Elizabeth Warren Skewers Donald Trump For Cheering For Financial Setbacks That Benefit Him (VIDEO)

by Stephen D Foster Jr – Senator Elizabeth Warren continued her crusade against Donald Trump on Monday and she did not hold back. Upon voting to exit the European Union last week, Britain sparked a $2.1 trillion loss across global markets as the Republican nominee cheered. And Warren did not like that one bit, because the financial downturn will affect ordinary Americans more than it affects him. So during a stop in Ohio with Hillary Clinton, Warren tore into Trump in defense of all the Americans who may experience setbacks of their own due to the Brexit vote. “Donald Trump says he’ll make America great again,” she began. “It’s stamped on the front of his goofy hat. You wanna see goofy, look at him in that hat. When Donald Trump says ‘great,’ I say, ‘Great for who, exactly?’ For millions of kids struggling to pay for an education? For millions...

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FEC Rules Huckabee Must Pay $25,000 of his Own Money for Using ‘Eye of the Tiger’

by Jen Hayden – While campaigning to woo America’s most gullible voters, Mike Huckabee held a campaign stop outside a Kentucky jail on the day Rowan County Kim Davis was released. She went straight from the jail to the stage, with Huckabee lauding her release as a victory for “freedom of religion,” vowing to fight to overturn marriage equality. Mike Huckabee gave an enthusiastic introduction to the embroiled county clerk and the song “Eye of the Tiger” was blaring from the loudspeakers as she made her way to the stage (video below). The band Survivor was not happy and they sued Mike Huckabee for copyright infringement. They settled out of court, but Huckabee tried to pass the $25,000 off to his failed presidential campaign: They settled out of court, and it came to light when Huckabee listed the $25,000 cost as a campaign expense on federal election records. A payment to Rude Music is listed as...

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The Right To Choose Survives! Texas Anti-Abortion Law Struck Down By Supreme Court

by IAN MILLHISER – The Supreme Court struck down a Texas anti-abortion law on Monday that threatened to shut down the overwhelming majority of the state’s abortion clinics. Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt concerns HB 2, a law which combined expensive architectural and other requirements for clinics with difficult-to-obtain credentialing requirements for abortion providers. Had the law been upheld, at least 32 of the 40 abortion clinics that existed in Texas prior to the law were expected to shut down. HB 2, moreover, was masterminded by Americans United for Life (AUL), a sophisticated anti-abortion group that drafts model legislation for state lawmakers eager to restrict reproductive choice. Overruling Roe v. Wade, AUL claims on their website, “can be accomplished through deliberate, legal strategies that accumulate victories, build momentum, and restore a culture of life.” HB 2, and the Whole Woman’s Health litigation that arose to challenge the law, was one...

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On This Day, June 27, 1988 – Tyson Knocks Out Spinks

On June 27, 1988, heavyweight champion Mike Tyson knocks out challenger Michael Spinks 91 seconds into the first round. The decisive victory left the boxing world wondering if anyone could beat “Iron Mike” Tyson. Mike Tyson was born on June 30, 1966, in Brooklyn, New York. He had a troubled childhood in Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood, an area known for its poverty and high crime. As a child he often skipped school, spending his time on Brownsville’s streets engaging in petty crimes. Tyson responded violently to his peers’ teasing about his high, lisping voice, which led to several stints in juvenile detention centers. He was eventually sent to a reform school near Catskill, New York, where he was discovered by legendary boxing trainer Cus D’Amato. D’Amato became a father figure to “Iron” Mike and a stabilizing force in his life: He took the young fighter into his home and dedicated...

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Bad News for Trump: ABC/WaPo Poll – 81% of Sanders Backers Have Already Rallied to Hillary, in JUNE!

by floridageorge – Bernie supporters have rallied to Hillary in huge numbers.  That’s bad news for Donald Trump, as he was hoping to make a play for these voters. Donald Trump’s bad month just got worse, because Sanders backers just rallied to Clinton Donald Trump would like for Bernie Sanders supporters to ditch the Democratic Party and support him. There is very little evidence that they will do that, mind you, but it’s certainly possible that they might just stay home — which would help Trump. Well, we have some bad news for the Trump campaign. Sanders supporters aren’t just rallying around Clinton; they’re doing it rather quickly. And it’s a big reason Clinton just extended her lead over Trump into the double digits, 51 percent to 39 percent. This was to be expected.  The agendas of both Bernie and Hillary are very similar, only separated by degree and idea behind finding a...

