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The Bernie Sanders question

The Bernie Sanders question

FINDING PATTERNS If things play out according to form, most Bernie Sanders voters will end up backing Hillary Clinton. But very little in this election has played out to form.

By Harry Bruinius, Staff writer
MAY 6, 2016

The script should feel familiar to Hillary Clinton. In 2008, after all, she was Bernie Sanders, pushing the presumptive nominee, Barack Obama, well after the delegate chase seemed lost.

But as Mrs. Clinton moves inexorably toward the Democratic nomination this summer, there is some question about whether this election will continue to follow that 2008 script.

In 2008, Clinton threw her considerable clout behind Mr. Obama, unifying the party for the general election.

Will Senator Sanders do the same? And perhaps more important, will Sanders’s supporters be inclined to listen?

much more: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2016/0506/The-Bernie-Sanders-question
Posted by silvershadow | Sun May 8, 2016, 01:52 AM (6 replies)

Bernie Sanders will be well-equipped to upend Democratic convention

WASHINGTON — If Bernie Sanders wants to upend the Democratic National Convention, he'll likely have all the tools he needs.

The Democratic nomination increasingly seems Hillary Clinton's for the taking. But the number of pledged delegates Sanders will have collected by the time the convention begins July 25 should give him a sizable presence on convention committees and a strong voice in shaping the Democratic Party's rules and platform to include some of his top priorities.

Tad Devine, one of Sanders' top advisers and a veteran of contentious convention battles, said he expects “good will” at the convention between Sanders and Clinton, and agreement on a number of issues. But he raised the possibility that Sanders will play hardball if negotiations fail.

Devine said Sanders should have enough committee votes to file “minority reports” — dissents from positions held by the majority of delegates at the convention. Using that tool could mire the proceedings in debate and votes if Clinton won't agree on issues important to Sanders.

much more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/05/05/bernie-sanders-well-equipped-upend-democratic-convention/83964184/

Bernie Sanders Comes to Montana

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will host a rally on Wednesday in Billings. He is expected to discuss a wide range of issues, including getting big money out of politics, his plan to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, combating climate change and ensuring universal health care.

Doors Open at 5 p.m. for the “A Future to Believe In” Rally, Montana Pavilion, MetraPark, 308 6th Ave N, Billings.

It’s free and open to the public. However, RSVP are strongly encouraged.

Admission is first come, first served. Crowd entrance can be found at the admission gate. For security reasons, the public is asked to bring bags and limit what they bring to small, personal items like keys and cell phones. Weapons, sharp objects, chairs, and signs or banners on sticks won’t be allowed through security. Public transportation will be available via the Met bus arena stop

Posted by silvershadow | Sun May 8, 2016, 01:27 AM (3 replies)


ABC's "This Week" - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

NBC's "Meet the Press" - Trump; Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

CBS' "Face the Nation" - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union; Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

CNN's "State of the Union" - Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska.

Posted by silvershadow | Sun May 8, 2016, 01:24 AM (3 replies)

Jack Russell In A Life Jacket Rescued After Swimming For Three Hours At Sea

A very tired Jack Russell swam for three hours amid choppy waters before two couples passed within ten feet of him on their boat. His owner had gone below deck, and when he returned the dog was gone. If the pup hadn’t been wearing a bright orange life jacket, his rescuers said, they would never have seen him.

The boaters were five miles offshore of Hernando Beach in the Gulf of Mexico when one man, Bruce Knecht, identified what he thought was a buoy floating in the water. As they grew closer, it became clear the “object” was something else entirely.

“You just saw his little nose sticking up out of the water,” another boater, Shawn Sahr, told FOX 13 News. Sahr’s husband Michael noted that finding the little guy was like “a needle in a haystack.” The pup swam right up to the boat before Michael lifted him aboard.

When they radioed the Coast Guard, the group discovered the dog had been reported overboard several hours prior. His owner arrived at the nearest station in tears the same moment they arrived, shouting the dog’s name, Jaegermeister. He said this was his baby, and that he was “just so glad,” especially after hours of searching and assuming his best friend was gone forever.

Posted by silvershadow | Sun May 8, 2016, 12:28 AM (9 replies)

Huge Panama Papers search database goes public Monday

Huge Panama Papers search database goes public Monday

On Monday, people everywhere will be able to see for themselves which politicians, celebrities and business executives allegedly kept secret shell companies that were exposed in the Panama Papers.

A Google-like searchable database is expected to go live at 2 p.m. ET, detailing ties between 368,000 people and 300,000 offshore entities.

It's being released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

"You'll see companies and their official owners. This is information that's never been available," said Marina Walker Guevara, ICIJ's deputy director. "We think that information about who owns the company should be public and transparent."


Apparently we need to trot this out again...I defer to his advice and counsel over yours:

Posted by silvershadow | Sat May 7, 2016, 10:47 PM (8 replies)

They’re still not telling the real story: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and the analysis..

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016 09:30 AM EDT

They’re still not telling the real story: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and the analysis you won’t hear on cable news

From Fox News to MSNBC, the pundits are too obsessed with this very second to notice the massive changes underfoot

After every presidential primary, we were treated to a new round of conventional wisdom about what things mean for both parties going forward. Yet, there’s every reason to be deeply skeptical of these discussions among people who never saw either Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders coming. They represent a chattering class that both expected and normalized a “war of dynasties” between Bushes and the Clintons, then marveled at the “depth” of the Republican bench, and spent months obsessing over whether Joe Biden would run, as if he were a figure of mythic proportions.

You can laugh, if you want, but the out-of-touch nature of these treasured campaign narratives now lives on in a new form: an obsessive focus on this election cycle, when, if anything, the one thing it has to tell us is that much larger, long-range changes are afoot, and have been creeping up on us, below the radar, for quite some time. If you’re going to cover politics almost exclusively as a horse race, it makes perfect sense, of course. But that narrow-minded focus is an integral part of the very system that voters are furiously struggling to reject.

More than ever, we have to ask, why should the conventions or the elections be the framework for all we think? Even if Trump’s presidential run ends ruinously in November, Trumpism will remain, along with the GOP’s profound vulnerability to the forces Trump has unleashed. Similarly, even if Sanders fails to overtake Clinton’s delegate lead, his voters clearly represent the future of the Democratic Party, and Stan Greenberg, pollster for both Bill Clinton and Al Gore, seems justified in his warning last October that it’s a mistake for Democrats to run for Obama’s “third term.” “That’s not what the country wants. It’s not what the base of the Democratic Party wants. The Democratic Party is waiting for a president who will articulate the scale of the problems we face and challenge them to address it,” he said.

So party leaders on both sides—as well as bipartisan media figures—are simply whistling past the graveyard, perhaps with a slightly different tune just now, but still deeply devoted to reporting, analyzing and discussing things in a way that avoids as long as possible the profound changes that are clearly under way, and the equally profound changes that people are hungry for.

more: http://www.salon.com/2016/05/07/theyre_still_not_telling_the_real_story_donald_trump_bernie_sanders_and_the_analysis_you_wont_hear_on_cable_news/

Posted by silvershadow | Sat May 7, 2016, 10:22 PM (9 replies)

Those pre-pledged delegates sure are in an awkward, embarrassing position...having

prematurely pledged to the weakest candidate, and unusually early at that. Now that we are here, she still hasn't closed the deal, and he is polling far better- wow. Plus her trend lines compared to his are polar opposites. This cycle has shown those pledged delegates it is best to wait. How awkward!

Latest Delegate Count: (Also, Clinton narrowly won Guam for a gain of 1).

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