Good For Bernie. Great For Hillary.

Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, left, and Hillary Rodham Clinton talk before the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Last night in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders achieved a resounding and historic win. Bernie became the first Jew to win the state, and by the widest margin of any Democrat in the last 56 years. A great and impressive win, and although I am firmly behind Clinton to be our next president, you will not find sour grapes, bitterness, or attempts to minimize what Bernie accomplished. Good for Bernie.

Good for Hillary. She got in there and fought for it. She worked hard to contest an election that we knew from the beginning would be a loss for her. She didn’t quit. And even with the loss, like Iowa, she walks away with 2 more delegates than Bernie.

Great for Hillary. It’s not fun to lose. But there is a lot to look at in the numbers out of New Hampshire that looks great for Clinton in the general election. Clinton pulled nearly as many votes as the Republican winner. And although Bernie drew over 140,000 votes in a great performance, 72% of voters voted for someone else. While Sanders has done well in the first two states where Republican voters have participated in greater numbers than Democrats, Clinton split those that identified as Democrats. These are clear indicators that a) the majority of people want someone other than the Republican front runner, and b) that Clinton can pull as many votes as anyone on the Republican side. In a one on one in the general, this looks very good for Clinton.

Clinton did everything right. She needed to get in there and fight for votes. She needed to show that she would work for voters even if they had differing opinions or preferred other candidates. She needed to stand up for herself against the ongoing smears and crass characterizations. She needed to look supporters, doubters, and opponents squarely in the eye and address their questions and concerns. And she did.

Now moving forward, this is no longer about Hillary versus Bernie. This is about Hillary and the voters. This is about what Democrats, led by Clinton, will do for the American people and the country. This is about taking the successes of the last 8 years and not only protecting them, but building on them. This is about taking the strategy employed by Obama to move things forward, and pushing the envelope to accomplish even more. This is now about specifics, about what exactly Democrat priorities will be, about the first hundred days.

So good for Bernie. Great for Hillary. Now it is time to look ahead to what exactly we are going to do to move forward with our agenda, to define clearly what the second step will be after Hillary’s first step into the oval office.

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American women aren’t voting for Hillary Clinton? Seriously?

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All in all, 90 people have served in America’s top two jobs. All were men. All but one were white men. Not a single one was a woman.

Now, for the second time in her life, Hillary Clinton is poised to break the ultimate female-proof glass ceiling, above which, if you are a believer, there is only the Almighty. With all due respect to

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Obama to release $4 trillion-plus budget for 2017

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President Barack Obama is unveiling his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus proposal that’s freighted with liberal policy initiatives and new and familiar tax hikes — all sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress that simply wants to move on from his presidency.

The budget will be released Tuesday morning, the same day as the New Hampshire primary when it’s likely to get little

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Who Would Be The Best Presidential Candidate For Energy Companies?

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Hillary Clinton as president would likely continue many of the policies advocated by President Obama. For instance, Clinton has been cited as being against offshore oil drilling, against the Keystone XL pipeline, and against drilling in the Arctic.

The current market turmoil has created a once in a generation opportunity for savvy energy investors. Whilst the mainstream media prints scare stories of oil prices

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Around The Bend With Bernie

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I kept reading about how offended Bernie supporters were at being called ill-informed and naive. I read assertion after assertion about how they know what they are doing, and there are legitimate reasons for their support of this guy that I have no respect for and think is dangerous to progressives and the country. So I tried to ask a few questions. I tried

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Liberal Myths: Money in Politics

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There are a lot of things to think about in terms of how our society operates and how it is governed. One thing we should be careful of is getting distracted by smaller issues and losing sight of the big picture.

I talk about the ‘money in politics’ mythology, its impact, and its effect

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Bernie Meme Store Now Open!

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Here are TRP’s fresh new demotivational Bernie posters. Yours to use. Get em while he’s still in the race!

 

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US Senate Debate Flint Michigan Aid | Video

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Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduces an amendment to an energy policy bill calling for $800 million in assistance to Flint, Michigan to address the lead contamination of the city’s drinking water. The Senate later voted 54-43 to block the energy bill from advancing.

