SirLataxe wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

57even wrote:

I don’t think there is much chance of a global conflict – there is too much to lose on all sides. But a rash of smaller conflicts is likely.

Political instability in some countries may lead to a failure of democracy. We are already seeing this, with the increasing influence of big money over the agenda of the political classes. Internal issues are likely to increase, fuelled by nationalist interests and mass migrations. If anything, I see the divides opening up within the western democracies themselves. In other words, civil unrest and a polarisation of politics.

This is partly because of an every increasing wealth divide, which is related to our remoteness from the financial systems and processes on which we depend. We are simply not getting the benefits of all their success. It is all disappearing into offshore tax havens and being used to swallow up even more companies.

Globalisation is hard to counter if all you have is individual governments with limited jurisdiction.
Yes, ever since the start of the cold war, we’ve been on the brink but never quite gone over into widespread global conflict, mainly because even irrational people realize what there is to lose with such a conflict, especially in the era of weapons of mass destruction.

I see what you’re saying in Europe, and with what happened in Britain we might have a domino like effect with other European countries that were already teetering on the edge. Frankly, I find some level of conflict to be healthy, especially if the end result is to correct the wealth divide. I suspect that the wealthy are the ones with the most to lose, so perhaps they can be taught a lesson (not to the level of the French Revolution, but perhaps a lesser version that brings them “back to the pack.”)
You lads are assuming that humans, even the monsters that tend to populate the 1% and their political or media compatriots, are somehow reasonable and rational. History demonstrates quite firmly that they are not. Their hubris will drive them to extreme acts in extreme circumstances. All sides in the last two world wars had a lot to lose but assumed, like the criminals they are, that they would not “be caught” (i.e. lose). Off they went to do evil on a very large scale.

We in the Western world have lived in a very unusual bubble since the end of WWII. Many of us have failed to understand that the whole of recorded human history has been one of internecine warfare between human camps, in various forms. As the technology emerged to support it, war became ever-more damaging to ever-more humans. Our bubble is a soothing place, in which we can ignore the terrible events outside, both historically and geographically.

Perhaps I have suddenly had a volte-face after a lifetime of optimism but I feel our bubble is not far from bursting. Historical norms will insert themselves, although the perils of the high powers now available to mad humans everywhere will amplify the damage tremendously compared to previous eras.

SirLataxe, feeling a little desperate for his grandchildren.
Yes indeed, after extensively reading history, I feel exactly this way too. This post WW2 bubble I have to say is probably due to the sober realization that if we ever have another world war, the war fought after that (if humanity survives) will be fought with sticks and stones. I know a famous physicist said that (I believe it was Einstein?) The scientists who helped developed the nuclear bomb never wanted it to be used.

I avidly watched the TV series Twilight Zone and that has firmly shaped my view of how dumb, instant gratification oriented, greedy and violent humanity can be. But it’s also shown me that when humans stop and think about what they’re doing, they’re capable of doing some truly great things.

Are we evolving to a level where we will eventually become a nonviolent species? Only time will tell. I do know what one of the arguments used to support the idea of why we haven’t detected any sentient species elsewhere is that they/we are mostly too violent to ever reach the level of development to achieve long distance space travel. As an optimist I’d like to believe that sentient species can and do evolve beyond the violent phase but that our methods of detection are too limited right now.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58015615

57even wrote:

SirLataxe wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

57even wrote:

I don’t think there is much chance of a global conflict – there is too much to lose on all sides. But a rash of smaller conflicts is likely.

Political instability in some countries may lead to a failure of democracy. We are already seeing this, with the increasing influence of big money over the agenda of the political classes. Internal issues are likely to increase, fuelled by nationalist interests and mass migrations. If anything, I see the divides opening up within the western democracies themselves. In other words, civil unrest and a polarisation of politics.

This is partly because of an every increasing wealth divide, which is related to our remoteness from the financial systems and processes on which we depend. We are simply not getting the benefits of all their success. It is all disappearing into offshore tax havens and being used to swallow up even more companies.

Globalisation is hard to counter if all you have is individual governments with limited jurisdiction.
Yes, ever since the start of the cold war, we’ve been on the brink but never quite gone over into widespread global conflict, mainly because even irrational people realize what there is to lose with such a conflict, especially in the era of weapons of mass destruction.

I see what you’re saying in Europe, and with what happened in Britain we might have a domino like effect with other European countries that were already teetering on the edge. Frankly, I find some level of conflict to be healthy, especially if the end result is to correct the wealth divide. I suspect that the wealthy are the ones with the most to lose, so perhaps they can be taught a lesson (not to the level of the French Revolution, but perhaps a lesser version that brings them “back to the pack.”)
You lads are assuming that humans, even the monsters that tend to populate the 1% and their political or media compatriots, are somehow reasonable and rational. History demonstrates quite firmly that they are not. Their hubris will drive them to extreme acts in extreme circumstances. All sides in the last two world wars had a lot to lose but assumed, like the criminals they are, that they would not “be caught” (i.e. lose). Off they went to do evil on a very large scale.

We in the Western world have lived in a very unusual bubble since the end of WWII. Many of us have failed to understand that the whole of recorded human history has been one of internecine warfare between human camps, in various forms. As the technology emerged to support it, war became ever-more damaging to ever-more humans. Our bubble is a soothing place, in which we can ignore the terrible events outside, both historically and geographically.

Perhaps I have suddenly had a volte-face after a lifetime of optimism but I feel our bubble is not far from bursting. Historical norms will insert themselves, although the perils of the high powers now available to mad humans everywhere will amplify the damage tremendously compared to previous eras.

SirLataxe, feeling a little desperate for his grandchildren.
I think we have a fundamentally different issue these days. It is no longer as much about the divide between countries, but the divisions within them.

A long period of political stability leads to stagnation, and rather than fixing a building crisis before it starts, they put more and more masking tape on the crack until it explodes.

Free trade has in fact reduced territorial tensions considerably. The tension now is about identity and opportunity for those that are left behind by technological progress, which is a growing underclass of those who have not gained the skills to survive in it and the migration of labour from poor to rich countries (or the migration of blue collar jobs to poor countries).

People used to rely heavily on others for steady work, now full time career employment is much more rare. Many jobs are lost to technology or outsourcing, and the survivors are generally those who can exploit that new technology, such as the internet, to make it on their own. Society, and the education system, is just not set up to make this a viable option for most.

— hide signature —
Reporter: “Mr Gandhi, what do you think of Western Civilisation?”
Mahatma Gandhi: “I think it would be a very good idea!”
Yes, we see this stagnation today with the crumbling infrastructure. They put bandaids on it instead of truly fixing it and the result is that the whole thing eventually needs to be rebuilt from the ground up.

We see this in the polarization of society and reflected in political parties also. Not only is there anger, but there is a lack of understanding, because the experiences between the two groups are fundamentally different, thus communication is impaired.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58015630
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58015636

BaconHill wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

Wellington100 wrote:

glasswave wrote:

Wellington100 wrote:

glasswave wrote:

Wellington100 wrote:

glasswave wrote:

lol101 wrote:

The Free Market theory postulates that, if markets are free from spurious perturbations from States and external regulations, they will naturally evolve, through the Supply and Demand mechanisms to a stable equilibrium.

This equilibrium will naturally be the optimum price for any given good, ensuring at the same time maximum profits for industries and maximum benefit (or usefulness) for the consumers.

This is the very base of Liberal Economics and has shaped most economical policies during the last 50 years.

Do you believe it?
Free markets eventually lead to monopolies who will then use that monopoly status to stamp out any competition and suppress the people in the process of there own enrichment. Besides, they destroy the environment w/o concern for the future.
Free markets means different things to different people.
It seems to me that a free market means absolutely no government regulation. No government investment, ownership or control.

If free markets means no trade barriers between countries that is a good thing,
Not in my opinion.
You have to differentiate between no trade barriers and Globalisation.
I think YOU need to differentiate between “FAIR trade” and “free trade,” because I get the impression that you are more of a fair trade supporter.

No trade barriers increases wealth by extending free market trading of goods across borders,
Only fair trade does that. Free trade results in the off shoring of jobs, exploitation of the working poor and wanton destruction of the environment.

Globalisation is an ideology that has caused massive problems. It is not about trade as much as it is about the liberalisation of capital movements, tax jurisdictions, corporate HQ’s and jobs.
Very true.

if free markets means eliminating all regulations so that the financial services industries can operate without restriction in a Darwinian environment, that is a bad thing.
Historically, yes.

If as you say free markets means allowing monopolies to dominate economies without regulating them or breaking them up, that is a very bad thing.
If the government regulates (ie. by breaking up monopolies) the market, it is not a free market.

“A free market is a system in which the prices for goods and services are determined by the open market and consumers, in which the laws and forces of supply and demand are free from any intervention by a government, price-setting monopoly, or other authority.” wiki

Besides, if your contention is that free markets naturally evolve to equilibrium, then why have we tended to end up with monopolies when markets go unregulated?
My contention is that free markets do not naturally evolve to equilibrium, this is a complete untruth, it is an ideology peddled by followers of Neo Liberal Economics that has no basis in fact or experience.
Agreed!

Monopolies are the opposite of free markets and breaking them up is essential. In order to break them up you have to have government regulation. In my opinion, only government regulation can preserve free markets. Arguing that government regulation automatically strangles free markets is a myth, it can strangle the free market if the regulation is bad but good regulation protects free markets.
Governements, when wisely managed, can make infrastructure investments and implement regulations that break down market barriers to entry and thus actually increase competition.

Thats why I think that free markets means different things to different people. Freeing up the trade in goods has enriched producers and consumers over decades but wanting to eliminate all taxes, rules and regulations as well as allowing capital to fly around the world at the speed of light in a fully deregulated financial environment has proved to be very bad.
I still think that you are mixing up the terms of “free trade” vs “fair trade.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_trade
I am a fan of Fair Trade products, especially coffee and bananas but back in the day, free trade simply referred to the removal of barriers to trade between countries, it was not a Globalisation ideology, the way it is now. It is possible to have free trade without all the other aspects of Globalisation which are so destabilising for all economies nowadays and which serve to concentrate wealth like never before outside of the jurisdictions of the countries where most of the trade actually is being produced and consumed.

