Category Archives: Politics

Bernie Sanders enters Presidential race

The canter of Hilary Clinton to victory took an unexpected turn with the news that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders had finally thrown his hat into the Presidential race, Time reports. As Flavio Maluf is aware, Sanders is one of only two Independents in the Senate and announced he would enter the Presidential race as a Democrat after many weeks of rumors circulating Capitol Hill he would make a bid for the highest job in US politics. Sanders faces a difficult task as Clinton and her team are looking to raise around $1 billion to support her bid to become the first female President of the US and return to the White House after her time there as First Lady beside President Bill Clinton.

Sanders is focusing his run at the Presidency on a message of change and will look to the support of the general public instead of wealthy donors to aid his bid for the White House. Sanders has recently been an active speaker in various states where Democratic primaries will feature in the early stages of the race and has made an impression with grassroots Democrats. However, the self professed socialist faces a challenge to overcome his profile amongst many as a left leaning liberal who would challenge big business and the inequality he says has sprung up between the rich and poor of the US.

US Senate Rejects Bid to Call Iran Nuclear Treaty a “Treaty”

The United States Constitution requires any treaty the president negotiates with foreign powers to be approved by a 2/3rds majority of the Senate. In this unique exercise of advise and consent, the senate is allowed as much time as needed to review the treaty before voting to ratify. However, Ong noted, the government has side stepped the constitutional mandate by labeling treaties as agreements, accords, frameworks, etc. On Thursday, Senator Ron Johnson offered up an amendment which would classify the Iran Nuclear framework as an actual treaty. The measure was defeated by a vote of 56 to 39. All 46 Democrats and 13 Republicans voted not to classify the Iran nuclear treaty as a formal “treaty”.

Had the Johnson amendment passed, the Iran Nuclear bill would have undergone substantial changes by virtue of having to comply with the Constitution. In and of itself, it constitutes the very type of amendment Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, sponsor of the Iran Nuclear bill, is seeking to avoid. At the same time, the fact that the majority of GOP Senators including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voted to pass the amendment is proof that the bill’s fate in the Senate is in question. While the Iran Nuclear bill seemingly enjoys broad support, it has come under intense scrutiny by conservatives as of late. The bill is said to virtually guarantee passage of any deal President Obama strikes with Iran. This is because the Corker bill guarantees senate approval unless a majority of senators vote to stop the treaty.

House Threatens to Wtihhold Secretary of Defense’s Funding Over Refusal to Submit Bergdahl Documents

President Obama’s problems over the controversial exchange of five seasoned and top Taliban fighters in exchange for Army Sergeant Bowie Bergdahl will not go away. In part, this is because of the recalcitrance of the Office of the Secretary of Defense to answer key questions regarding the prisoner exchange. At issue is the fact the prisoner exchange violated federal law. Federal statute dictates the president inform congress of a prisoner exchange and give them a 30-day window in which to review the exchange. Folks at AnastasiaDate (twitter.com) has learned that the law was put in place to inject congressional oversight into the release of prisoners which at times has appeared to be arbitrarily.

When Sergeant Bowie Bergdahl was released, Congress wasn’t notified until after the exchange had taken place. At the time, President Obama claimed it was a simple goof up which led to Congress not being informed. GOP congressmen with the House Armed Services Committee have not been inclined to believe that pitch. Instead, they are demanding the Office of the Secretary of Defense answer key questions about the exchange. However, a year has gone by without the office giving up the information lawmakers are demanding. Specifically, previously released, but heavily redacted documents, indicate the Department of Defense was well aware that Congress was not being duly notified. This would indicate the prisoner exchange was knowingly conducted in violation of federal law. In a bid to force the DoD to give up more information, the House Armed Services Committee is threatening to withhold the Secretary of Defense’s budget which for the quarter is $500 million.

