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Bernie Sanders to Discuss POVERTY in America


Sanders to Discuss Poverty in America

MAY 5TH, 2016

KIMBALL, W. Va. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday was in McDowell County, West Virginia, to meet at a food bank with people living in one of the worst pockets of poverty in the United States and to examine why 47 million Americans live in poverty in the richest nation on earth.

He will meet this morning with West Virginians at the Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank, where Linda and Bob McKinney struggle to keep residents of the rural mountain county from going hungry.

The discussion is expected to focus on the urgent need to lift millions of Americans out of poverty and rebuild the middle class. Sanders will focus on how poverty can be a death sentence. In McDowell County, where deaths by suicide and from drug overdoses are among the highest in the state, men live on average to be only 64 years old. Sanders will contrast that to suburban Washington, D.C., just a six-hour drive away, where men in wealthy Fairfax County, Virginia, live on average until the age of 82. The average life expectancy for women in Fairfax County is 85, compared to just 73 for women in McDowell.

To read the senator’s prepared remarks, click here.

To read prepared remarks by panelists, click here.

To read Sanders’ interview on poverty in McDowell County with Steve Inskeep on NPR’s “MorningEdition” today, click here.

To read more in The Atlantic about poverty and mortality, click here.


"Was The Clinton Server EASY Or HARD? Guccifer: For Me Was EASY, Was EASY...For Me, For EVERYBODY"

Herridge: Was The Clinton Server EASY Or HARD?

Guccifer: For Me Was EASY, Was EASY.....For Me, For EVERYBODY

Federal Judge MAY ORDER Hillary Clinton To TESTIFY In Ongoing Email Controversy

A federal judge on Wednesday signaled that he may be willing to order Hillary Clinton to testify about the decision to conduct official business on a private email server while she served as secretary of state. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said in an order made public Wednesday that it “may be necessary” for Clinton to be deposed in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking unrelated employment records for one of her closest advisers while she was at the Department of State.

The judge said “questions surrounding the creation, purpose and use of the clintonemail.com server must be explored” so that he may assess whether it was put in place to circumvent federal open-records laws. Prior to the revelations that the email server existed, Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, sued the Department of State to seek disclosure of the employment records of Huma Abedin, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, with an eye toward unearthing potential conflicts with private sector work Abedin engaged in while at the department.

Once some of the records were produced, the parties agreed to dismiss the case in early 2014. But when The New York Times reported on the existence of the email server last March, the watchdog group went back to court and later alleged that Clinton and State “sought to deliberately thwart” the Freedom of Information Act with the setup of the server. In Wednesday’s order, Sullivan seemed to cabin the implications of the case, noting that it involves the “narrow legal question” of whether State acted in good faith when it produced the records under the original request.

“Although the State Department has taken some action to recover federal records related to this case,” Sullivan wrote, “those efforts do not resolve the question of whether the agency’s search in response to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request was reasonable.”

To get to the bottom of that legal question, Sullivan allowed lawyers for Judicial Watch to seek testimony from Abedin and Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff in her four years at State, as well as from other State employees who were involved in the deliberations surrounding the setup of the email system. Once that round of depositions and other evidence is collected in the case, for which the court gave an eight-week timeline, Sullivan said the lawyers can ask him for “permission” to also seek Clinton’s testimony.



Politico Exposes Hillary Clinton Campaign ‘MONEY-LAUNDERING’ Scheme


Politico Exposes Clinton Campaign ‘Money-Laundering’ Scheme

MAY 2ND, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, on Monday criticized a Hillary Clinton campaign fundraising scheme that state party leaders told Politico has been used as a self-serving “money-laundering” conduit.

Despite Clinton’s pledges to rebuild state parties, Politico found that less than 1 percent of the $61 million raised by the Victory Fund has stayed in the state parties’ coffers.

“Secretary Clinton is looting funds meant for the state parties to skirt fundraising limits on her presidential campaign,” Weaver said. “We think the Clinton campaign should let the state parties keep their fair share of the cash.”

Sanders’ and Clinton’s primary campaigns both raised about $26 million in April, but Politico documented how the Hillary Victory Fund, a supposedly joint fundraising committee, has been exploited to inflate her presidential primary campaign.

“Secretary Clinton has exploited the rules in ways that let her high-dollar donors like Alice Walton of Wal-Mart fame and the actor George Clooney and his super-rich Hollywood friends skirt legal limits on campaign contributions,” Weaver added. “If Secretary Clinton can’t raise the funds needed to run in a competitive primary without resorting to laundering, how will she compete against Donald Trump in a general election?”

The Sanders campaign first raised questions about the arrangement in an April 18 letter from Brad Deutsch, the attorney for Sanders’ campaign, to U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the DNC.

“Hillary Clinton says that campaign finance reform is one of the most important issues facing our country but her campaign’s use of the Victory Fund to essentially launder money proves otherwise,” Weaver said. “You cannot exploit a broken campaign finance system one day and vow to get big money out of politics the next.”

