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  • ‘Black Lives Matter’ Activist Calls for Trump’s Assassination… IMMEDIATELY Pays the Price

    11/21/2015 11:22:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Top Right News | November 19, 2015 | Brooke Bosca
    Link only: http://toprightnews.com/black-lives-matter-woman-calls-for-donald-trumps-assassination-immediately-pays-the-price/
  • Bernie Sanders launches petition drive to preserve Syrian refugee program

    11/21/2015 12:34:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | November 20, 2015 | John Wagner
    CHARLESTON, S.C. — As Republican presidential candidates continued to sound the alarm Friday about Syrian immigrants, Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders took a step in the opposite direction, launching a petition drive to preserve the program that facilities their arrival in the United States. “In this moment, it is particularly important that we not allow ourselves to be divided by the anti-immigrant hysteria that Republican presidential candidates are ginning up,” Sanders, who was arriving here for a three-day campaign swing, said in an e-mail to supporters. “When hundreds of thousands of people have lost everything and have nothing left but the...
  • Our editorial: Ted Cruz is wrong on Syrian refugees

    10/06/2015 10:50:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Detroit News | October 6, 2015
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/10/06/editorial-ted-cruz-wrong-syrian-refugees/73486846/
  • WATCH: Hillary Supporters Tell PJM Why She’s Their Pick

    11/06/2015 4:15:46 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-5-2015 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Attendees of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign rally in Alexandria said the ongoing FBI investigation into Clinton's use of private email has not changed their opinion of the former secretary of State. "Yes, I still support Hillary. I believe the inquiry has been just a way to lower her polls and so, yes, I definitely still support Hillary," a Democratic voter told PJ Media at the rally. "I still support her in spite of the investigation. I expect some mistakes were made and maybe some people somewhere could have been more truthful about some of the events, but there's...
  • Millennial voters weigh in on 16 candidates

    10/12/2015 2:10:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WGNO-TV ^ | October 12, 2015 | Anthony Perrucci, CNN
    CNN asked millennial voters from a range of backgrounds to weigh in on whether, and how well, the 2016 presidential candidates are reflecting the priorities of their generation the largest and most diverse demographic cohort in American history as they make their case to voters. The opinions expressed are solely those of the authors. Elizabeth Elizalde, 22, is a New York-based journalist and a former CNN en Espaol intern. Follow her on Twitter @EElizalde5. Im a 22-year-old Latina living in New York City, and as a recent college graduate, I know the struggle of making ends meet. My...
  • Sanders stresses gun control, calls for assault weapon ban

    10/10/2015 10:48:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 10, 2015 | Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press
    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday called for an assault weapons ban in his second straight day of talking about an issue guns where he has sometimes deviated from the Democratic Party's consensus. In a campaign appearance ahead of next week's Democratic presidential debate, Sanders cited two shootings Friday at universities in Arizona and Texas as well as last week's slayings at an Oregon community college. "Instead of people yelling at each other, we have got to come together on commonsense approaches which, in fact, the vast majority of the American people support," said...
  • Yes, there are other people running besides Donald Trump

    10/10/2015 8:19:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Gwinnett Daily Post ^ | October 10, 2015 | Rob Jenkins
    After my last two columns on Donald Trump, several people have written to ask what I think about some of the other Republican presidential candidates. So I thought Id address that question this week. Hey, Im nothing if not responsive to my readers. Please excuse me if I dont mention everyone. Ive only got 500 words. Ben Carson. No question, Dr. Carson is manifestly the smartest person in the race, on either side. His slogan should be, Its just politics, folks. Not brain surgery. I dont necessarily agree with him on every issue, but I believe hes a man of...
  • Biden suggests GOP and other presidential candidates are 'homophobes'

    10/05/2015 10:09:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 4, 2015 | The Associated Press and Fox News Staff
    Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, on Saturday pledged his full support for gay and transgender equality while suggesting Republican and other White House candidates are homophobes. Speaking at the Human Rights Campaigns annual gala in Washington, Biden said gays and lesbians shouldnt fear Americans trying to undo gay marriage and other advances because the country has moved beyond homophobia. "There's homophobes still left, he continued to laughter and applause, in his keynote address. Most of them are running for president, I think."(continued)
  • Hillary Clinton Mocks Ben Carson, Ted Cruz on Gay Rights

