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Friday, July 29, 2016

The computer network used by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign was hacked as part of a broad cyber attack on Democratic political organizations, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Read more


A "piecemeal" World War III may have already begun with the current spate of crimes, massacres and destruction, Pope Francis has warned.

He was speaking during a visit to Italy's largest military cemetery, where he was commemorating the centenary of World War I.

"War is madness," the Pope said at a memorial to 100,000 Italian soldiers at Redipuglia cemetery near Slovenia.

The Argentine Pope has often condemned the idea of war in God's name. Read more


Barack Obama will be the only U.S. president in history who did not deliver a single year of 3.0%+ economic growth.


Hackers apparently affiliated with Russian intelligence have launched a cyberattack targeting donors to the Democratic Party's House campaign arm, sources and news reports said Thursday night, adding to the troubles unleashed by last week's disclosure of embarrassing internal emails from the Democratic National Committee.

The latest hack, aimed at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was perpetrated by one the two Russian-based groups previously blamed for rifling through the DNC's computer networks and making off with emails and other documents, a security expert familiar with the latest breach told POLITICO. But this new attack "appears to be a bit different" the source said.

"It's part of a broader intelligence collection effort," the source said, adding: "It's maybe an attempt to harvest credentials. ... It's not an email grab like the DNC."

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Politics · Politicians · News Media · Election 2016 · Donald Trump
NEW YORK -- Emphasizing that the practice was just more evidence of journalists' bias against him, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stated Thursday that he was sick and tired of the mainstream media always attempting to place his words into some kind of context. "The corrupt news media is constantly taking the things I say and putting them within the larger context of politics and global events -- it's absolutely sickening what they do," said Trump, adding that many of the comments he has made -- including his call yesterday for Russia to hack into the emails of his presidential opponent Hillary Clinton and publish the contents -- had been repeatedly and unfairly contextualized with relevant facts about the world and pertinent information about the situation in which they were stated. "It's completely shameful to take words I've spoken or written and try to connect them to some kind of objective reality. Read more


This essay shows that as capitalism has evolved from the early stages of small-scale manufacturing to the current stage of the dominance of finance capital, its arena of expropriation has, accordingly, expanded from the early colonial/imperial conquests abroad to today's universal dispossession worldwide, both at home and abroad. It aims to expose the class nature of imperialism independent of nationality and/or geography, and to indicate how this profit-driven characteristic of capitalism is at the root of today's global austerity economics; an ominous development that dispossesses not only defenseless peoples abroad, but also the overwhelming majority of the people at home, a socio-economic plague that can be called "imperialism by dispossession". It differs from old, classical imperialism in four ways. (Ismael Hossein-zadeh is Professor Emeritus of Economics) Read more


HH: So you dismiss the demagogue?

MP: But I've found him to be, well, you know, I don't think name calling has any place in public life, and I thought that was unfortunate that the president of the United States would use a term like that, let alone laced into a sentence like that.


BY QUIETLY DROPPING a ban on direct donations from registered federal lobbyists and political action committees, the Democratic National Committee in February reopened the floodgates for corruption that Barack Obama had put in place in 2008.

Secret donors with major public-policy agendas were welcomed back in from the cold and showered with access and appreciation at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

Major donors were offered "Family and Friends" packages, including suites at the Ritz-Carlton, backstage passes, and even seats in the Clinton family box. Corporate lobbyists like Heather Podesta celebrated the change, telling Time: "My money is now good."

What was going on inside the convention hall was also reflected outside, at costly events sponsored by the fossil fuel industry, technology companies, for-profit colleges, pharmaceutical companies, and railway companies, to name a few. Read more


Justin Bieber got a $5 million offer to perform at a Republican event during the GOP Convention, but turned it down after his manager considered quitting and LeBron James urged him to reject it ... sources tell TMZ.

Sources connected with CAA -- the talent agency which reps Bieber and received the offer -- tell us a promoter contacted Justin's people with the offer, saying he would perform for 45 minutes at a venue near Quicken Loans Arena, where the RNC was held.

We're told the promoter assured Justin's people the event was "not political" and Justin would not be endorsing Trump or any GOP policies.

According to the contract, the $5 million was bankrolled by GOP donors. The money was to be paid "up front" -- before Justin even arrived. The donors would also cover production expenses. Read more


Moody's Analytics estimates that if the Democratic presidential nominee's proposals are enacted, the economy would create 10.4 million jobs during her presidency, or 3.2 million more than expected under current law.
The pace of GDP growth would also accelerate to an annual average of 2.7%, from the current forecast of 2.3%.


STOCKHOLM – She was off duty and wearing a bikini but that didn't stop Swedish police officer Mikaela Kellner from catching a suspected thief.

A photo of Kellner pinning the suspect to the ground was trending on social media in Sweden this week.

"My first intervention while wearing a bikini during my 11 years as a police officer," she wrote on Instagram.

Kellner and three friends were sunbathing Wednesday in a Stockholm park when a homeless man selling newspapers approached, she told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

After he left, one friend noticed her phone was missing. Kellner and a fellow police officer gave chase.

Kellner said she didn't hesitate to make the arrest while wearing a bikini.

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Fox News' Eric Bolling, co-host of The Five must have been revved up on something during Thursday's show in Philly at the DNC convention because he made one of the most ridiculous and fraudulent claims any right wing talk show host has ever made.

It ranks right up there with conservatives who boast to Americans, with a straight face, that George Bush kept us safe.

During a discussion about how Trump actually would combat terrorism, Bolling made the bogus statement that George Bush should get the credit for taking out Osama Bin laden to Juan Williams, who almost fell off his chair.


A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina's voter identification law, holding that it was "passed with racially discriminatory intent."
The ruling also invalidated changes the state made in 2013 to early voting, same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting, and preregistration.
The three judges assigned to the case -- all Democratic appointees -- were unanimous that the North Carolina legislature violated the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act three years ago by passing the law requiring voters to show certain types of photo ID at the polls.


It was April 1910, a year after he left the White House, when former President Teddy Roosevelt arrived at the Sorbonne in Paris to deliver a stem-winder of a speech that at once offered an implicit defense of his own legacy and a challenge to the citizenry of democratic states to trade in "sneering" judgment for action and engagement.

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better," Roosevelt said.

"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood -- who strives valiantly, who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming." Read more


Many longtime Republicans are praising the DNC's positive, pro-American message as they contrast it to the dark tone of the GOP convention.

Why this convention is better: It's about loving America. GOP convention was about loving Trump. If you didn't love Trump, it offered nada.

-- Jonah Goldberg

I am sure hearing a lot more about God and faith at the DNC than the RNC.

-- Amanda Carpenter, former spokesperson for Ted Cruz

How can it be that I am standing at my kitchen counter sobbing because of the messages being driven at the DNC? Where has the GOP gone?

-- Rich Galen, Dick Cheney's press secretary


Trump made his quip about Russia in what actually was an eloquent and funny press conference. The media took this out of context to depict him as urging the Russians to hack into our e-mails. What he actually said was that if Russia, or China, or somebody "sitting in his bed", did indeed read Hillary's State Department and Clinton Foundation dealings, they should do the world a favor and release them to reveal her self-dealing.
Trump is right in saying that there has not really been a recovery for the Rust Belt or for the 99%. Hillary brazens it out claiming that Obama's neoliberal economics have helped wage-earners, despite the debt deflation blocking recovery. She promises to continue his policies.
That would seem to be a losing strategy this year, unless the Democrats gain control of the electronic voting machines, especially in Ohio. But the Republicans may decide to throw the election to Hillary, who is fortunate to have Donald Trump as her opponent. (Michael Hudson) Read more


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