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MUST SEE VIDEO! Real Time with Bill Maher: Bernie Sanders Interview – May 27, 2016 (HBO)

MSNBC Thrashes Hillary Clinton: ‘It Feels Like She’s Lying Straight Out’



MSNBC Thrashes Hillary Clinton: ‘It Feels Like She’s Lying Straight Out’
May 27, 2016


MSNBC hosts and analysts severely and unanimously criticized Hillary Clinton on Thursday after the Obama-appointed inspector general of the State Department that she once led published a damning report contradicting her repeated claims that she was allowed to conduct official correspondence on a private email server.

The rebuke is remarkable because with a few exceptions MSNBC has treated Clinton favorably in the 2016 primaries.

“I really don’t want to be the one delivering this, but I’ve got to tell you, this is really hard to believe. It feels like she’s lying straight out,” host Mika Brzezinski said in a discussion on “Morning Joe.”

[/b]“It doesn’t hold up. There are so many inconsistencies, including their response yesterday,” journalist Andrea Mitchell said in the same discussion, adding: “We now see new emails, never turned over, never before revealed, that the IG found. What’s that all about? And one of them has her writing to [her aide] Huma Abedin that she’ll go with … another private device after spamming and things were not being received. … She said we want to make sure that the personal is not accessible.”

“There are so many flaws in their argument,” Mitchell continued. “I don’t see how this is anything but devastating given the fact that they have been making a completely different argument now for more than a year.”

“Because of this breach, ... I don’t think she could get confirmed, for instance, to be attorney general,” commentator Chuck Todd said.

Todd even attributed motive to Clinton’s behavior, traditionally a no-no in the corporate media: “The most logical explanation is that she wanted to make it harder for the press and Congress to see her correspondence. So they made the FOIA requests more difficult by doing what? Making sure it wasn’t on a government server, putting it on a private server.”

http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/morning_joes_mika_brzezinksi_it_feels_like_hillary_20160527

Sanders asks for ouster of 2 Clinton “attack surrogates” from key Democratic Convention committees.



Press Release

Sanders Campaign Challenges Frank and Malloy Roles at Democratic Convention
May 28, 2016

WASHINGTON – In a formal credentials challenge, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign on Friday asked for the ouster of two “aggressive attack surrogates” for Hillary Clinton from key Democratic National Convention committees.

The campaign called for the removal of Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy as a co-chairman of the Platform Committee and former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank as head of the Rules Committee.

“Governor Malloy and Mr. Frank have both been aggressive attack surrogates for the Clinton campaign,” Sanders campaign counsel Brad Deutsch wrote in a letter to the party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee. “Their criticisms of Sen. Sanders have gone beyond dispassionate ideological disagreement and have exposed a deeper professional, political and personal hostility toward the senator and his campaign.

“The chairs therefore cannot be relied upon to perform their convention duties fairly and capably while laboring under such deeply held bias. The appointment of two individuals so outspokenly critical of Sen. Sanders, and so closely affiliated with Secretary Clinton’s campaign, raises concerns that two of the three Convention Standing Committees are being constituted in an overtly partisan way designed to exclude meaningful input from supporters of Sen. Sanders’ candidacy.”

Under party rules, Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz recommended 25 at-large appointments to the party’s executive committee for each of the three standing committees: rules, platform and credentials.

To read the letter, click here.
https://berniesanders.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Bernie-2016-Letter-to-DNC.pdf

San Francisco Chronicle OP/ED Clinton breaks a California promise



OP/ED
Clinton breaks a California promise
May 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s refusal to keep a promise to debate Sen. Bernie Sanders in California was obviously based on her assumption that the nomination is hers and that there is no need to risk further exposure in an uncontrolled setting.



Hillary Clinton is a prohibitive favorite to attain the party’s nomination before its Philadelphia convention. Still, Californians deserve more than a succession of rallies, photo opportunities and fundraisers from a major presidential candidate.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Clinton-breaks-a-California-promise-7945454.php

Sanders Closes in on Clinton Ahead of California Primary



Election 2016
Sanders Closes in on Clinton Ahead of California Primary
What once looked like a knockout for the Clinton camp is now a statistical tie.
By Elizabeth Preza
May 27, 2016


Just two weeks before California voters cast their ballots for the Democratic primary, a Public Policy Institute of California poll shows Hillary Clinton’s once-formidable lead against rival Bernie Sanders has eroded to a statistical dead heat.

Clinton leads Sanders 46 to 44 percent, which is within the poll’s margin of error of four percentage points. Back in March, Clinton led Sanders by seven precent. One element to Sanders’ surge is an uptick in independent voters, who can cast ballots in California’s open Democratic primary on June 7.

