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Work in tv/film production - Unionista UPM for the DGA - Mother - Music Lover - Graduate of The New School economics/film - Born & raised in Williamsburg Brooklyn 1981 - living in Manhattan.

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Hillary takes Q & A on Facebook. RE: #BlackLivesMatter

Was she reading my DU posts? http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1251&pid=462241

Iran Nuclear Deal Is Reached After Long Negotiation.

VIENNA — Iran and a group of six nations led by the United States have agreed to a historic accord to significantly limit Tehran’s nuclear ability for more than a decade in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions against Iran, a senior Western diplomat involved in the negotiations said on Tuesday.

The deal culminates 20 months of negotiations on a deal that President Obama had long sought as the biggest diplomatic achievement of his presidency.

A formal announcement of the agreement was expected later on Tuesday, when foreign ministers from Iran and the six nations it has been negotiating with will meet at a United Nations complex here in Vienna. Catherine Ray, a spokeswoman for the European Union, said a final plenary meeting of the six nations — the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Vienna, followed by a news conference, but she provided no further details.

Diplomats have declined to provide details until Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, speak at that event. Mr. Obama is expected to make a public statement in Washington, beginning a long process to sell the deal to Congress and the American public.

Link: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/07/15/world/middleeast/iran-nuclear-deal-is-reached-after-long-negotiations.html?referrer=


Hillary Clinton Raises Record $45 Million in First Quarter of Campaign

Clinton attended dozens of high-dollar fundraisers, though 91% of the donations came from people who gave $100 or less.

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign raised at least $45 million during its first quarter, her campaign told Bloomberg on Wednesday.

Clinton's haul from her campaign's launch in mid-April through June 30 is a record for primary money raised in a candidate's first quarter. President Barack Obama held the previous record for a campaign's first quarter, raising $41.9 million after launching his re-election bid.

The Democratic frontrunner appeared dozens of high-dollar fundraisers–many in New York, several in California, plus a smattering smaller cities like St. Louis, Austin and Albuquerque–where attendees were often asked to give the primary-season maximum $2,700 or to raise at least $27,000.

The campaign, though, is emphasizing a number that it sees a sign of grassroots support: 91 percent of the donations were of $100 or less. In a handwritten note posted on Twitter just after the campaign announced the top-line numbers, Clinton expressed her appreciation. "Thank you so much for being part of this campaign. I’m grateful for all you’ve done and excited for what comes next," she wrote. "When the road ahead is tough, you need the best people by your side. That’s why I’m thankful for you."

link: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-07-01/hillary-clinton-raises-45-million-in-first-quarter-of-campaign

Newest PPP poll out today has Hillary gaining momentum on all Dem candidates.


Bernie Sanders may be gaining momentum in recent New Hampshire polling but Hillary Clinton is more dominant than ever in the national polling. She's at 65% to 9% for Bernie Sanders, 5% for Martin O'Malley, and 4% each for Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb. Sanders is the most common second choice of Democratic voters at 19% and O'Malley has broken away from Chafee and Webb to become the clear third choice of primary voters at 12%. Overall Clinton is the first or second choice of 73% of Democrats to 28% for Sanders, 17% for O'Malley, 8% for Chafee, and 7% for Webb.

Clinton continues to be dominant nationally with every segment of the Democratic electorate- she's over 60% with liberals, moderates, women, men, Hispanics, whites, and voters in every age group and she's polling at 83% with African Americans. The lack of racial diversity in New Hampshire is one reason Sanders is coming closer to her there given her dominance with black voters nationally.

link: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2015/06/walker-bush-rubio-lead-gop-field-clinton-still-dominant.html

Hillary once again addresses TPP at press conference.


Video at link.

Hillary's economic adviser is Joseph Stiglitz?

Whoa if true. And her other economic adviser is a Wall Street watchdog. Great choices.


Stiglitz is advising Clinton on economic policy, and her aides have met repeatedly with Roosevelt Institute scholars and staff, including at least one session since the release of the report, according to a person familiar with the discussions. 

From the article: Hillary's FDR Moment

I’m a liberal professor, and I’m NOT afraid of students who question me.

Edward Schlosser says, “I’m a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me”. Strangely, he doesn’t give any evidence that he’s at all liberal, and the one personal incident he cites involves a conservative student.

