Sanders’ Unity Tour With DNC Chair Exposes Rifts But Also Suggests Common Goals – Scott Detrow April 22, 2017 7:00 AM ET


Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez walk past each other during their “Come Together and Fight Back” tour at the James L. Knight Center on Wednesday in Miami, Fla.

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Things were going well for the Democrats in Miami.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., hadn’t exactly sold out the downtown theater they were campaigning in, but the audience was solid and energetic.

The anti-DNC catcalls that had plagued early stops on the uneasy allies’ weeklong unity tour hadn’t surfaced. And both Perez and Sanders had delivered fiery speeches that had pumped up the crowd in a key city of a critical swing state.

Sanders was shaking hands with supporters as David Bowie’s “Starman” blared.

But when the music faded down, things took a turn.

A Sanders fan rushed the stage, grabbed the microphone, and shouted, “Bernie would have won!” The audience joined in the cheer, loudly repeating an alternate reality rallying cry that didn’t exactly scream, “Democratic Unity Tour.”

The DJ quickly drowned out the chant with a new song — Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere.”

It was fitting. Because while Perez and Sanders weren’t visiting Reno, Chicago, Fargo and Minnesota, their itinerary was kind of close: Maine, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Nebraska, Utah, Arizona and Nevada.

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Sanders revolution resists DNC loss – By Tim Alberta 02/26/17 07:34 AM EST


What happens next for the Bernie wing ‘is an open question,’ says one top Democrat.

Sen. Bernie Sanders walks alongside Sen. John McCain (right) as they arrive for Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20.
Sen. Bernie Sanders walks alongside Sen. John McCain (right) as they arrive for Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20. | AP Photo

ATLANTA — Sen. Bernie Sanders and his supporters went hard after anyone who wouldn’t back Keith Ellison in the run-up to the Democratic National Committee chair election.

Sanders phoned Jaime Harrison on Wednesday, the South Carolina Democratic chair who was on the verge of dropping out of the race, making a heavy pitch for him to endorse Ellison as a transformational moment for the party.

The next day, when Harrison threw his support to former Labor secretary Tom Perez instead, Ellison supporters worked off talking points and attacked him as a corporate lobbyist insider who’d struck a crooked deal that didn’t pass their purity test.

New York Rep. Greg Meeks had his own showdowns with the Sanders-inspired coalition. One of the few sitting members of Congress who had a vote in the DNC election here Saturday, Meeks was repeatedly threatened by Ellison and Sanders supporters with a primary challenge if he backed anyone else.

Ellison’s loss in the second-round of voting dashed the Sanders wing’s hopes of taking over the party establishment. But to the surprise of most in the room, the announcement that Perez won was met mostly with applause, rather than an outbreak of chaos and screams. There were chants of “Party for the people, not big money,” that briefly interrupted the proceedings but they came from a total of nine very loud Ellison supporters who were sitting in the seats left open to the general public.

What happens next for party’s Sanders-aligned movement, said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed — who backed Perez — “is an open question.”

More likely, it’s two questions: what Ellison does next, and what Ellison’s supporters do next.

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Democrats Brace for More Leaks From Hackers – By DAMIAN PALETTA Updated Aug. 14, 2016 10:03 p.m. ET


`Two websites believed to have ties to the Russian government now serve as portals for leaking sensitive information about the Democratic Party

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, shown Friday, is among Democratic officials whose cellphone numbers were hacked.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, shown Friday, is among Democratic officials whose cellphone numbers were hacked. | Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

WASHINGTON—Two websites created in recent months and whose operators are believed to have ties to the Russian government now serve as portals for leaking sensitive and at times embarrassing information about the Democratic Party and its supporters.

Some computer experts and Democrats in Congress believe both websites—the Guccifer 2.0 WordPress page and DCLeaks.com—have ties to Russian intelligence services and that the sites are using hacked information to try to influence the November elections.

The precise motives of the entities controlling these webpages cannot be learned because their identities are unclear.

U.S. officials are now debating whether to publicly accuse the Russian government of conducting the attacks, two people familiar with the deliberations said, though no final decision about how to proceed has been made.

“I certainly believe that this is a coordinated Russian effort against the U.S. political process,” said Rep. Jim Himes (D., Conn.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, in an interview Sunday. “It’s an act of hostility by a foreign power.”

Rep. Himes said the U.S. must make clear that “there will be a cost to be paid for that sort of hacking.” But, he added, “If you are going to make an accusation against a foreign country, you better dot your i’s and cross your t’s.”

