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Bernie Sanders Now Has More Donors At This Point Than Any Other Candidate In History

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During an interview on NPR, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced that he now has more individual donors than any other candidate in history.
Sanders said, “When we began this campaign six months ago, I’d say that 80 percent of the American people did not know who Bernie Sanders was, what I stood for. First polls that I saw had us at three percent or five percent. We have come a very, very long way. We have hundreds of thousands of volunteers in fifty states in this country. We have received more individual contributions, 750,000, than any candidate in American history at this point in the campaign.”
The number of donors is impressive by any standard, but Sen. Sanders also addressed the question that will make or break his campaign. Sanders discussed how he planned to attract the support of African-American Democrats.
Sanders said, “If the elections were held today, just among the African-American vote, we would lose. But I think we have a real path to winning the support of the African-American community for two reasons. Number one, I’m just not well known in the African-American community… That’s just simply the truth. We have to a lot better job in discussing my record which in the United States Congress is the strongest records of any member in terms of civil rights. Number two, I think even more importantly… the African-American community and the Latino community are struggling in a nation in which our middle class is struggling… the issues that we are focusing on, rebuilding the economy and in the process creating UP TO 13 million decent paying jobs, many of those jobs will be for minority communities. Making public colleges and universities tuition free will benefit everyone in America, but even more so, the African-American community.”
Bernie Sanders is very competitive with Hillary Clinton in states where white voters dominate the primary/caucus electorate (Iowa and New Hampshire). Sen. Sanders is losing badly in the states that are more representative of the makeup of the Democratic Party as a whole. All polls show Sen. Sanders losing by large margins in South Carolina and Nevada, but for Bernie Sanders this campaign is about something bigger than winning the Democratic nomination.
To understand why it is important that Sanders has inspired over 750,000 people to donate to his campaign, one must view the Sanders campaign as a political movement. The Bernie Sanders movement isn’t going to end if he does not win the Democratic nomination. Even if he loses the Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders will return to Washington as one of the most powerful leaders in the country.
No other senator can claim to have a movement of millions of people behind them. Bernie Sanders is building a political movement that could potentially change a nation. That is why the 750,000+ donors matter, and why to understand the success of Bernie Sanders one must look beyond the polls and towards the future beyond the 2016 election.

Bernie Sanders: Climate Change Is A ‘Major Planetary Crisis’ And The U.S. Must Act Now

Bernie Sanders Blows Up The Koch Publicity Tour With A Ten Megaton Truth Bomb

bernie sanders truth about the koch brothers
Bernie Sanders stopped the Koch propaganda tour dead in its tracks by delivering the facts about the Koch brothers agenda on MSNBC.
Transcript via MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes:
HAYES: That’s Charles Koch expressing his commitment to ending corporate welfare. Do you buy that, Senator?

SANDERS: Making life for people better – no doubt. Look, in 1980, Chris – and we don’t talk about this enough – David Koch ran for vice president of the United States on the libertarian party’s ticket. What his agenda was was not to cut Social Security or Medicare, but to end Social Security, end Medicare, end Medicaid, end the EPA, end the concept of the Environmental Protection Agency. Basically, he wanted to eliminate virtually every program developed since FDR designed to help working people end the middle class. That is their agenda. And to tell you the truth, you know, 30 years have come and gone. I don’t think that agenda has changed at all. What these guys are doing is spending unbelievable sums of money, from $900 million on this campaign cycle, to support right-wing candidates for going to war. Big-time against working families and the middle class. No, I do not think the Koch brothers want to make life better for ordinary people.
The idea that the Koch brothers are out to help ordinary people is laughable to anyone who follows politics, but the mainstream press is very willing to kiss the Koch ring and give the brothers a platform to redefine themselves as altruistic patriots who are looking out for the little guy.
Sen. Bernie Sanders was one of the first leaders on the left to speak out against the Koch agenda, and he absolutely destroyed the myth of the benevolent brothers Koch with a little bit of recent history. The Koch brothers want the government to have no role in anything domestic that does not involve aiding the wealthy and corporations. The Kochs’ idea of helping people involves taking away Social Security, Medicare, government regulations that protect people from environmental hazards, eliminating rules that help to keep our and water clean and safe, tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations, and rolling back every bit of progress that has been made for working Americans since the New Deal.
The Koch brothers have money, but Bernie Sanders has a movement of millions of Americans behind him.
The Koch brothers launched their publicity tour because they are losing. Sen. Sanders is beating the billionaires with the facts, and the senator from Vermont used the truth to stop the Koch publicity machine dead in its tracks.



