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Bernie Sanders Gets Electable By Beating Every Top Republican Candidate In New Poll

A new Quinnipiac University poll found that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders beats every top Republican candidate in hypothetical general election matchups.
The Quinnipiac poll showed Sanders beating Trump, Cruz, Rubio, and Carson:
– Topping Trump 49 – 41 percent;
– Getting 44 percent to Rubio’s 43 percent;
– Beating Cruz 49 – 39 percent;
– Leading Carson 47 – 41 percent.

Sanders has the highest net approval rating ( +12) of any candidate Democratic or Republican, and he is also the candidate that voters deemed the most honest (59%-28%).
While Sanders does better on net approval rating and honesty than Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner also leads against all of the top Republicans.
The Democratic Party has a very good problem on its hands. While Republicans don’t appear to have a single electable candidate, Democrats have two. Either Sanders or Clinton would be the favorite to win the presidency if they won the Democratic nomination.
The Quinnipiac Poll demonstrates how far Sen. Sanders has come in a short period. The attacks on him for being a “socialist” aren’t working. Voters are responding to his economic message and his honesty. Sen. Sanders (I-VT) is standing out from the pack because one never gets the sense that he is pandering.
In contrast to the Republican primary where the candidates are tearing each other apart in an attempt to win the support of a small subset of voters who may help them win in Iowa, the Democratic candidates are doing it the right way.
Both Sanders and Clinton are getting stronger as the early campaign goes along. By not engaging in the sort of mudslinging contest that is dragging the Republican cabal down, Democrats are putting their nominee in the best position possible to win in November.
Bernie Sanders has risen to become the second electable possibility for Democrats in 2016, and if he could upset Hillary Clinton to win the Democratic nomination, the senator from Vermont might be favored to become the next President Of The United States.

Obama Drops The Veto Hammer On Senate Republican Obamacare Repeal Bill

President Obama killed the Senate Republican bill to repeal the ACA in its tracks by promising to veto the legislation when it hits his desk.
In a Statement of Administration Policy, the White House made it clear that the wingnut bill is DOA:
The Administration strongly opposes Senate passage of the Senate amendment to H.R. 3762. By repealing numerous, key elements of current law, this legislation would take away critical benefits and health care coverage from hard-working middle‑class families. The bill also would remove policies that are expected to help slow the growth in health care costs and that have improved the quality of care patients receive. The Senate amendment to H.R. 3762 detracts from the work the Congress could be doing to foster job creation and economic growth.
The Affordable Care Act is working and is fully integrated into an improved American health care system. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions is a thing of the past. And under the law, health care prices have grown at the slowest rate in 50 years, benefiting all Americans.
Repealing key elements of the Affordable Care Act would result in millions of individuals remaining uninsured or losing the insurance they have today. An estimated 17.6 million Americans gained coverage as several of the Affordable Care Act’s coverage provisions have taken effect – 15.3 million since the beginning of the first open enrollment in October 2013. The Senate amendment to H.R. 3762 would roll back coverage gains and would cost millions of hard-working middle-class families the security of affordable health coverage they deserve.

Repealing the health care law would have implications far beyond these Americans who have or will gain insurance. More than 150 million Americans with employer-based insurance would be at risk of higher premiums and lower wages, or losing their coverage altogether. It would raise taxes on certain middle‑class families. The Senate amendment to H.R. 3762 also would defund the Prevention and Public Health Fund, limit women’s health care choices, and disproportionately impact low-income individuals.
This legislation is being considered by the Senate just days ahead of the December 15 deadline for Marketplace coverage that starts on January 1, 2016. Rather than refighting old political battles by once again voting to repeal basic protections that provide security for the middle class, Members of Congress should be working together to grow the economy, strengthen middle‑class families, and create new jobs.
If the President were presented with H.R. 3762, as amended by the Senate amendment, he would veto the bill.

The reconciliation bill that repeals Obamacare and defunds Planned Parenthood is the epitome of McConnell’s failed time as Majority Leader. McConnell is obsessed with political show votes and empty gestures that are destined to go nowhere.
McConnell isn’t interested in dealing with the kitchen table issue that impact the majority of Americans. McConnell is spending his time on show votes that he hopes will allow him to make the argument that his ineptitude is all President Obama’s fault.
The reality is that McConnell has chosen to waste precious time with several deadlines looming and only a few working days left in the year on a bill that was dead from the moment it was brought up.
McConnell may get his Obamacare repeal bill through the Senate with less than 60 votes, but the President will veto it, Democrats in Congress will sustain his veto, and voters will be given another reason to hand the Senate majority back to Democrats in 2016.

