Archiv: lobbying / meddling


16.01.2020 - 02:03 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Cenk Uygur: Mark my words, Bernie will go up after Warren spat

Young Turks‘ Cenk Uygur shares his reactions to the Iowa debate.

16.01.2020 - 01:55 [ The Hill / theHill.com ]

Saagar Enjeti calls out CNN’s outrageous conduct during debate

Saagar Enjeti describes why CNN’s moderation of debate night 7 was so bad.

16.01.2020 - 01:29 [ theIntercept.com ]

At the Iowa Debate, Bernie Sanders’s Most Vociferous Opponent Was CNN

This time, though, it was CNN moderators who brought out the bat and swung it hard at Sen. Bernie Sanders. The Vermont independent had topped a major Iowa poll last week, compounding fears that have only recently emerged among the party establishment that he may be on course for the nomination.

In contrast to Sanders’s treatment, former Vice President Joe Biden, the national frontrunner, was barely touched — either by moderators or his rivals.

16.01.2020 - 01:10 [ Huffington Post ]

CNN Completely Botched The Democratic Presidential Debate

Who will stand up for the “insurance town” in the 2020 election? Why should the government do things? Will Bernie Sanders bankrupt America? Who onstage will let Iran have a nuclear weapon ― you know, just because?

If these sound like terrible questions to you, you’re right. They were awful. And they were the focus of CNN’s tedious, interminable, frivolous debate on Tuesday night ― a fiasco of irrelevance held three weeks before the Iowa caucuses.

16.01.2020 - 00:59 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

#CNNIsTrash Trends As Pushback Grows Against Oligarchic Election Meddling

The joint smear job against Sanders had many arms, including wildly biased questions like Wolf Blitzer deliberately associating Bernie with “Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei” by pointing out that they both want US troops out of the Middle East and demanding to know how he was going to avoid “bankrupting the country” with a healthcare plan used in nations all over the world.

But by far the most glaringly egregious assault on the Vermont Senator’s image was when CNN moderator Abby Phillip took a completely evidence-free sexism smear which defies all logic and presented it to the debate audience as an established and undeniable fact.

03.01.2020 - 02:07 [ The Hill ]

Thousands of classics from Gershwin to Wharton enter public domain

The legislation created a gap between the release of works from 1922 to those released in 1923, which became part of the public domain on Jan. 1, 2019. The Gershwin family was part of an effort that also includes Disney and other corporations to lobby lawmakers to extend copyrights, Mic reported.

23.12.2019 - 14:10 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

What’s Pete Buttigieg Hiding?

(21.12.2019)

Pete Buttigieg is doing some shady stuff with his campaign. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

18.12.2019 - 19:40 [ Max Blumenthal / theGrayzone.com ]

The insider: How national security mandarins groomed Pete Buttigieg and managed his future

Pledging to “end endless wars,” Pete Buttigieg claims he has “never been part of the Washington establishment.” But years before he was known as Mayor Pete, an influential DC network of military interventionists placed him on an inside track to power.

23.11.2019 - 11:04 [ Shane Goldmacher, New York Times national political reporter / Twitter ]

NEW: Bloomberg has reserved more than $30 million TV ads beginning on Monday. A huge show of financial force. Story:

23.11.2019 - 10:59 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

I’m disgusted by the idea that Michael Bloomberg or any billionaire thinks they can circumvent the political process and spend tens of millions of dollars to buy elections. If you can’t build grassroots support for your candidacy, you have no business running for president.

17.11.2019 - 12:29 [ Consortium News ]

Arbuthnot Out as Assange’s Judge, Says WikiLeaks Lawyer Jen Robinson

Lady Emma Arbuthnot, the Westminster chief magistrate enmeshed in a conflict of interest, will no longer be presiding over the extradition proceedings of imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, said WikiLeaks lawyer Jen Robinson, at an event in Sydney on Friday night .

17.11.2019 - 12:26 [ DailyMaverick.co.za ]

Julian Assange’s judge and her husband’s links to the British military establishment exposed by WikiLeaks

(14.11.2019)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom, a former defence minister, is a paid chair of the advisory board of military corporation Thales Group, and was until earlier this year an adviser to arms company Babcock International. Both companies have major contracts with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD).

The revelations highlight concerns about conflicts of interest. Lady Arbuthnot began presiding over Assange’s legal case in 2017 and ruled this June that a full hearing would begin next February to consider the request for extradition from the UK made by the Trump administration.

