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Banks blindsided by former Bush official

'The biggest banks are still too big to fail and continue to pose a significant, ongoing risk to our economy.'

Wall Street woke up with a new problem Tuesday: a Republican Goldman Sachs alum using his new bully pulpit atop the Federal Reserve to suggest the biggest banks should break up.

Serving up policy fuel in a populist election cycle where bank bashing is front and center, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari — who helped run President George W. Bush’s 2008 bank bailout plan — sounded a lot like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren when he outlined dramatic solutions to end “too big to fail.”

 http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/break-up-big-banks-neel-kashkari-s...

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Quite the contrast to Clinton and all the other GOP leadership campaigns

Bernie’s Army of Coders

Inside the DIY volunteer tech movement helping drive the insurgent campaign.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/02/bernie-sanders-army-of-co...

BillBC

Here, for what they are worth, are the views of a Conservative who reads this blog every day.  If I were an American, which happily, I am not, I would be a Liberal Republican.  Alas, there are no Liberal Republicans in the race.  All the Republican candidates are repulsive to me, some more than others.  I couldn't vote for any of them.  On the Democratic side, I find Clinton repulsive too, though for different reasons.  That leaves Sanders.  I find myself agreeing with him about Wall Street and the banks, though I don't know what his position is on other issues.  I think though, that his goose is cooked by the "superdelegate" system in the Democratic party.  There's an interesting article in the Washington Post that discusses the superdelegate issue.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/02/18/superdelegates...

If I had to bet money, I'd bet that Hillary will be the next president.  That brings Bill back to the White House, not something anyone should anticipate with pleasure.  I sure wish there was a moderate Republican in the race, but there don't seem to be any around anymore...

Just two cents worth from a conservative who finds this blog fascinating...

BillBC

After how badly they haved screwed up the economy, healthcare and foreign affairs, let alone their antagonisms for anybody who appears to be non-white, what reasons do you have for supporting the GOP?

--I said I would be a Liberal Republican, which means not this Republican party...I'm thinking of a much older tradition...Eisenhower, perhaps, or the senior Bush. 

NorthReport

After how badly they haved screwed up the economy (Housing crisis), healthcare ( or the lack of it) and foreign affairs (WMD), let alone their antagonisms for anybody who appears to be non-white, what reasons do you have for supporting the GOP?

BillBC

Liberal Republicans...people like Jacob Javits, as an example.  Long gone.

josh

Liberal Republicans have gone the way of the dodo bird, Or the Red Tory.

BillBC

I think there are Red Tories around...I'm one...more than you'd think

NorthReport

I know, I know, Clinton has a battery of Wall Street economists that say BS, just the way I'm sure Einstein's peers thought about his theories as well. And the Wall Street economists and their sycophants brilliantly have lead the USA to how many trillion dollars debt now? The economy is obviously not working for the 99%, and it is time for a significant change which is what Sanders is offering.

Meet the Man Who Says Bernie Sanders Can Deliver 5.3% Economic Growth

http://fortune.com/2016/02/18/bernie-sanders-economic-growth/

josh

BillBC wrote:

I think there are Red Tories around...I'm one...more than you'd think

Well, if I may ask, if you are a Red Tory, how can you be a member of the CPC.

BillBC

Well, if I may ask, if you are a Red Tory, how can you be a member of the CPC.

 

not an active member, but why not?  Not all members of a party march in lockstep or think alike...I think that's true of all political parties...

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That brings Bill back to the White House, not something anyone should anticipate with pleasure.

Indeed.  If Hillary Clinton were to win, Bill Clinton would once again sleep in the White House.  And probably eat meals in the White House.  I bet he'd do his laundry IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

lagatta

Such Republicans used to reign in New Hampshire, where Bernie got a surprisingly big lead in the primary. I must say that there aren't a lot of moderate (Progressive) Conservatives any more, and many are politically homeless. It was shameful that so few reigning Cons attended Flora MacDonald's funeral.

