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Friday, August 26, 2016 Blunt: 45% - Kander: 40%


Jason Kander served as an Army Intelligence Officer in Afghanistan, working to root out corruption in that nation's government. When he came home, he got right to work on the same mission in the Missouri State House and then as Secretary of State.

Now he's running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Republican Senator Roy Blunt. Not only has Roy Blunt misled reporters and constituents about his Vietnam deferments, but he did so while voting to send young men and women to this generation's war and against expanding the health care they deserve when they return.

Here's the truth: Jason Kander can win. We can elect a progressive veteran from Missouri as a part of a new generation of leaders in the U.S. Senate. But only if we stand together right now.

This race is close. Take a look at the latest polling average:

Missouri Senate Real Clear Politics Polling Average 
Roy Blunt (Rep.) 45% 
Jason Kander (Dem.) 40%

Winning this race would mean flipping the Senate, and that's why the Koch Brothers and a Karl Rove-backed group are already pouring millions into the race to defeat Jason. But if we stand together, we will win.

Electing progressive veterans like Tammy Duckworth and Jason Kander would be a tremendous victory for veterans, military family members, and those who care about them. That's why your contribution is so important.

All my best,
Jon Soltz 
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman 


Progressive Breakfast: Clinton Reminds Us That Silence Never Defeats Hatred


Terrance Heath
Clinton Reminds Us That Silence Never Defeats Hatred
Trump stooped low enough to call Clinton a “bigot.” ... Clinton could have simply ignored Trump’s baseless accusation. ... Instead, Clinton took Trump’s accusation of bigotry and turned it back on him. Clinton said that Trump “has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia” and is “taking hate groups mainstream.”


Jamelle Bouie at Slate explains why “Hillary Clinton’s Alt-Right Speech Was Shrewd Strategy”:
“As analysis, Clinton’s argument about Trump’s distance from the rest of the GOP is wrong. … As strategy, however, Clinton’s approach is shrewd. … By distancing Trump from the Republican mainstream, she offers those voters another choice: You can vote for me, or if that’s too much, you can just not vote at all. Either way, Trump’s margin shrinks.”
New York Times says “the Alt-Right Is Thrilled” by Clinton’s speech.
“For the leaders of the alt-right, the attention from the Democratic presidential nominee was a moment in the political spotlight that offered a new level of credibility. It also provided a valuable opportunity for fund-raising and recruiting.”
Here’s “A Guided Tour of the ‘Alt-Right,’ by the Trump Campaign Chief’s Website.”
From Jim Naureckas at Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR): “We’re the platform for the alt-right,” Donald Trump’s new campaign CEO, Stephen Bannon, told Mother Jones‘ David Corn — ”we” meaning Breitbart News, the online news outlet that Bannon headed until he was picked to run the turbulent Trump campaign.”
How the Party of John McCain Became the Party of Donald Trump
From Mother Jones: “More than perhaps any other state in America, Arizona was an early adopter of Trump’s nativist brand of politics. McCain was not a passive actor in this drama. Republicans won election after election by channeling a style of grievance politics embodied by his former running mate, Sarah Palin, and fueled by an immigration fight McCain sometimes inflamed. Now McCain is just trying to hold on.”


Dara Lind at Vox’s take on “what the hell is going on with Trump and immigration.”
“As we near the end of Trump’s “immigration week,” here is where Donald Trump currently stands on immigration, as far as I can tell: build a wall (and make Mexico pay for it); “extreme vetting” for people who come into the US; unauthorized immigrants who commit crimes should be deported. When it comes to what to do with the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the US, in other words, Donald Trump is about as vague as he is on other policy issues to which he hasn’t given much thought.”
Most Americans don’t share Donald Trump’s pre-“pivot” views on undocumented immigrants, a Pew poll finds.
“A large majority (76%) says that undocumented immigrants are as hard-working and honest as U.S. citizens, while 67% say they are no more likely than citizens to commit serious crimes. The survey also finds continued public opposition to building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border: 61% oppose this proposal, which is little changed from earlier this year.”


