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Friday, July 29, 2016

Dave Lindorff: Moving Beyond Sanders: 750 Delegates in Convention Walk-Out, Green Party’s Jill Stein Joins Anti-Hillary Protests Outside @ This Can't Be Happening!

Philadelphia -- While former president Bill Clinton last night spun a web of fabrications about his wife Hillary's progressive "accomplishments" as First Lady, senator and secretary of state in a featured speech to an embarrassingly depleted audience in the Wells Fargo Center where the Democratic Convention was being held, an impromptu demonstration outside on Broad Street by protesters from Bernie or Bust and Black Lives Matter was listening to Dr. Jill Stein, the likely presidential candidate of the Green Party, calling for them to continue their movement by backing her third party bid.

The protest action really began in the late afternoon when, at the end of a roll-call vote of delegates from all 57 primary states and territories which formally nominated Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee. As Bernie Sanders was completing his surrender to Clinton by having his Vermont delegation offer their votes to Clinton, some 750 of his nearly 1850 delegates were staging a walkout from the convention hall. They headed up to City Hall, where many of them joined Bernie or Bust activists to announce that they were not supporting Clinton.

Some of those delegates then drifted back down toward the Wells Fargo Center and FDR Park, where a loud, energetic protest was held outside the fenced-in and heavily guarded convention site. There was reportedly some police use of teargas to break up the protest outside the gate to the convention, and a few incidents of people trying to climb the fence -- part of a four-mile exclusion perimeter set up by convention organizers, the city and the Secret Service -- the protest morphed into a march up the wide Broad Street roadway towards a waiting line of Phladelphia Police. The cops had been arrayed so as to block marchers from moving further uptown. As the protesters, bearing home-made signs that said things like "Jill not Hill" and "DNC Corrupt," pressed in towards the massed cops, and the scene started becoming increasingly tense, suddenly a second large march, this featuring the Black Lives Matter movement, appeared, marching down Broad street from the north.

The police, finding themselves effectively surrounded by converging marchers coming from in front of and behind their suddenly thin-looking line, fell back, allowing the two groups to merge. After a brief moment of confusion and indecision, the whole combined march opted to proceed in the direction of the Black Lives Matter protesters, heading back down to the outside of the Wells Fargo Center.

When we all arrived back where we had started, blocked by the convention's security fencing (how ironic that Democrats, who have been decrying Donald Trump's call for a "beautiful wall" at the Mexican border, chose to wall off their convention from the public!), we found Green Party presidential hopeful Jill Stein at the entrance giving a press interview...

For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF in ThisCantBeHappening!, the uncompromised, collectively run, five-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative news site, please go to: www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/3246

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Robert Parry: HILLARY CLINTON AS DAMAGED GOODS @ Consortium News

Exclusive: FBI Director Comey’s judgment that Hillary Clinton was “extremely careless” but not criminal in her sloppy email practices leaves her limping to the Democratic nomination and stumbling toward the fall campaign, writes Robert Parry.

Compared to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton presents herself as the well-qualified steady hand to manage U.S. foreign policy over the next four years, yet she has associated herself with a series of failed strategies and now faces an FBI judgment that she was “extremely careless” in protecting national security secrets.

A partial list of her dubious and dangerous judgments include voting for the catastrophic Iraq War, pushing for a misguided counterinsurgency “surge” in Afghanistan, embracing an anti-democratic coup in Honduras, devising the disastrous Libyan “regime change,” undercutting President Obama’s efforts to peacefully constrain Iran’s nuclear program, advocating a new invasion of Syria under the guise of creating “safe zones,” likening Russian President Vladimir Putin to Hitler, and – now according to FBI Director James Comey – failing to protect classified material from possible exposure to foreign adversaries.

Read more at Consortium News.


Jamie Schram: CHELSEA MANNING RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER ATTEMPTING SUICIDE @ New York Post

Dave Lindorff: FBI, NO INDICTMENT, BUT HILLARY IS A SERIAL LIAR @ This Can't Be Happening!


Hillary Clinton may or may not be a crook. That remains to be proven, though the sheer magnitude of the wealth that she and husband Bill have amassed since leaving the White House, and while she was serving as Secretary of State -- nearly a quarter of a billion dollars earned by two people with no known skills capable of producing that kind of income -- should raise questions. What can be stated now as fact though, is that Hillary is a serial liar.

If this wasn’t clear already from her long history of distortion and prevarication -- like her false claim that she had to “duck to avoid sniper fire” during a state visit to Bosnia -- it is clear now from FBI Director James Comey’s 11-page public report on his agency’s year-long investigation into her use of a private server for all her private and official emails during her term as Secretary of State.

That report has exposes her serial lying to both Congress and the public about that illegal use of private email service to handle her public business.

As the Associated Press reports, Clinton lied in March 2015 when she declared in one of her rare news conferences, "I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material."

But as Comey reports, she did. Quite often in fact. The FBI in its exhaustive investigation found at least 113 email chains --some of which had to be uncovered after they had been erased by Clinton’s private lawyers -- contained material that was classified at the time of sending, including some that were classified Top Secret and that referred to a “highly classified special-access program.”

