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Scientists Agree This Is the Most Effective Diet for Weight Loss

New posts at Many Years Young 7/30/16

Scientists Agree This Is the Most Effective Diet for Weight Loss

High-fat Mediterranean diet, not low-fat one, is how you lose weight

Copper is key in burning fat

How Sleep Can Sabotage Weight Loss

Plus lots more.

Healthy Lifestyle Programs Provide Improved Quality-of-Life

New posts at Many Years Young 7/29/16

Healthy Lifestyle Programs Provide Improved Quality-of-Life

Healthy eating can include ‘a lot’ of (good) fat

Drinking More Water Has Numerous Dietary Benefits

The Next Superfood May Be Cockroach Milk

Plus lots more.

Clinton puts ‘biggest crack’ in glass ceiling

Today’s Facebook posts, Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Clinton puts ‘biggest crack’ in glass ceiling

Hillary Clinton is first female presidential nominee of a major party after a historic roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

CNN.COM|BY MJ LEE

Hillary Clinton just won a presidential nomination. These newspapers ran front-page photos of her husband.

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A few major newspapers marked Clinton’s gender milestone with a front-page photo of Bill.

VOX.COM|BY SARAH KLIFF

No misogyny here. Uh uh. Not at all. – Caro

Bill Clinton embraces role of political spouse

Bill Clinton isn’t used to being the second act, but he slipped comfortably into that…

CNN.COM|BY MAEVE RESTON

Meryl Streep Gives Powerful Speech as Hillary Clinton Trumps Donald in Convention Star Power

The stars came out in full force to support Hillary Clinton.

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More than 100 celebrities pledge to work against Trump

Clinton team says Trump is encouraging Russian espionage

Trump urges Russia to hack Clinton’s emails

Trump also calls Obama “the most ignorant president in our history.”

WASHINGTONPOST.COM|BY JOSE A. DELREAL

Is it a crime to incite a crime? – Caro

Trump endorses Putin-gate espionage against America

Trump expressed hope that Russian hackers would undermine Hillary Clinton.

THEHILL.COM

Putin-gate! Hah! My friend Brent is on a roll! – Caro

Franklin Foer: The DNC hack is Watergate, but worse

A foreign government has hacked a political party’s computers–and possibly an election. It has stolen documents and timed their release to explode with maximum damage. It is a strike against our civic infrastructure. And though nobody died–and…

DALLASNEWS.COM

George Will: Trump won’t release tax returns because they show his ties to Russian oligarchs

George Will believes Donald Trump won’t release his tax returns because they may show how deeply he’s…

RAWSTORY.COM

George Will is so fed up with Trump that he has resigned from the Republican Party. – Caro

What If Russia Invaded the Baltics—and Donald Trump Was President?

A former NATO general imagines a frightening scenario.

THEATLANTIC.COM|BY URI FRIEDMAN

Right-Wing Media Claim Trump Was ‘Joking’ About Russian Espionage, But National Security Experts Aren’t Laughing

Harry Reid: How Can Intel Community Give Trump Classified Briefings Now?

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was left flabbergasted by the prospect of giving Donald Trump classified briefings on the campaign trail after the…

TALKINGPOINTSMEMO.COM

On a much more important matter than the attempt to deny Hillary the briefings. – Caro

Donald Trump’s falsehood-laden press conference, annotated

Every last word.

WASHINGTONPOST.COM|BY PHILIP BUMP

NEW: Donald Trump Says He Wants ‘Power’ to Hack Private Emails | BNR

Donald Trump has now disqualified himself from the presidency.

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So much for the right to privacy. – Caro

The creator of the viral pro-Trump act ‘USA Freedom Kids’ now plans to sue the campaign

Jeff Popick says that the campaign failed to live up to promises it made to him.

WASHINGTONPOST.COM|BY PHILIP BUMP

Make that 4,001 suits against Trump. – Caro

As Green Party’s Stein woos Sanders backers, some see unhappy flashbacks to 2000

Democrats worry that third-party candidate could cost Clinton the election.

