Archiv: nomenclatura (ruling classes / „political“ classes / „elites“ / oligarchies / guilds / etc)


06:01 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Capitalism Draws Fire, Despite Strong Global Economy

Worries about income inequality, jobs disappearing due to automation and environmental sustainability are all feeding wide-scale distrust in capitalism as the world knows it, according to a new study released Sunday.

Edelman, a public-relations firm, conducted its 20th annual analysis of public trust in major institutions, surveying 34,000 people in 27 countries and Hong Kong. The data reveal both skepticism about those institutions—including government, business, the media and nongovernmental organizations …

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.

16.01.2020 - 00:55 [ New York Times ]

The Fog of Rudy: Did he change — or did America?

He was an unlikely politician, with his hunched shoulders, bad comb-over, boxy suits, lateral lisp and rictus smile. He had no charm or charisma, nor even really a discernible ideology. Giuliani’s mother said in an interview published by the investigative reporter Wayne Barrett that he switched his registration, after Ronald Reagan’s election, from Independent to Republican — he was a Democrat before that — in order to advance his career. (‘‘He still feels very sorry for the poor,’’ she insisted.)

16.01.2020 - 00:35 [ MSNBC ]

New York Times looks at Rudy Giuliani then and now

How did Rudy Giuliani go from America’s mayor the man he is today? Jonathan Mahler digs for answers in his latest piece for the New York Times magazine, and he joins Morning Joe to discuss.

12.01.2020 - 17:21 [ Washington Post ]

How Bernie Sanders would upend America’s global role

Sanders’s campaign declined to make him available for an interview.

12.01.2020 - 00:46 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Krystal & Saagar: Pelosi’s impotence on full display with War Power, Impeachment failure

Krystal & Saagar: Pelosi’s impotence on full display with War Power, Impeachment failure

02.01.2020 - 17:20 [ Donna Laframboise / nofrakkingconsensus.com ]

3 Things Scientists Need to Know About the IPCC

(01.09.2015)

The bottom line is that this is a week of naked political horse trading that goes on behind closed doors. Journalists are not allowed to witness what takes place, which is why we’ve been looking at official IPCC photos here. This is what they permit us to see.

It’s only after the diplomats have haggled over this Summary – paragraph by paragraph – that the final version gets officially released at a press conference.

The world is then told that science has spoken. But what’s just happened has nothing to do with science. Scientific truth is not determined in the dead of night by UN-level negotiations. On what planet would such an approach make scientific sense?

But the bad news doesn’t stop there. There’s actually a step in the IPCC process in which the original, lengthy report gets amended so that it conforms to the politically-negotiated Summary. I am not making this up.

29.12.2019 - 19:36 [ Haaretz ]

Sex for Judgeship: Evidence Against Israel’s Top Lawyer Obtained Through Hacked Phone

(18.01.2019)

Police suspect Nave had sexual relations with the judge in exchange for her promotion as well as with the wife of another judge in exchange for his advancement.

Nave has been a dominant and influential figure on Israel’s legal scene since 2015, when he ousted the president of the Bar Association and took leadership of the professional organization that represents the country’s 59,000 attorneys.

29.12.2019 - 19:32 [ Haaretz ]

A Probe That Exposes the Corruption Behind Israel’s Judicial Appointments

(today)

Nave, who had an alliance with former Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who was friends with Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, who would routinely meet with senior politicians and dreamed of becoming a cabinet minister himself someday exploited his position of power to the hilt. Like a vote contractor for a ruling party, he took advantage of his role to gain sexual favors, connections and power. And yet, if there weren’t any people willing to dance to his corrupt tune, the public may have been spared such degradation.

28.12.2019 - 17:05 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

DNC’s Billionaire Bonanza

The ultra-wealthy are pouring money into the 2020 Democratic Primary. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, and John Fugelsang, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

28.12.2019 - 13:11 [ Vijay Prashad / Consortium News ]

‘We Are the Ones Who Will Awaken the Dawn’

Democracy has been shackled by capitalist power. If sovereignty were merely about numbers, then the workers and the peasants, the urban poor and the youth would be represented by people who put their interests first and would be able to command more of the fruit of their labour. Democracy promises that people would be able to control their destiny. Capitalism, on the other hand, is structured to allow the capitalists – the property owners – to have power over the economy and society. From the standpoint of capitalism, democracy’s full implications cannot be allowed. If democracy gets its way, then the means of producing wealth would be democratized; this would be an outrage against property, which is why democracy is narrowed.

