Kaine Is Not “Safe” Pick – Hillary Is Going For A Rout

by Reinvented Daddy – The auto-correct on every article/post/tweet on the choice by Next President Hillary Clinton of Senator Tim Kaine to be her Veep has been “safe choice who will work well with her”… BALDERDASH !!  (said with a “harrumph”) Sen. Kaine was chosen because Hillary is throwing the long bomb.  Madame Badass is going for the North Carolina Strategy.  Donald Trump has not pivoted and proved Thursday night that he will be as insanely vitriolic as ever throughout the general election.  This means Clinton doesn’t need to shore up her Left… The Donald will keep doing that for her up to election day.  After his convention is there any doubt that ALL progressives will rally against Trump?  Hells no. Heck, after this week many Reds will be rallying against Trump. This guy is threatening the sitting Republican governor of a swing state he desperately needs to win this fall, knowing that he’s...

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The Three Biggest Moments of Tuesday Night’s DNC Convention Festivities

by kos – In chronological order, the three moments that made tonight: 1. Bernie Sanders moves to nominate Hillary Clinton by acclamation  By the end of the primary process, my frustration with Bernie Sanders was clear. “From now on,” I thought, “I’m going to call every sore loser a ‘Bernie Sanders’!” It’s amazing how so much ill-will and frustration can be washed away with a simple, classy gesture. I watched that clip so many times I lost count. All of it was awesome. And even the impotent protests of a tiny minority of his delegates couldn’t mar that incredible, indelible moment. 2. The mothers This was a moment everyone wishes didn’t need to be a moment. Trayvon Martin’s mother said, “I am an unwilling participant in this movement.” None of them wanted to be on that stage, but their poise and eloquence in the face of unspeakable grief … I’m tearing up just thinking about...

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Hillary Clinton Is Officially The Democratic Nominee For President Of The United States

by Ryan Denson – History has been made (once again) in the United States. Hillary Rodham Clinton after decades in public service, has been officially nominated as the first female candidate for President of the United States from a major political party. Sending Secretary Clinton over the 2,383 vote necessary was South Dakota, which awarded 15 delegates to Clinton and 10 to Senator Bernie Sanders, who delivered the acclamation that officially cemented Clinton’s nomination. Clinton walked away with 2,838 to Sanders 1,843. Vermont, which had passed, allowed a final tribute to Sanders, before walking off the convention floor. Just 96 years ago, women (some of them) were given the right to vote. It wasn’t until 1965 when ALL women were truly given the right to vote, freely and democratically. And today, July 26th 2016, a woman has been nominated to take on a rampant sexist and misogynist. Today is a...

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That Darned Russia Thing Again… Growing Pressure for Trump’s Tax Returns

by GraciesMom – Just when I think that maybe this story really is going to die down, along comes several major news outlets or pundits expressing concerns about the secret tax returns of Donald Trump.  Most telling is that the renew interest in tax returns is coming from conservatives as well as progressives. Who knows if they really will prove or disprove connections to Russian oligarchs?  Given how much he owes these Russian financiers, likely to have some smoke in that dumpster! Thus, the pressure is once again building for Trump to release the tax returns to show one way or the other that he is not that closely tied to Russian money. First up, George Will (who left the GOP dramatically a few weeks ago) telling Fox News that: Fox News contributor George Will says GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will not release his tax returns because they may show “he is deeply...

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Inside Fox News’ Culture Of Intimidation

by BRYCE COVERT – Roger Ailes has been officially ousted from his longtime role as CEO of Fox after former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against him alleging sexual harassment. But before he went, reports say that he led a campaign to get Fox employees to speak out on his behalf in order to intimidate any women who might come forward with their own stories of harassment. According to an anonymous source briefed on the situation who spoke to the New York Times, Ailes had been discovered to be leading an effort to get high-profile hosts to speak out against those who are cooperating with Fox’s internal investigation of Carlson’s allegations. It had come to be viewed as a “loyalty test,” according to staff members, as to whether people would publicly support him. One of those hosts was Megyn Kelly, who felt pressure to publicly support Ailes,...

