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Bringing us Together: Hillary Clinton Aide Tells Journalist: F**k Bernie Sanders

Reflecting on Clinton's double-digit victory, the anonymous senior aide told Politico: "We kicked ass tonight," adding, “I hope this convinces Bernie to tone it down. If not, fuck him.”

Late last month, the Clinton campaign delayed signing on to debate Sanders in Brooklyn, New York, saying they would consider adding the event if the Vermont senator changed his "tone."

The dig was a stark departure from the Democratic race's generally diplomatic rules of engagement. After months of amicably agreeing to disagree, the claws came out while campaigning in New York, Clinton's adopted home state and Sanders' birthplace.


NY Times: Sanders and Kasich Should Ignore Any Pressure to Quit

Mr. Sanders’s presence has made this an immeasurably more substantive race, in which both candidates’ policies have been better vetted, and as a result, better delineated. That’s the best preparation for the general election.

Yes, Mrs. Clinton’s lead is nearly insurmountable, but it should be voters who erase the “nearly.”

Mr. Sanders has voiced the concerns and energized millions of young people, many of them voting for the first time. His candidacy has forced the party to go deeper on addressing issues like wealth inequality, college tuition costs and the toll of globalization — important points of distinction with Republicans.

What’s more, Mr. Sanders’s commitment to small individual contributions has put the lie to Democrats’ excuses that they, too, must play the big money game to win. This is a message too seldom heard in the party
that first championed campaign finance reform. That it’s back is long overdue, good for Democrats and good for campaigning.

Mrs. Clinton “is clearly irritated by the fact that she has to deal with this guy,” the Democratic strategist David Axelrod said in an interview. “But he’s pushed her on a lot of issues in a positive way, and I think that his young supporters will be bitterly
resentful if anyone tries to shove him out of the race.”


Disappointing, Berners? Sure. NOT Devastating.

Disappointing day for Bernie and supporters, but far from devastating, as the Spinners-That-Be will be mightily spinning it.

The reason? This:

While in 2008, Obama won only one county of 64 in Clinton's "home state" of New York; this time, Sanders took FIFTY counties to Clinton's twelve.

(Think about that for a coupla seconds... and how such a change reflects something of that eyebrow-raising,negative national favorability number.) And, since delegates are awarded by congressional district, Clinton looks to only net 30 delegates with her win (final results not yet in)... what looked like a substantial win didn't amount to a substantial net gain.


Is Hillary really a strong candidate?

Hillary's many apologies...could this be one reason people don't trust her?

Hillary Clinton Apologizes for ‘Superpredator’ Remark


Hillary Clinton Apologizes for Characterizing Nancy Reagan as AIDS Advocate


Hillary Clinton Apologizes for Email Setup as Secretary of State


Hillary Clinton Apologizes For 1994 Crime Bill: "Unintended Consequences"


Hillary Clinton Really Regrets Saying She’d Put Coal Miners Out of Work


Hillary Clinton says her Iraq war vote was a 'mistake'


Watch out! Repubs working on Obamacare replacement...any day now!

GOP group promises ObamaCare replacement plan — soon

A group of senior House Republicans is promising to deliver proof that the party is making headway in its six-year struggle to replace ObamaCare.

"Give us a little time, another month or so," House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) told reporters this week. "I think we’ll be pretty close to a Republican alternative."

Upton is one member of a four-person task force that is supposed to come up with a replacement plan for the healthcare law, at the behest of Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). For now, the group is still in "listening mode," Upton said. When asked who they are listening to, Upton said: "You name it – the world."
Coming up with a plan to replace ObamaCare has been an aim for the Republican Party for so long that it’s become a laugh line even in conservative circles. Despite voting more than 50 times in the House to repeal the law, the GOP has not once voted on legislation to take its place.


Hillary supporters crowing over NY voter suppression

Independents may feel the Bern, but they can’t vote in New York’s closed primary


Cross post from Hillary Group

NEW YORK — As one of the largest rallies of his presidential campaign drew to a close, Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) offered his voters some unusual and unwanted advice.

They might lose.

“This is a tough race for us,” Sanders told thousands of supporters in Manhattan last week. “We have a system here in New York where independents can’t get involved in the Democratic primary, where young people who have not previously registered and want to register just can’t do it.”

Boos echoed through Washington Square Park, where plenty of voters had learned this the hard way. They had missed New York’s stringent deadline — in October — to switch party registration in order to cast a ballot in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Now, the Sanders campaign is pre-
spinning a possible loss here by criticizing that rule.


Cruz Promises Tax Cuts For The Rich Will Create Economic Growth Not Seen In 30 Years

On Friday, he told CNBC’s Squawk Box, “My object is a minimum of 5 percent GDP growth.” And he would get there, he said, through his tax plan, which does away with most of the tax code to institute a 10 percent across the board rate on all income, and 16 percent on businesses. “The numbers we’re estimating are, if anything, underselling the GDP impact” of his plan, Cruz said.

Arthur Laffer, a former adviser to President Reagan, also joined the show and made bigger promises on behalf of Cruz’s plan. Pointing to the 7.1 percent annual GDP growth high point under Reagan, Laffer said, “You’ll get more than that” under Cruz’s plan. “Higher growth rates than 5 percent.”

