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Benny

Mornin’ birdies,
I did not watch the rally last night. Instead, I was watching a Bernie Sanders-like event at a friends house: the Final 4 game between Texas Tech and Michigan State. No one expected TTU to win given the experience of the Spartans (MSU). It was like t”he little engine that could”, and despite lots of fouls, some bad calls, and some injuries sustained by the starters, the Red Raiders stepped up and won by ten points, 61-51. Nonetheless the friends who hosted our watching party weren’t too happy with the results. I’m probably one of the 20 people in my town who was rooting for the Red Raiders as everyone else was for MSU as it is a Big Ten team.

It was like watching Bernie win Michigan in 2016.

I had a friendly $5 wager with a friend who works at MSU and I won my bet. I’ll use it to donate to Bernie’s campaign!

#TTU #SemiFinalChamps #FinalFour #TexasTech #RedRaiders #Wreck’Em

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If it’s Sunday, Bernie has town meetings in Oskaloosa & Malcom. (You know he loves this type of event. So like VT)

And we have a positive LA Times article on Bernie: Stop thinking of Bernie Sanders as a gadfly. He’s the front-runner

I don’t know why anyone would ever think of Bernie as a “gadfly.” He’s far too serious & too focused.

They did a little research on previous, multi-candidate primaries.

Sanders’ chances look better this time for several reasons.

The biggest difference between 2016 and 2020 is that this time will likely see more than a dozen candidates vying for votes in Iowa and New Hampshire — which means a candidate could win there with no more than 30% of the vote.

There’s precedent for that. Jimmy Carter won Iowa with only 28% in 1976 and went on to win the nomination and the presidency. Twenty years later, Bob Dole won Iowa with 26% and won the Republican nomination.

If Sanders can win both Iowa and New Hampshire, even with narrow pluralities, he’ll be the odds-on favorite for the Democratic nomination. Since 1972, five of six candidates who won both states in contested races went on to become their party’s nominee.

The reason? Winning attracts more supporters, a bandwagon effect. To stop Sanders at that point, another candidate would need to win several other contests quickly to become a clear alternative. Harris could do that by winning in South Carolina and California, which has moved its primary date to March 3.

polarbear4

Thanks to the UN, it looks like, Assange is still in Ecuador.

“On Friday WikiLeaks revealed that two government sources said Mr. Assange’s expulsion would be in a matter of “hours or days” leading to a public backlash against the government and the intervention of two UN Special Rapporteurs.”

https://twitter.com/CassandraRules/status/1114735074333925377?s=20

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Bernie Sanders in Iowa “I'll fight for farmers against powerful agribusiness”https://t.co/j5Jo8cbUSL

— Yarnie 🌹 (@TweetingYarnie) April 7, 2019

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jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/437770-warren-places-third-in-2020-poll-of-massachusetts

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Sunday placed third in a 2020 presidential poll of her home state of Massachusetts, trailing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden.

In a poll of likely Democratic primary voters in the state, 14 percent picked Warren as their preferred Democratic nominee for president.

Sanders led the field with 26 percent of support, followed closely by Biden, who had the support of 23 percent of likely Massachusetts voters.

According to Spencer Kimball, director of Emerson Polling, “This is a concern for Warren who at this time does not have a firewall in her home state, and her rival Sanders has a strong base in the Bay State.”

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg was the only other candidate to clear 10 percent of support in Massachusetts, with 11 percent.

jcitybone

https://theintercept.com/2019/04/07/unlike-ilhan-omar-donald-trump-accuse-american-jews-dual-loyalty-israel/

ADDRESSING AMERICAN JEWS on Saturday in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump casually invoked the anti-Semitic trope of dual loyalty by referring to Israel’s leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, as “your prime minister.”

Given that Trump was speaking to Jewish Republicans — including Sheldon Adelson, the American casino magnate who is one of Netanyahu’s biggest donors — the president was not wrong to assume that the crowd was strongly pro-Israel, but the accusation that the loyalty of non-Israeli Jews to their home countries is somehow suspect has a long, ugly history.

Later in his address to the Republican Jewish Coalition gathering, Trump referred a second time to American Jews as if they were Israelis by saying that a victory for Democrats in the 2020 election “would cripple our country and very well could leave Israel out there all by yourselves.”

Trump’s remarks earned him a rebuke from the head of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, who urged the president, “to avoid language that leads people to believe Jews aren’t loyal Americans.”

The president’s comments were particularly striking because they came just minutes after he mocked Representative Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, for her criticism of Israel. Last month, the ADL accused Omar of using “a vile anti-Semitic slur” after she said, in defense of her right to criticize Israeli policies, “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”

Omar denied that she had questioned American Jews’ allegiance to the United States, saying that she objected to something different: political pressure on her, from Democrats as well as Republicans, to express loyalty to Israel. “I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress,” Omar wrote in a Twitter thread. “I have not said anything about the loyalty of others, but spoke about the loyalty expected of me.”

https://twitter.com/JeffScheid/status/1114609352130699264?s=20

polarbear4

That’s it, then. We are in the pocket of the Big Poor. 😊

The NY Times began covering Bernie Sanders by basically accusing him of being in the pocket of Big Poor pic.twitter.com/a7Bm2Qur66

— David Sirota (@davidsirota) April 6, 2019

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Headlines from 4 decades ago truly are super relevant to today – so I’m glad you brought this up!

— DowntonShabby (@ButternutLlama) April 7, 2019

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Tulsi now about 1600 from 65K

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BREAKING: 10 young American Jews just interrupted President Trump’s speech at the @RJC! "Jews are here to say, the Occupation is a plague. Jews are here to say, white nationalism is a plague."

Freedom and dignity for all!

Press release and statement: https://t.co/aSBOlqUE3A pic.twitter.com/3vEGHRhbWq

— IfNotNow🔥 (@IfNotNowOrg) April 6, 2019

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Benny
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I call this serious.

“However, Israel’s reaction to Trump’s announcement appears to have been much more extensive than its decision to increase its airstrikes targeting Syrian territory. After meeting with Netanyahu and the director of Israeli intelligence, Bolton noted on Twitter that the “U.S. drawdown in Syria” would now be “coordinated” with Israel. Also on Sunday, Bolton announced that the U.S. had no timetable for troop withdrawal from Syria and that the troop withdrawal was also conditional.”

Understanding the significance of the Golan Heights is in many ways key to understanding why the Syrian conflict was engineered by foreign powers in the first place.https://t.co/OrqJ2vGiBs

— MintPress News (@MintPressNews) April 7, 2019

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Benny
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NEW: 2020 Massachusetts Dem primary poll

26% – Bernie Sanders
23% – Joe Biden
14% – Elizabeth Warren
11% – Pete Buttigeig
8% – Beto O'Rourke
7% – Kamala Harris
5% – Other
2% – Cory Booker
2% – Amy Klobuchar
1% – Tulsi Gabbard
1% – Andrew Yanghttps://t.co/sIDI6at0nr #Bernie2020

— Rob (@philosophrob) April 7, 2019

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