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The First Step to Ending the War in Syria is to Stop Killing (VIDEO)

by PHYLLIS BENNIS – With a Syrian refugee crisis underway for the last five years, we need to get serious about diplomacy, Bennis tells the Real News Network “Whatever else you’re trying to do when you’re trying to end a war, don’t kill more people,” Phyllis Bennis told the Real News Network in an interview during the People’s Summit. Bennis outlined four highlights of a foreign policy doctrine for dealing with Syria. 1. Stop the killing—Withdraw the troops, get the boots off the ground “There’s 6,000 troops in Iraq that we know about, at least 350 in Syria. There’s probably others,” Bennis said. “Maybe they don’t wear boots, maybe they wear sneakers. They’re forces and the CIA. Get them out. They’re not helping.” 2. Stop selling, giving, and sending arms to everyone who claims they’re against Assad or ISIS “Half of those arms still end up in ISIS’s hands and it doesn’t work....

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Trump, His Virus and the Dark Age of Unreason

by BILL MOYERS AND MICHAEL WINSHIP – He’s the latest in a long line of American demagogues but has come closest to the White House. That makes him the most dangerous of them all There’s a virus infecting our politics and right now it’s flourishing with a scarlet heat. It feeds on fear, paranoia and bigotry. All that was required for it to spread was a timely opportunity — and an opportunist with no scruples. There have been stretches of history when this virus lay dormant. Sometimes it would flare up here and there, then fade away after a brief but fierce burst of fever. At other moments, it has spread with the speed of a firestorm, a pandemic consuming everything in its path, sucking away the oxygen of democracy and freedom. Today its carrier is Donald Trump, but others came before him: narcissistic demagogues who lie and distort in pursuit...

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Passing a New Rubicon on Gun Violence and Terrorism

by Frank Vyan Walton – This has been quite a week.  Truly.  It feels almost as if the country is in the midst of an upheaval, one almost as great as the change and trauma we endured following the attacks in New York and Washington on September 11, 2001.  As great, if not greater, than what we survived following the bombing of the Boston marathon. We do live in interesting times. I do not believe I can fully summarize all that has occurred in the last 7-8 days completely. I do not believe I can fully expressed all the emotions this weeks has generated, but I do feel a need to at least try to talk about some of the highlights, and the lowlights, and attempt to make some sense of it all and offer, humbly, a bit of commentary and suggestions. The first thing I want to point out is...

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Europe’s Most Powerful Leader Is Trying To Hit The Brakes On Brexit

by JUSTIN SALHANI – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she sees no reason to speed up Britain’s departure from the European Union. Her comments are a departure from comments made yesterday by six EU foreign ministers, including Germany’s own foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. “Quite honestly, it should not take ages, that is true, but I would not fight now for a short time frame,” Merkel told a news conference, according to Reuters. “The negotiations must take place in a businesslike, good climate. Britain will remain a close partner, with which we are linked economically.” Steinmeier said on Saturday that the EU wanted Britain to trigger article 50 as soon as possible “so we don’t end up in an extended limbo period”. The process may take longer than the EU ministers would like, however, as David Cameron is set to step aside as Prime Minister, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sacked members...

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Tennessee Judge Ignores Supreme Court, Rules Parental Rights Apply Only To ‘Husbands’

by JOSH ISRAEL – Last June, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its historic Obergefell ruling, bringing marriage equality to every part of the nation. But on Friday, a Tennessee judge decided that the protections need not apply in his courtroom, refusing to recognize the parental rights of a mother in a same-sex divorce case because she is not the biological parent. Though Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion held that no state may discriminate against same-sex couples in the licensing and recognition of marriage — and the rights and responsibilities that accompany it — the case included a specific challenge to Tennessee’s same-sex marriage ban. “Excluding same-sex couples from marriage thus conflicts with a central premise of the right to marry,” Kennedy wrote. “Without the recognition, stability, and predictability marriage offers, their children suffer the stigma of knowing their families are somehow lesser. They also suffer the significant...