...It’s unlikely tax cuts will unleash huge economic growth, however. Cruz’s plan would be a huge giveaway to corporations and the wealthy, with the richest 1 percent capturing half of all the benefits and just 7 percent going to the middle and lower class. It would also be costly, reducing government tax revenue by $8.6 trillion over a decade.


Zombie economics! It will not die!

Obama: "She’ll say anything, and change nothing."

What all three have in common...not corporate whores...

What all three have in common -- they've endorsed Sanders in the Dem presidential contest

Interesting tweets

Mark Murray ‏@mmurraypolitics Apr 13

Mark Murray Retweeted Alex Seitz-Wald

What all three have in common -- they've endorsed Sanders in the Dem presidential contest

Alex Seitz-Wald Verified account

Bernie Sanders using his powerful email fundraising list to boost Zephyr Teachout, Pramila Jayapal and Lucy Flores this a.m.

Corporate whores for Hillary...

Lobbyist Superdelegates Tip Nomination Toward Hillary Clinton

The following individuals are unelected, Clinton-supporting superdelegates who simultaneously work in the lobbying industry:

Jeff Berman, well-known for his delegate-strategy work in the past, is being paid by the Hillary Clinton campaign to organize her delegate-counting effort while himself being a superdelegate. A “top lobbyist” at Bryan Cave LLP, Berman previously worked as a lobbyist for the private prison company Geo Group and as a lobbyist helping TransCanada build support for the Keystone XL.
Bill Shaheen is one of the six New Hampshire superdelegates to endorse Clinton. Shaheen is a prolific party fundraiser, and his law firm is registered to lobby local officials in the state. The most recently available lobbying records show that Shaheen’s firm is registered to lobby on behalf of the American Council of Life Insurers and PainCare Centers, among other clients. PainCare has faced increasing scrutiny as local officials have noted that eight of the 10 most prolific opioid prescribers in New Hampshire’s Medicaid program worked for PainCare. The flood of prescription painkillers has fueled the heroin epidemic in the region, as four out of five heroin addicts report beginning their drug habit with opioids. Bill is the husband of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.
Joanne Dowdell, another New Hampshire superdelegate, is the senior vice president for global government affairs at News Corporation, the parent company of Fox News. Federal Election Commission reports show Dowdell has contributed directly to multiple Democrats as well as to the News Corp PAC, a company committee that splits its donations between lawmakers of both parties. The News Corp government affairs division works to lobby public officials and regulators.
Superdelegates Jill Alper, Minyon Moore, and Maria Cardona are officials at Dewey Square Group, a lobbying firm that is closely affiliated with the Clinton campaign and retained by the Clinton-supporting Super PACs Priorities USA Action and Correct the Record. Alper and Moore are Clinton advisers who have raised over $100,000 for her campaign. Dewey Square Group, as we’ve reported, was retained by the health insurance industry to undermine health reform efforts in 2009, including proposals to change Medicare Advantage. The firm has previously worked to influence policy on behalf of Enron, Countrywide, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, the U.S. Telecom Association and News Corporation.
Jennifer Cunningham is the managing director of SKDKnickerbocker, a political consulting firm that provides a variety of services, including advertising and direct lobbying of public officials. In recent years, SKDKnickerbocker helped a coalition of corporate clients lobby the Obama administration on a tax cut for overseas earnings; lobbied for weakened rules governing for-profit colleges; and helped a food industry group undermine Michelle Obama’s nutrition guidelines for foods marketed to children. Recent records show that the firm is providing consulting work for Independence USA PAC, the Super PAC backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
Tonio Burgos, a fundraiser for Clinton, is a lobbyist registered to influence New York City officials. Burgos’ current client list includes Verizon, Pfizer, and American Airlines.
Emily Giske, also a lobbyist in New York City, is registered to work on behalf of Airbnb, Yum Brands (the parent company of Taco Bell), Pfizer, and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, a trade group for Wall Street firms such as Goldman Sachs, Fidelity, and Bank of America.
Although they make up only a small proportion of the superdelegates, the presence of lobbyists in such a potentially decisive role adds fuel to the critique that the Democratic Party is influenced by monied special interests. In recent months, the DNC quietly repealed rules instituted by Barack Obama that banned lobbyists from donating to the party.

Hillary Clinton 2016: DC Lobbyists Set To Raise Cash For Hillary Victory Fund

One of the lobbyists headlining the upcoming event, Elmendorf, donated $33,400 to the Hillary Victory Fund in October, months before the DNC said publicly it had lifted its contribution ban. A former chief of staff to then-Democratic House leader Richard Gephardt, Elmendorf is registered to lobby for Wall Street mega-bank Citigroup and entertainment and media company News Corporation.

Records show that Elmendorf previously lobbied for Goldman Sachs — a firm that’s been criticized by Sanders, and which paid Clinton $675,000 in speaking fees. (She has refused to release transcripts of those speeches.) Elmendorf also lobbied Congress on behalf of the Colombian government to pass the Colombia Free Trade Agreement — a deal that Clinton opposed before pressing lawmakers to support it in her role as secretary of state. Elmendorf has raised $172,320 worth of donations for Clinton's campaign, according to Yahoo.

Both Elmendorf and Forbes — a founding partner at Forbes-Tate — have represented telecom giant Verizon as it’s fought the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules, which would prevent internet providers from blocking or slowing access to some websites.

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