— hide signature —
Doctors are bad for your lifestyle!
I have to say that we 3 are pretty much in the same camp.
Add me to the camp, basically.

Both fair trade and free trade are worthwhile aims – they promote good works in both trade countries and bolster their economies.

Globalisation, SuperState control, etc.. they are not about good works and healthy economies, they are about control, pure and simple… dictatorship, in other words.

— hide signature —
People too weak to follow their own dreams will always try to find a way to discourage yours.
What I see here is that we can reach a common level of understanding of what the problem is- I believe the people in charge see it too, unfortunately, they are too entrenched in the system as it is to fix it.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/23/wikileaks-dump-appears-to-show-dnc-favored-clinton-campaign.html

A new trove of leaked emails seem to show that top officials at the Democratic National Committee openly mocked and criticized Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primary race against Hillary Clinton — a startling revelation that raises questions about the Democratic Party’s impartiality and an issue that could play out poorly at the party’s convention this week in Philadelphia.

Follow
Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump
Leaked e-mails of DNC show plans to destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileakes, really vicious. RIGGED
6:55 AM – 23 Jul 2016
21,061 21,061 Retweets 42,862 42,862 likes
WikiLeaks posted close to 20,000 emails and 8,000 attachments Friday sent or received from top Democratic officials that seem to suggest the committee’s chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other higher ups tried to tip the scales in Clinton’s favor. WikiLeaks dubbed the document dump the “Hillary Leaks series.”

Sanders has repeatedly claimed that he thought the system was “rigged” during the primaries.

View image on Twitter
View image on Twitter
Follow
WikiLeaks ✔ @wikileaks
RELEASE: 19,252 emails from the US Democratic National Committee https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/ #Hillary2016 #FeelTheBern
10:50 AM – 22 Jul 2016
15,360 15,360 Retweets 12,253 12,253 likes
Republican candidate Donald Trump weighed in Saturday morning, tweeting: “Leaked e-mails of DNC show plans to destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileakes (sic), really vicious. RIGGED.”

The leaks, from January 2015 to May 2016, purportedly came the from accounts of seven DNC officials and feature conversations by staffers debating everything from how to deal with media requests to syncing the party’s message with interest groups in Washington.
NOW PLAYING
Leaked DNC emails show effort to undermine Bernie Sanders
Never autoplay videos
The officials are: Senior Adviser Andrew Wright, National Finance Director Jordan Kaplan, Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer, Communications Director Luis Miranda, Northern California Finance Director Robert Stowe, Finance Director of Data & Strategic Initiatives Daniel Parrish and Finance Director Allen Zachary.

2016 Election Headquarters
The latest headlines on the 2016 elections from the biggest name in politics.
See Latest Coverage →
In one email, DNC staffers were looking for ways to blunt Sanders’ popularity with Democrats. In a May 5 email, a DNC employee asked a colleague to collect information on his religious beliefs – claiming it might sway voters in West Virginia and Kentucky. In that particular email, Sanders name was not mentioned but he was the only other candidate in the race at that time against Clinton.

DNC chief financial officer Brad Marshall wrote, “This would make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”

Stephen Hayes, a columnist at the Weekly Standard, told “Special Report” on Fox News that the emails show a clear pattern of Wasserman Schultz and the DNC “thumbing the scales’ in favor of Clinton and scheming for ways to “thwart” Sanders.

A May 15, 2016 email, shows the DNC was in close contact with news websites on articles related to the Democratic Party, Sanders and Clinton.

A Real Clear Politics article claimed that Sanders supporters are causing a lack of unity at the Democratic National Convention. Wasserman Schultz took issue with the headline and told another Democratic official the “headline needs to be changed.”

What followed was a back and forth between DNC officials to pressure Real Clear Politics to change their story.

The last email on the thread between DNC officials reads, “Done. Article has been updated.”

The Real Clear Politics story headline was corrected to reflect that the incident in question involved the Nevada state convention and not the national one.

Calls by FoxNews.com to the DNC for comment were not immediately returned.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/23/kaine-says-trump-would-be-trash-talking-president-in-debut-as-clinton-running-mate.html

Hillary Clinton and running mate Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine kicked off their first official campaign appearance together Saturday by pitching themselves as the polar opposite of Republican nominee Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence.
Wasting no time targeting Trump, Kaine asked the Miami crowd, “Do you want a ‘you’re fired’ president or a ‘you’re hired’ president? Do you want a trash-talking president or a bridge-building president?”

Speaking in Spanish at times, Kaine drew comparisons between the Democratic ticket and Trump. Playing off the Republican nominee’s “Make America Great Again!” slogan, Kaine asked, “Isn’t it great already?”

Clinton introduced Kaine as “a progressive who likes to get things done” and added the former Virginia governor cares more about making a difference than making headlines.

She also called herself and Kaine “everything that Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not.”

But Clinton’s campaign faced mounting unrest from some liberal groups and supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over her choice of running mate. Kaine has been bashed by some who says he’s too conservative on issues like abortion and trade deals.

2016 Election Headquarters
The latest headlines on the 2016 elections from the biggest name in politics.
See Latest Coverage →
Shortly after Friday’s announcement that Kaine was Clinton’s pick, Stephanie Taylor of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee said the senator’s support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact gives Republicans “a new opening to attack Democrats on this economic populist issue.”

Notably, a campaign aide said Kaine made clear “in the course of discussions” that he shares Clinton’s opposition to TPP in its current form.

Sanders supporters have vowed to show up in droves for half a dozen sanctioned protests near Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center when the convention kicks off on Monday.

Sanders also plans to meet with 1,900 of his delegates before the start of the convention.

Clinton offered Kaine the vice presidential spot on the Democratic ticket in a phone call on Friday night. His selection completes the line-up for the general election, in which Clinton and Kaine will face off against Trump and Pence.

Kaine, 58, was long viewed as a likely choice, a former governor of politically important Virginia and mayor of Richmond who also served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

The bilingual Kaine is also likely to be a valuable asset in battleground states like Florida, as the Clinton campaign appeals to Hispanic-Americans turned off by Trump’s harsh rhetoric about immigrants.

He also had a particularly powerful backer: President Obama, who advised Clinton’s campaign during the selection process that Kaine would be a strong choice.

News that Kaine was Clinton’s pick was greeted warmly by some Republicans Friday evening.

“Trying to count the ways I hate (at)timkaine,” Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake wrote on Twitter. “Drawing a blank. Congrats to a good man and a good friend.”

Kaine was the choice over Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a longtime friend of the candidate and former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton’s campaign teased the announcement throughout Friday, encouraging supporters to sign up for a text message alert to get the news — a favorite campaign method for getting contact information about voters.

The Democratic candidate made no mention of her impending pick during a somber meeting with community leaders and family members affected by the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando and a later campaign rally in Tampa.

When the news came via text, she quickly followed it with a message on Twitter: “I’m thrilled to announce my running mate, (at)TimKaine, a man who’s devoted his life to fighting for others.”

Trump also announced the choice of his running mate on Twitter, and followed it up with an announcement the next day at a hotel in midtown Manhattan — a curious choice given New York City’s strong Democratic history.

Before entering politics, Kaine was an attorney who specialized in civil rights and fair housing. He learned Spanish during a mission trip to Honduras while in law school. During his political career, he’s demonstrated an ability to woo voters across party lines, winning his 2006 gubernatorial race with support in both Democratic and traditionally Republican strongholds.

His wife, Anne Holton, is the daughter of a former Virginia governor and is herself a former state judge and the state’s education secretary. The couple has three children.

Trump, in a text to his own supporters, said Obama, Clinton and Kaine were “the ultimate insiders” and implored voters to not “let Obama have a 3rd term.”

Kaine got some practice challenging Trump’s message when he campaigned with Clinton last week in northern Virginia, where he spoke briefly in Spanish and offered a strident assault on Trump’s White House credentials.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/23/wikileaks-dump-appears-to-show-dnc-favored-clinton-campaign.html

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/23/dnc-rules-committee-turns-back-effort-to-abolish-superdelegates.html
The Democratic National Convention’s rules committee Saturday defeated an attempt by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders to abolish superdelegates in future presidential campaigns, but later approved a plan that could see their influence significantly reduced.

The Sanders and Hillary Clinton campaigns worked out an agreement to create a so-called “unity commission” to revise the nominating process, including changing superdelegate rules. The plan won near-unanimous support from the committee.

The 21-member commission will study a number of issues, including how to improve access to caucuses and how to broaden the party’s appeal. For superdelegates, the commission’s recommendation is that Congress members, governors and other elected officials should remain as unpledged delegates, but that other delegates would be bound proportionally to the primary results of their state.
Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver endorsed the plan, saying it would “result in the reduction of superdelegates as we know them by two-thirds.” The Clinton campaign also expressed support for the commission.
Any changes to superdelegate rules would still be subject to DNC approval. A report by the commission is due by Jan. 1, 2018.

The compromise was reached after a lengthy meeting in which Sanders supporters grew increasingly frustrated as their efforts on superdelegates were voted down.

2016 Election Headquarters
The latest headlines on the 2016 elections from the biggest name in politics.
See Latest Coverage →
Discussing his proposal to eliminate superdelegates, Aaron Regunberg, a Sanders delegate and a Rhode Island lawmaker, argued that the current system does not reflect the “core values” of the Democratic party.

Supporters of the effort said earlier Saturday that they had enough support to potentially bring the issue to a vote on the convention floor in Philadelphia next week. But it was not immediately clear whether that would still happen after the passage of the compromise plan.
As the various amendments were voted down, Sanders supporters in the back of the hall expressed their frustration, shouting: “Shame … shame … shame!”

“Young people in the Democratic Party are very, very angry,” Indiana delegate Jonathan Little said during debate on one of the amendments. “The party is very close to splitting.”

Sanders has been critical of superdelegates during his contentious primary fight with Clinton for the nomination. His supporters argue Clinton’s substantial superdelegate lead may have influenced the outcome of the race, although Clinton also led Sanders with pledged delegates. Late in the race, Sanders sought to flip superdelegates with little success.

There are 713 superdelegates, mainly members of Congress and members of the Democratic National Committee. Clinton leads Sanders with superdelegates 602 to 48. Combining pledged delegates and superdelegates, Clinton leads 2,807 to 1,894.