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Yep, Nader voters gave us the Iraq War. – Caro

Cicero’s tips for aging well: Stay active, use your brain, chill out

New posts at Many Years Young 7/27/16

Cicero’s tips for aging well: Stay active, use your brain, chill out

Exercise ability in middle age may be one key to longer life

5 foods to keep you moving as you age

Aging isn’t for sissies

Plus lots more.

Democratic National Convention: Clinton is officially the Democratic nominee

Today’s Facebook posts, Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Democratic National Convention: Clinton is officially the Democratic nominee

She is the first woman to become the presidential nominee for a major U.S. political…

WASHINGTONPOST.COM|BY DAVE WEIGEL

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Michelle Obama’s Message: Trust Hillary, Like I Do – The New Yorker

Obama argued that Hillary Clinton could give her girls something that even their father could not.

NEWYORKER.COM|BY AMY DAVIDSON

“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be President of the United States.”
– Michele Obama

Hate Liberals? Bite Me.‘s photo

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Don’t help Donald Trump. All our futures are on the line. – Caro

Bernie-or-busters were loud last night. But 9 of 10 Sanders supporters are open to voting for Clinton.

Sanders supporters are more open to supporting Clinton than you might think.

VOX.COM|BY ZACHARY CROCKETT

I hope they do. There’s just so much at stake. – Caro

Manny Schewitz‘s photo.

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In my opinion, Nader voters in 2000 are responsible for the Iraq War. – Caro

The Media Sure Is Playing It Fast and Loose with the Term ‘Chaos’

If you want chaos, take a look back at the RNC podium last week.

ESQUIRE.COM|BY CHARLES P. PIERCE

And NONE of the media is talking about the Russians helping Trump or Trump’s business relationships with them or the FBI investigation into the DNC hack. – Caro

FBI Suspects Russia Hacked DNC; U.S. Officials Say It Was to Elect Donald Trump

Did the Russian government hack the DNC to bring down Hillary Clinton? That’s the view that’s quickly emerging inside American intelligence and law enforcement…

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Being Liberal‘s photo

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 Putin’s Party?

Donald J. Trump is the presidential nominee of the Republican party. But that does not absolve every Republican office holder, donor, and activist from the responsibility of satisfying himself that it is right to support that nominee for president. There are,…

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Occupy Democrats‘s photo

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If you’re female and running for president, you better be perfect

Today’s Facebook posts, Monday, July 25, 2016:

If you’re female and running for president, you better be perfect

(Madeleine May Kunin, Boston Globe) Men wear imperfection comfortably and voters are forgiving of any mistakes. Not so for women.

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Clinton says she’s held to a higher standard — and gets high negative ratings as a result

Speaking on 60 Minutes Sunday, Hillary Clinton tried to make the case that she was held to a completely different standard than other politicians. “I often feel like there’s…

VOX.COM|BY TARA GOLSHAN

FBI launches probe of DNC hack

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a probe into the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s emails, the bureau announced Monday.

POLITICO.COM|BY NICK GASS

So let’s see what Comey has to say about THESE emails. – Caro

FBI investigating suspected Russian hack of DNC emails

The suspected Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee is part of a wave of Russian cyber-attacks aimed at groups in Washington, U.S. officials say.

CNN.COM|BY EVAN PEREZ, CNN JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT

Remember, Donald is deeply in debt to Russian banks. – Caro

FBI traces DNC email hack to Russia, which has heavy financial investment in Donald Trump’s empire

Dots continue to be connected in Trump’s collusion with Vladimir Putin and the…

DAILYNEWSBIN.COM|BY DAILY NEWS BIN

Trump Credits One Of ‘Our Friends’ In Russia, China With DNC Hack (VIDEO)

Donald Trump on Monday attributed the Democratic National Committee hack that led to the ouster of its chair to “one of our many, many ‘friends’” in Russia or China.

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The Guardian view on the leaked DNC emails: beware of hackers | Editorial

Editorial: Publishing the Democratic National Committee emails is a new twist on an old, and dangerous, story…

[T]he theft itself has been plausibly attributed to Russian hackers, working with at least the blessing of the state. This seems to mark a new development in the constant struggle of propaganda and disinformation.

