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Game Changer Alert/CNN: Judge inches toward subpoenas in Clinton email server case

Judge inches toward subpoenas in Clinton email server case
By Laura Koran * CNN * Tue February 23, 2016

Washington (CNN)A federal judge paved the way Tuesday for possible future subpoenas by the State Department against Hillary Clinton and her longtime aide Huma Abedin.

Judge Emmet Sullivan granted a motion in a lawsuit against the State Department Tuesday that could pave the way for future action including, potentially, an order that the State Department subpoena Clinton and top aide Huma Abedin to obtain personal emails they withheld from the State Department.

The case is seeking answers to lingering questions about Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

Sullivan appeared at times to be leaning towards ordering the subpoenas, but ultimately said he would wait to see what the order for discovery yields before making that ruling.

"This is the atypical case," Sullivan said, who emphasized earlier in the hearing that discovery is rare in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cases, which pertain to information requests to the government.


Now that Jeb! is out, who will NOW get more Fat Cats MEGA-money?

Hillary Clinton’s Mega-Donors Are Also Funding Jeb Bush
Racetrack owners, bankers, and chicken kings: Meet the ultra-rich bankrolling the Bush and Clinton dynasties. A special report by Vocativ and The Daily Beast.

BREAKING: Chicago teachers endorse Bernie Sanders!

Breaking: Chicago teachers endorse Bernie Sanders!
By VL Baker * Tuesday Feb 23, 2016 * Kos

After a heated debate, the Caucus Of Rank-and-file Educators (CORE) of the Chicago Teachers Union voted at its February 22, 2016 regular meeting to endorse the candidacy of Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the March 15, 2015 Democratic Party primary in Illinois. The vote was overwhelming in support of Sanders (this reporter is a member of CORE and was present and voting at the meeting).

The endorsement vote came in part in response to the fact that for more than six months, the Chicago Teachers Union (and hence all CORE members) had been forced to support the Clinton candidacy. The Executive Council of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) had endorsed the Clinton candidacy after a controversial "push poll," which AFT President Randi Weingarten tried to characterize as a "survey" of the union's members, hence justifying the early Clinton endorsement.

Go Bernie! Teachers don’t like being ‘forced’ to support Hillary.


Bernie colleagues may back Hillary, but are stunned by "The Bern", scrambling to imitate him.

More cracks in Hillary's wall of "inevitability".

Democrats look to copy Sanders' success
They're stunned at the surge in support for 'The Bern.'
By Lauren French and John Bresnahan * 02/22/16 * Politico

They haven’t endorsed him, and many think he doesn’t stand a chance to win. They’re overwhelmingly supporting Hillary Clinton. Yet Democrats are in awe of their schlumpy, old colleague Bernie Sanders.

Hill Democrats are scrambling to figure out how they can capture some of Sanders’ magic — and his ability to conjure up campaign cash, seemingly out of thin air, from an apparently endless stream of supporters.

They’re also stunned by how “The Bern” has tapped into the zeitgeist of college-age voters, a key demographic for the party in a presidential election year. That surge of support is something Democrats haven’t witnessed since the glory days of Barack Obama back in 2008.

“The fundraising base is phenomenal. You can’t ignore that. You can say that winning a primary is ephemeral. But that funding base — millions of people willing to donate, more than Obama. Wow, that’s something amazing,” Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said.

Sanders’ campaign raked in more than $6 million in the 24 hours after his crushing victory in the New Hampshire primary earlier this month. Sanders is fundraising on a par with Clinton, a development that has stunned the Democratic establishment and provided him the financial muscle for a drawn-out struggle with her for the presidential nomination. Success like that is something party leaders can’t ignore, even if they reject the messenger.

It’s not that Sanders will be embraced as the establishment pick anytime soon. Clinton has a stranglehold on congressional Democrats’ endorsements, with more than 180 House and Senate members openly backing her. Sanders has only three, despite fighting Clinton to a draw so far.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/sanders-and-house-democrats-219430#ixzz40vUUI0Jo

ON EDIT: This article may illustrate yet another reason why Bernie's coat-tails in the GE will
be much longer than Hillary's, i.e. most of the super-delegates stand to gain big by joining
the political revolution come convention time, seeing that they can actually do BETTER in their
home districts by being flat-out progressive, better than drudging along with the lukewarm
DINO establishment-

Perhaps a dumb question, but: How can any NV caucus already have "final numbers"

when it isn't even 3pm yet in NV?

