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After Years of BACKROOM SECRECY, Public Will Finally Get to See Full TPP Text

"...Public Citizen's Lori Wallach has pointed out (pdf) that 2016 election politics may imperil the deal. "The intense national battle over trade authority was just a preview of the massive opposition the TPP will face given that Democratic and GOP members of Congress and the public soon will be able to see the specific TPP terms that threaten their interests," she said (pdf) on Monday..."

After being shrouded in secrecy for years, the full contents of the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) will soon be brought into the sunlight. According to Kevin Collier at Daily Dot, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has said the text will be made available to the public at large in approximately 30 days—on or around November 7. " look forward to having it released as soon as possible," Froman said in a press call Wednesday that was embargoed until Thursday morning. "We're shooting to do it within the 30 days following the completion of the negotiations."

Under the terms of the Fast Track legislation passed earlier this year, lawmakers will not be able to amend or filibuster the pro-corporate "trade" deal that was completed this week. President Barack Obama must wait at least 90 days after formally notifying Congress of the deal before he can sign it and send it to Capitol Hill, and the full text of the agreement must be made public for at least 60 of those days. Congress gets to spend the first 30 days of that time privately reviewing the documents and consulting with the administration.

As Kelsey Snell wrote for the Washington Post, that 60-day public comment window "will provide critical insight into how much popular support the deal may receive. A poor reception during the public phase could make it difficult for Obama to rally support when it comes time for Congress to vote."

Snell continued:

The next step will be for the U.S. International Trade Commission to conduct a full economic review of the deal. The agency has up to 105 days to complete that work but the process could take much less time.

Once the implementing bill is introduced in the House and the Senate, Congress has a maximum of 90 days to approve or disapprove the trade deal but can move much more quickly.




David Brock ADMITS Hillary Will Likely FLIP-FLOP Some More

Clinton coordinator and Media Matters founder David Brock said on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews that he had no problem with Hillary Clinton flip-flopping on certain issues, and that “as the campaign goes on,” she was going to continue to change her positions.

“What is your thinking about Hillary Clinton coming out against the TPP, the Trans Pacific Partnership today, given the fact that she has called it the gold standard and made comments back to 2010 seemingly in support of the trade deal?” asked guest host Alex Wagner.

“I think as the campaign goes on, there are going to be some issues where maybe she had not taken a stand before, and maybe she even comes out and says something that is in disagreement with what she said a few years ago,” Brock replied

“You think that’s okay?” Wagner asked.

“That is all going to be possible in a campaign, sure,” Brock replied. “So she evaluated this issue and took her time. She came up with a decision that I think will show her to be what I believe is the real progressive champion in the race.”


FLIPPING On TPP, Hillary Clinton Proves Chameleon-Like on Trade

"..it wouldn't be surprising if Clinton makes a similar move back to the middle if she wins the nomination next year..."

(but after I secure the nomination, well, thats another story)......

Indicating that support for the pro-corporate TransPacific Partnership (TPP) may already be a political third rail in the lead-up to the 2016 election, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday broke with the Obama White House, flipping her position to join Sen. Bernie Sanders and other progressives in saying she does not support the 12-nation "trade" deal.

"As of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it," Clinton told PBS News' Judy Woodruff. "I don't believe it's going to meet the high bar I have set. I've been trying to learn as much as I can about the agreement, but I'm worried."

Clinton had previously hedged on the TPP, a deal that she backed as Secretary of State and championed in her book, Hard Choices. Her main rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Sanders (I-Vt.)—who has made opposition to the deal a centerpiece of his campaign and worked against its advancement in the Senate—said in June he was "offended by Mrs. Clinton’s silence on trade and urged her to share her real views with voters."

Since then, the progressive outcry against the TPP and other corporate-friendly trade deals has only grown louder. "It's becoming increasingly hard for any presidential candidate who expects to be elected to stay aboard this sinking ship," Evan Greer, campaign director for the advocacy group Fight for the Future, said in a statement responding to Clinton's Wednesday announcement. What's more, Clinton's statements could serve as "political cover to wavering Congressional Democrats who want to help President Obama but are also feeling grassroots pressure from labor unions and other liberal groups," Timothy B. Lee wrote at Vox.

Whether Clinton's newly minted opposition will stick is another story. Unlike Sanders' long-standing and consistent opposition to so-called "free trade" deals, NBC political correspondent Mark Murray says Clinton's reverse-course on TPP may not only be a "smart move" for the frontrunner, but also fits a pattern from establishment Democrats.



