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Honest Bernie, caught in a fib, is forced to jump a NY turnstile.

No, this is not an important issue. His ignorance on many other topics covered in this interview is much more important. But this was amusing -- and you know they'd never let Hillary get away with pretending to use the NY subways


Daily News: I know you've got to go in a second. When was the last time you rode the subway? Are you gonna a campaign in the subway?

Sanders: Actually we rode the subway, Mike, when we were here? About a year ago? But I know how to ride the subways. I’ve been on them once or twice.

Daily News: Do you really? Do you really? How do you ride the subway today?

Sanders: What do you mean, "How do you ride the subway?"

Daily News: How do you get on the subway today?

Sanders: You get a token and you get in.

Daily News: Wrong.

Sanders: You jump over the turnstile.

Daily News: We would like our photographer to be there when you jump over the turnstile.
Sanders: I'm like anybody when I…

The TRUTH is here:

Subway fare is $2.75*, payable with MetroCard. People 65 years or older and people with qualifying disabilities who show a proper form of identification (including Reduced-Fare MetroCard or a Medicare card) are eligible for reduced fare. * The cost of a SingleRide ticket is $3.00. Sold at vending machines only.
mHow to Ride the Subway - MTA
web.mta.info/nyct/subway/howto_su...Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Hillary has been "singularly forthcoming" with her tax return transparency.

Bernie? Still hasn't released any full returns.


But Sanders' tax nondisclosure and questions about his one public return are notable when you consider that he and his followers have made trustworthiness and transparency a major issue in their primary fight against Clinton

Clinton's tax openness: And speaking of Clinton, the one thing you never hear is just how forthcoming the former Secretary of State has been about her personal taxes.

Clinton, early in her campaign, made public her and former President Bill Clinton's joint income tax returns, going back to tax year 2000. The available-for-inspection 1040s also include at key attachments, such as Schedule A itemized deductions, Schedule B interest and dividend income details, capital gains transactions and self-employment earnings.

This level of personal tax transparency is singular during the current presidential campaign. And it comes from the one candidate who is continually pummeled by her opponents and many media outlets as being untrustworthy. Go figure.

Bernie's defense for not releasing tax returns: "we've been busy."

That would explain last year's tax returns, but not any of the old ones, which presumably are sitting in a file somewhere.

Hillary released hers last summer.

So what's up, Bernie?


Appearing on CNN’s State of The Union, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders stalled off questions about releasing his income taxes for the past eight years, saying his wife does them and “we’ve been a little bit busy lately.”

Host Jake Tapper pointed out that rival Hillary Clinton has posted her returns for the last eight years online — leading to considerable criticism about her income — but Sanders has yet to post his.

“I’m kind of surprised that you haven’t gone further on transparency. You released the summary page of your 2014 tax returns,” Tapper said. “Hillary Clinton has posted on her website the last eight years of her personal returns, all of the returns. Before the New York primary will you match her? Will you post your full returns for the last eight years?”

Sanders averred, saying his wife was responsible for their taxes and that there wasn’t anything “exciting” in them.


Despite Bernie's recent caucus wins, Predictwise still says 90% Hillary will be nominee.


WA POST: Hillary still in the lead in Nevada -- by 1 delegate.



Jon Ralston, a veteran Nevada reporter, said on his blog that Saturday’s action is “expected to switch two delegates to Sanders, giving Clinton an 18 to 17 lead in Nevada, but that is still pending the results of the state convention next month, when those 12 slots could again change. … Ah, the caucus process.”

Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon emphasized that the results could change again and noted some irregularities in the process on Saturday. Regardless, he said, Clinton still has more delegates in Nevada than Sanders.

Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said his team believes Sanders has at least narrowed the gap to a single delegate — and he raised the possibility that his candidate could actually come out of Nevada with more delegates than Clinton when all is said and done.

Weaver also complained about the messy process, saying on Twitter that the Democratic National Committee should take a hard look at whether Nevada deserves one of the first four slots on the nominating calendar. Its Democratic caucuses followed contests in Iowa and New Hampshire and preceded South Carolina.


A scrappy Sanders campaign narrows the delegate count six weeks after the caucuses

Source: Washington Post

In another sign of the fight left in Bernie Sanders’s campaign, the Democratic presidential hopeful appears to have picked up a couple of delegates in Nevada, a state where Hillary Clinton was declared the winner on Feb. 20.

Clinton emerged on caucus day with a lead of 20 to 15 in statewide delegates. According to multiple reports, that margin has narrowed to 18 to 17 after a second round in the process, known as the county conventions, which took place Saturday.

Sanders’s supporters flooded the largest of those, in Clark County, where Las Vegas is located. As a result of his organizational muscle and some complicated rules, the senator from Vermont managed to garner more support there than Clinton, despite her edge on Feb. 20. Sanders also reportedly outperformed his Feb. 20 showing in other counties.

The upshot is that Sanders picked up some of the dozen delegates who were considered unbound during Saturday’s conventions, the rules of which were the source of a good deal of controversy among Clinton and Sanders partisans even before the events began.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/04/03/a-scrappy-sanders-campaign-narrows-the-nevada-delegate-count-six-weeks-after-the-caucuses/

So Sanders has not taken the lead -- as is confirmed here by Jon Ralson, and Fallon. Weaver says Sanders has "at least narrowed the gap to one delegate."