Activists “Fed Up” with the Fed confront officials at Jackson Hole conference.
From NPR: “The hour-long meeting was organized by Fed Up, a coalition of some two dozen community groups, labor unions and liberal policy groups that have sought to influence Fed policy. An unusually large number of Fed officials attended the meeting … While the meeting, which was billed as a “listening session,” was mostly cordial, some of the activists made their unhappiness over Fed policy clear.”
U.S. economy is growing slower than originally reported.
“The biggest drivers of the updated estimate in second-quarter GDP were downward revisions in state and local government construction spending, and to inventory investment; and an upward revision to imports. … Economists project a third-quarter rebound driven by household purchases and more stockpiling, and the report showed wages and salaries were revised sharply higher, indicating consumers have the wherewithal to continue spending.”
Economic Policy Institute’s Josh Bivens says the 1990s, not the 1970s, should serve as the guidepost for monetary policy.
“The old school of central banking that demanded comparatively hair-trigger responses to inflation is based on the experiences of the 1970s. … But it’s not the 1970s anymore. Specifically, the institutions and the economic environment that empowered workers to respond to price increases with enforceable demands for real (inflation-adjusted) wage increases and led to wage/price spirals are just not here anymore.”


EpiPen Crisis Hitting Senators Close to Home
Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Mark Warner of Virginia both have adult daughters who rely on the drug injector. … A Klobuchar aide said that in addition to pushing for investigations of EpiPen manufacturer Mylan, there will be yet another push on drug reimportation. … “It’s this simple — if you have a life-threatening illness, then you should have affordable access to the lifesaving medication you need.”
CNBC says the $600 EpiPen only costs “several dollars to make.”
“…[J]ust $1 or so worth of epinephrine is used in the auto-injection device. That device itself is believed to cost just several more dollars to make. People who have created workarounds for EpiPens have spent just $15 or so on the syringes. That gap between cost and price have delivered some very nice revenue for Mylan … $9.45 billion in revenue for 2015 — up from $7.7 billion the year before — and $1.46 billion in income.”


New York Times: Democrats’ Weak Bench Undermines Hope of Taking Back Senate
“The Democrats’ problem stems from a depletion of their ranks in state legislatures and governors’ mansions over recent years and a lack of institutional support for grass-roots-level politicians who represent a changing base.”
Americans are embracing transgender rights, according to a new poll.
“[T]he Public Religion Research Institute found 72 percent of Americans now favor passing laws to protect lesbian, gay and transgender people from discrimination, including three-quarters of Democrats and two-thirds of Republicans. A majority of Americans also oppose so-called “bathroom bills,” which require transgender people to use the restrooms that correspond to their sex at birth. The poll found Americans are so supportive of federal non-discrimination legislation that most think it already exists. … (It doesn’t.)”
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RSN: Paul Krugman | No, Donald Trump, America Isn't a Hellhole

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Many are baffled by his support. 

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Krugman writes: "When Mr. Trump portrays America's cities as hellholes of runaway crime and social collapse, what on earth is he talking about?" 

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CounterCurrents: Hillary Clinton Is Spreading Islamist Extremism, How Veterans Are Losing The War At Home, What Makes A Hate Group?, Despots “Donate” To Clinton Foundation, Receive Weapons From Hillary: Leaked Docs.

Dear Friend,

"Protesters using children to attack forces". De ja vu! Haven't you heard this before? Yes, you have heard this hasbara talk from Bibi Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman, Ayelet Shaked and many other Israeli politicians about Palestinians. Ironically,    the previous headline was from Times of India, India's leading English daily and it was uttered by none other than Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti! We know why Israeli politicians hate Palestinians, but I just don't know why a Kashmiri politician hates its own children! 

Its Day 49 of  curfew and shut down  in Kashmir valley. One more youth was killed today. Death toll is 69 now.    Two Kashmiris pours their heart out in todays issue: Isma Zainab Arsheen and Naveed Qazi. Hear what Kashmiris have to say. 

Today we bring out Dr. Ambedkar’s historical speech (18th March, 1956) in which he had put forward his experiences and the future strategy of Dalit movement. So far this speech was available in Hindi only. SR Darapuri I.P.S.(Retd) translated it into English.

Long time writer of CC Emily Spence comes back with an inspirational piece, "We All Need Chutzpah". She draws in stories from her own life and history and points out that there are moments in life when truth stares at our face and asks us to make a decision. That's our Chutzpah moment. Great or small, we all face these Chutzpah moments in life. The decisions we make are crucial. Welcome back Emily, we all love you :-)

Dr Gideon Polya critques  Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) report on climate change. This is Business As Usual (BAU) for them at a time we all got to mobilise on war footing. 