THEGUARDIAN.COM|BY EDITORIAL

Exploring Russian ties to the men lurking behind Trump

Is Moscow meddling in the American election through Trump campaign?

THEHILL.COM

If you don’t want Russia involved in our politics, vote for Hillary. – Caro

Sanders says leaked DNC emails don’t change his support for Clinton

Bernie Sanders still supports Hillary Clinton after an email leak showed that party leaders favored her.

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Sanders Supporters Boo As He Calls For Them To Vote For Clinton

“Brothers and sisters, this is the real world that we live in,” Sanders tried to say over the noise.

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Congratulations, Bernie supporters, you have just become the “useful idiots” of Vladimir Putin. – Caro

Top Sanders Endorser: ‘Bernie or Bust’ Only Helping Elect Donald Trump

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) is urging Bernie Sanders supporters at the Democratic convention to come together and rally behind Hillary Clinton or risk electing Donald…

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For the Last Time: Here’s Proof the Democratic Primary Wasn’t Rigged Against Bernie Sanders

If you want to claim that the “primary was rigged” against Bernie Sanders, then you…

FORWARDPROGRESSIVES.COM|BY ALLEN CLIFTON

Bernie supporters: Please keep helping us to move the Democratic Party to the left. It’s the quickest way to get more progressive legislation passed. – Caro

Al Gore, a convention no-show, endorses Hillary Clinton

PHILADELPHIA — Former Vice President Al Gore pledged his support for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Monday despite having no plans to attend the Democratic National Committee’s convention, which…

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Labor leader calls BS on Trump’s faux populism: ‘He thinks our wages are too high’

Disaffected working-class white voters are seen as one of Donald Trump’s areas of strength, but the union movement plans to push back hard on Trump’s claims.…

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“Pretty Damn Frightening”: Wash. Post’s Volokh Conspiracy Imagines Trump’s Justice Department

Contributor to the Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy blog Orin Kerr wrote that the Department of Justice under Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump…

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After chaotic and negative RNC, Democrats poised to deliver optimistic message in Philadelphia

Today’s Facebook posts, Sunday, July 24, 2016:

After chaotic and negative RNC, Democrats poised to deliver optimistic message in Philadelphia

On Monday, a unified Democratic Party will travel to Philadelphia to deliver a positive message to the voters: America is already great.

POLITICUSUSA.COM|BY SEAN COLAROSSI

Leaked Democratic Party Emails Show Members Tried To Undercut Sanders

Just days before the Democratic National Committee convention gets underway, WikiLeaks releases almost 20,000 emails among DNC staff, revealing discussions…

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Who stole and leaked these emails? Hasn’t Russia been active in these kinds of thefts? And if it is Russia, why is Putin helping Donald Trump?  Could it be due to Deadbeat Donald’s business relationships with Russian banks and industries? – Caro

Donald Trump Jr Flips Out On CNN After His Dad’s Kremlin Aided Campaign Is Exposed

After Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook suggested that experts say Russians are behind the DNC hacks and leaks, Donald Trump Jr. slammed the Clinton…

POLITICUSUSA.COM|BY SARAH JONES

Get used to it, Junior. We’re not going to sit still while your foreign business interests try to take over our country. – Caro

Wasserman Schultz resigning as party leader

Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party’s convention, which is set to begin here Monday.

CNN.COM|BY JOHN KING

Yes, she has to. Get it over with. Get on with the festivities. – Caro

Mother of Ambassador Killed in Libya Tells GOP: Stop Using My Son’s Death

The mother of ambassador Chris Stevens, killed in Benghazi, accused Trump and…

NBCNEWS.COM|BY NBC NEWS

Trump Tries to Stiff Small Business – Gets Nailed for $300,000 in Attorney’s Fees

Trump stiffed The Paint Spot $34K, claiming it had been “paid enough” regardless of the contract he had signed

POLITICUSUSA.COM|BY HRAFNKELL HARALDSSON

There are thousands of these stories. You’ll be seeing from me every one of them that I come across. – Caro

