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Tag: Hillary Clinton

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton Opened Her Door to Financial Supporters

Official calendars obtained by The Associated Press show that while serving as secretary of state, the Democratic presidential candidate made herself available to dozens of influential fundraisers, loyalists of the former Clinton administration and her current campaign, and corporate donors to her family’s global charity.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE

The United States of Contradictions

With election year a month away, American politics is caught up in tensions, ironies, and a certain amount of sheer madness.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE

The NYT Praises Bernie Sanders’ Immigration Plan: ‘Reality-Based, Moderate, Practical and Hopeful’

Sanders’ immigration plan “starts with the right premise: that immigrants should be welcomed and assimilated, not criminalized and exploited,” the editors of The New York Times declare.

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Killer Mike’s Ringing Endorsement of Bernie Sanders


Rapper and activist Killer Mike feels the Bern.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE

NSA Leaker Thomas Drake Praises Report Showing U.S.’ Failure Toward Whistleblowers

Drake, who in 2010 became the first American charged with espionage in almost 40 years, applauds a new report by the PEN American Center accusing the government of failing to protect whistleblowers.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Sheds Progressive Façade With Bold Rightward Lurch

From her call for a major air and ground war against Islamic State to her attack on single-payer health care, Clinton appears to be sprinting full speed to the right.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

Terrorism, Immigration and Islam: Fear Is the GOP’s Trump Card

The importance of who gets to set the agenda in the presidential race was brought home by a new poll released this week. Concerns related to race, immigration and attitudes toward Islam divide the country deeply. That’s the agenda the Republicans want to be paramount.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

Viewers Tune Out, Voters Lose Out as Democratic National Committee Buries Second Debate

The record low viewership of Saturday’s Democratic debate has voters, particularly Bernie Sanders supporters, once again castigating the Democratic National Committee for what many believe is a blatant attempt to shield establishment candidate Hillary Clinton and, in turn, relinquish important political ground to the Republican candidates.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

A Paris Moment for American Politics?

The 2016 presidential campaign has been peculiarly disconnected from the real world of problems, crises and governing. It took the catastrophe in Paris to narrow the gap—and even a monstrous terrorist attack may not shake the trajectory of a contest that operates within a logic of its own.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton’s Big Debate Gaffe: Bizarrely Linking Her Wall Street Donors to 9/11 Reconstruction

Bernie Sanders attacked her Wall Street reforms and donor base. Some in the media are predicting Clinton’s response will come back to haunt her.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE

Dr. Ben

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Democratic Candidates Reject War Talk and Islamophobia in the Wake of the Paris Attacks (Video)

At the CBS Democratic debate on Saturday night, the Paris attacks dominated as a concern. Unlike the Republican field, which is somewhat divided on a response, the Democrats agree that all-out war is undesirable.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE

The Second Democratic Debate: Foreign Policy, Guns, Wall Street and Campaign Finance (Updated)

The three major Democratic candidates found solid footing in the second half of Saturday’s debate, with Sanders and O’Malley challenging Clinton over Wall Street, campaign finance and gun deaths in the United States. Updated

Posted on Nov 14, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Previews Twitter’s Role at the Democratic Debate

Perhaps Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley will have to limit their answers to 140 characters, “The Late Show” host suggests.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE

Fourth GOP Debate, Round 2: Hillary Clinton Looms Large, Big Government Larger (Updated)

Update: When talk in the final stretch of the debate turned to American foreign policy, fortunes turned in favor of Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina—for different reasons.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader on the Complicity of Bernie Sanders

“If he doesn’t go electorally in a serious way to win, then [Bernie Sanders] is setting up millions of Americans, and young Americans, for a huge morale collapse,” Nader explains.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE

Outrage From Within and Without Over Netanyahu Speech at Think Tank With Clinton Ties

Over 100 progressive organizations and individuals, as well as current and former staffers, have criticized the Center for American Progress for inviting the Israeli prime minister to speak.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE

Leaked Emails From Pro-Clinton Group Reveal Pandering to Israel Lobby AIPAC

Emails from a major think tank that strongly favors Hillary Clinton for president reveal that the group has gone so far as to censor its own writers in order to please the right-wing pro-Israel lobby.