Employee at Clinton's Email Hosting Company FEARED A COVERUP

Platte River Networks said they were asked to limit backups of her server.

..“Starting to think this whole thing really is covering up some shaddy shit,..”

An employee at the tech company that maintained Hillary Clinton’s homemade email server was concerned that instructions from Clinton's representatives would have the tech firm “covering up some shaddy shit,” according to emails obtained by Senate investigators. Employees at Denver-based Platte River Networks in a mid-August email chain were trying to find records that showed that the Clinton Executive Service Corp., the company paying the Platte River bill, had instructed them to reduce the length of time backups of Clinton's emails were kept.

“Any chance you found an old email with their directive to cut the backup back in Oct-Feb,” one Platte River employee asked another, according to excerpts of the emails included in a Monday letter from Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). “I know they had you cut it once in Oct-Nov, then again to 30day in Feb-ish.”

Such a record, the employee said, would be “golden," and would clear the company of outside criticism and point back to Clinton Executive Service Corp., which “appears to be a Clinton family company,” according to the Johnson letter.

“Starting to think this whole thing really is covering up some shaddy shit,” the employee continued. “I just think if we have it in writing that they told us to cut the backups, and we can go public saying we have had backups since day one, then we were told to trim to 30 days, it would make us look a WHOLE LOT better.”

McClatchy first reported on the Johnson letter. The Clinton campaign blasted Johnson for trying to sensationalize the matter for political points. "Ron Johnson is ripping a page from the House Benghazi Committee's playbook and mounting his own, taxpayer-funded sham of an investigation with the sole purpose of attacking Hillary Clinton politically," said campaign spokesman Brian Fallon. "The Justice Department's independent review is led by nonpolitical, career professionals, and Ron Johnson has no business interfering with it for his own partisan ends." In December 2014, Clinton turned over to the State Department about half of her 60,000-plus emails that spanned her time in office as secretary of state. The other 30,000, she said, were “personal” in nature. She said she deleted them.
Republicans and outside groups suing the State Department for documents, however, have questioned whether she turned over all her work-related documents as is required by law — or if her team withheld messages that would have potentially been embarrassing to the Democratic 2016 presidential front-runner.



'JOE, RUN': First Campaign AD for Biden 2016 Hits TV – With or Without Him

The "Draft Biden" super PAC has released a campaign ad asking Joe Biden to join the 2016 race, highlighting how the vice president has overcome personal tragedies like the deaths of his wife and daughter shortly after he was elected to Senate in 1972. The ad, titled "My Redemption," features images of the vice president and members of his family – including his late wife and daughter and his son Beau, who died from brain cancer in May – and uses his own words to describe his triumphs over suffering, as well as his vision for America's future. (The ad, which does not specifically mention Beau's death, comes one day after Politico reported that it was Biden himself who leaked the story of his son's dying wish for him to run for president in 2016.)

"The incredible bond I have with my children is a gift I'm not sure I would have had, had I not been through what I went through," Biden says in the video. "But by focusing on my sons, I found my redemption. Many people have gone through things like that."

"We are on the cusp of some of the most astonishing breakthroughs in the history of mankind – scientific, technological, socially," he adds. "It will be up to you in this changing world to translate those unprecedented capabilities into a greater measure of happiness and meaning, not just for yourself but for the world around you."



Wherein Bernie Supporters CRASH Utahpolicy.com Site

Thought this was interesting. If the 32,000 people attending his recent rally aren't enough to show the momentum, take a look at this.

"Crashing the Internet"

Monday morning we published a story about our poll results showing Bernie Sanders was leading the Democratic field in Utah.

Interesting? Yes.

World shattering? Probably not.

That is until sometime between 11 am and noon Mountain time on Monday. During that timeframe, someone posted the story to Reddit. If you're unfamiliar with Reddit, it's a heavily trafficked crowdsourced website. Users post articles, pictures or whatever directly to the site. Content and articles are either "upvoted" or "downvoted" by users. The posts with more "upvotes" get higher placement on the site, and more attention. Posts that are "downvoted" get less attention. It's all very democratic and amazing.

Did I mention there are a lot of Bernie Sanders fans on Reddit? That's kind of important to my story.

So, these Bernie Sanders fans started "upvoting" the post linking to our story. In fact, so many in such a short time that the story was automatically pulled to Reddit's "front page" which gets the most attention. That brought literally tens of thousands of readers to our site in a minuscule amount of time.

As Dan Rather would say, "Katie bar the door."

