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Bernie Sanders: “I’m not a great fan” of Benjamin Netanyahu

TUESDAY, JUN 16, 2015 01:00 AM PDT
Bernie Sanders: “I’m not a great fan” of Benjamin Netanyahu
The Vermont senator is the lone presidential candidate to voice his displeasure with the Israeli

Earlier this week, NPR host Diane Rehm bizarrely asked Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is competing for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, whether he is an Israeli-American dual citizen (he isn’t). What was less noticed was the dialogue between Rehm and Sanders afterward, where they discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sanders went on to explain his views on Netanyahu:

REHM: Tell me your feeling about whether there should be a two-state solution should Palestine be given statehood?

SANDERS: Absolutely. What you have in that part of the world is an unspeakable tragedy. And it seems like it’s never-ending and it seems like it every year gets worse and worse and more killing and more bombings and everything else. And again, Diane, if I had the magical solution to that problem I would be in the president’s office today giving it. I don’t have it. But clearly the goals are two-fold: number one the Palestinian people, in my view, deserve a state of their own, they deserve an economy of their own, they deserve economic support from the people of this country. And Israel needs to be able to live in security without terrorist attacks. Those are the goals of I think any sensible foreign policy in that region.

REHM: How do you believe President Obama’s relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu has affected our relationship with Israel?

SANDERS: Well, I gotta tell you, I am not a great fan of President Netanyahu I did not attend the speech that he gave before the joint session of Congress. I think it was opportunistic. I think he was using it as part of his campaign for re-election. I think he was being used or did use the Republicans to go behind the President’s back. And I think in that region sadly on both sides I don’t think we have the kind of leadership that we need. And so you know I think the President is trying to do the best that he can in enormously difficult circumstances.


Lost Elderly Woman In Scooter Chair Gets Police Escort Home -- At 6 MPH

What it looked like at the time was this older lady on a Rascal cruising down the road. The cop car with the lights flashing going behind her is what caught my attention," Andrea Ruth, who filmed the June 9 incident, told KOMO, the Seattle ABC station. "You can't make that stuff up."

It turns out, however, that it wasn't a chase so much as an escort.

Police had received phone calls about an elderly woman in a motorized scooter traveling down busy State Route 546, the station reported. Trooper Dave Hintz with the Washington State Patrol went to make sure she was OK.

"I wasn't trying to stop her. I wasn't trying to detain her. I was just trying to get her back to her home," Hintz told KOMO. "I just treated her the way I would've wanted somebody to treat my mom."


These sequels practically write themselves!

John Oliver & Helen Mirren destroy Americans’ fairy-tale belief in torture

Noting that the Senate Intelligence Committee released a 6,700-page investigation of torture, with a 500-page version available to the public, Oliver sought to explain that Americans need to read the available version because they have been “dangerously misinformed” about torture.

Best Ever Oliver!!!!!!!!!!

With Mirren reading from the report about “rectal rehydration” — in the case of one detainee who was force fed a meal of hummus, pasta, nuts, and raisins pureed and introduced rectally — an aghast Oliver challenged his viewers to “try not to think about that the next time you eat hummus.”

“I feel like I should preemptively apologize to the Sabra hummus brand, because your sales are about to drop quite noticeably,” he said.

Attempting to lighten the mood after reporting on one innocent detainee who died of hypothermia after being beaten and chained to a wall, Oliver had Mirren read from “The Tales of Peter Rabbit” … only for the story to take a horrible turn.

“But while Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-Tail were on their way to pick blackberries, Peter was chained to a wall in Farmer McGregor’s basement. He’d been badly beaten, and a tray of carrots and raisins had been pureed and rectally infused,” she read to a horrified Oliver.

“Helen Mirren, I’m going to say what everyone has said about you for years: You’re a monster,” the host said.


The solution to funding social security forever:


Apologies if you've already seen a raccoon riding an alligator today.

Man snaps picture of raccoon on top of gator in Ocala National Forest
11:54 a.m. EDT, Sun June 14, 2015

Richard Jones said he and his family were walking along the Oaklawaha River watching alligators when his son walked through some palm fronds to get a good picture.

Jones said his son must have startled the raccoon, which stumbled toward the water and hopped on top of the gator that was nearby.

Jones was able to quickly take the unique photo before the raccoon scurried back on land.

"I snapped a lucky picture right when the gator slipped into the water and before the raccoon jumped off and scurried away. Without the context you'd think the raccoon was hitching a ride across the river. Pretty amazing," Jones said in an email. "Definitely the photo of a lifetime."


Lindsey Graham Wants To Shoot Bernie Sanders In The Face?

A partial transcript of an MSNBC segment in which Sen. Lindsey Graham teaches Kasie Hunt how to skeet shoot:

GRAHAM: "I'm gonna get you motivated to want to kill the clay pigeon..."

GRAHAM: "Alright, do a Bernie Sanders."


GRAHAM: "Pull!"


GRAHAM: "Sorry about that, Bernie!"



“If you knew anything about me, you wouldn’t be near me at 6 o’clock with a gun,”
Graham said.

shouldn't there be an investigation?

Bernie Sanders: "Do I look like Hillary Clinton?"

"It's not quite clear to me what Secretary Clinton is suggesting," Sanders (I-Vt.) told reporters here. "I am doing everything that I can to defeat fast track. . . . I am not clear, nor do I believe the American people are clear, as to what Secretary Clinton's position is. Is she for it or is she against it? Those are your two options. The president is for it. Most Democrats in the Congress are against it."

Sanders said Clinton's indecisiveness on fast-track legislation "is not leadership."

Asked by a reporter what Clinton is trying to do politically with her statements, Sanders replied, "Do I look like Hillary Clinton?"

Sanders's comments about Clinton represent perhaps his sharpest attacks in the intensifying Democratic primary race.


Dear GOP: When you've lost Chris Wallace, your goose is cooked.

Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) swore on Fox News Sunday that the GOP had a plan in place in case the Supreme Court eliminated the Affordable Care Act’s federal subsidies, potentially stripping health care from at least six million people. He declined to say anything about that plan, however, and faced questions from an increasingly skeptical Chris Wallace.

...But when Wallace asked if that solution would allow those millions to keep they’re subsidies, Ryan deflected. “Well, we will have a solution that addresses this law,” Ryan said. “We’ll have a solution for the people caught in this law, so that they’re not caught in the lurch.” In response to several followup questions about the specificities of the GOP response, Ryan said he wanted to wait until the Court ruled before he said anything.

Wallace then challenged Ryan’s assertion that Obamacare was a “failed law,” noting it had insured 16 million people, covered swaths more with pre-existing conditions, and slowed the rise of health care costs, and noted the GOP had not proposed plans to replicate those successes.


“For all the complaints, we’re five years into Obamacare and Republicans have still not come up with a coherent plan that will ensure that all of those millions of uninsured people will get coverage,” Wallace said.

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