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MUST SEE VIDEO: New Spike Lee Video Supporting Bernie Sanders Airs On New York TV Stations

From The Sanders Campaign: Sanders has 1,088 pledged delegates. Super delegates moving to Bernie



Press Release
Sanders’ Pledged Delegate Total Now 1,088
April 9, 2016


BURLINGTON, Vt. – Ahead of Saturday’s Wyoming caucuses, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign announced a pledged delegate total of 1,088 and released an expanded list of superdelegate supporters. The announcement is one of the many signs of the momentum building behind his grassroots campaign, including a decisive 14-point victory in Wisconsin. The senator from Vermont has now won seven out of eight primaries and caucuses.

“Sen. Sanders won these recent contests by large and impressive margins,” said Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager. “As a result, we have cut Secretary Clinton’s delegate lead by 101 since March 15, which amounts to one-third of her then-total margin. That dramatic gain leaves us only 214 delegates behind — a margin we can and fully intend to surpass by the conclusion of voting on June 14.”

Sanders’ campaign released a state-by-state delegate count that more accurately reflects the state of the race than many media reports. The discrepancy in most reports stem from the failure to account for Sanders’ large victory in Washington, county level victories in the Nevada caucuses and final vote counts in Arizona. In fact, in Nevada Sanders now has a three delegate lead on Clinton.

“As we have pointed out since Iowa, the enthusiasm and commitment of Sen. Sanders’ supporters will enable us to add delegates to our total in many caucus states as the process moves from precinct to county and then to the final state and congressional district level,” Weaver said. “There is no better example than the state of Nevada, where last weekend Bernie Sanders gained four delegates at county caucuses with a decisive 55 to 45 percent victory in Clark County.”

The campaign also released a list of 38 superdelegates who support Sanders.

“Ten additional superdelegates have announced their support for in the last three weeks. We believe this number will continue to climb as it becomes clear that Sen. Sanders will be the strongest Democratic nominee to defeat Donald Trump or whoever the Republicans decide to nominate,” Weaver said.

The latest superdelegate to announce support for Sanders is Wisconsin Democratic Party Vice Chair and state Rep. David Bowen.

Bowen announced his support the day after Sanders’ big win in Wisconsin saying, “As a superdelegate that represents Wisconsin Democrats, Wisconsin Democrats have decided by 14 point margin that they desire the political revolution Bernie Sanders speaks about. I am honored to endorse the senator and to work with the campaign in amplifying its message that has taken a hold in Wisconsin. ”

“We believe any accurate read of pledged delegate counts show that Sen. Sanders is closing fast on Secretary Clinton and that neither candidate will have a pledged delegate majority of 2,383 at the conclusion of voting. Democrats are going to have a clear choice at our convention and we intend to win,” Weaver said.

To see a state-by-state tally of Sanders’ pledged delegate total, click here:
https://berniesanders.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Sanders-State-by-State-1.pdf

To see a full list of publicly announced Sanders’ superdelegates, click here:
https://berniesanders.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Sanders-Publicly-Committed-1.pdf

Center for Public Integrity: How ‘Citizens United’ is helping Hillary Clinton win the White House



Buying of the President 2016
How ‘Citizens United’ is helping Hillary Clinton win the White House
Reforms wait as Democrat's allies target GOP with super PACs, ‘dark money’
By Dave Levinthalemail
April 7, 2016




Hillary Clinton fashions herself as the ultimate general in a war against big-money politics.

“You're not going to find anybody more committed to aggressive campaign finance reform than me,” Clinton said following the New Hampshire primary.

But the Democratic presidential front-runner stands poised to bludgeon her general election opponent with Republicans’ favorite political superweapon: the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which earlier this decade launched a new era of unbridled fundraising.

Clinton’s massive campaign machine is built of the very stuff — super PACs, secret cash, unlimited contributions — she says she’ll attack upon winning the White House.

Indeed, a Center for Public Integrity investigation reveals that Clinton’s own election efforts are largely immune from her reformist platform. While Clinton rails against “unaccountable money" that is “corrupting our political system,” corporations, unions and nonprofits bankrolled by unknown donors have already poured millions of dollars into a network of Clinton-boosting political organizations. That’s on top of the tens of millions an elite club of Democratic megadonors, including billionaires George Soros and Haim Saban, have contributed.

Far from denouncing their support, Clinton has embraced it, personally wooing potential super PAC donors and dispatching former President Bill Clinton and campaign manager John Podesta on similar missions.

Several of the big-money groups crucial to the Clinton-for-president effort are led or advised by one man, Clinton scourge-turned-disciple David Brock, who’s also seized control of — and defanged, former staffers say — a prominent, nonpartisan watchdog group that helped lay groundwork for what’s become the Clinton email server scandal. Each of the groups plays a specific role, from advertising to opposition research, in bolstering the Hillary for America campaign committee Clinton herself leads.