Nancy Pelosi Picks 6 Pro-Choice Fighters For Planned Parenthood Investigative Panel

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has named 6 Democrats to the Select Investigative Panel on abortion providers. Democrats initially considered boycotting the Republican cabal-convened committee altogether, but they have since decided to have members of the minority party present, to stand up for the truth.
Pelosi and the Democrats came out swinging on Wednesday, by referring to the panel derisively as “the Select Committee to Attack Women’s Health”. Even without that verbal barb, Democrats made it clear they were ready for battle, as Pelosi’s list of names includes six of the strongest pro-choice advocates in the U.S. House.
Pelosi chose Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky to serve as the ranking Democrat on the committee. Schakowsky will be joined by four other Democratic women–Jackie Speier (CA), Dianna DeGette (CO), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ) and Suzan DelBene (WA). New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler will join the five Democratic women as the lone Democratic male representative on the panel.
In announcing her appointees, Pelosi stated:
I am proud to name six strong champions of women, families and facts to stand up against the latest Republican assault on women’s health. Hard-working families deserve better than a taxpayer-funded Republican Select Committee fixated on dismantling women’s health.
Schakowksy made it clear she would fight for women’s reproductive rights, announcing:
I can assure you, my plan is to be on the offensive. . . I think the Republicans will actually regret having started this witch hunt.
Rep. Jackie Speier sounded a similarly combative tone, stating:
On their first day in power as a majority in 2011, Republicans introduced H.R. 1, a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. They have introduced bills attacking women’s health with a vengeance ever since, and earlier this year they threatened to shut down the government unless we de-fund Planned Parenthood…
Now they’ve set up a Select Committee with no apparent purpose but to spend millions of taxpayer dollars demonizing Planned Parenthood. We have to make sure the public gets the truth: That 2.7 million women and men a year use Planned Parenthood for health services like cancer screenings, pap smears, and STD tests, and those services save lives.
Rest assured I will fight to make sure the needs of millions of people who use Planned Parenthood and are often ignored in this ideological debate — people whose lives will be deeply affected by the outcome — will be heard.
The 6 Democrats Nancy Pelosi chose to serve on the committee are some of the strongest advocates for women’s health in the House. They will fight to uphold the truth, and Republicans may indeed end up regretting ever picking this battle to begin with.

Ohio Strikes Blow Against Gerrymandering

On November 3, Ohio voters approved by a margin of 71% to 29% a constitutional amendment that will greatly reduce, or even eliminate, the gerrymandering of state legislative ...

Not all “voter suppression” is created equal

Can't Vote, via Daniel Lobo / Flickr
Not all “voter suppression” is created equal
FiveThirtyEight claims that Democrats are totally fine with voter suppression, too. 
They’re wrong.

Republican Cabal Pretender Candidate Reveals Bizarre Plot To Cut Off Obama’s Food, Pay

GOP Presidential Candidate Reveals Bizarre Plot To Cut Off Obama’s Food, Pay (VIDEO)
Republicans are so upset at President Obama they’re pushing a plot that would cut off his pay and meals.

Republican Senator Threatens To Block All Obama Nominees If Gitmo Is Shut Down

Republican Senator Threatens To Block All Obama Nominees If Gitmo Is Shut Down
Republicans are so attached to Gitmo that they’d rather undermine the entire governmental system than see it shut down.