13.11.2019 - 08:05 [ MSNBC ]

Biden endorsed by 133 former national security officials from 7 different administrations

Former VP Joe Biden and his campaign are touting the endorsement of over 130 national security, foreign service and military officials who have served across seven different administrations.

13.11.2019 - 07:59 [ theHill.com ]

GOP senators warn against Trump firing intelligence community official

The New York Times reported Tuesday afternoon that Trump has discussed firing Atkinson because the intelligence official found a whistleblower’s complaint about Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky credible and took action to advance it.

13.09.2019 - 13:37 [ Sputnik ]

War in Gaza Could Start Before Elections – Israeli PM Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday morning that war against armed groups in the Gaza Strip could break out at any moment, even before the upcoming Knesset elections.

„An operation in Gaza could happen at any moment, including four days before the elections. The date of the elections does not factor [into a decision to go to war]“, he said after returning from Russia, where he met with President Vladimir Putin.

13.09.2019 - 13:18 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu gets pre-election support from Putin in Sochi

The results of the Knesset election are very important to Moscow, and it hopes politicians will be elected who will maintain close ties with Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Sochi on Thursday.

10.09.2019 - 17:38 [ Labour Leave ‏/ Twitter ]

Olly Robbins, the EU’s chief negotiator, has not only been granted a knighthood by May, he’s just taken a job with Goldman Sachs – who bankrolled the Remain campaign. Maybe May just hopes he’ll keep his mouth shut.

07.09.2019 - 15:27 [ Techdirt ]

Getting Upload Filters Wasn’t Enough: EU Copyright Industry Starts Stealth Campaign To Demonize Internet Companies Even More

The EU Copyright Directive was supposed to bring copyright into the digital age. Instead, it turned into an attack on the Internet ecosystem by companies that once dominated analog media, and which are still struggling to accept the arrival of online services with a global reach. For example, the upload filters that are unavoidable under Article 13/17 of the Directive are really directed against Google, which ironically won’t be much inconvenienced by them. Ordinary people, by contrast, may find their perfectly legal uploads forbidden without explanation. You might think the EU copyright companies would be pretty satisfied now they have this powerful new right to block uploaded materials using automated filters as their proxy, without needing a judge’s approval. Not a bit of it. The German Web site Netzpolitik has obtained a leaked document revealing a coordinated campaign by copyright companies to hammer home the message that Internet companies are today’s baddies:

24.08.2019 - 09:29 [ New York Times ]

How David Koch and His Brother Shaped American Politics

The billionaire, who died Friday, understood the power of changing ‘hearts and minds.’ He spent almost unlimited money on behalf of limited government.

24.08.2019 - 08:58 [ New York Times ]

David Koch, Billionaire Who Fueled Right-Wing Movement, Dies at 79

Since the 1970s, the Kochs have spent at least $100 million — some estimates put it at much more — to transform a fringe movement into a formidable political force aimed at moving America to the far right by influencing the outcome of elections, undoing limits on campaign contributions and promoting conservative candidacies, think tanks and policies.

03.08.2019 - 17:32 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu continues push for Russian vote

(30.07.2019)

Likud has invested an estimated NIS 5 million in pursuing Russian-speaking voters after spending zero ahead of the April 9 election. The party has estimated that Russian-speaking immigrants could be worth as many as 15 seats.

30.07.2019 - 06:01 [ US House Oversight and Reform Committee ]

New Documents Show Corporate and Foreign Interests Seek to Influence U.S. Nuclear Policy

Chairman Cummings issued the following statement:

“Today’s report reveals new and extensive evidence that corroborates Committee whistleblowers and exposes how corporate and foreign interests are using their unique access to advocate for the transfer of U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. The American people deserve to know the facts about whether the White House is willing to place the potential profits of the President’s personal friends above the national security of the American people and the universal objective of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.”

The Committee’s second interim report is based on more than 60,000 pages of new documents produced to the Committee in response to requests that Chairman Cummings made to a host of outside companies about their involvement with plans to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. The report states:

New documents and communications show that IP3, the private company lobbying the White House to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, repeatedly sought a $120 million investment from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It is unclear if the company ultimately received the investment.

30.07.2019 - 05:53 [ PolitiZoom.com ]

House Oversight Committee Identifies Yet Another Trump Insider Trying To Sell Us Out To Foreign Interests

The paradox of the current GOP administration in power is that while Donald Trump gets up at the podium and brays “America First” he and his son-in-law and other minions can’t sell out our interests to foreign powers fast enough.