Trump’s tax plan would do little for the average American but a lot for the 1%

Donald Trump’s three-bracket tax system looks appealingly simple, but it would end up making the rich richer – and leave the rest of America anything but great

THEGUARDIAN.COM|BY SUZANNE MCGEE

Mike Pence: ‘Smoking doesn’t kill,’ and other thigh-slappers

While Con Man Don Trump is an agile ideological chameleon, able to change his views on a dime and deny they were ever any different in the same breath, his vice…

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Liars lie. – Caro

CNN Trump Supporter Laments The Use Of Spanish In Tim Kaine’s VP Speech

From the July 23 edition of CNN Newsroom:

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“Be stupid, Americans,” is the Republican ideal. – Caro

Trump to Spend Millions in Bid to Defeat Cruz, Kasich

Donald Trump said he would fund efforts to defeat Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich, primary rivals who refused to endorse him in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton for the presidency.

BLOGS.WSJ.COM|BY JON HILSENRATH

Hey, thanks, Donald! We appreciate your help getting rid of these right wingers. – Caro

Trump Doesn’t Totally Rule Out Supporting A David Duke Candidacy

When asked whether Trump would support a Democrat against David Duke, he…

THINKPROGRESS.ORG|BY CASEY QUINLAN

If you’re not aware, David Duke is a former grand dragon of the KKK. – Caro

Koch Brothers give up trying to defeat Democrat Russ Feingold in Wisconsin race

Conservative billionaires take their money and go home

DAILYNEWSBIN.COM|BY DAILY NEWS BIN

Report: Sexual Harassment At Fox News Goes Way Beyond Roger Ailes

Following the ousting of former Fox CEO Roger Ailes amid allegations that he sexually harassed former network anchor Gretchen Carlson, The New York Times…

MEDIAMATTERS.ORG

Dear Jon Stewart – this year’s been hard without you | David Ferguson

I have so missed our evenings together on the sofa, you telling me about the latest evil or stupid or hilarious thing Fox News or the Republicans did

THEGUARDIAN.COM|BY DAVID FERGUSON

Yes, John, please come back. – Caro

Americans are as skeptical of Black Lives Matter as they were of the Civil Rights Movement

America has a long history of resisting black-led social justice movements.

VOX.COM|BY VICTORIA M. MASSIE

Shame on us! – Caro

WNBA Rescinds Fines Against Players Wearing Shirts Supporting Shooting Victims

“While we expect players to comply with league rules and uniform guidelines, we also understand their desire to use their platform to address important societal…

NPR.ORG

Yay! – Caro

Hillary Clinton Will Win by a Landslide Against Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton Will Win by a Landslide Against Donald Trump

By Brent Budowsky

I try to minimize election predictions—especially long before the voting on election day—but I consider this prediction one of the easiest I have ever made.

Hillary Clinton will win by a landslide against Donald Trump. I expect her to win 46 states, and if I am wrong, it is equally likely she will win more than 46 states in November, rather than less…

Because of the insulting and divisive style of the Trump campaign, the Democratic electoral advantage will be even greater than previous presidential elections. The prospect of a Trump presidency will galvanize Democratic voters to come out in huge numbers, generate a wave of anti-Trump Hispanic voters that could win key states for Democrats in both the presidential and senate elections and alienate and alarm many female, independent and younger voters…

Anything is possible in presidential politics but things are shaping up to produce a Democratic landslide for Hillary Clinton similar to the landslide of Lyndon Johnson over Barry Goldwater in 1964.

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The Year of the Angry Old White Guys

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(Credit: Chicago Tribune)

By Art Friedson

Let’s be very clear: Donald Trump has won the Republican nomination, and Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic nomination.

According to the Associated Press Delegate Tracker which is as close to the “official count” as you get, Hillary now has 2,293 pledged delegates. She needs 2,383 to win. On June 7th, six states will hold primaries. Sanders is expected to win North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana. Even if he gets 100% of their delegates (which he won’t), he’ll only pick up 75 total delegates. Hillary, on the other hand, is expected to win California, New Jersey, and New Mexico. And when I say “expected,” I’m working from Nate Silvers’ fivethirtyeight primary forecasts  projections that Hillary has a 93% probability of winning California with its 548 delegates and a 97% chance of winning New Jersey with its 142 delegates, plus New Mexico with its 43 delegates.

