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Moyers: Clinton needs to call for these two top Democrats to resign — for her campaign’s sake

"There are two Democrats whose resignation from office right now would do their party and country a service.

Their disappearance might also help Hillary Clinton convince skeptical Democrats that her nomination, if it happens, is about the future, and not about resurrecting and ratifying the worst aspects of the first Clinton reign when she and her husband rarely met a donor to whom they wouldn’t try to auction a sleepover in the Lincoln Bedroom.

In fact, while we’re at it, and if Secretary Clinton really wants us to believe she’s no creature of the corporate and Wall Street money machine — despite more than $44 million in contributions from the financial industry since 2000 and her $675,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs, not to mention several million more paid by other business interests for an hour or two of her time — she should pick up the gauntlet herself and publicly call for the departure of these two, although they are among her nearest and dearest. And we don’t mean Bill and Chelsea.

No, she should come right out and ask for the resignations of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Democratic National Committee Chair — and Florida congresswoman — Debbie Wasserman Schultz. In one masterstroke, she could separate herself from two of the most prominent of all corporate Democratic elitists."

Two people I definitely wouldn't mind seeing go.


Bernie Sanders Decries ‘Barbarism’ of Brussels Attacks

“We offer our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this barbaric attack and to the people of Brussels who were the target of another cowardly attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. We stand with our European allies to offer any necessary assistance in these difficult times."

“Today’s attack is a brutal reminder that the international
community must come together to destroy ISIS. This type of barbarism cannot be allowed to continue.”


Bernie Sanders Is the Only Presidential Candidate With a Plan to Empower Native Americans

"Native Americans are the first Americans, yet they have for far too long been treated as third class citizens," Sanders' campaign page reads. "The United States must not just honor Native American treaty rights and tribal sovereignty, it must also move away from a relationship of paternalism and control and toward one of deference and support."

Here are excerpts from some of the plans he outlines:

Supporting Tribal Sovereignty and Tribal Jurisdiction: Tribes must have the ability to prosecute non-Native people who commit crimes on tribal land, and have greater jurisdiction over prosecuting all crimes, including family disputes. Bernie will fight to provide Tribes with the resources for effective law enforcement and tribal courts ...

Protecting Sacred Places and Native American Cultures: Native Americans must be empowered to maintain and pass on traditional religious beliefs, languages and social practices without fear of discrimination or suppression ...

Fighting Climate Change and Promoting Environmental Protection: ... In the first 100 days as president, Bernie will convene a climate summit with the world's best engineers, climate scientists, policy experts, activists and indigenous communities to chart the best strategy against climate change. Bernie's climate plan calls for an end to fracking for natural gas and mountaintop removal coal mining."

I'm so happy that Bernie is talking, listening and addressing the needs of Native Americans. The only candidate to do so!


As Hillary Clinton bolstered Boeing, company returned the favor

As a senator and later secretary of state, Hillary Clinton closely followed the bidding for the U.S. Air Force’s massive $35 billion tanker-refueling contract — a contentious process that pitted Boeing against Airbus, as well as the state of Washington against Alabama.

In February 2011, a staffer at the State Department emailed Secretary Clinton’s private address with unexpected good news: “Boeing won the contract.”

“I’m pleased,” she replied.

Among recent secretaries of state, Hillary Clinton was perhaps the most aggressive booster for big American companies overseas, particularly for Boeing, Washington’s largest private employer.

So appreciative of her sales efforts, Boeing’s then-president and CEO Jim McNerney once turned to her on stage at a government-business conference and lauded her department for advocating like no other in the past two decades: “It’s like back to the late ’80s and early ’90s all over again.”

And then we have this.

"During the periods when Secretary Clinton was pushing governments to sign deals with Boeing, the aerospace company provided financial support to help her achieve a major foreign-policy goal. Boeing also donated more than $1 million to the Clinton family’s global foundation set up by her husband, former President Clinton, and sponsored speeches that paid him six-figure sums."

It's always the foundation.


Our Turn: Bernie Sanders has the strongest immigration record

"This Tuesday, my fellow Arizona Democrats and I will go to the polls to cast our votes for our party’s presidential nominee. As a member of the Arizona congressional delegation and co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, my choice this year for Sen. Bernie Sanders couldn’t be easier.