    10/03/2015 10:02:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 3, 2015 | Liz Kreutz
    Hillary Clinton on Saturday mocked Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and Ted Cruz over their positions on gay rights during remarks to the Human Rights Campaign, where she also called for new laws to support and protect the rights of transgendered people. "Ben Carson says that marriage equality is what caused the fall of the Roman empire," the Democratic presidential candidate said to laughter during a breakfast at the LGBT rights organization's annual gathering in Washington, D.C. Clinton then mentioned Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, which drew hisses and boos from the crowd gathered inside the grand ballroom of the Mayflower...
  • Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, in Dueling Speeches, Focus on Transgender Rights

    10/04/2015 8:03:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 3, 2015 | Amy Chozick
    In a forceful speech on Saturday to an influential gay rights group, Hillary Rodham Clinton reaffirmed her support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. Hours later, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is contemplating his own presidential run, stood before the same organization and praised Americans who have fought for gay rights. Love is not a political matter; its a basic human right, Mr. Biden said to a gathering of members of the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday night. The fact that we recognize that, its because of you. Mr. Bidens potential candidacy has loomed over Mrs. Clintons...
  • The Last Thing Bernie Sanders Needs Right Now Is A Conversation About Guns

    10/02/2015 11:10:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    National Public Radio's It's All Politics ^ | October 2, 2015 | Jessica Taylor
    President Obama passionately pleaded for stricter gun laws in the aftermath of yet another mass shooting Thursday. Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and others renewed their calls for stricter gun control measures. But it's the more liberal Sanders who could find himself having to uncomfortably explain his past positions on gun control. Even though the progressive socialist is to the left of Clinton and his other primary competitors on nearly every issue, he's walked a delicate line as a lawmaker from Vermont, where 2nd Amendment rights are popular. Sanders has had a mixed voting record on guns. He voted...
  • If Edward Snowden Is Right About Clinton's Emails, Bernie Sanders Will Win a Landslide Victory

    10/02/2015 10:44:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | October 1, 2015 | H.A. Goodman, columnist
    Perhaps nobody on the planet knows more about intelligence protocol than Edward Snowden. If Snowden says it's "completely ridiculous" to believe that Clinton's emails were safe, then yes, it's fair to include his viewpoint in any critique of Hillary Clinton's latest controversy. In addition, since I believe Senator Bernie Sanders is desperately needed at this point in U.S. history, and electing Clinton or a Republican would essentially be nominating the same president on war and foreign policy, it's important to address relevant analysis of the email controversy. There seems to be a bizarre paradigm of thought among some Democrats that...
  • Sanders: Universal Healthcare and Free College Arent Radical Ideas, They Are Human Rights (VIDEO)

    09/29/2015 5:42:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    U.S. Uncut ^ | September 27, 2015 | Hugh Wharton
    This interview is amazing.As the Bernie Sanders campaign surges, the socialist senator continues to bring the national conversation back from the right after 30 years of bellicose class war rhetoric. In the clip below, he shames those (including Jeb Bush) who would cut taxes for the rich while stripping Social Security. Sanders states clearly that every other industrialized country invests in their own citizens and children and its high time that we followed suit. While Sanders is heavily-criticized for identifying as a democratic socialist, he embraces the label. Sanders says countries that abide by the principles of democratic socialism, like...
  • Crowd awaiting Pope Francis boos Trump in New York: Donald Trump in the news

    09/26/2015 12:51:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | September 25, 2015 | Sabrina Eaton
    Today's Donald Trump news: As a thick crowd gathered Thursday afternoon on New York's Fifth Avenue to get a glimpse of Pope Francis, the faithful caught sight of someone else Donald Trump. The presidential candidate stepped out of his company headquarters at about 4:30 p.m. and waved. But the crowd quickly reminded Trump that despite countless appearances on talk shows, rallies and over-populated debates they weren't there to see him. Trump heard some cheers, but was mostly showered with boos, a reaction that might not have pleased the pope, who had just finished preaching about the Golden...
  • Q&A with U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan: Neither Walker, Trump nor Sanders can win the presidency

