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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.



Alan Grayson’s Double Life: Congressman and Hedge Fund Manager

The hedge fund manager boasted that he had traveled to “every country” in the world, studying overseas stock markets as he fine-tuned an investment strategy to capitalize on global companies’ suffering because of economic or political turmoil.

But the fund manager had an even more distinctive credential to showcase in his marketing material in June 2013: He was a “U.S. congressman,” Representative Alan Grayson, Democrat of Florida, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Now he is also among the leading Democratic candidates for one of Florida’s United States Senate seats.

This highly unusual dual role — a sitting House lawmaker running a hedge fund, which until recently had operations in the Cayman Islands — has led to an investigation of Mr. Grayson by the House Committee on Ethics.


Interviews and the documents show that Mr. Grayson told potential investors in his hedge fund that they should contribute money to the fund to capitalize on the unrest he observed around the world, and to take particular advantage when there was “blood in the streets.”

The emails also show how Mr. Grayson’s work for the hedge fund — which had $16.4 million in assets as of October and only four investors since it was established — at times interfered with his other duties. In August 2015, after Mr. Grayson introduced legislation calling for larger annual increases in Social Security benefits, he signed off on a plan to highlight the proposal at an event in Tampa, Fla., emails obtained by The Times show. But the plan was scuttled, two former aides said, when economic turmoil in China sent stock markets tumbling globally and Mr. Grayson had to turn his attention to the fund.



Machete attack in Ohio restaurant leaves 4 injured; one critically

Frantic 911 calls captured the moment a machete-wielding man injured four people in an attack at an Ohio restaurant before he was shot dead by police Thursday.

The man's attack was first reported at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli in Columbus around 6 p.m., the Columbus Police Department said today. The man allegedly walked into the restaurant, had a conversation with an employee and left, before returning about 30 minutes later, according to the Associated Press. That's when he allegedly approached a man and a woman sitting by the door and launched his attack, the AP reported.

"Some guy pulled out a machete and started stabbing people," one mother said in a 911 call obtained by ABC News. "I ran out with my kids." She said she was calling from another store's bathroom with her two young children.

"My wife just called me in a panic," another 911 caller said, "telling me that a guy in the restaurant's stabbing people. And she's hiding, I think, out in the back. She cut her hand pretty bad."



Hillary snapped at BLM activists: "...then I will only talk to white people..."

And Representative Jeffries says Bernie is dismissive. Thank dog Bernie hasn't said the imperious, dismissive crap that rolls off Hillary's lips.


"Respectfully, if that is your position, then I will talk only to white people about how we are going to deal with the very real problems," Clinton snapped. Jones said it's a "form of victim blaming" for Clinton to tell Black Lives Matter what it "needs to do to change white hearts." While Clinton avoided opening up about her personal culpability in America's race problem, that provoked a passionate explanation of how she sees politics:


It appears quite clear that many Hillary fans support the swiftboating of Bernie

by powerful members of the MSM who have obvious connections to Hillary. About Chris Matthews, nothing more needs to be added. But who knew that Capehart's partner was Deputy Chief of Protocol at State under Hillary and currently works for her campaign? Amazing what a little digging turns up.

Five years ago, while Nick Schmit, the deputy chief of protocol at the US State Department, was traveling in Japan for work, he got a message from a friend suggesting he meet Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter and MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart. They were both single at the time, and the friend thought they would have a lot in common. She was right! As Schmit and Capehart prepare to celebrate their fifth anniversary in November, this lively duo agreed to let Capitol File take a peek into their home to learn more about their happy, busy lives.



Let Me Tell You About the Debate "Audience" In Milwaukee

I LIVE in the Milwaukee area, so you’d think I could manage to wrangle a ticket to tonight’s debate, right? Wrong! The closest I could come was the chance of “winning” a ticket via the Wisconsin Democratic Party’s donation request email. I entered for my change of winning the ONE ticket they offered. Never heard from them. I guess I lost. Maybe I should have donated a pile of money to boost my odds.

The debate was held at my alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. You think UWM students could get a ticket? Wrong! They had to register for a lottery and then only 25 tickets were handed out to the lucky “winners”.

So….who WAS in the audience? Beats me. Certainly not activists or ordinary citizens. I suspect they were State Party loyalists and hangers-on. Martha Lanning, chair of the Wis Dems, like other members of the establishment, has already endorsed HRC. Otherwise, it was 25 lucky UWM students and 1 lucky winner of the Wisconsin Democratic Party’s email donation contest.

The game was rigged, my friends. Just like the rest of our Democracy has been.


It isn’t even a “Milwaukee audience” since all the faces I see are white and Milwaukee is majority non-white.

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