27.12.2019 - 18:59 [ Politico.com ]

Democratic insiders: Bernie could win the nomination

For months, the Vermont senator was written off by Democratic Party insiders as a candidate with a committed but narrow base who was too far left to win the primary. Elizabeth Warren had skyrocketed in the polls and seemed to be leaving him behind in the race to be progressive voters’ standard-bearer in 2020.

But in the past few weeks, something has changed.

27.12.2019 - 05:31 [ Common Dreams ]

‚People Should Take Him Very Seriously‘: Sanders Polling Surge Reportedly Forcing Democratic Establishment to Admit He Can Win

„He has a very good shot of winning Iowa, a very good shot of winning New Hampshire, and other than Joe Biden, the best shot of winning Nevada,“ said one former Obama adviser.

26.12.2019 - 23:16 [ New York Times ]

Why Bernie Sanders Is Tough to Beat

Despite having a heart attack in October that threatened to derail his second quest for the Democratic nomination, he remains at or near the top of polls in Iowa and other early states, lifted by his near ubiquitous name recognition and an enviable bank account.

His anti-establishment message hasn’t changed for 50 years, and it resonates with working-class voters and young people who agree the system is corrupt and it will take a revolution to fix it.

25.12.2019 - 16:47 [ Cenk Uygur, Democratic Congressional candidate / Twitter ]

Opinion | How ‘Centrist Bias’ Hurts Sanders and Warren – The New York Times. Sorry, but I’ve been saying this for about two decades. After calling us crazy for all that time they finally treat it like they had an epiphany.

Still, I’m thrilled to see it!

25.12.2019 - 16:46 [ New York Times ]

How ‘Centrist Bias’ Hurts Sanders and Warren

Over the years, many press critics have pointed out one weakness of this approach: false equivalence, the refusal to consider the possibility that one side of an argument is simply (or mostly) right.

But that’s not the only problem. There’s also the possibility that both political parties have been wrong about something and that the solution, rather than being roughly halfway between their answers, is different from what either has been proposing.

25.12.2019 - 15:31 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Is impeachment a 2020 disaster in the making?

Team Rising takes a look at how impeachment will play out in 2020.

25.12.2019 - 15:11 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Panel: Dems embrace of neocon ‚Never Trumpers‘ is a disaster

Team Rising ponders why the ‚Never Trumpers‘ still think they matter in the Republican party

25.12.2019 - 14:33 [ New York Magazine ]

Tulsi Gabbard and the Return of the Anti-Anti-Trump Left

What they share, in addition to enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders, is a deep skepticism of the Democratic Party’s mobilization against the president. The left’s struggle against the center-left is the axis around which their politics revolves. From that perspective, the Russia scandal and impeachment are unnecessary and even reactionary.

While incomprehensible to liberals, centrists, and even many leftists who work within two-party politics, left-wing anti-anti-Trumpism has a coherent logic. It takes as its starting point a familiar critique that Trump won because liberalism failed. Trump, while bad, is merely a meta-phenomenon of the larger failure of the Democratic Party and the political and economic Establishment.

24.12.2019 - 15:51 [ theHill.com ]

Obama talks up Warren behind closed doors to wealthy donors

Last week, more than 200 lower- and mid-level Obama staffers who worked on his presidential campaigns and in his administration threw their support behind Warren.

24.12.2019 - 12:36 [ Matthew Goodwin ‏/ Twitter ]

Centre-left at latest election

UK Labour
Lowest seats since 1935

Austria
Lowest since 1945

Germany
2nd lowest since 1949

France
Lowest ever

Italy
Lowest ever

Netherlands
Lowest ever

Sweden
Lowest since 1908

Finland
2nd lowest since 1962

Maybe it’s not just about Brexit?

23.12.2019 - 16:19 [ Annie Grayer, for @CNN covering the 2020 presidential election / Twitter ]

Last night in Nashua, NH @berniesanders talked about his critics of Medicare for All. He mentioned three groups: 1. Trump and Republicans 2. The health care industry 3. Establishment Democrats Listen for which group got the loudest boo from the crowd

23.12.2019 - 15:36 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

It’s Very Hard Being Tom Perez

Tom Perez a little trooper. Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

23.12.2019 - 14:42 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Saagar Enjeti: New ‚Hillary 2.0‘ Biden ad shows why he will lose

Saagar Enjeti argues why Biden’s case to the electorate is stuck in the past.

