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Athens (Ohio) residents 'Feel the Bern' for Bernie Sanders

About 70 students and Athens residents convened in the Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St., Thursday night to express their support for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

At the third Athens for Bernie Sanders meeting since the group was founded this summer, local Bernie Sanders supporters gathered to hear about campaign plans, meet with local activists and discuss policies and ideas.

“It’s important that we come together and concentrate our efforts on a variety of issues,” Nate Wallace, a recent OU Ph.D. graduate who founded the group, said at the meeting. “It’s important to go out into the country and rural areas to get people to know who Bernie Sanders is and what his policies are.”

Wallace said the group plans to march in the university’s Homecoming Parade Oct. 10 and encouraged residents to wear “Bernie gear” to the Ohio Pawpaw Festival in September.

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This Sunday on State of The Union with Jake Tapper


Even Bernie sanders emails are cute

David Corn:Four Reasons Why a Biden Run Would Help Sanders


* Slicing up the pie. The most obvious benefit is a matter of basic math: If Biden is in the hunt, the establishment Democratic vote will be split. That means an outsider will need a lower percentage of the vote to win. If the race is essentially Clinton versus Sanders (assuming for now that Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chaffee don't escape from low-single-digit territory), the winner of a primary contest will have to bag close to 50 percent of the vote. Put in a competitive third candidate—and there's no telling how strong a candidate Biden will be—and the number drops. Within the Sanders camp, his strategists assume that the progressive populist wing of the Democratic electorate that already supports or could potentially support Sanders is about 35 percent. That number is undoubtedly closer to the percentage needed for a win in a contest with Biden than in one without him.

* Hey, look over there. A Biden-Clinton showdown would draw great media attention. It's possible this might make it more difficult for Sanders to obtain extensive press coverage. But he has already demonstrated that his fiery message—free the nation from the grip of the billionaire class—has a viral quality to it. His rise in the polls has been a wildfire that has spread with little media oxygen. If Clinton and Biden are tussling on the main stage, Sanders might have more room for his issues-first campaign. It's true that Biden likely would run as a champion of the average guy and present a campaign with a tinge of populism. But he cannot compete with Sanders' more full-throated us-versus-them message, and as a former senator from Delaware, Biden might have to turn to banks and financial firms for campaign money—which could undermine any attempt on his part to win support from the Sanders (or Elizabeth Warren) side of the party.

*Permission to abandon ship. At the moment, there's only one establishment candidate in the race. (Sanders has not received a single endorsement from a mainstream Democrat, not even from the Democratic senators with whom he serves.) There is nowhere else for most insider and conventional Democrats to go other than Hillaryland. And the Clinton camp does justifiably expect most Democratic players to pledge their allegiance to her campaign. In a Bidenized race, the playing field would get stirred up. There probably would not be a rush of Democratic officials in Washington embracing Sanders. But Clinton's grip on the nomination would likely weaken, and Democrats would have a permission slip to question her candidacy openly—and explore other options. That could result in tangible or intangible benefits for Sanders.

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The Hill: 3 reasons Bernie Sanders is now the Democratic front-runner

In 2008, Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic nomination to then-Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.). In 2015, another senator is giving the Clinton campaign a headache; however, this election cycle has an additional cast of characters that normally isn't a part of any presidential rivalry. Because of a federal judge, the FBI and Justice Department investigations, and an energized base of progressive voters throughout the nation voting for Sanders, it's evident Clinton has lost her status as the leading presidential candidate for Democrats. Although many Democrats still won't admit the obvious, below are three reasons why Sanders has become the new Democratic front-runner in 2016.

Within a surprisingly short time period, increased name recognition and an energized base of Democratic voters have allowed Sanders to compete and even surpass Clinton in various polls.

Sanders formally announced his run for the presidency on May 26, 2015. Since then, Clinton's lead in nationwide polls has dwindled. This paradigm shift has been fueled primarily because of scandals, Clinton's inability to answer questions in a forthright manner, and the energy exhibited by Sanders's supporters. Furthermore, CNN cites a recent Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll that reports Sanders ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire. Even when acknowledging that Clinton still leads Sanders in various other polls, CNN writes that "polling has also shown Clinton's vulnerabilities as voters question her honesty and trustworthiness." Echoing CNN, Quinnipiac University issued a report in July titled "Clinton In Trouble In Colorado, Iowa, Virginia, Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll Finds." This Quinnipiac poll explains that Sanders now performs as well, or even better than Clinton, in various scenarios:

