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Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton ON THE ISSUES

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Hillory Clinton keeps dodging taking a position on issues. Do you know her position on the TPP, Keystone, tax reform, social security and medicare, Wall Street, etc.?

The Ed Show: Clinton Was PAID MILLIONS BY BANKS Backing Keystone Pipeline

- "Banks behind Hillary Clinton's Canadian speeches really want the Keystone Pipeline"

- "Canadian Imperial Bank Of Commerce and TD Bank were both primary sponsors of paid Clinton speeches in 2014 and early 2015."

- "Both Banks have financial ties to Transcanada....and have allocated for a massive increase in pipeline capacity, including construction of Keystone.."

- Gordon Giffin, a CIBC board member and onetime U.S. Ambassador to Canada, is a former lobbyist to Transcanada and was a 'contributions bundler' for Clinton's 2008 Presidential campaign."

Bernie Sanders Unveils 3 AMAZING IDEAS That Would Improve Democratic Presidential DEBATES

In a letter to DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) laid out three ideas that he felt would improve the Democratic presidential debates. In his letter, Sanders suggested earlier debates, “In recent weeks, as I have traveled around the country, I have been hearing concerns from voters about the need for vigorous candidate debate. The people of this country are tired of political gossip, personal attacks, and ugly 30-second ads. They want the candidates to engage in serious discussion about the very serious issues facing our country today. In my view, the candidates for President should engage in a series of debates beginning this summer.”

His second idea was inter-party debates, “I believe we should be open to a less traditional form of debating by welcoming the opportunity to debate not only amongst members of the Democratic Party but also having debates between Democratic and Republican candidates during the primary process. I believe that these inter-party debates would put in dramatic focus the shallow and at times ridiculous policies and proposals being advocated by the Republican candidates and by their party’s platform. It would also serve to engage large numbers of voters who typically do not pay attention to the process until much later when the general election begins to come into focus. By engaging these voters early and raising the stakes around the election, I believe we can get people to participate at higher levels which will undoubtedly benefit Democrats up and down the ticket.”

Sen. Sanders’ third idea was to hold debates all across the country, not just in early primary states, “I also think it is important for us to debate not only in the early states but also in many states which currently do not have much Democratic presidential campaign activity. While a number of these non-target states have not in the past had much-organized campaign presence, I believe it is critical for the Democratic Party and progressive forces in America to engage voters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. By expanding the scope geographically of
debates beyond the early calendar states we can begin to awaken activism at the grassroots level in those states and signal to Democrats and progressives in places like Texas, Mississippi, Utah, and Wyoming that their states are not forgotten by the Democratic Party.”

If two of the Sanders ideas were adopted, they would transform the Democratic debates. The idea of inter-party debates is bound to turn some people off. These same people probably also hate interleague play in Major League Baseball, but the idea of Democratic candidates being able to challenge the unpopular positions that the Republican Party has adopted is appealing.




"...Climate change deniers are kooks, and if we had an honest media, it would call them kooks. Instead, Bernie Sanders, whose positions are shared by strong majorities of Americans, is being depicted as the one who is out of step...."

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the presidential candidate for the Democratic nomination, has trouble being taken seriously by the corporate media, what with him being a democratic socialist and all. If you go to Google News and put in his name, you get headlines about him being nothing more than a protest candidate, or having “odd views,” or promoting “dark age economics.” But Sanders’s positions are quite mainstream from the point of view of the stances of the American public in general. Of course, the 1 percent, for whom and by whom most mainstream media report, are appalled and would like to depict him as an outlier. Sanders is scathing on the increasing wealth gap, whereby the rich have scooped up most of the increase in our national wealth in the past 20 years. The average wage of the average worker in real terms is only a little better than in 1970; the poor are actually poorer; but the wealth of the top earners has increased several times over.