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.

23.12.2019 - 13:44 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

Obama Attacks Bernie Sanders

(21.12.2019)

Is Obama is attacking Bernie Sanders? Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

23.12.2019 - 13:39 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Saagar Enjeti: Bernie’s betrayal of Cenk Uygur shows weaknesses of the left

(16.12.2019)

Saagar Enjeti argues about the fakeness behind Left Twitter’s outrage over Senator Sanders endorsing Cenk Uygur.

23.12.2019 - 12:16 [ Jennifer Medina / New York Times ]

Bernie Sanders Retracts Endorsement of Cenk Uygur After Criticism

(13.12.2019)

Mr. Sanders had called Mr. Uygur, the founder and co-host of the online talk show “The Young Turks,” “a voice we desperately need in Congress” in a statement on Thursday.

“I know he will serve ordinary people, not powerful special interests,” Mr. Sanders said then.

But by Friday afternoon, he had reconsidered.

“Our movement is bigger than any one person,” he said. “I hear my grass roots supporters who were frustrated and understand their concerns. Cenk today said he is rejecting all endorsements for his campaign, and I retract my endorsement.”

23.12.2019 - 12:10 [ Huffington Post ]

Young Turks‘ Cenk Uygur Running For Katie Hill’s Vacant House Seat

(14.11.2019)

The seat is due to be filled in a special election, a date for which California Gov. Gavin Newson is expected to announce shortly. Given California’s nonpartisan jungle primary system ― in which Republicans, Democrats and independents compete for the top two spots ― Uygur’s candidacy is liable to be a source of anxiety for a Democratic Party establishment eager to hold on to a swing seat the party flipped in 2018.

22.12.2019 - 17:44 [ WSWS.org ]

The true legacy of US central banker Paul Volcker (1927–2019)

The specific mission undertaken by Volcker was to jack up interest rates and plunge the country into recession, creating mass unemployment as a means of breaking the social resistance of the working class.

A full accounting would reveal that his policies, imposed on behalf of the American ruling class, resulted in untold social misery and the premature death of millions of people, not only in the US but around the world, as he charted the path for ruling classes to follow everywhere.

18.12.2019 - 14:40 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Attacking The Source: The Establishment Loyalist’s Favorite Online Tactic

If you’re skeptical of western power structures and you’ve ever engaged in online political debate for any length of time, the following has definitely happened to you.

You find yourself going back and forth with one of those high-confidence, low-information establishment types who’s promulgating a dubious mainstream narrative, whether that be about politics, war, Julian Assange, or whatever. At some point they make an assertion which you know to be false–publicly available information invalidates the claim they’re making.

17.12.2019 - 16:35 [ Los Angeles Times ]

Column: Another year, another thousand deaths. L.A. homeless crisis hits a crossroads

And now homeless encampments are as abundant in L.A. as $10-million homes.

The only good thing I can see about skid rows popping up in every part of town, as they have in recent years, is that maybe the graphic, everyday evidence of our epic disaster will help drive a greater sense of urgency. After all, the public clamor for solutions is at a pitch, with a recent poll putting homelessness as a top concern for 95% of registered voters.

15.12.2019 - 11:07 [ Labour Leave ‏/ Twitter ]

The lesson of the last 3 years is that our elites, in a very broad sense, are deeply hostile to the democratic principle – visible in their support for EU, and in their ruthless campaign to squash a vote against it.

10.12.2019 - 22:27 [ NPR ‏/ Twitter ]

A new U.N. report argues many of the street protests popping up around the globe are driven by a growing sense that societies are rigged to favor the powerful — and trap the masses in low-wage, dead-end lives.

08.12.2019 - 18:00 [ Haaretz ]

Needed: A Commission of Inquiry Into the Submarine Affair

The corruption involved in the purchase of submarines and ships from the German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp makes it among the worst such affairs in Israel’s history. It involves bribery, fraud, breach of trust and money laundering by a criminal network that functioned at the highest levels of Israel’s government and business people between 2009 and 2019 , funnelling government funds from the defense budget into private pockets, by swaying decisions regarding purchases from the German shipbuilder.

