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Robert Reich on Facebook: Bullies

"I have a particular relationship to bullies. When I was a kid – and a very short one at that – older boys used to threaten me, and sometimes beat me up. Occasionally I was protected from the bullies by kinder older boys, like Mickey Schwerner. Years later, in the summer of 1964, Mickey was trying to register voters in Mississippi when he and two other civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman and James Earl Chaney, were abducted, tortured, murdered, and buried in an earthen dam by members of the local White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Neshoba County Sheriff's Office, and the Philadelphia, Mississippi Police Department.

When I heard that the young man who had protected me from my bullies had himself been killed by truly monstrous bullies, my life forever changed.

Donald Trump is a bully who’s stirring up other bullies to rage against Latinos, blacks, Muslims, and other convenient scapegoats – channeling the fears and resentments of the white working class into hatefulness and violence. He deserves to be condemned by every decent American."



https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/photos/a.404595876219681.103599.142474049098533/1172012549478006/

Bernie on Facebook Just Now: "We Are Going to Bring People TOGETHER"

"We do things a little different in this campaign: We bring people together. No, we are not gonna hate Mexicans. We are not gonna hate Muslims. We are not gonna insult women. We are not gonna insult veterans. We’re not gonna insult African-Americans. We will not allow the Donald Trumps of the world to divide us up. If we do not allow them to divide us up by race, by sexual orientation, by gender, by whether we were born in America or whether we are immigrants—when we stand together as white, black, Hispanic, gay, straight, women and men—when we stand together and demand that this country works for all of us rather than the few, we will transform America. That's what we are going to do: We are going to bring our people TOGETHER."

Trump Cancels Rally Overwhelmed by Protesters ("Total Chaos")

Source: CBS News

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-cancels-rally-overwhelmed-by-protesters/

Donald Trump cancels rally overwhelmed by protesters

STEPHANIE CONDON CBS NEWS
Mar 11, 2016 7:49 PM EST

The Donald Trump campaign on Friday night canceled a rally slated to take place in an arena at the University of Illinois at Chicago after protesters overwhelmed the event. The campaign cited safety concerns, given the tense confrontations between Trump protesters and supporters.

After the cancellation was announced, fights started to break out at the UIC Pavilion, CBS News' Sopan Deb reports.

Ahead of Trump's arrival, hundreds of demonstrators lined up outside the arena to protest Trump. Large groups of Trump opponents also occupied multiple sections inside the arena as well. The mix of Trump supporters and opponents created a tense atmosphere, and finally a spokesperson for the campaign announced the event was canceled.


https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160311/near-west-side/trump-chicago-rally-means-early-start-for-supporters-protesters

Trump Chicago Rally Canceled For Safety

By Joe Ward, Kelly Bauer, Stephanie Lulay and Evan F. Moore | March 11, 2016 10:32am | Updated March 11, 2016 6:40pm

CHICAGO — A rally for Donald Trump was postponed Friday night after.

"For the safety of everyone gathered in and around the pavilion, the Trump rally will be postponed," an official said from the stage.

Protesters inside dance and cheered after the announcement had made as fights broke out.

Thousands of protesters and supporters had faced off on the Near West Side Friday for the Republican presidential front-runner's planned appearance at the UIC Pavilion.

The scene was described as "total chaos" by one observer.

Earlier, the two sides clashed outside.

"Trump! Trump! Trump! Illegals are Illegal," some men chanted as they went inside the stadium at Harrison Street and Racine Avenue.

Protesters shouted back, "Thanks for visiting Chicago!" and "Why racist? ... There's no room for you guys!"

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But hundreds of protesters also got inside. Three students wearing shirts saying "Muslims United Against Trump" were escorted out of the pavilion as the crowd chanted "USA! USA!" Several more groups of demonstrators were later taken out.

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George Martin, Producer and Arranger for The Beatles, Dies at 90

Source: Billboard

George Martin, Producer and Arranger for The Beatles, Dies at 90

3/9/2016 by Jennifer Frederick and Mike Barnes

George Martin, the “Fifth Beatle” and British treasure who signed the Fab Four to a label contract when no one else would, produced virtually all their songs and introduced lavish arrangements into “Yesterday” and “A Day in the Life,” has died. He was 90.

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The producer, executive, arranger, musician and British knight was behind a whopping 23 No. 1 singles in the U.S. and 30 in the U.K.

As head of EMI’s Parlophone Records, which then concentrated on jazz and comedy, Martin was on the lookout for a rock act when he met Beatles manager Brian Epstein in February 1962. Every other British label had passed on signing the foursome -- John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best.

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Martin also served as The Beatles’ arranger. He suggested strings be added to “Yesterday,” which would become one of the most covered songs of all time, and conducted the string section for “Eleanor Rigby.” He played piano on “In My Life” and composed its harpsichord section; was responsible for the breathtaking orchestral windup in “A Day in the Life;” and used backward tapes to help shape the psychedelic elements of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Martin described his relationship with The Beatles in his 1979 book, All You Need Is Ears.

“I must emphasize that it was a team effort,” Martin wrote. “Without my instruments and scoring, very many of the records would not have sounded as they do. Whether they would have been any better, I cannot say. They might have been. That is not modesty on my part; it is an attempt to give a factual picture of the relationship.”

Martin received an Academy Award nomination for best music, scoring of music, adaptation or treatment for The Beatles’ 1964 classic film A Hard Day’s Night, directed by Richard Lester; arranged the score for their 1968 animated movie Yellow Submarine; and scored, with Paul and Linda McCartney, the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die.



