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The mainstream media’s Bernie Sanders trap: Deranged Clinton hate turns them into America’s socialis

The mainstream media’s Bernie Sanders trap: Deranged Clinton hate turns them into America’s socialist vanguard

Breathless Sanders coverage overstates his chances. But the contrast with surging Donald Trump is good for Dems


If only the great Michael Harrington had lived to see this. So many brave Americans fought in vain to spread socialism in the United States, but it’s advancing in the summer of 2015 thanks to an unlikely vanguard: lazy and apolitical political reporters who love horse races and hate the Clintons.

Yes, the MSM is making sure that socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders is taken seriously in his uphill run against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. He’s surging in Iowa and New Hampshire, polls tell us, and attracting 10,000 people at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Wednesday night.

This lifelong lefty who attended Madison is thrilled to see it – and yet a little cynical, too.

I mean really, folks: If Sanders had a chance to become president, Mark Halperin would be the first in line to red-bait him, rather than shaming Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Clinton supporter, into doing it on Morning Joe.

But the rise of Sanders, alongside that of the GOP’s surging star, blustering racist Donald Trump, also shows the media the difference between the ideological moorings of the folks who make up the Democratic and Republican base. The Democrats have a lot of lefties, FDR Democrats, folks who want single payer health insurance, people who think we can learn from Western Europe not stigmatize it — and yes, Sanders excites them. On the GOP side, there is a loud, large, angry segment of the GOP base that’s frankly xenophobic, nativist, even racist. Trump speaks to them.


Latino Leader On Donald Trump: He Is ‘Exposing A Lot Of The Dirty Truths Of The Republican Party’

Real estate mogul and presidential candidate Donald Trump touted his business and dealmaking expertise in his campaign launch speech last month, saying, “I did a lot of great deals and I did them early and young, and now I’m building all over the world.” But remarks he made in that same speech are threatening his business empire as companies move to distance themselves from the candidate who said that undocumented immigrants from Mexico “killers and rapists.” On Monday, NBC cut ties with Trump and on Wednesday, Macy’s announced it would stop carrying merchandise from his brand.

“We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico,” Macy’s said in a statement. “We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation.”

Trump responded on Wednesday, saying it was his decision to terminate his relationship with Macy’s and NBC because the corporations clearly “support illegal immigration, which is totally detrimental to the fabric of our once great country.”

One group that hasn’t yet cut ties with the real estate mogul is the Republican Party. While NBC, Univision and Macy’s have publicly denounced his beliefs, members of the Republican party have remained silent or have expressed their support for his anti-immigrant sentiment. On Tuesday, 2016 candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), whose father is Cuban, defended his opponent, saying, “I like Donald Trump. I think he’s terrific, I think he’s brash, I think he speaks the truth.”


Activist linked to Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul calls for death to gays and their Christian supporter

Activist linked to Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul calls for death to gays and their Christian supporter

A fringe activist with ties to Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul has called for the execution of LGBT people and their Christian supporters.

Theodore Shoebat, who appears along with the Republican presidential candidates in a recently released anti-LGBT film, cited scripture and Catholic doctrine to call for death to those who engage in or accept homosexuality, reported Right Wing Watch.

“Opinions expressed in favor for homosexuality and other deviancies (such as cannibalism), are worthy of capital punishment,” Shoebat wrote. “This purely illustrates that Christianity is so much against the license to do evil — even if it is done in private — that it prohibits any approval of it.”

Shoebat, a self-described “Christian militant” who believes Islamic State extremists are gay, participates in the faux-documentary “Light Wins” by asking bakeries on camera to make cakes bearing anti-LGBT messages.

The film, which was created by right-wing conspiracy theorist and Reaganbook social network founder Janet Porter, features interviews with Huckabee, Paul, and GOP Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Tim Huelskamp (R-KS).


Third Federal Court Formally Strikes Down Louisiana's Gay Marriage Ban

Source: TPM

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said he would wait for a third and final federal court ruling declaring bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional before recognizing gay marriages in the state, and Thursday morning a district judge gave him just that.

Thursday, federal District Judge Martin Feldman reversed his previous ruling upholding the state's gay marriage ban, as reported by
Louisiana's laws and constitutional amendment prohibiting marriage for gay couples violates the Fourteenth Amendment, the judge said. The order was a procedural motion to address the litigation specific to Louisiana in light of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision, which effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide Friday.

Friday, the Jindal administration said it would wait for direction from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals before recognizing the marriages of gay couples in the state. Wednesday, after the appeals court ordered the reversal of the previous district court decision in favor of the state's same-sex marriage ban, the governor's office delayed the recognition of gay marriage yet again, until the district court formally struck down Louisiana's ban.


Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/district-court-strikes-down-louisiana-ban

Two Federal Court Rulings On Gay Marriage Still Not Enough For Jindal

The Supreme Court has already said that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, a decision that a federal appeals court reiterated Wednesday applies to Louisiana's anti-gay marriage measures. But Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is holding out for yet another ruling before he allows the state to recognize marriages between gay couples.

Wednesday evening U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an earlier district court's decision in favor of Louisiana's same-sex bans, citing last week's Supreme Court decision. The appeals court sent the case back to the district court to issue a new order. A Jindal spokesman told The Times-Picayune that the state will wait for that district court to speak again before it falls in line.