Native-born Canadian Cruz has a birther problem

As his campaign moves into the top tier of Republican cabal candidates, the asshat will inevitably face a politically explosive question: is Cruz constitutionally eligible to serve as pretender?

Republican Benghazi Shrieking Point Useless After Hillary’s Ass-Kicking Testimony

Poll: Republican Benghazi Talking Point Useless After Hillary’s Ass-Kicking Testimony
Everyone, please give the Republican cabal a round of applause. 
Incompetence of this level deserves special recognition!

Fox News Blames Hillary Clinton For Russian Plane Crash – Because Benghazi!

Huckabee Wants to Thank SCOTUS for Their “Thoughts and Opinions” And Ignore Them

Huckabee says he gets to decide what is constitutional or not, not the Supreme Court, which is given that job by the Constitution…
Mike Huckabee Huckabee has a very interesting interpretation of the validity of the United States Constitution. He was Kim Davis’ most vocal – and physical – supporters, championing her “right” to ignore the United States Constitution and her oath of office. Then he turns around accuses the Obama administration of unconstitutional actions, meaning, apparently, it’s OK to act in ways contrary to the Constitution if you’re a conservative, but not if you’re a liberal.
Huckabee feels the only proper response to President Obama is to defund the executive branch. He told Newsmax TV Tuesday:
He’s got a Republican Congress that has never tried to slow him down on his unconstitutional actions. They don’t try to slow down the judicial branch when it goes into judicial overreach and practices what Thomas Jefferson would have called judicial tyranny. They’ve ignored the typical checks and balances that are the constitutional duties of the other branches of government. So I think Obama’s going to just go ahead and do whatever he thinks he can get away with, and up until now he’s gotten away with pretty much anything he wanted to do.
And I hold the Republican Congress responsible and accountable. It’s time for them to step up, and if they have to cut the funding out of the White House and simply not appropriate funds for him to function, they have the power of the purse, they simply need to start exercising it.
So Huckabee is for people who violate the Constitution and then against them, and in Iowa last week he showed he is actually still for them: himself this time. Asked about sodomy laws, which you might recall were declared unconstitutional in Lawrence v. Texas (2003) by the Supreme Court (which Article III of the Constitution says decides such things), a questioner said:
“We have a situation here in Iowa where the federal government has usurped their authority. Sodomy is against the law, on the books, this very day, and the Supreme Court has issued a decree and we have states’ rights here, they have no jurisdiction over Iowa, just as they have no jurisdiction over prostitution in Las Vegas, Nevada. What we are asking for is we’re asking for some brave soul to stand up and say that this is wrong, you’ve violated states’ rights, we’re going to impeach the five justices that voted like they didn’t have a brain in their head.”
(It’s been pointed out by Miranda Blue at Right Wing Watch that “The questioner seems to have been confused on a number of levels: Iowa’s sodomy law was repealed by a statute, while the state’s Supreme Court allowed gay couples to marry.”)
In response, Huckabee declared,
“Well, I think, let’s be very clear, the court cannot make law.”
Of course, the court does not make the law. They interpret it. And the Supreme Court gets to say if it’s constitutional or not.
Yet Huckabee thinks the next president should just unconstitutionally ignore the constitutionally established Supreme Court for carrying out its constitutionally mandated activities, all because he doesn’t like it, all the white pretending to be a champion of the Constitution:
“It means that the next president ought to have the courage to say, ‘We appreciate the court decision, but we ignore it because it’s not constitutional, there’s nothing in the Constitution that gives the federal government the authority to dictate or mandate what the definition of marriage is, and until the elected representatives have decided on this, there’s nothing for us to follow other than, ‘Thank you for your thoughts and opinions.'”
“Thank you for your thoughts and opinions.”
Huckabee just wants to make the law up as he goes. Laws apply or not at need. The sheer hypocrisy of saying he can decide what is constitutional – something going around in Republican circles these days – when the Supreme Court, which is given that job IN the Constitution cannot, defies belief.
And that’s not how this works. It’s not how any of this works.
It sells in Iowa, sure. Every bad idea sells in Iowa, and Republicans can be as stupid as they want there with complete impunity, but this is the most egregious abuse of logic possible. In advancing these preposterous claims, Huckabee once again shows his complete unsuitability for the highest office in the land.