Aren't the caucuses open until much later, and can't people still be caucusing still
right now?

Admittedly, I have no idea how NV caucuses work, so help me out on this please.

Wall St. Healthcare Corporate Vampires Rooting For Hillary

Wall Street Analyst Says Hillary Clinton Would Be the Best President for Healthcare Investors
by Zaid Milani * Feb. 20 2016 * The Intercept

Amidst a tense battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over competing visions for health care, a leading Wall Street analyst has put out a report saying that Clinton would be the best candidate for healthcare investors.

In a report titled “Healthcare: Our 2016 Outlook,” S&P Capital’s IQ Healthcare Equity Research’s Jeffrey Loo writes that Clinton should be the preferred choice for the industry because she will preserve the Affordable Care Act and be unable to pass meaningful drug reform legislation:

Overall, we believe the best scenario for healthcare investors is a Democrat, presumably Hillary Clinton, winning the Presidency, as we anticipate the Republicans retaining control of Congress. In this scenario, in spite of Clinton’s numerous “threats” to rein in drug prices, allowing the re-importation of drugs, and allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, we believe it is highly unlikely Clinton will be able to pass these initiatives through a Republican controlled Congress. Conversely, the Republicans’ efforts to repeal Healthcare Reform, would be thwarted by a Clinton veto as we do not anticipate the Republican obtaining the 2/3 votes to override a veto.

The report makes clear that it views the gridlock created by a Clinton administration paired with a GOP Congress as the rosiest picture for the healthcare industry.

Clinton has frequently boasted during Wednesday’s about her record during the 1990s. “I fought really hard,”she said at a Democratic town hall earlier this month. “The insurance companies and the drug companies spent millions against me. I know what it’s like to go up against the status quo and special interests.”

But now it appears they’re rooting for her.

Odd how Rachael's 'wrap-up" of the Forum, citing "hot spots" managed to exclude the TRANSCRIPTS

question altogether ... One of the hottest and most revealing questions of the evening. Hmmm..

"ALL the Unions have endorsed ME!!!" <-- Hillary direct quote. Not some, but "ALL are for ME!"


Did Hillary just totally lose it, over being asked about Bill's NAFTA, welfare reform, etc??

Holy Moly... what the fuck was that??

Bailout Architect: Dodd-Frank Won't Stop Another "Reactor Meltdown"

Bailout Architect: Dodd-Frank Won't Stop Another "Reactor Meltdown"
by By Sam Knight, The District Sentinel | Report * 17 February 2016 * TruthOut

The president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve and a former Treasury Department official who helped craft the 2008 Wall Street bailout warned that Dodd-Frank financial reforms won't stop the US government from rescuing "Too Big to Fail" banks.

Neel Kashkari said Tuesday in Washington that the landmark legislation has helped "strengthen our financial system" with a variety of new regulations, but that they won't prevent federal officials from extending publicly-funded emergency lifelines to crucial industry actors.

"No rational policymaker would risk restructuring large firms and forcing losses on creditors and counterparties using the new tools in a risky environment, let alone in a crisis environment like we experienced in 2008," Kashkari said.
He described financial crises as being like a nuclear "reactor melt down," and said the US remains vulnerable to another one, with only a handful of banks still dominating the financial sector.

Kashkari called on Congress to reduce this system-wide hazard by passing legislation. He said it should consider hiking taxes on risky behavior, breaking up the largest banks "into smaller, less connected, less important entities," and "turning large banks into public utilities…with regulation akin to that of a nuclear power plant."

"Options such as these have been mentioned before, but in my view, policymakers and legislators have not yet seriously considered the need to implement them in the near term," he remarked. Kashkari additionally noted that "the financial sector has lobbied hard to preserve its current structure," but that "the economy is stronger now, and the time has come to move past parochial interests and solve this problem."

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