“It’d be like tobacco companies coming out and saying they wanted to fight against lung cancer,” said Dylan Ratigan, the former MSNBC television host and author of New York Times bestseller Greedy Bastards, who hasn’t yet endorsed a presidential candidate. “In a way, the Koch brothers have more credibility than Clinton on election money issues — they’re at least upfront about how they want to use money to buy politics.”

https://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/04/07/19521/how-citizens-united-helping-hillary-clinton-win-white-house

Union Leader: "We begged Hillary to speak out against fast track trade authority, and she wouldn't"



The Pennsylvania Federation BMWED-IBT represents and protects the rights of America's rail workers who construct, maintain, and inspect the railroad track and structures, and in some cases the electric catenary system on the following roads:

Akron and Barberton Belt Railroad Co., Amtrak - (Former Penn Central), Chicago Union Station Company, Washington Terminal Company, The Canton Railroad Company, Norfolk Southern Railway Company (Former Consolidated Rail Corporation - Baltimore & Eastern Railroad, Buffalo Creek Railroad, Ironton Railroad Company, The Lehigh Valley Railroad Company, Penn Central (PRR), Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines, Monongahela Railway Company), CSX Transportation, Inc. (Former Consolidated Rail Corporation - Baltimore & Eastern Railroad, Buffalo Creek Railroad, York Rail (formerly Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad), Middle Fork Railroad Company, and Western Maryland Railway Company.
The Pennsylvania Federation is affiliated with the Teamsters Union

Bernie Sanders endorsed at Convention

August 5, 2015 - The Pennsylvania Federation BMWED-IBT unanimously passes a resolution endorsing Bernie Sanders for President of the United States while calling on workers to unite against the power of concentrated wealth and its corruption of our democracy.
Larry Cohen, the outgoing president of the Communications Workers of America spoke to Penn Fed delegates at our 22nd Regular Convention. The longtime leader of one of the country’s most powerful labor unions is joining the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and he says presumed frontrunner Hillary Clinton made it an easy call.

Cohen said he will serve as an unpaid volunteer for Sanders as the Vermont senator seeks the Democratic nomination. One of the main factors in his decision, Cohen said, was Clinton’s equivocation on granting President Barack Obama so-called fast-track authority on his mammoth trade deal.

“I did everything I knew how to do to get Clinton to speak out on fast track, and she wouldn’t,” said Cohen, whose 10 years leading CWA came to an end in June. "We begged her to speak out."

Cohen, a staunch progressive, said Clinton's handling of the trade issue helped clarify why he wanted to get behind Sanders, whose candidacy is still considered a long shot despite standing-room-only crowds he's been drawing early on the trail. Sanders has been a vocal critic of giving Obama fast-track trade authority.

“Without a candidate like Bernie, we’re going to get a repeat of the same stuff," Cohen said. "Bernie is movement-building, and we need a new movement. We need to get big money out of politics."

http://www.pennfedbmwe.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&HomeID=514877

The Washington Post News Headline: "Clinton questions whether Sanders is qualified to be president"


Clinton questions whether Sanders is qualified to be president
By Juliet Eilperin and Anne Gearan
April 6, 2016


Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton on Wednesday questioned whether her rival in the Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), is qualified to be president.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/04/06/clinton-questions-whether-sanders-is-qualified-to-be-president/

Why hasn't Hillary said anything at all criticizing the Washington Post for running this misleading headline? She had plenty to say against Bernie in a widespread media attack condemning Bernie's response to that article.

But not a word critical of the Washington Post!

Not even a letter to the editor prepared by her campaign staff correcting that false headline!

Hundreds of Thousands of Sander's Backers May Demonstrate At The Democratic Party Convention In July



Clinton’s Crumbling, Bernie’s Surging and a ‘Political Revolution’ Could Be in the Offing
By Dave Lindorff -
April 7, 2016


Perhaps a Clintonian “scorched-earth” campaign of lies, tricks and media manipulation could succeed in derailing the Sanders campaign — though I doubt it. But if it did succeed, there would be no “unifying” possible later. The evident passion for Sanders himself among his followers is so great at this point that if Clinton’s establishment backers and her Super PAC funders were to tear him down and deny him the nomination there would be no forgiving and forgetting possible.


This offers an interesting set of possible scenarios going forward.