Read more: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6913528/george-martin-producer-and-arranger-for-the-beatles-dies-at-90

MSNBC: SANDERS WINS MICHIGAN

Just called it.

50% Sanders
48% Clinton

Washington Post Ran 16 Negative Stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 Hours

http://fair.org/home/washington-post-ran-16-negative-stories-on-bernie-sanders-in-16-hours/



Washington Post Ran 16 Negative Stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 Hours

In what has to be some kind of record, the Washington Post ran 16 negative stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 hours, between roughly 10:20 PM EST Sunday, March 6, to 3:54 PM EST Monday, March 7—a window that includes the crucial Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, and the next morning’s spin.

All of these posts paint his candidacy in a negative light, mainly by advancing the narrative that he’s a clueless white man incapable of winning over people of color or speaking to women. Even the one article about Sanders beating Trump implies this is somehow a surprise—despite the fact that Sanders consistently out-polls Hillary Clinton against the New York businessman.

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While the headlines don’t necessarily reflect all the nuances of the text, as I’ve noted before, only 40 percent of the public reads past the headlines, so how a story is labeled is just as important, if not more so, than the substance of the story itself.

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Despite being ideologically opposed to the Democratic Party (at least in principle), Bezos has enjoyed friendly ties with both the Obama administration and the CIA. As Michael Oman-Reagan notes, Amazon was awarded a $16.5 million contract with the State Department the last year Clinton ran it. Amazon also has over $600 million in contracts with the Central Intelligence Agency, an organization Sanders said he wanted to abolish in 1974, and still says he “had a lot of problems with.” FAIR has previously criticized the Washington Post for failing to disclose, when reporting on tech giant Uber, that Bezos also owns more than $1 billion in Uber stock.

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Washington Post Ran 16 Negative Stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 Hours

http://fair.org/home/washington-post-ran-16-negative-stories-on-bernie-sanders-in-16-hours/



Washington Post Ran 16 Negative Stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 Hours

In what has to be some kind of record, the Washington Post ran 16 negative stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 hours, between roughly 10:20 PM EST Sunday, March 6, to 3:54 PM EST Monday, March 7—a window that includes the crucial Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, and the next morning’s spin:

All of these posts paint his candidacy in a negative light, mainly by advancing the narrative that he’s a clueless white man incapable of winning over people of color or speaking to women. Even the one article about Sanders beating Trump implies this is somehow a surprise—despite the fact that Sanders consistently out-polls Hillary Clinton against the New York businessman.

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While the headlines don’t necessarily reflect all the nuances of the text, as I’ve noted before, only 40 percent of the public reads past the headlines, so how a story is labeled is just as important, if not more so, than the substance of the story itself.

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Despite being ideologically opposed to the Democratic Party (at least in principle), Bezos has enjoyed friendly ties with both the Obama administration and the CIA. As Michael Oman-Reagan notes, Amazon was awarded a $16.5 million contract with the State Department the last year Clinton ran it. Amazon also has over $600 million in contracts with the Central Intelligence Agency, an organization Sanders said he wanted to abolish in 1974, and still says he “had a lot of problems with.” FAIR has previously criticized the Washington Post for failing to disclose, when reporting on tech giant Uber, that Bezos also owns more than $1 billion in Uber stock.

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Google Doodle Today: International Women's Day

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For 50 Years, Kansas Has Chosen Democratic Nominee w/ 100% Accuracy. Bernie Sanders Just Won Kansas

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1280136363

http://vetsforbernie.org/2016/03/kansas-chooses-bernie-for-president/

The day’s most important takeaway might be Bernie’s win in Kansas. That’s because for the last 50 years Kansas voters have successfully picked the Democratic party’s presidential nominee with 100% accuracy—better than any other state in the nation.




Graphic Image Credit: https://onlinebusiness.american.edu/blog/presidential-primary-predictions/

WaPo: 'What Happened to All That Money Trump Raised for the Veterans?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/what-ever-happened-to-all-that-money-trump-raised-for-the-veterans/2016/03/03/fbafd9a0-e0b2-11e5-8d98-4b3d9215ade1_story.html

What ever happened to all that money Trump raised for the veterans?

By David A. Fahrenthold March 3 at 4:21 PM

In January, Donald Trump skipped a televised Republican debate in Iowa and held his own event instead — a rally to raise money for veterans. Trump said it was a huge success.

“One hour. Six million dollars,” Trump told a campaign rally in Iowa a few days later, boasting about the total raised. He listed more than 20 groups that would receive money. “These people that get these checks are amazing people, amazing people.”

More than a month later, about half of the money, roughly $3 million, has been donated to veterans’ charities, according to a summary released Thursday by the Trump campaign in response to inquiries from The Washington Post.

In recent days, after the campaign initially did not provide details of where the money had gone, The Post had undertaken its own accounting. After contacting each of the 24 charities that Trump had previously listed as his beneficiaries, The Post had accounted for less than half of the $6 million.

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Trump’s fundraiser highlighted the billionaire presidential candidate’s remarkable ability to draw people, attention and money to any cause he chooses. Trump enticed enormous gifts from wealthy friends, including Stewart Rahr, a colorful New York philanthropist who calls himself “Stewie Rah -Rah, the Number One King of All Fun.” Their money became life-altering gifts for some small charities, which received $50,000 or $100,000 each.

But the aftermath of that event showed another side of Trump’s campaign: its tendency to focus on front-end spectacle over back-end details. The rollout of contributions has raised questions about how long Trump would keep donated funds within the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a personal charity whose gifts can boost his political brand.

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