    09/20/2015 6:25:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Madison ^ | September 20, 2015 | M.P. King, State Journal
    Gov. Scott Walker has dropped too fast, too hard to win the Republican nomination for president, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan said last week. Nor does the second-term Democratic congressman think leading GOP candidate Donald Trump or insurgent Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders can win the White House. Nobody is saying, What I really want is a 75-year-old socialist, Pocan said of Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont who is polling surprisingly well against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Pocan talked presidential politics, drew a line between religious freedom and the recognition of gay marriage including his own and...
  • Sanders up big in New Hampshire and Iowa; Carson trails Trump

    09/13/2015 12:02:36 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 11 replies
    today.yougov ^ | September 13, 2015 | William Jordan
  • Cornel West endorses 'brother' Bernie Sanders

    08/25/2015 10:46:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 25, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Civil rights activist and philosopher Cornel West on Monday endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. "I endorse Brother @BernieSanders because he is a long-distance runner with integrity in the struggle for justice for over 50 years," West tweeted late Monday night. West went on to say that it's time for Sanders' "prophetic voice to be heard across our crisis-ridden country." While West has been a long time supporter of Sanders (and "not a Hillary Clinton fan at all"), the endorsement comes weeks after Black Lives Matter activists disrupted a Sanders event in Seattle, taking the podium from the self...
  • 5 reasons Bush isn't freaking out about Trump

    08/22/2015 6:42:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 21, 2015 | Marc Caputo and Anna Palmer
    Jeb Bush is sticking with the plan. Despite Donald Trump shooting ahead in the polls and Bushs debate performance getting bad reviews and amid signs of frustration on the campaign trail from the former Florida governor himself his supporters arent panicking, multiple sources close to the candidate insist. The Bush camp is projecting confidence that the Summer of Trump will fade to winter, and that Jeb will prevail when it matters. Here are five reasons Jebworld isnt freaking out: 1. TRUMP V. SOMEBODY Trump is the man to beat, the undisputed leader in national and early-state polls. Even...
  • A factor behind Bernie Sanders' appeal: Changing attitudes toward socialism

    08/20/2015 2:26:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 19, 2015 | Sara Aridi, Staff
    The independent Democratic candidate has repeatedly upheld his socialist views throughout his presidential campaign.When a New York Times reporter asked President Obama whether his domestic policies suggested that he was a socialist in 2009, the president responded with a laugh: The answer would be no. After the interview, Mr. Obama called the reporter back to elaborate on his answer, saying, It was hard for me to believe that you were entirely serious about that socialist question. That socialist question has taken on a new form these days, revolving around the only self-described socialist in the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination: Bernie...
  • The politics of A.P.E.

    08/16/2015 2:19:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The City Wire ^ | August 16, 2015 | Dr. Williams Yamkam
    In 2013, right after she stepped down as U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton enjoyed a high approval rating from the American people. Her trust level was on solid ground. Given her loyal service to the country and to President Barack Obama after the bruising 2008 Democratic presidential primaries in which she and Obama vigorously contended, Clintons standing among Democrats was sky high. This situation has allowed Clinton to be perceived as the prohibitive Democratic presidential nominee for the 2016 general elections. A few months ago, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was undetectable on the presidential political radar as few...
  • Vultures circling Hillary: Al Gore insiders talking up potential run

    08/13/2015 3:12:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | August 13, 2015 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Politically wounded presumptive nominee staggering in the desert of her email scandal.Hillary is politically wounded by her never-ending email scandal, which keeps sucking the life out of her favorability ratings, and has Democrats panicked with fear: Im not sure they completely understand the credibility they are losing, by the second, said one Democratic strategist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. At some point this goes from being something you can rationalize away to something that becomes political cancer. And we are getting pretty close to the cancer stage, because this is starting to get ridiculous. Look, this is a...
  • Trump: If BLM protesters try to take over my rally like they did Sanderss, therell be a fight

    08/12/2015 9:56:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 12, 2015 | Allahpundit
    I thought wed already reached Peak Trumpmania but if his next speech ends with Trumps bodyguards going toe to toe with left-wing black activists trying to commandeer his stage to rant against the police, we might yet see him crack 50 percent in the polls. Im shocked that he ended up saying this off the cuff in a Q&A last night rather than as part of his prepared remarks. Its so squarely in the wheelhouse of his appeal offering to fight, literally, against a group thats politically correct to the point of being sacrosanct among progressives that a...
  • 'Cruz Country' stop brings out Sanders' signs