With the convention just days away, the hearing was one of the last opportunities for Sanders’ supporters to push their agenda.

The party platform debate concluded recently with a draft document that included many of Sanders’ priorities, including proposals for a $15 federal minimum wage, abolition of the death penalty and steps to break up large Wall Street banks.
Fox News’ James Rosen, Jason Donner and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

livelong wrote:

It looks like Hillary chose Kaine as her running mate. I’d like to know what you guys think of the pick and if you think it’s a solid pick. From what I’ve been reading there seems to be a division amongst democrats about the chosen pick. Some say it is not diverse enough, others, as per this story:

The moderate Democrat (Kaine) has backed abortion restrictions; supported fast-track authority for a controversial Pacific Rim trade deal; and just this week joined a push to deregulate some of the nation’s largest banks — all positions that are anathema to the liberals being wooed by the Clinton team heading into November.

Read More: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/288875-clinton-vp-pick-could-face-liberal-ire
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58096703
The DNC will be up to their necks in trouble with the wikileaks data dump. Bernie is meeting with his delegates privately before the convention even begins. He should do a walk out and demand the chair resign- she is an embarrassment. And for idiots to blame this on the Russians- at this point I trust Putin way more than Clinton or any American politician for that matter.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58096705

William Carson wrote:

Futax wrote:

Just part of moving to the middle to reverse her leftist stance which was needed to get the nomination in light of her opponent.

She’s not stupid. Corrupt, maybe, but not stupid.
– Keith.
OK ‘Keith’,

describe why you say, corrupt? If you really believe it, and are not a troll tool hired and paid, lets get into it. Why do you say Clinton is ‘corrupt’? Maybe I’ll agree. But so far, it seems like an oft repeated charge that has never justified itself.
The entire party is corrupt- see the wikileaks data dump.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58095825

livelong wrote:

It looks like Hillary chose Kaine as her running mate. I’d like to know what you guys think of the pick and if you think it’s a solid pick. From what I’ve been reading there seems to be a division amongst democrats about the chosen pick. Some say it is not diverse enough, others, as per this story:

The moderate Democrat (Kaine) has backed abortion restrictions; supported fast-track authority for a controversial Pacific Rim trade deal; and just this week joined a push to deregulate some of the nation’s largest banks — all positions that are anathema to the liberals being wooed by the Clinton team heading into November.

Read More: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/288875-clinton-vp-pick-could-face-liberal-ire
He sounds like another money grubbing, corporate shill. He’ll be perfect for Shillary. More status quo with a dying planet, a dying middle class, growing prison industrial complex and big corporate money controlling our political system.So sad.

OTH, he can’t be any worse Shrillary.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58096709

Michael Garibaldi wrote:

TrapperJohn wrote:

I suppose one can rationalize the dem leadership doing what it can to support the strongest candidate (may not be so strong now) – they’re trying to avoid another 1972 McGovern nomination.

Even so, it sure looks bad, and reinforces the image of Clinton and the dem leadership as not caring about the opinions of the electorate, as in we choose the candidate and we set the policy and the direction. All you get to do is rubber stamp our choice.

However… there’s another problem. Sanders and his supporters bitterly opposed the TPP trade agreement. Hillary Clinton just selected as her VP candidate… a strong supporter of TPP.

The repub convention ended with Ted Cruz shooting himself in the foot, and giving his supporters a good reason to turn away from him. That might have been a problem, but Ted unintentionally took care of it.

What with these two items, Clinton is going to have a far tougher time bringing the Sanders supporters on board. Bernie won’t pull a Ted.
Did Clinton ever call Sanders Lyin’ Bernie or Jane Sanders an ugly hag?

“I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,”

“And that pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you go and slander and attack Heidi, that I’m going to nonetheless come like a servile puppy dog and say, ‘Thank you very much for maligning my wife and maligning my father.”

You people just don’t get it do you?

I don’t see Bernie supporters voting for Trump, but I do see them staying home and not voting at all.
I don’t see Bernie supporters staying home and risking a trum presidency.
Sorry but the Democrats deserve this. They don’t deserve our vote and they certainly won’t get it. And for them to blame Putin- I trust Putin way more than I trust any American politician.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58096713

Michael Garibaldi wrote:

livelong wrote:

Sander let his base down by endorsing Hillary.

— hide signature —
[Not sent from my iPhone]
Equally, every republican who endorsed trump did the same thing.
And he should boycott the convention unless the chair resigns. He’s already said he is meeting with all his delegates before the convention even starts to decide what to do.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58096716

Jimmy jang Boo wrote:

livelong wrote:

Sander let his base down by endorsing Hillary.
Bernie did the right thing and many of his supporters know this and will vote for Hillary to thwart a far worse prospect.
No they/I won’t. That party needs to taught a lesson.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58096716

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58096762

rank PA wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

The DNC will be up to their necks in trouble with the wikileaks data dump. Bernie is meeting with his delegates privately before the convention even begins. He should do a walk out and demand the chair resign- she is an embarrassment. And for idiots to blame this on the Russians- at this point I trust Putin way more than Clinton or any American politician for that matter.
It does not appear that Hillary Clinton was involved in these discussions and it does not appear as if any of these discussions were followed through with any actions that would have effected the primaries. I think that Senator Sanders will continue to give Secratary Clinton his full support. He knows what’s at stake.

— hide signature —
All the best,
Frank
What I blame her for is trying to call out the Russians- what’s up with that? She is way too establishment for my taste and even wants to punish Snowden. The fact is Wikileaks does a public service and organizations like this are a strong check on government corruption. These people are to be commended. And they also called her out on her support of fracking, being a war hawk and taking money from questionable sources.

My views are the opposite of Trump’s, however looking at the big picture makes me feel that this country needs to hit rock bottom before things can get better- and Trump will make it hit rock bottom. Of that I’m sure.
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58096776

TrapperJohn wrote:

They missed a far greater threat to democracy.

HC engineered deceiving the electorate in the primary by coopting the DNC into putting obstacles in front of her closest challenger. All sorts of details in the leaked emails, too numerous to recount here. Right down to playing the race card against Sanders – and the dems were supposed to be the ones who were going to stop that sort of thing.

And… to complete the picture of a courageous person, she throws Debbie Schultz under the bus when this begins to go public. Yep, Hillary stands for a woman’s right to be played for a fool and disposed of.

It appears that Clinton and the DNC regard the voters as annoying sheep to be deceived.

Sort of makes you wonder how she will represent the interests of the voters if she is elected. She certainly wasn’t representing their interests in the primary when they scheduled debates at weird hours so no one would see them, or got Bernie’s access to DNC voter information cut off.

That’s far worse than what one WashPo opinion piece dreamed up on Trump, inasfar as a threat to democracy goes.
WaPo is a highly biased source- they admitted to going after Sanders because they wanted status quo to remain so and got dumbfounded when they realized people value social media far more than they value an antiquated newspaper.

They also don’t like whistleblowers. It’s an establishment pro-authoritarian publication that gets a ton of money from companies like Monsanto.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58096783

rwbaron wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

Frank PA wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

The DNC will be up to their necks in trouble with the wikileaks data dump. Bernie is meeting with his delegates privately before the convention even begins. He should do a walk out and demand the chair resign- she is an embarrassment. And for idiots to blame this on the Russians- at this point I trust Putin way more than Clinton or any American politician for that matter.
It does not appear that Hillary Clinton was involved in these discussions and it does not appear as if any of these discussions were followed through with any actions that would have effected the primaries. I think that Senator Sanders will continue to give Secratary Clinton his full support. He knows what’s at stake.

— hide signature —
All the best,
Frank
My views are the opposite of Trump’s, however looking at the big picture makes me feel that this country needs to hit rock bottom before things can get better- and Trump will make it hit rock bottom. Of that I’m sure.
So you’re willing to take all that’s important to you, place it all on a number on the roulette wheel and spin away.

That’s simply insane.
That’s not it at all. You look at all of history instead of a small snapshot of a single time period and realize that things need to change on a radical level. The system needs to be wrecked in such a way that the upper class is turned on its head- nothing less than class warfare, removal of money from politics and evolution into more of a Scandanavian system of government. That won’t happen with a status quo candidate. It won’t happen with Trump initially either, but he will signal the beginning of the end of a failed political system. You need a forest fire to happen to create new growth.

I don’t like nor support either political party. I hope the end result of this year will be the end of both. Time for new blood.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58096945

rwbaron wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

rwbaron wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

Frank PA wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

The DNC will be up to their necks in trouble with the wikileaks data dump. Bernie is meeting with his delegates privately before the convention even begins. He should do a walk out and demand the chair resign- she is an embarrassment. And for idiots to blame this on the Russians- at this point I trust Putin way more than Clinton or any American politician for that matter.
It does not appear that Hillary Clinton was involved in these discussions and it does not appear as if any of these discussions were followed through with any actions that would have effected the primaries. I think that Senator Sanders will continue to give Secratary Clinton his full support. He knows what’s at stake.

— hide signature —
All the best,
Frank
My views are the opposite of Trump’s, however looking at the big picture makes me feel that this country needs to hit rock bottom before things can get better- and Trump will make it hit rock bottom. Of that I’m sure.
So you’re willing to take all that’s important to you, place it all on a number on the roulette wheel and spin away.

That’s simply insane.
That’s not it at all. You look at all of history instead of a small snapshot of a single time period and realize that things need to change on a radical level. The system needs to be wrecked in such a way that the upper class is turned on its head- nothing less than class warfare, removal of money from politics and evolution into more of a Scandanavian system of government. That won’t happen with a status quo candidate. It won’t happen with Trump initially either, but he will signal the beginning of the end of a failed political system. You need a forest fire to happen to create new growth.
I don’t disagree with the system needing change but I fear you have no idea of the consequences from the insanity of which you promote and chances are great you would be very sorry if that happened.

Trump’s an unstable psychopath who’s making over the top irresponsible statements that could affect not only the US but the World. I wouldn’t rule out a global economic meltdown from which it could take decades to recover. This could bring chaos to cities with massive increases in crime forcing martial law and I can assure you that you wouldn’t want to live under those conditions. You may think this all sounds cool and necessary but I’m not willing to roll the dice to find out.

