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NorthReport

Donald Trump’s Surprising (and Very Brief) Moment of Decency

Republican frontrunner defended New York City in the final GOP debate before the Iowa caucuses

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/donald-trump-s-surprising-and-...

NorthReport

Trump Campaign Enlists Children to Sweeten Jingoist, Racist Message

Freedom Girls, a Pensacola, Florida trio, debut terrifying campaign song, "Official Donald Trump Jam"

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/trump-campaign-enlists-childre...

NorthReport
voice of the damned

From SLATE:

The essential story of the religious right is that wholesome small-town values are under attack from immoral big-city globalists. That’s the narrative Cruz invoked last night, and it surely still has currency among the Republican electorate. Trump, however, speaks to people who know that American small towns aren’t so wholesome anymore—that they are, in fact, places of widespread social breakdown and desperation. He describes a country that’s “going to hell,” with decaying infrastructure, massive unemployment, and a growing heroin problem.

The Washington Post recently ran a piece headlined “These Are The Towns That Love Donald Trump.” It notes that Trump often holds his rallies in places that are struggling, “filled with dissatisfied blue-collar Democrats and Republicans who feel as if they haven’t had a voice.” Trump speaks to their despair and promises to use his New York deal-making magic to turn them from losers into winners. He’s not telling people that their towns are better than New York, because they know that they’re not. Rather than channeling their ire towards smirking urban elitists, he directs it outward, toward Muslims and immigrants. It’s a new sort of culture war, one for people who no longer believe that their little communities are models for everyone else.

http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2016/01/trump_bests_cruz_...

voice of the damned

NorthReport wrote:

Donald Trump’s Surprising (and Very Brief) Moment of Decency

Republican frontrunner defended New York City in the final GOP debate before the Iowa caucuses

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/donald-trump-s-surprising-and-...

Well, on the one hand, Trump pretty much HAS to defend NYC. That's where he's from, and is very much identified with. So he really couldn't insult it(or even just allow it to be insulted) without insulting himself.

That said, Slate has an interesting piece about how Trump's New York-ish brand of right-wing populism is different from the old variety. Essentially, less rural and less religious.

NorthReport
NorthReport

This is the single most stunning poll number on Donald Trump I have seen

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/01/15/the-single-mos...

NDPP

US Presidential Elections: An Expensive Charade

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/329235-us-presidential-election-charade/

"So why do it to yourself? Why waste any more of your life falling for this nonsense?"

NDPP

US Republicans, Democrats Need Israel Lobby To Get Elected: Analyst Edward Corrigan (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2016/01/20/446561/US-politicians-Israel-lo...

"The United States provides Israel with 'staggering' amounts of military and economic assistance because politicians from both dominant political parties are tied to the Israel lobby and need its support to get elected, says international lawyer, Edward Corrigan from Ontario.

'The amount  of aid that Israel gets from the United States is extraordinary. It is possibly as much as $10 Billion a year,' Edward Corrigan told Press TV on Wednesday.

'Most of the elected politicians are in fact dependent upon money donated by pro-Israel groups and that means that the Congress and Senate are very strong supporters of Israel,' the analyst said.

As to why Israeli officials are demanding an even larger military aid package, Corrigan said that 'they want to be by far the strongest and dominant military power in the area, so they can do what they want..."

NDPP

Political Responsibility in the Nuclear Age: An Open Letter To the American People  -  by Richard Falk, David Kreiger - Robert Laney

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/22/political-responsibility-in-the-n...

"...We are appalled that none of the candidates running for the highest office in the land has yet put forward any plan or strategy to end current threats of nuclear annihilation, none has challenged the planned expenditure of $1 Trillion to modernize the US nuclear arsenal, and none has made a point of the US being in breach of its nuclear disarmament obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

In the presidential debates, it has been a non-issue, which scandalizes the candidates for not raising the issue in their many public speeches and the media for not challenging them for failing to do so.

As a society, we are out of touch with the most frightening, yet after decades still dangerously mishandled, challenge to the future of humanity..."

josh

Why it will be difficult for Sanders to win the nomination.

http://cookpolitical.com/story/9179

monty1

josh wrote:

Why it will be difficult for Sanders to win the nomination.

http://cookpolitical.com/story/9179

I think it can be made a lot simpler than that. The American citizen has been propagandized to hate Russia by the demonization of Putin. That makes them mostly pro-war and the proof of that is that no candidate ever concentrates on an antiwar campaign. It's just not popular.

