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  • Tamron Hall Interview with Nina Turner on the Nevada Dem Convention

    TamronHallYouTubeThis is a fantastic interview. Ms. Hall is one of the best there is. She really gets to the heart of some of the issues with the Sanders campaign. Turner is clearly a very competent surrogate and she holds her ground very well, but in my opinion her entire premise in this discussion is flawed. Turner's position, and seemingly that… Read more…  

  • Dear Berners: There’s No Getting Around Process

    web_3  One thing that has really been bothering me during the Democratic primary and about Bernie Sanders specifically is the severity of his ignorance and detachment from reality. Bear with me - I honestly believe that is an objective assessment, not an insult. At the root of it is a complete ignorance of process and any understanding of how to… Read more…  

  • Here’s What Hillary Clinton Said

    hrclaunch  One thing I have learned over the years of studying government and electoral politics is that things aren't always what they seem. As a progressive, I took it as a matter of fact that the 'Left' were the good guys and the 'Right' bad. Black and white. Over the past few years however I have discovered that things are… Read more…  

  • Sanders Begins His Death Spiral

    48580423.cached1Coming off what may be a record week in the history of fact checking, Bernie goes for a blow out. In less than a week, Sanders has garnered 10 pinocchios from the Washington Post and a 'false' and 'mostly false' from Politifact. In just 5 days. But that wasn't good enough for Sanders. He decided to continue the death spiral… Read more…  


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Poll: 61% Percent Concerned about Trump’s Experience

Asked in the new survey about Trump’s experience, only five percent of registered voters said they were enthusiastic about his unconventional professional history, while another 15 percent said they were comfortable with it.

But a combined 61 percent say they have reservations (19 percent) or are outright uncomfortable (42 percent) with Trump’s lack of experience in the kinds of positions traditionally held by American commanders-in-chief.

To put that number in context: A lower total percentage of voters – 51 percent – expressed concern about Bernie Sanders potentially becoming the first self-described Democratic socialist to lead the country.

Those who expressed concern about Trump’s lack of military or government experience included 68 percent of women, 60 percent of independents, 78 percent of undecided voters and about a third of Republican primary voters.

Read Full Article => Poll: 61% Percent Concerned about Trump’s Experience – NBC News

Hillary Clinton full CNN interview

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Hillary Clinton discusses EgyptAir, the war on terror, and Donald Trump with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

 

Las Vegas police investigating death threats to Nevada Democrats

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The Las Vegas Police Department has opened an investigation into death threats directed at top officials of the Nevada State Democratic Party, a spokesman tells Newsweek.

“We are investigating that at this time,” a department spokesman, Larry Hadfield said in a brief interview. He called the probe “an open investigation into some of the death threats made to Democratic office holders that reside in

| Continue reading >> Las Vegas police investigating death threats to Nevada Democrats

Failing Central States Pension Fund is out of options

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The Central States Pension Fund has no new plan to avoid insolvency, fund director Thomas Nyhan said this week. Without government funding, the fund will run out of money in 10 years, he said.

At that time, pension benefits for about 407,000 people could be reduced to “virtually nothing,” he told workers and retirees in a letter sent Friday.

In a last-ditch effort, the

| Continue reading >> Failing Central States Pension Fund is out of options

Number of pregnant women with Zika in U.S. triples, CDC says

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Dr. Margaret Honein, chief of the CDC’s birth defects branch, said the agency is aware of “less than a dozen” babies or fetuses who have suffered the consequences of Zika infection, which can include devastating neurological birth defects. However, she emphasized that most of the 157 pregnancies are ongoing, so it’s not known how many babies will suffer. “The CDC’s top priority in the

| Continue reading >> Number of pregnant women with Zika in U.S. triples, CDC says

Tamron Hall Interview with Nina Turner on the Nevada Dem Convention

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This is a fantastic interview. Ms. Hall is one of the best there is. She really gets to the heart of some of the issues with the Sanders campaign. Turner is clearly a very competent surrogate and she holds her ground very well, but in my opinion her entire premise in this discussion is flawed. Turner’s position, and seemingly that of the Sanders campaign,

| Continue reading >> Tamron Hall Interview with Nina Turner on the Nevada Dem Convention

How Senate Democrats are trying to deal with Sanders

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The lawmakers met in a closed-door session days after Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) was shouted down at the Nevada Democratic convention, an incident that shook Democrats and raised fears about a chaotic fight at the party’s upcoming national convention that might cost the party the White House.

Democrats in the room decided the best course would be to let Senate Democratic Leader Harry

| Continue reading >> How Senate Democrats are trying to deal with Sanders

Allegations of fraud and misconduct at Nevada Democratic convention unfounded

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Nevada’s delegate allocation process is complex, but Sanders supporters have accused the state Democratic Party of various crimes including ignoring attempts to change the rules, rigging the process in favor of Clinton and disqualifying several dozen delegates that supported Sanders.

Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver reiterated those concerns during a May 18 interview on CNN with John Vause.