30.07.2019 - 05:34 [ Bloomberg ]

Trump Ally Tom Barrack Backed Saudi Nuclear Goals, House Panel Finds

Thomas Barrack Jr., a top fundraiser and confidant of President Donald Trump, urged the administration to sell Saudi Arabia nuclear technology without restrictions designed to prevent the kingdom from developing nuclear weapons, according to a report released by House Democrats Monday.

28.07.2019 - 12:10 [ Loveday Morris, Ruth Eglash / Washington Post ]

Netanyahu is now Israel’s longest-serving leader. Watch some of the key moments on his rocky road so far.

(21.07.2019)

To his passionate supporters, Netanyahu, known fondly by his nickname, “Bibi,” is an unrivaled world leader with cultlike status. They credit him with expanding Israel’s international alliances, helping foster its thriving high-tech industries and remaining a steady hand on security. For his fans, the allegations of corruption and impropriety that have plagued him are an underhanded attempt by his left-wing rivals to unseat him, as they have failed to do so at the ballot box.

28.07.2019 - 12:09 [ Shmuel Rosner / New York Times ]

The Last Thing Israel Needs Is Yet Another Election

(24.07.2019)

Why doesn’t Mr. Netanyahu seek out different coalition partners? The centrist Blue and White party is expected to be the strongest opposition party in the coming Knesset and a unity government of Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud and Blue and White would likely be popular among Israelis, a majority of whom believe Mr. Netanyahu is the most fit to lead but don’t have much love for his past coalition partners, especially the ultra-Orthodox.

22.07.2019 - 13:41 [ Haaretz ]

Answering Barak, Daily Mail Says It Stands by Epstein Article, Rejects ‚Malicious‘ Motives

(18.07.2019)

In its statement the tabloid said: „DailyMail.com stands by its recent story concerning Ehud Barak’s relationship with the convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein 100 percent.“

„We note that Mr. Barak’s assertion that he was not party to Mr. Epstein’s illegal activities is a denial of a claim we have never made,“ the Daily Mail said in their statement, adding that the story only referenced the content of the photos.

17.07.2019 - 19:57 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

You can’t change a corrupt system by taking its money. Today I am calling on every Democratic candidate to join us in rejecting money from the insurance and drug industries. #MedicareForAll

15.07.2019 - 14:24 [ Haaretz ]

Pro-Israel Groups Promoted anti-BDS Resolution in German Parliament, Der Spiegel Reports

The report claims that local groups such as the Middle East Peace Forum and WerteInitiative (Values Initiative) worked together with Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs in order to promote the resolution, an enterprise that included “donations to politicians.” The groups deny these charges, but the story has evoked a stormy public debate. Bild, the most widely-read newspaper in Germany, sharply criticized the report, calling it anti-Semitic.

26.06.2019 - 10:16 [ Sputniknews.com ]

S Korean Opposition Calls for US Nuclear Weapons Redeployment

(07.08.2017)

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Hong Joon-pyo, the leader of South Korea’s main opposition Liberty Korea Party, reiterated Monday his party’s calls to negotiate with the United States on the redeployment its nuclear warheads to deter North Korea’s increased nuclear threat, criticizing South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s policy on achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula through dialogue with Pyongyang.

26.06.2019 - 10:12 [ Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post ]

More than ever, South Koreans want their own nuclear weapons

(13.09.2017)

There are many reasons South Korea probably will not pursue this path. A big one: President Moon Jae-in took office in May promising a path toward denuclearization of the whole peninsula, so the chances of South Korean nuclear armament are slim.

But this debate has become a key issue after North Korea’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test, carried out Sept. 3, and the controversy underscores the frustration in the South over the North’s expanding nuclear and missile program.

26.06.2019 - 09:50 [ KBS.co.kr ]

US Lobby Group Criticizes S. Korea’s Nuclear-Phase Out Policy

(21.06.2019)

The head of a U.S. environmental lobby group that promotes nuclear power as an environmentally friendly source of energy has criticized the Moon Jae-in administration’s policy to lower South Korea’s dependence on nuclear energy.

Environmental Progress’ chief activist Michael Shellenberger sounded his disapproval at a talk session arranged by the main opposition Liberty Korea Party at the National Assembly on Friday.

01.06.2019 - 10:12 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

.@AOC @tedcruz The revolving door between politicians and lobbyists needs to close. I’ve been working on comprehensive legislation to do this. Until then, I’m all in on a clean bill focused on Members of Congress. Let’s make it happen.

31.05.2019 - 19:24 [ CBS7.com ]

Texas conservative Ted Cruz and NY liberal Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez team up to combat corruption in Washington

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and GOP Sen. Ted Cruz came together Thursday on Twitter in a professed effort to ban former lawmakers from taking paid lobbying positions.