If you want change then vote your sitting Congress person, Senator, Governor and/or Mayor out of office. Career politicians are the problem not the POTUS. The POTUS is only in for 2 terms max where we’ve got douche bags sitting in Congress for their entire career.

Bob
Yes, what you’ve said is true, but the real problem lies with the two party system and its close ties to corporations which need to be regulated better. The whole system is an oligarchical mess. There are other candidates who would do a better job, who are in a third or fourth political party that the media affords very little coverage to.

I’m reminded of the 60s when we went through much of the same violence, except back then it was the FBI, with how they were going after Martin Luther King and the series of assassinations we had back then, the Vietnam War protests (a war we should never have been involved in- which is why I don’t want a warhawk in charge.)

 

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58096945

rwbaron wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

rwbaron wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

Frank PA wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

The DNC will be up to their necks in trouble with the wikileaks data dump. Bernie is meeting with his delegates privately before the convention even begins. He should do a walk out and demand the chair resign- she is an embarrassment. And for idiots to blame this on the Russians- at this point I trust Putin way more than Clinton or any American politician for that matter.
It does not appear that Hillary Clinton was involved in these discussions and it does not appear as if any of these discussions were followed through with any actions that would have effected the primaries. I think that Senator Sanders will continue to give Secratary Clinton his full support. He knows what’s at stake.

— hide signature —
All the best,
Frank
My views are the opposite of Trump’s, however looking at the big picture makes me feel that this country needs to hit rock bottom before things can get better- and Trump will make it hit rock bottom. Of that I’m sure.
So you’re willing to take all that’s important to you, place it all on a number on the roulette wheel and spin away.

That’s simply insane.
That’s not it at all. You look at all of history instead of a small snapshot of a single time period and realize that things need to change on a radical level. The system needs to be wrecked in such a way that the upper class is turned on its head- nothing less than class warfare, removal of money from politics and evolution into more of a Scandanavian system of government. That won’t happen with a status quo candidate. It won’t happen with Trump initially either, but he will signal the beginning of the end of a failed political system. You need a forest fire to happen to create new growth.
I don’t disagree with the system needing change but I fear you have no idea of the consequences from the insanity of which you promote and chances are great you would be very sorry if that happened.

Trump’s an unstable psychopath who’s making over the top irresponsible statements that could affect not only the US but the World. I wouldn’t rule out a global economic meltdown from which it could take decades to recover. This could bring chaos to cities with massive increases in crime forcing martial law and I can assure you that you wouldn’t want to live under those conditions. You may think this all sounds cool and necessary but I’m not willing to roll the dice to find out.

If you want change then vote your sitting Congress person, Senator, Governor and/or Mayor out of office. Career politicians are the problem not the POTUS. The POTUS is only in for 2 terms max where we’ve got douche bags sitting in Congress for their entire career.

Bob
Yes, what you’ve said is true, but the real problem lies with the two party system and its close ties to corporations which need to be regulated better. The whole system is an oligarchical mess. There are other candidates who would do a better job, who are in a third or fourth political party that the media affords very little coverage to.

I’m reminded of the 60s when we went through much of the same violence, except back then it was the FBI, with how they were going after Martin Luther King and the series of assassinations we had back then, the Vietnam War protests (a war we should never have been involved in- which is why I don’t want a warhawk in charge.)

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58096991

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/23/wikileaks-dump-appears-to-show-dnc-favored-clinton-campaign.html

mamallama wrote:

bear dog wrote:

New Wikileaks dump of almost 20,000 emails proves the system was rigged to stop Sanders

I guess Trump and Sanders were both right

This should make the convention interesting – I am sure the Sanders supporters are going to have something to say about this. Might even be more difficult to unite the Democrats than it was for Republicans
There is nothing there. It’s just another way Fox News is giving Trump some free campaign air time.

Fox News is just trying to cover up the feud between Trump and Cruz by trying to invent a feud between Bernie and Hillary. Don’t buy it. The primaries are over for the Democrats and they are unified. That is more than the Republicans can say. Trump still thinks Heidi Cruz is an ugly hag.
I’m sure you too were annoyed that Warren wasn’t chosen as VP. I fear it is an indication of a right-leaning philosophy of the Democratic candidate. At a minimum, the chair should be forced to resign. I’m considering between Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein…..I never liked the two party system anyway. I wish Americans didn’t think so linearly that they see all choices as an either/or when in fact there are other, better options.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58097004

rwbaron wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

rwbaron wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

rwbaron wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

Frank PA wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

The DNC will be up to their necks in trouble with the wikileaks data dump. Bernie is meeting with his delegates privately before the convention even begins. He should do a walk out and demand the chair resign- she is an embarrassment. And for idiots to blame this on the Russians- at this point I trust Putin way more than Clinton or any American politician for that matter.
It does not appear that Hillary Clinton was involved in these discussions and it does not appear as if any of these discussions were followed through with any actions that would have effected the primaries. I think that Senator Sanders will continue to give Secratary Clinton his full support. He knows what’s at stake.

— hide signature —
All the best,
Frank
My views are the opposite of Trump’s, however looking at the big picture makes me feel that this country needs to hit rock bottom before things can get better- and Trump will make it hit rock bottom. Of that I’m sure.
So you’re willing to take all that’s important to you, place it all on a number on the roulette wheel and spin away.

That’s simply insane.
That’s not it at all. You look at all of history instead of a small snapshot of a single time period and realize that things need to change on a radical level. The system needs to be wrecked in such a way that the upper class is turned on its head- nothing less than class warfare, removal of money from politics and evolution into more of a Scandanavian system of government. That won’t happen with a status quo candidate. It won’t happen with Trump initially either, but he will signal the beginning of the end of a failed political system. You need a forest fire to happen to create new growth.
I don’t disagree with the system needing change but I fear you have no idea of the consequences from the insanity of which you promote and chances are great you would be very sorry if that happened.

Trump’s an unstable psychopath who’s making over the top irresponsible statements that could affect not only the US but the World. I wouldn’t rule out a global economic meltdown from which it could take decades to recover. This could bring chaos to cities with massive increases in crime forcing martial law and I can assure you that you wouldn’t want to live under those conditions. You may think this all sounds cool and necessary but I’m not willing to roll the dice to find out.

If you want change then vote your sitting Congress person, Senator, Governor and/or Mayor out of office. Career politicians are the problem not the POTUS. The POTUS is only in for 2 terms max where we’ve got douche bags sitting in Congress for their entire career.

Bob
Yes, what you’ve said is true, but the real problem lies with the two party system and its close ties to corporations which need to be regulated better. The whole system is an oligarchical mess. There are other candidates who would do a better job, who are in a third or fourth political party that the media affords very little coverage to.
I couldn’t agree with you more. We do need change but again, the POTUS is not the problem.
I’m wondering if the parliamentary system isn’t better where the leader (prime minister) can be removed for doing a bad job.

I’m reminded of the 60s when we went through much of the same violence, except back then it was the FBI, with how they were going after Martin Luther King and the series of assassinations we had back then, the Vietnam War protests (a war we should never have been involved in- which is why I don’t want a warhawk in charge.)
Yep and I lived through the 60’s too.

I don’t like that HRC has shown to be a hawk but I’ll take her any day over a psychopath. People aren’t thinking this through clearly.

Bob

— hide signature —
http://www.pbase.com/rwbaron
True, and he’d probably be a hawk also (he admitted he is) but the massive overhaul the system needs- I don’t believe either of these parties are willing to go for it, because they know how much they have to lose. Altruism is an endangered species and probably nearly extinct in politics.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58096991

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/23/wikileaks-dump-appears-to-show-dnc-favored-clinton-campaign.html

mamallama wrote:

bear dog wrote:

New Wikileaks dump of almost 20,000 emails proves the system was rigged to stop Sanders

I guess Trump and Sanders were both right

This should make the convention interesting – I am sure the Sanders supporters are going to have something to say about this. Might even be more difficult to unite the Democrats than it was for Republicans
There is nothing there. It’s just another way Fox News is giving Trump some free campaign air time.

Fox News is just trying to cover up the feud between Trump and Cruz by trying to invent a feud between Bernie and Hillary. Don’t buy it. The primaries are over for the Democrats and they are unified. That is more than the Republicans can say. Trump still thinks Heidi Cruz is an ugly hag.
I’m sure you too were annoyed that Warren wasn’t chosen as VP. I fear it is an indication of a right-leaning philosophy of the Democratic candidate. At a minimum, the chair should be forced to resign. I’m considering between Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein…..I never liked the two party system anyway. I wish Americans didn’t think so linearly that they see all choices as an either/or when in fact there are other, better options.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58097004

rwbaron wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

rwbaron wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

rwbaron wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

Frank PA wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

The DNC will be up to their necks in trouble with the wikileaks data dump. Bernie is meeting with his delegates privately before the convention even begins. He should do a walk out and demand the chair resign- she is an embarrassment. And for idiots to blame this on the Russians- at this point I trust Putin way more than Clinton or any American politician for that matter.
It does not appear that Hillary Clinton was involved in these discussions and it does not appear as if any of these discussions were followed through with any actions that would have effected the primaries. I think that Senator Sanders will continue to give Secratary Clinton his full support. He knows what’s at stake.

— hide signature —
All the best,
Frank
My views are the opposite of Trump’s, however looking at the big picture makes me feel that this country needs to hit rock bottom before things can get better- and Trump will make it hit rock bottom. Of that I’m sure.
So you’re willing to take all that’s important to you, place it all on a number on the roulette wheel and spin away.

That’s simply insane.
That’s not it at all. You look at all of history instead of a small snapshot of a single time period and realize that things need to change on a radical level. The system needs to be wrecked in such a way that the upper class is turned on its head- nothing less than class warfare, removal of money from politics and evolution into more of a Scandanavian system of government. That won’t happen with a status quo candidate. It won’t happen with Trump initially either, but he will signal the beginning of the end of a failed political system. You need a forest fire to happen to create new growth.
I don’t disagree with the system needing change but I fear you have no idea of the consequences from the insanity of which you promote and chances are great you would be very sorry if that happened.