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From Nice to the Middle East: Only One Way to Challenge ISIS

by Ramzy Baroud – I visited Iraq in 1999. At the time, there were no so-called ‘jihadis’ espousing the principles of ‘jihadism’, whatever the interpretation may be. On the outskirts of Baghdad was a military training camp, not for ‘al-Qaeda’, but for ‘Mojahedin-e-Khalq’, an Iranian militant exile group that worked, with foreign funding and arms, to overthrow the Iranian Republic. At the time, the late Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein, used the exiled organization to settle scores with his rivals in Tehran, just as they, too, espoused anti-Iraqi government militias to achieve the exact same purpose. Iraq was hardly peaceful then. But most of the bombs that exploded in that country were American. In fact, when Iraqis spoke of ‘terrorism’, they only referred to ‘Al-Irhab al-Amriki’ – American terrorism. Suicide bombings were hardly a daily occurrence; in fact, never an occurrence at all, anywhere in Iraq. As soon as the US invaded...

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It was Bernie’s Night

by Karikalan – Bernie’s Night … Democratic National Convention started off rocky.  Early in the evening, some Bernie supporters booed loudly.  Al Franken, disarmed the crowd with his trademark humor.  Sarah Silverman, called out the ‘Bernie or Bust’ crowd with a friendly but firm rebuke, “You are being ridiculous”, that only a strong Bernie supporter could deliver.  Paul Simon serenaded the crowd.  This is the first time that I have seen Corey Booker speak.  He gave an impassioned speech with memorable lines such as “If you want to go fast go alone, but if you want to go far you have to go together”.  By the time he was finished, the mood in the stadium changed from petulant to forward looking.  Then Michelle Obama gave a fantastic, forward looking, uplifting speech that implicitly condemned the divisiveness of the Republican nominee.  Elizabeth Warren, needled Trump with characteristic precision, and passion.  Between all...

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Politifact’s Scorecards For Clinton, Kaine Versus Trump, Pence Should Make Every Republican Cry

by Rika Christensen – Following all the idiotic drama of Donald Trump’s choosing Mike Pence of Indiana for his running mate, Hillary Clinton’s choice of Senator Tim Kaine may have seemed a little lackluster to some. However, Kaine compliments Hillary in a way that many people probably haven’t thought of, and their pairing makes Trump and Pence look far worse now than before. Politifact, which Republicans revile because they think facts are pesky, annoying things to be ignored, put out a scorecard with the ratings of 27 statements Tim Kaine has made. It turns out that he has more statements rated True and Mostly True than he does Half True, Mostly False, and False put together. He has no Pants On Fire ratings at all. Compare that to Mike Pence. Politifact has rated 20 statements Pence has made, and of those 20, only four are True or Mostly True. Four! He...

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Michael Jordan ‘Can No Longer Stay Silent’ On Police Shootings And Is Taking Action

by April Hamlin – Michael Jordan is quite possibly the best basketball player to ever live. Now, he is using both his fame and fortune to fight against the killings of unarmed black men by law enforcement as well as violent attacks against police officers. Jordan made his powerful statements in an essay posted at The Undefeated. He began by condemning the violence against both American-Americans and law enforcement. “As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers,” he began. The famed athlete continued, saying that he is “saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late.” ” I know...

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Mom Of Benghazi Victim Just Demande Trump Stop Using Her Son’s Name In His Propaganda

by John Prager – Donald Trump regularly references slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, but the victim of the 2012 terrorist attack wouldn’t want it that way, says Stevens’ mother. On Saturday, the New York Times ran an open letter from Mary Commanday explaining that her son was not the sort of person who would want his name to be disgraced by its inclusion in right-wing propaganda. The letter was short and not-so-sweet, serving as two paragraphs of ‘f*ck you’ for Trump and the rest of the Republican Party, who have spent years reducing Commanday’s son to a political talking point: To the Editor:  As Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s mother, I am writing to object to any mention of his name and death in Benghazi, Libya, by Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party. I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that...

