- -America's Views Align Well With Those of Bernie Sanders (Mother Jones)
"Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a self-described socialist, is an extremely long shot to defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary. Does that mean his views on key political issues are too radical for America's voters? Not necessarily." 05-15
- -Former Governor Martin O'Malley (CNN News)
"Martin O'Malley was an early and vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. Fast-forward eight years, and the former Maryland governor is taking on the former secretary of state for the same job." 05-15
- -Hillary Clinton Launches Campaign (CBS News)
"Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton officially launched her 2016 campaign in New York Saturday, laying out a populist policy agenda that she said would fight 'for all Americans.' " 06-15
- -Hillary Rodham Clinton (Wikipedia.org)
"She was a leading candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination to the 2008 presidential election and has announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential election." 05-15
- -Sen. Bernie Sanders (Wikipedia.org)
"Sanders announced his intentions to seek the Democratic Party's nomination for President on April 30, 2015, in an address on the Capitol lawn."
"An independent politician since 1979, Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist who favors the creation of employee-owned cooperative enterprises and has praised Scandinavian-style social democracy. He caucuses with the Democratic Party and is counted as a Democrat for purposes of committee assignments." 05-15
- Speech that Could Make Elizabeth Warren a Presidential Contender (Huffington Post)
"Early Friday evening Sen. Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor and gave a plain-spoken, barn-burning speech that could make history and put her into serious contention to be the next President of the United States."
"Moreover, she was unafraid to take on the President of her own party, and the numerous members of his administration drawn from Citigroup and other big banks through the endless revolving door between Washington and Wall Street." 12-14
- -24-9 Editorial: The Case for Hillary (New York Times)
"In any normal election year, we’d compare the two presidential candidates side by side on the issues. But this is not a normal election year. A comparison like that would be an empty exercise in a race where one candidate — our choice, Hillary Clinton — has a record of service and a raft of pragmatic ideas, and the other, Donald Trump, discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway. (We will explain in a subsequent editorial why we believe Mr. Trump to be the worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history.)"
"But this endorsement would also be an empty exercise if it merely affirmed the choice of Clinton supporters. We’re aiming instead to persuade those of you who are hesitating to vote for Mrs. Clinton — because you are reluctant to vote for a Democrat, or for another Clinton, or for a candidate who might appear, on the surface, not to offer change from an establishment that seems indifferent and a political system that seems broken." 09-16
- -Bernie Sanders Is at the Top in Polls for President (Huffington Post)
"Democrats who are proud of their progressive values are filling arenas to hear Sanders speak in a direct manner (while others dodge questions) on contentious issues like Keystone XL and the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement. While the FBI is currently investigating the email security of one candidate, Bernie Sanders is narrowing Clinton's lead nationally and defeating Republicans in other polls." 08-15
- -Differences in Style Between Sanders and Clinton (Time.com)
"The two are also waging very different campaigns. Clinton has played the cautious frontrunner, eager to get through the primary fight without committing herself to positions that would hurt her in the fall against a Republican opponent. Sanders, meantime, is cast in the role of the underdog with nothing to lose, attempting to change the terms of the debate by staking out bold positions."
"The difference showed up at Sunday’s debate hosted by CNN in Flint, Michigan. The two Democratic contenders were asked whether they support fracking as a method of removing natural gas from the ground. Clinton delivered a nuanced answer explaining that she opposes it unless it meets strict conditions. She showed an understanding of methane release, the chemicals used in fracking and various regulations on the practice."
"Her final answer? It’s complicated. 'By the time we get through all my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place,' Clinton said."
"Sanders did not hesitate. 'My answer is a lot shorter,' Sanders said. 'No, I do not support fracking.' " 03-16
- -Editorial: An Evangelical Reponds to the Speech of Bernie Sanders (DailyKos.com)
"He was convicting the Christian leaders and the religious leaders in that university, and calling us out for being complicit in the abandonment of those who suffer, the least of these, and siding with the powerful and rich, the masters of this world. And he was convicting us and calling us out, and we scorned him, and we stared him down; and, with sour faces, we thought, 'Who is this wacko, and why do all these people seem to follow him, seem to like him – this wild-haired Jew, crying out from the wilderness of the political left, in his hoarse voice?' " 09-15
- -Editorial: Hillary Clinton the Activist (DailyKos.com)
"Anabella De Leon of Guatemala pointed to Hillary Clinton, who was sitting right in the front row, and said, “I met her and my life changed.” And all weekend long, women from all over the world said the same thing:"
" 'I’m alive because she came to my village, put her arm around me, and had a photograph taken together.' "
" 'I’m alive because she went on our local TV and talked about my work, and now they’re afraid to kill me.' "
" 'I’m alive because she came to my country and she talked to our leaders, because I heard her speak, because I read about her.' "
" 'I’m here today because of that, because of those stores. I didn’t know about this. I never knew any of it. And I think everybody should know. This hidden history Hillary has, the story of her parallel agenda, the shadow diplomacy unheralded, uncelebrated — careful, constant work on behalf of women and girls that she has always conducted alongside everything else a First Lady, a Senator, and now Secretary of State is obliged to do.' " 02-16
- -Editorial: Is Donald Trump a Narcissist? (Time.com)
"In an updated extract from his book The Narcissist Next Door, Jeffrey Kluger writes that being Trump is probably less fun than you'd think." 08-15
- -Editorial: Progressives Win and Centrists Lose (Truth-Out.org)
"Jonathan Capehart can keep spouting the inside-the-beltway, DLC 'conventional wisdom' about how Democrats will need to move to the center to win the general election."
