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Politico: Hillary Clinton Told Wall Street To ‘Cut It Out’ — Not So Much, the Record Shows

Hillary Clinton Told Wall Street To ‘Cut It Out’—Not So Much, the Record Shows
Her legislation on banking and housing finance stalled as crisis escalated.
By Jeff Gerth * November 15, 2015 * Politico

Under attack during Saturday night’s Democratic debate over her historical reliance on campaign contributions from Wall Street, Hillary Clinton said she isn’t influenced by such donations and would be at least as tough on the industry as her opponents. ~snip~

Yet an examination of Clinton’s remarks to Wall Street in December 2007 and her actions as a New York senator—a period when she had the best opportunity to translate her words into deeds—presents a more mixed picture of her record on the financial industry.

The bills Clinton introduced on banking and housing finance got no traction. When she had a chance to support a 2007 bill that aimed to curb a tax break she publicly decried for hedge-fund and private-equity executives, she failed to sign on.

Clinton also has some history with the shadow-banking world she says is a continuing risk to the financial system. While in the Senate, she made a little-noticed overture to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who was involved in talks to rescue giant insurer AIG with government funds. She was calling on behalf of wealthy investors who stood to lose millions and had hired two longtime Clinton associates to represent them.

‘Cut it Out’
In his most direct attack on Clinton’s record to date, Sanders on Saturday suggested that she was in Wall Street’s pocket.
“Why, over her political career has Wall Street been a major—the major campaign contributor to Hillary Clinton? You know, maybe they're dumb and they don't know what they're going to get, but I don't think so,” the Vermont senator said.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/11/hillary-clinton-told-wall-street-to-cut-it-out-not-so-much-the-record-shows-213363#ixzz3rfhx1J3I

What to do re: ISIS? How about this? Get our US Military OUT of ME countries, period.

By now it's a patently bullshit argument that "if we don't fight them over there, we'll have to fight
them in our precious Homeland" ... Like this ^ is some kind of sensible solution to end the bloodshed
and violence that threatens to engulf more people every day.

It's not the solution, it's the fucking problem.

Like Bill Mayer said on his show last night, with panelists Dylan Rattigan, Michael Steel, & Jay Leno ..
"What a concept: How about we just stay out of Muslim lands?"

Let the ME nations deal with their own terrorist assholes, they have armies, and could crush ISIS in
1 week if the US would just stop throwing more gasoline on the ME firestorms of death & misery,
with bombings, drones, and now boots in Syria, all of which simply keeps the cycle of violence and
revenge-seeking going.

If we get attacked on US soil, so be it. Deal with THAT, smartly & preemptively, as a criminal act
invoking swift & deliberate justice. This is what we do already, like with the Boston bombing, et. al.
as well we need to, but let's stop pretending like we can go over there and "kick ass" .. like Bill
Mayer said in the above interview, we know damn well that if we "go after ISIS with boots on ground"
that they will immediately "melt back into the civilian population just like they did in Iraq and
Afghanistan .. "

Excellent 10-Min. on ISIS/Paris on Bill Mayer, w/ Jay Leno, Michael Steele, and Dylan Rattigan - Rec

Mayer sets-up with question: "WHY DO THEY HATE US?" .. and many great points are made by the panel and by Bill.

The question was posed to panelists Jay Leno, Michael Steele, and Dylan Rattigan. Bill said:

“We don’t have every bit of information, the last body count I heard was over 150. When the Charlie Hebdo thing happened the week after everybody said ‘Je suis Charlie.’ But not really. They didn’t really stick with them… I’m gonna ask you this question that people asked after 9/11, because I don’t think we really know the answer: Why do they hate us?”

The tension was only broken when the panel said nothing to the question posed, and the host laughingly observed:

“I stumped the panel.” ... but then a great 10 minute exchange of views ensued ...

Bernie is for real

Bernie is for real
Daily Kos * Nov. 13, 2015

It's time to break out of the straight jacket of incremental progress or none at all. We are told that we must support the establishment democrat or get stuck with a crazy republican. Either way, the establishment wins. And the people lose.

What are we to do? Rise up and start fighting back, that's what. As Bernie says, he can’t do it alone. If all we do is elect him and then sit back and expect him to do it, we’re sunk. It’s the uprising, the grassroots movement to not only elect Sanders but to also fill the house and senate with politicians who will work with him and continue to be involved at the citizen activist level that’s important. This is what Bernie is exhorting us to do.

More than any other politician in recent memory, Bernie Sanders is focused on reality. It's the rest of us who are lost. ~Matt Taibbi in RollingStone

Yes, President Obama (not to take from him any of the credit he is due) said the same thing about building a permanent grassroots movement but then he turned his back on the grassroots on day one and took up the banner of the establishment 1%. We know Bernie won’t do this. In 40 years in politics, he has never turned his back on the people. Bernie and his grassroots movement are for real. Bernie is a legitimate anti-establishment candidate. The fact that he's a senator doesn't change that. He's anti-establishment because of the positions he takes, but more importantly, because he's refusing to take dirty money or corporate money. He will be the first president in my lifetime to belong to the people and the people only.

How many other presidential candidates in our times have ever explicitly rejected Big Money or corporate money? None, zip, zero – that's how many. It's unprecedented, never happened before. People laughed, people mocked, they said it was foolhardy and would doom his candidacy. But what really happened?

He has kept neck and neck with the Goldman Sachs candidate raising nearly as much as her from the American people as she has from Wall Street and the 1%. Bernie Sanders has now had more individual donations than any other candidate for president ever at this point in the race. His money is from us, the 99%. He is in no one's pocket. He will be modern history's first and only candidate to be beholden only to the American people. They keep saying it can't be done and he keeps doing it.