Source: US Senate Debate Flint Michigan Aid | Video | C-SPAN.org

 

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Hillary Clinton: It’s Personal

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Last night in a town hall in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton was asked about Wall Street and trust.

It is a familiar refrain, one we hear often from critics of Clinton, and from her rival, Bernie Sanders. Sanders says that he has not and will not go negative, but I am left to wonder, what is wrong with getting paid for a speech unless

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Toyota to pay up to $22 million over car loans that discriminated against blacks, Asians 

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The California-based financial unit of Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay up to $21.9 million in compensation over alleged discrimination against some ethnic groups taking out auto loans through car dealerships, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

In July, the department leveled a similar allegation against Honda Motor Co. in the U.S. The case resulted in a $24 million compensation deal.

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ENERGY POLICY: Senate Voting On Major Update

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The Senate today will vote on a Republican measure limiting the president’s authority to set national monuments and a Democratic proposal to set national energy efficiency standards, as the chamber tries to finish work on a bipartisan energy package by week’s end.

Senators will vote this afternoon on an amendment by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) to sunset national monument designations after three years unless

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Confiscations, Deportations, and Vague Promises: Europe Asylum Policy Shifts Again 

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Thousands of refugee children across Europe are still waiting to find out how a new UK government pledge on immigration rules will actually alter their lives — as other countries across the continent also struggle with the influx of migrants and refugees that is showing no signs of slowing.

In Sweden, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman announced that as many as 80,000 migrants may be

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There Was No Tie In Iowa. Clinton Won.

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And Bernie still has no path to the nomination.

First, about Iowa. I see a lot of talk about how Bernie outperformed the polls. This is not true. He actually under performed. Opinion polls measure the overall likelihood of support from the statewide populace. However, in Iowa, that is not how the contest is measured. The Iowa caucus last night determined the number of

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Clinton Wins Iowa! What’s Next?

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I’m calling Iowa for Clinton today. Now that the first primary is in the bag, what is next for the Dem primary, Clinton, and her supporters?

 

How the GOP Candidates Are Blocking the Vote

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As a senator from Texas, Cruz has championed his state’s voter-ID law, the strictest in the country. The law—which allows voters presenting a handgun permit to cast a ballot, but not those with a student ID—has been blocked by federal courts on three occasions. Cruz’s website featured a petition calling on supporters to tell Obama: “Don’t Mess With Texas Voter ID Laws.”

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Flint’s newest challenge: a flood of plastic bottles

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In October, the city told residents to stick to filtered or bottled water because of unsafe levels of lead, a problem that developed after it temporarily switched to using water from the Flint River in order to cut costs. But residents had been trying for more than a year to get officials’ attention about the dirty water coming out of their taps, and many

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Obama names cancer task force

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President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum Thursday establishing a White House Task Force on cancer, placing Vice President Joe Biden in charge.

The goal of the task force was to “put ourselves on a path to achieve in just five years research and treatment gains that otherwise might take a decade or more,” according to the memorandum.

In

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Progressive Praise for Hillary Clinton, From a Bernie Supporter

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I am a Bernie Sanders supporter, and remain so. That having been said, unlike many, as someone who has spent the last few years making the effort to reform politics in states near me, I have very little but praise for the efforts of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and their work to make a change in many of the issues I care deeply about.

Despite

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Berned Out (Liberal Wingnut Mythology)

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The more I have to look at the Sanders campaign, the more I just see the lies, the arrogance, the sexism, and the racism. The White guy is absolutely perfect and has the most integrity and the most vision, and we need to elect him because the Black man wasn’t good enough, and the woman isn’t either.

I don’t like to spend time putting

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After blowing the whistle on Flint’s water, EPA “rogue employee” has been silent. Until now.

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Del Toral was first alerted to Flint’s water problems last spring, when Lee Anne Walters called the EPA to complain about high levels of lead in her tap water and warn officials that her child had been diagnosed with lead poisoning.

Del Toral followed up with Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality, asking about corrosion control treatment in Flint. Emails show that in February 2015,

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