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Don’t Fret: The House Democrats’ Sit-in on Gun Violence is a Genius Move—and it’s Already Working

by David Nir – House Democrats began a historic sit-in on the floor of Congress Wednesday, with the stated aim of forcing Republican Speaker Paul Ryan to bring two measures to curb gun violence up for a vote: one bill to expand background checks for gun buyers, and another to prevent anyone on the government’s terrorism watch list from purchasing guns. But the sit-in’s true goal is something entirely different: to showcase the Republican Party’s refusal to pass reasonable gun safety legislation, thereby damaging the GOP’s standing with voters and helping Democrats win back Congress—when then they’ll be able to actually pass new gun regulations. Democrats know that Ryan won’t capitulate. He’ll simply never allow the minority to dictate what bills get voted on in the House. And even if he did permit a vote, the proposals would never win a majority. We just saw this happen in the Senate, where...

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Why ISIS Must Love Trump

by Peter Certo – While Muslims prayed for Orlando, the GOP nominee urged his followers to reach for their guns As the sun set over New York on June 12, hundreds of Muslims gathered in Hudson River Park to break their Ramadan fast together. Iftar, the evening Ramadan meal, is often a joyous celebration of faith and family. But the mood that Sunday was solemn: That morning, news had broken of the ghastly massacre of LGBTQ revelers at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. A lone Muslim had allegedly perpetrated the attack. Here by the Hudson, over 200 knelt in prayer. “We’re praying for those who were lost,” one woman explained in a video circulated by the Huffington Post, her voice breaking. “As Muslims, we’re united in our outrage over this senseless act of violence.” Meanwhile, an Orlando imam condemned terrorism as un-Islamic and affirmed his belief that “Islam teaches peace.” The Florida...

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Clinton Skyrockets To 13.3 Point Lead Over Donald Trump in Latest Poll

by Ryan Denson – The polls are not looking good for Donald Trump – and he’s the king of polls. Hillary Clinton leads him in Arizona, Kansas and Georgia and Florida, ties him in Texas and North Carolina, and is now leading him nationally in a new blowout poll. According to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, Clinton leads Donald Trump by a staggering 14 points: The June 20-24 poll showed that 46.6 percent of likely American voters supported Clinton while 33.3 percent supported Trump. Another 20.1 percent said they would support neither candidate. Trump had enjoyed a brief boost in support following the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, as he doubled down on his pledge to ban Muslims from entering the country, cutting Clinton’s lead to nine points… Clinton’s 13.3 percentage point lead is about the same as she had before the Orlando attack. So after exploiting a national tragedy...

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Confronting the NRA: Knowing Where to Start

by Aniqa Raihan – December 14, 2012. Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza murdered his mother in her bed and then drove her car to the local elementary school, where he embarked on a shooting spree that left 20 first-grade students and 6 educators dead. In April 2013, the US Senate voted down a proposal to expand background checks to gun shows and online sales. The National Rifle Association, the most powerful gun lobby in the country, spent over $500,000 on advertisements opposing the amendment. Only 4 Republican Senators crossed the aisle to vote for gun reform, while 4 Democrats up for re-election in conservative states voted against. June 12, 2016. Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen entered a popular gay nightclub armed with two legally acquired, high capacity weapons. Three hours later, 50 were dead and 53 more were injured. A week later, the US Senate voted down another 4 proposals for gun reform....

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The Next Citizens United Is Coming

by CARRIE LEVINE – The architect of the original blockbuster case is angling for another campaign-money victory Most Americans last heard from conservative lawyer James Bopp six years ago when he crafted a case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, that won the Supreme Court’s favor and helped uncork a torrent of cash — some of it secret — that continues pouring into elections. But Bopp is back. The Terre Haute, Indiana-based attorney, who was literally laughed at by a judge when he made his first arguments in Citizens United, is now the lead lawyer in the most prominent of a series of lawsuits attempting to further destroy political contribution limits. The case, brought by the Republican Party of Louisiana, addresses restrictions on how state and local political parties use “soft money” contributions to influence federal elections. Bopp’s clients argue that if independent outside groups such as super PACs are permitted to raise and spend unlimited amounts of...