    08/10/2015 9:46:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz stopped in Chattanooga on Monday as he spent the congressional recess politicking around the South. The Texas senator and presidential dreamer (being called a dreamer will probably cause him a little heartburn) is best known for shutting down the government, reading Green Eggs and Ham during a filibuster and opposing immigration reform never mind that he is son of a Cuban immigrant. In Chattanooga, the tea party-leaning Republican made what he called a biscuits and gravy stopover during his eight-state "Cruz Country" bus tour through the southern states. He made a stump speech at GraceWorks...
  • Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, And the Power of Disruption

    08/09/2015 7:28:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | August 9, 2015 | Robert Kuttner, Co-founder and co-editor, 'The American Prospect'
    It was a good week for disruptive innovation. Three protestors affiliated with Black Lives Matter shut down Bernie Sanders yet again, this time at a Seattle rally Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, Donald Trump escalated his disruptive impact on the Republican presidential field, with a post-debate remark implying that Fox reporter Megyn Kelly was menstruating when she asked him provocative questions, fittingly, about his coarse put-downs of women. The two forms of disruption invite comparison. BLM is disrupting the most progressive candidate in the Democratic field. Why? Because in the year since the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the issue of...
  • Jesse Ventura backs Bernie Sanders for president

    07/16/2015 10:18:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol View ^ | July 16, 2015 | Tom Scheck
    Former Gov. Jesse Ventura says hes backing Sen. Bernie Sanders in his bid for president. In a blog post on his independent media site, Ventura praised Sanders for challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination. I think what Bernie Sanders is doing is extremely healthy, Ventura wrote. I love the idea of somebody throwing a fly in the ointment. This isnt the first time Ventura backed a presidential candidate looking to shake up the system. In 2008 and 2012, Ventura backed Republican Ron Paul for president. In 2004, Ventura backed Democrat John Kerry against Republican President George W. Bush....
  • What the Hell Happened to Rand Paul? (Between Rand & Cruz it turns out the base loves Cruz more)

    07/16/2015 11:52:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Red State ^ | July 16, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    Here is the guy who should be doing some cross-party fusion. He rallied a lot of Americans in bipartisan fashion on national security. He seemed to be playing his cards right. And . . . ? Bernie Sanders is kicking his butt in campaign fundraising. In fact, I dare say Sanders froze Pauls chance at fusion. All the little rich libertine millennials that Paul was counting on, instead got excited for Sanders. But I am still really surprised by this. Paul only raised $6.9 million. Ben Carson raised $10.6. And that is money raised by the candidate, not the Super...
  • What a Sanders-Warren Ticket Means: Historic World Change for the Better

    07/19/2015 4:53:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Bernie Sanders is the first real statesman to run for the White House in decades. By focusing on the real issues (as opposed to shallow distractions such as flags, non-existent threats, and celebrity scandals) and refraining from attacking his opponents, he is gaining support across the spectrum at a greater rate than any of us could have imagined three months ago. At the same time, Senator Elizabeth Warren, who shares Sanders Progressive ideals and has been supportive of his campaign, could be his most likely running mate. What would a Bernie Elizabeth Administration look like and what would...
  • Sanders: 'Very easy to raise the flag,' hard to support veterans benefits

    07/18/2015 3:35:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 18, 2015 | Ariel Cohen
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa Bernie Sanders told veterans in Iowa Friday that unlike some other politicians, he doesn't pay lip service to their concerns. "It is very easy to raise the flag at a troop deployment, it is very easy for a politician to give a moving speech on Veterans Day," Sanders said. "But it is very hard to go down that long road with the men and women who served and make sure that they continue to get all the benefits, all the healthcare, that they are entitled to for the rest of their lives." The Vermont senator told...
  • Bernie Sanders Despised Dems In 1980s, Said JFK Speech Once Made Him Sick (Kennedy's anti-communism)