Democrats, and the country, can't enter the voting booth 441 days from now with the FBI investigating emails and private servers. This fact, along with the millions of Sanders voters around the country filling arenas to hear the senator speak, are reasons why Sanders is the true Democratic front-runner. Over 100,000 people have attended his events thus far, and it's safe to say that such enthusiasm and energy will continue to grow until Election Day. Democrats in Congress might not admit it at the moment, and Clinton supporters might still believe the email controversy is fabricated, but only one Democrat in 2016 can win the presidency. His name is Bernie Sanders, and the longer Hillary Clinton's email scandal persists, the more Sanders becomes the only hope Democrats have of winning the White House.

Goodman is an author and a journalist.


The Iran deal is five votes away from being upheld in Congress

Patty Murray, Top Senate Democrat, Backs Iran Deal
The deal is five votes away from being upheld in Congress.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced her support for the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, becoming the final member of the Senate's main Democratic leadership team to weigh in on the agreement.

The endorsement of Murray, the secretary of the Senate Democratic conference, brings the final tally to three party leaders in favor of the Iran deal and one against. Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and Minority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) have stated their support, while Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y), the conference's vice chair and policy committee chair, is opposed. And the news is another indication that the nuclear accord will survive in the Senate. The deal faces a critical vote in both houses of Congress when lawmakers return from recess in September.

“After working my way through the details and the alternatives, losing a lot of sleep, and having a lot of good conversations with so many people -- I am convinced that moving forward with this deal is the best chance we have at a strong diplomatic solution, it puts us in a stronger position no matter what Iran chooses to do, and it keeps all of our options on the table if Iran doesn't hold up their end of the bargain,” Murray wrote in a statement.

With Murray’s announcement, 29 senators have now pledged to vote against a resolution of disapproval of the deal, which would eliminate the president’s ability to waive congressionally enacted sanctions against Iran. President Barack Obama has said he will veto the resolution, which, if enacted, would constrain his ability to fulfill the U.S.' obligations under the agreement. For the presidential veto to be sustained, Obama needs the votes of one-third of either the House or the Senate -- where, with Murray's support, he is now five votes shy.

(stil wating on)
Wyden (OR)
Bennet (CO)
Booker (NJ)
Cantwell (WA)
Cardin (MD)
Casey (PA)
Coons (DE)
Heitkamp (ND)
Mikulski (MD)
Murray (WA)
Peters (MI)
Warner (VA)


Sanders in North Country Calls on News Media to Cover ‘Real Problems Facing America’

LITTLETON, N.H. – Speaking to packed town meetings across northern New Hampshire on Monday, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders urged the news media to focus on important issues like jobs, income and wealth inequality, climate change, racism, college costs, retirement security, criminal justice and poverty in America.

“What the American people want is a media that looks at the real problems facing America and does not look at politics as though it were a football game or a soap opera,” Sanders told supporters fanning themselves with placards on a hot August evening inside the historic Littleton Opera House.

Meeting earlier in the day with reporters outside a middle school in Conway, Sanders elaborated on his critique of the press. He said he was not faulting how reporters cover him but how news organizations too often ignore critical issues for working families.

“I want you to talk about and force discussion about climate change. Do you think you do that enough? I would like you to force discussion of poverty in America. I have talked over and over and over again that 51 percent of African-American kids are unemployed or underemployed. You think that’s an important issue? I do. Are you going to discuss it?”

“The American people want a discussion of the real issues,” he added. “They don’t really care that Marco Rubio threw a football and hit some kid in the head. Not one of the great issues facing our society.”

At the last town meeting of the two-day New Hampshire swing, 750 people filled the Littleton Opera House. Hundreds more watched on television monitors outside. On Monday morning, Conway Fire Chief Stephen Solomon said 750 filled the Kennett Middle School Cafeteria. Another 300 showed up at mid-day meeting at the White Mountain Chalet in the small city of Berlin, New Hampshire.

“In New Hampshire we make presidents,” Ted Bosen, the Democratic Party chairman in Berlin said. He predicted Sanders would carry the state’s first-in-the-nation primary next Feb. 9 on his way to the White House.

“I’ve never seen crowds like this. I’ve never seen this many people come to see any candidate on a North Country trip. This is unprecedented,” said Julia Barnes, Sanders’ New Hampshire state campaign director.