Even if she wins each of those contests by only one vote (she won’t…she’s dominating), she’ll pick up a cool 374 delegates that night. That will put her at over 2,667 delegates. Vote counts tell the same story, with Clinton at about 12.5 million votes to Sanders’ 9.4 million. It’s over. Period. End of this part of the story.

Clinton is winning fair and square according to rules that have been in place since Day #1. WaPo‘s Alexandra Petri takes a great tongue-in-cheek look at what would happen if Sanders’ supporters applied the same logic they are using to express umbrage at the primary results to other contests like Scrabble, Tennis and Monopoly. The common refrain:  I’m not a sore loser. The system is RIGGED!

What’s frightening right now is while Trump is trying to re-cast himself as a normal person, making nice with Roger Ailes and Megyn Kelly and suggesting that he’ll nominate reliable dyed-in-the-wool Conservatives to the Supreme Court (perish the thought!), Bernie Sanders is taking over Trump’s role as the crazy old man in the room, giving just a brief, perfunctory apology for the violence and obscene death threats made against Nevada delegates and harassment of Democratic Party officials like Senator Barbara Boxer and Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz  then screaming about an unjust system in the same sentence. What on earth is going on?

WaPo‘s Dana Milbank askes the right question: Does Bernie Sanders Want To Be The Ralph Nader of 2016? He notes that Sanders has toned down his attacks on Hillary Clinton, while simultaneously fueling a storm of outrage directed at the Democratic Party that will hurt Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. Sanders’ new argument is, in essence, that the Democratic Party is no better than the Republican Party, which is the same message that drove Nader’s supporters and which may explain why Sanders has less support from his Senate colleagues than even Ted Cruz got from his caucus.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are both running campaigns based on anger and alienation. Both are failing, thank goodness, because there are simply not enough angry white men (in Trump’s case) and alienated white kids (in Sanders’ case) to carry them. But, sadly, there are enough of them to be a real cancer in the body politic. We can only hope that President Obama’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative will eradicate The Donald and The Bern as well; but short of that, we have great confidence that Hillary will handle it.

Thanks to Nancy Kohn Consulting

Dirty tricks in Nevada?

What if the childish antics at the Nevada Dem convention were #RogerStoneDirtyTricks (http://bit.ly/224NZrM)?

Don’t the videos (http://wapo.st/1To28gf) remind you of the so-called Brooks Brothers riot that stopped the counting of votes in Miami Dade in 2000?

The convention officials did nothing wrong. See here (http://bit.ly/1TZDAY9) and here (http://bit.ly/1TZDZty), That’s why I think there had to be some dirty tricks to divide Democrats involved.

Besides, is there ever any excuse for throwing punches and chairs and threatening people’s lives and their grandchildren’s lives (http://bit.ly/1TZEdRC), and threatening their livelihoods (http://bit.ly/1TZDMGM)?

Don’t let Roger Stone help Donald Trump divide us, friends.

A Clinton-Becerra ticket?

A Clinton-Becerra ticket?

By Brent Budowsky

With Hillary Clinton poised to become the Democratic nominee for president, she is fortunate to have many highly qualified men and women to consider as her running mate. One exciting choice would be Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), the widely respected congressman from Los Angeles who serves as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

As the fourth-ranking member of House Democratic leadership, Becerra is admired by his Democratic colleagues and respected by many Republican members who disagree with his views but join Democrats in appreciating the depth of his knowledge, the skill of his leadership, the strength of his character and the integrity of his professionalism.

