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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Hillary Clinton Refuses To Take The Media’s Bait And Criticize Bernie Sanders’ Positions

CNN’s Jake Tapper tried to get Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to criticize the policies of Bernie Sanders as unrealistic, but Clinton defended Sanders’ perspective and ambitious vision.
Transcript via CNN State of the Union:
TAPPER: Turning to the debate, you said at the debate that you’re a progressive, but you’re a progressive that likes to get things done. Sanders has plans that I think might be fairly called more ambitious

than yours, in terms of expanding Medicare for everybody, basically single-payer health care, free college tuition, an across-the-board expansion of Social Security benefits.
Do you think he’s being unrealistic when he makes these proposals, in terms of what can actually get passed through Congress?
CLINTON: Look, I have the highest regard for Senator Sanders. And I think he is raising issues that the electorate, not just Democrats, everybody needs to be thinking about.
And he has put forward his plans with passionate intensity. And I have put forth mine. And just think of the difference between us and the Republicans, who have put forth nothing but the same old out-of- touch, out-of-date policies.
TAPPER: But why are his plans more ambitious? Is it…
CLINTON: Well, his — he has a very ambitious and expansive view about what he thinks should be done with respect to free college and other of the policies that we both are trying to tackle.
I believe that my approach, for example, on college, I call it the New College Compact, because I think everybody should have some skin in the game, including students, who I say should work for part of their education. Maybe it’s because I did and my husband did, but I think it’s something that you want young people to feel really committed to.
It’s a difference in approach. We will have an opportunity, as these debates go forward, to really dig down. And I’m hoping that whatever network hosts them, whoever the moderator happens to be, that they will really ask us to explain and contrast.
But it’s a policy difference. I mean, you could see on that stage in Las Vegas how we are maybe approaching these problems with different solutions, but we’re both seeing the pressures that American families are under and the challenges that they’re facing that we want to try to address.
And the differences between us is nothing like the differences we all have with the Republicans. And I want the American people to be part of the debate, and to hear Senator Sanders’ perspective and what he’s proposing, to hear mine, to make up their mind, and then to remember that we’re not peddling the same old failed policies of trickle-down economics and let the corporations do what they want and cut taxes on the wealthy, which is the answer to everything that the Republicans put forth.
Clinton’s answer to Tapper’s question was a great explanation of how the two candidates differ. Bernie Sanders is looking to overhaul the whole system while Hillary Clinton is more of a traditional incrementalist.
If was nice to see former Sec. Clinton not take the media’s bait and call Sanders’s positions unrealistic. Reporters have learned that they are not going to get Clinton and Sanders to personally criticize each other, so their tactics have shifted to trying to get the candidates to use loaded terms to criticize each other’s policies.
Democrats are going to stay unified and vote based on the positions of the candidates and on the issues. Clinton and Sanders have a good thing going in this campaign. Both candidates want to talk about policy, and media hates it, but the Democratic Party is stronger when the top two candidates for the nomination stick to substance.
The record ratings for Democratic debate showed that voters aren’t bored by policy. They want their candidates to discuss the issues, and Hillary Clinton won’t be suckered into anything could be twisted into a personal attack on Sen. Sanders by the media.

Republicans don’t govern based on facts because they are ‘impervious to evidence’

Hillary Clinton speaks to CNN (screen grab)Hillary Clinton: Republicans don’t govern based on facts because they are ‘impervious to evidence’

Fox & Friends freaks out over black Captain America

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Andrea Mitchell Corrects Wingnut's Clinton E-Mail Lies

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Witnesses Disprove Benghazi Allegations Against Clinton As Republican Conspiracy Collapses

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said that Democrats will be releasing a report that contains witness testimony that disproves the Republican Benghazi allegations against Hillary Clinton.
Transcript via Face The Nation:
DICKERSON: If you were having an investigation and a key person in it, it turns out, had a totally different way of communicating that people didn’t know about, which is to say Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server, wouldn’t that make you kind of say, hey, I would like to know about this, even to find out if it’s totally benign?

Wouldn’t that take some time and some energy to go look into that, and it’s a total surprise?
CUMMINGS: It might very well. But the fact is, is that this is the Benghazi Committee. Perhaps another committee on oversight might want to look into all that.
But this is a Benghazi committee. And that’s — and we have actually strayed away from what we were supposed to be doing. And, again, I’m looking for transparency. And one of the things I’m going to be doing this week is releasing our report, the Democrats’ report of excerpts from the various unclassified transcriptions, where I can tell you that, of all the things that Mr. Gowdy and others have been accusing Hillary Clinton of over the last three years, not a witness verifies any of that.
DICKERSON: So, in your report that you will release this week is basically information that says Hillary Clinton was not involved in what exactly?
CUMMINGS: Was not involved in this decision with regard to security on the ground there, and the fact — and it also addresses the issue of whether she was responsible for this gun-running, elicit gun-running between Libya and Syria.
And it goes on to — and then the big allegation that they have made is that she ordered the stand-down of folks to help our four diplomats. That’s absolutely not true. And I’m asking for Mr. Gowdy to release all the transcripts, so the American people can see what they paid for.
DICKERSON: Do you think Mr. Gowdy has acted in bad faith?
CUMMINGS: I think that Mr. Gowdy is a good man. I think he’s been pressured a lot from the right.
Rep. Cummings was correct. The Republican behavior is sad. It is also disgusting, appalling and a criminal abuse of power. The wheels have completely fallen off for Republicans, but the House Select Committee never passed the smell test.
Gowdy and other House Republicans regularly claim that they have evidence that Hillary Clinton did something wrong. Yet, they never produce this evidence and show it to the public.
If Republicans had any real evidence of wrongdoing by Clinton, they would on every television station screaming it from the mountaintops. The reality is that they spend their time parsing testimony of witnesses and leaking it to the public to create a perception of guilt that they hope will sway voters next November.
The Republican Benghazi sham is about to be fully exposed this week.