Some 63 percent of Americans agree that the current distribution of wealth is unfair. And in a Gallup poll done earlier this month, a majority, 52 percent, think that government taxation on the rich should be used to reduce the wealth gap. This percentage is historically high, having been only 45 percent in 1998. But there seems to be a shift going on, because Gallup got the 52 percent proportion in answer to the question on taxing the rich both in April and again in May of this year. Bernie Sanders’ position is that of a majority of Americans in the most recent polling! Even Socialism is coming up in the world. Some 36 percent of Millennial youth (born in the 1980s and 1990s) have a favorable view of Socialism, compared to 26 percent of the general population. Sanders wants to get big money out of politics.

A majority of Americans oppose the Supreme Court Citizens United ruling, one of a number of such rulings that have increased the ability of the super-wealthy to influence politics. A good half of Americans support federally financed political campaigns so as to level the playing field. On this issue, Bernie Sanders is the most mainstream of all the candidates. The others are in a part of the political spectrum that by the polling represents a tiny lunatic fringe, in opposing significant campaign finance reform. Sanders is very concerned about student debt and wants to do something practical to combat this problem. Some 79 percent of Americans believe that education beyond high school is not affordable for everyone. And some 57 percent of people under 30 believe student debt is a problem for youth. Bernie Sanders’s hair is on fire about the dangers of global warming and the need to take practical steps to combat it. According to a very recent Yale/Gallup poll, some 71 percent of Americans believe global warming is occurring, and 57 percent are sure that human activity (emitting greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide) is causing it, while another 12 percent think the warming is at least partly human-caused. That’s 69 percent who blame human beings wholly or in part.



Bernie To Billionaires: You're Going To PAY Your Fair SHARE OF TAXES

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Highlights of Bernie Sanders speech in Minneapolis, MN, May 31, 2015

Bernie Sanders: Why Did THOUSANDS STAND IN LINE To Hear Him?


Nearly 4, 000 people in Minneapolis showed up on a Sunday morning to hear presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders. That's a lot more than the 200 people the campaign originally expected. So why did so many people show up and what did they think of Sanders? The UpTake's Bill Sorem asked and here are the responses he got.

Bernie Sanders KICKS OFF New Hampshire Campaign

We are on the road to victory in New Hampshire.

Bernie Sanders Gets MISQUOTED

A while back, Bernie Sanders asked about something that, to the modern reader, seems pretty obvious:

Have you ever looked at the Stag, Man, Hero, Tough magazines on the shelf of your local bookstore? Do you know why the newspaper with the articles like “Girl, 12, raped by 14 men” sell so well? To what in us are they appealing?

The answers are simple and uncontroversial. A lot of men are turned on by rape and enjoy fantasizing about sexual assault; and a lot of commercial publications are fine with using this to sell their product, even if it normalizes rape culture and ultimately threatens the safety of women.

Online publications have long understood this and deliberately try to take advantage of it when promoting their content. SEO editors, for example, will torture their headlines until they can find a way to squeeze in some sexy keywords, even if those keywords are about rape. And not only that, but they’ll arrange and re-arrange their headlines so that those eye-and-search-engine-spider-catching keywords show up in the headline as early as possible. So for example, imagine that you are a Vox editor, and you want to publish an article about the point Bernie just made. Do you call your headline “Sanders criticizes the commercialization of sexual assault”? Or perhaps “Sexual assault commercialization criticized by Sanders?” Probably the latter – but if you really want to rake in the cash, you write something like this:

Where did that first quote come from? The same very essay – Sanders is describing the horrific consequences of media rape culture. The normalization of rape is so monstrous and pernicious, Sanders argues, that some women have even internalized it, and have taught themselves to enjoy the very idea of being sexually assaulted. But instead of giving the reader some minimal idea of what the essay is actually about, Vox pulls a sensational quote about what Sanders is criticizing, shuffles it to the front, and belatedly gets around to explaining where the quote even comes from.



Why Is MEDIA IGNORING Bernie Sanders?

Listen carefully, and you'll notice they never mention anything about him.