It would be a thrilling moment in history and a timeless testament to the diverse mosaic of American life if the first female president is elected after choosing the first Hispanic vice president to succeed the first black president…

Becerra would champion a faith-based progressivism in the age of Pope Francis, with whom he shares a passion for social justice and income equality that provides a powerful appeal to Catholic and working-class voters transcending religion, ethnicity and gender…

Becerra is the ultimate self-made man, whose mom and dad emigrated here from Mexico and whose talents, hard work, ambitions, ideals and achievements make him worthy of serious consideration to join a ticket that would lift the spirits of the nation.

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A Sanders People’s PAC to elect liberal Democrats

A Sanders People’s PAC to elect liberal Democrats

By Brent Budowsky

Bernie Sanders can change the course of American history and make the central point of his political revolution the law of the land by creating a People’s Political Action Committee to elect a wave of progressives to Congress, create a liberal Supreme Court majority, reverse the heinous decisions in the Citizens United case and against voting rights, and ignite a surge of small-donor grassroots democracy for America…

There is magic for America in the Sanders small-donor movement, rooted in high patriotism and a push for powerful change. If this magic is expanded to progressives running for the House and Senate on a platform of ending the curse of Citizens United and escalating the cause of voting rights, the result could be a new era of progressive leadership…

The ultimate historic destiny for Bernie Sanders may well resemble William Jennings Bryan, the progressive populist who first ran for president in 1896 against the corruptions of the Gilded Age and was opposed by the oligarchs of that age. Bryan did not become president, but he paved the way for the historic progressive populist triumphs of Teddy Roosevelt’s Square Deal and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal.

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Bernie Sanders and entourage waylay Pope Francis

Pope: Sanders encounter sign of good manners, ‘nothing more’

(AP) Pope Francis said his brief encounter Saturday with U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was a sign of good manners, “nothing more,” and hardly evidence of interfering in American politics…

Francis was on his way to Greece to highlight the plight of refugees and Sanders was wrapping up his trip to Rome when they met in the lobby of the pope’s residence, the Domus Santa Marta hotel in the Vatican gardens. The Vermont senator had attended a Vatican conference Friday on economic inequality and climate change, and flew back to New York for campaign events on Saturday.

“This morning when I left, Sen. Sanders was there. … He knew I was leaving at that time and I had the kindness to greet him and his wife and another couple who were with them,” the pope told reporters traveling back with him to the Vatican.

“When I came down, I greeted them, shook their hands and nothing more. This is good manners. It’s called good manners and not getting mixed up in politics. If anyone thinks that greeting someone means getting involved in politics, they should see a psychiatrist,” the pope said.

And they used campaign funds to get there. – Caro

Meanwhile, Hillary called attention to some of the serious problems . . .

. . . faced by low income New Yorkers. – Caro

Hillary Clinton tours run-down Harlem NYCHA building, vows to fight for low-income housing residents

Hillary Clinton toured a problem-plagued NYCHA building in East Harlem on Friday and promised long-suffering residents she would always fight for their needs if elected — and would boost funding for affordable housing nationwide.

I’ve lost all of the respect I once had for Bernie Sanders

Bernie Supporters Chant ‘Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Hillary Clinton Has Got to Go’

(Peter Daou, Blue Nation Review) Bernie’s campaign now feels like one colossal attempt to take down Hillary Clinton. His issues, which are critically important, have taken a back seat to the mission of destroying Hillary’s public image.

Protesters targeting Hillary’s fundraiser with Amal and George Clooney, which is raising money for down-ticket Democrats, chant “Hey hey, ho ho, Hillary Clinton has got to go.”

The turn this Democratic primary has taken is the responsibility of Bernie’s campaign.

How’s all that hate speech workin’ out for ya’, Bernie?

BUSTED: How Bernie’s Wall Street Attack on Hillary Crashed and Burned in Brooklyn

(Peter Daou, Blue Nation Review) A recent NY Times story on why Bernie is losing contains a jarring revelation: His attack line on Hillary’s speech transcripts is “the sort of character assault he has long opposed.” Full quote: “Mr. Sanders, hunched over a U-shaped conference table, rejected it as a personal attack on Mrs. Clinton’s income — the sort of character assault he has long opposed. She has the right to make money, he offered.” So why has Bernie spent all of 2016 doing what he finds so objectionable? Answer: Politics…

Bernie was asked for a single example of Hillary making a decision that favored banks because of money she received. He was stumped and fumbled through a non-answer. Hillary rightfully called him out.