U.S. officials have told some members of Congress that they are certain that Russian hackers were behind the latest breach, two people familiar with these briefings said.

Hackers and spies have long targeted U.S. political parties, but the deliberate leak of party emails and other records this year has created new challenges for law enforcement and intelligence officials as they search for motives and a potential response.

“The incident itself is unprecedented, but they are trying to follow past precedents in their response,” such as with Russia’s alleged recent hacks on White House and State Department systems, where the full U.S. response isn’t known, said Peter Singer, a senior fellow at the New America think tank and an expert on the use of cyberweapons by nation states.

On Friday, after being dormant for a month, Guccifer 2.0 posted a spreadsheet containing the personal cellphone numbers and personal email addresses of close to 200 current and former House Democrats and their senior staff members.

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The Russian cyberattack on the Democratic Party is getting ugly – Bryan Logan August 13 2016`


Nancy Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). |REUTERS/Gary Cameron

The cyberattack aimed at the Democratic Party is evolving in some unsavory ways.

Less than a day after a hacker, or group of hackers who go by the name, Guccifer 2.0 published personal information belonging to high-ranking members of the party, some lawmakers are getting bombarded with ugly messages.

Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, said in a message to colleagues on Saturday that’s she has received “scores of mostly obscene and sick calls, voicemails and text messages.”

The representative from California was one of nearly 200 party officials whose personal emails and phone numbers were published online as a result of the hacking at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Pelosi called the cyber breach “an electronic Watergate break-in,” and a “sad course of events” for the party and the nation.

Given the raucous and unconventional nature of this year’s presidential race, lawmakers fear the cyberattack is an attempt to influence the election in November. The fallout forced former Democratic Party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to announce her resignation just before the party’s national convention last month.

Her departure came after leaked internal messages revealed suggestions that the party favored presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over her former rival, Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary.

Lawmakers fear this is just the beginning.

An emergency meeting among party officials and cybersecurity experts was expected to be held Saturday.

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How a DNC Staffer’s Murder Unleashed a Perfect Storm of Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories – MAX J. ROSENTHAL AUG. 10, 2016 2:42 PM


The “Clinton body count” is back.

The July 12 shooting of Seth Rich, a 27-year-old staffer at the Democratic National Committee, was likely a robbery gone wrong, according to Washington, DC, police. But to the dismay of Rich’s family, his death has become fodder for dark anti-Hillary Clinton conspiracy theories that have been circulated widely on social media and amplified by longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone.

The main theory speculates that Rich was murdered because he was a source for WikiLeaks, which published nearly 20,000 of the DNC’s hacked emails and other files last month. That theory has brewed on the internet, including in a popular pro-Trump subreddit, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lent it credence on Tuesday when he hinted during an interview on Dutch television that Rich might have been a WikiLeaks source. Yet he refused to confirm whether Rich had any links to WikiLeaks, saying only, “I am suggesting that our sources take risks and they become concerned to see things occurring like that.” The site offered a $20,000 reward on Tuesday for any information that would help solve Rich’s murder.

Assange said during the interview that the shooting was a “concerning situation” and stressed that the motive was still unknown, but police say there is no evidence that Rich’s death was politically motivated. “At this time, there is no indication that Seth Rich’s death is connected to his employment at the DNC,” the DC Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement on Wednesday to Mother Jones.

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A Whole Lot of Millennials See No Difference Between Clinton and Trump – REBECCA LEBERAUG. 6, 2016 6:00 AM


Really?!

Bernie Sanders supporters protest at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. John Minchillo/AP

This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

One presidential candidate says scientists who work on climate change are “practically calling it a hoax” and wants to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency. The other calls climate change “an urgent threat and a defining challenge of our time.” And yet about four out of 10 millennials in battleground states think there is no difference between those candidates’ views on the issue.

Forty-four percent of young voters say there’s no distinction between Clinton and Trump on fossil fuels, and 43 percent say there’s no distinction on protecting air and water.

Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate group released polling at the Democratic National Convention last week focused on millennials in 11 battleground states, conducted by Global Strategy Group in June and early July.

According to the poll, 21 percent of millennials are Bernie Sanders supporters who are so disillusioned with Clinton that they wouldn’t plan to vote for her in a general election if there are third-party candidates, as well.

Young voters are one of the more unpredictable factors in the 2016 election, because they’re more likely than other age groups to support Sanders and less likely to vote in general. Democrats run the risk of losing Sanders holdouts to a third-party candidate. Nearly seven out of 10 Sanders supporters believe there’s no daylight between Trump and Clinton on the issues they care about.