Bernie offers Arizonans of all stripes the opportunity to support a candidate with a bold vision for America – a vision like that of Franklin D. Roosevelt and other great Democratic presidents of the past. He also happens to be the Democratic candidate with the best chance of beating Donald Trump in November. Poll after poll has shown Bernie beating Trump soundly and by a larger margin than his opponent.

Bernie has been very clear that if Congress does not act to pass comprehensive immigration reform, he will use the executive powers of the presidency to expand President Obama’s Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans.

He doesn’t just have the strongest plan; he has the strongest background on the issue. He has stood with undocumented people to improve their lives in a very real way."


Hillary Clinton Lays Out Her Own Middle East Approach — And It’s Not Obama’s

" WASHINGTON — After her landslide loss in the New Hampshire primary last month, Hillary Clinton responded by tying herself tightly to President Barack Obama and slamming her opponent, Bernie Sanders, for past criticism of the president.

That embrace, though, has not extended beyond U.S. shores. On Monday, Clinton used her speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to continue to lay down a foreign policy vision starkly at odds with the Obama doctrine of restraint and retrenchment. Clinton sent a clear signal: Her presidency would replace reluctance to intervene and get bogged down in Middle East conflicts with a hawkish approach — one her aides have previously asked reporters to describe as “muscular.”

Clinton, in her AIPAC speech, repeated and, in some cases, put a finer point on arguments she advancced in the fall at a major Brookings Institute speech, and in December at the Saban Forum. But set against the backdrop of a recent profile of Obama’s foreign policy doctrine by The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, as well as the decision by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to skip AIPAC’s gathering while Obama traveled to Cuba, the daylight between the world views of Clinton and Obama was that much more apparent. "

“Obama’s goal of ‘ending the mindset’ that got us into Iraq inspired a lot of progressives,” said Matt Duss, a foreign policy analyst at the progressive Foundation for Middle East Peace. “Apart from support for the Iran agreement, I didn’t hear anything from Clinton that suggests that she sees that mindset as a problem.”

Clinton, without naming the president, tweaked Obama for his strained relationship with Netanyahu. “One of the first things I’ll do in office is invite the Israeli prime minister to visit the White House,” she offered to raucous applause."

Why people still think that Hillary has any interest in continuing Obama's legacy is beyond me. It should be obvious that she's just waiting to get to the general and shed him. Just my two cents.


CNN: Bill Clinton: Hillary can 'put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us'

"Bill Clinton, while campaigning for his wife in Spokane, Washington, on Monday, seemingly knocked President Barack Obama's legacy in a riff that his aides said was unintended.

"If you believe we can rise together, if you believe we've finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the seven years before that where we were practicing trickle-down economics, then you should vote for her," the former president said about his wife."

And Bill Clinton's aid added clarification.

"A Bill Clinton aide later clarified that the former President was "referring to the GOP's obstructionism and not President Obama's legacy.""

Angel Urena, Bill Clinton's spokesman, did not directly explain what the former President meant by the "awful legacy of the last eight years," but reiterated that Bill Clinton thinks "President Obama doesn't get the credit he deserves for setting us back on course for economic prosperity."

I still think that Bill was talking about economic policy but what ever. I just feel that Bill can't get over that Hillary lost to Obama and he's never respected him from jump. I've always held Hillary in a higher regard.


"Final Five" Bernie Sanders CNN Interview

For those that missed it.

At AIPAC, Clinton Supports Young People On ‘Front Lines of Battle’ Against BDS

"Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke at an annual conference held by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and praised students at colleges and universities who are on “the front lines of the battle to oppose the alarming boycott, divestment and sanctions movement known as BDS.”

The part of the speech on BDS was specifically directed at young people attending the pro-Israel lobby group’s conference, and it received roaring applause.

During her speech, Clinton declared, “Particularly at a time when antisemitism is on the rise across the world, especially in Europe, we must repudiate all efforts to malign, isolate, and undermine Israel and the Jewish people.”

“We have to be united in fighting back against BDS,” Clinton argued. “Many of its proponents have demonized Israeli scientists and intellectuals, even students.”

She added, “To all the college students who may have encountered this on campus, I hope you stay strong. Keep speaking out. Don’t let anyone silence you, bully you, or try to shut down debate, especially in places of learning like colleges and universities.”


Bill Clinton has some explaining to do. He trashes Obama's legacy

Yes this is being posted on less desirable sites but here's just the video. It speaks for itself

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