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Watch Your Left - New, Young Progressives

by Oui Mon Jan 27th, 2020 at 03:45:34 PM EST

Democratic Voters Moving Left On A Range of Issues | The Atlantic - Nov. 2918 |

The New Power of the Progressive Movement In Democratic Politics | Pacific Standard - Feb. 2019 |

Joe Biden's Frontrunner Success Shows Identity Politics Aren't Moving Democratic Voters (May 2019)

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This truly might give Bernie Sanders a boost - thx Hillary, a rightwing asset who sleeps with the Neocons and supports waging war in the Middle East.

All Smiles at Sharm | Tikun Olam - Sept. 2010 |

Hillary Clinton and Bibi Netanyahu are shown all smiles today at the Sharm el Sheikh dog and pony show, in which Israel and the PA are attempting, with the intercession of various powers and allies like the U.S. Egypt, and Jordan, not to completely torpedo the chances of peace for the next five or ten years.  Yes, you can tell from my tone that I'm extremely skeptical.

The Promised Land for Palestine by 2005 ...

Exchange of letters between PM Sharon and President Bush

Palestinian State: Bush says Arafat must go - 2002

Clinton's Failure and the Second Intifada - destruction of Jenin

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Anyone Who Lies Down With Dogs ...
In Memory of Rachel Corrie


More to follow on DemMaj4Israel -- Democratic Majority for Israel

by Oui on Thu Jan 30th, 2020 at 03:44:42 AM EST

More from an article in The Nation ...

These Democratic Insiders Want to Keep the Party From Moving Left on Israel-Palestine

Appears to be supported by members of AIPAC, UANI and the Conservative wing led by Hillary Clinton and her gang.

by Oui on Thu Jan 30th, 2020 at 03:55:32 AM EST
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by Oui on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 11:05:23 PM EST
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The younger generation should revolt to the millions used by the conservative establishment, Wall Street and AIPAC to promote a Neocon foreign policy of perpetual war in the Middle East. The Jewish Voice of Bernie Sanders should ring loud and clear as he is a hero to Main Street USA, decent living wage, universal healthcare, equal opportunity in education for minorities in America.

Founding of Israel, Socialism and Kibbutzim
Bernie's Socialism and Kibbutz Experience of '63

Pro-Israel Clinton Democrats Unsheath Knives Against Bernie | Tikun Olam |

The so-called Democratic Majority for Israel, an unacknowledged co-conspirator of Aipac, has unsheathed the knives on Bernie Sanders [NY Times] now that he is the front-runner in both the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries. Formed a year ago, to minor fanfare and a mandatory profile in the NY Times, the group appears to be the Democratic arm of Aipac, whose mission is to enforce Party discipline on straying presidential candidates. Given how closely all of them hew to the pro-Israel party line, this has in effect meant taking Sanders to the woodshed for abandoning so-called Party consensus and calling for a reduction in U.S. Aid to Israel, and accepting endorsements from the bêtes noire of the Democratic establishment: Rashid Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Linda Sarsour, among others.

DMFI PAC, the supposed independent arm of the NGO, has raised $700,000 for a single battery of anti-Sanders ads (see video above) in Iowa. It has never revealed its donors.  The Federal Election Commission has no records of the PAC's receipts or expenditures.  I have sent the group's media contact questions and have not heard any response.  I will update if there is.  While there is a large array of possible donors among the Wall Street elite, I'd hazard a guess that Haim Saban is one of the main donors to this effort.  He is the Democratic equivalent to Sheldon Adelson.  Just as rich, just as pro-Israel.

DMFI is a 501c4 organization, whose purpose is supposed to entail promoting "social welfare."  Here is the IRS definition:

    The promotion of social welfare does not include direct or indirect participation or intervention in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. However, a section 501(c)(4) social welfare organization may engage in some political activities, so long as that is not its primary activity.

Horsey: President Sanders? Bernie would have beaten Trump  

Both Israeli far-right governments and Aipac itself have strayed far from their former bipartisan approach to U. S. Middle East policy. Most Jewish Democrats want little or nothing to do with the near-fascist government ruling Israel. As a result, Aipac has had great difficulty selling its brand to this constituency. Therefore, it created an `independent entity' which appropriated the mantle of the Democratic Party in its name order to continue having an impact inside the Party.

No one should be fooled by this trick. DMFI is Aipac in sheep's clothing. It advances Aipac's agenda. It might just as well have its headquarters in Likud Central in Tel Aviv.  In fact, Mark Mellman is [was] the major political consultant for Benny Gantz's Blue and White Party.

Mellman as well was the founder of United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI).  Not only was this group opposed to Obama administration policy on Iran, which negotiated the JCPOA nuclear agreement, it also served as a conduit between Israel and U.S. intelligence agencies.  It was the Democratic advocate for regime change.

Coalition of the Willing Against Iran: DOJ, Ungar, UANI and Mossad
Obama Turncoats: CNN Facilitates UANI Advocate Pro-Israel

Gantz Hires Hillary Clinton Aide Who Said She Shouldn't Publicly 'Call Out Israel' | Haaretz |

Benenson is the founder and CEO of the Benenson Strategy Group. His website boasts that he is "the only Democratic pollster in history to have played a leading role in three winning presidential campaigns" -- the two Obama campaigns and President Bill Clinton's 1996 reelection effort. The site features a long list of major corporations, NGOs and U.S. politicians as clients, but no previous foreign leaders.