Trump’s an unstable psychopath who’s making over the top irresponsible statements that could affect not only the US but the World. I wouldn’t rule out a global economic meltdown from which it could take decades to recover. This could bring chaos to cities with massive increases in crime forcing martial law and I can assure you that you wouldn’t want to live under those conditions. You may think this all sounds cool and necessary but I’m not willing to roll the dice to find out.

If you want change then vote your sitting Congress person, Senator, Governor and/or Mayor out of office. Career politicians are the problem not the POTUS. The POTUS is only in for 2 terms max where we’ve got douche bags sitting in Congress for their entire career.

Bob
Yes, what you’ve said is true, but the real problem lies with the two party system and its close ties to corporations which need to be regulated better. The whole system is an oligarchical mess. There are other candidates who would do a better job, who are in a third or fourth political party that the media affords very little coverage to.
I couldn’t agree with you more. We do need change but again, the POTUS is not the problem.
I’m wondering if the parliamentary system isn’t better where the leader (prime minister) can be removed for doing a bad job.

I’m reminded of the 60s when we went through much of the same violence, except back then it was the FBI, with how they were going after Martin Luther King and the series of assassinations we had back then, the Vietnam War protests (a war we should never have been involved in- which is why I don’t want a warhawk in charge.)
Yep and I lived through the 60’s too.

I don’t like that HRC has shown to be a hawk but I’ll take her any day over a psychopath. People aren’t thinking this through clearly.

Bob

— hide signature —
http://www.pbase.com/rwbaron
True, and he’d probably be a hawk also (he admitted he is) but the massive overhaul the system needs- I don’t believe either of these parties are willing to go for it, because they know how much they have to lose. Altruism is an endangered species and probably nearly extinct in politics.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/twitter-accused-of-suppressing-dnc-wikileaks-story/article/2597460

Twitter accused of suppressing DNC Wikileaks story

By RUDY TAKALA (@RUDYTAKALA) • 7/22/16 11:28 PM •Updated: 07/23/16 3:15 PM

Leaked Emails Of DNC Staffers Show Slant Towards Clinton
Inform

Twitter lit up Friday night with allegations that it tried to suppress news that secret-leaking website Wikileaks exposed thousands of emails obtained from the servers of the Democratic National Committee.

Friday afternoon, users noted, “#DNCLeaks” was trending, with more than 250,000 tweets about it on the platform. By Friday evening, it vanished completely from the site’s “trending” bar for at least 20 minutes. It returned as “#DNCLeak” after users erupted, though it was too late to quell their rage.

Stay abreast of the latest developments from nation’s capital and beyond with curated News Alerts from the Washington Examiner news desk and delivered to your inbox.

Enter your email
Signup

“Don’t normally tweet political things, but why would @twitter pull the #DNCleaks from trending at #1. Sounds like censorship to me,” said one. “Twitter is still trying to censor this trend! Now #DNCleak is trending instead of original #DNCLeaks! Keep talking guys, expose corruption,” said another.

This happened just days after conservative media personality Milo Yiannopoulos was banned from the site over allegations that he had harassed a black actress over her role in a new Ghostbusters movie.
MORE FROM WASHINGTON EXAMINER
WH on Yiannopoulos: ‘Not going to second-guess’ Twitter
By Rudy Takala• July 21, 2016 | 1:51 pm
The banning took place just minutes before Yiannopoulos was scheduled to hold a “Gays for Trump” rally at the Republican National Convention, leading to allegations that Twitter was acting out of political bias.

UPDATE: In a message on Twitter, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in response to the allegation, “False,” though users were quick to express their skepticism.

Sign Up for the Examiner Today newsletter!
Please enter your information below to begin receiving the Examiner Today newsletter.
Email
Signup
MOST READVIDEOSPODCASTS
Pro-Sanders group plots delegate fight in rules committee
Pro-Sanders group plots delegate fight in rules committee
Leaked email: Clinton, DNC split over how to fight Trump
Leaked email: Clinton, DNC split over how to fight Trump
Tim Kaine and Virginia’s leftward turn
Tim Kaine and Virginia’s leftward turn
Twitter accused of suppressing DNC Wikileaks story
Twitter accused of suppressing DNC Wikileaks story
Stop charging children as adults
Stop charging children as adults
The Weekly Standard
Stoned in Cleveland, Part III: Return of the Murphy
Kristol on Kaine
Will Tim Kaine Flip-Flop on Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Now That He’s Hillary’s Running Mate?
Red Alert Politics
Kerry: Refrigerators and A/C units are just as bad as ISIS
Leaked: Only 2.8% of Bernie delegates find Kaine “acceptable” – EXCLUSIVE
#FeelTheBern won’t #FeelTheKaine: Bernie voters start “mutiny” over Kaine VP pick
News from idealmedia.com
Trending News
TOPICS NEWS | WATCHDOG | FREEDOM OF SPEECH | VIDEO | WIKILEAKS | TWITTER | CYBERSECURITY | RUDY TAKALA
“Even Paul Ryan is messaging this week that we have to crack down on illegal immigration, as he’s running his own race,” said Rep. Dave Brat, referring to the primary election campaign Speaker Ryan is waging against conservative challenger Paul Nehlen. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
“Even Paul Ryan is messaging this week that we have to crack down on illegal immigration, as he’s running his own race,” said Rep. Dave Brat, referring to the primary election campaign Speaker Ryan is waging against conservative challenger Paul Nehlen. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Brat optimistic on bills to limit immigration, funding for radical Islam

By RUDY TAKALA (@RUDYTAKALA) • 7/24/16 12:01 AM
Congress is slowly coming around to the need to enhance national security, according to Virginia Rep. Dave Brat, which makes him optimistic about four bills he proposed this month that would tighten immigration controls and cut off funding for terrorist groups.

“Even Paul Ryan is messaging this week that we have to crack down on illegal immigration, as he’s running his own race,” Brat told the Washington Examiner, referring to the primary election campaign Speaker Ryan is waging against conservative challenger Paul Nehlen.

“I hope everyone is learning that these are not talking points,” he said. “This is a reality around the globe.”

Brat this month added to the growing roster of legislation that he has proposed to enhance national security. Two of the proposals, the Detain and Deport Act and the Illegal Alien Criminal Notification Act, aim to strengthen immigration laws by diminishing the ability of so-called “sanctuary cities” and rogue state agencies to defy federal policies, and by enhancing the use of “detainers,” which can be used to request the detention of illegal aliens charged with a crime when they might otherwise be released.

Subscribe today to get intelligence and analysis on defense and national security issues in your Inbox each weekday morning from veteran journalists Jamie McIntyre and Jacqueline Klimas.

Enter your email
Signup
Federal detention policy enforcement has been loosened under the Obama administration, and local law enforcement agencies sometimes refuse to comply when requests are submitted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “I had met with the head of ICE, and I asked [about] the number one problem … He said it was the problem of these detainers,” Brat said.

Related Story: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/article/2595161
Two more of Brat’s proposals are geared toward cutting off government funding for radical Islamists. The first would prohibit the Department of Homeland Security from funding groups affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which has ties to foreign terrorist organizations.

The second would prevent foreign governments that do not allow for religious freedom in their own countries from funding religious groups in the United States.

“Our enemy is using our tolerance and virtue against us. We have to end that by adding a requirement and some logic that if any other state or actor wants to fund religious groups in this country, they have to allow religious toleration in their home country,” he said. “That seems to me to be a reasonable, rational response. The idea is that we need to defund any group we find out is working not to support the law of the land.”

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/pro-sanders-group-plots-delegate-fight-in-rules-committee/article/2597430

Pro-Sanders group plots delegate fight in rules committee

By SARAH WESTWOOD (@SARAHCWESTWOOD) • 7/23/16 12:01 AM
Progressives are plotting a weekend push to end the superdelegate system that helped Hillary Clinton clinch the Democratic nomination, at a meeting that will put together the rules for next week’s Democratic convention.

Sen. Bernie Sanders roused his legions of fans by blasting the party’s use of superdelegates, which are free to vote for any candidate on the convention floor regardless of the results of their state’s primary contest. While the effort will come too late to spare Sanders from defeat, his supporters are determined to alter the system they hold responsible for Clinton’s victory.

A petition asking voters to pledge their support to “end superdelegates” had garnered nearly 140,000 signatures after the final day of the Republican convention.

“We urge members of the Rules Committee to introduce, demand a vote on, and support language” that binds all delegates to the results of “popular primary and/or caucus processes,” the petition said.

Stay abreast of the latest developments from nation’s capital and beyond with curated News Alerts from the Washington Examiner news desk and delivered to your inbox.

Enter your email
Signup
Brad Bannon, a Democratic strategist, said the results of the anti-superdelegate movement might not be instant. “When in doubt, create a commission,” Bannon said.

“I think the platform committee is going to call for the creation of a blue-ribbon commission to study party rules that will include superdelegates. It will include broadening Democratic primary voters,” he added. “I don’t think the platform committee is going to do anything to immediately change the status quo.”

It was a commission, Bannon noted, that yielded the superdelegate system in the first place.

After Jimmy Carter’s landslide loss to Ronald Reagan in 1980, a Democratic Party commission decided to apportion a certain percentage of delegates each cycle to remain unpledged until the convention. In 1984, the first election in which superdelegates were used, Walter Mondale won the party’s nomination in part because of the support of the new, unpledged delegates.

Supporters of Sanders’ campaign expressed outrage after the New Hampshire primary in February, when the Vermont senator bested Clinton by a more than 20-point margin but tied her in delegates because the state’s superdelegates swung in favor of the former secretary of state.
Also from the Washington Examiner
Falwell on Trump’s embrace of gay community: ‘I support him 100 percent’
By Sean Langille • 07/24/16 1:32 AM
In the series of contests that followed, Sanders argued that the media’s failure to distinguish between pledged delegates and superdelegates when reporting where each candidate stood gave voters a false sense of the race. He claimed it was much closer than the delegate counts suggested.

Mark Alderman, a Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden transition team, said he does not expect Sanders supporters to bring up the issue after convention proceedings begin.

“I doubt that anything goes to the convention floor,” Alderman said. “I doubt seriously that you will see anything like what you saw in Cleveland.”

Alderman was referring to a last-minute scramble by a handful of state delegations at the GOP convention to force a roll call vote on the rules hammered out earlier in a meeting of the Republican Party’s rules committee, a move that would have embarrassed Donald Trump’s campaign had it been successful.