The first would be that the polls continue to move Sanders’ way as they have been showing a consistent pattern of doing in state after state primary and caucus. Already Clinton’s lead in New York, where the primary is set for April 19, has been whittled down from over 40% to single digits. In Pennsylvania, which votes on April 26, a similar large margin for Clinton is down now to just a 4% spread, and that was before last night’s “yuge” rally in the state’s largest city. If Sanders were to win in New York, the state where Clinton served a term and a half as senator, and then in Pennsylvania, he would be on a march that would probably take him right through California on June 7. Even if he wound up a bit short of a majority of pledged delegates at that point, the superdelegates, mostly Democratic politicians, either in office or formerly in office and perhaps considering running again, would be hard pressed to continue supporting Clinton, who would be seen as badly damaged goods and as a bad bet for the general election.


Add to that the prospect of hundreds of thousands of Sanders backers who will almost certainly be in the streets of Philadelphia–a city of just 1 million–for the Democratic Convention in mid-July.


Images of the disastrous 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago will surely be in anxious party leaders’ heads. Chicago was where police brutally attacked anti-war backers of Sen. Eugene McCarthy, whose candidacy was stolen away by the establishment’s candidate, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, a man who became badly damaged goods and went on to lose to Richard Nixon. Philadelphia’s police department today is every bit as capable of brutality and thuggishness as was Mayor Richard Daley’s Chicago PD almost half a century ago, but the Sanders backers in the street in Philly will not be a bunch of widely reviled long-haired hippies, yippies and pinko anti-war activists. They are, in large part, America’s kids and young adults. Many of Philadelphia’s cops may even have kids who will be part of the group in the streets backing Sanders, which might make a Chicago-style police riot less likely.

http://www.nationofchange.org/news/2016/04/07/clintons-crumbling-bernies-surging-political-revolution-offing/

Hillary’s world collapsing around her: Bernies surge poised to derail her White House bid



Hillary’s world collapsing around her: Wisconsin, Bernie’s surge and FBI probe poised to derail her White House bid
Clinton isn’t only facing a possible indictment, but also Sanders & millions of voters sick of status quo politics
H.A. Goodman
Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016


Wisconsin represents more than just Bernie’s sixth straight win, or the likelihood of seven straight wins after Wyoming, right before New York. This political revolution, ignited by Bernie Sanders and fought for by people of all races, faiths, and ethnic backgrounds across the U.S. has been bolstered by political momentum. It’s not current delegate count or prior poll numbers, it’s unprecedented political momentum that will win Sanders the Democratic nomination.

It’s the fact Bernie Sanders isn’t going to be interviewed by the FBI like Clinton, and also the fact Wisconsin has kept political momentum alive at a crucial time in the Democratic Primary race. Since Sanders does better against GOP competition than Clinton, he’ll win the presidency when elected Democratic nominee. Clinton’s “FBI Primary” is around the corner and Wisconsin symbolizes the continuation of something profound.

Had Clinton won Wisconsin, America’s political establishment would have tried to nail the coffin shut on a political movement that is just getting started. Had Bernie lost Wisconsin, the naysayers would gleefully have remarked that ideals and principles are nice, but FBI investigations and Iraq votes define pragmatism. In short, Wisconsin kept the flame alive, despite attempts by DNC and progressive naysayers in the media to dim the lights.

82% of voters ages 18-29 went to Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin.

66% of voters 30-44 went to Sanders.

Sure, but the older, more experienced voter chose Clinton, right?

Well, Clinton only won voters 45-64 by a margin of 54% to 46%.

Most importantly, 57% of voters were female, and the women of Wisconsin sided with Bernie Sanders over Clinton, 50% to 49%.


Read the full article at:
http://www.salon.com/2016/04/06/hillarys_world_collapsing_around_her_wisconsin_bernies_surge_and_fbi_probe_poised_to_derail_her_white_house_bid/

Bernie Sanders Statement on Israel-Gaza Conflict Corrects Distortion Of His Position



Press Release

Sanders Statement on Israel-Gaza Conflict
April 7, 2016

NEW YORK – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ spokesman on Thursday responded to a request from the Anti-Defamation League for clarification of a statement by Sanders on the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.

“As many people know, Sen. Sanders, as a young man, spent months in Israel and, in fact, has family living there now. There is no candidate for president who will be a stronger supporter of Israel’s right to exist in freedom, peace and security,” said Sanders’ spokesman, Michael Briggs. “The path to peace in the Middle East is not an easy one,” Briggs added. “As we go forward in this campaign, distorting the truth is not useful. We hope there can be an honest discussion of this important issue.”

During a recent New York Daily News editorial board interview, Sanders was asked about the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict. “Help me out here because I don’t remember the figures,” he said before saying his recollection was that 10,000 Palestinians were killed. He then immediately added, “Does that sound right?” The interviewer did a quick search and found that, in fact, more than 2,000 Palestinians were killed and 10,000 were wounded. The United Nations has estimated that 2,104 were killed, including 1,462 civilians. Understanding that his recollection was about the total number of casualties, not the death toll, the senator immediately accepted that correction and the discussion moved on to other topics.

