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So Hillary has started lobbing digs at Bernie.

Hillary Clinton on Bernie Sanders: Waving Your Arms Doesn’t Mean a Lot
“You can wave your arms and give a speech but at the end of the day are you connecting with and really hearing what people are either saying to you or wishing that you would say to them?” Mrs. Clinton told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Friday, without directly naming Mr. Sanders.
http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/09/04/hillary-clinton-on-bernie-sanders-waving-your-arms-doesnt-mean-a-lot/

ON EDIT: I'm adding the portion of the transcript of the Hillary interview that includes Andrea Mitchell's question, and Hillary's answer, up to and including the "waving arms around" bit. Now people can decide for them selves, if Hillary's comment was aimed at Bernie, at least partially, or not.

Interview Transcript

AM: Looking at the campaign now you see huge crowds for Bernie Sanders and for Donald Trump, and people talking about Joe Biden having an opening if he decides to make a difficult choice on an emotional level. They talk about how authentic these campaigns are. (Hillary laughs)
Does it hurt you when people say you’re too lawyerly, you parse your words, you’re not authentic, you’re not connecting.


HRC: Well, that’s just not my experience, out campaigning. I feel very, very good about where we are.

We’ve built a terrific organization in the early States, and we’re expanding into those States that will be after Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada.

The level of support, the intensity of support that I’m experiencing as I speak with people, and talking about issues that I, I know are on their minds.

I want to be the President who deals with all those big problems that are in the headlines, but also those problems that keep families up at night, and that’s why I started out listening.

Because I think you can come with your own ideas, and you can, you know, wave your arms and give a speech, but at the end of the day are you connecting with and really hearing what people are either really saying to you of wishing that you would say to them.


ON FURTHER EDIT:
apparently Team Bernie got the message and responded, here:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251570958

I still think this is laughable, because Bernie IS listening to voters REAL concerns, and staking
out the Progressive high-ground on real issues effecting their lives, rather than attacking Hillary,
like every reporter has tried to get him to do.

GO BERNIE!!

Bernie Sanders' revolutionary message resonating in conservative Iowa

Bernie Sanders finds his revolutionary rhetoric resonating in conservative Iowa
by Dan Roberts * The Guardian via RawStory * Sept. 4, 2015

Bernie Sanders is on his third speech of the day, drenched in sweat, and losing his voice from calling for the overthrow of America’s “billionaire class”.

“Brothers and sisters, you are not living in a democracy; you are living in an oligarchy,” the leftwing Democratic presidential candidate tells an audience of Iowa supporters enthralled by his stinging attack on campaign finance and corporate lobbying. “People fought and died to defend American democracy and I will be damned if I am going to let them take that away from us.”

In theory, Sanders’s campaign for the presidential nomination in 2016 breaks all the rules of modern politics. He is angry, dishevelled and making no attempt to soften his message for the tiny handful of TV cameras that have shown up.

This unabashed “democratic socialist” from Brooklyn via Vermont, which he represents as an independent US senator, talks about class, corruption and the pathological greed of the rich. Yet the middle-aged, midwestern audience greeting him here in one of the most conservative states in the country cannot get enough of it. “Welcome to the political revolution,” Sanders says to another loud cheer.

The large, adoring crowds are not new. Sanders first captured national attention this summer by filling venues with up to 20,000 supporters in liberal bastions like Portland, Oregon.

A succession of opinion polls showed him catching and then overtaking the establishment frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the early primary state of New Hampshire – injecting sudden drama into a race that most pundits had initially decided was barely worth following compared with the excitement of the enormous Republican field, currently dominated by businessman and TV personality Donald Trump.

But what is new is the sight of Sanders challenging Clinton in Iowa, the first state to choose a candidate – in caucuses held on 1 February – and the scene of her humiliating defeat by Barack Obama in 2008.

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/09/bernie-sanders-finds-his-revolutionary-rhetoric-resonating-in-conservative-iowa/

Robert Reich: 3 Steps To Restore Balance Of Political & Economic Power In The US (VIDEO)

Robert Reich: Three Steps To Restore The Balance Of Political And Economic Power In The US (VIDEO)
by Randa Morris * Sept. 3, 2015 * Addicting Info

Concentrated wealth equals concentrated political and economic power. That’s bad for the 99 percent of Americans who don’t have billions of dollars sitting in off shore bank accounts. Logically speaking, what’s bad for 99 percent of Americans is bad for America as a nation.