08.12.2019 - 15:52 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Shocking photo shows paedo Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein & ‘pimp’ Ghislaine Maxwell at Beatrice’s 18th birthday bash

DEPRAVED Jeffrey Epstein, his alleged pimp Ghislaine Maxwell and disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein grin at Princess Beatrice’s Windsor Castle party.

08.12.2019 - 13:18 [ apnews.com ]

Case against Netanyahu includes billionaire witnesses

(02.12.2019)

Mandelblit’s indictment listed 333 potential witnesses, including Milchan and Packer, as well as U.S. casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a longtime supporter of Netanyahu, and Oracle Corp. co-founder and chairman Larry Ellison. Cosmetics heir Ron Lauder, another longtime Netanyahu associate, and British-American billionaire Len Blavatnik, also appear on the list.

06.12.2019 - 14:18 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

5 million donations to our campaign. That would send an unmistakable message to the billionaire class that we’re going to win. We’re getting closer, but we’re not there yet. Chip in here to help us get there:

06.12.2019 - 14:14 [ CNN ]

Donald Trump was elected to break the elite. Of course they want to impeach him

You have to remember: Donald Trump wasn’t elected to fit in with these people — the political, intellectual class — to make them happy, or to become one of them. He was elected to break them. And that’s apparently what he’s done.

06.12.2019 - 14:03 [ Hannity.com ]

HE’S BACK! John Kerry Endorses Joe Biden for President, Says Trump Has ‘Broken World Apart’

„Proud to head back to Iowa tomorrow to campaign with my friend Joe. I’m not endorsing Joe because I’ve known him for so long, but because I know him so well: he’ll be ready on day one to put back together the country and the world that Donald Trump has broken apart.“

05.12.2019 - 16:13 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

I’m proud we don’t have any billionaires supporting our campaign. The time for the 0.1% calling the shots in our economic and political life is over. We will tax their wealth to raise $4.35 trillion over 10 years, break up their power and give it back to the working class.

04.12.2019 - 06:57 [ Haaretz ]

5 U.S. Billionaires Who Are Potential Witnesses at Netanyahu’s Corruption Trial

The full indictment against Netanyahu, which was made public by Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit on Monday, includes the names of every person who was either questioned by the police as part of the criminal investigation or testified about it to investigators, plus others who could be relevant to the court cases. The list of 333 names also includes dozens of police officers who were part of the probe.

28.11.2019 - 21:07 [ CNN ]

Obama is wrong: Dems are not #TooFarLeft

Establishment and Wall Street Dems are misreading the winds of public sentiment if they believe moderation is a winning political strategy for 2020. There is no constituency for a presidential candidate who prescribes half-measures to put out a fire.
And polling indicates that.

28.11.2019 - 18:16 [ theHill.com ]

Krystal Ball rips report saying Obama would intervene to stop Sanders

Bernie is an existential threat to business as usual and both parties ability to cash in as perpetual winners in the oligarchy-and they’ll use every means, fair and unfair, to protect their position. So, to those of you dedicated to upending business as usual, in case you had any illusions, Obama’s comments prove that you better be prepared for the fight of your life.

28.11.2019 - 17:52 [ theIntercept.com ]

Michael Bloomberg’s Right-Wing Views on Foreign Policy Make Him a Perfect Candidate for the Republican Nomination

Remember: Biden, for all his sins, is a lifelong Democrat. Bloomberg, however, served as an elected Republican between 2001 and 2007. This was a period during which he enthusiastically endorsed the reelection of George W. Bush and also addressed the Conservative Party’s annual conference in the U.K.

Bloomberg is so right-wing that he makes Biden sound like Bernie.

28.11.2019 - 06:37 [ theHill.com ]

Obama privately said he would speak up to stop Sanders: report

President Obama privately said he would speak up to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) from becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, Politico reported Tuesday.

The former president reportedly said if Sanders held a strong lead in the Democratic primary, he would speak out to prevent him from becoming the nominee.

26.11.2019 - 17:54 [ Politico.com ]

2020 elections: Democratic establishment reaches boiling point with Tulsi Gabbard

(21.11.2019)

“She has views on foreign policy that are so outside the mainstream as to be a real liability to the Democratic Party,” said another Democratic senator, who requested anonymity to candidly discuss the party’s issue with Gabbard. “It is corrosive to have folks on that stage who represent views that are clearly not right.”

