Hillary Clinton if she wins the Democratic Party nomination for president, and I won’t heed Bernie Sanders if, as he has vowed to do, he calls on his supporters to “come together” after the convention, should he lose, to support Clinton and prevent Donald Trump or another Republican from becoming president.

 

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January 20-21 Occupy the Inauguration
 
January 29 David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.
 
February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.
 
April 21-23 UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va.

April 29 possible multi-issue protest in DC.

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