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Why Bernie Sanders Can't Govern

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["Hillary Clinton’s realistic attitude is the only thing that can effect change in today’s political climate." I.e., the political climate that the Democratic establishment did so much to create. The machine is hard at work. See also: Bernie Sanders, Public Menace. *RON*]

Norm Ornstein, The Atlantic, 5 February 2016

Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz have something in common. Both have an electoral strategy predicated on the ability of a purist candidate to revolutionize the electorate—bringing droves of chronic non-voters to the polls because at last they have a choice, not an echo—and along the way transforming the political system. Sanders can point to his large crowds and impressive, even astonishing, success at tapping into a small-donor base that exceeds, in breadth and depth, the remarkable one built in 2008 by Barack Obama. Cruz points to his extraordinarily sophisticated voter-identification operation, one that certainly seemed to do …

The utter nastiness of Ted Cruz

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[Of course, that Mr. Rubio is such a nice young man. See: Rubio Implodes in New Hampshire Debate By Acting Like a Broken Robot. *RON*]
By Dana Milbank, Washington Post, 5 February 2016
When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) last month mocked Donald Trump’s “New York values,” it wasn’t entirely clear what he was implying.
This week we got a clue: For Cruz, “New York” is another way of saying “Jewish.”

At an event in New Hampshire, Cruz, the Republican Iowa caucuses winner, was asked about campaign money he and his wife borrowed from Goldman Sachs. Cruz, asserting that Trump had “upward of $480 million of loans from giant Wall Street banks,” said: “For him to make this attack, to use a New York term, it’s the height of chutzpah.” Cruz, pausing for laughter after the phrase “New York term,” exaggerated the guttural “ch” to more laughter and applause.

But “chutzpah,” of course, is not a “New York” term. It’s a Yiddish — a Jewish — one. And using “New York” as a eu…

The Inside Story of Shell’s Arctic Assault

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[A textbook case of regulatory capture. A months-long investigation shows how the energy giant pressured the Interior Department during the company's gung-ho Arctic push—and got most of what it wanted (except oil). "...the BP oil spill exposed lethal flaws in the regulatory system. It prompted new safety regulations and President Obama’s dissolution of BOEM’s predecessor, the Minerals Management Service, where staffers infamously accepted gifts from, and indulged in sex and cocaine with, their energy-industry contacts." *RON*]

By Barry Yeoman, Audobon Magazine, January - February 2016

Last May, four months before the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell suspended exploration in offshore Alaska, Christopher Putnam needed to get something off his chest.

Putnam is 44, originally from Texas, a trained wildlife biologist who also served as an Army infantry sergeant during the Iraq War. For almost six years he has worked in Alaska for the U.S. Fish…

Is starting a business the same as philanthropy?

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[This is part of the end-game of corporatocracy. They smile and look smugly humble while, in effect, saying, "Who needs democracy? Rich people with real business smarts can line their pockets and decide what the people need. You know, like art galleries full of 18th century paintings by dead white European men in all-white neighbourhoods. So, don't come bugging us for taxes, right?" *RON*]

[Now, here is another way of looking at corporatocratic philanthropy. Philanthropy basically means love of the people. Why not start loving the people 30 years earlier in your business career? *RON*]

Speeches That Earned Clinton Millions Remain a Mystery

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[Nothing to hide? "AP's inquiries to the campaign about her appearances before several Wall Street banks went unanswered. Deutsche Bank, which paid Clinton $475,000 for addresses in New York and Washington, declined to comment, as did Goldman Sachs... In many instances, Clinton's contract prohibited her comments from being broadcast, transcribed or 'otherwise reproduced,' according a copy of one such agreement with the University of Buffalo." See also: Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright Scold Young Women Backing Bernie Sanders ("There's a special place in hell for women who don't help one another." Madeleine Albright, with a rejoinder from Naked Capitalism: "Which would explain why Clinton supported the (much younger) Zephyr Teachout, and not Cuomo. Oh, wait…"). And: Gloria Steinem: women are supporting Bernie Sanders 'for the boys'. *RON*]

By Lisa Lerer and Julie Bykowicz, AP / AB…

Henry Kissinger, Hillary Clinton’s Tutor in War and Peace

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[Reaction from Esquire: "What putative progressive—hell, what putative human being—would brag on being endorsed by the most pus-blooded vampire in American public life? Here with an opposing opinion are 40,000 dead Chileans, 100,000 dead East Timorese, and countless dead Laotians, Vietnamese and dead Cambodians. And she's the one with the foreign policy chops." *RON*]

By Greg Grandin, The Nation, 5 February 2016
Clinton just can’t quit him. Even as she is trying to outflank Bernie on his left, Hillary Clinton can’t help but stutter the name of Henry Kissinger. Last night in the New Hampshire debate, Clinton thought to close her argument that she is the true progressive with this: “I was very flattered when Henry Kissinger said I ran the State Department better than anybody had run it in a long time.”