House Democrats Hand Ryan His First Defeat By Rejecting Republican Spending Proposal

ryan-pelosiRyan (R-WI) needs Democratic votes to pass the Republican spending bill, but his first proposal was rejected by Democrats because it contained over 30 poison pill policy riders.
The Hill reported:
Citing dozens of “poison-pill” riders, House Democrats have rejected the Republicans’ initial year-end government funding bill and plan to respond with their own alternative package.
Wingnut leaders had delivered the sweeping spending proposal to the Democrats on Tuesday evening as Congress scrambles to fund the government and prevent a shutdown ahead of a looming Dec. 11 deadline.
But Democratic leaders said “more than 30” Republican policy amendments, known as riders, made the package unacceptable, according to a senior Democratic aide familiar with the budget talks.
Laughably, House Republicans sent a proposal to Democrats gutting environmental regulations, Wall Street reform, and shutting down the Syrian refugee program.
Democrats immediately said no, and reminded Ryan that they told him that the bill needed to be done by November 20. Instead, Republicans went home for Thanksgiving and left the task of avoiding a government shutdown on December 11 for the last minute.
Ryan is finding out what life is really like as the Speaker of the dysfunctional Republican House. Ryan needs the poison pill riders or he faces the real possibility of losing almost all of his Republican support. In the best case scenario, Ryan will need dozens of Democratic votes to pass the funding bill, and Democrats will not support anything containing riders that are nothing more than a Republican policy wish list.
Just like Boehner, Ryan is going to have to cave. Ryan has to drop the poison pill riders in the funding bill or his first major act as speaker will be a government shutdown.

Obama On San Bernadino Shooting: ‘No Parallel’ With Rest Of World

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Hell Freezes Over: Fox News' Smith Backs President Obama’s Statement On Mass Shootings

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KNBC Cameraman's Heartfelt Eye Witness Account Of San Bernardino Shooting

KNBC Cameraman's Heartfelt Eye Witness Account Of San Bernardino Shooting
Alex Vasquez, a KNBC cameraman gave Rachel Maddow a heartfelt account of what he saw as he arrived very early on the scene.

Colorado Springs Republican accuses Planned Parenthood of ‘genocide’ after shooting

Gordon Klingenschmitt (YouTube)
“There were many more innocent children killed at that Planned Parenthood that are not even being acknowledged by the news. But Father, we pray that all the violence would cease.”

'Christian' Religio-Wingnuts Scramble to Deny Stirring Up Violence with Their Incendiary Speech

The Murders At Planned Parenthood And The Unbelievable Wingnut Response

The Murders At Planned Parenthood And The Unbelievable GOP Response

Wingnut candidates predictably neglect gun control in response to San Bernardino attack

Wingnut candidates predictably neglect gun control in response to San Bernardino attack

Twitter users shame Republican inaction on gun violence

While it’s customary for social media users to express sympathy for the victims in any given tragedy, the tag #thoughtsandprayers quickly took on another meaning following Wednesday’s shooting attack against a San Bernardino social services facility.

(Ret.) Senator Bill Bradley Calls The NRA: 'A Zealot Organization'

Sen. Bill Bradley labeled the NRA a wacko group and blamed them as one of the main reasons gun control has gotten so out of hand in America.

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The World Can’t Afford Trump: Narcissist-in-Chief