NJ Governor Chris Christie Sets Out to Introduce Himself to N.H. Voters

There is no doubt that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has presidential aspirations. The trouble is that at this time, it appears he may have peaked long before the campaign season began. In part, his candidacy was hurt by the Bridgegate scandal, but his brusque nature hasn’t helped his either. Nor has have conservatives forgiven him for his snub of Mitt Romney in the crucial final weeks of the 2012 presidential election. Still, the popular governor has not given up hope that he can recapture the spotlight once again. Many companies in the area such as Boraie Development are keeping a close eye on the candidates.

Christie’s hope is that a strong showing in the New Hampshire primary will reinvigorate his campaign. Now, he is not trying to come across as any different than the person he is: a brusque straight shooter. In a bid to show the positive side of his leadership style, he will conduct a town hall meeting in the state aptly dubbed “Tell It Like It Is”. Other similar events will follow. If successful, Christie intends to illustrate that in politics you can reach out to voters telling them what they need to hear and still connect with them. It is a gutsy move because his words can easily become the fodder of political attack ads by the opposition. Illinois Senator Paul Simon found this out the hard way in the 1988 Democrat primaries. He sought to tell voters the truth: taxes had to be raised. In the end, his opponents in the primary used his honest declarations to persuade voters to eschew him. After all, not many people were eager to vote tax increases on themselves.

Mayor Of Seattle Tells His Employees To Stay Away From Indiana

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Is Totally Against Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The mayor of Seattle is doing what other mayors around the country are thinking about doing noted Zeca Oliveira. Mayor Ed Murray thinks Indiana governor Mike Pence was in an altered state of consciousness when he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act stated investidorinstitucional.com. Murray ordered his employees to avoid traveling to the Hoosier state. The Seattle mayor said the law doesn’t reflect the values of his city.

Even the NCAA is waffling on its commitment to play the final four in Indianapolis. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple says the law is disgraceful, and the CEO of Angie’s List is stopping plans to expand in Indianapolis.

Seattle has always been ahead of the curve when t comes to civil rights. Seattle is a diverse city that honors the rights of all its citizens. Murray says Seattle doesn’t care who you are or who you love. The city treats everyone with respect and dignity. That’s a message that the governor and the legislature of Indiana needs to hear.

The cloak and dagger days of hiding behind religion to promote bigotry are over. The Republicans in Indiana obviously missed that memo. But thanks to concerned citizens across the country they now know that discriminating in the name of religion is not welcome anywhere.

Rand Paul Wants To Boycott Saudi Arabia

Paul Singled Out Saudi Arabia For Its Treatment Of Women

Rand Paul, the Republican Senator from Kentucky, wants to be president. He is in attack mode and he aiming his venomous accusations in several directions. Hillary Clinton is one of his targets, and Saudi Arabia is another.Someone forgot to tell Paul how influential that Kingdom is in Washington or maybe they told him and he didn’t listen. Paul has a habit of opening his mouth and spewing a load of who knows what on an audience before he listens.

The Clinton Foundation has taken money from Saudi Arabia in the past, and that’s not okay according to Paul. Saudi Arabia has an antiquated attitude toward women, yet they give Hillary money, and that is a double standard, according to Paul. Zeca Oliveira has learned that the Senator said Clinton can’t be a champion of women’s rights if she takes money from a country that doesn’t respect women.

Paul has ghosts in his political closet, but it’s easier to talk about Clinton than to defend his ignorance when it comes to equal pay and his non-support of the Violence Against Women’s Act. The country doesn’t need another politician like Paul in the White House. He is just another lost political leader that sits on his brains, and he expects others to conform to that practice.

Clinton Flexes Campaign Muscle to Evade Email Controversy

Hillary Clinton’s ill-fated press conference regarding her email scandal failed to answer any substantive aspect of it. In fact, it opened the door to additional scrutiny following her patently incorrect statement that the entire matter was much ado about nothing because any private email to a State Department email address was automatically archived. The State Department later confirmed that the practice Clinton alluded to only took effect in February, roughly two years after she left office. Her handling of the situation underscored the very lack of transparency she was hoping to avoid.