YES!....call out the 'media overlords' who have 'chosen not to give equal weight to the Democratic primary candidates'.........call them out!

Whenever a 2016 Republican hiccups, we hear about it throughout the echo chamber. Online and off. We also hear about every invented Clinton scandal on the planet in minute detail. But if you tune all of that noise out and listen very carefully, see if you can find mention of Bernie Sanders' campaign kickoff on Wednesday. Other than a 40-year old paper that they're intentionally blowing up, see if you can find any mention of Sanders as a credible candidate.


Eric Boehlert at Media Matters noticed, too,

On May 26, Sen. Bernie Sanders hosted his first major campaign rally since announcing his presidential candidacy last month. Staged on the banks of Lake Champlain in his hometown of Burlington, Vermont, the Sanders rally reportedly drew more than five thousand people, making it one of the largest campaign events of 2015, hosted by either a Democrat or a Republican.

But the sprawling rally didn't cause much of a media stir. Rather than cover it as a major news event, the Washington Post ignored the rally in its print edition the next day, as did the New York Times, according to a search of the Nexis database. The network news programs that night covered the event in just a few sentences.

At a time when it seems any movement on the Republican side of the candidate field produces instant and extensive press coverage, more and more observers are suggesting there's something out of whack with Sanders' press treatment.

And they're right.

As the Vermont liberal spreads his income equality campaign message, the press corps seems unsure of how to cover him. In the month since he announced his bid, Sanders' coverage seems to pale in comparison to comparable Republican candidates who face an arduous task of obtaining their party's nomination. The reluctance is ironic, since the D.C. press corps for months brayed loudly about how Hillary Clinton must face a primary challenger. Now she has one and the press can barely feign interest?


Well, you know the routine here. Bernie Sanders isn't considered a serious candidate by the media-at-large. Wait till Lincoln (who?) Chafee throws his hat in the ring next week. I'll bet you hear more about him. That is, if you hear anything about any Democrat that isn't just more gotcha scandal-mongering. Furthermore, when they do report on Bernie Sanders, it's through the prism of Hillary Clinton's candidacy.

Over and over we see the same media construct: Sanders' campaign only exists as it relates to Clinton's bid for the nomination. There's no justification for such a narrow-minded view of Sanders' run.



More Americans SUPPORT Bernie Sanders For President THAN Every Republican Contender

Social liberalism is on a fast rise, Bernie Sanders is appealing to old school GOP voters, and now he has more support for the presidency than any of the Republican contenders for 2016. Is America seeing a progressive uprising? I sure hope so. A recent Quinnipiac Poll shows that Senator Sanders is supported by 15% of Democratic voters compared to 57% who support Hillary Clinton. Vice President Joe Biden nabs 9% of the vote with the other 14% undecided. However, the interesting part is no one in the GOP has over 10% support. Senator Marco Rubio (FL), Governor Scott Walker, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee are all tied for 10% while Senators Rand Paul (KY) and Ted Cruz (TX) have 7% and 6% respectively. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina trails with only 2%. So, in other words, more people rally around Bernie Sanders than they do a solid GOP candidate. Even though the GOP field has over 9 declared candidates and an additional 8 considering a run, the Democrats factored in (among Clinton and Sanders) Joe Biden, Lincoln Chafee, Martin O’Malley, and Jim Webb.

While the GOP clown car continues to sputter out of control with the attacks on “who’s more conservative,” the Democratic primary (led by Clinton) continues an open dialogue as Sanders has promised not to attack Hillary, but make the election about the issues Americans care about. No wonder he’s more popular than any of the GOP contenders. I predict that the more people come to know who he his and hear his bold and progressive ideas, the more support he will get. His population has grown substantially as more people hear his message: he was at 8 percent support in an April Quinnipiac poll and 4 percent in their March one. That means Hillary Clinton shouldn’t get too comfortable. He certainly is challenging the status quo of the usual two-party system (remember, he was an Independent for decades before “switching” to the Democratic Party).


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