“It will all get worked out where it belongs, which is at the committee level,” Alderman said.
Also from the Washington Examiner
What will Bill Clinton do at the convention?
By Sarah Westwood • 07/24/16 12:01 AM
“I think the Sanders supporters are with the program,” he added. “I think that they have some issues they care deeply about, and I am sure they are going to push for those at the rules committee.”

More than 50 members of the DNC rules committee are reportedly planning to put forward proposals that would strip superdelegates of their power in the primary. The group includes supporters of both Sanders and Clinton and is being promoted by progressive groups such as MoveOn and Democracy for America.

Alderman said the display of disunity that marked the first day of the Republican convention likely inspired the DNC to “redouble” its efforts to ensure Sanders supporters and Clinton supporters “act like one big, happy family” when they reach Philadelphia.
Top Story
DNC strips Wasserman Schultz of convention speaking slot
By Anna Giaritelli • 07/23/16 11:34 PM

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/dnc-strips-wasserman-schultz-of-convention-speaking-slot/article/2597491

DNC strips Wasserman Schultz of convention speaking slot

By ANNA GIARITELLI (@ANNA_GIARITELLI) • 7/23/16 11:34 PM
Democratic National Convention officials have stripped party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of a speaking slot at the event next week, according to CNN.

The move is in response to emails leaked late last week by WikiLeaks.

Approximately 20,000 DNC emails were shared with the public. A number of them paint staffers, including Wasserman Schultz, in a negative light by suggesting they were biased against Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Wasserman Schultz had not responded publicly to the news as of Saturday evening.

Stay abreast of the latest developments from nation’s capital and beyond with curated News Alerts from the Washington Examiner news desk and delivered to your inbox.

Enter your email
Signup

Top Story
Democrats agree to scale back superdelegates
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/democrats-agree-to-scale-back-superdelegates/article/2597488

Democrats agree to scale back superdelegates

By KEITH KOFFLER • 7/23/16 10:26 PM
The Democrat Party’s rules committee Saturday struck a deal between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, agreeing to reduce by about 60 percent the number of “super delegates” who are not bound by voters in the primaries.

Members of Congress, governors and “distinguished party leaders” remain unpledged and can support the nominee of their choice, but all other unpledged superdelegates are “required to cast their vote at the Convention for candidates in proportion to the vote received for each candidate in their state,” according to the Washington Post.

That would still leave about 280 delegates who are unaccountable to voters.

The new rules are the mandatory part of a recommendation that will be issued by a “unity commission” established by the committee. The commission will also consider other matters, like ways to expand the number of voters who can participate in the primaries.

Stay abreast of the latest developments from nation’s capital and beyond with curated News Alerts from the Washington Examiner news desk and delivered to your inbox.

Enter your email
Signup

Top Story
DNC strips Wasserman Schultz of convention speaking slot
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/leaked-email-clinton-dnc-split-over-how-to-fight-trump/article/2597419

Leaked email: Clinton, DNC split over how to fight Trump

By SARAH WESTWOOD (@SARAHCWESTWOOD) • 7/22/16 3:31 PM
Leaked emails purportedly sent between staffers at the Democratic National Committee and reporters show that some in Hillary Clinton’s camp were worried that the DNC strategy for fighting Donald Trump might actually help to make Donald Trump seem like a legitimate choice by some voters come November.

Thousands of emails and documents were published online Friday by Wikileaks. In one published exchange between DNC spokesman Luis Miranda and treasurer Andrew Tobias, staffers discuss the Clinton campaign’s concern that voters will see Trump as a “viable option.”

“[T]here is a faction within Clinton world that seems to be in the mindset that they can win without anyone else,” Miranda said in an “off the record” email to Tobias on May 22, which laid out what he saw as flaws in Clinton’s logic. “[T]hey’re promoting the idea that the focus should be on showing how Republicans are shunning Trump because he’s so extreme.”

Miranda then made it clear that Clinton’s team didn’t like the DNC’s plan, which was to focus on criticizing and blaming Republicans in Congress. Clinton’s team apparently thought that plan would only help Trump, since it could offer him legitimacy by comparing him to elected officials.

Stay abreast of the latest developments from nation’s capital and beyond with curated News Alerts from the Washington Examiner news desk and delivered to your inbox.

Enter your email
Signup
“They worry that our narrative, the points you make about who to blame, make Trump look like everyone else, and thus a viable option,” he wrote.

His comments came after arguing that they should “blame Republicans in Congress for the rise of Trump.”

“[M]ost of the R’s in Congress are more extreme and more dogmatic,” Tobias replied.

The DNC has not confirmed or denied the authenticity of the 167 emails leaked Friday, but reporters who have had their communications exposed, such as CNN’s Jake Tapper, have spoken out to defend the contents of some of the records, suggesting at least a portion of the conversations are real.

http://redalertpolitics.com/2016/07/23/feelthebern-wont-feelthekaine-bernie-voters-start-mutiny-kaine-vp-pick/

http://redalertpolitics.com/2016/07/23/feelthebern-wont-feelthekaine-bernie-voters-start-mutiny-kaine-vp-pick/

In poll after poll, around 50 percent of Bernie Sanders supporters say they will not vote for Hillary Clinton in November. Sanders voters were already planning “Bern It Down” events at the Democrats’ convention in Philadelphia — now, they’re even more angry.
News broke yesterday when WikiLeaks released emails showing the Democratic National Committee coordinated with Clinton’s campaign to attack Sanders for his faith, with a staffer saying voters would see “a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”
Then last night, Clinton revealed her pick for Vice President: Virginia Senator Tim Kaine.
Instead of picking someone to appeal to Sanders’ millennial supporters, she picked someone who few millennials knew — and if they knew him, they didn’t like him. Some Sanders supporters even started the hashtag #KaineMutiny.
Kaine, who has passed zero bills in Congress and was best known as Governor for getting rid of rest stops on I-95, is not seen as a true progressive. He has been a vocal advocate for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, which Sanders voters despise.
Here were some of the reactions on Twitter:
With all this anger, both Green candidate Jill Stein and Donald Trump made an appeal to Bernie voters:
Remember, Clinton told voters to “vote their conscience.” For Sanders voters, that probably means not voting for her.

Read more at http://redalertpolitics.com/2016/07/23/feelthebern-wont-feelthekaine-bernie-voters-start-mutiny-kaine-vp-pick/#b3fxbCcmMBGQdwd7.99\

http://redalertpolitics.com/2016/07/17/61-sanders-voters-neverhillary-48-will-vote-3rd-party/

While Bernie Sanders has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee so far has not been able to enjoy much comfort in the fact. Nearly half of 2,000 Sanders supporters, at 48 percent, say they will vote third-party, according to a new Yik-Yak survey. Thirty-nine percent will support Hillary and 13 percent chose to support Donald Trump.
Combined, a stunning 61 percent of Sanders supporters say they won’t support Clinton.
The results are good news for Libertarian Gary Johnson, who reached out to disgruntled Sanders supporters with a campaign video. Trump, who has said he plans to win over these supporters for months now, released a video of his own.
Trump as a candidate may not resonate with millennials, but the tone of the ad likely will in reminding viewers what Sanders said about Hillary before he caved and endorsed her.
The survey is similar to other recent ones which show a rise of support for third-party candidates from millennials disgruntled with the two major parties.
Yik-Yak also asked 2,500 users about their choice of running mate. A whopping 74 percent favor Hillary choosing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.,) who as a strong progressive, may be more in line with Sanders’ views.
When it came to Trump’s vice-presidential selection, 55 percent favored Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) while 27 percent wanted Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.). Just 8 percent chose Gov. Mike Pence, who was ultimately chosen, and who is lacking when it comes to his appeal with millennials.

Read more at http://redalertpolitics.com/2016/07/17/61-sanders-voters-neverhillary-48-will-vote-3rd-party/#Bg0OI9DAQChgfrUm.99

http://redalertpolitics.com/2016/07/22/rigged-leaked-emails-show-dnc-tried-embarrass-sanders-religion/

Bernie Sanders campaigned against a rigged system, but the Democratic National Committee brushed off those charges as a conspiracy. New leaked emails from the DNC, however, show that the party was working to discredit the Vermont senator throughout his campaign.
Wikileaks released almost 20,000 emails from the DNC showing that the party was working to embarrass the senator.
In one email, DNC staffer Brad Marshall told the party’s CEO, Amy Dacey, that he believed Sanders was “an atheist” and wanted to have a plant question the Senator about his beliefs in order to use it against him in states like West Virginia and Kentucky.
“This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist,” he wrote.
Another email from Mark Paustenbach, the Democratic Party’s national press secretary and deputy communications director, detailed how the party wanted to plant stories in the press that the campaign was in disarray and that Sanders had mismanaged it.
Paustenbach said, “Wondering if there’s a good Bernie narrative for a story, which is that Bernie never ever had his act together, that his campaign was a mess.”
The WikiLeak email breach is just one in a series of files from the Democratic Party showing that they were secretly doing everything they could to make sure Sanders’s nomination failed.
Romanian hacker Guccifer 2.0 leaked an email in June that the DNC was discussing a general election strategy with Clinton’s campaign the day Sanders launched his campaign.