Democratic voters refuse to believe the worst about Hillary Clinton

(Greg Sargent, The Plum Line) Judging by the fact that Clinton has won far more popular votes than Sanders has — and appears to be on track to winning the nomination — many Democratic voters believe Clinton when she claims her economic policy positions are not directly shaped by Wall Street cash. Or perhaps they agree with Clinton when she says that the next president will also have to battle a host of other problems beyond the plutocracy’s continued grip on our political system — such as bigotry, discrimination, and the ideological entrenchment of the GOP — and that she’s better equipped to do that.

Clinton would be well served if she more directly engaged on the question of why she is immune to the corrupting potential of big money that Democrats have long decried, and how she squares that with her continued opposition to Citizens United. But right now, it doesn’t look like this dispute will be enough to derail her.

Nate Silver:

According to our latest polls-plus forecast, Hillary Clinton has a 99%chance of winning the New York primary.

NY Democratic Primary 2016

Sanders’ Supporters Are Lashing Out, But Here’s How They Might Be Hurting His Campaign

(Tribune Washington Bureau) Shawn Bagley thought he knew what he was getting into when he was elected to become one of California’s so-called superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention, and energetic debate with other activists was part of it.

What Bagley had not anticipated was being jolted out of bed by a 2 a.m. phone call from an angry Bernie Sanders supporter. The caller accused Bagley, a retired produce broker from Salinas, of stealing democracy from the citizenry.

“Why is Bernie Sanders letting these people loose on us?” said Bagley, a Hillary Clinton backer who says he was branded corrupt, immoral and thickheaded over the course of some 200 social media posts and phone calls from Sanders fans. “He lost my vote at 2 a.m.”

More ISIS in America

Below is an email I received this morning, apparently triggered by this post, from many years ago. – Caro

From: Thom Paine (bcm308@gmail.com)

Subject: Re; Liberals being nice to conservatves,

Stay within the U.S. Constitution and you shouldn’t have anything to fear.  But as you insist it is a “living document” ,and continue  to twist liberty into a progressive clusterfuck. I forsee that Being nice won’t help you when the spark comes. NO quarter will be given to those that endorse treason. Of that you may rest assured.  The trucks of food will simply stop arriving ,and no power or water will be had in your areas . Then the vast  criminal underclass that surrounds you will come.   History proves me to be correct on this .                                      Votes and actions have consequences so deal with it.  PS If you think I’m mistaken that’s very special , but then that’s a mighty big gamble considering that in a 3 month period of the Obama administration, more guns were sold than it would take to equip the Chinese and Indian armies combined.  Something tells me they aren’t buying duck guns too.  Sweet dreams on that thought.   Yours in defense of the US Constitution to hell and back .  A Veteran.

So, unless I support HIS interpretation of the Constitution, he wants me killed. How is that different from ISIS? How is that different from THIS hateful message I received a few months ago?

These people don’t believe in free speech.

He calls himself a veteran. I wonder if he served in a war zone. I did. – Caro

Is NRA President Wayne LaPierre a terrorist?

Wayne LaPierre: Terrorist

Thanks to the New York Daily News

America’s big spending on health care doesn’t pay off

New posts at Many Years Young 11/24/15

America’s big spending on health care doesn’t pay off

Health care law results in $2.4 billion in consumer rebates on premiums since 2011

Study: Health Plan Buyers Will Save Money If They Shop

Continuing the shift from volume to results in American healthcare

Plus lots more.

National emergency? Belgians respond to terror raids with cats

National emergency? Belgians respond to terror raids with cats

(The Guardian) Belgian forces – searching for suspects in the aftermath of the Paris attacks – told citizens to stay indoors and not go near their windows for safety reasons.

They also appealed for social media silence about any police action users might witness – presumably to keep the suspects in the dark.

A tense time, no doubt. But Belgium reacted – how else? – with cats…

 

Belgian police later thanked the cats for their help.

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