The world has many conflict hotspots, but a narcissist like Trump would make them about himself, rather than what's good for America…
trump-loves-himselfMove over American Exceptionalism, and make way, if Trump attains the White House, for Trump Exceptionalism. Make no mistake, Trump’s presidential hopes are Trump hopes. Make America Great is Trump-speak for Make Trump Important. Because as the image says, Trump likes himself some himself.
In other words, the problem for America is that the Republican front runner is a textbook narcissist, at least according to psychologists. This is probably not a surprise even to laymen, but Vanity Fair asked some professionals to weigh in with their opinion (perhaps because Vanity Fair believes Trump could really be elected president) and what we’re hearing in response is “Textbook narcissistic personality disorder,” and “Remarkably narcissistic,” and “He’s so classic that I’m archiving video clips of him to use in workshops because there’s no better example of his characteristics…he’s like a dream come true.”
Or a nightmare:
That mental-health professionals are even willing to talk about Trump in the first place may attest to their deep concern about a Trump presidency. As Dr. Robert Klitzman, a professor of psychiatry and the director of the master’s of bioethics program at Columbia University, pointed out, the American Psychiatric Association declares it unethical for psychiatrists to comment on an individual’s mental state without examining him personally and having the patient’s consent to make such comments. This so-called Goldwater rule arose after the publication of a 1964 Fact magazine article in which psychiatrists were polled about Senator Barry Goldwater’s fitness to be president. Senator Goldwater brought a $2 million suit against the magazine and its publisher; the Supreme Court awarded him $1 in compensatory damages and $75,000 in punitive damages.
Scary stuff. And think about what it would mean to America to have the Trump Cult of Personality in the White House. Look at all the hotspots around the globe.
Source: www.iiss.org
For Trump, these would not be about American interests, what’s best for us and for our allies, but about being one of the winners.
There’s Iraq and Syria and Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, there is Iran and Russia and the Baltic States and Russia and the Ukraine and Russia in Syria and Russia and Turkey. As the International Institute for Strategic Studies tweeted,
IISS News @IISS_org
Russia has violated every major European security agreement from UN charter to 1990 charter of Paris: @IlvesToomas
Then there is the South China Sea with China versus just about everybody:
Map of hypothetical scenario of China-Japan Conflict, showing conflict zones (A); sea exclusion zones (B); and air restriction zones (C ). Military bases are represented by total population within 50km Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies - See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/planning-for-war-a-guide-for-businesses#sthash.TrTU6xKH.dpuf
Map of hypothetical scenario of China-Japan Conflict, showing conflict zones (A); sea exclusion zones (B); and air restriction zones (C ). Military bases are represented by total population within 50km Cambridge Center for Risk Studies – See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/planning-for-war-a-guide-for-businesses#sthash.TrTU6xKH.dpuf
Don’t forget Korea, and Afghanistan, and India and Pakistan, tension over natural resources in the Arctic, not to mention African hotspots like Nigeria. The world is a mess. (a complete list of ongoing conflicts can be found here – as of November 26, “27 Countries and 191 between militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups involved”).
So yeah. We need a stable president to confront this mess, not a president who is a man who can’t handle facts at the expense of his own ego. The world is not black and white, either/or, or good vs. evil. Reality has nuance that escapes most Republicans, but Trump sees the world as defined by “winners” and “losers.” Huffington Post talked to Joseph Burgo, psychologist and author of The Narcissist You Know, who said,
“Narcissists like Trump… are constantly driven to prove themselves among the ‘winners’ of the world, often by triumphing over or denigrating other people as comparative ‘losers.’ If you examine Trump’s language in his public statements as well as in the debates, you will hear him proclaim his winner status again and again while sneering at his detractors as losers.”
Vanity Fair approached Licensed clinical social worker Wendy Terrie Behary, the author of Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed, and she said,
“Narcissists are not necessarily liars, but they are notoriously uncomfortable with the truth. The truth means the potential to feel ashamed. If all they have to show the world as a source of feeling acceptable is their success and performance, be it in business or sports or celebrity, then the risk of people seeing them fail or squander their success is so difficult to their self-esteem that they feel ashamed. We call it the narcissistic injury. They’re uncomfortable with their own limitations. It’s not that they’re cut out to lie, it’s just that they can’t handle what’s real.”
So imagine Trump in any of these scenarios mentioned above. He couldn’t confront a media lightweight like Kelly without losing it, or even that antithesis of a journalist Todd. But let’s assume for a moment that he could find his testicles long enough to face down Putin. It’s a recipe for disaster. We need common sense and a realistic appraisal of the situation and we’ll have instead two guys comparing the lengths of their “penii.”
Or look at Trump confronting China over its economic policy, which he has entirely wrong (perhaps an explanation for his four corporate bankruptcies) or over its military reach into the South China Sea against Vietnam, the Philippines, or even its ongoing taunting of a re-arming Japan. The United States has interests in this area. Is Trump going to turn this into another case of Trump has to win because Trump is a winner? Or is he going to engage in sober diplomacy? You tell me.
If psychologists are worried enough to speak up, we should heed their fears. We should all be worried. The world is no place for Donald Trump with a nuclear briefcase. The place for Trump is reality TV where he can ruin only a few lives at a time, the lives of people who have agreed to have their lives ruined by this narcissist. The entire world should not be at his mercy. It’s great the Republican establishment opposes him, but they created him and they’re opposing him for all the wrong reasons.
As Vanity Fair’s Henry Alford put it, “the need to protect or exalt the self is at odds with the job requirements of a president.” Obama understand this. Sure, presidents have a care for their legacy. But Obama understands his duty is to the nation and to the American people. Trump see’s his only duty as being to himself. And if he got into the White House, there is nowhere in this world any of us could hide from his fragile ego.

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