Do you know Propane Jane? I just discovered her on Storify.

I was confused at first, because the "story" was a long string of her tweets.

But they're worth reading. Here's a sample:


Y'all are pretending the issue is that no one ever effectively sold socialism to America, when really bigots just prefer racist capitalism.

Do us all a favor and read up on social security and how it almost never was b/c folk didn't want Blacks to have it.

For the umpteenth time, systemic racism is the number one reason why we don't have socialism in America. It ain't the banks or the 1%ers.

The conservatives who love Trump weren't hooked by his faux economic populism. They came for the bigotry and oppression like they always do.

If you aren't starting from the basic premise that deep seated American distrust of government is rooted in racism, you're doing it wrong.

I come from a place where White ppl make it no secret that they've hated the Fed ever since Lincoln freed the slaves. Why not believe them?

This belief system has been the entire basis of the conservative movement for 50 years now, but y'all wanna talk about Wall Street instead?

Seriously, what is Bernie going to say in response to Trump demonizing Muslims, the undocumented, or "the Blacks"? Down with Goldman Sachs?

If you can't fathom why folk are more outraged by racism than capitalism, you haven't experienced racism. Start w/checking your privilege.

Barbara Boxer credits Anita Hill for her first Senate win. And the wins of other women.


On Thursday, Kerry Washington joined her real-life counterpart in the movie, Anita Hill, for a premiere screening on the Paramount lot. Thomas’s 1991 confirmation appeared to be sailing through the Senate, until Hill, a law professor, gave 11th hour testimony to the male-only Judiciary Committee alleging that the Supreme Court nominee had made unwanted advances and sexually graphic remarks when they previously worked together.

Thomas, played by Wendell Pierce, was confirmed, but the outrage over the hearings is what led the next year to the Year of the Woman, said Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who attended the screenings. Four women were elected in 1992, including Boxer and Dianne Feinstein in California.

“If it wasn’t for Anita Hill, I would not have won my Senate race,” Boxer told Variety, adding that the Thomas-Hill confirmation battle will be featured in her memoirs, coming out in June. “We got elected by this woman’s courage.”

“To me, I think the overwhelming power of the film is just how much courage it took her to stick with it,” Boxer said. “The taunting, the way she was treated by my colleagues in the Senate. You are a woman scorned. What is that about? And her treatment was so terrible and it was brought out in the film.”

Boxer was in the House of Representatives in 1991, and was among a group of women lawmakers who are portrayed in the movie marching to the Senate and bursting into the Senate dining room to demand that the Judiciary Committee reopen the Thomas confirmation hearings to demand that they be reopened.


Thank you, Anita Hill.

I wonder if the movie coming up, Confirmation, about the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings, had anything to do with Joe Biden deciding not to run. It sure isn't going to help his image to remind everyone of his behavior in that debacle.

I'll never forgot those hearings. I had also been harassed by an older man at work, and I didn't even have the words then to explain it. It's hard to describe now how different the world was. The concept of sexual harassment almost didn't exist. It was just in the air . . . everywhere . . . if you were young and a woman.

Watching those hearings, my eyes were suddenly opened. So that's what had been happening to me . . .and millions of other women felt the same way. And thanks to Anita's bravery, things did start to change for the better. At least the whole issue came to light, and that was a necessary first step.

She made it real for all of us.

Thank you, Anita Hill.

Many people here don't understand what the State Department

is supposed to do, so here's a newsflash:

One aspect of the State Department's official public mission is working with other countries to promote U.S. business interests.

Shocking, but true.

So when Hillary helped US companies of all types to do business overseas, she was DOING HER JOB.

Bernie is smart enough to know that (I think). But he doesn't mind if some of his supporters try to use this against Hillary. Whatever works, right?


Diplomacy: The U.S. Department of State@Work

As the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency, the U.S. Department of State represents the United States at more than 270 diplomatic locations around the world, including embassies, consulates, and missions to international organizations.

The Secretary of State, the ranking member of the Cabinet and fourth in line of presidential succession, is the President's principal advisor on foreign policy and the person chiefly responsible for representing the United States abroad. The primary goal of the Secretary of State and the U.S. Department of State is to shape a freer, more secure, and more prosperous world through formulating and implementing the President's foreign policy, while supporting and protecting American interests abroad.

The Department is responsible for promoting peace and stability in areas of vital interest to America, and helping developing nations establish stable economic environments. It is a source of support for American businesses abroad, working to achieve fair business practices in commerce, trade, manufacturing and other interests—while also identifying viable opportunities for American businesses.

The U.S. Department of State provides information and services for U.S. citizens traveling abroad, including passport issuance, and it issues visas to foreigners who wish to visit the United States. The Department is responsible for selecting and hiring employees who accomplish America's mission of diplomacy at home and around the world, including Foreign Service Officers (Generalists), Foreign Service Specialists and Civil Service professionals. For those pursuing university degrees and professionals who are interested in an executive development program in public service, the Department offers a number of programs, including internships and fellowships.

Learn more about how and where we perform our important work, our Foreign, Civil Service, Student, and Professional Programs, as well as details about our influential history.
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