In 2008 we saw what happens when Wall Street and the big banks are allowed to run wild. Americans paid the price for Wall Street’s reckless gambling and millions of hard working people lost their homes, their jobs and their bank accounts because of the fraud perpetrated by the big banks.

~snip~

In spite of the fact that the US economy has stabilized under the leadership of President Barack Obama, income inequality continues to climb. Nearly all of the economic gains that have occurred during the recovery have gone to the already too rich and powerful. None of it is accidental. It’s the predicted outcome of unregulated capitalism. Which is why the United States has laws designed to protect both the consumer and the market.

~snip~

It’s up to the government to ensure that free market remains truly free. That’s why we have anti-trust laws, and it’s why we have used them many times in the past to restore balance to economic and political systems. Clearly, Americans have never been as stupid as Republicans seem to think we are.

A new video from Robert Reich, posted to Facebook on August 30, lays out the three most important steps to restoring balance to the US political and economic systems. In just under three minutes, Reich explains what has to be done to avoid another economic crash like the Great Depression and 2008 global financial crisis.

1. Restore Glass Steagall legislation, which separated commercial and investment banking from 1933 to 1999, when parts of the Banking Act were repealed.

2. Tax Wall Street trades to discourage speculation.

3. Break up the big banks. No bank should be so large and so powerful that its failure could destroy national economic systems.


VIDEO HERE: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/09/03/robert-reich-three-steps-to-restore-the-balance-of-political-and-economic-power-in-the-us-video/

M$M has gone completely dark re: Candidate Bernie Sanders

According to our friends in corporate media, Bernie Sanders ceased to exist 1-2 weeks ago,
when it finally became undeniable what a serious contender Bernie really is in this race.

Rachael Maddow & Chris Hayes on msnbc were the last two hold-outs, who would give some
air-time to update on the Sanders campaign most recent rally or surging poll numbers. No
more. Bernie has gone completely off-the-screen, out of sight, out of mind. Apparently --
if their enthusiasm was genuine in the first place -- Rachael & Chris like their jobs very much
and "got the memo" to go dark when Big Ed was fired for ... yep .. too much Bernie.

This may be a very slight exaggeration, as there may be one or two outlier snippets or
oblique snide references to Bernie here-and-there; but they'd be very easy to miss if you
blinked.

It seems wall-to-wall "stories" that pass for bipartisan 'primary election news' now
consist solely of Trump's antics (of course) on the GOP side, and Hillary's bogus email
'scandal' for the Dems. Oh, and whether Joe is in-or-out. .. and that's it folks.

Not totally surprising, but concerning never the less.

This is not doom & gloom. We knew this would likely happen sooner or later, as Bernie
"kept it up" insisting on talking about real issues facing voters. Bernie knows it too, which
i why he's been emphasizing how his campaign will need to be a "political revolution", not
a conventional business-as-usual campaign that relies on M$M coverage for their very
existence.

I'm looking fwd to Bernie's Happy Birthday Money Bomb, and plan to contribute again,
because every time I donate, I feel The Bern all over again!!

Trumka: Early AFL-CIO endorsement 'conceivable'

Trumka: Early AFL-CIO endorsement 'conceivable'
By Timothy Noah * 09/01/15 * Politicio

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Tuesday it was "conceivable" the labor federation would endorse a presidential candidate before the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary.

The AFL-CIO is typically reluctant to endorse any presidential candidate early, preferring to wait until someone becomes the de facto Democratic nominee. The only recent exceptions were Al Gore, whom the labor federation endorsed in October 1999, and Walter Mondale, whom it endorsed in October 1983.

But in a breakfast meeting with Washington reporters, Trumka cracked open the door, saying "it is conceivable that" a pre-Iowa or pre-New Hampshire endorsement "could happen." He then added hastily, "It is not likely.
"The field is wide open," Trumka said. "There's a lot of time for things to happen and issues to unfold."

Trumka offered measured praise for Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. -snip- Trumka praised Sanders for "talking about labor law reform" -snip- Of Clinton, Trumka said she was "an experienced, good person" who "really has to figure out a way to energize workers." -snip- Of Vice President Joe Biden ..(Trumka said).. "He has been a friend and a champion."

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/afl-cio-labor-federation-richard-trumka-endorse-2016-candidate-213231#ixzz3kXJsCbUl

Question: has this been posted on DU yet?