Read more at http://redalertpolitics.com/2016/07/22/rigged-leaked-emails-show-dnc-tried-embarrass-sanders-religion/#gpgRdrHeJx7cFMW5.99

http://redalertpolitics.com/2016/07/21/oops-hillary-clinton-tells-bernie-supporters-vote-jill-stein/

Oops: Hillary Clinton tells Bernie supporters to vote for Jill Stein
By Ryan Girdusky | July 21, 2016 | Comments

image: http://cdn.redalertpolitics.com/files/2016/07/Campaign-2016-Clinton_Gird-3.jpg
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Hillary Clinton isn’t what you’d call self-aware and inadvertently gave the thumbs up to millions of Bernie Sanders supporters to put ideology over politics by voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
Whoever manages Clinton’s Twitter account thought it’d be funny to make light of Ted Cruz’s RNC speech on Wednesday night and tweet that voters should “vote their conscience.”
Her team failed to realize most voters, especially Bernie supporters, aren’t supporting the former first lady because she speaks to their morals, ideology, or conscience.
According to a SurveyUSA poll from June, 45 percent of Bernie supporters said that they were #NeverHillary and planned to vote for either Trump, a third party candidate, or not voting at all.
Many of those Bernie Bros choosing to support Clinton are doing so because the political process doesn’t allow for a third party candidate to have a reasonable chance to win the presidency. Well, they no longer have to feel the need to vote against their belief system, and have Clinton’s blessing to vote for Stein.
The Green Party candidate picked up on it and said that true progressives should vote for her and break the two-party system.
previous
Did Ted Cruz endorse Hillary Clinton? Gary Johnson? Himself in 2020?

next
Lower age to run for president? Captain Morgan (yes, that one) leads ‘Under 35’ campaign

image: http://cdn.redalertpolitics.com/files/userphoto/633.jpg
Ryan Girdusky
Ryan Girdusky
Staff Contributor | @RyJamesG

Read more at http://redalertpolitics.com/2016/07/21/oops-hillary-clinton-tells-bernie-supporters-vote-jill-stein/#RYEGChcjK3WslH7Y.99

http://redalertpolitics.com/2016/07/23/leaked-2-8-bernie-delegates-find-kaine-acceptable-exclusive/

In an email forwarded exclusively to Red Alert Politics, a survey from the Bernie Delegates Network reveals the delegates representing Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) despise Hillary Clinton’s choice for Vice President.
Only 2.8% of the delegates surveyed said they found Senator Tim Kaine an “acceptable” pick. A stunning 88.1 percent said he was “unacceptable,” while 9.1 percent said they were unsure. 285 delegates took the survey.
image: http://cdn.redalertpolitics.com/files/2016/07/Screen-Shot-2016-07-23-at-1.58.14-PM.png
via Red Alert Politics
via Red Alert Politics
The email didn’t stop there. They savaged Kaine, writing:
“Known as a ‘centrist’ governor of Virginia, Kaine supported restrictions on abortion and angered environmentalists by fighting for a controversial coal-fired power plant in Wise County. He declared ‘I strongly support’ Virginia’s anti-union ‘right-to-work’ law and denigrated critics of corporate-friendly trade deals as having a ‘loser’s mentality.’ He criticized Democrats in 2011 for seeking a higher tax rate on millionaires. In the U.S. Senate since 2013, he has consistently ranked as one of the least progressive Democrats and was one of only a dozen Democrats who supported Trans-Pacific Partnership Fast Track last year.”
It’s clear: progressives aren’t happy. In the email, there are also quotes from other prominent Sanders supporters who aren’t happy about the Kaine selection.
Karen Bernal, an elected co-representative of the California Bernie delegation, said, “Who knew Secretary Clinton didn’t need the millions of Sanders supporters, especially in the all-important swing states?”
“Apparently, running to Wall Street, big banks, and TPP-friendly corporations, not to mention conservative policies in an attempt to appeal to Republican votes and big donors, are in play again,” Bernal said.
Donna Smith, director of Progressive Democrats of America, said, “It seems all the efforts to portray a desire for unity may have been little more than lip service… Vice-presidential candidate Kaine does not inspire those many millions of energetic voters to stay so deeply engaged and to work for a Clinton-Kaine ticket.”
A recent Yik-Yak survey found that 61 percent of Sanders supporters are #NeverHillary. Just 39 percent said they’ll back Clinton. 48 percent say they’ll vote third party and 13 percent say they’ll vote for Trump.
This new survey from the Bernie Delegates Network shows these numbers are unlikely to improve with the Kaine selection, opening up an opportunity for third party candidates and Trump to try to whether away the Democrats’ millennial base.

Read more at http://redalertpolitics.com/2016/07/23/leaked-2-8-bernie-delegates-find-kaine-acceptable-exclusive/#5TfE0EgwZw7ARJ0b.99

http://redalertpolitics.com/2016/01/26/young-voter-hillary-no-enthusiasm-younger-people-youre-dishonest-video/

During a Monday night town hall in Iowa, Hillary Clinton was confronted by a rather brave young Iowa voter — who is a Bernie Sanders supporter. Where Hillary has had a lead over Sanders in the caucus state, it has been slight or within the margin of error. More notably, young voters, such as Taylor Gipple, prefer the more relatable Bernie Sanders to Hillary.
Gipple bravely asked Hillary why more young people don’t support her and mentioned that they find her to be dishonest:
It feels like there’s a lot of young people like myself who are very passionate supporter of Bernie Sanders, and I just don’t see the same enthusiasm from younger people for you. In fact, I’ve heard from quite a few people my age that they think you’re dishonest, but I’d like to hear from you on why you feel the enthusiasm isn’t there.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that “the crowd murmured softly when Gipple mentioned people find Clinton dishonest.”
When faced with such a bold question, Hillary’s answer was quite typical. She spoke of the energy she’s seen from high school students working for her in Oskaloosa, and other young people in Iowa. She spoke highly of the primary season, “to have a good primary to pick a nominee,” but also quickly moved on to the reminder that “we want to have everybody join together to make sure we win in November, which after all is the purpose of this whole campaign!”
Bernie voter: Hillary silenced rape victims like me [VIDEO] – EXCLUSIVE
Also, in typical Hillary fashion, she largely laughed off and dismissed such criticism. She did not actually address why people may find her dishonest and how to correct that, but blamed it all on her critics:
I just keep going forward. They fall by the wayside. They keep coming up with these outlandish things. They make these charges. I just keep going forward because there’s nothing to it. They throw all this stuff at me, and I’m still standing.
It’s natural for any candidate to ask for a voter’s support, as Hillary did, with “a little playful hitch with her shoulders,” but it’s unlikely her response will bring about convincing any new voters.
Perhaps Hillary’s new campaign song then should be I’m Still Standing by Elton John. Maybe she can even get Katy Perry to do a cover?

Read more at http://redalertpolitics.com/2016/01/26/young-voter-hillary-no-enthusiasm-younger-people-youre-dishonest-video/#gmCgOuq1cvB1EOEz.99

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/bernie-backers-planning-largest-rallies-outside-dnc/article/2597363?custom_click=rss

Bernie backers planning largest rallies outside DNC

By DANIEL CHAITIN (@DANIELCHAITIN7) • 7/22/16 10:00 AM
The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week is expected to draw a big crowd, including more than 4,000 delegates, to the Wells Fargo Center to witness and celebrate the nomination of Hillary Clinton as the party’s presidential candidate. But the largest crowds gathering outside of the venue are shaping up to be pro-Bernie Sanders demonstrations.

Permits for nine rallies hosted by Sanders supporters, between Sunday and Friday, have been approved by the city of Philadelphia. Several of the events are expected to attract thousands, and in some cases tens of thousands, of participants.

At the largest of the rallies scheduled, “March for Bernie at DNC,” an estimated 30,000 are expected to attend the five-day event from Sunday (the day before the start of the convention) to Thursday.

Organizers for a single-day rally, “Bernie Sanders Rally/March,” anticipate between 5,000-15,000 Sanders supporters on Monday. Two more events, to be held by Black Men for Bernie, are expected to attract 2,000 attendees apiece during the latter half of the week.

Stay abreast of the latest developments from nation’s capital and beyond with curated News Alerts from the Washington Examiner news desk and delivered to your inbox.

Enter your email
Signup
Though the total number of activists expected to descend on Philadelphia is unclear, the city expects on average 35,000-50,000 “protesters each day across the city.” Another estimate by the city predicts up to 38,000 activists attending four of the bigger pro-Sanders events.

The Sanders rallies take up a third of the 27 approved events so far that are zoned to take place at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, located right across the street from the Wells Fargo Center.

Some — though not all — of the events are in protest of Clinton and the Democratic National Committee and hope to rally last-minute support for a Sanders presidency, though the Vermont senator himself has endorsed Clinton. Groups not holding rallies at FDR Park, but are planning demonstrations in opposition to the former secretary of state, are also in the works, including a “fart-in.”

Organizers for the largest event not associated with Sanders — pegged as a “Candlelight Vigil to Commemorate the Death of Democracy” — plan for a gathering of 8,000 people on Tuesday. The March for Clean Energy Revolution, slated for Sunday, plans for up to 5,000 activists.

Also approved to hold rallies are the Westboro Baptist Church and Trump for PA. The campaign for Green Party candidate Jill Stein will also be in the neighborhood Sunday through Thursday, holding a rally with music, speakers and a 90-foot-by-50-foot tent.
Also from the Washington Examiner
Falwell on Trump’s embrace of gay community: ‘I support him 100 percent’
By Sean Langille • 07/24/16 1:32 AM
More information about the rallies, including start time and exact locations, can be found here.

Convention Demonstration Permit Requests

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/287708-poll-nearly-half-of-sanders-millennial-supporters-would

Nearly half of millennials supporting Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are thinking about backing a third-party candidate, according to data and local discussion on Yik Yak, a location-based social network.

The poll — which asked Sanders supporters whether the Vermont senator’s endorsement of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton changed their opinion — found that 48 percent of respondents said they would vote for a third-party option.

Another 39 percent said they would support Clinton and 13 percent said they may support presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.
The poll surveyed 2,000 self-identified Sanders supporters from July 12-13. The margin of error is 1.8 percent. Yik Yak has a 98 percent millennial user base.

Sanders endorsed Clinton earlier this week after a contentious primary campaign. The Vermont independent said he intends to do everything possible to make sure Clinton is the next president of the United States.

Another Yik Yak survey asked users who they would find most appealing on both Clinton and Trump’s tickets.

The survey found that 55 percent of millennials hope that former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is chosen as Trump’s running mate and 27 percent are hoping that New Jersey Chris Christie is picked. Just 8 percent are rooting for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

For Clinton’s running mate, 74 percent of millennials said they hoped the presumptive Democratic nominee would choose Elizabeth Warren.

The results were based on a poll of 2,500 millennials on Yik Yak.

Nearly half of millennials supporting Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are thinking about backing a third-party candidate, according to data and local discussion on Yik Yak, a location-based social network.

The poll — which asked Sanders supporters whether the Vermont senator’s endorsement of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton changed their opinion — found that 48 percent of respondents said they would vote for a third-party option.

