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LOL - O'Malley is trying to "make an honest buck" on Wall Street.

O'Malley plays for tips on Wall Street
September 10, 2015 * By Jesse Byrnes * The Hill

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley is seen in a new video wearing pedestrian clothes and playing acoustic guitar for tips on Wall Street.

"Excuse me," says O'Malley in the IJReview video, navigating a crowd this week in New York while clad in jeans and a black shirt from the Baltimore-based Under Armour.

The former Maryland governor unpacks his guitar case, adorned with "#WeNeedDebate" stickers, and strums Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land."

Charles Blow: Hillary Is Hobbling, for Now

Hillary Is Hobbling, for Now
Sept. 10, 2015 * Charles Blow * New York Times

I must say that I’m starting to feel bad for Hillary Clinton. There is a sense surrounding her candidacy of building doom and imminent disaster. She just can’t seem to shake the email controversy and the idea that the issue raises — or raises again — some kind of character flaw.

In an interview on Tuesday with ABC News’ David Muir, Clinton finally apologized for her handling of the controversy saying, “I’m sorry about that.” She continued, “I take responsibility and I’m trying to be as transparent as I possibly can.” But every month, every week, every news cycle that the media focus is on the way Clinton is addressing the issue is a bad day for her, regardless of what she says or does about it.


I don’t find the controversy to be the scandal others have made it out to be, but that doesn’t seem to matter now. It is an issue with a life of its own. ~snip~

Furthermore, it is hard to know what the unifying message of the Clinton campaign is. Is there a bumper sticker message? If there is, I don’t know it.

A close primary rival in the polls, Bernie Sanders, who is gaining on Clinton in Iowa and has overtaken her in New Hampshire, has such a message: He’s saying to the über rich, “You can’t have it all.” (It should be noted that many of Sanders’s supporters are also complaining about media coverage, suggesting that Sanders hasn’t received his fair share.)


Pelosi praises Bernie Sanders

Pelosi praises Bernie Sanders
By Mike Lillis * 9/09/15 * The Hill

Eyeing another Democratic wave in the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday she’s hoping the energy surrounding Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) presidential run will pay dividends for down-ticket Democrats at the polls next year.

Sanders, a liberal icon who has made economic justice the focal point of his long political career, has performed surprisingly well on the campaign trail this summer, inspiring a young grassroots following and drawing the largest crowds of any candidate in either party.

Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, said she had followed Sanders down the West Coast during her travels around the country amid the August recess. The enthusiasm for the Democratic candidate’s message was remarkable, she said, especially among young people.

“I was going right down that trail and it was just amazing to see,” Pelosi told reporters from her office in the Capitol. “Parents would come to me and say, ‘I’m for Hillary, I’m for this one, I’m for that one, [but] my kids are all for Bernie Sanders.’

“It’s a younger demographic, and I think that it’s really good for the country [and] certainly for the Democratic Party for him to attract people to the polls,” she added. “Hopefully he can keep them there in the general election for our Democratic candidates.”


I'm for Bernie, but here's how much I don't care about Hillary's emails.

I would much rather that REAL ISSUES are discussed, issues that effect voters' lives, and
that they actually CARE about.

I would have K&Red this post in Hillary's group, but I've been banned there. So I'm doing it here\.

So Hillary has started lobbing digs at Bernie.

Hillary Clinton on Bernie Sanders: Waving Your Arms Doesn’t Mean a Lot
“You can wave your arms and give a speech but at the end of the day are you connecting with and really hearing what people are either saying to you or wishing that you would say to them?” Mrs. Clinton told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Friday, without directly naming Mr. Sanders.

ON EDIT: I'm adding the portion of the transcript of the Hillary interview that includes Andrea Mitchell's question, and Hillary's answer, up to and including the "waving arms around" bit. Now people can decide for them selves, if Hillary's comment was aimed at Bernie, at least partially, or not.

