Hours before the U.S. launched a major missile strike on a Syrian government airfield, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said America should go after the air force of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to neutralize his ability to attack the innocent.
“Assad has an air force, and that air force is the cause of most of these civilian deaths as we have seen over the years and as we saw again in the last few days,” Clinton saidduring an interview at a summit in New York. “And I really believe that we should have, and still should, take out his air fields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them.” Read more. (4/6/17, 10:50 AM)
There’s a movie called “A Time to Kill” with Matthew Mcconaughey who plays an attorney defending a father who murdered two white supremacists after they brutally raped and murdered his ten-year-old daughter. To jolt the all-white jury from a very racially divided community to sympathize with this black man’s plight, Matthew’s character recounts the horrific crime in excruciating detail, and then adds one simple phrase at the end: “Now imagine she’s white.”
The media should start doing something similar to all Trump news. They should start news with, “Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once…” and insert what Trump is doing that day. At the end of the story, pause, and say, “Editor’s Note: By “Hillary Clinton” we actually mean “Donald Trump” and by “once” we
mean right now. This is something that Donald Trump is currently doing, today, as
The stark contrast in reaction to news people think is about Hillary versus what they then know to be about Trump would be jarring.
Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks on stage at “Tribeca Talks: Kathryn Bigelow & Imraan Ismail”, during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, at Spring Studios on April 22, 2017 in New York City.
Protesters took to the streets Wednesday in at least 10 cities to march against president-elect Donald Trump - and numerous college students and faculty leaders took to social media to announce support groups and even postponed exams.
Protests were underway in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., Portland, Ore., St. Paul, Minn. and several other cities. An estimated 2,000 protesters shouted angrily in downtown Seattle, expressing their frustration at the Trump victory over Democrat and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who won 228 electoral votes to Trump’s 279.
Police in riot gear struggled to hold back scores of protesters in some of the cities as protesters chanted “Not My President” and “No Racist USA.” The protests were mostly peaceful. Seattle police said they were investigating a report of a shooting near the site of the protest in that city, but it may not have involved protesters.
In Los Angeles, protesters poured into the streets near City Hall and torched a giant Trump effigy, the Los Angeles Times reported. Later in the night, hundreds marched onto the busy 101 Freeway which brought the highway to a complete standstill. The California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles Police Department —who urged protesters to remain lawful and peaceful — responded and were seen leading demonstrators away from the busy highway. At least 13 people were later arrested, LAPD Officer Tony Im told the Los Angeles Times.
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is applauded by Secretary of
State John Kerry, and former Secretary of State, Colin Powell,
during a reception celebrating the completion of the U.S. Diplomacy
Center Pavilion, at the State Department on January 10, 2017 in
Washington, DC. The first floor of the pavilion is dedicated and named
the Hillary Rodham Clinton Pavilion.
And Donald Trump claims this woman has no stamina… Hillary is so powerful and fascinating!
Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi October 22, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing to continue its investigation on the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans at the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on the evening of September 11, 2012.
Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University April 29, 2015 in New York City. Clinton addressed the unrest in Baltimore, called for police body cameras and a reform to sentencing.
Hillary and Bill Clinton at Yale in the early 1970s. She traveled to Alabama in summer 1972. Right, Former President Bill Clinton and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrive for the 57th Presidential Inauguration, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington
David Axelrod said that Bernie Sanders has shattered the expectations he had for him at the beginning of the race.
“He’s proven himself to be a much more appealing candidate than I would have ever imagined,” Axelrod said about the Vermont senator in an interview with Washington D.C.’s WTOP radio.
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The former adviser to President Barack Obama and manager of his campaigns said that Sanders, who is gaining in national polls on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “surprised everyone.”
Sanders finished in a virtual tie with Clinton in Iowa earlier this week, and delivered a fiery debate performance on Thursday night, ahead of the New Hampshire primary. The Vermont senator has successfully put Clinton on her back foot regarding her progressive credentials, leading Clinton to punch back at Sanders as a starry-eyed populist.
“Bernie Sanders has surprised everyone,” Axelrod said. “He was known there in Washington as a kind of taciturn, irascible, loner but plainly a strong advocate for his point of view.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chats with those around her during a ceremony to induct her into the Irish America Hall of Fame on March 16, 2015 in New York City. The Irish America Hall of Fame was founded in 2010 and recognizes exceptional figures in the Irish American community.
In a Sunday speech on racial inequality, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called for broad policing reform — including de-escalation training and body cameras for all police officers — and likened the current Black Lives Matter movement to the civil rights movement that won black Americans the right to vote in the 1960s.
“None of us can ignore what is happening in this country. Not when our black friends, family, neighbors literally fear dying in the streets.” Warren said. “This is the reality all of us must confront, as uncomfortable and ugly as that reality may be. It comes to us to once again affirm that black lives matter, that black citizens matter, that black families matter.”
In the address, a copy of which was provided to The Washington Post prior to her delivery, Warren draws direct parallels between the civil rights movement and the current anti-police-brutality movement, and it sought to link issues on economic inequality with systemic racism. She traces racial economic inequality, citing inequities in the housing system, as well as decrying restrictions to voting rights.
