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Four Horsemen of Democracy

It was also a shock to the system that a candidate universally known in Iowa, with deep pockets and long experience, could come close to losing to a relative unknown who was initially considered little more than a protest candidate.” Just think of it! The tiny, tightly controlled consciousness that calls itself The World’s Greatest Democracy got all rattled and …

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CLINTON CAUCUS CAUGHT ON CAMERA COMMITTING VOTER FRAUD IN IOWA?

HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN ACCUSED OF VOTER FRAUD IN POLK COUNTY, IOWA CAUCUS [UPDATE: Second case of Clinton Election ‘Fraud’ Caught on Camera in Iowa] IOWA – Bernie Sanders supporters are outraged claiming caucus chair Drew Gentsch and precinct captain Liz Buck did not conduct an actual count of Clinton supporters. The pair are accused of deliberately misleading the caucus at precinct #43 in Des Moines. This is …

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Top Hillary Clinton PAC Donation Amounts to 222,000 Bernie Sanders Donations

contributions of mega-donors eclipse those of normal citizens. For example, billionaire George Soros gave $6 million to the pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC Priorities USA last quarter. By comparison, the average donation to the Bernie Sanders campaign — the only one mostly funded through small donors — was $26.28, according to a spokesperson for the campaign. That means Soros gave as much money …

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PAUL STREET – The Iowa Caucus is a Classist and Ageist Farce

In Iowa, as across the nation, lots of people work during the early to middle evening, after the traditional dinner hour. Tow-truck drivers. Nurses’ aides. Nurses. Resident emergency room doctors. EMTs. Hotel receptionists. Cops. Security guards. Second-shift production workers. Custodians. Retail clerks. Waitresses. Dishwashers. Butchers at the grocery store. Chicken-shacklers at poultry-processing plants. English as a Second Language night instructors. …

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Countering Clinton’s Super PAC Loot, Sanders Campaign says, “Bernie Doesn’t Want Billionaires’ Money”

As Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton agree to hold four additional debates, the Sanders campaign is seeking to highlight something that sets it apart from other candidates’: it’s raising no money from super PACs. BuzzFeed News first reported Saturday that the two campaigns had agreed in principle to the additional debates if they are sanctioned by the DNC: Both sides, still in separate …

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This Can’t Be Happening – 01.20.16

Guest Davie Swanson, a pacifist, long-time peace activist and author of the book “War is a Lie,” which makes the case that no war is justified, discuses with host Dave Lindorff the issue of Bernie Sanders long-time support for American imperialist wars and military actions. They look at the issue of whether this poor record means his campaign for president should or should not be supported, and conclude that the answer is, yes, but with constant criticism of his pro-militarist stance.

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Leid Stories – 01.14.16

Fade to Blacks: Clinton, Sanders Troll for Black Votes in Early Primaries
As the 2016 presidential race kicks into gear with early primaries, so does the mad dash for votes. For Republican and Democratic candidates, South Carolina is a critical proving ground. GOP hopefuls will face off in a two-tiered Q&A session—their sixth so-called “debates”—tonight at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. The Democrats will have their slugfest, their fourth, in Charleston on the 17th, but they’ve ramped up their presence and are aggressively trolling for votes—black votes, specifically—in this historically Democratic stronghold. Leid Stories expands on a previous commentary on the significance of South Carolina’s black vote.

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Robert Reich – “The Big Short” and Bernie’s Plan to Bust Up Wall Street

If you haven’t yet seen “The Big Short” – directed and co-written by Adam McKay, based on the non-fiction prize-winning book by Michael Lewis about the housing and credit bubble that triggered the Great Recession — I recommend you do so. Not only is the movie an enjoyable (if that’s the right word) way to understand how the big banks screwed …

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Leid Stories – 12.21.15

The Democratic Debacle: Debating the Not-Debate
Leid Stories and listeners deconstruct the third Q&A session with the three remaining Democratic candidates vying for the presidential nomination in 2016. The so-called “debate,” hosted by ABC News, was held Dec. 19 at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire.

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Peter van Buren – Guns and Deaths: We Really Don’t Care, Do We?

More than one a day. That is how often mass shootings (four or more people wounded or dead) occurred in the United States this year. Including the worst shooting of the year (so far), which unfolded only yesterday in San Bernardino, a total of 462 people have died and 1,314 have been wounded in such attacks these past eleven months. …