Interview Transcript

AM: Looking at the campaign now you see huge crowds for Bernie Sanders and for Donald Trump, and people talking about Joe Biden having an opening if he decides to make a difficult choice on an emotional level. They talk about how authentic these campaigns are. (Hillary laughs)
Does it hurt you when people say you’re too lawyerly, you parse your words, you’re not authentic, you’re not connecting.

HRC: Well, that’s just not my experience, out campaigning. I feel very, very good about where we are.

We’ve built a terrific organization in the early States, and we’re expanding into those States that will be after Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada.

The level of support, the intensity of support that I’m experiencing as I speak with people, and talking about issues that I, I know are on their minds.

I want to be the President who deals with all those big problems that are in the headlines, but also those problems that keep families up at night, and that’s why I started out listening.

Because I think you can come with your own ideas, and you can, you know, wave your arms and give a speech, but at the end of the day are you connecting with and really hearing what people are either really saying to you of wishing that you would say to them.

apparently Team Bernie got the message and responded, here:

I still think this is laughable, because Bernie IS listening to voters REAL concerns, and staking
out the Progressive high-ground on real issues effecting their lives, rather than attacking Hillary,
like every reporter has tried to get him to do.


Bernie Sanders' revolutionary message resonating in conservative Iowa

Bernie Sanders finds his revolutionary rhetoric resonating in conservative Iowa
by Dan Roberts * The Guardian via RawStory * Sept. 4, 2015

Bernie Sanders is on his third speech of the day, drenched in sweat, and losing his voice from calling for the overthrow of America’s “billionaire class”.

“Brothers and sisters, you are not living in a democracy; you are living in an oligarchy,” the leftwing Democratic presidential candidate tells an audience of Iowa supporters enthralled by his stinging attack on campaign finance and corporate lobbying. “People fought and died to defend American democracy and I will be damned if I am going to let them take that away from us.”

In theory, Sanders’s campaign for the presidential nomination in 2016 breaks all the rules of modern politics. He is angry, dishevelled and making no attempt to soften his message for the tiny handful of TV cameras that have shown up.

This unabashed “democratic socialist” from Brooklyn via Vermont, which he represents as an independent US senator, talks about class, corruption and the pathological greed of the rich. Yet the middle-aged, midwestern audience greeting him here in one of the most conservative states in the country cannot get enough of it. “Welcome to the political revolution,” Sanders says to another loud cheer.

The large, adoring crowds are not new. Sanders first captured national attention this summer by filling venues with up to 20,000 supporters in liberal bastions like Portland, Oregon.

A succession of opinion polls showed him catching and then overtaking the establishment frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the early primary state of New Hampshire – injecting sudden drama into a race that most pundits had initially decided was barely worth following compared with the excitement of the enormous Republican field, currently dominated by businessman and TV personality Donald Trump.

But what is new is the sight of Sanders challenging Clinton in Iowa, the first state to choose a candidate – in caucuses held on 1 February – and the scene of her humiliating defeat by Barack Obama in 2008.


Robert Reich: 3 Steps To Restore Balance Of Political & Economic Power In The US (VIDEO)

Robert Reich: Three Steps To Restore The Balance Of Political And Economic Power In The US (VIDEO)
by Randa Morris * Sept. 3, 2015 * Addicting Info

Concentrated wealth equals concentrated political and economic power. That’s bad for the 99 percent of Americans who don’t have billions of dollars sitting in off shore bank accounts. Logically speaking, what’s bad for 99 percent of Americans is bad for America as a nation.

In 2008 we saw what happens when Wall Street and the big banks are allowed to run wild. Americans paid the price for Wall Street’s reckless gambling and millions of hard working people lost their homes, their jobs and their bank accounts because of the fraud perpetrated by the big banks.


In spite of the fact that the US economy has stabilized under the leadership of President Barack Obama, income inequality continues to climb. Nearly all of the economic gains that have occurred during the recovery have gone to the already too rich and powerful. None of it is accidental. It’s the predicted outcome of unregulated capitalism. Which is why the United States has laws designed to protect both the consumer and the market.