Benenson will be replacing Mark Mellman, who announced his resignation in June. Mellman, a longtime strategic adviser to Yair Lapid, headed Kahol Lavan's campaign in the April election when the party won 35 seats -- the same number as the ruling Likud party.

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Netanyahu Confirms Holocaust As Political Tool of Zionism

by Oui on Thu Jan 30th, 2020 at 12:38:45 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Feb 18th, 2020 at 02:14:07 PM EST
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Dutch reporter was in Cresco, NE Iowa for a series of interviews ...

Rural people voted BIG for Obama in 2012, many were lifelong Democrats, didn't vote HRC, rather in 2016 Trump was a clear winner. Main points in interview: economics, business background, anti-establishment and the promise to get US Forces out of the Middle East Wars.

Won't be difficult to predict the WINNER in the Democratic Primary next week.

Some stunning results from the Presidential Election of 2016:

The One County In America That Voted In A Landslide For Both Trump And Obama | FiveThirtyEight |

In a nation increasingly composed of landslide counties -- places that voted for one side or the other by at least 20 percentage points -- Howard County, Iowa (population 9,332), stands out as the only one of America's 3,141 counties that voted by more than 20 percentage points for Obama in 2012 and Trump in 2016. Democrats can't credibly blame Howard County's enormous 41-point swing in just four years on a last-minute letter to Congress, voter ID laws or Russia-sponsored Facebook ads.

Howard County, about 150 miles northeast of Des Moines along the state's border with Minnesota, is 98 percent white. Only 13 percent of residents age 25 and over hold at least a bachelor's degree. Median household income in the county in 2015 was $49,869. The largest employers in Cresco, the county seat, include the Donaldson Company, an air filter manufacturer whose local workers belong to the United Auto Workers union, and Featherlite, which makes aluminum livestock and utility trailers.  

What This Tiny Iowa County That Swung for Trump in 2016 Tells Us About 2020

In 2016, Democratic Chair Laura Hubka saw her county changing. While campaigning for Hillary Clinton, she noticed that the unions who normally sent people to phonebank and knock on doors were absent. Her neighbors stopped referring to themselves as Democrats, and some wouldn't answer her calls.

Then she read that the local Republican party was showing a conspiracy-laden documentary in town right before the election. Hubka says she knew that Howard County would go for Donald Trump, but didn't predict how far it would swing.

This county of less than 10,000 was the single largest pivot county in the country. It flipped 41 percentage points from supporting President Barack Obama in 2012 to backing Trump in the 2016 election.

And Howard County is one of about two dozen counties in Iowa -- and scores more around the country -- that swung from Obama to Trump. Why and how this happened is basically the central question of the Democratic primary. Naturally, we had to investigate.

So we went to Howard County for Episode 7 of our new VICE News podcast, "Uncommitted: Iowa 2020," which drops Tuesdays on Spotify, hosted by Emmy award-winning correspondent Antonia Hylton.

by Oui on Thu Jan 30th, 2020 at 09:57:15 PM EST
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The impact of these ads on the Iowa caucus will be minimal.  Young people don't give a shit about Israel and the Evangelical whackjobs who do care will be at a Republican caucus.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
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by Oui on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 09:21:48 PM EST
The Big Lie in operation, as demonstrated by one of its all-time great deployers.
by rifek on Fri Feb 7th, 2020 at 05:20:04 PM EST
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h/t Raw Story

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According to statement by DMR editor, de name Buttigieg was not mentioned in some instances to the respondent.

by Oui on Sun Feb 2nd, 2020 at 08:26:35 AM EST
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Who Is Martin O'Malley?

When O'Malley was in the 2016 race ..,

Martin O'Malley accuses DNC of rigging' primary process in favor of Hillary Clinton | The Guardian - Aug. 2015 |

He proved to be correct as we witnessed shortly before the Democratic Convention en counting the votes. Bernie Sanders was sidelined by the DNC. So O'Malley decided to run for DNC leadership ...

O'Malley withdraws from race to lead DNC | NBC News - Nov. 2016 |

Bernie Sanders still has support from John Cusack ...

by Oui on Sun Feb 2nd, 2020 at 08:43:48 AM EST
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Who is Martin O'Malley?

Martin O'Malley is a piece of work, I say having been a registered (I) Maryland voter since 2004--all but 2 years "down state" as the ppl up here in Bal'more say. No love lost for Mayor O'Malley in Bal'more < wipes tears > in spite of fleeting, progressive twitterverse defense of his ahh relations with the fraternal order of police.

Speaking of which, 4 Feb is Maryland District 7 (MD-7) special primary election date, and it promises to result in a distinctly not "progressive" victory. Cummings' widow is on the ballot. Cummings widow is chair of the Maryland Democratic Party Committee. And the machine is so strong here, one would scarcely note its white noise.

I would come out for Carter, but MD runs closed primaries.

circling vultures
She's a keeper

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Anti-BDS are a constitutional and PR mess | Jewish Weekly - Jan. 2019 |

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