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Jesse Jackson defends Bernie. No one reports it

but the daily caller. I won't link. Just type Jesse Jackson and Bernie Sanders into your search engine. Jackson did an interesting interview with the daily caller.

Bernie surges, Hillary falls sharply in Reuters Likely voters tracking poll

Sanders is now at 46%, Clinton is at 54%. Bernie has gained significantly with AA voters.



Can anyone tell me why there is such a dearth of state polling?

Anyone know if this was true in 2004 and 2008?


What Hillary's embrace of Kissinger tells us

We already knew that Hillary believes in a robust American foreign policy rooted in the belief that the U.S. is exceptional and critical to world stability; that the U.S. must be the world leader. We know she believes in exporting a certain vision of American values that includes profits for U.S. and Multinational corporations.

Her embrace of Kissinger informs us, at a minimum, that Hillary is willing to overlook gross excesses to achieve the above goals. I find that, in and of itself, disturbing.

The problem with Hillary, isn't experience. As her supporters say, she has more experience than all the other candidates put together. The problem with Hillary is her fixed vision of what the underpinnings of American foreign policy should be and her judgment. Kissinger has more experience than Hillary, but that experience, even as it included detente with the U.S.S.R. and the opening of China, included the secret bombing of Cambodia and backing genocide.

Showing up: Bernie at the Black America Forum last night

Hillary avoids tough encounters and audiences- I suspect because of potential bad optics. Bernie does not. That is courage. That is leadership.


Bernie Sanders is not afraid to talk "black issues," to black people, and is not afraid to say the word "black." The Democratic candidate for president proved as much during an occasionally testy forum event in north Minneapolis Friday evening, engaging with panel and audience members who'd come loaded with questions about criminal justice, inequality, and racism.

Even the avowed socialist's appearance at Patrick Henry High School was historic, in a way: Sanders became the first major presidential candidate to campaign on the city's north side since Jesse Jackson in 1992.

At one point near the end of the discussion, one panelist faulted Sanders for speaking in generalities, and said he was "afraid to say the word black." Sanders disputed that claim in his response.

I've said black 50 times," Sanders said. "That was the 51st time."

Nearly 1,000 people crammed the auditorium for the event staged by Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, and thousands more watched the event streaming online. Sanders was already scheduled to be in town for the night's Humphrey-Mondale dinner, an annual fundraiser for the Minnesota DFL Party; his agreement to participate in the discussion centered on race was only announced earlier this week.

Hillary Clinton, also in town for the Humphrey-Mondale fundraiser, was invited, but turned down the offer to attend. Instead, Clinton issued a preemptive strike via press release earlier Friday, highlighting her support from prominent black Minnesotans, including retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, who said Clinton "knows how to govern."



She's. Still. Better. Than. Than. Any. Republican.


When will Hillary denounce today's DNC decision to accept federal lobbyist money?

She's on the record saying she'll do something about this ocean of money polluting our political system. And she's on the record saying she'll continue President Obama's policies.

Here's her chance.

The Democratic National Committee has resumed accepting money from federal lobbyists and political action committees, largely dismantling restrictions imposed by President Obama.

The move could help boost the coffers of Democrat Hillary Clinton, who has teamed with the DNC to raise money aggressively. Her campaign accepts contributions and fundraising help from lobbyists.

Campaign-finance watchdogs Friday denounced the DNC change, which was first reported by The Washington Post.

"This move by the DNC is a major step in the wrong direction and is in direct conflict with the American people’s deep concerns about the role of influence money in Washington," said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21. "The DNC is acting as if the party is blind to the anger and frustration with Washington that is being expressed by voters in both parties as the presidential nominating process unfolds."


Congratulations to Hillary and her supporters on Rep. Clyburn's endorsement and

all her past and future endorsements. I'm sure they'll make all the difference

Keith Ellison- if you are standing in Alabama, you can't see people in Chicago,"


"He didn't see Bernie Sanders because Bernie Sanders was doing fair and open housing in Chicago -- that's why he didn't see him. No matter how good your eyesight is -- if you are standing in Alabama, you can't see people in Chicago," Ellison told CNN. "That doesn't mean he wasn't absolutely there, fighting for justice, fighting for open housing."

The Minnesota Democrat effusively praised Lewis, saying, "If he needs a kidney, he should ask me."

Asked about the vast majority of his fellow Black Caucus members supporting Hillary Clinton instead of Sanders, Ellison brushed it off and said, "I really feel that Bernie is going to win and when he does, you know, we'll all be supporting Bernie Sanders."

Ellison said he sought out Sanders when he came to Washington because he sat on the Financial Services Committee and "made friends with him." The two still frequently talk on the phone about the state of the campaign and are both "political junkies.



The Guardian: Danny Lyon: 'I put myself through an ordeal in order to create something'

From 2012

"Don't you know I'm a recluse?" Danny Lyon offers from his adobe home in New Mexico. It's a joke of sorts. The 70-year-old photographer, who established his reputation documenting the US civil rights movement, prisoners in the Texas penal system and motorbike gangs in Chicago, hasn't been so visible in decades.

Lyon may not be as immediately recognisable as predecessors such as W Eugene Smith or Walker Evans, or even near-contemporaries like Robert Frank, but his contribution to photography's "new realism" movement is no less significant, and a retrospective of his work currently at the Menil Collection in Houston goes a way to establishing that.

Lyon's anti-authority, 60s-warrior idealism is undimmed. He recently published a book on workers in the industrial Shanxi province of China and, late last year, turned his Leica on Occupy camps in nearby Albuquerque, as well as New York's Zuccotti Park, Oakland and Los Angeles.



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