“Economic justice is not — and has never been — sufficient to ensure racial justice. Owning a home won’t stop someone from burning a cross on the front lawn. Admission to a school won’t prevent a beating on the sidewalk outside,” Warren declared. “The tools of oppression were woven together, and the civil rights struggle was fought against that oppression wherever it was found — against violence, against the denial of voting rights and against economic injustice.”
Warren’s address, delivered at the Edward Kennedy Institute in Boston, was perhaps the most full-throated endorsement to date by a federal lawmaker for the ongoing protest movement, and it drew immediate praise from some of the most visible activists.
“Senator Warren’s speech clearly and powerfully calls into question America’s commitment to black lives by highlighting the role that structural racism has played and continues to play with regard to housing discrimination and voting rights,” said DeRay Mckesson, a prominent activist who said he hopes to meet with Warren to further discuss racial injustice. “And Warren, better than any political leader I’ve yet heard, understands the protests as a matter of life or death — that the American dream has been sustained by an intentional violence and that the uprisings have been the result of years of lived trauma.”
Born out of the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., after the police shooting of Michael Brown last summer, the current protest movement has upended the efforts of Democratic presidential candidates to reach out to black voters. The three candidates have faced protests and interruptions at some of their campaign events. Both former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have met with some of the most visible activists, and former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mckesson have agreed to meet soon.
The activists have called for a host of police reform measures, including body cameras, de-escalation training, special prosecutors in cases of police killings and a review of police union contracts.
“It is a tragedy when any American cannot trust those who have sworn to protect and serve,” Warren said. “This pervasive and persistent distrust isn’t based on myths. It is grounded in the reality of unjustified violence.”
But the topics of police violence and reform have yet to gain significant traction in the Republican primary. In a three-hour debate held earlier this month, the topics weren’t brought up once — by either the moderators or candidates.
At times, Warren’s speech read as if it could have been authored by the activists themselves — unyielding in its criticism of police violence and even invoking the phrase “hands up, don’t shoot,” a Ferguson rallying cry that conservatives have attacked as a lie because the Justice Department concluded that Michael Brown’s hands were most likely not up in the air when he was shot and killed by Darren Wilson.
“We’ve seen sickening videos of unarmed, black Americans cut down by bullets, choked to death while gasping for air — their lives ended by those who are sworn to protect them. Peaceful, unarmed protesters have been beaten. Journalists have been jailed. And, in some cities, white vigilantes with weapons freely walk the streets,” Warren said. “And it’s not just about law enforcement either. Just look to the terrorism this summer at Emanuel AME Church [in Charleston, S.C.]. We must be honest: 50 years after John Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out, violence against African Americans has not disappeared.”
Bernie Sanders calls for ‘political revolution’ against billionaire class
Self-described socialist and 2016 presidential candidate takes aim at influence of big money and criticises Clinton Foundation, Koch brothers and others
Heralding what he called “the most unusual political career in the US Senate”, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday called for “a political revolution” against “the billionaire class”. He then seemed to include the overwhelming favourite for the Democratic nomination, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, in that “billionaire class”.
Appearing on ABC at the end of a week in which he declared a run for the Democratic nomination well to the left of Clinton, the independent senator from Vermont said on his first day as a candidate he had attracted 100,000 supporters and raised $1.5m at an average donation of $43. The self-described socialist aimed his fiercest fire at the influence of much bigger money.
“For the last 30 years I’ve been standing up for the working families of this country,” he said, “and I think I’m the only candidate who’s prepared to take on the billionaire class which now controls our economy and increasingly controls the political life of this country. “We need a political revolution in this country involving millions of people who are prepared to stand up and say enough is enough, and I want to lead that.”
Asked by host George Stephanopoulos to comment on continuing controversyover foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and their alleged influence over decisions made by the former secretary of state while in office, Sanders said: “It’s not just the Clinton Foundation. “Here are my concerns … and it should be the concern of every American. Can somebody who is not a billionaire, who stands for working families, actually win an election into which billionaires are pouring millions of dollars?”
Naming prominent and controversial rightwing donors, he said: “It is not just Hillary, it is the Koch brothers, it is Sheldon Adelson.” Stephanopoulos seized the moment, asking: “Are you lumping her in with them?”
Choosing to refer to the 2010 supreme court decision that removed limits on corporate political donations, rather than address the question directly, Sanders replied: “What I am saying is that I get very frightened about the future of American democracy when this becomes a battle between billionaires. I believe in one person, one vote. I believe we need a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.” Sanders also outlined some policy positions, saying that if successful he would make the wealthiest corporations pay a fair share of taxes. He also said he would tackle climate change and oppose international trade agreements.
Asked if it was possible that “someone who calls himself a socialist” could win election to the White House, he said: “Of course, if we know what democratic socialism is.”
He added: “If we know that in countries in Scandinavia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, they are very democratic countries – the voter turnout is a lot higher than in the United States – and in those countries healthcare is a right, college education and graduate school is free, retirement benefits and childcare benefits are stronger … and in those countries government works for ordinary people and the middle class rather than, as is the case right now in our country, for the billionaires.” “I can see the Republican attack ad right now,” Stephanopoulos said. “He wants America to look more like Scandinavia.”