26.11.2019 - 15:17 [ teleSUR ]

Spain, UK, France to ‚Advise‘ Chile’s Police on Public Order

Chilean President Sebastian Piñera announced this Sunday that, starting this week, new measures will be implemented to re-establish public order in Chile, among them, a joint cooperation project between police forces from Chile, United Kingdom, Spain, and France.

26.11.2019 - 14:21 [ Common Dreams ]

Sanders Campaign Charges Bloomberg 2020 Run ‚Is Against Bernie, Not Trump‘

„Bloomberg began floating the idea of a presidential bid in 2016, just as Bernie was beginning to gain momentum in that race,“ wrote Sirota. „At the time, Bloomberg disparaged Bernie and his campaign’s challenge to Wall Street.“

26.11.2019 - 06:19 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Jimmy Dore: until we fix Democratic Party elites’ corruption, we won’t defeat Trump’s

Jimmy Dore pushes back on impeachment and Ukrainegate, Hillary Clinton’s smear of Tulsi Gabbard as a Russian asset, the DNC’s 2020 gift-wrapping for Trump, and more.

23.11.2019 - 11:10 [ Haaretz ]

Ex-tycoon, News Publisher Indicted for Bribery in Netanyahu Cases

(21.11.2019)

Arnon (Noni) Mozes, the publisher of Israel’s largest daily newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, is indicted for bribery in Case 2000, and Shaul and Iris Elovich are indicted for bribery, obstruction of justice and obstruction of the investigation.

In February, the attorney general announced that he was closing the cases against several other suspects in the Netanyahu cases; among them were the premier’s wife Sara, Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and Knesset member Eytan Cabel (Labor-Gesher).

22.11.2019 - 16:28 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

Cowardly Republican governors who suppress the vote because they can’t win on their ideas need to get the hell out of politics and get another job.

18.11.2019 - 13:51 [ PressTV.com ]

US trying to hijack fuel hike protests in Iran: Analyst

He emphasized that people in Iran enjoy the right to protest, referring to remarks by President Hassan Rouhani’s chief of staff in which he stressed that all officials should be listening to the protesters’ views.

“Whenever there is some legitimate and legal protests, the United States, the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) as well as people outside the country, the opposition, the son of the past shah step forward in order to hijack the protests, in order to stage violent actions and sabotage,” he said.

18.11.2019 - 13:27 [ An-Nahar (Libanon) ]

Independent candidate Melhem Khalaf wins Beirut Bar Association elections

BEIRUT: Melhem Khalaf, a law professor at Saint Joseph university, has become the new head of the Beirut Bar Association after beating out the political ruling class‘ candidate.

Khalaf, an independent candidate, ran against Nader Gaspard, who was backed by the Free Patriotic Movement, Lebanese Forces, Future Movement and Progressive Socialist Party.

18.11.2019 - 13:24 [ Naharnet.com (Libanon) ]

Protest Movement-Backed Candidate Elected Head of Bar Association

A candidate backed by the protest movement that is sweeping the country was on Sunday elected as head of the Beirut Bar Association, scoring a precious win for the nascent movement over the country’s established political parties.

Lawyers who backed Melhem Khalaf erupted in joy and chanted “revolution, revolution” as the results were announced.

18.11.2019 - 12:43 [ ITV.com ]

CBI hears from party leaders as Tories, Labour and Lib Dems try to win business votes

In a bid to secure support from industry ahead of polling day on December 12, the leaders of the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats will each make a speech on stage at the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) Annual Conference at the InterContinental London – The O2.

18.11.2019 - 12:17 [ South China Morning Post ]

Why are Hongkongers so angry? Because their baby boomer leaders are living in a parallel universe

Hong Kong as a dispute resolution centre and Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung’s shocking confession that he did not know why people are so angry are typical of the arrogance, self-entitlement and ignorance of the baby boomer leaders

18.11.2019 - 05:54 [ theGuardian.com ]

Democratic candidates reject Obama’s warning of going too far left

“When I talk about health care being a human right and ending the embarrassment of America being the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care for every man, woman and child, that’s not tearing down the system,” he said, according to the New York Times. “That’s doing what we should have done 30 years ago.”

18.11.2019 - 05:51 [ BBC ]

US election 2020: Democrats respond to Obama’s warning

Answering questions on a forum aired by Univision, a Spanish-language TV network, he was asked whether Mr Obama was „right“ to say voters didn’t want systemic change.