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Khizr Khan Says He Would Live This Week A ‘Hundred Million Times’ Over – AMITA KELLY August 5, 2016 4:07 PM ET


Khizr Khan, father of Humayun S. M. Khan, who was killed while serving in Iraq with the U.S. Army, stands on stage with his wife during the Democratic National Convention on July 28 in Philadelphia.

Khizr Khan, father of Humayun S. M. Khan, who was killed while serving in Iraq with the U.S. Army, stands on stage with his wife during the Democratic National Convention on July 28 in Philadelphia.

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Khizr Khan, the Muslim-American lawyer thrust into the spotlight this week after speaking at the Democratic National Convention about his soldier son and criticizing Donald Trump, says he has no regrets about the speech or the attention that followed.

“I will do it [a] million times, I will do it louder, I will do it forcefully,” Khan told Kelly McEvers, host of NPR’s All Things Considered. “I’ll do it [a] hundred million times — now is the time for the rest of the world to see the true America, the decent America, the good America.”

Khan’s son, Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq in 2004. During Khan’s convention speech, he painted Trump’s policies toward immigration as un-American and held up a pocket Constitution challenging Republican nominee Trump to read it.

Trump and his allies hit back at the Khan family — the candidate said Khan’s wife, Ghazala, stood next to him silently because “maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say, you tell me.” Trump’s comments were then condemned by political leaders on both sides of the aisle including Republican veteran Sen. John McCain. The Khans consistently did interviews on television and radio stations.

But Khizr Khan says that although the family has received hate mail and threats, the overwhelming support from strangers — from cabdrivers to teenage college students — is what has stayed with him.

The gravesite of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan is shown at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday in Arlington, Va. Khan was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. Khan's mother and father, Ghazala and Khizr Khan, were criticized by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after their appearance onstage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

The gravesite of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan is shown at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday in Arlington, Va. Khan was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. Khan’s mother and father, Ghazala and Khizr Khan, were criticized by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after their appearance onstage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Strangers have also flocked to their son’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery.

“I was there and I was just amazed,” Khan said. “There were so many flowers and so many people. … It is an honor.”

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The 10 most important things in the world right now – Peter Jacobs August 2nd 2016


Children Car Flooding YemenChildren ride in the trunk of a car on a flooded street in Sanaa, Yemen August 1, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Tuesday.

1. Hong Kong shut down as Typhoon Nida brought violent winds and torrential rain. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and the stock market, schools, and businesses have closed.

2. US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said if he didn’t win the general election “by massive landslides” it’s “rigged.” Trump would be the first US candidate in modern presidential times to blame an election loss on voter fraud or a rigged election.

3. Venezuela’s opposition has gathered enough signatures to proceed with efforts to call a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro.Next, the opposition must collect four million signatures in just three days.

4. US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is now surpassing Donald Trump in several new polls that have come out since the Democratic convention, erasing the brief lead that Trump had in the race.

5. Silicon Valley blood-testing company Theranos presented at a scientific conference for the first time, but left unanswered many of the key questions about the science behind its blood tests.

6. A Mexico mayor and a police officer were arrested for their alleged involvement in the murder of 10 people. Police picked up a group of people at a store in the state of Michoacan and forced them to get into a red truck on the orders of local mayor Juan Carlos Arreygue, according to investigators.

7. Several economists and analysts have recently argued that the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio alone won’t be enough to jump-start Brazil, in part because the country’s economy is already so massive.

8. The Apple veteran whom Twitter recently hired to head up its public-relations team has left the company. Natalie Kerris had joined Twitter in February.

9. A $350 million skyscraper in San Francisco, California is tilting and sinking. The skyscraper’s frame uses huge slabs of concrete instead of steel.

10. Donald Trump’s campaign is reaching out to Republican lawmakers to support his attacks on the Muslim parents of a decorated US soldier killed in Iraq. Trump’s criticism of Khizr Khan and Ghazala Khan has dominated the White House campaign in recent days.

And finally …

26 photos that show what popular tourist sites are really like.

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-10-most-important-things-in-the-world-right-now-august-2-2016-8

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Democratic National Convention (HBO) – Published on Jul 31, 2016


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How China’s state media covers the problems with American democracy — Vice News Published on Jul 27, 2016


Wang Guan is the chief political correspondent for the American division of China Central Television, China’s main state-run TV network. At the Democratic National Convention, VICE News correspondent Isobel Yeung spoke with Wang about state censorship, the Chinese disdain for Hillary Clinton and their take on Donald Trump.

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