While Clinton will likely clinch the nomination with or without California’s massive 475 pledged delegates (she’s favored to win New Jersey’s primary, also on June 7), a defeat by Sanders would be a huge upset as her campaign attempts to shift gears and focus on defeating Donald Trump in November.

The timing couldn’t be worse for Clinton, who is losing ground in hypothetical match-ups against the presumed Republican nominee. A Real Clear Politics general election poll from May 24 shows Clinton eking out a win against Trump 43.2 to 42.8. The same poll has Sanders beating Trump by over 10 points.

Which is precisely the case Sanders is attempting to make to Democratic voters. The LA Times explains, “A Sanders win on June 7 would revive at least in part his long-shot argument that party superdelegates should flip to him to increase the odds of a Democratic victory over Trump.”

Clinton’s dwindling poll numbers in California may be at least partially related to the former Secretary of State’s refusal to debate Sanders yet again, in a Fox News/San Francisco Chronicle debate, despite a promise both campaigns made in February.

http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/sanders-closes-clinton-ahead-california-primary



Like Clinton, Trump Chickens Out of Debate with Sanders



Like Clinton, Trump Chickens Out of Debate with Sanders
'Well, I say to Mr. Trump, what are you afraid of?'
by Common Dreams staff
May 27, 2016


Looks like Donald Trump took a page from Hillary Clinton's book and chickened out.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee said Friday afternoon that he would not debate Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, despite having said one day prior that he'd "love to debate Bernie."

Sanders' rival for the Democratic nomination said earlier this week that she would not participate in a debate with Sanders in California ahead of that state's primary next month, despite having agreed to do so previously.

Speaking with reporters in Los Angeles on Friday, Sanders said he hoped Trump would have a change of heart.

"I hope that he changes his mind again. Mr. Trump is known to change his mind many times in a day," Sanders said. "Trump is a bully, he's a big tough guy. Well, I say to Mr. Trump, what are you afraid of?"

In a statement, the Vermont senator alluded to why Trump—whom Sanders consistently trounces in polls—might not want to face him head-on:

There is a reason why in virtually every national and statewide poll I am defeating Donald Trump, sometimes by very large margins and almost always by far larger margins than Secretary Clinton. There is a reason for that reality and the American people should be able to see it up front in a good debate and a clash of ideas.


http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/27/clinton-trump-chickens-out-debate-sanders

Chicago Tribune: Joe Biden would be an excellent 'slip-in' candidate if Hillary Clinton falters

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Column: Joe Biden would be an excellent 'slip-in' candidate if Hillary Clinton falters
By Eric Zorn
May 27, 2016


The hopes for victory of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee ticked up slightly Wednesday when a report from the U.S. State Department's inspector general sharply criticized leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.

Although the report wasn't an indictment or a game-changer in the race for the White House, it became part of the narrative of Clinton as secretive and deceptive that has kept her favorability numbers upside down.

Voters don't hate Joe Biden, 73, the genial vice president who openly agonized last year before deciding not to put himself and his family through the rigors of a presidential bid in the wake of the 2015 death of his son after a battle with brain cancer.

Not most voters, anyway. In a nationwide poll conducted in March for Bloomberg Politics, only 35 percent of respondents had a negative view of Biden compared with 68 percent who had a negative view of Trump, 53 percent who viewed Clinton unfavorably and 41 percent with a negative impression of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who also is vying for the Democratic nomination.

Biden's favorability rating in that same poll was 57 percent compared with 29 percent for Trump, 44 percent for Clinton and 52 percent for Sanders.

If Clinton's email-related problems get worse or other developments sink her popularity far below even Trump's, causing her to step aside, Biden, as a more establishment figure than Sanders, would be the party's likely choice as a "slip-in" candidate and an almost certain winner against Trump.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/zorn/ct-joe-biden-president-trump-clinton-zorn-perspec-0529-jm-20160527-column.html

CBS News: Bernie Sanders On Trump Backing Out Of Debate: "Mr. Trump, what are you afraid of?"

CBS Evening News
Bernie Sanders: "Mr. Trump, what are you afraid of?"
By Kylie Atwood
May 27, 2016


Bernie Sanders had a ready response to Donald Trump's change of heart over a proposed debate.

"Mr. Trump what are you afraid of? Why do you not want to see a debate here in California -- and obviously all across this country -- on why you think it's a good idea to be trying to divide up our people, to be scapegoating Mexicans and Latinos and Muslims and women and veterans and African-Americans," Sanders said in a fiery tone.

Trump had just declined to debate Sanders, saying in a statement that it seemed "inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher." Sanders challenged the presumptive Republican nominee saying he comes across as a "tough guy," and suggested he should prove it.

"If you're so tough, let's sit down and have that debate," Sanders said to reporters in Los Angeles, where he was touring the Inglewood Oil Field.

Sanders still hoped for another change of heart.