Mr Sanders, who describes himself as a democratic socialist and progressive, laughed and said: „Well, it depends on what you mean by tear down the system.“

17.11.2019 - 10:04 [ New York Times ]

Too Far Left? Some Candidates Don’t Buy the Argument

Ms. Warren declined to address Mr. Obama’s implicit criticism, and instead praised the former president’s efforts on health care.

“I so admire what President Obama did. He is the one who led the way on health care and got health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans when nobody thought that was possible,” she said, speaking to reporters after a campaign event in Waverly, Iowa.

16.11.2019 - 23:31 [ Peter Daou, Former Clinton and Kerry adviser / Twitter ]

THANK YOU! 🙏🏽🙏🏽 The hashtag I launched this morning, #TooFarLeft, is #1 in America and #3 worldwide. The idea is to destroy the ludicrous mainstream talking point that wanting social, economic, racial, and environmental justice is a radical position.

16.11.2019 - 23:29 [ theHill.com ]

‚Too Far Left‘ hashtag trends on Twitter

The hashtag „TooFarLeft“ trended on Twitter on Saturday morning, in part because of comments made Friday by former President Obama.

Obama spoke at a fundraising meeting Friday evening and warned donors of the danger of the 2020 Democratic primary field moving too far to the left.

„Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality,“ Obama said. „The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.“

16.11.2019 - 23:25 [ Politico.com ]

Obama speaks out on 2020: Voters ‘don’t want to see crazy stuff’

“We also have to be rooted in reality and the fact that voters, including the Democratic voters and certainly persuadable independents or even moderate Republicans are not driven by the same views that are reflected on certain, you know, left-leaning Twitter feeds. Or the activist wing of our party,” Obama said.

16.11.2019 - 23:15 [ BBC ]

US election 2020: Obama issues warning to ‚revolutionary‘ Democrats

The comments, which come less than four months before the Democratic primaries, represent one of Mr Obama’s most pointed interventions in the race so far.

They may be seen as a critique of senators Sanders and Warren – widely seen as two of the most left-wing candidates in the field.

16.11.2019 - 03:51 [ teleSUR ]

Bolivia: Coup-Born Government Threatens Independent Journalists

Despite the blockade that mainstream media are making to what is happening in the Andean country, expressions of international solidarity with the Bolivian people are multiplying.

In Mexico City, for instance, human rights defenders and social activists on Friday will hold a rally in front of the U.S. embassy in rejection of the coup d’etat, which is being consummated under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS).

14.11.2019 - 18:01 [ Deval For All / Youtube ]

Deval Patrick Announcement Video

(today)

In a spirit of profound gratitude for all the country has given to me, with a determination to build a better, more sustainable, more inclusive American Dream for everyone:

I am today announcing my candidacy for President of the United States.

14.11.2019 - 17:49 [ New York Times ]

Deval Patrick Joins the 2020 Race: ‘This Won’t Be Easy, and It Shouldn’t Be’

(today)

Former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts officially entered the presidential race on Thursday, adding an 18th candidate and an 11th-hour twist to a turbulent Democratic primary with less than three months to go before the Iowa caucuses.

Mr. Patrick’s announcement, which he had signaled this week, came in the form of a video he released early Thursday morning. In it, he said he was running for people who “feel left out” and want a future “not built by somebody better than you, not built for you, but built with you.”

14.11.2019 - 17:32 [ Spectator ]

What Hillary Clinton doesn’t understand about Brexit

We’re not separating ourselves from Europe, Hillary. We’re separating ourselves from the EU. Europe is a vast continent that has existed for aeons; the EU is a bloated, bureaucratic nightmare that has only existed, in its current form, since 1993. We’ll be fine.

Also, speaking of ‘democracies’ — we voted to leave, and that’s why we’re leaving. That’s how democracy works: you lost the 2016 presidential election and your Euro-chums lost the 2016 EU referendum.

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.

12.11.2019 - 17:48 [ Vox.com ]

Poll: 65% of Republicans say Trump’s Ukraine scheme was normal presidential behavior

As part of our podcast, Impeachment, Explained, Vox partnered with PerryUndem and Ipsos on a poll exploring Americans’ beliefs about when presidential behavior is impeachable, when it’s simply wrong, and how partisanship is shaping those perceptions. The results were fascinating and unnerving.

11.11.2019 - 16:36 [ theHill.com ]

Gabbard lawyers demand retraction of Clinton’s ‚defamation‘

„Your statement is defamatory, and we demand that you retract it immediately,“ Gabbard’s lawyer wrote in a letter, demanding that Clinton „immediately“ verbally retract the comments, in addition to posting the retraction on Twitter.