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Aristotleded24

So other than Massachusets (which even still was quite close) Sanders had as good a night as he could. He is still in this game, although his room for error is shrinking fast. The 2 key mistakes Sanders made in the campaign were not taking the gloves off with Hillary Clinton, and not connecting with the black community, as returns from Nevada and South Carolina indicate. He needs to turn both of those around right away to have a shot at this thing. Otherwise, Trump becomes President.

mark_alfred

Mr. Magoo wrote:

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That brings Bill back to the White House, not something anyone should anticipate with pleasure.

Indeed.  If Hillary Clinton were to win, Bill Clinton would once again sleep in the White House.  And probably eat meals in the White House.  I bet he'd do his laundry IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

Great.  Fabulous.  Laughing

NorthReport

Yes, Mass is basically a tie as Clinton won by less than 1%.

Sanders has the right message, as we see by Clinton and even Trump co-opting it, but he needs a much better campaign strategy, and he has the money now, so he should bring in some new blood. Tulsi Gabbard definitely helps.

http://www.businessinsider.com/tulsi-gabbard-resigns-from-dnc-to-endorse...

Aristotleded24 wrote:

So other than Massachusets (which even still was quite close) Sanders had as good a night as he could. He is still in this game, although his room for error is shrinking fast. The 2 key mistakes Sanders made in the campaign were not taking the gloves off with Hillary Clinton, and not connecting with the black community, as returns from Nevada and South Carolina indicate. He needs to turn both of those around right away to have a shot at this thing. Otherwise, Trump becomes President.

josh

Sanders won two primaries, Oklahoma and Vermont, and two caucuses, Minnesota and Colorado. But losing Massachusetts really hurts, in terms of perception if nothing else. Next to to Vermont and the most liberal, if not progressive, state. He continues to do well in white lower economic and rural areas. But the Clinton brand name in the African-American south was always going to be the killer.

Aristotleded24

The one thing Sanders has going for him is that Colorado is a swing state and Sanders won that quite handily, so he can use that as evidence of his ability to win over independents and Republicans. Were there any other swing states that Clinton won by that margin? It seems most of Clinton's victories so far were in right-wing states that have little chance of supporting the Democratic presidential candidate. Kind of like her 2008 run. Should Sanders become the nominee, that gives him more time to make inroads with black voters. And with the spectre of Donald Trump becoming President, are loyal black Democrats who went for Clinton in the primaries and caucuses all of a sudden going to sit out the general because of Sanders?

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Great.  Fabulous.  Laughing

It would be kind of amusing to see what he'd end up doing -- it's not like he'd get to be "co-President" or something.  Unless Hillary chose him as VP I suppose.

But otherwise, will he host luncheons for VIPs, and visit high schools to talk about eating healthy, and stand unblinking beside Hillary at events?  Will people talk about which designer he wore, and expect him to bake cookies?  Would he still be called "the First Lady" in the way that some women are still referred to as "Madam Chairman"?  It's not as significant as the possibility of a female President, but it's the flip side of that coin for sure.

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lagatta

Who, Bill? Nope, I doubt very much that he'd be eligible, due to the two-term limit. After all, the main purpose of the VEEP is to be a "spare", in case the POTUS dies in office.

Either Clinton or Sanders would probably choose a VP who is considerably younger (or more realistically, have such a choice imposed). All those people are of pensionable age.

NorthReport

JFK was 44 when elected POTUS. If Clinton wins she will be 69, Trump 71

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Who, Bill? Nope, I doubt very much that he'd be eligible, due to the two-term limit. After all, the main purpose of the VEEP is to be a "spare", in case the POTUS dies in office.

I totally get what you're saying.

But I'm curious whether there's anything in the formal procedures that would prevent a previous two-term President from being VP, on the grounds that if the President were to die in office, that VP would/should be ineligible to take their place.

And of course this is genuine curiousity, as HC is never going to choose BC as her running mate.  But like a "first husband", is this one of those seemingly impossible cases that the rules ignored?

NorthReport

Probably not, but Clinton should float that balloon and when she chooses someone else the Republicans will be so relieved they will vote for her.  Laughing

http://www.factcheck.org/2008/02/vice-president-bill-clinton/

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Well, not a constitutional scholar or anything, but it sounds like BC is probably out.  Which leaves only Beyonce.

NorthReport

No matter who the Democrtats pick it's hard to conceive of any of them losing to the GOP, the racist birther party.

