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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."
video at link
Written by Dan Merica @CNN
Bernie Sanders takes aim at 'corporate media' in New Hampshire - My dispatch from two days in NH with Sanders
Posted by cal04 | Mon Aug 24, 2015, 09:44 PM (1 replies)
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:
Posted by cal04 | Mon Aug 24, 2015, 08:26 PM (4 replies)
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.
Posted by cal04 | Mon Aug 24, 2015, 07:17 PM (6 replies)
No one will dispute that Barack Obama’s historic win in 2008 was due in large part to the collapse of Wall Street and the devastating effect it had on the American economy. Republicans ran the country for almost a decade and told us that less regulation on the banks was good for everyone. And then we had to give them trillions of dollars in taxpayer dollars so they could pay their CEOs enormous bonuses while we got the shaft. The resulting, and entirely justified, anger at the the banks was both bipartisan and still simmering right below the surface to this day.
Should there be a repeat of 2008’s bailout debacle, the American public will be out for the blood of the banksters. They will look to whichever candidate promises them the heads of Wall Street fat cats, and that candidate is Bernie Sanders. Whatever you think of him as a politician, Sanders has always been crystal clear that the Big Banks are a clear and present danger to the country and that message will resonate across party lines if the greedy pricks at the banks screw us all again.
So, could we see another Wall Street implosion? It’s already in the early stages:
Barack Obama rode into office on a wave of discontentment with Republican incompetence. Bernie Sanders would easily be able to harness the renewed rage at the banksters to take the White House and finally put a muzzle on the rabid greed of Wall Street.
AUTHOR: JUSTIN ROSARIO
Bernie on Wallstreet today
For the past 40 years, Wall Street and the billionaire class have rigged the rules to redistribute wealth to the richest among us.
The results are in. Unfettered free trade has been a disaster for working Americans. It is high time we ended our disastrous trade policies.
Posted by cal04 | Mon Aug 24, 2015, 04:09 PM (23 replies)
North and South Korea reached agreement early on Tuesday after more than two days of talks to end a standoff involving an exchange of artillery fire that had pushed the divided peninsula into a state of heightened military tension.
Under the accord reached after midnight on Tuesday morning, North Korea expressed regret over the recent wounding of South Korean soldiers in a landmine incident and Seoul agreed to halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts, both sides said.
North Korea also agreed to end the "quasi state of war" it had declared. The two sides will hold follow-up talks to discuss a range of issues on improving ties, the joint statement said.
"It is very meaningful that from this meeting North Korea apologized for the landmine provocation and promised to work to prevent the recurrence of such events and ease tensions," Kim Kwan-jin, national security adviser to the South Korean president, told a televised news briefing.
Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/24/us-northkorea-southkorea-idUSKCN0QR02D20150824
Breaking News: South Korea stops short of offering summit meeting with the North
Posted by cal04 | Mon Aug 24, 2015, 02:12 PM (4 replies)
“Utter ignorance”: Jerry Brown calls out Carly Fiorina for her ridiculous theory that liberals are responsible for California’s drought
Appearing on Meet the Press Sunday, Fiorina doubled down on her theory that left-leaning politicians caused the drought by failing to properly regulate California’s water supply. When prompted by host Chuck Todd to acknowledge the role of climate change in the drought, she quickly deflected, responding: “You know what else has made it worse? Politicians. Liberal politicians who stood up for forty years, as the population of California doubled, and said you cannot build a new reservoir, and you cannot build a water conveyance system.”
“So for forty years, 70 percent of the rainfall has washed out to sea,” she continued. “That’s pretty dumb when you know you’re going to have droughts every single year. Or every three years, let’s say.”
Todd was ready, and had already gotten California Gov. Jerry Brown to respond to Fiorina’s criticism. “I’ve never heard of such utter ignorance,” Brown said in a pre-recorded interview. “Building a dam won’t do a damn thing about fires or climate change or the absence of moisture in ground and vegetation of California.”
“I think these people, if they want to run for president, had better do eighth grade science before they make any more utterances.”
Posted by cal04 | Mon Aug 24, 2015, 12:24 PM (8 replies)
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow issued the following statement regarding the international agreement between Iran and the P5+1--United States, Germany, France, Russia, China and the United Kingdom--with the European Union to stop Iran's ability to obtain a nuclear weapon:
"I have repeatedly supported strong sanctions, backed by the international community, to pressure Iran to give up its nuclear weapons program. Those sanctions have succeeded in isolating the Iranian regime, crippling their economy, and forcing them to the negotiating table. But sanctions by themselves have not stopped Iran's nuclear program. In 2003, Iran had just 164 centrifuges for a nuclear weapon. Today, they have over 19,000 and have the capacity to acquire enough nuclear material to build a nuclear weapon by the end of this year.
"This is a dangerous regime that kidnaps Americans such as Michigan's Amir Hekmati, who needs to be released immediately, and sends weapons and other support to Hezbollah and other terrorists who seek to destroy the United States, Israel, and our other allies.
"The only thing worse than Iran being the largest state sponsor of terrorism would be Iran as the largest state sponsor of terrorism with a nuclear weapon. That's why getting this right is essential for the security of America, Israel and the entire Middle East.
"I have had extensive classified and unclassified briefings, extensive discussions with our U.S. negotiators and leaders from every country involved in negotiating this agreement. I have met with leaders representing the current Israeli government as well as former military and civilian Israeli leaders. And, I have heard from so many people in Michigan, with passionate feelings on both sides of this critical issue.
"I have determined that the imminent threat of Iran having a nuclear weapon outweighs any flaws I see in the international agreement. For this reason, I must support the agreement.
