Bernie Sanders Ruthlessly Sums Up ‘What Happened’ To Hillary Clinton

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is firing back at former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

In her new book, What Happened, Clinton blames Sanders for doing “lasting damage” to her campaign.

Sanders, speaking to Stephen Colbert on the CBS “Late Show” on Thursday night, wasn’t taking the blame.

“Look, Secretary Clinton ran against the most unpopular candidate in the history of this country and she lost and she was upset about it and I understand that,” the senator said. “But our job is really not to go backwards. It is to go forwards.”

Source: HuffPost

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A new tell-all about the Clinton campaign is a searing indictment of the candidate herself

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It does not take more than a few pages for journalists Jon Allen and Amie Parnes to arrive at what amounts to their thesis in Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed 2016 Campaign, a new tell-all book built off years of reporting on the trail.

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“[Clinton’s] campaign was an unholy mess, fraught with tangled lines of authority, petty jealousies, distorted priorities, and no sense of greater purpose. No one was in charge, and no one had figured out how to make the campaign about something bigger than Hillary,” Allen and Parnes write in the book’s introduction. “[But] no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary’s campaign — Hillary herself.”

Writing in a lively and fast-paced narrative, Allen and Parnes use their unparalleled access (more than 100 on-background interviews with top Clinton surrogates) to richly document what it felt like to be aboard the Clinton Hindenburg, as well as to argue that Trump’s victory was not inevitable, or the result of interventions from the FBI or Russia, but the result of campaign incoherence that went all the way to the top.

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Noam Chomsky: America is an empire in decline

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[This piece, the first of two parts, is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World? (Metropolitan Books)]

Noam Chomsky: America is an empire in decline

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 When we ask “Who rules the world?” we commonly adopt the standard convention that the actors in world affairs are states, primarily the great powers, and we consider their decisions and the relations among them. That is not wrong. But we would do well to keep in mind that this level of abstraction can also be highly misleading.

States of course have complex internal structures, and the choices and decisions of the political leadership are heavily influenced by internal concentrations of power, while the general population is often marginalized. That is true even for the more democratic societies, and obviously for others. We cannot gain a realistic understanding of who rules the world while ignoring the “masters of mankind,” as Adam Smith called them: in his day, the merchants and manufacturers of England; in ours, multinational conglomerates, huge financial institutions, retail empires, and the like. Still following Smith, it is also wise to attend to the “vile maxim” to which the “masters of mankind” are dedicated: “All for ourselves and nothing for other people” — a doctrine known otherwise as bitter and incessant class war, often one-sided, much to the detriment of the people of the home country and the world.

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“They really don’t want this out”: The biggest Iraq War scandal that nobody’s talking about

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The first 10 pages of “The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America’s Soldiers” will rip your heart out. In the opening chapter of this new book, Joseph Hickman, a former U.S. Marine and Army sergeant, shares the brief and tragic life story of one Iraq War veteran. In a nutshell, a healthy young man shipped off to Iraq, was stationed at a U.S. military base where he was exposed to a constant stream of toxic smoke, returned home with horrible respiratory problems, was denied care by the VA, developed brain cancer and died.

 Thousands of soldiers have suffered similar fates since serving in the vicinity of the more than 250 military burn pits that operated at bases throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. Many who haven’t succumbed to their illnesses yet have passed along the legacy of their poisoning to their children. “The rate of having a child with birth defects is three times higher for service members who served in those countries,” according to the book.


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Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote

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Michelle Alexander author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color blindness shares  her thoughts on Hillary Clinton and the black vote.  Very interesting.

Here is an excerpt:

The love affair between black folks and the Clintons has been going on for a long time. It began back in 1992, when Bill Clinton was running for president. He threw on some shades and played the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show. It seems silly in retrospect, but many of us fell for that. At a time when a popular slogan was “It’s a black thing, you wouldn’t understand,” Bill Clinton seemed to get us. When Toni Morrison dubbed him our first black president, we nodded our heads. We had our boy in the White House. Or at least we thought we did.

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It should be noted that, and I discovered this in reading Ian Haney Lopez’s excellent book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism & Wrecked The Middle Class, Toni Morrison did not mean “first black president” in the sense that has been portrayed in the media for years. Lopez explains that she argued that many aspects of Clinton’s biography connected to stereotypes of blackness such as single-parent, born poor, working-class, and, yes, saxophone playing.

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Teaching Kids About Slavery: Picture Books Struggle With The Task

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The shelves and desks at Teaching for Change in Washington, D.C., are full of picture books. For years, the nonprofit, which advocates for a more inclusive curriculum in public schools, has been keeping track of what it considers to be some of the best — and worst — multicultural children’s books out there.

A Birthday Cake for Washington has been the subject of much criticism because it portrays slaves as being happy.

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Allyson Criner Brown, Teaching for Change’s associate director, says they keep the bad ones because “there’s so much to learn from them.”

A Birthday Cake for George Washington was just put on the bad shelf.

Over the weekend, the publisher Scholastic announced it would stop distributing the children’s picture book after public outcry.

Even though it was created by a multicultural team, the book came under heavy criticism for whitewashing the history of slavery. Just a few months ago, another children’s book, A Fine Dessert, drew similar criticism.

“It’s almost as if the book presents that because he had moments of happiness and because he took pride and joy in his work that outweighs the fact that he was enslaved,” Brown said. “And that cannot ever be a part of telling any story about somebody who was held in bondage.”

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New Book Rips Veil, Reveals Gandhi Was A Racist Who Hated Black Africans

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When people think of Mahatma Gandhi, many think of a man who pioneered non-violent social justice movements, with such leaders as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr., citing him as inspiration for their own non-violent movements. What many fail to realize is that Gandhi was actually a racist who had a strong disdain for Black Africans, and those little known views are revealed in the new book “The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of Empire” by Ashwin Desai and Goolem Vahed.

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