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Gonorrhea Could One Day Be Untreatable, Doctors Say

by ANNA SCANLON – Gonorrhea has long been a sexually transmitted disease that is treated with a strong dose of antibiotics. However, it may soon become untreatable as it develops resistance to the two antibiotics left that can treat it: azithromycin and ceftriaxon. CBS News reports that antibiotic resistant strains of this STD have more than quadrupled in the United States. Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of the Center for Disease Control’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention, stated: “The confluence of emerging drug resistance and very limited alternative options for treatment creates a perfect storm for future gonorrhea treatment failure in the U.S.” However, the rates of antibiotic resistant strains are still low, despite the fourfold increase in gonorrhea that is resistant to azithromycin. The rate recently rose from 0.6 percent to 2.5 percent. For the other drug used to treat the disease, ceftriaxon, antibiotic resistance has doubled from 0.4 percent to...

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Obama Astonishes Sean Hannity by Noting the World Is Less Violent Than It Used to Be

by Jacob Sullum – It’s the Fox News host, not the president, who inhabits “an alternate reality.” “If you had to choose a moment in history to be born, and you didn’t know ahead of time who you were going to be, you’d choose now,” President Obama remarked in a speech last week, “because the world has never been less violent, healthier, better educated, more tolerant, with more opportunity for more people, and more connected than it is today.” Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity, an avid Donald Trump supporter, was astounded: Less violent? Never been—are you kidding me?… What do you make, Dr. Gorka, about Obama the world has never been less violent? What alternate reality is he living in? What Alice in Wonderland fantasy is he in as of right now because it’s almost on a daily basis, sadly, we have to report this…. The world has never...

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An Extraordinary GOP Resignation Letter

by Brainwrap – According to his “About” page… Chris Ladd is a Texan in exile. After growing up in Beaumont and working for more than a decade in Houston, he moved to suburban Chicago, where he is a Republican precinct committeeman. He has a day job that he loves in the software industry. In his free time he has written for David Frum’s blog, the Washington Times Communities, the Houston Chronicle, and the Huffington Post. Back in Texas he interned at the Legislature, worked on numerous state and local Republican campaigns, and volunteered for a statewide PAC. Chris graduated from Beaumont’s Central High, earned a degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas (the Harvard of Williamson County) and received his JD from the University of Houston. Today he posted the following: Chairman Cuzzone: We come together in political parties to magnify our influence. An organized representative institution can give weight to...

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Trump Calls It “Sad” Women Harassed by Roger Ailes Not More Appreciative

by Jon Queally – “It’s very sad. Because he’s a very good person. I’ve always found him to be just a very, very good person.” Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday morning described the numerous female employees at Fox News who accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment in the workplace as “complaining” and explained how that makes him “sad” because really the company’s top executive actually “helped” “some of those women” and he’s a “very good person” and a close personal friend. Ailes was ushered out the door of Fox late last week with a resignation tied to $40 million buyout after former news anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a suit against him for lewd behavior and abuse of power. Even though dozens of other women also came forward against Ailes with similar stories of harassment, Trump defended Ailes and would not deny rumors that he may even have him work...

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The Movement for Black Lives Will Not Be Criminalized

by JANAÉ BONSU – Under the guise of protecting police, laws are being enacted that are nothing more than attempts to censor and criminalize political resistance and protests of police violence There is a particular impact on the psyche that consistent exposure to the extrajudicial executions of Black bodies has, which is that it leaves me either traumatized or numb. Neither is okay. I’ve been trying to make sense of the implications of the past week’s chain of events for the movement, particularly when it comes to criminalizing resistance. One thing that the murders of the past week have reaffirmed is everyday community members’ right to capture and share executions by police through their own mobile devices without questionable interference or tampering from police departments. In addition to Black women’s survival instincts, Diamond Reynold’s quick thinking to livestream the interaction in Minnesota on Facebook points to this ability. It demonstrates an understanding...