Sanders last month raised money for three progressive Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives. Unlike the Hillary Victory Fund, every dollar went directly to helping the candidates. The senator has also raised significant sums for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.


Rigged System: Why The F*CK Are LOBBYISTS SuperDelegates?

The Progressive Mind @Libertea2012

RT: Why the f are lobbyists superdelegates? System is rigged.

#WhatTheyDontWantUsToKnow… #BernieStrong

Lee Fang: Hillary Clinton Compared AL FROM To 9/11 First Responder -- For Rescuing The Dem Party

Lee Fang @lhfang

creepy that Hillary compared Al From -strategist behind welfare reform, NAFTA, etc- to 9/11 first responder -- for rescuing the Dem Party


Lee Fang: In this 2002 speech Hillary called for "more welfare reform," says cuts to police are "unilateral disarmament"


I would also like to thank Al From for inviting me here today, and especially for bringing the 2002 National Conversation to New York. I hope the Democratic Party will once again follow the DLC lead and bring the Democratic Convention to New York as well in 2004. If I'm ever invited to the Republican leadership Council, if there is such a thing, I'll ask them to bring the Republican convention here as well.

My friend Al From is a "first responder" of another kind -- he was a first responder to the needs of the Democratic Party and what ailed us back in the 1980's. I still remember his trip to Arkansas, his meeting with my husband, his passionate advocacy that ideas really mattered and we had to get back to the idea business and we had to stand for something larger than just trying to win elections and it was that philosophy and that passionate advocacy that brings this huge crowd from all over the country here today. It was a simple idea when you strip it all away. Good ideas, rooted in good values makes for good politics. But it took some convincing for us to drive that home.


WHY Americans Vote for Hillary Clinton

Comedians Bill Maher and the late George Carlin explain why millions of Americans have been voting for Hillary Clinton rather than Bernie Sanders.


Voter SUPPRESSION Screwed Bernie Sanders and Will Screw Dems in November if Left Unchecked

America’s Lawyer, Mike Papantonio, appears on RT’s Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp to discuss the voter suppression tactics that have been at play in the past couple of months, and the impact it has had for both the Bernie Sanders campaign and democracy in general.


Independent Investigation CONFIRMS Bernie Sanders Campaign Told the Truth


Independent Investigation Confirms Sanders Campaign Told the Truth

APRIL 29, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Four months ago, in an impulsive overreaction and at a critical point in the campaign just weeks before the closest Iowa caucus results in history, the DNC shut down the Sanders campaign’s access to its own voter file data, only restoring access after the campaign filed a lawsuit in Federal court.

Now, four months later, an independent investigation of the firewall failures in the DNC’s shared voter file database has definitively confirmed that the original claims by the DNC and the Clinton campaign were wholly inaccurate – the Sanders campaign never “stole” any voter file data; the Sanders campaign never “exported” any unauthorized voter file data; and the Sanders campaign certainly never had access to the Clinton campaign’s “strategic road map.”

In fact, the independent investigation has confirmed what the Sanders campaign said from the start:

* The DNC’s security failures allowed four Sanders campaign staffers – three junior-level staffers led by a manager who had been hired at the recommendation of the DNC and who was immediately terminated after the incident – to have extremely short-lived access for one hour to Hillary for America’s scoring models, but not to any of Hillary for America’s proprietary voter data.

* No one else in the Sanders campaign, outside these four staffers, accessed the Hillary for America’s scoring models or had knowledge that the activity was taking place until well after the incident was over.

* With one exception, all unauthorized access took place within the DNC’s own system. While there is evidence that the terminated staffer may have exported a summary data table, the independent investigation of Sanders campaign computers could not locate that file and no one in the Sanders campaign has ever seen that file.

With the investigation behind us, the campaign has withdrawn its lawsuit against the DNC today but continues to implore the DNC to address the systemic instability that remains in its voter file system. It is imperative that the DNC make it a top priority to prevent future data security failures in the voter file system, failures that only serve as unnecessary distractions to the democratic process.

Bernie Sanders Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver said “We are gratified by the results of this independent investigation.”


The Queen: "Hillary Would SNAP Her Fingers And Go, ‘GUM.’..And Huma Would FETCH IT.”



She was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1976. At age 2, she moved with her parents, Pakistani and Indian Muslim academics, to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and only returned to the U.S. at 18 to study at George Washington University. Two years later, she got a White House internship, entering Hillaryland in 1996, around the time President Clinton was first locking eyes with intern Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, when that sex scandal detonated, Abedin was the gofer in the girls’ club forming a leak-proof shield around the humiliated first lady.

“She was a very, very religious person—she didn’t smoke, drink or swear, always very polite,” recalls one Clinton friend, who, like most people who spoke to Newsweek, asked not to be named. “A lot of times, Hillary would snap her fingers and go, ‘Gum.’ And Huma would fetch it.” Abedin took her duties so seriously, the source recalled, that when she learned that Clinton had once carried her own bag up a flight of stairs in her aide’s absence, Abedin nearly burst into tears.



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