Traffic to UtahPolicy.com went off the charts. It was such a surge that we initially thought we were under a DDOS, or "denial of service" attack. That's when a number of compromised computers target a single website, flooding it with so much traffic that nobody can pull it up anywhere.

Go Redditors and go Bernie!



Bernie Sanders GAINING On Hillary Clinton In California

Hillary Rodham Clinton remains 12 percentage points ahead of the surging Bernie Sanders, according to a new Field Poll, but her support among likely Democratic voters in California has plummeted. The poll, released Wednesday, reflects Clinton’s weakened but still-frontrunner status nationally in the presidential primary. The California measure is striking in contrast to the overwhelming support Clinton previously enjoyed in this heavily Democratic state. Not only has Clinton lost ground to Sanders in California, nearly two-thirds of likely Democratic voters say it would be good for the party if Vice President Joe Biden entered the race – though they would not necessarily support him. Clinton, struggling with ongoing controversy surrounding her use of personal email while secretary of state, dropped 19 percentage points in the poll from May, to 47 percent. Sanders, who polled in single digits five months ago, shot up 26 percentage points, to 35 percent.

Clinton’s support has taken a big hit over the past few months,” poll director Mark DiCamillo said. “She needs to get past that (email controversy) to try to stabilize the situation.”

While Clinton remains ahead among likely voters in the Democratic primary, excitement for her candidacy has waned, according to the poll. Thirty-seven percent of likely Democratic primary voters said they would react enthusiastically if Clinton won the nomination, down 9 percentage points from May. Sixty-three percent of likely Democratic voters think it would be good for the party if Biden became a candidate. This includes large majorities of Clinton and Sanders supporters, who appear to want Biden in the race despite placing their support behind other candidates. If Biden did run, he would start a distant third in California, with just 15 percent support among likely Democratic voters, according to the poll.

Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have cultivated a far-reaching donor and political network in California, having raised money here for a quarter-century. The former first lady has enjoyed relatively positive public approval ratings for decades, and the state went for Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama in the primary election in 2008. But Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, has gained momentum with support from strongly liberal Democrats, as well as from young people and white voters. “Sanders has really mounted a challenge,” DiCamillo said.

Among poll respondents supporting Sanders was Joan Callaway, a retired clothing store owner from Davis. She said the email controversy surrounding Clinton is a “bogus thing” and that, while she supports Sanders, she expects Clinton to become the nominee. “I’m waiting for Hillary to come around on a few issues,” Callaway said. “I think she’s a little bit, I don’t know, on the corporate side.” In the general election, the 84-year-old said, “I like Hillary, too, and I certainly would vote for her, or Biden. I’m really pretty open.” Sanders stands to benefit more than Clinton if Biden does enter the race. If Biden were running, Clinton’s lead over Sanders would fall from 12 percentage points to 9, according to the poll.



Andrea Mitchell: Hillary DIDN'T GET Permission To Use Me in New Ad

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell said during her show today that Hillary Clinton did not get her permission to use her words in a new ad attacking Republicans.

The host of Andrea Mitchell Reports can be heard in Clinton’s new ad saying, “Republican Kevin McCarthy saying the committee investigating Benghazi and Clinton’s emails were created to destroy her candidacy.


LOL- Jorge Ramos Asks "Hillary or Trump" On Facebook... And Everyone Says "BERNIE"

So Jorge Ramos shared a post on his Facebook page: "Are Latinos standing by Hillary, or just running from Trump?"

And what was the response? Neither. They all say "Bernie"..

There's a bunch more - but that's just a sampling.


Biden Team Calls Report on 2016 Leak 'CATEGORICALLY FALSE'

Vice President Joe Biden's team is now pushing back on a POLITICO report that Biden himself, while eying a presidential bid, leaked an account of his dying son's wish that he seek the Democratic nomination.

"The bottom line on the POLITICO story is that it is categorically false and the characterization is offensive," said a spokesperson for Biden.

The vice president's office is neither confirming nor denying that a conversation took place between Dowd and the vice president, but sources say that the paper is flatly wrong to suggest that Biden intended the leak to be a trial balloon for his candidacy. The piece published Tuesday morning cited "multiple sources" confirming that Biden related the story of his son Beau's deathbed plea in a conversation with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who reported it in an August 1 column in the newspaper.

"Beau was losing his nouns and the right side of his face was partially paralyzed," Dowd wrote. "But he had a mission: He tried to make his father promise to run, arguing that the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values." POLITICO wrote Tuesday that Biden's conversation with Dowd meant that the vice president "effectively placed an ad in The New York Times" inviting donors and potential political supporters to reach out to him.

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