“There was a horrendous breakdown, where

| Continue reading >> Allegations of fraud and misconduct at Nevada Democratic convention unfounded

Obamacare Cut The Uninsured Rate To Single Digits Last Year

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Obamacare’s health coverage programs remain works in progress, with 19 states continuing to refuse the law’s Medicaid expansion for the poorest uninsured and financial difficulties facing some major insurance companies participating in the exchange marketplaces where low- and middle-income households buy subsidized private insurance.

But when it comes to covering the uninsured, the law has been a clear success.

The CDC data demonstrate that

| Continue reading >> Obamacare Cut The Uninsured Rate To Single Digits Last Year

Bernie Sanders Refuses To Admit There’s a Problem With His Fanatical Supporters 

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Finally, after a year, it’s not just me that’s saying it. -JA

He’s still on track to lose; taking Oregon didn’t change that at all, as none of his victories have since March 15th. Yet his speech was as insanely mutinous as his earlier statement on Nevada, with a fiery Sanders painting the Democratic Party as corrupt if it wasn’t willing to

| Continue reading >> Bernie Sanders Refuses To Admit There’s a Problem With His Fanatical Supporters 

Once an organizational army, Team Sanders now skeleton crew

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While the campaign had exhibited coherence through the first few states, flawed decisions and deep frustrations have marked the second half of the calendar.

The most public sign of discontent and disagreement in the campaign came April 26. It was a key turning point.

Sanders had just lost four of the five states that had voted — a week after a

| Continue reading >> Once an organizational army, Team Sanders now skeleton crew

Seattle aims to clear out The Jungle homeless camp 

 

State and city officials Tuesday announced plans to move people out of Seattle’s homeless encampment known as The Jungle.

The plan blends a combination of outreach to connect the encampment’s residents with shelter and social services, with a cleanup of health hazards like garbage and human waste.

Then, state and city agencies will improve access to the area for maintenance workers and first

| Continue reading >> Seattle aims to clear out The Jungle homeless camp 

Sanders Issues Statement on Nevada: ‘Nonsense’ to Say Campaign Has ‘Penchant for Violence’

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Sanders declares in the statement today that it’s “nonsense” to say such a thing. This is how he responded to calls to denounce the violence from his supporters:

Our campaign has held giant rallies all across this country, including in high crime areas, and there have been zero reports of violence. Our campaign of course believes in non-violent change and it goes without saying

| Continue reading >> Sanders Issues Statement on Nevada: ‘Nonsense’ to Say Campaign Has ‘Penchant for Violence’

Idyllic Thai island Koh Tachai closed indefinitely due to damage from tourism

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Tunya Nethithammakul, director general of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, told CNN Tuesday that the island had been closed to visitors “indefinitely,” due to the severe deterioration of its ecosystem.

The problems included litter and food waste, gasoline from tour boats leaching into the water and damage to coral, he said, adding that overwhelming numbers of tourists were to blame.

| Continue reading >> Idyllic Thai island Koh Tachai closed indefinitely due to damage from tourism

Democratic Primary Update – Thursday April 28

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Tuesday April 26th were the Democratic primary elections in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

Another great night for Hillary Clinton that read as much as a hammer blow to the Sanders campaign as it did an electoral victory. Clinton took 4 of the 5 states, winning by 52 pledged delegates and almost half a million votes, taking an overwhelming 293 pledged delegate

| Continue reading >> Democratic Primary Update – Thursday April 28

Democratic Primary Update – Wednesday April 20

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Tuesday, April 19th was the Democratic primary in New York. The state is not yet fully reported, but we do have a good picture of what happened.

Hillary Clinton walked away with a convincing win, taking 139 pledged delegates at the current count. Not only did Clinton win almost 58% of the popular vote, she won Democrats and women with 62 and 63%,

| Continue reading >> Democratic Primary Update – Wednesday April 20

Dear Berners: There’s No Getting Around Process

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One thing that has really been bothering me during the Democratic primary and about Bernie Sanders specifically is the severity of his ignorance and detachment from reality.

Bear with me – I honestly believe that is an objective assessment, not an insult.

At the root of it is a complete ignorance of process and any understanding of how to accomplish something, and how long

| Continue reading >> Dear Berners: There’s No Getting Around Process

State of the Democratic Primary – Monday April 11

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So much angst, talk and spin coming from certain campaigns these days, it might be helpful to have an overview of the Democratic primary race up to this point.

Although the Sanders campaign grows more desperate by the day, the numbers do not lie. We’ve all seen it by now. The wild and nasty insults against Clinton and her supporters. The outright denial of

| Continue reading >> State of the Democratic Primary – Monday April 11

Here’s What Hillary Clinton Said

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One thing I have learned over the years of studying government and electoral politics is that things aren’t always what they seem. As a progressive, I took it as a matter of fact that the ‘Left’ were the good guys and the ‘Right’ bad. Black and white. Over the past few years however I have discovered that things are not so clear. While

| Continue reading >> Here’s What Hillary Clinton Said

Democratic Primary Update – Sunday April 10th

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Before making wild accusations about accuracy or motives, read this.

Last Saturday April 9th was the closed caucus in the state of Wyoming. Sanders won, taking 56% of the state convention delegates. In all, because of the proportional system for awarding delegates, the candidates split the delegates taking 7 each, which means that although she lost more counties, Clinton won the largest and

| Continue reading >> Democratic Primary Update – Sunday April 10th