    07/17/2015 12:59:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Buzzfeed News ^ | July 16, 2015 | Ilan Ben-Meir, News Reporter
    Kennedy was young and appealing and ostensibly liberal, but I think at that point, seeing through Kennedy, and what liberalism was, was probably a significant step for me to understand that conventional politics or liberalism was not what was relevant. Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders once said that he was physically nauseated by a speech made by President John F. Kennedy when Sanders was a young man, because Kennedys hatred for the Cuban Revolution [] was so strong. Kennedy was young and appealing and ostensibly liberal, Sanders reminisced in a 1987 interview with The Gadfly, a student...
  • Bernie Sanders Speaks On Racism, Immigration & Inequality

    07/13/2015 8:16:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    teleSUR Television ^ | July 13, 2015
    Speaking to a cheering Latino crowd, Sanders promised he would bring justice to undocumented people. Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke out against racism and advocated for significant immigration reform on Monday, contesting media criticism that he has failed to connect with African-American and Latin American communities. Sanders spoke at the National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino advocacy group in the U.S., to share his views on racism, immigration reform and economic inequality in the country. After recognizing the history of racism that has played in the United States since its inception, including the near-genocide of Native Americans...
  • Trump, Sanders and the Screw-You Voter

    07/08/2015 3:06:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    GoLocalProvidence ^ | July 8, 2015 | Brian Jencunas
    Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have more in common than either of them would ever admit. This is obscured by how their different rhetorical styles Trump is a bellicose billionaire while Sanders is a soft-spoken socialist. Despite this glaring difference, theyre waging similar Presidential campaigns, giving voice to anti-government frustrations while peddling easy solutions to complex problems. Most importantly, neither has any chance of being their partys nominee for President. Instead, they appeal to a narrow group of screw you voters, a term my political mentor Jay Goodman once used to refer to the voters who support Bob Healey...
  • Sanders and Trump are making the race a lot more interesting

    07/05/2015 6:51:59 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 2, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    according to the Huffington Post Pollster poll average, Donald Trump now sits atop the GOP field with an average of 13.6 percent support, nosing out Jeb Bush at 13.3. Yes, that difference is essentially meaningless, and yes, those are very small numbers to begin with. But its still alarming to see Trumps name at the top of the list, to say the least.
  • One Of The Nations Most Influential Labor Leaders Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders

    07/04/2015 2:59:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jason Easley
    Bernie Sanders has picked up a key endorsement as one of the nations most influential labor leaders has announced his support for the Democratic presidential candidate. The Sanders campaign made the announcement in a statement: In another show of union support for Bernie Sanders, one of the nations most influential labor leaders on Friday endorsed the Democratic Party presidential candidate. Larry Cohen, the past president of the Communications Workers of America, gave his backing to Sanders at a news conference held here in a local union hall. This is not a close call, Cohen said at the news conference. This...
  • How a Rally on Reddit Helped Generate Huge Turnout for Sanders in Wisconsin

    07/02/2015 3:46:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Advertising Age ^ | July 2, 2015 | Kate Kaye
    Bernie Sanders and His Significant Presence on Reddit Is Bolstering Grassroots Momentum.On Wednesday, Kenneth Pennington wasn't sitting in front of his computer as he normally would on a weekday afternoon. Instead, the digital director for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign was in Madison, Wisconsin, where later that night thousands of supporters were expected to show up at a rally for the underdog candidate. By the afternoon, more than 9,000 people had RSVP'd to attend the event. "I'm usually the guy behind the computer," Mr. Pennington said over the phone, noting he hoped sound system testing wouldn't disrupt the call. It's...
  • Hillary's going to lose: Doesnt see the frustrated progressive wave that'll nominate Bernie Sanders

    06/22/2015 4:54:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Salon ^ | June 22, 2015 | Bill Curry
    Clinton's positioning on TPP is way too cute. When it passes with Dems' implicit support, grass roots will explode. Hillary Clinton went to New Yorks Roosevelt Island earlier this month to relaunch her campaign for president. Her first kickoff fell flat, perhaps because she herself didnt attend, opting instead to send a video greeting card in which people she still insists on calling everyday Americans shared their life plans. (To go to school! Plant a garden! Get married!) She came on at the end to say she had plans of her own that include being president, and that she does...
  • Scoop: 25 questions the Koch brothers want every 2016 candidate to answer

