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Poll: Bernie Sanders would beat Donald Trump

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.


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.


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.


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

West Point/Thought Crimes 101: "Don't criticize the War on Terrah, or you'll be "targeted"

West Point professor calls on US military to target legal critics of war on terror
US military academy official William Bradford argues that attacks on scholars’ home offices and media outlets – along with Islamic holy sites – are legitimate
by Spencer Ackerman in New York * The Guardian * August 29, 2015

An assistant professor in the law department of the US Military Academy at West Point has argued that legal scholars critical of the war on terrorism represent a “treasonous” fifth column that should be attacked as enemy combatants.

In a lengthy academic paper, the professor, William C Bradford, proposes to threaten “Islamic holy sites” as part of a war against undifferentiated Islamic radicalism. That war ought to be prosecuted vigorously, he wrote, “even if it means great destruction, innumerable enemy casualties, and civilian collateral damage”.

Other “lawful targets” for the US military in its war on terrorism, Bradford argues, include “law school facilities, scholars’ home offices and media outlets where they give interviews” – all civilian areas, but places where a “causal connection between the content disseminated and Islamist crimes incited” exist.

“Shocking and extreme as this option might seem, scholars, and the law schools that employ them, are – at least in theory – targetable so long as attacks are proportional, distinguish noncombatants from combatants, employ nonprohibited weapons, and contribute to the defeat of Islamism,” Bradford wrote.


It's in the interests of corporate media to ignore what Sanders is talking about. Can we fix that?

It's in the interests of corporate media to ignore what Sanders is talking about. Can we fix that? 8/27/15 * by Meteor Blades * Daily Kos

CNN, The Washington Post and a few other media outlets took note Monday that Bernie Sanders made mention of something that's been on his mind for a very long time—the media's general failure to do what ought to be the serious work of covering election campaigns as well as political and economic issues in general. Here's Dan Merica:
"The American people, I think, increasingly understand that corporate media is prepared to discuss everything 24 hours a day, seven days a week except the most important issues facing the American people," Sanders said Monday during a town hall in Conway. "Increasingly what media sees campaigns being are soap operas and football games, rather than a serious discussion about the serious issues facing America."

Sanders used similar lines in Salem, New Hampshire, on Sunday night, lamenting the fact that Republican candidate Marco Rubio hitting a child in the head with a football during a trip to Iowa got "more coverage than Marco Rubio's position on Social Security."

Sanders wasn't bellyaching about how he himself has been treated by the media. Speaking with reporters in Conway after a rally there Monday, he made clear that he didn't think what they have been writing about him is unfair. But he didn't sugarcoat another element of their coverage, or rather the lack of it:
“I want you to talk about and force discussion about climate change,” he said. “Do you think you do that enough? I would like you to force discussion of poverty in America. I have talked over and over and over again that 51 percent of African American kids are unemployed or underemployed. You think that’s an important issue? I do. Are you going to discuss it?”
"So what I am asking you is help me. … The American people want a discussion of the real issues.


David Corn: 4 Reasons Why a Biden Run Would Help Sanders

4 Reasons Why a Biden Run Would Help Sanders
It would give more Democrats permission to question Clinton's candidacy.
By David Corn * Wed Aug. 26, 2015 * Mother Jones

The politerati are getting a slight break from Trumpalooza these days, thanks to the Biden Bump. The veep has been actively discussing a possible presidential run with Democratic donors and strategists as he moves toward a final decision, and political handicappers have upped the odds that Biden, still coping with the recent death of his 46-year-old son Beau, will enter the fray. This has led to a torrent of speculation about what Biden will do and what a last-minute leap might mean for the 2016 race. Could it hurt the once-inevitable-but-now-email-burdened Hillary Clinton by providing Nervous-Nellie Democrats with an alternative? Could it help Clinton by offering her a more establishment-oriented sparring partner to vanquish—which would yield a positive narrative for her campaign?

