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Bernie Sanders scores big wins with Democratic platform
After the Democratic presidential primaries and caucuses wrapped up last month, Bernie Sanders and his campaign team had a decision to make: pick the next goal. Despite months of chatter about the senator urging party insiders to overturn voters’ will, Team Sanders didn’t seriously consider such an approach, knowing it wouldn’t work anyway.
Instead, the Vermonter and his aides turned their attention to the Democratic platform, launching a spirited fight to move the document to the left. As of late last week, there can be little doubt that Sanders has succeeded: as MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald reported, Dems are moving forward with “what is almost certainly the most progressive platform in the party’s history.”
Who are you going to believe: us, or your lying eyes? That’s the good word from Democratic Party powers that be and their transcribers in the corporate media, in response to the “allegations” by Bernie Sanders supporters that the nomination was stolen by Hillary Clinton.
French protestors are rising up in their millions against a ruling class determined to take away their rights. There is anarchy on the streets of France as the mainstream media continues to suppress the scale of events.
The best celebration this Independence Day wasn’t around a barbecue or fireworks show, but in a dark room filled with NASA engineers.
After hours of anticipation, team members broke out in cheers. The Juno mission's spacecraft made it into Jupiter's orbit just before 9 p.m. local time after a risky maneuver to slow it down by more than 1,200 mph so it could be captured by Jupiter’s gravity.
A massive landslide, estimated to be around six-and-half miles long, near Glacier Bay has scientists in New York clambering to get to Southeast. The slide happened Tuesday morning, and was discovered by a local pilot.
The well worn media narrative has now evolved that both Clinton and Lynch were in Phoenix on the same day for scheduled events. That’s wrong. Bill Clinton was in Phoenix on Monday, June 27, to meet with real-estate developer Jim Pederson and others. (Pederson was Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party from 2001 to 2005. According to Federal Election Commission records, Pederson gave nearly $7.3 million to the Arizona State Democratic Central Committee from 2001 to 2006.)
While Clinton was in Phoenix on Monday, Loretta Lynch was giving a speech in Baltimore, Maryland at a National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention, according to her public schedule and a news report in the Baltimore Sun.
Loretta Lynch flew into the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Monday evening after her Baltimore speech and the evening before she was to meet with local Phoenix officials on community policing on Tuesday, June 28. The fact that Lynch arrived the night before she was actually due in Phoenix, then held a private meeting on her plane with Bill Clinton, while his wife is under an active Justice Department criminal investigation for her use of a private email server that transmitted classified material while she served as Secretary of State, raises more questions.
France's controversial new labour laws look set to be pushed through parliament today without a vote, as demonstrators get ready to protest once again.
Former FDA commissioner, Margaret Hamburg, is the subject of a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. And the details are as grisly as the plaintiff’s allegations. Hamburg is being accused of using her position of power to gain approval for a dangerous antibiotic called Levaquin in order to help her husband’s hedge fund benefit financially. The hedge fund was deeply seeded with Johnson & Johnson, makers of Levaquin. According to The Daily Caller, “Both Alkermes and Johnson & Johnson stock value increased significantly during Hamburg’s tenure,…”
The lawsuit opens with: “This Amended Complaint sets forth allegations that involve a conspiracy by Defendants, each and every one of them, to reap large financial returns by failing to disclose to Plaintiffs and the public at large the full extent of the devastating, life-threatening, and deadly effects of a highly dangerous pharmaceutical drug named Levaquin,…”
And there is more. 5,000 people are said to have died as a direct result of this drug’s approval.
There are serious murmurings in Israeli media that Bibi Netanyahu faces a new, and far more damaging investigation by Israeli police. Raviv Drucker and others have suggested various reasons for them, but no one knows for sure. Of one thing Drucker is certain: this is the big one, the political earthquake many have expected without knowing when it would hit.
Sometimes in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another. It is high time to declare our personal independence from any remnant of obligation to those who have spit upon the rule of law. We owe them nothing - not respect, not loyalty, not obedience.
Bernie Sanders advisors Bill Black and Stephanie Kelton tell Paul Jay that the public-private partnership model is a disaster, and increased infrastructure spending combined with austerity would throw the economy into a recession
Senator Hillary Clinton's (Democrat, New York) address to the US Senate while voting YES to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq:
"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members...
The extent of aggression used against a UAE businessman, arrested in the US as a Daesh suspect and later released, is the result of anti-Islam ideas promulgated by pro-Zionist media outlets in the United States, says a political analyst.