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CNN’s Revolving Door of Political Hackery

by Michael Corcoran, Truthout | News Analysis – Widespread outrage erupted in late June over CNN’s hiring of Corey Lewandowski, just four days after he was fired as Donald Trump’s chief of staff. Lewandowski is a controversial figure, and not merely because he was heading up a campaign fueled by bigotry and fear. In March he was charged with simple battery for making physical contact with a reporter (though these charges were later dropped). Moreover, his utility as a CNN contributor is clearly limited — if not worthless —  since he is reported to have signed a non-disclosure agreement that bars him from saying anything disparaging about Trump or discussing anything he did during the campaign. CNN staffers were said to be enraged — but within a week, CNN’s newest contributor was on television using his soapbox to explain away another one of Trump’s very public and obvious appeals to bigotry. That CNN felt it needed to hire an election commentator who can’t say anything critical...

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These Two Pictures Tell You Everything You Need To Know About The Difference Between Republicans And Democrats

by Ryan Denson – Paul Ryan is in a little bit of hot water. Not because he’s establishment, not because he’s proposing a giant cut to Medicare or Medicaid, and not because he’s thwarting the RNC. No, he’s in hot water because he seems to think that lack of diversity is a good thing! The Speaker recently posted a picture on his Instagram page celebrating the new interns for the Republican Party on Capitol Hill. The picture, taken with a selfie stick, shows the smiling Speaker with an entire whites-only workforce, with the majority of them being men. No diversity, no color, nothing but lily-white college kids. The Speaker wrote, “I think this sets a record for the most number of #CapitolHill interns in a single selfie. #SpeakerSelfie.”  Needless to say, Speaker Ryan and the Republicans faced backlash. But it was the Democrats who had the best response. Everyone knows the Democratic Party...

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This Video Of The GOP’S Convention Horror Show Should Terrify Everyone Who Sees It

by Oliver Willis – The recently concluded Republican National Convention in Cleveland was a four-day never-ending cavalcade of dystopian nightmares, racism, fascism, sexism, and all the worst of America rolled into one. This video, produced by Blue Nation Review, compiles bits and pieces from the convention floor and the people assembled outside of the event to paint a picture of what has become of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. Not only does it show the convention speakers – people like Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani – leading the crowd in bloodcurdling chants to “lock up” Hillary Clinton, but it also showcases some of the bizarre comments speakers made while speaking about why they attended. Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. points out to a shocked TV crew that he thinks Obama is a Muslim working against America, while Newt Gingrich gives Melania Trump a pass for stealing Michelle Obama’s speech because...

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What You Need To Know About Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s Vice President Pick

by EVAN POPP – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) as her running mate on Friday night in a text message to her supporters. Elected to the United States Senate in 2012, Kaine previously served as mayor of Richmond from 1998-2001, lieutenant governor of Virginia from 2002-2005, governor of Virginia from 2006-2010, and chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011. Kaine has a solid record on many core Democratic issues. He supports President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and has long been opposed to the use of the death penalty. Kaine is a strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, favoring a pathway to citizenship for immigrants. As governor, he pushed to offer universal pre-kindergarten and also signed a bill to ban smoking in Virginia bars and restaurants. Additionally, Kaine has spoken out strongly about the need to address global climate change. In 2012, he said...

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How Much Is Donald Trump Worth? An Examination Of The Evidence

by BRYCE COVERT – How much money does Donald Trump actually have? Trump’s image as a savvy, deal-making, and, most importantly, fabulously wealthy businessman isn’t just about his personal brand. He’s made it a key selling point for his presidential campaign as he’s run to be the Republican Party’s nominee. “I’m really rich,” he assured voters as he launched his run for president. That message was intended to convey not only that he doesn’t “need anybody’s money” to fuel his campaign but also that he will help create wealth for everyone. “We’re going to make America wealthy again,” he’s promised his supporters. “I will give you everything.” He pledges to Make America Great Again, but also explained that “you have to be wealthy in order to be great, I’m sorry to say.” Yet the nominee has also refused to release his tax returns, which would tell the public exactly how much...

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