    06/18/2015 6:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | June 18, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the funding arm of the political network backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, wants a lot more hard information from the crowded field of presidential contenders before deciding what to do with its considerable resources. The group is pressing every 2016 candidate to detail on the record their plans for economic growth, deficit reduction, entitlement reform, criminal justice and even foreign policy. The tax-exempt entity, a key node in a constellation of conservative entities that aims to spend $889 million before the next White House election, distributed a detailed survey Thursday to...
  • Dear America: Please Get Your Head Out of Your [expletive] About Bernie Sanders

    06/08/2015 3:08:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | June 8, 2015 | Emil Mella, writer, musician, proud Dominican, proud progressive.
    Okay, sorry, America. That title was a bit rude. And crass. And uncalled for. I'll admit it. But please just do the entire world a favor now, and just gently pull with your neck, softly now, easy does it, so that perhaps your collective head is not as far inside of your rectum as it currently is, and kindly make sure that said head is on top of your shoulders, where it belongs, you know, thinking, and stuff. Thanks. This is an open letter to the American people. In the race to decide the next President of your arguably great...
  • The Democratic Partys Growing Radicalism

    06/02/2015 6:38:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | June 2, 2015 | Peter Wehner
    For those Democrats who insist their party is utterly mainstream, pragmatic rather than ideological, and right in the center of American politics, I have some news for you: Youre not. The New York Times published a story reporting that Bernie Sanders that would be the socialist Bernie Sanders, referred to by the Times as the Senates most left-wing member is not only gaining momentum in Iowa, he has been inspiring fervor among the Democratic base. And how he has. The Times story points to the fact the Sanders drew 700 people to an event on Thursday night in...
  • What I learned about Bernie Sanders

    06/01/2015 5:35:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Socialist Worker ^ | June 1, 2015 | Kristen Martin
    Kristen Martin recalls her time as an intern for Bernie Sanders, in a contribution to the left's discussion of Sanders' campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.TO THOSE who have spent any significant amount of time in Vermont, it is clear that Bernie Sanders is widely beloved by his constituents. The support for "Bernie," as his supporters fondly call him, was clear on May 26 as thousands flocked to Sanders' presidential campaign kickoff rally on the edge of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. The "People's Assembly," organized by a group including former Occupy Wall Street activists and environmentalists, spoke to a...
  • Sanders calls for parties to debate each other during primaries

    05/31/2015 11:09:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Bernie Sanders is itching to debate and not just with other Democrats running for the party's presidential nomination. He says Democratic and Republican contenders should be debating each other during the primary season, too. That shakeup is unlikely to happen each party is planning its own debates, as usual. But the network news shows Sunday morning were something of a debating society of their own as 10 declared and likely candidates from both parties appeared in a parade of political argument and sound bites, touching on ISIS, personal ambition, immigration, hair color and more....
  • Bernie Sanders 2016: Can he raise a liberal army?

    05/26/2015 2:48:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Its debatable whether liberals are a strong force in US national politics. But it's much more likely theyre increasingly powerful within the Democratic Party itself.Self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders kicks off his campaign for president on Tuesday in his hometown of Burlington, Vt. Hes hoping to attract an army of left-leaning Democrats who arent happy about Hillary Clintons past coziness with Wall Street and her Senate vote to authorize the Iraq War. I know what I believe, said Senator Sanders in a fundraising e-mail issued prior to the event. Thats why today marks the beginning of our political revolution. But...
  • Op-Ed: Ted Cruz is part of a dying breed of social conservatives

    05/24/2015 3:01:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | May 24, 2015 | Alex Allen
    Many Americans are taking on more liberal views but Ted Cruz is sticking with his social conservatism. But will his grassroots bible belt base be enough to get him elected in 2016? The 2016 presidential primary season is shaping up to be very interesting. And although some Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have already announced their candidacies, all eyes have undoubtedly been on the GOP field, which seems to be growing every day. The GOP has been struggling in recent years, with Americans becoming increasingly more liberal, especially when it comes to social issues like the war...
  • Hillary Clinton Calls Out Republicans For Killing Jobs And Not Standing Up To Tea Party