"But the truth is, Democrats win when voter turnout is high."
"And voter turnout is high when voters have real progressive candidates and a truly progressive platform to support." 02-16
- -Editorial: Questions Black Voters Should Ask Bernie Sanders (MSNBC News)
"Here are five questions African-American voters may want to hear answers on before casting their votes." 02-16
- -Editorial: Why Hillary Clinton Doesn't Deserve the Black Vote (Truth-Out.org)
"As a nation, we had a choice. Rather than spending billions of dollars constructing a vast new penal system, those billions could have been spent putting young people to work in inner-city communities and investing in their schools so they might have some hope of making the transition from an industrial to a service-based economy. Constructive interventions would have been good not only for African Americans trapped in ghettos, but for blue-collar workers of all colors. At the very least, Democrats could have fought to prevent the further destruction of black communities rather than ratcheting up the wars declared on them."
"Of course, it can be said that it's unfair to criticize the Clintons for punishing black people so harshly, given that many black people were on board with the 'get tough' movement too. It is absolutely true that black communities back then were in a state of crisis, and that many black activists and politicians were desperate to get violent offenders off the streets. What is often missed, however, is that most of those black activists and politicians weren't asking only for toughness. They were also demanding investment in their schools, better housing, jobs programs for young people, economic-stimulus packages, drug treatment on demand, and better access to healthcare. In the end, they wound up with police and prisons. To say that this was what black people wanted is misleading at best." 02-16
- -Fact Checking the Democratic Debate February 11th (PBS.org)
"CLINTON: “We have more than 750,000 donors and the vast majority are giving small contributions. … We both have a lot of small donors.”
"THE FACTS: Her presidential run is being supported by wealthy donors in ways that Sanders’ is not.”
"Last year’s fundraising reports show that Sanders raised fully 72 percent of his campaign money from people who gave $200 or less, while for Clinton those donors accounted for just 16 percent of her funds.”
"BERNIE SANDERS: “Our Medicare-for-all, single-payer proposal will save the average middle-class family $5,000 a year.”
"The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimates that the tax increases in Sanders’ plan would only cover about 75 percent of what Sanders says it will cost, creating a $3 trillion hole in the federal budget over 10 years." 02-16
- -Rivals Respond to Hillary Clinton's Announcement (Time.com)
"Rivals were chomping at the bit even before former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton formally announced her presidential bid Sunday afternoon, releasing statements and videos and hawking swag attacking the Democratic front-runner." 04-15
- -Study: Racial Resentment Behind Tea Party and Trump Campaigns (Bradblog.com)
"McElwee explains how his study controlled 'for race, ethnicity, partisanship, ideology, income, education, gender, religiosity' and that 'once you compare the various strengths of these variables, the one that ends up becoming really the overwhelming predictor of Tea Party identification is racial resentment.' "
" 'From the beginning,' of the movement, he tells me, 'what you're seeing is this sort of racially-coded rhetoric. So, right from the beginning, you have a very great explanation of conservative politics of the last 30 years --- which is plutocratic policies being wrapped up in racist rhetoric in order to benefit a plutocratic agenda. And you have a lot of white middle class and working class people who have bought into that agenda.' "
"And if someone tells you your life is bad because 'immigrants are taking your jobs', or 'the government is helping black people with your tax dollars', people are susceptible to that message."
"McElwee goes on to explain how his research finds that many who previously identified with the Tea Party have now folded into the Trump campaign, even though the Republican 2016 front-runner has called for massive government programs and increased spending --- things that Tea Partiers previously decried." 02-16
- -The Clintons Received $153 Million in Speaking Fees (CNN News)
"Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign last spring, a CNN analysis shows."
"In total, the two gave 729 speeches from February 2001 until May, receiving an average payday of $210,795 for each address. The two also reported at least $7.7 million for at least 39 speeches to big banks, including Goldman Sachs and UBS, with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic 2016 front-runner, collecting at least $1.8 million for at least eight speeches to big banks." 02-16
- Editorial: Hillary Clinton's 2016 Campaign (Time.com)
"If Hillary Clinton hopes to succeed, she’s going to have to drop the veil–spontaneously, quite possibly in a crucial moment, like a debate–and trust the public to accept who she really is. Absent that, there is no such thing as inevitability." 06-14