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Article about France political parties run to the middle and the result is Le Penn

sounds like the US parties who lost touch

Marine Le Pen Is What Happens When You Try to Meet Racism in the Middle

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Chameleon Presidency

another of the 3x per week postings from Tom Dispatch

here is the intro by Tom to the article which follows

[Note for TomDispatch Readers: The other day, one of my favorite writers, Ariel Dorfman, dropped me a line to tell me that he had just finished Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian John Dower’s new Dispatch Book, The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War Two, and had promptly bought three more copies for family and friends. Here, in fact, is part of what he wrote me: “Last night I finished the book, which is so important, such essential reading… There is much in it that I knew, and quite a bit that I vaguely remembered, and some that I had never assimilated, but to have all that information in one short text, expertly woven and explained, is a devastating indictment of American violence and its imperial hubris. The footnotes alone are more than worth the price (which is very low, especially if we compare it to a Tomahawk missile). It is really like a mini-encyclopedia of American expansionism, but written with the verve of a political thriller, and with the murderer being chased and nailed down step by misstep. I told you many years ago how much I admired his book War Without Mercy when you recommended it to me, and this book simply adds to that admiration, with this additional comment: The Violent American Century has a chance to affect at a massive level our understanding of the world we live in, the one that America has shaped but has been unable to dominate. At a time when the military has taken over the national government — not to mention the industrialists — I am grateful to have Dower’s fierce intelligence on our side. Let’s hope it gets the readership it deserves”


Warren lines up with Sanders in Virginia


Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorsed Tom Perriello in the Democratic primary for Virginia governor on Monday in an interview with HuffPost, giving the insurgent progressive candidate an important boost in a race that has become increasingly competitive.

When Perriello, a former congressman from Charlottesville, jumped into the Democratic race in January against Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, he was seen as a late entrant with little chance at the nomination. But with the mood of the Democratic electorate rising against President Donald Trump, Perriello, a populist who has made standing up to Trump central to his campaign, has surged in the polls.

Warren said she had tried to coax Perriello to join her at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after he lost his re-election to Congress in 2010. “I actually tried to hire him a long time ago,” she said. “So, when I was setting up the consumer agency … I took advantage, or tried to take advantage, of some really strong people who had been in elective office and lost.”

Given the vibrancy of the Democratic Party’s activist wing, both candidates in the Virginia race have fought to stake out the most progressive flank, with Northam highlighting Perriello’s squishy past on reproductive freedom, for which he has since apologized, saying his views have evolved. But the endorsement of Warren follows the backing of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and gives Perriello a clear path to claim the populist-progressive mantle in the race.

Perriello was quick to embrace the endorsement by Warren. “Students, workers and consumers have always had a champion in Sen. Warren, a movement leader who has spent her career fighting to protect us from corporate greed and crushing debt,” he said in a statement forwarded by his campaign spokesperson. “She led the 2014 fight that would have allowed 629,000 Virginians to refinance their federal student loans, and she created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which protects Virginia families from predatory lenders and abuses by credit card and mortgage companies. I’m proud to have her support in my progressive campaign to raise wages, make college more affordable, and put consumers ahead of unchecked greed, so that no Virginia family is left behind.”

Northam, meanwhile, has the backing of Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close ally of Hillary Clinton, as well as Virginia Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, and much of the rest of the Virginia Democratic political establishment. Term limits prevent McAuliffe from seeking re-election.

To have Sanders and Warren backing a candidate against the one supported by the state’s home senators, both Democrats as well, is an unusual situation, but it reflects the way that the national debate over the future of the party can’t be avoided at the state level. Or, as we learned last week, not in Omaha, either.


I am still a Liz skeptic. Hope she eventually proves me wrong.


POTUS 44 follows 42 (and spouse) in speeches for Wall Street, estimated speaking fee is one year’s salary for POTUS

Obama to net $400K for Wall Street speech: report (from the Hill)

Former President Obama has agreed to speak at a Wall Street conference for $400,000, according to a new report.

Obama will appear at Cantor Fitzgerald LP’s healthcare conference in September, Fox Business Network first reported Monday.

Fox Business said it confirmed Obama’s appearance with senior members at Cantor, a financial services firm.

Obama will serve as the keynote speaker for one day at the company’s event, sources there told Fox Business.
The network’s sources said Obama has signed a contract for the speech with the mid-size investment bank in New York.

Cantor is waiting to coordinate with Obama before making a formal announcement, it continued.


Anyone still wonders if Obama wants a public option added to ACA or single payer?