The Whiners Club


Walker Likes Kicking People When They're Down

Walker Likes Kicking People When They're Down

Texas' idiot Abbott threatens Dallas sheriff

Texas' idiot Abbott threatens Dallas sheriff: Crack down on immigrants or lose state grant money

The Extreme Positions Of Kentucky’s New Teabagger Idiot

Kentucky’s New Idiot Won’t Be Able To Destroy Obamacare

Rubio’s Immigration Reversal Is Complete: He Promises To Deport Dreamers

Rubio on the defensive as his personal finances face renewed scrutiny

Rubio on the defensive as his personal finances face renewed scrutiny

The Truth Hurts


The time Carson thanked dog when his employee “disappeared”

Ben Carson, via Gage Skidmore / Flickr
The time Carson thanked dog when his employee “disappeared”
A lot of Carson’s kooky religious beliefs are funny. 
This one isn’t. At all.

Dodging Submarines With Carson And Breitbart

Breitbart investigates to try and clear Carson's name in the Mannatech controversy.

Carson: I’m not saying it’s aliens — but scientists are totally wrong about the pyramids

Ben Carson speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
Egypt’s pyramids were built by the biblical Joseph to store grain and were not, as archaeologists believe, tombs for pharaohs, Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson has said.

Trump Continues To Help Republicans Eat Their Own

Trump Releases His First Ads, And They’re Just As Bigoted And Obnoxious As You Expected

18 Dec 1990, Washington, DC, USA --- Washington: Appearing at a press briefing, President Bush gestures with his fist. The president said a conflict with Iraq would not turn into another Vietnam. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBISI really hope nobody is convinced by these ads that this guy is really the one to “make America great again.”

Trump is ‘using words he doesn’t understand’ when he calls Bernie Sanders a Communist

"Off The Grid" host Jesse Ventura on Nov. 4, 2015. [Ora.TV]
Jesse Ventura: Trump is ‘using words he doesn’t understand’ when he calls Bernie Sanders a Communist

Lunatic Fringe Wingnut Crank Erickson No Longer Bothering To Disguise His Obvious Anti-LGBT Bigotry

Far-Right Crank Erick Erickson No Longer Bothering To Disguise His Obvious Anti-LGBT Bigotry
Erickson couldn’t help himself. 
He had to go there.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Donates Millions To Planned Parenthood And The Republican Cabal Is Pissed

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been quietly funneling substantial amounts of money into a donor based community foundation called Silicon Valley Community Foundation located in Mountain View, California. The donations he and his wife Priscilla made to the organization in 2012 and 2013 have been significant.In 2012, the Zuckerbergs bequeathed the group with 19 million shares of Facebook stock. The following year, they granted the same foundation another 18 million shares of stock. The most recent donation was worth nearly one billion dollars. Among the groups supported by Silicon Valley Community Foundation is Planned Parenthood.
For its part, Planned Parenthood has been at the center of a firestorm of criticism after video was leaked of the group discussing the transfer of baby tissue from abortions. While it has likely been known that the fetal tissue and flesh has been harvested for a variety of scientific purposes, the public has reacted strongly against the candor with which Planned Parenthood employees discuss the matter. This has led the Republican cabal to seek to withdraw funding from the group.
That said, Planned Parenthood says that only 3% of its activities involve abortions. In actuality, they perform other preventative procedures such as mammograms and distributing birth control devices to women. Abortion rights supporters point out to these activities to minimize the sting of the Planned Parenthood fetal tissue videos. As for the Zuckerbergs, they are actually going to have a baby. The left views Mark Zuckerberg as a hero for championing illegal immigration, Planned Parenthood, and part-time work for corporate America.