Lincoln must be turning over in his grave.

How the GOP Took Biden Out of the Race -- and Gave the Election to Clinton

https://admin.thefiscaltimes.com/2015/10/21/How-GOP-Took-Biden-Out-Race-...

And from a Sanders supporter

http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/opinion-how-gop-establishment-is-pay...

NorthReport

Perfect issue for Sanders to voice his opinion on.

http://www.thenation.com/article/how-much-more-proof-does-the-supreme-co...

NorthReport

Clinton Wins a Lot—But Sanders Holds His Own

The Democratic race will go on after a Tuesday that was super for Clinton—but still pretty good for Sanders.

http://www.thenation.com/article/clinton-wins-a-lot-but-sanders-holds-hi...

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Obama's Justice Department Just Gave Bryan Pagliano Immunity and Bernie Sanders the Presidency

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Bernie Sanders's path to the presidency was never going to be easy. After surging in the polls and consistently proving America's political establishment wrong, Sanders won Colorado and other states on Super Tuesday. He still has a path to win the Democratic nomination via the primaries, but Bernie Sanders just won the presidency for another reason: Hillary Clinton's quest for"convenience."

Bryan Pagliano, the person who set up Clinton's private server and email apparatus, was just given immunity by the Justice Department. According to The Washington Post, "The Clintons paid Pagliano $5,000 for 'computer services' prior to his joining the State Department, according to a financial disclosure form he filed in April 2009."

First, this can't be a right-wing conspiracy because it's President Obama's Justice Department granting immunity to one of Hillary Clinton's closest associates. Second, immunity from what? The Justice Department won't grant immunity to anyone unless there's potential criminal activity involved with an FBI investigation. Third, and most importantly for Bernie Sanders, there's only one Democrat in 2016 not linked to the FBI, Justice Department, or31,830 deleted emails.

These 31,830 deleted emails, by the way, were deleted without government oversight.

Only one person set up the server that circumvented U.S. government networks and this person is Bryan Pagliano. Not long ago, Pagliano pleaded the Fifth, so this new development speaks volumes. His immunity, at this point in Clinton's campaign, spells trouble and could lead to an announcement in early May from the FBI about whether or not Clinton or her associates committed a crime. As stated in The New York Times, "Then the Justice Department will decide whether to file criminal charges and, if so, against whom."

The FBI's investigation will decide if there was criminal activity involved in owning the server and storing classified information on a non-government network. Already, I've written numerous articleson why Bernie Sanders is the true front-runner, and has been since last year, partly because of Clinton's FBI investigation. Bryan Pagliano being granted immunity, however, changes the ballgame.

Hillary supporters everywhere most likely don't care, but this development, and the testimony (free from any legal consequences) of the man who set up Clinton's computer apparatus, secures Bernie Sanders's front-runner status as the Democratic nominee. The DNC would be engaging in political suicide by entering November 8, 2016 with a nominee linked to a person just granted immunity from President Obama's Justice Department, primarily because there's a reason this man was granted immunity in the first place.

Connect the dots while being honest with these developments, and only one logical progression, if Democrats actually want to win this year, must take place: Bernie Sanders saves the Democratic Party from Hillary Clinton and defeats Donald Trump by 8 points. Yes, Bernie defeats Trump by a wider margin than Clinton in a general election.

Trump wins with a Democratic nominee linked not only to an FBI investigation, but to aides being given immunity for their testimony.

Bernie Sanders already defeats Donald Trump by a much wider margin than Clinton's 3.4-point victory on average, without an FBI investigation, and without an associate enjoying legal immunity from the Justice Department.

In addition to born classified emails (emails that were classified from the start of their existence, undermining the claim that certain emails weren't classified when Clinton stored them on her server), as well as Top Secret intelligence on an unguarded server stored in her basement, Hillary Clinton has never explained the political utility of owning a private server.

Why did Hillary need to own a private server?


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/obamas-justice-department-gave...

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The momentum story: How the Bernie Sanders crowd can still win

https://www.rawstory.com/2016/03/the-momentum-story-how-the-bernie-sande...