Oh! come on now we all know he is a man of the 99% LOL

The Obamas yachting with Springsteen, Oprah and Tom Hanks

Hey, isn’t that … former president Barack Obama and former FLOTUS Michelle Obama chilling on a yacht in Tahiti this weekend with an uber-elite pack of pals including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks and Bruce Springsteen?
The couple were photographed during their extended post-White House vacation in French Polynesia aboard music mogul David Geffen’s luxury yacht, the Rising Sun, looking every bit like your typical vacationers: the khaki-clad former commander in chief was taking a picture of his wife on the boat’s upper deck. But unlike the average Joe tourists, The Daily Mail and local news reports say, they were joined by some of their closest celebrity BFFs for a two-hour sojourn on the seas off the island of Moorea.

Amid the umbrella-drink-worthy good times, both Obamas are working on books after securing a reported $65 million joint deal.


A little info on the yacht.


That little known community organizer from Chicago has done pretty good for himself. Don’t you think?


Well at least he’s doing after he’s out of office and not before running like Clinton. Money in politics does suck doesn’t it?


Yah you could say that: “He is laughing all the way to the banks that he didn’t prosecute while he was in charge.”


And maybe that is why he got behind his puppet Tom Perez.
We certainly could not have someone like Keith Ellison in charge of the DNC as he might have gotten “big money” out of politics.

HEAVEN FORBID that coming to pass!



Over 1,000 people showed up today in front of the White House. One tweet said that Trump came out to listen.

These brave people did get arrested.


Then the 1,000 people moved to the Heritage Foundation (who they consider to be Trump’s think tank).

And managed to get into the Heritage Foundation’s lobby.


A facetious question.

I wonder if Jeff Sessions will use this?


This app exposes the white-collar criminals all around you.

Looking through the glossy lens of the New York Police Department’s crime tracking data, compiled in Compstat 2.0, you’d think that the denizens of Wall Street were model citizens. Sure, there are a few scuffles in the past month, some petty pilfering at the corner stores. But no sweeping fraud, no tax evasion, no market manipulation, insider trading, counterfeiting or employment discrimination.

To see the real criminality on Wall Street, you have to look through another lens entirely.

A new app and website called White Collar Crime Risk Zones, which goes by the initials WCCRZ, shows exactly what neighborhoods are chock full of financial criminals, how much damage they’re doing and even what they might look like. Using data from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, a team of technologists affiliated with the left-wing magazine New Inquiry created the open-source tool so that anyone can put a face on the labyrinthian world of white collar crime hidden in their own home town.




Another man of the people!

Giving NY’s Governor a $783,000 Bribe Is Business as Usual for Rupert Murdoch

A Buffalo News headline (4/18/17) asked a pointed question about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: “How Did Cuomo Make $783,000 on Memoir That Sold 3,200 Copies?”
The accompanying article did not delve particularly deep into the mystery, beyond noting that the royalty amounts to $245 per copy for a book that retails on Amazon for $13.05, and that it more than doubled Cuomo’s income for 2016, when his $216,000 in royalties topped the $168,000 he got as his gubernatorial salary. “This payment was contractual and per the agreement with the publisher,” a Cuomo spokesperson told the News.
The identity of that publisher—HarperCollins, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp—goes a long way to solving the mystery: Murdoch has long made a practice of funneling large payments to influential politicians via HarperCollins book contracts, in what amounts to a system of legalized bribery.


(CNN)A former top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is crossing party lines and the Hudson River to become New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new chief of staff.

Maria Comella confirmed to CNN in an exclusive interview that she will be officially named to the position Tuesday after spending the last few months advising the Democratic governor. A lifelong Republican, this is the first time Comella has ever worked for a Democrat.
“Right now, it is important to be an active participant in our democratic process and political party matters less than the things we can accomplish when working together,” Comella told CNN in a brief interview by email. “At a time of turmoil in Washington, I believe the states can and will play an important role and Governor Cuomo has the ability to find common ground when it’s needed and get things done.”

This ought to do a lot for his Presidential aspirations.


Cuomo ties for the worst Dem in a Dem state with Rahm Emanuel. I can’t imagine who his national constituency would be. Cuomo dislike is one of the few things mostly everyone at DK can agree on.


Those dam judges are at it again!

This time it wasn’t from a judge on an island in the Pacific.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the temporary ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit over the executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities. The decision will stay in place while the lawsuit moves through court.

The Republican president’s administration and two California governments that sued over the order disagreed about its scope.



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