The Hill has reached out to Clinton’s spokesman for comment.

02.11.2019 - 13:30 [ Maj. Danny Sjursen / Truthdig.com ]

In Defense of Tulsi Gabbard

Gabbard is the only Democratic hopeful to place foreign policy—specifically ending the absurd wars she was a part of herself—at the top of her campaign agenda. Love her or hate her, that is profound in post-9/11 America. She’s been an outspoken opponent of the U.S.-backed Saudi genocide in Yemen, repeatedly calls out the lie of an Iraq War that shattered the Middle East, and is almost alone in criticizing Obama’s repeatedly counterproductive actions that armed and fueled anti-American Islamists in Syria. These are vital truths in an age of obfuscation and foreign policy apathy.

29.10.2019 - 11:36 [ The Nation ]

Lebanon’s Protest Movement Is Local and Organic

The protesters are asserting the full meaning of their words. They don’t just want a single ruler gone, or a single party, or even the fall of the government. They want to rid themselves entirely of the whole regime: every single member of the ruling elite, regardless of their allegiance. “All of them means all of them,” as the protesters have been shouting nationwide.

26.10.2019 - 11:04 [ bywire.news ]

BREAKING: EU agrees to UK Brexit delay decision but refuses to set length – citing Britain’s election indecision

The European Union agreed to London’s request for a Brexit deadline extension on Friday but set no new departure date, giving Britain’s divided parliament time to decide on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s call for a snap election.

26.10.2019 - 02:20 [ The Guardian ]

Chilean congress evacuated as police use teargas on protesters

Most of the demonstrations over the high cost of medicine, water and other basic needs have been peaceful. But instances of arson, looting and alleged brutality by security forces have shocked many in a nation known for relative stability.

25.10.2019 - 16:28 [ Nate's Liver - Commentary ‏ / Twitter ]

I don’t get it. Why is Bernie even a Dem if he isn’t going to be a puppet for a handful of donors?

23.10.2019 - 19:49 [ Matt Taibbi ‏/ Twitter ]

Not the Onion: New York Times piece speculates Democratic Party insiders might try to lure John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Deval Patrick, Mike Bloomberg, or Eric Holder as “white knight” saviors in the presidential race.

23.10.2019 - 19:48 [ theHill.com ]

Clinton 2020 whisper campaign hits new heights

The New York Times also reported on Tuesday that Clinton and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg have told people in recent conversations that they would join the Democratic primary “if they thought they could win.” But they were “skeptical there would be an opening.”

Since losing the election in 2016, some Democrats have said there isn’t room for Clinton in a party that is trying to move forward after a stunning defeat.

23.10.2019 - 17:01 [ Spectator ]

Voters are likely to turn their frustration on Parliament’s Brexit-blockers

The Great British public can be a tricky bunch but they seem more likely to give Boris the benefit of the doubt than his parliamentary tormentors. The sooner we have a general election the easier it will be to test this hypothesis but, while Boris Johnson lost a vote tonight, he may have picked up seats along the way.

23.10.2019 - 10:33 [ Tulsi Gabbard ]

Hillary, Acknowledge the Damage You’ve Caused

Hillary, your foreign policy was a disaster for our country and the world—resulting in the deaths and injuries of so many of my brothers and sisters in uniform, devastating entire countries, millions of lives lost, refugee crises, our enemy al-Qaeda/ISIS strengthened, increased Iranian and Russian influence in the region, Turkey emboldened, and exacerbated the problem of nuclear proliferation by overthrowing Gadhafi in Libya. Yet despite the damage you have done to our country and the world, you want to continue your failed policies directly or indirectly through the Democratic nominee.

23.10.2019 - 08:23 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

.@HillaryClinton, your foreign policy was a disaster for our country and the world. It’s time for you to acknowledge the damage you have caused and step down from your throne.

23.10.2019 - 06:55 [ Washington Post ]

Anxiety rises among Democrats worried about party’s prospects in 2020

Party leaders and activists are citing weakness in all of the leading contenders, including former vice president Joe Biden, who has been forced on the defensive about his family’s ethics, performed haltingly in debates and set off alarms with his poor fundraising. They also fret that the two other top-ranking candidates, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), are too liberal to win a general election.