Another 39 percent said they would support Clinton and 13 percent said they may support presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.
The poll surveyed 2,000 self-identified Sanders supporters from July 12-13. The margin of error is 1.8 percent. Yik Yak has a 98 percent millennial user base.

Sanders endorsed Clinton earlier this week after a contentious primary campaign. The Vermont independent said he intends to do everything possible to make sure Clinton is the next president of the United States.

Another Yik Yak survey asked users who they would find most appealing on both Clinton and Trump’s tickets.

The survey found that 55 percent of millennials hope that former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is chosen as Trump’s running mate and 27 percent are hoping that New Jersey Chris Christie is picked. Just 8 percent are rooting for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

For Clinton’s running mate, 74 percent of millennials said they hoped the presumptive Democratic nominee would choose Elizabeth Warren.

The results were based on a poll of 2,500 millennials on Yik Yak.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/288987-green-party-candidate-sanders-should-leave-the-party-that

Green Party candidate Jill Stein once again welcomed Bernie Sanders into her party, suggesting in a series of tweets that he could leave the Democratic Party that “betrayed” him.

“If @BernieSanders repudiates the Democratic Party that betrayed him, I’d welcome him into @GreenPartyUS to continue the revolution,” Stein posted on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.
Stein’s comments come in the wake of a massive leak of emails from the Democratic National Committee this weekend that revealed party officials’ plans to undermine the Sanders campaign.

In one such email, a DNC press secretary discussed planting a narrative to the press that Sanders’s “campaign was a mess.”

In another, a top DNC official appeared to suggest a plan to question Sanders’ faith and whether he was actually an atheist.

“Don’t let establishment bully you into supporting corporate warmongers,” Stein posted in another tweet.
It’s not the first time Stein has invited the Vermont senator to join the Green Party. Earlier this month, prior to Sanders endorsement of Hillary Clinton, Stein said he could continue his presidential run and political revolution as a Green candidate.

“I’ve invited Bernie to sit down explore collaboration — everything is on the table,” Stein said in an interview with the Guardian. “If he saw that you can’t have a revolutionary campaign in a counter-revolutionary party, he’d be welcomed to the Green party. He could lead the ticket and build a political movement.”

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/286662-green-party-candidate-prosecute-clinton

The Green Party’s likely presidential nominee said federal officials should prosecute Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information and endangering national security.

In a Wednesday statement, Jill Stein echoed Republican criticism of the Obama administration, saying that the FBI “is giving Clinton a pass” by declining to recommend criminal charges related to her use of a private email system while serving as secretary of State.

“All the elements necessary to prove a felony violation were found by the FBI investigation,” Stein said in a statement.
“Her staff has said Secretary Clinton stated she used her private email system because she did not want her personal emails to become accessible under [Freedom of Information] laws,” she added. “This is damning on two counts — that she intended to disregard the protection of security information, and that she had personal business to conceal.”

FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday said the investigation found little evidence to suggest Clinton and her aides intended to mishandle sensitive information, though they did appear to be “extremely careless.”

Still, that did not meet the legal standard of “gross negligence,” Comey said.

Stein disagreed and said that details about the setup revealed by the FBI “undermined the defenses Clinton put forward.” Aides to Clinton have not claimed she was aiming to thwart the Freedom of Information Act in particular, though in emails she said she didn’t “want any risk of the personal [messages] being accessible.”

Insisting that Clinton be prosecuted for mishandling classified information is an unexpected position for Stein, who, like Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, has hoped to take advantage of the high public disapproval of both Clinton and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Stein has made a blatant appeal to supporters of Clinton’s primary opponents Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

But Sanders has repeatedly refused to attack Clinton over the email issue, memorably shutting the conversation down in October, saying voters were “sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”

Stein on Wednesday also alluded to potential conflicts of interest during Clinton’s time in office, such as the relationship between her official duties as the nation’s top diplomat and benefactors of her family foundation.

“The blurring of the lines between Clinton family private business and national security matters in the secretary of State office underscores evidence on many other fronts that Hillary Clinton is serving the 1 percent, not we the people,” Stein said.

“The secretary of State’s office should not be a place to conduct private back room business deals.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/288990-sanders-aide-someone-needs-to-be-held-accountable-for-dnc

Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said “someone needs to be held accountable” for what was revealed in the leak of internal Democratic National Committee emails this week

“We spent 48 hours of public attention worrying about who in the Trump campaign was going to be held responsible for the fact that some lines of Mrs. Obama’s speech were taken by Mrs. Trump,” Weaver said in an interview with ABC News. “Someone in the DNC needs to be held at least as accountable as the Trump campaign.”

Some emails posted on WikiLeaks show an effort to undermine the Sanders campaign.
One email from the DNC press secretary suggested creating a narrative that the Sanders “campaign was a mess.”

Wasserman Schultz in a few emails specifically criticizes Weaver, calling him a “damn liar” in one.

Weaver said the emails show misconduct from the highest DNC officials and that the emails proved previous claims from the Sanders campaign, which accused Wassermann Schultz of tilting the scales in Hillary Clinton’s favor during the primary race.

“Everybody is disappointed that much of what we felt was happening at the DNC was in fact happening, that you had in this case a clear example of the DNC taking sides and looking to place negative information into the political process,” Weaver said.

“We have an electoral process. The DNC, by its charter, is required to be neutral among the candidates. Clearly it was not.”

When asked if Wasserman Schultz should resign, Weaver said “she should consider what her options are.”

“We are trying to build unity for the fall to beat Donald Trump, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a figure of disunity in the party, not a figure of unity,” Weaver said.

The issue is stoking lingering tensions between the Sanders and Clinton camps just a few days before the convention in Philadelphia.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/presidential-campaign/288968-instead-of-being-bold-clinton-errs-in-picking-kaine

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/288924-exxon-allies-cry-foul-over-law-firm-in-climate-probe

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/288936-majority-of-americans-support-expanded-trade-poll
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/288919-us-mexico-to-negotiate-nuclear-power-deal
http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/288875-clinton-vp-pick-could-face-liberal-ire

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/288875-clinton-vp-pick-could-face-liberal-ire

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/288985-dems-vote-down-push-to-abolish-superdelegates

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/288985-dems-vote-down-push-to-abolish-superdelegates

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/284888-democratic-platform-draft-shows-sanderss-clout

June 24, 2016, 09:38 pm
Sanders holds his applause on Dems’ platform draft
By Evelyn Rupert

Getty Images
Democrats’ platform draft includes some major victories for the Bernie Sanders camp but diverges from his policies enough to give him ammo going into the convention.

The platform draft committee took a first step toward giving Sanders a major concession, voting to adopt language in support of a $15 minimum wage.

The 15-person committee, chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), finalized its draft of the guiding document Saturday in St. Louis after lengthy negotiations.

The panel also aligned itself with progressive ideas such as abolishing the death penalty and expanding Social Security, the Associated Press reported. The minimum wage language adopted echoes a common refrain by Sanders, calling the current federal minimum of $7.25 a “starvation wage.”
An amendment from Sanders backer Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) to strengthen the language supporting $15 as a universally mandated minimum and index it to grow with inflation was shot down, however.

The platform also tackles financial reform by calling for “an updated and modernized version of Glass-Steagall.”

But the panel did block several proposals favored by Sanders and his supporters. It refused to adopt a proposed amendment by Ellison that would have opposed President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership; both Sanders and Hillary Clinton have spoken against the trade deal. Instead the panel backed a measure that acknowledged “a diversity of views in the party” on the TPP.

It also rejected amendments putting a national freeze on fracking, imposing a carbon tax, and promoting a single-payer healthcare system.

On the thorny issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the panel agreed to advocate for a “two-state solution” that guarantees Israel’s security and borders “and provides the Palestinians with independence, sovereignty, and dignity.” But an amendment by Sanders ally James Zogby calling for an end to Israel’s “occupation and illegal settlements” and urging an international effort to rebuild Gaza was voted down.

In a statement, spokesman Michael Briggs applauded the inclusion of death penalty abolition and financial reform but said Sanders is “disappointed and dismayed” over the panel’s decision not to oppose the TPP.

“The drafting committee rebuffed a proposal by Sanders allies to put the party on record saying Congress this year should not take up a trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Briggs said in a Friday statement. “Both Clinton and Sanders oppose bringing the measure before Congress this year for an up-or-down vote. Clinton allies nevertheless thwarted the platform proposal.”

Sanders has refused to suspend his campaign and endorse Clinton despite the fact that she has clinched the nomination. He has turned his focus to instilling progressive ideas into the party’s platform — the draft could factor into Sanders’s potential support of Clinton.

“Right now, to be very frank with you, we are talking to the Clinton campaign to try to determine whether or not they can come up with some very serious proposals which will help us transform America,” Sanders said to supporters at a rally in Albany, N.Y., Friday. “Whether it will happen or not — that’s a good question. I don’t know. We are working with them right now.”

In a statement Saturday, the Clinton campaign applauded the draft platform, calling it “the most ambitious and progressive platform our party has ever seen.”

Clinton policy adviser Maya Harris praised the inclusion of dedication to renewable energy, criminal justice reform, infrastructure investments and support for repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits certain federal funds from being used to cover abortions except in special cases.

She also lauded the minimum wage position; Clinton has proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour but has expressed support for movements calling for $15 in places like New York and Los Angeles.

The Clinton camp took a more positive approach to the TPP stance, focusing on the amendment that recognizes differing opinions and saying that the draft “sets forward progressive principles and high standards on trade, including calling for trade agreements to be more protective of workers’ rights, labor rights, the environment, and public health.”

The contrast between the two campaigns’ reactions is evidence of lingering tensions between them and Sanders’s aggravation with the DNC.

While Clinton’s campaign said “Make no mistake about it: The 2016 Democratic platform represents an ambitious, progressive agenda that all Democrats can and should be proud of,” Sanders made it clear the draft will do little to slow his push to cement his policies in party doctrine and cast trade policy as a sticking point.

“If our pro-worker amendments do not carry in St. Louis we will reintroduce them before the full platform committee in Orlando, Florida. If we do not win in Orlando we can carry them to the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia,” Briggs’s statement read. “Our job is to pass the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/287095-dems-back-15-minimum-wage-in-platform

Advertisements