Poll: Bernie Sanders would beat Donald Trump
http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/30/politics/bernie-sanders-donald-trump-poll/index.html

I hadn't seen it, but it may have slipped by me

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak tells followers to #FeelTheBern

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak gave a bit of a boost to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a tweet early Tuesday morning.

Wozniak, who co-founded the tech giant with the late Steve Jobs, urged followers to support the Vermont senator's campaign, using “#FeelTheBern,” the signature hashtag of Sanders backers.

Sanders is an independent but caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate. He is also running for the Democratic nomination in 2016. Clinton remains atop recent polls, but Sanders has gained ground since announcing his run.

Wozniak has donated to both sides in recent presidential elections but has leaned more toward Democrats. He donated a little more than $3,000 to president Obama’s first presidential campaign in 2008. He donated a few hundred dollars to Republican Ron Paul during the 2012 contest.

In 2004, he donated $2,000 each to the campaigns of John Kerry, the eventual Democratic nominee, and Howard Dean, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/252407-apple-cofounder-tells-followers-to-feelthebern-in-2016

Polls Show Bernie Sanders Winning the Democratic Nomination. It's Time for America to Notice.

Polls Show Bernie Sanders Winning the Democratic Nomination. It's Time for America to Notice.
9/1/15 * H. A. Goodman * HuffPo

When Sarah Silverman introduced Senator Bernie Sanders to an energized crowd of 27,500 people in Los Angeles, POLITICO ran a piece that same day titled Clinton asks staff to turn over email server, thumb drive. On the day Bernie Sanders drew a crowd of 4,500 supporters in Reno, Hillary Clinton answered a question with the now legendary statement, "What, like with a cloth or something?" Several days after Bernie defeated Hillary in the informal Iowa State Fair poll, The New York Times ran a headline with the words, Judge Says Hillary Clinton Didn't Follow Government Email Policies.

There are countless other examples illustrating the different trajectories of both Democratic challengers, and nationwide polls are finally beginning to reflect this reality. Even FiveThirtyEight now says We Got Berned, and while concerns about name recognition and polling among minority voters still exist, only Bernie Sanders has a Racial Justice platform praised by Black Lives Matter, and only Vermont's Senator has the support of Cornell West, Killer Mike, and Lil B.

Senator Bernie Sanders will win the Democratic nomination in 2016 not only because he can type an email without nationwide controversy, but also because he's exhibited a monumental surge in the polls. This ascent within the hearts and minds of Democrats began several months ago, and will only continue with greater name recognition.

According to HuffPost Pollster, Clinton's lead over Sanders among Democrats was an astounding 60.1 percent to a mere 4.9 percent on March 2, 2016. By August 26, 2015 Bernie Sanders surged all the way to 23.4 percent while Clinton fell to 47.1 percent. America should finally start to notice a political "revolution" in the making, especially since most Americans still don't know much about Sanders, yet he still continues to rise in the polls.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/polls-show-bernie-sanders-winning-the-democratic-nomination_b_8069452.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

OMFG! Dick War-criminal Cheney tells Biden to run: "Go for it Joe!"

First the Clinton's encourage Trump to run, and now The Face-Shooter wants Biden to run?


Dick Cheney Wants Joe Biden To Jump Into The Presidential Race
by Paige Lavender * August 31, 2015 * HuffPo

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said he hopes Vice President Joe Biden jumps into the 2016 presidential race.

"I'd love to see Joe get in the race," Cheney said Monday morning during a joint interview with his daughter Liz on CNN.

"Go for it Joe," Cheney added when asked why he thought Biden should run. "He's tried twice before, he obviously is interested. I think there's a lot of support for him in the Democratic party. I think it would stir things up. They're short candidates on their side."

Cheney also slammed Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton for using a private email server during her time as U.S. secretary of state.

"I think she should've known better," Cheney said.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dick-cheney-joe-biden_55e444c5e4b0b7a963397221?utm_hp_ref=politics

Debbie Wasserman Schultz stabs Obama in back on Iran nuke deal at DNC

Where is the outrage among Clinton supporters when DWS betrays her
own Democratic President, especially since Hillary says she supports the
Obama's Iran deal.

The Hill:
Wasserman Schultz blocked Iran resolution at DNC meeting
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/252255-report-dnc-chairwoman-blocked-iran-resolution-at-party-meeting
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