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Tulsi Gabbard: A Lot Of People Warned Me Not To Endorse Sanders

http://trofire.com/2016/03/02/tulsi-gabbard-a-lot-of-people-warned-me-no...

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Bernie Sanders kicks off post-Super Tuesday appeal to black voters in Michigan

https://www.yahoo.com/politics/bernie-sanders-kicks-off-post-super-tuesd...

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Aristotleded24 wrote:

The one thing Sanders has going for him is that Colorado is a swing state and Sanders won that quite handily, so he can use that as evidence of his ability to win over independents and Republicans. 

He could, but Colorado uses a caucus, not a primary. Only registered Democrats could vote in the Colorado caucuses. No independents or Republicans voted for Sanders. 

He did great - who ever would have guessed that a real live American socialist would be in the running for president? 

Hopefully some of the energy from the Sanders campaign is going to keep going on the issues he is talkig about, even after his presidential run finishes. THAT would be a bigger sontribution than a President Sanders with great ideas spending four years being blocked by a Congress of Republicans, Racists, and Rage Addicts. 

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He did great - who ever would have guessed that a real live American socialist would be in the running for president?

While I don't disagree with what you're saying, I wonder if "American socialist" == "Canadian centrist" in the same way that their gallon is smaller.

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Maybe, maybe not. Either way, it has been shocking to see a real live American socialist in the running for president, and I hope the energy hsi run has generated doesn't evaporate once divorced from electoral politics (as the energy around Obama's run did). 

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I totally agree that it's been fascinating to watch, and I totally share your hope that whatever the outcome of his campaign, he succeeds in shifting the discourse to the left down there.

I guess I'm just thinking that if he moved to Canada, joined the NDP, ran on the same exact platform, and called it "Socialism", the Canadian left would be on him like a school of piranha.

Are we calling him "Socialist" just because the American right-wing does?

josh

Mr. Magoo wrote:

I totally agree that it's been fascinating to watch, and I totally share your hope that whatever the outcome of his campaign, he succeeds in shifting the discourse to the left down there.

I guess I'm just thinking that if he moved to Canada, joined the NDP, ran on the same exact platform, and called it "Socialism", the Canadian left would be on him like a school of piranha.

Are we calling him "Socialist" just because the American right-wing does?

The current version of the NDP should only be as socialist as Bernie.

NorthReport

Agreed

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

If only some Canadian political party -- ANY Canadian political party -- had the courage to support single-payer health care like Bernie!

My point isn't that he's not the most progressive of all the candidates -- he surely is.  But "Socialist"?  Is that some kind of relative term now?  Whoever is most to the left in some political context is the "Socialist"?

If he wins the election, will we describe the United States as a "Socialist state"?  Or do you suppose that some "real" socialists (not the "faux left" ones) will maybe quarrel with that?

josh

If only a progressive party would support tax increases to fund a large public works program, and not let a fear of deficits get in the way. Not to mention an inheritance tax, breaking up big banks and a financial transfer tax.

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Very well.  So let me just ask plainly:  that's "Socialism" then?

If some "real" socialist says otherwise, you'll tell him/her to shut their cryhole, because "that IS socialism"?

Because that's my point, josh.  Not that Sanders' proposed policies aren't good ones.  That however good they might be, calling them "Socialist" seems to me more to be taking a nod from the Republicans who call them "socialist" than taking a nod from socialists calling them -- and him -- "socialist".

josh

Socialist means supporting public ownership of the means of production. But that is politically upalatable today. The policies I mentioned are not textbook socialism, but certainly within that milieu.

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I'm down with all of that.

I'm just asking why people refer to Sanders as a "Socialist", and wondering whether he'd actually be considered a Socialist by people who consider themselves to be a Socialist.

Is he to the left of lots of others?  Sure.  But do you see what I mean here?

josh

He calls himself a socialist. That's the reason,

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That's kryptonite to "real" Socialists.

"Dammit... if he says he's a Socialist then he's a Socialist!  Stand down!"

NorthReport

Using the term 'socialist' is the right-wing's code for commie in the USA or at least it used to be. It appears that buzz word doesn't seem to have the same clout it once did. Maybe because of the economic downturn capitalism is not the be all to end all that it used to be.

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