"I heard that he was gonna debate and now you're telling me that he is not gonna debate me. Well, you know, I hope that he changes his mind again. Mr. Trump is known to change his mind many times in a day," Sanders said.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bernie-sanders-donald-trump-debate-what-are-you-afraid-of/

Senators Sanders, Warren, Merkley & Whitehouse Blast GOP Efforts To Block Exxon Fraud Investigation



Sanders, Warren Blast Republican Efforts to Derail #ExxonKnew Probe
Letter from progressive senators comes in response to GOP call for Justice Department to back off the fossil fuel industry
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
May 27, 2016


Republican efforts to stifle any federal inquiry involving climate change should be considered "Exhibit A among the reasons why the Department of Justice should take a full and honest look at possible fraud in the fossil fuel industry's climate denial operation," leading progressive senators said Thursday in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

The letter from Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) provides a counterpoint to a separate missive (pdf) issued Wednesday by five Republican senators including Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

That letter called on Lynch to drop any federal investigations into whether oil companies like ExxonMobil committed fraud when they worked to downplay the science and impact of climate change. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has suggested it is considering such a probe.

Referring to such DOJ statements as well as subpoenas issued by state attorneys general, the GOP senators wrote:

These actions provide disturbing confirmation that government officials at all levels are threatening to wield the sword of law enforcement to silence debate on climate change. As you well know, initiating criminal prosecution for a private entity's opinions on climate change is a blatant violation of the First Amendment and an abuse of power that rises to the level of prosecutorial misconduct.

But the progressive senators disagreed with the Republicans' analysis, saying "the template for the Department investigating this question, of course, is the Department's own victory in its civil RICO lawsuit against the tobacco industry."

In fact, they wrote, "The Republican Senators' letter reprises the tobacco lawsuit's own early history of efforts from Congress to discourage or interfere with that lawsuit in order to protect the tobacco industry."

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"It would be a sorry world in which corporations engaged in fraud could pull the screen of the First Amendment over any investigation of their fraud," write U.S. Sens. Sanders, Warren, Merkley, and Whitehouse.

Full article at:
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/27/sanders-warren-blast-republican-efforts-derail-exxonknew-probe

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Sanders, Whitehouse, Warren, Merkley Slam GOP Attempt to Block Fossil Fuel Fraud Investigation

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Washington, May 26 – In a letter sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch today, Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) slammed a GOP effort to cut off any federal investigation into possible fossil fuel industry fraud. Recalling the successful Department of Justice lawsuit against the tobacco industry during the Clinton and Bush administrations, the Senators write that such an effort “reprises the tobacco lawsuit’s own early history of efforts from Congress to discourage or interfere with that lawsuit in order to protect the tobacco industry.” They also note how such an effort could serve as “Exhibit A among the reasons why the Department of Justice should take a full and honest look” at the fossil fuel industry’s climate denial efforts.

Whitehouse, Sanders, Warren, and Merkley were responding to a letter sent to the Attorney General earlier in the day by Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), David Vitter (R-La.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.), in which the Republicans attempt to cast any investigation or inquiry involving climate change as an infringement upon First Amendment freedom of speech. In reply, Whitehouse, Sanders, Warren, and Merkley write that it is “settled law that fraud is not protected by the First Amendment” and “whether what the fossil fuel industry is up to is ‘core political speech’ or whether it is downright fraud is precisely the question which the investigation should answer.” They add that “it is noteworthy how public reporting shows the fossil fuel industry to be a dominant funder – if not the dominant funder – of the Republican Party. The Republican Senators’ letter comes to you laden with that conflict of interest.”

The text of the Whitehouse-Sanders-Warren-Merkley letter follows.

Dear Attorney General Lynch,

We write today to urge that you view the Republican Senators’ May 25 letter as Exhibit A among the reasons why the Department of Justice should take a full and honest look at possible fraud in the fossil fuel industry’s climate denial operation.

The template for the Department investigating this question, of course, is the Department’s own victory in its civil RICO lawsuit against the tobacco industry. The Republican Senators' letter reprises the tobacco lawsuit's own early history of efforts from Congress to discourage or interfere with that lawsuit in order to protect the tobacco industry.

The Republican Senators' letter also reprises arguments made in the press against bringing the tobacco lawsuit, and made in court against that lawsuit: to wit, that the First Amendment should prevent the investigation or determine the litigation. This argument was soundly rejected by the Department, and then by Judge Kessler, and then by the United States D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. It has always been and remains good law that fraud is not protected by the First Amendment. It would be a sorry world in which corporations engaged in fraud could pull the screen of the First Amendment over any investigation of their fraud.

The Republican Senators’ letter ignores the considerable academic and journalistic research into the fossil fuel industry climate denial operation. Over and over, the researchers on their own advert to the similarity between the tobacco industry’s fraudulent conduct and the fossil fuel industry’s conduct which they are investigating. This is predication, at least, for the Department to take its own hard and fearless look.