The other day, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent seeking the Democratic nomination who has drawn thousands to rallies and boomed in recent polls, was asked how a Biden bid would affect the contest. He characteristically pooh-poohed the question. "Politics is not a soap opera," he said. "What impact it will have on the race, I honestly don’t know. I mean, I wish I could tell you, but I don’t. Will it help or hurt me? Will it help or hurt Hillary Clinton? I just don’t know."

Yet there are several reasons why a Biden run would be good for Sanders.
* Slicing up the pie. The most obvious benefit is a matter of basic math: If Biden is in the hunt, the establishment Democratic vote will be split. ~snip~
* Hey, look over there. A Biden-Clinton showdown would draw great media attention. ~snip~
* Permission to abandon ship. At the moment, there's only one establishment candidate in the race. ~snip~
* A longer free ride. The Clinton campaign so far has not blasted Sanders. It has watched warily as he has risen in the polls, but it has not fired at him. Team Sanders, though, does expect Clinton to confront the (possible) Sanders threat at some point. With Biden in the mix, Sanders may get a pass. ~snip~

Elizabeth Warren backers lukewarm on Joe Biden

Elizabeth Warren backers lukewarm on Joe Biden
Leaders of “Run Warren Run” say most of their members are already happy with Sanders.
By Edward-Isaac Dovere & Gabriel Debenedetti * 8/24/15 * Politico

Joe Biden is no Elizabeth Warren.

That’s the message being sent by former leaders and foot soldiers of the draft Warren movement after the vice president met privately with the Massachusetts senator on Saturday, in preparation for a possible presidential run.

Unlike Warren or Bernie Sanders, the Vermont progressive who’s assumed the support of many Warren backers, Biden is a pillar of the Democratic establishment, vice president in an administration that many progressives consider too centrist. That puts him in roughly the same position as Hillary Clinton: liberal on many issues, but a traditional party loyalist at the end of the day.

“He enters the race in the same place she is,” said Charles Chamberlain, president of Democracy for America, which helped operate the pro-Warren grass roots group Run Warren Run.

That’s a considerable problem because Biden, to be successful, would need to appeal to a large majority of progressives who are disenchanted with Clinton, while persuading them that he’s a better vehicle for their beliefs than Sanders, who’s been drawing huge crowds and gaining on Clinton all summer.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/elizabeth-warren-backers-lukewarm-joe-biden-2016-121688.html#ixzz3jqX2CXWo

Why in the world is Hillary spending SO much money on polls?

How Much Are Pollsters Really Getting Paid?

Mark Blumenthal, Senior Polling Editor, The Huffington Post
Ariel Edwards-Levy, Reporter, The Huffington Post
Janie Velencia, Associate Polling Editor, The Huffington Post

Most pollsters wish they were paid as well as Donald Trump thinks they are, but FEC filings show that so far few if any are.

In an interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, the real estate mogul and Republican presidential contender explained that the other candidates “have pollsters; they pay these guys $200,000 a month to tell them, ‘Don’t say this, don’t say that, you use the wrong word, you shouldn’t put a comma here.’ I don’t want any of that. I have a nice staff, but no one tells me what to say."

The reality is that none of the Republican contenders has yet to pay a pollster anywhere near that much, although Hillary Clinton’s polling disbursements in 2015 come close. ~snip~

Hillary Clinton’s campaign and super PAC are the big exceptions, racking up over a million dollars in polling disbursements so far in 2015. The FEC reports show payments of $814,915 to lead polling firm Benenson Strategy Group and $90,000 to David Binder Research. The Priorities USA Action super PAC also paid out $139,734 to Global Strategy Group and $42,000 to Garin Strategic Research.

Keep in mind that these disbursements are taken from campaign spending reports for all of 2015 – they are not monthly amounts. They also include the total cost of polling and focus groups conducted for the campaigns, rather than reflecting net profit or the pollsters’ take-home pay.

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