"Our agencies will follow the Louisiana Constitution until the District Court orders us otherwise," Mike Reed, a spokesman in the governor's office, said.

The appeals court also acted on state bans in Mississippi and Texas Wednesday, directing lower courts to rule against anti-gay marriage measures once and for all there. States were free to began granting same-sex marriage license as soon the Supreme Court declared marriage constitutional right for gay couples, however some states insisted on waiting for lower courts to rule on the cases that apply directly to them before recognizing the marriages.


“No Gays Allowed” Business Owner Learns There Are Consequences To Being A Hateful Bigot

Another antigay business owner has learned there are consequences to bigotry.

Earlier this week, Jeff Amyx hung a handwritten sign in the window of his Tennessee hardware store: “No Gays Allowed” in response to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling. “The Supreme Court did not speak for me when they voted to make this legal, and I can’t accept it,” Amyx told his local news station.

After the story went viral, Amyx was hit with a storm of backlash. It started with angry phone calls and emails. “A lot of people have called and cussed me and said nasty things,” Amyx said.
Then a Facebook group was created calling for people to boycott the store.

But it took budget moving equipment company U-Haul dropping Amyx as a customer and demanding he take down its logo from his website for the small businessman to rethink his actions.

On Tuesday, Amyx replaced the “No Gays Allowed” sign with a more polite but no less ridiculous one: “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion.”



Democrats Cheer as Trump Surges in Polls

Democrats Cheer as Trump Surges in Polls

“For Democrats, Donald Trump amounts to a kind of divine intervention. With the Republican Party on an urgent mission to woo Latino voters, one of its leading presidential candidates has been enmeshed for two weeks in a nasty feud over his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants,” the Washington Post reports.

“The comments — and many more since — have prompted an uproar among Latino groups and acrimonious breakups between Trump and various corporate partners. His outlandish rhetoric and skill at occupying the national spotlight are also proving to be dangerously toxic for the GOP brand, which remains in the rehabilitation stage after losing the 2012 presidential race.”

New York Times: “Democrats relish the situation.”



Has Scott Walker Run Too Far Right?

New York Times: “To protect his lead in Iowa, a state with a heavily conservative Republican electorate, Mr. Walker has taken a harder line on a number of issues than his allies had anticipated. Now a growing number of party leaders say Mr. Walker is raising questions about his authenticity and may be jeopardizing his prospects in states where voters’ sensibilities are more moderate.”

“His response to the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage most emphatically demonstrated his sharp shift to the right: Mr. Walker called the court’s ruling ‘a grave mistake’ and reiterated his call for a constitutional amendment that would allow states to ban same-sex marriage. It sent a clear message to social conservatives, and one that was noticeably not echoed by two of his leading rivals, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush — who warned last year that Republicans would need to campaign as if they were willing to lose the nomination if they hoped to win the general election.”



Big Majority in New Jersey See Christie as a Bad President

Source: Political Wire

A new Monmouth University Poll in New Jersey, taken after Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential announcement, found that “a large majority feels that Christie has abandoned his commitment to the state and few say he is a good fit for the Oval Office.”

Key finding: “Just 27% of New Jerseyans say Chris Christie would make a good president. More than two-thirds (69%) say he would not.”

Matt Bai: “At least he’s not running for reelection as governor. Because with a 30 percent approval rating in New Jersey, Christie is now less popular in his home state than his predecessor, Jon Corzine, whom he beat pretty much by just showing up and having a pulse. If Christie takes a liking to bucolic New Hampshire, he might consider moving there.”


Read more: http://politicalwire.com/2015/07/02/big-majority-in-new-jersey-see-christie-as-a-bad-president/

Why Are Conservatives Defending Donald Trump?

Jonathan Chait: “It is not politically significant that Donald Trump would claim to be running for president, that he would say something flamboyantly ignorant, or that he would ‘surge’ to ‘second place’ in polls by using his name recognition to get into double digits in a splintered field. What is significant and genuinely disturbing, not to mention poisonous to the Republican Party’s electoral interests, is the fact that conservative thought leaders feel compelled to defend Trump’s nativist ramblings. And not just bottom-feeding outlets like the Daily Caller and Breitbart, either. National Review editor Rich Lowry writes in Politico that Trump ‘has a point.'”



Republicans Losing Ground with Big Business

First Read: “Donald Trump vs. Macy’s. The battle over the Ex-Im bank. Conservatives decrying the same-sex marriage ruling, immigration reform and normalization of relations with Cuba. A lot of stories in the past week have demonstrated how the Republican Party just isn’t a reliably comfortable home for big business anymore. A big part of that has to do with the fast-changing landscape on social issues. Big brands raced to find catchy ways to embrace the same-sex marriage decision last week even as the 2016 Republican candidates denounced it. As we’ve seen with the spectacularly quick race of businesses like Macy’s and now professional golf organizations away from Donald Trump, companies had no interest in being associated with anti-Latino statements.”

“This is all for financial reasons, by the way; businesses have decided that they don’t want to offend customers and they don’t want to be boycotted. That’s a cynical way to look at, we know. But it also shows just how influential groups like Latinos and the LGBT community have become – not just politically, but when it comes to purchasing power as well.”


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