"For me, the decision comes down to this: without this international agreement, Iran will have enough nuclear material for a weapon in three months. With this agreement, and the international coalition committed to it, we have the opportunity to stop Iran from ever getting a nuclear weapon, certainly for at least 25 years.
"I completely understand the deep fear and emotion involved in this debate. When Iranian extremist leaders chant ‘death to America' and ‘death to Israel,' the first question we have is ‘how in the world can we trust them to live up to an agreement?' The answer is: we cannot. That is why this agreement is not based on trust in any way. It's based on strict inspections and verification coupled with the fact that America keeps all of our current options, including military action, if Iran in any way continues down the path of creating a nuclear weapon.
"Under the agreement, Iran must reduce their stockpile of low enriched uranium by 98 percent and the number of centrifuges from over 19,000 to 6,104 with those centrifuges only being allowed to be used for medical research or other peaceful purposes. Iran will be subject to an intrusive inspections regime under continuous monitoring. If Iran violates this agreement in any way, America will know about it and be able to snap sanctions back into place.
"And critically important to me, we will have additional information about the movement of uranium and component parts needed to make nuclear weapons for at least 25 years.
"Again, most importantly, if Iran tries to develop a nuclear weapon, the United States continues to have every option on the table, including military action.
"I do share concerns about parts of the agreement, including how Iran could use funds from sanctions relief to continue funding Hezbollah and other terrorists around the world. It is clear that they have been funding these activities despite the crippling sanctions. And we are right to be concerned that additional funds from sanctions relief, or any other sources from other countries if this agreement is not approved, could be used to continue these outrageous activities.
"That is why it is critical that the White House and Congress redouble our efforts to stop Iran's support for terrorism in addition to this crucial and essential effort to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. I strongly support strengthening our sanctions on terrorism and human rights violations, with more aggressive targeting and enforcement; tracking any new spending on Iran's non-nuclear activities from new sources; and ensuring that Israel maintains its qualitative military edge.
"This agreement is not perfect, but I have personally spoken to leaders representing the P5+1 countries and the European Union who have said quite clearly that if the United States rejects this agreement, they will not join in new negotiations for a better deal. Instead, I believe that other countries will lift their sanctions on Iran, and the United States will be isolated in the international community.
"And, regrettably, it is clear to me that other countries will no longer trust our great country to negotiate and work with them in good faith.
"So America must choose between the following: an international coalition working together to stop a nuclear Iran while increasing our joint efforts to stop their non-nuclear terrorist activities, or no international effort, no surveillance, no accountability and a nuclear Iran within a few months.
"By agreeing to this deal, the international community will continue to be united against Iranian aggression. And if they violate the agreement and we need to use military force, the international community will be with us, rather than against us.
"A final note: I am deeply concerned that national security decisions and foreign policy have become highly-charged partisan issues, including our relationship with our long-time friend and democratic ally, Israel.
"I'm reminded of a very distinguished and highly-honored Republican U.S. Senator from Michigan, Arthur Vandenberg, who once said, ‘politics stops at the water's edge.' He was Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 1940s and an ardent opponent of President Franklin Roosevelt's domestic policies. Senator Vandenberg set the Congressional standard of patriotism and statesmanship for over 70 years in our country. I am committed to continuing his legacy on behalf of the people of our great State."
Posted by cal04 | Mon Aug 24, 2015, 12:14 PM (2 replies)
Posted by cal04 | Sun Aug 23, 2015, 09:36 PM (10 replies)
You are looking at one candidate for president who does not have a super
PAC and I’m damn proud of that,”
Bernie Sanders told a gymnasium full of supporters in Salem, New
Hampshire, on Sunday night. It was one if the first big applause
lines of a town meeting at a middle school.
Instead of being bankrolled by millionaires and billionaires, Sanders’
surging campaign is being fueled by huge turnouts at rallies and town
meetings like the one at Woodbury Middle School. In this small
southern New Hampshire town, some 1,000 people filled the gym and an
adjacent cafeteria, Fire Marshal Jeff Emanuelson estimated.
In addition to drawing bigger crowds than any other candidate for the
White House, the Sanders campaign has another distinction. The
campaign has been funded by a lot of donors who gave what little they
could afford. In the few months since the launch date, more than
400,000 people have donated to the campaign. The average contribution
“They have the money but we have the people and when the people stand
together there is nothing we can’t accomplish,” Sanders said. “This
country belongs to all of us and not just a handful of billionaires.”
One way for a people-powered campaign to match and even overcome all
of the Super PAC money being larded out to other candidates was
suggested by one of the speakers who introduced the senator in Salem.
“Become a human billboard for Bernie,” Ben Cohen urged the crowd.
The brainstorm came from one of the Vermont businessmen who built Ben
and Jerry’s ice cream into a world-famous brand. He knows a thing or
two about marketing.
It’s that simple, Ben Cohen said. Everyone at the school, every one
who has showed up at big rallies, everyone who has given $31 to the
campaign, everyone who supports the campaign to rebuild the middle
class and take on the billionaire class can all do one more thing to
spread the word: Become a human billboard for Bernie.
Bernie Sanders speaking to one of his two overflow rooms in Salem, NH.
Posted by cal04 | Sun Aug 23, 2015, 09:14 PM (3 replies)
waiting for Bernie to take the stage in Salem NH!!
Sen. Sanders says to the crowd
Big OVERFLOW CROWD here and
I am Delighted there are so many young people
Sen. Sanders Son
Levi Sanders: this is a YOOOGE crowd!!
Lots of Standing Ovations and Bernie Chants
Bernie wrapping it up now. Crowd won't let him.
Standing ovation #77 as Bernie asks everyone to stand together.
Posted by cal04 | Sun Aug 23, 2015, 05:22 PM (6 replies)