The anti-establishment vote is huge, as demonstrated by Trump's and Sanders's popularity but the antiwar vote is almost non-existent. Sanders can't waffle on the foreign policy issue because that's half his substance at least.

NDPP

MOA: My First Take on the Presidential Election

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/01/my-first-take-on-the-presidential-e...

"Say what you will about Donald Trump but he knows how to market himself. Staging a feud with Fox News and abstaining from tonight's Republican candidates debate gives him more media coverage than taking part.

He is already the front-runner of the Republican candidates. More debating could only endanger that position. Staying away and making a fuss about it gives him a bigger lead."

Sanders is hard to see as president. His domestic policies are somewhat comparable to middle-of-the-road European social-democrats. His foreign policy isn't clear. While not an interventionist he supports the colonists in Palestine.

My gut instinct says it will be Sanders against Trump with a voter turnout advantage for Sanders. What is your take?"

No wonder so many dippers like Bernie - sounds much like an NDP candidate

monty1

NDPP wrote:

MOA: My First Take on the Presidential Election

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/01/my-first-take-on-the-presidential-e...

"Say what you will about Donald Trump but he knows how to market himself. Staging a feud with Fox News and abstaining from tonight's Republican candidates debate gives him more media coverage than taking part.

He is already the front-runner of the Republican candidates. More debating could only endanger that position. Staying away and making a fuss about it gives him a bigger lead."

Sanders is hard to see as president. His domestic policies are somewhat comparable to middle-of-the-road European social-democrats. His foreign policy isn't clear. While not an interventionist he supports the colonists in Palestine.

My gut instinct says it will be Sanders against Trump with a voter turnout advantage for Sanders. What is your take?"

No wonder so many dippers like Bernie - sounds much like an NDP candidate

My take is that it will be Clinton against Rubio and Rubio will take it. 

Rubio because he has what is by far the most important quality for a US presidential candidate. You're expecting to hear something earth shattering and profound? You think that monty knows something that nobody else knows.

Nope, none of that. 

Rubio is pretty and easy to look at. 

Same as how Trudeau got his winning margin. And not to take anything away from Trudeau for being born with it.

NorthReport

Tonite amongst the front-runners the big winners appear to be Sanders and Rubio and the big losers appear to be Clinton and Trump.

NorthReport

Clinton 50%

Sanders 49%

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Cruz 28%

Trump 24%

Rubio 23%

NorthReport

Less than 1% difference between Clinton and Sanders.

NorthReport

Cruz wins

Aristotleded24

Doesn't look like a good night for Clinton anyways, when you consider her name recognition, powerful machine, big donors, and the marginalisation of Bernie Sanders in the MSM.

On to New Hampshire. I expect Sanders to clean up handily. New Hampshirites know him very well.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture
NorthReport

So the pundits were wrong again. 

How Sanders caught fire in Iowa and turned the Clinton coronation into a real race

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-sanders-caught-fire-in-iowa-...

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

If this had been a winner take all model still Clinton's MSM supporters would be talking about her great win. As it is her and Bernie come out of Iowa in a virtual tie for electoral college votes. I do think it will energize the base and that is only going to help Sanders.

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Beginning with the 2012 Presidential election, Iowa switched from the old winner-take-all allocation to proportional allocation. The change was made to prolong the race, giving lesser known candidates a chance and making it harder for a frontrunner to secure the majority early. It was also hoped that this change in the election system would energize the base of the party.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa_caucuses

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NorthReport

Clinton does not seem to have much charisma. Her Democratic Party connections may secure her the Democratic nomination, but does she have what it takes to win the presidency especially if the GOP chooses well? 

How Iowa went wrong for Hillary Clinton

Her vaunted field organization performed as expected. But she didn't.

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/hillary-clinton-iowa-performance-2...

NorthReport

This does not look good for the Democrats.

Iowa's nightmare revisited: Was correct winner called?

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucu...

NorthReport

Gotta love our Canadian boy's ethics, eh!

Carson rips dishonest ‘culture’ of Cruz campaign

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-primaries/267996-carson-rips-dis...

NorthReport
NorthReport

Sanders appears to be gaining support.  Smile

Sanders, Rubio get polling bump from Iowa

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/polls/268083-sanders-rubio-get-iowa-...