It’s up to the government to ensure that free market remains truly free. That’s why we have anti-trust laws, and it’s why we have used them many times in the past to restore balance to economic and political systems. Clearly, Americans have never been as stupid as Republicans seem to think we are.

A new video from Robert Reich, posted to Facebook on August 30, lays out the three most important steps to restoring balance to the US political and economic systems. In just under three minutes, Reich explains what has to be done to avoid another economic crash like the Great Depression and 2008 global financial crisis.

1. Restore Glass Steagall legislation, which separated commercial and investment banking from 1933 to 1999, when parts of the Banking Act were repealed.

2. Tax Wall Street trades to discourage speculation.

3. Break up the big banks. No bank should be so large and so powerful that its failure could destroy national economic systems.

VIDEO HERE: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/09/03/robert-reich-three-steps-to-restore-the-balance-of-political-and-economic-power-in-the-us-video/

M$M has gone completely dark re: Candidate Bernie Sanders

According to our friends in corporate media, Bernie Sanders ceased to exist 1-2 weeks ago,
when it finally became undeniable what a serious contender Bernie really is in this race.

Rachael Maddow & Chris Hayes on msnbc were the last two hold-outs, who would give some
air-time to update on the Sanders campaign most recent rally or surging poll numbers. No
more. Bernie has gone completely off-the-screen, out of sight, out of mind. Apparently --
if their enthusiasm was genuine in the first place -- Rachael & Chris like their jobs very much
and "got the memo" to go dark when Big Ed was fired for ... yep .. too much Bernie.

This may be a very slight exaggeration, as there may be one or two outlier snippets or
oblique snide references to Bernie here-and-there; but they'd be very easy to miss if you

It seems wall-to-wall "stories" that pass for bipartisan 'primary election news' now
consist solely of Trump's antics (of course) on the GOP side, and Hillary's bogus email
'scandal' for the Dems. Oh, and whether Joe is in-or-out. .. and that's it folks.

Not totally surprising, but concerning never the less.

This is not doom & gloom. We knew this would likely happen sooner or later, as Bernie
"kept it up" insisting on talking about real issues facing voters. Bernie knows it too, which
i why he's been emphasizing how his campaign will need to be a "political revolution", not
a conventional business-as-usual campaign that relies on M$M coverage for their very

I'm looking fwd to Bernie's Happy Birthday Money Bomb, and plan to contribute again,
because every time I donate, I feel The Bern all over again!!

Trumka: Early AFL-CIO endorsement 'conceivable'

Trumka: Early AFL-CIO endorsement 'conceivable'
By Timothy Noah * 09/01/15 * Politicio

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Tuesday it was "conceivable" the labor federation would endorse a presidential candidate before the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary.

The AFL-CIO is typically reluctant to endorse any presidential candidate early, preferring to wait until someone becomes the de facto Democratic nominee. The only recent exceptions were Al Gore, whom the labor federation endorsed in October 1999, and Walter Mondale, whom it endorsed in October 1983.

But in a breakfast meeting with Washington reporters, Trumka cracked open the door, saying "it is conceivable that" a pre-Iowa or pre-New Hampshire endorsement "could happen." He then added hastily, "It is not likely.
"The field is wide open," Trumka said. "There's a lot of time for things to happen and issues to unfold."

Trumka offered measured praise for Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. -snip- Trumka praised Sanders for "talking about labor law reform" -snip- Of Clinton, Trumka said she was "an experienced, good person" who "really has to figure out a way to energize workers." -snip- Of Vice President Joe Biden ..(Trumka said).. "He has been a friend and a champion."

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/afl-cio-labor-federation-richard-trumka-endorse-2016-candidate-213231#ixzz3kXJsCbUl

Question: has this been posted on DU yet?

Poll: Bernie Sanders would beat Donald Trump

I hadn't seen it, but it may have slipped by me
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