#BernieSanders news roundup week ending 10/9/2015 | Blog#42

I will start this roundup with 45 times Hillary Clinton expressed support for the TPP. Sanders had none:

CNN’s Jake Tapper:

“After first dodging the issue, on Sunday in Iowa, Clinton said that “the President should listen to and work with his allies in Congress, starting with (House Minority Leader) Nancy Pelosi, who have expressed their concerns about the impact that a weak agreement would have on our workers, to make sure we get the best, strongest deal possible. And if we don’t get it, there should be no deal.”

Clinton said, “there are some specifics in there that could and should be changed. So I am hoping that’s what happens now — let’s take the lemons and turn it into lemonade.

But as members of the Obama administration can attest, Clinton was one of the leading drivers of the TPP when Secretary of State. Here are 45 instances when she approvingly invoked the trade bill about which she is now expressing concerns”

Read all 45 instances on the CNN website.

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Bernie Sanders Says He’ll Work ‘Very Aggressively’ To Attract Latino Voters

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) acknowledged Wednesday that his campaign has more work to do to win over Latino voters — in part because the state he has represented for decades isn’t home to many of them.

“Let me be very honest with you. I come from a state, the state of Vermont, [and] it’s a small state; there aren’t a lot of Latino people,” he told reporters after speaking at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s annual Public Policy Conference.

“What we are trying very, very hard to do — you are going to see us moving very aggressively in that area — is introduce myself to the Latino community,” Sanders continued. “I will fight for every vote I can get in the Latino community.”

Read the rest of this article on HuffPo

Sanders lands first congressional endorsement


Sen. Bernie Sanders will secure his first Capitol Hill endorsement this week when the head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus formally backs his White House bid.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva is expected to endorse Sanders (I-Vt.) at a campaign rally Friday in Grijalva’s Tucson district, a source close to the Arizona Democrat confirmed Wednesday.

The news was first reported early Wednesday by the LA Times.

Read the rest of this article on TheHill.com

Bernie Sanders launches pro-union bill as battle for organized labor intensifies

The battle for labor movement support among Democratic presidential candidates broke into the open on Tuesday with the launch of legislation by Senator Bernie Sanders protecting employees who seek to form unions.

Though the Workplace Democracy Act stands little chance of passing the current Republican-controlled Congress, it marks a new phase in the Sanders campaign’s effort to paint itself as the natural champion of organized labor.

The proposals to prevent workers from being victimized for attempting to form unions come amid growing union endorsements for Hillary Clinton and ahead of a White House “Worker Voice” summit on Wednesday which is expected to be attended by Vice-President Joe Biden.

Read the rest of this article on The Guardian.

In rural America, a startling prospect: Voters Obama lost look to Sanders

Shelley Brannon, 62, can sum up the Obama presidency with three words. Well, three words and an exclamation.

“He screwed us,” said Brannon, a coal miner from Wise County, Va., as he sat outside a rally for the United Mine Workers of America. “Man, he screwed us.”

He shook his head under a camouflage hat that matched his camouflage UMWA T-shirt, and he described his fantasy of dumping nuclear waste in the yards of environmentalists, “if they think coal’s so bad.” He mulled over the mistake he says the UMWA made in 2008, when it endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Rodham Clinton. Then he explained why he would probably be voting for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the next Democratic primary.

“For one thing, he knows what union is, and he respects it,” Brannon said. “That’s all we need is respect. He’s just a likable fellow, trustworthy. I don’t think she has the same respect for the union, and she really shot herself in the foot over, you know, all that secretive stuff.”

Read the rest of this article on WaPo.

Socialism vs. Capitalism

Thom Hartmann discusses the gray area between socialism and capitalism. In other words where does the private sector end and public sector begin?

Watch the video on C-SPAN

I’m Voting for Bernie Sanders Because He Answers Questions. Clinton ‘Breaks Her Silence’ Often

In April, The Economist ran a cover with the words, “What does Hillary stand for?” Essentially, that’s why Bernie Sanders will win the Democratic nomination; Democrats no longer want a moderate Republican on issues like war, trade, and Wall Street. After 9/11, when Hillary Clinton’s “mistake” helped the Bush administration merge patriotism with counterinsurgency conflicts, Bernie Sanders voted against the Iraq War. Long before Clinton evolved on gay marriage “just in time” for the presidential elections (the former Secretary of State had the same views on gay marriage as Kim Davis until 2013), Sanders voted against Bill Clinton’s Defense of Marriage Act and supported same-sex marriage. Sanders never had to wait until gay marriage was acceptable according to polls and never viewed his Iraq vote as a stepping stone to the presidency.

I’m voting for Bernie in large part because he is able to communicate his thoughts without consulting a team of advisers and without apologizing for his value system. Most importantly, Sanders never had to contradict himself because of political pressure, especially since the Vermont Senator has been on the right side of history.

For example, I analyzed Jeb Bush’s bizarre claim that he’d still invade Iraq and subsequent reversal in viewpoint during one of my appearances on Ring of Fire. As for Dick Cheney and his role in destabilizing the Middle East, I explain in another Ring of Fire appearance that Cheney continues to defend his advocacy of the war even though he argued against invading Iraq during the Gulf War.

Read the rest of this article on HuffPo.

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