“The idea that Sen. Sanders stated definitely that 10,000 Palestinians were killed is just not accurate and a distortion of that discussion,” Briggs said. “Bringing peace between Israel and the Palestinians will not be easy. It would help if candidates’ positions on this issue are not distorted.”

https://berniesanders.com/press-release/sanders-statement-israel-gaza-conflict/




Press Release

ADL Welcomes Sen. Sanders’ Clarification on Gaza War Casualties

New York, NY, April 7, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the clarification by presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of his misstatement about Palestinian casualties during the 2014 conflict between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas.

After a phone conversation between the senator and ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt, Senator Sanders issued a statement clarifying that his recollection that there were 10,000 civilian Palestinian civilian deaths was inaccurate and that the interviewer corrected him in the course of the conversation – a correction that he accepted.

“The senator assured me that he did not mean his remarks to be a definitive statement and that he would make every effort to set the record straight, Mr. Greenblatt said. “We appreciate his responsiveness on this issue, especially at a time when there are many false and incendiary reports blaming Israel for applying disproportionate force in its struggle for self-defense.”

http://www.adl.org/press-center/press-releases/israel-middle-east/adl-welcomes-sen-sanders-clarification.html#.Vwckyl75OUk

POLL: "Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are unusually weak, widely disliked presidential candidates"


Clinton vs. Trump: Even their supporters don’t like them
Washington Bureau
By David Lightman
April 7, 2016


WASHINGTON — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are unusually weak, widely disliked presidential candidates whom most people plan to vote against if the front-runners meet in the general election.

Most people who’d vote for Clinton would do so because they want to defeat Trump, not because they actually want to elect her, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

And most of those who’d vote for Trump would do it because they want to defeat Clinton, not because they like Trump.

Marist found that overwhelming, largely unprecedented ill will toward Clinton and Trump was a big driver of voter sentiment, particularly among independents.

Fifty-three percent of all Clinton voters, and three of four independents, said they’d pick the former secretary of state because they’d be voting against Trump.

Clinton leads Trump in a head-to-head matchup, 50 to 41 percent, largely because of support from constituencies that have been loyal to her throughout 2016.

Sanders’ more positive image, though, would make him the stronger Democrat in a general election, as he tops Trump 57 to 37 percent.

Sanders at the moment would do well with the same constituencies as Clinton, but would edge Trump among whites. Sanders also had a 63 to 30 percent advantage among women, better than Clinton.

The scenario changes dramatically when the Democrats are paired against Cruz and Kasich.

Clinton and Cruz, a senator from Texas, are tied at 47 percent, as Cruz runs particularly strong with independents, with an 11 percentage point edge.

Kasich, the governor of Ohio, argues he’s the most electable Republican, and the poll confirms that. He beats Clinton by 9, winning huge margins among independents. Sanders, though, easily beats Cruz or Kasich.

This survey of 1,297 adults was conducted March 29-31 by The Marist Poll sponsored and funded in partnership with McClatchy News Service.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/clinton-vs-trump-even-their-supporters-don%e2%80%99t-like-them/ar-BBrugUd?li=BBnb7Kz



Thursday, April 7

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton McClatchy/Marist Clinton 50, Trump 41 Clinton +9
General Election: Trump vs. Sanders McClatchy/Marist Sanders 57, Trump 37 Sanders +20

General Election: Cruz vs. Clinton McClatchy/Marist Clinton 47, Cruz 47 Tie
General Election: Cruz vs. Sanders McClatchy/Marist Sanders 53, Cruz 41 Sanders +12

General Election: Kasich vs. Clinton McClatchy/Marist Kasich 51, Clinton 42 Kasich +9
General Election: Kasich vs. Sanders McClatchy/Marist Sanders 52, Kasich 41 Sanders +11

Hillary's delegate lead shrinks! March 16th it was 319 elected delegates. On April 7th 212 delegates

April 7, 2016
Another Path to Victory for Bernie Sanders
by Doug Johnson Hatlem


Update: this morning the New York Times delegate count included +31 from Washington with an asterisk next to the total. A previous version of this article included +5 for Sanders in Arizona from the original AP delegate count. As expected, now that the results certified Tuesday have been included in the AP totals, Sanders has gained three delegates in Arizona; Clinton has lost two. An additional delegate shifted from the Sanders column to the Clinton column overnight somewhere, it seems. I have not yet figured out where. This means that the race currently stands at +212 delegates for Clinton. On March 16, her lead stood at +319.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/07/another-path-to-victory-for-bernie-sanders/
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