“That’s right,” said Sanders. “That’s right. And what’s wrong with that? What’s wrong when they have more income and wealth equality? What’s wrong when they have a stronger middle class in many ways than we do, a higher minimum wage than we do? They’re stronger on the environment than we are.
“The fact of the matter is that we do a lot in our country that is good, but we can learn from other countries.”
Asked if he might weaken Clinton – who leads polls regarding potential Democratic candidates in 2016 by 50% or more – by competing against her, thus damaging her chances of maintaining Democratic control of the presidency, Sanders said: “Few would argue that [mine] is the most unusual political career in the United States Senate.
“Nobody thought that I would be elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Very few people thought I would beat an incumbent Republican to become a United States congressman for Vermont by 16 points. And people weren’t so sure I could beat the richest person in Vermont to become a United States senator.
During the CBS Democratic debate on Saturday, November 14, 2015, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to use the tragedy of 9/11 as a political excuse for her coziness with Wall Street interests, including the millions she has received in Wall Street campaign funding over her career. That defense of the Clinton campaign’s corporate fundraising has been widely assailed in the media and on social media. In an attempt to divert the public’s gaze from Wall Street coziness, the Clinton campaign has launched a false attack on universal health care – something she has previously supported. The Clinton campaign received more contributions from the pharmaceutical industry than any other – Republican or Democrat – through the first six months of the campaign. So, what is this false attack really all about: either Secretary Hillary Clinton is repudiating years of advocating for universal health or she’s playing politics with the health of America’s families.
It’s hard to understand how someone who claims to have been a supporter of universal health insurance for years is suddenly moving to the right and attacking universal health care. Or, maybe it’s not:
The Clinton campaign received far more money from the drug and medical device industries than any other presidential candidate in either party during the first six months of the campaign, according to figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. She accepted $164,315 during that period.
At the same time, she has accepted significant contributions from individual donors. She received contributions, for example, from two executives at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, which raised the price of a drug used to treat sleep disorders by more than 800 percent, from roughly $2 to $19 a pill.
So, what is this false attack really all about: either Secretary
Hillary Clinton is repudiating years of advocating for universal health
or she’s playing politics with the health of America’s families.
It’s hard to understand how someone who claims to have been a
supporter of universal health insurance for years is suddenly moving to
the right and attacking universal health care. Or, maybe it’s not:
Clinton campaign received far more money from the drug and medical
device industries than any other presidential candidate in either party
during the first six months of the campaign, according to figures
compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. She accepted $164,315
during that period.
This is one of the many reasons I won’t support Hillary Clinton in the primary. I just don’t believe her when she claims to have strong progressive beliefs and values. She isn’t going to fight for the things that are important to me the way Senator Sanders will, because those things aren’t truly important to her.
I believe that she’s a corporatist Democrat, who has more in common with the now-extinct “moderate” republicans than she does with the type of Democrats I support.
This is where the top 2016 presidential candidates stand on gun control:
Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson: At a National Rifle Association assembly in April, Carson confirmed his support for the right to bear arms. “Just for the record, let me be extremely clear: I am extremely pro-Second Amendment, no question about it,” he said.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina: In a message to the NRA published on her official YouTube channel in April, Fiorina thanked the NRA for “supporting our right to bear arms.”
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: Rubio introduced the “restore Second Amendment Rights in the District of Columbia” bill in March to amend the capital’s gun laws to make it easier to obtain firearms. Following the Sandy Hook massacre, Rubio voted against the Senate legislation to expand background checks on gun purchases, Business Insider reports.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders: Some have questioned Sanders’ stance on gun control policy, largely because he voted against the 1993 Brady Act, which required background checks before obtaining a gun. His voting history, however, shows that Sanders voted against the Brady Act because there was a waiting period for background checks. Sanders said he voted for instant background checks, which he called “probably the most important thing we can do,” the Washington Post reports. Sanders insisted that he’s an ally for gun control advocates in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper in August, saying he’s “been strong on the issue.”
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: To answer those Twitter users’ questions, Bush is pro-guns. “Florida is a pro-gun state. Gun violence has dropped. There’s a reason for it,” he told CNN after a speaking at a town hall event in Nevada in June. “We created a balance that’s focused on lowering gun violence but protecting the Second Amendment, and it’s a model for many other countries and many other states because of that.”
Real estate mogul Donald Trump: Trump said on his official website that he supports the right to bear arms. “Our Founding Fathers knew, and our Supreme Court has upheld, that the Second Amendment’s purpose is to guarantee our right to defend ourselves and our families,” he wrote. “This is about self-defense, plain and simple.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: Shortly after the Roanoke, Virginia, shooting that killed two journalists, Clinton stressed the importance of ending gun violence at an event in Iowa. “We have got to do something about gun violence in America, and I will take it on,” she said. She promised to fight to “balance” the second amendment to prevent tragedies such as the Virginia shooting, saying that there is “so much evidence” that with stricter gun laws “we could prevent this kind of carnage.”