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Huckabee's Dried Up

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Huckabee: What’s the difference between smoking pot and denying someone a marriage license?

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Mike Huckabee at a book signing at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)Huckabee: What’s the difference between smoking pot and denying someone a marriage license?

The Truth Hurts


Pressure Grows On NBC As 115,000+ Sign Petition Demanding SNL Dump Trump

Donald Trump tantrumThe petition to have NBC dump Donald Trump as the host of the November 7 episode of SNL is spreading like wildfire, and 115,000+ Americans are demanding that Trump be dumped.
The petition states:
By inviting Trump to host Saturday Night Live, NBC is demonstrating that it doesn’t care about its Latino and pro-immigrant viewers. It is providing a platform for Trump’s insulting attacks on immigrants and calling it entertainment — something we do not find funny.
It is shameful for NBC to allow Trump to host Saturday Night Live, a comedy show when one of the main policies he has promised would rip apart millions of immigrant and Latino families.

NBC cannot bill hateful rhetoric as comedy, much less entertainment.
Beyond NBC’s implicit approval of racism by giving Trump a platform on SNL, there is the issue of the network turning over 90 minutes of live network television time to billionaire presidential candidate.
This should strike the American people as both unfair and wrong. NBC is risking a major backlash by insisting on letting Trump host the show. Historically, presidential have appeared on SNL. It is what they do to reach voters who might not follow politics. It makes for a nice humanizing moment, and might even be good for a few chuckles.
A candidate being in a sketch is not the same as the publicity that comes from hosting the show. If NBC refuses to dump Trump from SNL, they will be burning a lot of bridges. NBC has no problem with being in the Trump business, but they will regret their cheap ratings grab after they lose viewers on November 7 and beyond.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans are determined not to let NBC back into the Trump business.

Bernie Sanders Shreds Trump For Lying About His Plan To Raise Taxes On The Rich

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During an interview on ABC’s This Week, Bernie Sanders went to town on Trump after the billionaire lied and claimed that Sanders would raise taxes to 90%.
Transcript via ABC’s This Week:
SANDERS: Well, if I had to respond to every absurd thing that Trump said, I would spend my whole life doing it. But I do want to — you raised the issue of taxes. Trump raised that issue.

Let’s talk about it. What we have seen, George, in the last 30 years, as most of Americans know, is a massive redistribution of wealth. Unfortunately, it’s gone in the wrong direction, it’s gone from the middle class and working families to Trump and his friends, the top one tenth of 1 percent.
And, yes, let me be very clear, if we are going to make public colleges and universities to tuition-free, as I believe we have to do in the 21st century, yes, we are going to have a tax on Wall Street speculation.
Yes, we are going to ask Trump and his billionaire friends to pay more in taxes…
SANDERS: — yes, we are going to end these — we’ll come up with that rate. But it will be a damned lot higher than it is right now.
When you see the rich getting much, much richer, and in their effective tax rates, as Warren Buffet often reminds us, is lower than the effective tax rates of truck drivers and nurses, yes, the wealthy have got to pay more and corporations…
STEPHANOPOULOS: You said that…
SANDERS: — who, in some cases, make billions of dollars, billions of dollars a year in taxes, billions of dollars in profits, don’t pay a nickel in taxes.
SANDERS: That has to change.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You said a damned bit more. Previously, you’d been asked if a 90 percent marginal rate is certainly too high and you said no.
Sanders went on to say that the tax rate on the wealthy would be higher than it is now, but he would focus on loopholes that allow the wealthy and corporations to hide their money overseas. Sanders is going to go after the ways that the super rich make more money without paying taxes.He said that taxes would not have to be raised beyond the 1%.
From calling him a communist to completely distorting his tax plan, Trump is flat out lying about Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail. Trump isn’t lying because he is afraid of Sanders as much as his lies are designed to help him sell his own massive tax cut for the rich as a tax cut for all.
As with everything Trump does, his motives are selfish. Trump doesn’t want to pay higher taxes, and he is looking to sell himself as the ultimate benevolent capitalist by lying about Bernie Sanders.
Sen. Sanders’ messages about income inequality and unfairness are resonating, so Trump is trying to shoot the messenger, but Bernie Sanders is fighting back.
Trump picked the wrong Democratic presidential candidate to lie about.

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