The weekend marked the first Sanders visit to New Hampshire since a new Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll put him in the lead with 44 percent to 37 percent for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


Pres. Obama: Harry Reid And I Are Teaming Up To Take On 'The Crazies'

President Obama said on Monday night at an event near Las Vegas that he feels refreshed after his vacation and is ready to "deal with the crazies" with the help of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

Obama paid tribute to Reid in the senator's home state following a vacation in Martha's Vineyard. He said he was "a little feisty" after his break.

"It’s hard for me to express how much I love Harry Reid but it’s easier to do it in a room of people who love Harry Reid," Obama said, according to a pool report. "Harry and I drove over here together and we were doing a little reminiscing, and then figuring out how we’re going to deal with the crazies in terms of managing some problems. And then we talked about riding off into the sunset together."

"I’m coming off a couple of weeks of family time. I feel refreshed, renewed, recharged, a little feisty," Obama said, according to the report. "And ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work, because we still have a lot of work facing this country."


Bernie Sanders takes aim at 'corporate media' in New Hampshire

What is the worst moniker Bernie Sanders could assign someone? Koch Brothers-like.

Sanders did just that with "corporate media" on Monday in New Hampshire, telling an audience in Conway that groups like the Koch Brothers -- Republican moneymen who plan to spend upwards of $900 million in 2016 -- Wall Street and media stand in the way of the "political revolution" he is trying to drum up.

The line was not a one off: Sanders delivered anti-media remarks at every event he headlined in New Hampshire over the last two days, telling audiences that his campaign is not just against politics as usual, but against the way media covers campaigns.

Sanders has long been a media critic -- primarily about the focus on personality and fluff -- but the independent Vermont senator's trip to New Hampshire made clear that his 2016 bid would regularly use crowd pleasing anti-media rhetoric.

"The American people, I think, increasingly understand that corporate media is prepared to discuss everything 24 hours a day, seven days a week except the most important issues facing the American people," Sanders said Monday during a town hall in Conway. "Increasingly what media sees campaigns being are soap operas and football games, rather than a serious discussion about the serious issues facing America."

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Written by Dan Merica @CNN
Bernie Sanders takes aim at 'corporate media' in New Hampshire - My dispatch from two days in NH with Sanders

Paul Krugman:Stupid China Stories

So a stock crash in China triggered a big decline around the world, while I was trying to have a personal life (and succeeding, actually). Leaving aside whether this really made sense, why should events in China matter for the rest of us?

Well, you and I might think that it’s because China is a pretty big economy — a huge buyer of commodities and a significant importer of manufactured inputs too. So when China slumps, you can and should expect knock-on effects elsewhere.

But trust the Republican field to declare that it’s all Obama’s fault. Scott Walker wants Obama to cancel a state dinner with Xi; Donald Trump says that it’s because Obama has let China “dictate the agenda” (no, I have no idea what he thinks he means). And Chris Christie says that it’s because Obama has gotten us deep into China’s debt.

Actually, let’s play a bit with that last one, OK? You could, conceivably, tell a story in which America becomes dependent on Chinese loans; then, when China gets in trouble, it demands repayment, pushing us into crisis too. But any story along those lines has a corollary: we should be seeing a spike in US interest rates as our credit line gets pulled. What you actually see is falling rates:


Sen.Sanders makes three stops in New Hampshire (pics)and video at link

In Littleton, NH, the opera house is packed for @BernieSanders an hour before he appears.

Loudest applause in Littleton NH when @BernieSanders recalls he opposed war in Iraq and that he now backs #IranDeal.

"War is the last resort, not the first resort." BernieSanders in NH with an anti-war, pro-diplomacy message.

great video at link
shows the crowd, some of the speech, and talks to reporters
After the town hall meeting, Sanders spoke to the media saying he felt confident that he could win in New Hampshire, even against big-name candidates like Hillary Clinton or even potential candidates like Joe Biden who is reported to have shown interest in running for President.

"Well I think the evidence is pretty clear: we are gaining, and what the polls seem to indicate is that Hillary Clinton's support seems to be receding a bit, but we've got a long way to go," said Sanders.

Sanders said he would run an issue-oriented campaign instead of attacking other candidates.

"What the American people are entitled to is a serious debate on serious issues. Politics is not a soap opera. We should not be going around making terrible attacks on each other -- let's debate the issues," said Sanders.


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