NorthReport

There seems to be less and less congressional support

No kidding with people like Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, etc. running the show. 

Congressional Job Approval

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/congressional_job_approval...

NorthReport

How can Clinton claim to be progressive when she is backed by Wall Street? Who does she think she is kidding?

monty1

NorthReport wrote:

How can Clinton claim to be progressive when she is backed by Wall Street? Who does she think she is kidding?

Progressive in her country maybe, and the label isn't applicable for Canada unless we only use it in the true defitinition of the word. Who started to apply the word in Canada anyway?

NorthReport

Republicans should be careful what they wish for. Sanders might crush them.

Feds fight disclosure of Hillary Clinton Whitewater indictment drafts


http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2016/02/feds-fight-disclos...

NorthReport

Absolutely! Laughing

Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein: Sanders candidacy a 'dangerous moment'

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/lloyd-blankfein-bernie-sanders-218689

Paladin1

I would love to see Neil deGrasse Tyson as the US president.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

The space exploration program gets the military's budget, and the military gets the space exploration program's budget.  For more on this, over to Secretary of State Bill Nye.

NorthReport
NorthReport

Reasonable analysis.

Clinton, Sanders both winners in Iowa

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/02/opinions/iowa-results-clinton-sanders-kohn...

NorthReport

CNN's New Hampshire Town Hall Democratic Debate starts in 12 min

NorthReport

Maybe the reason the guy who passed out was that he never heard the truth before from a politician.  Laughing

Sanders rushes to help man who passed out during press conference

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/dem-primaries/268137-sanders-rushes-...

NorthReport

Sanders just nailed the tax concerns about universal single payer healthcare 

NorthReport

The more I hear Sanders the more I appreciate him.

NorthReport

Over 50 years ago Sanders was arrested for working to support housing desegration.

Bernie Sanders, the Early Years

http://www.politico.com/magazine/gallery/2015/07/bernie-sanders-the-earl...

Bernie Sanders

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Sanders

NorthReport

Sanders is in a league by himself. Remarable guy. 

Bernie Sanders slams Hillary Clinton at CNN town hall

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/03/politics/democratic-town-hall-highlights/

NorthReport

Sanders single-handedly is beginning to make the term "democratc socialist" credible in the USA.

Bernie Sanders and the New Populism

http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/bernie-sanders-and-the-new-po...

NorthReport

Hopefully Elizabeth will endorse Bernie.

Elizabeth Warren defends Bernie Sanders from Goldman Sachs CEO

“When Blankfein says that criticizing those who break the rules is dangerous to the economy, then he’s just repeating another variation of ‘too big to fail,’ ‘too big to jail,’ 'too big even to prosecute,'” she said.

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/elizabeth-warren-defends-bernie-sa...

NorthReport

Sounds promising.

Bernie Sanders, the shape of things to come: Why his popularity is no fluke — and his way is the future

Whether or not he wins the nomination — and he very well might not! — Bernie represents something bigger than 2016

http://www.salon.com/2016/02/04/bernie_sanders_the_shape_of_things_to_co...

NorthReport
NorthReport

This is significant.

Former NAACP head to endorse Bernie Sanders

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/04/politics/bernie-sanders-ben-jealous-endors...

iyraste1313

Donald Trump: ‘Ted Cruz Didn’t Win Iowa, He Stole It’; Votes Should Be ‘Nullified’

Kelly Riddell
Washington Times
February 3, 2016

Donald Trump said Ted Cruz “stole” his win in the Iowa caucus after the Texas senator’s staff spread rumors that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race with the hopes of garnering the retired neurosurgeon’s votes — and as a result, Mr. Cruz’s votes should be “nullified”....

...This is significant and Trump`s candidacy is important, as he has no respect for the secret rules of political correctness and will call it as he sees it...which ultimately will have the effect of discrediting the so called democratic system...essential to birth a real alternative political movement in the US (Canada?) which is in fertile ground as the US bankrupt economy is exposed through the collapse of the financial infrastructure in panic desperation trying to hold on!

NorthReport

What a tangled web we weave......

Everyone Is Wrong About the Bernie Bros

How a necessary critique of leftist sexism deteriorated into a dumb flame war.

https://theintercept.com/2016/01/31/the-bernie-bros-narrative-a-cheap-fa...

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