The next week, I got called into my director’s office. I was shown an email, sender name redacted, alleging that I “possessed communistical sympathies and refused to tell more than one side of the story.” The story in question wasn’t described, but I suspect it had do to with whether or not the economic collapse was caused by poor black people.

That was it. That was the first, and so far only, formal complaint a student has ever filed against me, he says. Further, this was the response of the administration:

My director rolled her eyes. She knew the complaint was silly bullshit. I wrote up a short description of the past week’s class work, noting that we had looked at several examples of effective writing in various media and that I always made a good faith effort to include conservative narratives along with the liberal ones.

Along with a carbon-copy form, my description was placed into a file that may or may not have existed. Then … nothing. It disappeared forever; no one cared about it beyond their contractual duties to document student concerns. I never heard another word of it again.

So then he scurries off to Vox and writes a long essay in which he complains that he’s terrified by liberal students. This makes no sense at all. There has to be more to his concerns than this. He makes a few vague efforts...

the rest: http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2015/06/04/im-a-liberal-professor-and-im-not-afraid-of-students-who-question-me/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+freethoughtblogs%2Fpharyngula+%28FTB%3A+Pharyngula%29

Hillary will announce June 13th from Roosevelt Island NYC.

This is where she will announce, with the UN and Freedom Tower in the background:

This picture angle totally looks like the HRC arrow logo on the floor.

The Hastert results are in. Come see if you're a winner!

Drumroll please....

Hastert Misconduct Involves Sexual Abuse Of A Male | Crooks and Liars

Anonymous federal sources are speaking to the LA Times, and the story isn't pretty. It also confirms why he is resigning hastily from the Wheaton College Center that bears his name as well as the lobbying firm he's been working for.

LA Times

One of the officials, who would not speak publicly about the federal charges in Chicago, said “Individual A,” as the person is described in Thursday’s federal indictment, was a man and that the alleged misconduct was unrelated to Hastert’s tenure in Congress. The actions date to Hastert’s time as a Yorkville, Ill., high school wrestling coach and teacher, the official said.

“It goes back a long way, back to then,” the source said. “It has nothing to do with public corruption or a corruption scandal. Or to his time in office.” Thursday’s indictment described the misconduct “against Individual A” as having “occurred years earlier.”

Asked why Hastert was making the payments, the official said it was to conceal Hastert’s past relationship with the male. “It was sex,’’ the source said. The other official confirmed that the misconduct involved sexual abuse.

Cue the homophobic right wing's outrage at how gays corrupt even the most pristine public officials in 3, 2, 1...

Link: http://crooksandliars.com/2015/05/la-times-hastert-misconduct-involves

Abstinence education appears to not even work on the guys who vote for it. Also, Segami posted about a CSPAN caller from Yorkville who asked Hastert if they remember him, then laughed and hung up. Hmmm: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=6746576

Bernie Sanders in Selma Says Civil Rights Struggle Continues

SELMA, Ala., March 7 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today joined U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and other civil rights pioneers on the 50th anniversary of an historic civil rights march that led to enactment of the Voting Rights Act.

“In 1965, against racist legalized violence, incredibly brave men and women put their lives on the line to demand that all Americans, regardless of their color, have the right to vote. And they won. When people stand together for justice, nothing is impossible,” Sanders said.

President Barack Obama and members of Congress gathered at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the events of Bloody Sunday in 1965, when baton-wielding police beat Lewis, the future Georgia congressman, and other peaceful protesters.

Later that year, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which protected voters from discrimination until the Supreme Court two years ago invalidated a key portion of the landmark law.

Sanders said he hoped the anniversary of the march will be a catalyst for Congress to undo that 2013 court decision.

"What Bloody Sunday was about was showing the entire country and the entire world how far some of the racist officials in Alabama would go to prevent African-Americans from participating the political process and from voting,” Sanders said. “What happened on that bridge that day was a huge step forward for democracy in America. But what is happening right now – not just in the South but all over this country – are efforts by Republican governors and Republican legislatures to make it harder for African-Americans, for low-income people and for senior citizens to vote.”

The election of Obama, the first African-American president, is a sign of the nation’s progress in the past half century, Sanders said. “But we also know that much more needs to be done. Today, African American unemployment is double the national average while African American household income is $17,000 less. The struggle for racial and economic justice continues,” Sanders said.

The only Presidential candidate to attend and give a speech.
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