31.05.2019 - 19:20 [ Ted Cruz, US Senator / Twitter ]

Here’s something I don’t say often: on this point, I AGREE with @AOC Indeed, I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists. The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation?

31.05.2019 - 18:59 [ NPR.org ]

Ted Cruz And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Team Up To Ban Lawmakers From Lobbying

By early afternoon, Ocasio-Cortez said she would co-lead a bill with Cruz — if there were no „partisan snuck-in clauses, no poison pills.“

Cruz, who has previously argued with the freshman Democrat on Twitter, agreed.

At least one politician from each side of the aisle came forward to support their pact: Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, tweeted, „IN,“ and Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, offered to lead or co-sponsor a bill in the House.

31.05.2019 - 08:42 [ BBC ]

Conservative Party donations fall by £3.8m

It had been a „challenging fundraising year“ for all parties, the Tories said.

The figures do not represent all donations, as only those above £7,500 have to be reported.

31.05.2019 - 08:40 [ BBC ]

Business lobby group CBI warns Tories over no-deal Brexit

A no-deal scenario would do „severe“ damage to businesses, it said in an open letter to all the MPs running to lead the party.

Director general Carolyn Fairbairn warned them that smaller companies cannot afford the necessary preparations for leaving without a plan.

12.05.2019 - 22:40 [ Haaretz ]

Ally of Major Jewish Group Joins Far-right European Bloc

The Jewish lobby group for the EU has yet to distance itself from the Danish party which recently aligned itself with far-right parties including those of Marine Le Pen, Matteo Salvini and the AfD.

A key institute run by the American Jewish Committee, one of the largest Jewish advocacy organizations in the world, continues to maintain ties with the leader of a Danish party that recently joined a new European-wide far-right alliance.

13.04.2019 - 09:55 [ Haaretz ]

AIPAC-affiliated Democrats Warn Netanyahu Against West Bank Annexation

Four U.S. lawmakers who have long proved staunch supporters of Israel express concern over the prime minister’s campaign promise ■ Other lawmakers single out Netanyahu’s ‚full-throated embrace of the far right’s extreme agenda‘

25.03.2019 - 06:14 [ telesur ]

US: Democrat Presidential Candidates Boycott AIPAC Convention

Bernie Sanders, Beto O’Rourke, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren said they will not go to the event. AIPAC’s list of confirmed speakers also does not feature any Democrat running for president or any expected candidate like former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

24.03.2019 - 11:38 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Departs for Trump Talks, AIPAC Conference in Washington

The prime minister will kick off his four-day visit by meeting Trump in the White House on Monday. The two leaders are expected to discuss Iran’s attempts to establish military bases in Syria and methods to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining nuclear weapons.

08.03.2019 - 15:56 [ CNN ]

Paul Manafort gets 47 months. Legal experts share examples of people who got more time for less

He’ll receive another sentence from a different federal judge next week for the two crimes he pleaded guilty to last year — witness tampering and conspiracy related to years of illegal Ukrainian lobbying and money laundering. That sentencing could stack on top of the time he received Thursday.

30.08.2018 - 08:53 [ Lee Camp [Redacted] / Twitter ]

The latest censorship efforts on Facebook, YouTube, etc are also designed to stop the next Bernie Sanders-esque candidate. In 2016 Sanders got nearly zero coverage from corporate media. Now who’s deciding which Facebook posts are legit? Corporate media.

(23.8.2018)

30.08.2018 - 08:51 [ Techcrunch.com ]

Google, Facebook, Twitter chiefs called back to Senate Intelligence Committee

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey and Facebook chief operations officer Sheryl Sandberg will testify in an open hearing at the Senate Intelligence Committee next week, the committee’s chairman has confirmed.

Larry Page, chief executive of Google parent company Alphabet, was also invited but has not confirmed his attendance, a committee spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch.

20.08.2018 - 07:51 [ CNBC ]

National security advisor John Bolton warns of electoral interference from China, Iran and North Korea — not just Russia

„I can say definitively that it’s a sufficient national security concern about Chinese meddling, Iranian meddling and North Korean meddling that we’re taking steps to try to prevent it,“ Bolton told ABC’s „This Week.“

03.05.2018 - 16:21 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Changes Tune: No Longer Says Trump’s ‚About to Nix‘ Iran Nuclear Deal, Now Says ‚It’s in His Hands‘

Diplomatic sources believe PM wants to avoid perception that Israel is meddling in U.S. affairs