    05/23/2015 2:35:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | May 22, 2015 | Keith Brekhus
    At a craft brewery in Hampton, New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton called out her Republican presidential opponents for sacrificing American jobs to appease the billionaire Koch Brothers and talk radio Tea Party extremists. In particular, Clinton criticized Republicans who want to dismantle the Export-Import Bank, which supplies loans and provides insurance to facilitate the sale of U.S. exports to international buyers. A number of Republican presidential contenders have gone on record in favor of killing the Export-Import Bank, a move that could potentially eliminate a significant number of American jobs in the process. Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted...
  • Bernie Sanders makes the pitch for free college tuition

    05/19/2015 10:28:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show ^ | May 19, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Even Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) most ardent supporters would probably concede, albeit grudgingly, that he faces very long odds in the 2016 presidential race. So why run? Because theres value in having a national platform for bold, progressive ideas that might otherwise be ignored. Bloomberg Politics reported yesterday, for example, on Sanders new plan to make public college tuition-free in the United States. The plan will provide tuition-free higher education to students at four-year colleges, the statement said, and is modeled after the way many European nations handle the costs of college. Countries like Germany, Denmark, Sweden and many more...
  • Michelle Obama Would Be Hillary Clintons Strongest Challenger According To New Poll

    05/19/2015 11:41:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | May 14, 2015 | Jason Easley
    A new Rasmussen poll has found that First Lady Michelle Obama would be the strongest challenger to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton if she chose to run in 2016. According to Rasmussen: In a hypothetical matchup with Hillary Clinton, the putative Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, Obama earns 44% support from black voters to Clintons 36%. Among Likely Democratic Voters, its Clinton 56%, Obama 22%. That appears to be a better showing against Clinton than Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the only other announced Democratic presidential candidate, makes at this point. Among all voters, Clinton earns 37% support to Obamas 17%....
  • De Blasios National Contract With America Strategy Leaks

    05/09/2015 4:10:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 8, 2015 | David Freedlander
    Everyone from Susan Sarandon to Van Jones is helping draft and push de Blasios new Contract with America, which will push for paid sick leave and free, universal pre-K.First New York City. Then America. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is heading to Washington, D.C. next week to present a progressive Contract with America, a 13-point agenda intended to push the Democratic Party leftward. According to a draft of the document provided to The Daily Beast by someone asked to join the effort, de Blasio will call for a number of measures for which he has already pushed in...
  • Elizabeth Warren Channels Ted Cruz on Cromnibus

    12/10/2014 6:37:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Roll Call's #WGDB Blog ^ | December 10, 2014 | Niels Lesniewski and Humberto Sanchez
    One of the Senates leading liberals is borrowing a page from the playbook of Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is pushing to strike out language from the cromnibus spending bill unveiled Tuesday that would roll back restrictions on swaps transactions included in the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul known as Dodd-Frank. Repealing the push-out provision would mean that certain derivatives could again be held in bank units with federal deposit insurance. Using a strategy sometimes employed by Cruz for entirely different policy reasons, Warren said that with the $1.013 trillion spending package first being considered by the...
  • Dem Rep: America should apologize to suspected terrorists who underwent enhanced interrogation

    12/11/2014 7:44:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 11, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    And here we go: Right off the deep end. Its as predictable as the sunrise. As those who are genuinely and honestly outraged over the revelations contained within the Senate Intelligence Committees torture report strain themselves in the effort to adopt a posture of unparalleled indignation, they inevitably overreach. So far, the best example of this kind of indulgence in regrettable hyperbole in the pursuit of moral preening is Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). In an appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday, Speier reacted to the release of the SSCIs report on the CIAs Bush-era enhanced interrogation program by saying Americas clandestine...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list wont run, and some have adamantly claimed that theyre not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders on VA Scandal: People Die Every Day (Video)

    05/24/2014 6:14:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 24, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    On may 15, 2014 Senate Socialist Bernie Sanders went on CNN to defend the VA adminisration. Sanders told Chris Cuomo: People die every day.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Examiner reported: In a recent exchange with CNNs Chris Cuomo, sparks flew as the CNN anchor held Sanders to task if the secret scheduling delays at the Phoenix medical facility led to negligent death. As Sanders attempted to get off that vein of discussion: "We know that people die every day. We dont know why they die. All right anyhow, Chris, I dont want to argue that point until the cows come home. Heres what...