Blue Linings on the Red Cloud: Democracy Beats Oligarchy

The headline's laughable over-statement about "democracy beating oligarch" aside, this is still encouraging to read.

Democracy Beats Oligarchy
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 * The Washington Post * by Katrina vanden Heuvel

“From coast to coast, conservatives score huge victories,” announced a Washington Post headline after last week’s elections. “Liberals Got Smoked Across the Country Last Night,” read another in Slate.

The post-election media narrative has focused on setbacks for progressives, including Democratic losses in Kentucky and Virginia, along with the failure of Houston’s equal-rights ordinance. Yet, while it was a disappointing election night for the Democratic Party, it was also a promising one for democracy, as voters across the country acted decisively to reform the electoral process and fight the corrosive influence of money in politics.

In Ohio, a purple state with a conservative Republican governor, 71 percent of voters supported a constitutional amendment to outlaw the partisan gerrymandering of legislative districts and create a bipartisan redistricting commission. The overwhelming transpartisan support for the amendment is particularly heartening considering how clearly the old rules favored Republicans, who hold commanding majorities in both chambers of the state legislature. Indeed, as Nation correspondent John Nichols pointed out, “even though Democratic President Barack Obama and Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown won big statewide victories in 2012, there was no parallel shift to the Democrats when it came to state legislative races.”

Fifty-five percent of Maine voters cast their ballots to strengthen the “clean election” law passed in 1996, which established a voluntary system of public financing. For nearly two decades, the law has empowered ordinary citizens such as progressive state Rep. Diane Russell, a former cashier, to run for office, but recent court rulings and budget cuts have conspired to weaken the system. Local activists worked with national reform groups, such as Every Voice and Common Cause, to build support for the ballot initiative, which provides additional funding for public financing and stronger disclosure requirements. Notably, the measure was fiercely opposed by right-wing Gov. Paul LePage, who called it a “scam.”

And on the other side of the country, Seattle, which previously made history as the first city to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, continued its trend of passing bold reforms with the potential to serve as a model for cities and states nationwide. By more than a 20-point margin, Seattle voters approved a novel public financing system in which the city’s residents will receive four “democracy vouchers” per election cycle worth $25 apiece. Voters can then “donate” their vouchers, which are funded with taxpayer money, to candidates for municipal office, who must in turn accept campaign spending limits and restrictions on private contributions.


10 Shocking Economic Facts that Power the Sanders Insurgency

Reading this list is a great reminder of why we need Bernie in the Oval Office asap.

10 Shocking Economic Facts that Power the Sanders Insurgency
These facts provide the glue for the Sanders message.
Nov. 10, 2015 * By Les Leopold * AlterNet

Why are so many drawn to the Sanders message? It's not because he's a political outsider. (He's a Senator who has spent his entire adult life in politics.) It's not because he's a good Jewish boy from Brooklyn. (Jews make up only about 2% of the American population.) And it's not because he's a self-declared socialist. (Few of us have any idea what that means in today's global economy.)

Rather, it's because so many of us want to stop our entire society from crumbling beneath the destructive power of runaway inequality.

Here are 10 crucial economic facts that provide the glue for the Sanders message. (The charts are taken from Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice.)


We Need Weed: Veterans drop hundreds of empty pill bottles in front of the White House

Veterans drop hundreds of empty pill bottles in front of the White House
By Perry Stein * Washington Post * November 11, 2015

A couple dozen servicemen and women marched to the White House this Veterans Day and dumped a large box of empty pill containers, calling on the president and other federal officials to make medical marijuana accessible to veterans.

“Here’s what the over-medication of our veterans looks like,” they said as they spilled the canisters onto the floor. “We don’t want it.”

The veterans and protesters — affiliated with various veteran and marijuana advocacy organizations — argued that Veterans Affairs hospitals are over-medicating veterans, prescribing them a large number of psychoactive medications to treat PTSD. They marched from McPherson Square to the Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters, then to the White House, some smoking joints along the way, which is illegal in D.C.

VA health-care providers can’t talk to their patients about medical marijuana options, even in states where there are legal medical marijuana programs. A bill in Congress, the Veterans Equal Access Amendment, would allow doctors to provide recommendations about participating in such state programs.


Speaking of women

Just saw this posted at the "Un-Official Brenie Sanders" Facebook page

For EVERY One of these GOP Debates. The GOP & Their Candidates get 90% of 2-3 Days News Cycles.

.. of totally FREE advertising. It is absolutely dumbfounding to me that the Democratic Party
puts up with this shit. Do we WANT to lose?

Hillary people talk about how damned important it is to "KEEP THE GOP OUT of the White House in 2016!!!!!!";
so riddle me this: why is the DNC Darling candidate, Hillary Clinton, not standing up and saying "CUT IT OUT!"
to the DNC's throttle-hold on the Democratic Debate schedule, down to only 6 poorly scheduled (on weekends,
holidays, etc.) paltry debates?

I know Hillary said she "wouldn't object to more debates", or some such fluff; but that's a damn far cry from
coming into solidarity with Bernie and O'Malley and DEMANDING more debates, or get rid of DWS, so she
stops this insane obstructionism on this issue.

Sorry, but every time the GOP gets all this 100% free airtime it totally pisses me off all over again, so I had
to get this off my chest.

New McClatchy-Marist poll shows Bernie DESTROYING BOTH Bush AND Trump in Landslide Victories.

Check it out here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251795069

This looks very very good IMHO. K&R's would be most welcome.
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