Now, Clinton has taken a new tactic to deal with the matter. It does not deal with addressing the controversy in any manner critics which critics are demanding. Rather, it is focused on reaching out to potential voters on the issues that matter most to them: kitchen table issues. It is quite likely that Clinton is betting on the fact that the scandal matters more to the media than it does to voters.

Thus far, the scandal has failed to diminish her favorability among voters which stands at 53%. In fact, a recent poll suggests the email controversy is not important to her supporters at all. Christian Broda noticed that the poll also indicated she would easy capture the White House against any GOP challenger by double-digit margins. As part of her strategy, she is tweeting out comments regarding the issues she believes will amount to a winning strategy for her presidential campaign.

Americans Say The Government Is Their Biggest Problem

The Economy, Unemployment, Healthcare, Terrorism, Immigration And Race Relations Are Also On The Most Important Problem List.

According to a new Gallup Poll, the government leads the pack of problems facing Americans today. Even though we take pride in voting and electing the people that have a desire to change the system, it seems our dysfunctional system always wins. The two party system has turned the government into “by the big money and for the lobbyists,” rather than “by the people and for the people.”

The other problems on the list are problems the government is designed to correct. The economy, unemployment, health care, terrorism, immigration and race relation issues are all products of a governmental system that is broken. Our two parties say they want to fix them, but all they want to fix is their status and deep pockets. When our leaders do pass legislature that was originally designed to correct important issues, the final product is a watered-down version of the original bill. That version does little to help solve the pending problem.

But not everyone thinks our government is a mess. Zeca Oliveira knows that there are people that say government is working, but those people only make up 31 percent of the people polled. The other 69 percent say something is wrong with the system and they believe the government has no idea how to fix itself.

Hillary Clinton’s Facebook Trend is Going Negative

One of Facebook’s latest projects analyzes the symbols and language used in posts to determine the users sentiments on the topic being discussed. One of the trending topic’s lately has been Hillary Clinton, both for her email scandal and her running for the Presidency. Since the email scandal Clinton has taken a significant dive in Facebook opinion, as indicated here.

Jason Halpern knows that, primarily being discussed is the recent email scandal. Information on Halpern can be found on Therealdeal.com. Clinton reportedly was using only a personal email while at the State Department on Monday, which has many people questioning the security of her email, whether she was asked to stop using it, and more. Last week it was reported that foreign donations were received by her family’s foundation, causing another spike.

But being in the spotlight, as all Presidential candidates are, always has it’s ups and downs. In 2010 Clinton’s approval rating was over 60%, and recently she’s trending below 50%. Only time will tell us if these scandals will cost her the Presidency.

Dogged Reporters at the AP Threaten Legal Action to Get FOIMA Data from Hillary Clinton at the State Department

Media outlets are digging in deep into the Hillary Clinton’s involvement at the State Department. Now, the email scandal has the 2016 presumptive Democrat nominee officially embattled. Mrs. Clinton is no doubt wishing she could phone Olivia Pope and get out of the political morass with her political ambitions intact. Now, the Associated Press has requested information from the State Department regarding Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. Among the items being investigated is former Clinton staff member Huma Abedin who received a special post at the department. Thus far, the government has refused to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIMA) request.

It turns out the AP has been requesting certain information for the past five years. Now, they are threatening legal action. At issue is the AP is intent on holding political leaders accountable. That is not the climate in which Mrs. Clinton expected to find herself. She has yet to announce her presidential candidacy. Some of her close aides wanted her to delay the announcement to further build up her Super PAC support. In light of this email scandal, it was likely a wise decision.

Gianfrancesco Genoso knows that a number of news and blog sites have been requesting State Department information regarding Benghazi. Should the AP decide to sue the State Department, they would not be one first to sue the department to obtain records. Citizens United is suing to obtain Mrs. Clinton’s flight records. Their court challenge may be decided later this week.