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Bruce Springsteen Opens His Show Tonight (4/23) with 'Purple Rain'

Prince Shreds O}-+->

Serious Question:

What's with all the Celtic Cross avatars from Hillary Clinton supporters?

BREAKING: Bernie Sanders Says He Met With Pope Francis

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders tells AP he met with Pope Francis https://t.co/vqXeuFJzGT/s/Etnm

Bernie Sanders says he met with Pope Francis.

BY KEN THOMAS
APR. 16, 2016 3:46 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says in an interview with The Associated Press that he met with Pope Francis.

Sanders says the meeting took place Saturday morning before the pope left for his one-day visit to Greece. He says he was honored by the meeting, and that he told the pope he appreciated the message that he is sending the world about the need to inject morality and justice into the world economy. Sanders says it's a message he has been sending as well.

Sanders traveled to Rome to attend a Vatican conference on economic inequality and climate change. He is an admirer of the pope and has praised the pope's views on poverty and the environment.


Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/51a3860bb14940608f9f6539bd441f4e/bernie-sanders-says-he-met-pope-francis





Backdropped by St. Peter's basilica dome, US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders meets reporters outside the Perugino gate at the Vatican, Friday, April 15, 2016. Sanders spoke at a conference commemorating the 25th anniversary of "Centesimus Annus," a high-level teaching document by Pope John Paul II on the economy and social justice at the end of the Cold War. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)

TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Republican House of Horrors

http://boingboing.net/2016/04/13/the-republican-house-of-horror.html

Corporations Shifted A Half-Trillion Dollars To Offshore Tax Havens In 2012: Panama Papers

Source: International Business Times

Panama Papers: Corporations Shifted A Half-Trillion Dollars To Offshore Tax Havens In 2012

BY CLARK MINDOCK @CLARKMINDOCK AND DAVID SIROTA @DAVIDSIROTA ON
04/11/16 AT 1:37 PM

With the recent release of millions of secret documents from a Panama law firm that helps corporations and wealthy individuals reduce their tax liability, the spotlight is trained anew on tax avoidance. Companies with offshore outposts typically argue that those subsidiaries serve a legitimate business purpose. But now, on the heels of the global Panama Papers scandal, a new report suggests that in many cases the primary goal must be tax avoidance.

According to a review of the most recent IRS data by the watchdog group Citizens for Tax Justice, American corporations in 2012 housed more than a half-trillion dollars' worth of profits in just 10 small nations. The group said the smoking-gun proof that the schemes are about tax avoidance comes from Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas and Luxembourg, where the profits reported by U.S. corporations were larger than the entire reported gross domestic product of those countries.

"It is obviously impossible for American corporations to earn profits in a given country that exceed that country’s total output of goods and services," the report concluded. "Clearly, American corporations are using various tax gimmicks to shift profits earned in the U.S. and other countries where they do the bulk of their business into their subsidiaries in these tiny countries that impose little or no tax on corporate profits."

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The way this process works is fairly simple on a macro level. Corporations set up affiliated shell companies in countries where taxes are low or nonexistent and reroute payments and liabilities to serve their needs. For instance, the car service Uber processes payments outside of the United States through its shell corporation in Bermuda, a tax haven with a 0 percent tax rate, where it then posts its profits. That leaves less than 2 percent of its net revenue taxable by the United States, according to Bloomberg.

Read more: http://www.ibtimes.com/panama-papers-corporations-shifted-half-trillion-dollars-offshore-tax-havens-2012-2351814

Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Concert Because of HB-2 (Statement from Springsteen)

Source: Backstreets.com / ABC 11 WTVD-TV

SPRINGSTEEN CANCELS NORTH CAROLINA CONCERT BECAUSE OF HB-2

Updated 31 mins ago
GREENSBORO (WTVD) -- Bruce Springsteen canceled Sunday's concert in Greensboro, citing HB-2 and the rights of LGBT citizens.

Springsteen wrote in a statement to fans that the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act is "an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress."

Springsteen apologized to his fans on his website and tweeted a link to his entire statement. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.

SPRINGSTEEN AIN'T GONNA PLAY NC

As announced today, the E Street Band's River Tour stop planned for this Sunday night in North Carolina has been canceled, "with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro." Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. The cancellation is, as Bruce Springsteen wrote in a statement published this afternoon on brucespringsteen.net, "in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards."

A statement from Bruce Springsteen on North Carolina

As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law. HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards

http://backstreets.com/news.html

Read more: http://abc11.com/entertainment/bruce-springsteen-cancels-north-carolina-concert-because-of-hb-2/1282869/



I live in North Carolina and have a Pit ticket to the show (a really good one where you can get close to the stage). This is ENTIRELY the fault of our idiot bigoted right-wing legislators, and our idiot governor, McCrory. The law should NEVER have been passed.

Please Re-Rec the LBN Sanders Win Thread...

It got locked as a duplicate (technically yes, but not really), but I have reposted it:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12511656890

BERNIE SANDERS WINS WISCONSIN PRIMARY, ADDS TO MOMENTUM

Bernie Sanders Wins Wisconsin Democratic Primary, Adding to Momentum

By ALAN RAPPORT
APRIL 5, 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders won Wisconsin’s Democratic primary on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, eating into Hillary Clinton’s delegate lead and extending his recent stretch of victories.

Mr. Sanders still faces an uphill fight for the Democratic nomination, but his message of economic populism continues to resonate with progressive voters.

While Mrs. Clinton was trailing in recent Wisconsin polls, she was working hard for a victory in the state. She now faces an important contest in New York later this month and will be under increased pressure to get her campaign back on track.

There were 96 delegates at stake for Democrats in Wisconsin.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/06/us/politics/democratic-primary-results.html

ORIGINAL DISCUSSION: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141403962



Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont at a campaign event Friday in Sheboygan, Wis. Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times

Bernie Sanders Wins Wisconsin Democratic Primary, Adding to Momentum

Source: New York Times

Bernie Sanders Wins Wisconsin Democratic Primary, Adding to Momentum

By ALAN RAPPEPORTAPRIL 5, 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders won Wisconsin’s Democratic primary on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, eating into Hillary Clinton’s delegate lead and extending his recent stretch of victories.

Mr. Sanders still faces an uphill fight for the Democratic nomination, but his message of economic populism continues to resonate with progressive voters.

While Mrs. Clinton was trailing in recent Wisconsin polls, she was working hard for a victory in the state. She now faces an important contest in New York later this month and will be under increased pressure to get her campaign back on track.

There were 96 delegates at stake for Democrats in Wisconsin.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/06/us/politics/democratic-primary-results.html?smid=tw-bna&_r=0





Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont at a campaign event Friday in Sheboygan, Wis. Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times
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