She lied again at that same press conference when she asserted, “I responded right away and provided all my emails that could possibly be work related” to the State Department.

Not true, according to the FBI, and also, of course, to the Inspector General of the State Department, with whose own investigation of her actions, Clinton simply refused to cooperate.

Clinton lied when she said earlier this month, in an NBC interview, “I never received nor sent any material that was market classified.” Comey says that in fact her system did handle emails that bore specific markings indicating they were classified.

Clinton lied when she tried, as she explained more than once, including in that same March 15 news conference addressing the issue, to claim that she had used her own Blackberry phone rather than a State Department secure phone, simply because she “thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for personal emails instead of two.” In fact, Comey said his agents determined that Clinton had “used numerous mobil devices to view and send email”...

For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF in ThisCantBeHappening!, the uncompromised, collectively run, five-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative news site, please go to: www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/3222

Glenn Greenwald: WASHINGTON HAS BEEN OBSESSED WITH PUNISHING SECRECY VIOLATIONS @ The Intercept

SUSTAINABILITY ACTION NEWSLETTER, JULY 5, 2016 @ Discomfit Magazine

Alex Emmons: FBI COMEY: PREEMPTS DOJ ADVISES NO CHARGES FOR CLINTON @ The Intercept

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Anthony Flaccovento: PROGRESSIVES NEED TO STOP IGNORING RURAL COMMUNITIES @ The Nation

Dave Lindorff: SANDERS TRASHING CLINTON IN THE NY TIMES? OR PREPARING TO SELL-OUT HIS 'REVOLUTION'? @ This Can't Be Happening!



What is Bernie Sanders up to?

I sure don’t know, and I’m sure that Hillary Clinton and her campaign managers are wondering too.

In today’s New York Times, the independent socialist Senator from Vermont published a hard-hitting opinion-page piece attacking presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, but really targeting Democratic Party leaders, super delegates, and the Democrats’ presumptive nominee Clinton -- though he carefully avoided naming her.

Significantly, Sanders, in an article headlined “Democrats Have to Wake Up,” identified himself at the end of the article as “a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.”

The message is clear: Sanders is still in the race for the Democratic nomination.

The message is also clear in saying, in the wake of the stunning rejection of European Union membership by a majority of British voters who feel that globalization and the common and tariff-free borders of the EU have only hurt them:

“We need a president who will vigorously support international cooperation that brings the people of the world closer together, reduces hypernationalism and decreases the possibility of war. We also need a president who respects the democratic rights of the people, and who will fight for an economy that protects the interests of working people, not just Wall Street, the drug companies and other powerful special interests.

“We need to fundamentally reject our “free trade” policies and move to fair trade. Americans should not have to compete against workers in low-wage countries who earn pennies an hour. We must defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We must help poor countries develop sustainable economic models.

“We need to end the international scandal in which large corporations and the wealthy avoid paying trillions of dollars in taxes to their national governments.

“We need to create tens of millions of jobs worldwide by combating global climate change and by transforming the world’s energy system away from fossil fuels.

“We need international efforts to cut military spending around the globe and address the causes of war: poverty, hatred, hopelessness and ignorance.”

Clearly Hillary Clinton is none of those things. In international affairs Clinton is calling for yet more regime change, this time in Syria, in what could be a direct military confrontation with Russia. She is pushing for expanded NATO bases and missiles along Russia’s western border -- another huge risk of a third world war confrontation. Clinton also does not respect democratic rights, favoring things like aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers and those who assist them like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, while also supporting the so-called Patriot Act, which Sanders has consistently opposed...

For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF in ThisCantBeHappening, the uncompromised, collectively run, five-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative news site, please go to: www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/3219

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Curtis Tate: TRUMP WHO? HERE'S WHERE KOCH INDUSTRIES PAC MONEY IS GOING IN 2016 @ The Bulletin



[Excerpt]  ... Charles Koch has personally contributed $6 million to Freedom Partners Action Fund, a super PAC that has spent heavily on advertising against Democrats in competitive Senate races in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Nevada. It also has spent on advertising against Clinton.

Unlike ordinary PACs, which are bound by restrictions on contributions, super PACs can receive unlimited contributions so long as the PAC does not give money directly to a candidate or coordinate with a candidate how it spends its money.

KochPAC has helped numerous Republicans in House and Senate races, many of them competitive. Notable candidates receiving $10,000 contributions include Sens. Roy Blunt of Missouri, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Jerry Moran of Kansas, John Boozman of Arkansas and Rob Portman of Ohio.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, who faces a Republican primary challenge in August, received $10,000 from KochPAC. Other House Republican candidates in competitive races also received that amount: Mike Coffman of Colorado, Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Will Hurd of Texas, Lee Zeldin of New York and Frank Guinta of New Hampshire.

KochPAC has supported only one Democrat in the 2016 election, Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota. Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, is a climate change skeptic.

Peterson was one of four Democrats to vote in favor of a Republican resolution of disapproval in December on U.S. efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming. Those plans largely rely on an increase in renewable energy sources and a reduction in the use of fossil fuels. ... 

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Read more at Oregon's "The Bulletin."