This is not an exclusive list, nor does it relate to charges that might possibly be made against Ms. Clinton on grounds other than the unquestionable and basic ground that she moved all of her State Department email operation to a private and non-secured computer outside the State Department, and then attempted to destroy the record of those emails. Here are the six criminal laws of that type, which, I here allege, she clearly broke:
When people don’t possess sufficient expertise on matters, they require simplicity. They desire easily manageable packages of knowledge, and these packages become taken for granted stocks of ‘common sense’ that enable them to cope with or to understand the world around them, no matter how faulty or misrepresented that ‘knowledge’ may be.
FBI Director James Comey is speaking to the press Tuesday morning, just days after his agents interviewed Hillary Clinton about her private email server.
But officials would not reveal the topic of his announcement.
Shares of Harley-Davidson Inc. tumbled 10% in morning trade Tuesday, after the motorcycle maker was downgraded at RW Baird, which cited valuation following "uncorroborated" buyout speculation. Analyst Craig Kennison cut his rating to neutral after being at outperform for at least the last three years. The stock had soared 20% on Friday in the wake of media reports that KKR & Co. could be interested in buying the company. Kennison kept his stock price target at $54, which was just below Friday's closing price of $54.25. "We have no information that would corroborate takeout speculation surrounding the company, and are aware of no credible source behind the rumor," Kennison wrote in a note to clients. "With shares above out fundamental price target, we would need evidence to support a takeout scenario to sustain our outperform rating here." The company has not responded to a request for comment.
An El Al flight from New York that was escorted Tuesday by military jets in Europe following a bomb threat landed safely in Israel.
El Al President David Maimon said Flight 002 from John F. Kennedy Airport touched down midday after an anonymous tip was received regarding a potential bomb threat onboard. Following the tip, France and Switzerland deployed military jets over their airspaces as escorts for the Boeing 747 plane flying toward Israel.
(*Those swiss schmucks . that plane was supposed to go "BOOM!" !
nodding yayhoo )
The letter from over 100 Nobel laureates attacking Greenpeace for opposing GMOs in general and GMO golden rice in particular has become mired in a new scandal.
Last week the publicity stunt was shown to have links to Monsanto. Representatives of NGOs – including Greenpeace, the subject of the laureates’ attack – who tried to attend the press conference about the letter were astonished to find their way blocked by none other than Jay Byrne, Monsanto’s notorious former communications director and president of the PR company V-Fluence, which is known to work for Monsanto. He is on record as having identified Greenpeace as a target for attack as far back as 2010.
Knowledgeable critics also denounced the letter on the grounds that most of the signatories had no expertise in relevant fields such as toxicology, agriculture, or risk assessment.
Key market gauges
S&P ESU6, -0.51% and Dow futures YMU6, -0.48% show those gauges on track to open in the red, after they scored their biggest weekly gains of 2016 last week.
Europe SXXP, -1.68% is also falling, building on yesterday’s declines, though the U.K.’s FTSE 100 UKX, +0.24% has turned positive. Asia closed mostly down, though Chinese stocks SHCOMP, +0.60% bucked the negative trend as President Xi Jinping called for state-owned enterprise reform.
Oil CLQ6, -3.25% has been slumping, with blame going to supply worries and downbeat views from a couple of banks. The Brexit-battered pound GBPUSD, -1.6706% fell to a fresh 31-year low, but it bounced back a bit as the Bank of England’s Mark Carney spoke. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, +0.17% is little changed after a choppy morning. Gold GCQ6, +0.88% and silver SIU6, +1.52% are both higher, after silver touched a two-year high on Monday. Government bond yields are sinking to record lows.
U.S. stocks opened lower Tuesday, as investors returned from the long holiday weekend to more uncertainty about the impact of the U.K.'s vote to quit the European Union. Cautiousness ahead of the closely watched U.S. jobs report on Friday along with a sharp drop in crude-oil prices weighed on risk appetite. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 65 points, or 0.4%, to 17,885, the S&P 500 index fell 8 points, or 0.4%, to 2,094, while the Nasdaq Composite Index lost 25 points, or 0.5%, to 4,838.
Brexit puts squeeze on central banks to fix financial jitters
On Tuesday, the central bank in its Financial Stability Report took steps to shore up the U.K. economy, cutting the countercyclical buffer for banks to 0% from 0.5%. The move should allow banks to lend an extra £150 billion ($199 billion) to U.K. businesses and households to keep the economy flush with credit, the bank said.
U.K. seen sliding into recession
Carney also warned, however, that the first Brexit risks “have begun to crystallize.” Concerns over the future of the U.K. economy post-Brexit have been a key topic since the referendum was announced in February. Since the ballot in June, GDP forecasts for the country have been consistently slashed.
Investors may get a hint of what’s coming when ECB President Mario Draghi speaks in Frankfurt on Wednesday at 9 a.m. Central European Time, or 3 a.m. Eastern Time.