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The Most Overrated Intellect In Washington

by IAN MILLHISER – Remember 2009? Glenn Beck was a ratings bonanza for Fox News. Sarah Palin, with her false warnings of looming “death panels,” was a thought leader in conservative circles. Groups opposed to the Affordable Care Act poured angry supporters into lawmakers’ town halls, arming them with advice like “be disruptive early and often,” “try to ‘rattle him,’ not have an intelligent debate,” and “watch for an opportunity to yell.” It was not a high point for intellectual discourse within the American right. Amidst this cacophony, Paul Ryan appeared like a beacon of light. Personable and soft-spoken, capable of stringing together numbers in a way that sounds impressive, Ryan was the yin to a movement drunk on its own yang. And he soon milked his own novelty — a tea partier! who is also a policy wonk! — to become the toast of the political commentariat. Conservative writer...

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New York Just Made Using Ticket Bots A Felony

by JESSICA GOLDSTEIN – You have probably had a problem with ticket bots. The automated software — though it is more fun to imagine them as actual robots — allows individuals to purchase oodles of tickets to a show, concert, or game the millisecond the sale begins. No matter how quick your clicking finger is, you’re no match for that Ex Machina-lite technology in the hands of sneaky scalpers. Fortunately for non-robot ticket-buyers, the New York State Assembly just passed legislation to criminalize ticket bots. A statement from Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie explains that the civil penalties for using ticket bots will be “strengthened.” The legislation also creates “a new criminal penalty for the use of ticket purchasing software.” Ticket bots are already illegal and can be punished with civil sanctions; this legislation ups the ante, making ticket bot usage a criminal violation. Under the proposal, civil penalties would be...

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America Has a Republican Problem — and the Media is Partly to Blame

by NEAL GABLER – Donald Trump is a distraction from the fact that the mainstream media has pretended the GOP is a normal party with values just to the right. Now the country is paying the price As incendiary and dangerous as he is — and he is very dangerous — and as much of a main event as he has been in this election season, Donald Trump is largely a distraction from what really ails our political discourse. Long after he is gone from the scene, the Republican Party that engendered him, facilitated him, and now supports him — despite a severe case of buyer’s remorse — will no doubt still thrive, booting up for a future candidacy of Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio or Paul Ryan. And the media will still act as if Trump were an aberration, a departure from so-called “sensible” conservatism. If so, it will be...

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Gun Gridlock and the Money Behind It

by KATHY KIELY – In documents filed Monday, the NRA reported a $14 million campaign warchest Maybe Monday’s Senate gridlock on guns would have happened anyway, but it probably didn’t hurt the gun lobby’s cause that the National Rifle Association already has spent close to $2 million trying to help incumbent Republicans hold their majority in Congress’ upper chamber. And the NRA has only begun to fight: The group’s latest campaign finance report, filed Monday with the FEC, shows that it ended the month of June with more than $14.7 million to spend in the general election. While the 9/11 attacks famously inspired a brief interlude of solidarity on Capitol Hill, the same cannot be said for the most deadly act of terror on American soil since then — the gunning down of 49 people and wounding of more than 50 others at an Orlando nightclub. The Republican-controlled Senate consented to vote...

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RNC Protest Rules to be Revised After Judge Says They’re Unconstitutional

by Deirdre Fulton – In response to ACLU lawsuit, judge says Cleveland’s rules for protesters during the Republican National Convention are unconstitutional The ACLU of Ohio and the city of Cleveland have reached a settlement after a judge on Thursday struck down the rules set by city officials for protesters at next month’s Republican National Convention, saying the restrictions on speeches and parades were unconstitutional. The decision from U.S. District Judge James Gwin comes in response to a lawsuit filed last week by the ACLU of Ohio, which said the rules were “arbitrary, unnecessary, and unjustifiable.” According to Cleveland.com, Gwin said: the size of the so-called Event Zone is “unduly large;” the parade route is unconstitutionally insufficient; the times at which people can hold parades—only for a few hours each day of the convention and not during the hours in which the delegates are expected to be downtown—are problematic and “an...

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