Posted on Nov 7, 2015 READ MORE

The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History

The release of the 5,544-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership confirms that the agreement would be another step in the global capitalists’ march to enslave us. Open, sustained revolt is our only option.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE

What Socialism Means to Bernie Sanders—and You

Once upon a time, socialists running for president in the United States had to explain that while they had no chance of actually winning an election, their campaigns were aimed at “educating” voters—about socialism.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE

Barney Frank, Ever the Politician, Predicts Hillary Clinton Is ‘Gonna Win’ in 2016

The former congressman brought his brand of D.C.-style real talk, and his unabashed support for Hillary Clinton, to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader on Corporate Control, Faux Liberals and Hillary Clinton

“All you gotta do in politics is say the right thing, even though your whole record is contrary, and you’re on your way,” Nader says.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE

The Real GOP Divide

The Republican presidential contest is often cast, accurately enough, as a choice between “outsiders” and “insiders.” But another party division may be more profound: between Republicans who still view the country’s future hopefully, and those deeply gloomy about its prospects.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Debuts First Campaign Ad

Called “Real Change,” the ad casts Sanders as a principled and down-to-earth populist leader with the backing of millions of individual donors and a determination to take on Wall Street.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Black Lives Matter Activists Shout Down Hillary Clinton During Criminal Justice Rally

Friday’s protest stemmed from widespread feeling that Clinton is not doing enough to address police brutality and the systematic incarceration of African-Americans.

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Debate Mendacity Shocks Even the Conservatives

For people who so often accuse Hillary Clinton of lying, the Republican presidential candidates seem to feel perfectly free to bend, twist and shred the truth at will. Unsurprisingly, that is just what several of them were caught doing in their free-for-all CNBC debate.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE

Why Do We Let Politicians Lie to Get Elected?

When politicians renege on campaign promises, they are not “being economical with the truth” but “deceiving the public in order to win an election”—and such betrayal in the United Kingdom should trigger a general election, according to one prominent writer.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Comes Out in Favor of the Death Penalty

The Democratic presidential candidate said at a breakfast event in New Hampshire on Wednesday that she did not support abolishing capital punishment.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Hasn’t Learned a Thing From the Iraq Experience

The former secretary of state could shatter the presidential glass ceiling for women, but as U.S. leader she’d leave the old boys’ military-industrial complex intact.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE

Benghazi Hearing Was a Self-Defeating Travesty

Hillary Clinton must have been mindful of the old adage that you never interrupt an enemy when he is making a mistake. She sat in the witness chair with the patience of Job, hour after endless hour, while the House Select Committee on Benghazi did all it could to make her our next president.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE

Sanders Warns Voters Against Clinton: ‘I Will Govern Based on Principle, Not Poll Numbers’

The Vermont senator reminded Democrats at an Iowa fundraiser Saturday night of his opponent’s shifting stances on gay marriage, the environment and pernicious trade deals.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE


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Benghazi Grilling

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Benghazi Committee

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Top Five Things Congress Should Investigate Instead of Benghazi (Video)

The fruitless carnival-barking that was the GOP Benghazi inquisition did the nation the disservice of taking focus off the things really wrong with U.S. policies and the places where there really was wrongdoing.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE

An Idiotic GOP Is Looking at the Wrong Thing in Its Clinton Probe

The real issue is not protection of a diplomat but the bipartisan zeal for creating military mayhem throughout the Middle East.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE

While the Republicans Snarled, Hillary Clinton Smiled

To watch Clinton’s Republican antagonists during Thursday’s public hearing of the House Select Committee on Benghazi was to wonder how they could possibly behave the way they did. Often, the sheer mindlessness was stunning.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE

Political Peanuts

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The Trap

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Defends Her Legacy as Secretary of State at Benghazi Hearing

Hillary Clinton showed up ready Thursday for hours of questions before the House Select Committee on Benghazi to defend her actions as secretary of state during the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Updated

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 READ MORE

Why Didn’t Joe Biden Run for President?

There are obvious political explanations but only one reason for his decision not to throw his hat in the ring.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

Joe Biden Says No

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

What Clinton Got Wrong About Snowden

The former secretary of state attacked the NSA whistleblower without bothering to get her facts straight.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

House Benghazi Committee

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

Joe Biden Announces He Won’t Run for President

After weeks of will-he-or-won’t-he speculation, the vice president gave pundits and Democratic candidates something concrete to work with: He won’t be joining the lineup of Democratic presidential hopefuls for the 2016 election.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

Benghazi Committee

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

Sept. 11, Beirut, Benghazi: It’s the Terrorists’ Fault

Bad things happen on every president’s watch—also every secretary of state’s—and the proper place to lay blame is on the perpetrators.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE

The Republican Establishment’s Weak Tea

The narrative about the 2016 presidential campaign focuses on angry discontent in the American electorate. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have a plausible explanation for what lies behind this unhappiness. The only Republican acting as if he has a working theory of his own is Donald Trump. 

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE

Edward Snowden: Clinton Made ‘False Claim’ About Whistleblower Protection

The former government contractor accused Hillary Clinton of “a lack of political courage” for asserting that he bypassed options for disclosing illegal government spying programs that would have granted him whistleblower protections.

Posted on Oct 17, 2015 READ MORE

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