It is perhaps noteworthy in evaluating the merits of the Republican Senators’ letter that their concern over investigations in this arena only appears when the subject is the fossil fuel industry. When the Attorney General of Virginia harassed a UVA climate scientist (to the point where the University went to the Virginia Supreme Court, which stopped the abuse), or when a Republican Senator called for criminal investigation of scientists in the so-called “ClimateGate Scandal” (which after six thorough investigations proved to be no scandal at all), or when Republican committee chairmen relentlessly pursue climate scientists with government subpoenas, there has not been a peep of objection from them.

There has been an outburst of editorial opinion against investigation that has significant earmarks of orchestration: the posts and editorials almost all confuse criminal and civil investigation; they almost all fail even to mention the tobacco lawsuit; they all have only one or two degrees of separation from the fossil fuel industry and its climate denial outlets; and they refuse to acknowledge the settled law that fraud is not protected by the First Amendment. The Republican Senators’ letter has all those same earmarks.

Finally, it is noteworthy how public reporting shows the fossil fuel industry to be a dominant funder -- if not the dominant funder -- of the Republican Party. The Republican Senators’ letter comes to you laden with that conflict of interest.

The question whether what the fossil fuel industry is up to is “core political speech” or whether it is downright fraud is precisely the question which the investigation should answer. To say at the outset that it is entirely the former is premature, at best; if there is fraud, that fraud merits thorough and fair investigation.

Sincerely,

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Senator Bernie Sanders

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Senator Jeff Merkley

Sanders Has Always Wanted to Debate Trump—or Any Other Representative of the ‘Billionaire Class’



Sanders Has Always Wanted to Debate Trump—or Any Other Representative of the ‘Billionaire Class’
by John Nichols
May 27, 2016


Bernie Sanders relishes ripping on Donald Trump, describing the billionaire as “someone who must never become president of this country.”

No surprise there.

Sanders has run his entire 2016 presidential campaign in opposition to plutocracy, oligarchy, and billionaire-dominated politics—proudly declaring that his run is paid for by small donors and “not the billionaires.” In fact, Sanders has run his entire political career in opposition to plutocracy, oligarchy, and billionaire-dominated politics. He has, as well, spent decades critiquing a media system that pays more attention to “lifestyles of the rich and famous” celebrity than the real-world issues facing working-class Americans. That’s made Trump, a billionaire byproduct of the media’s cult of celebrity, a preferred target for the senator, who rips the Republican’s rhetoric as “shameful” and complains that “every day he comes up with another stupid remark, absurd remarks.”

That makes sense for the senator, as his campaign could only benefit from a clash with Trump—drawing attention to an uphill run and helping Sanders make a case that he is best prepared to battle the Republican.

It makes less sense for Trump, as Sanders would give the billionaire no quarter. Ultimately, that could end up helping Clinton, the Democrat Trump expects to be running against in November.

Sanders has always relished debating Republicans to “expose them for their subservience to the billionaire class.”

For Sanders, of course, this is about more than Trump.

He has always been excited by the prospect of one-on-one debates with Republicans.

A year ago, when Sanders spoke to The Nation about the campaign he had just launched, he was pushing for more Democratic debates. But he was also talking about broader debates. Asked if he would as a Democratic contender be willing to engage in a one-on-one debate with a Republican contender, he answered, “Of course I would.”

“I would like as many debates as possible, and I would also like to break new ground and have debates with Republicans and Democrats. I think that will be very positive for the American people in that we’ll be able to focus on issues. Let the Republicans defend why they want to give tax breaks to the billionaires and make massive cuts in Medicare. I would love to hear it,” said Sanders. “The most serious political problem facing this country is that we don’t discuss the serious issues facing this country. And the American people are becoming increasingly alienated from the political process; 63 percent of the American people didn’t vote last November. I’m looking for ways to bring them into a serious discussion about serious issues. When we do that, the Republican agenda will be exposed for the disaster it is.”

“I’m the ranking member on the Budget Committee. The Republican budget gave over $200 billion in tax breaks over a 10-year period to the wealthiest two-tenths of 1 percent—massive cuts in Medicare, massive cuts in Medicaid, massive cuts in education, threw 27 million people off their health insurance. That is the Republican budget. That is what they believe.… That’s exactly what their budget did. The Republicans get away with murder because what they do and what they want is not seen, is not understood by the American people, because it’s not talked about,” Sanders said last year. “So I think the more that we can confront Republicans about their ideology of tax breaks for the billionaires and cuts to every program that is a benefit to the American people, and can expose them for their subservience to the billionaire class—I think that wins for us every single time.”

Read the full article at:
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/05/27/sanders-has-always-wanted-debate-trump-or-any-other-representative-billionaire
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