22.10.2019 - 06:59 [ theHill.com ]

Sanders: ‚Outrageous‘ to suggest Gabbard ‚is a foreign asset‘

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) lashed out Monday at critics of fellow 2020 presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) including Hillary Clinton, after Clinton and others suggested that Gabbard is a „foreign asset“ for Russia amid reports that Moscow’s online bots and trolls are supporting her campaign.

21.10.2019 - 17:39 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

If you’re sick of the new McCarthyism and warmongering by Hillary and her cohorts, then join our campaign. We need your support. Democrat, Republican, Independent — it doesn’t matter. We need to unite to usher in a govt which is of, by, and for the people!

21.10.2019 - 17:22 [ Daily Wire ]

WATCH: Buttigieg Pivots When Asked About Hillary Clinton’s ‘Russian Asset’ Remark

TAPPER: So when Donald Trump smears people, Democrats all stand up and say, you’re smearing someone. Stop it. Why don’t Democrats do that, to say that about Tulsi Gabbard? It seems like an obvious smear. I don’t see any evidence she’s a Russian asset. It seems like a wild accusation.

BUTTIGIEG: Yes, I think statements like that ought to be backed by evidence.

21.10.2019 - 07:23 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

Hillary & her gang of rich, powerful elite are going after me to send a msg to YOU: “Shut up, toe the line, or be destroyed.” But we, the people, will NOT be silenced. Join me in taking our Democratic Party back & leading a govt of, by & for the people!

21.10.2019 - 07:19 [ Newsweek ]

Tulsi Gabbard Says Clinton Attacked Her for Supporting Sanders in 2016, Calls for ‚New Democratic Party‘

„If they can falsely portray me as a traitor then they can do it to anyone,“ Gabbard continued. „And in fact, that’s exactly the message that they want to get across to you. That if you stand up against Hillary and the party power brokers, if you stand up to the rich and powerful elite and the war machine they will destroy you and discredit your message.“

20.10.2019 - 18:19 [ Daily Star ]

Hezbollah opposes resignation of government: Nasrallah

Hezbollah opposes the resignation of the government and supports the current cabinet “but with a new agenda and new spirit,” party leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Saturday.

20.10.2019 - 16:55 [ Caitlin Johnstone / Twitter ]

Both Gabbard’s haters and her supporters treat her foreign policy like it’s something wildly extraordinary, but it’s actually just the mainstream US foreign policy consensus that Americans considered normal before 9/11. Shows how far the Overton window has been moved since then.

20.10.2019 - 16:27 [ Robbie Jaeger / Medium.com ]

Tulsi Gabbard Has Enemies In High Places

The morning of February 28, 2016, Tulsi Gabbard was in a pretty good spot. She was the rising-star Congresswoman from Hawaii, the darling of the Democratic party, whose anti-regime change platform was breathing fresh life into a stagnating institution. She was their future. But the revelations — revealed by Wikileaks through troves of leaked internal emails — that the Democratic National Committee was actively conspiring against Bernie Sanders in order to ensure Hillary Clinton won the nomination at that years convention changed everything. That day, Tulsi Gabbard took a stand…

20.10.2019 - 16:02 [ @historyofarmani / Twitter ]

If Tulsi was a “ nobody” or “had no chance to win” like the other candidates & their media sycophants say, then this massive ploy to destroy her wouldn’t be in play. But the fact that they’re trying so hard to take her out shows what a threat she poses to their game! #Tulsi2020

20.10.2019 - 15:36 [ CBS News / Youtube ]

Tulsi Gabbard responds to Hillary Clinton: Clinton „knows she can’t control me“

Hillary Clinton implied Russians are „grooming“ Tulsi Gabbard to run as a third-party candidate to disrupt the election, a charge which Gabbard denies. In a live interview with CBSN, Gabbard responds to Clinton’s claims and says she will not run as a third-party candidate.

20.10.2019 - 15:32 [ CNN ]

‚I am not a Russian spy‘: Jill Stein slams Clinton’s accusations

„I am not a Russian spy,“ Stein said Saturday on CNN’s „Smerconish.“ „I think this is a completely unhinged conspiracy theory for which there is absolutely no basis in fact. Not for myself and not for Tulsi Gabbard. I think it’s really outrageous that Hillary Clinton is trying to promote this crazy idea.“
She added, „You know, you can’t just slander people. You have to present some basis and fact.“