The Enclosures are taking on newer and newer forms to close out us Commons from our space writes Herve Le Crosnier. The cyber space, our gene pool, intellectual proterty are closed out to us and are the new forms of enclosures.  

And many more stories from around the world. 

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Kashmir: Overshadowed Plebiscite
by Isma Zainab Arsheen

It’s pitch dark outside as I write this as though life has decided this day to be last one. Army patrols on deserted lane outside my house are silhouettes laced with arms. Dogs are howling at a distance across street in repeated rhythms adding wilderness to imprisoned night. A faint light at a distance meets my eye as I peep through curtain crevices.  We are under curfew again. Indefinite one is the call this time. A brave heart has fainted every heart of my land by adieu to land he loved more than his budding youth. There is a strange calm outside, something of mixed feelings, something defining uneasiness, something of defiant voices muzzled and something about conspiracy of cheap blood. This is seventh night since Burhan’s death, a young boy who kissed death in mad love of his beloved – Kashmir.

Kashmir: Struggle Of A Long Forgotten People
by Naveed Qazi

As violence runs unabated and no reactionary measures growing, world sees a political struggle of a long forgotten Kashmiri people.

Dr. Ambedkar’s Historical Speech At Agra
by Dr B R Ambedkar

This is Dr. Ambedkar’s historical speech (18th March, 1956) in which he had put forward his experiences and the future strategy. So far this speech was available in Hindi only. SR Darapuri I.P.S.(Retd) translated it into English

We All Need Chutzpah
by Emily Spence

There are moments when truth stares back in our face and asks us to make a decision. That's our Chutzpah moment. Great or small, we all face these Chutzpah moments in life. The decision we make is crucial....

Critique Of CEDA’s  “Economics Of Climate Change” – Neoliberalism Dooms Planet
by Dr Gideon Polya

The highly influential but neoliberal Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) has published a detailed analysis entitled The Economics of Climate Change. However this report ignores a veritable Herd of Elephants in the Room apparent to science-informed climate change analysts, ignores the acute, existential  seriousness of the worsening climate emergency, and absurdly argues for effective Business As Usual (BAU) now to enable  a better    positioning for climate mitigation or climate adaptation in the future.

Subtle But Effective: Modern Forms Of Enclosures
by Herve Le Crosnier

The history of the commons can be read as the expansion of the market sphere and of private decision-making over goods that hitherto were subject to common rules. From this point of view, the late 20th century technologies are double-edged: They have made it possible to expand the commons by offering new modes of regulation, favoring the non-market sphere and creating new opportunities for human activity, particularly in cyberspace. Yet they can also empower private control over common resources, especially in the living world and the biosphere

What Makes A Hate Group?
by Brian Terrell

“As a matter of fact, you have had a person attend your protests in Camp Douglas who has threatened to kill our Deputies.”This piece of startling news was revealed to me in a letter from Juneau County, Wisconsin, Undersheriff Craig Stuchlik dated July 25.

September 11 Reflection And The USS Liberty
by Eileen Fleming

Fifteen years ago on September 11, America and most of the World were united. Today the USA is more divided than since the Civil War.

How Veterans Are Losing The War At Home 
by Ann Jones

A friend of mine, a Vietnam vet, told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” That got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned, and exploited by big gamers right here at home.

Hillary Clinton Is Spreading Islamist Extremism
by Andre Vltchek

If the West in general and the United States in particular, left the Arab and Muslim world alone and in peace, we would most likely never see all those terrorist attacks, which are rocking the world from Indonesia to France. There would be no Mujahedeen and its mutation into al-Qaida; in Afghanistan or elsewhere. There would be no traces of the ISIS (or ISIL or I.S. or Daesh or however you choose to call it), in Syria, Iraq, Libya or anywhere else.

Turkey And The End Of An Era Of Imperial Control
by Junaid S Ahmad

All of the talk concerning Erdogan and his desire to revive some Turkish sultanate, Islamism and/or nationalism (take your pick) going wild in Turkey and in Pakistan, is fundamentally about one thing: the geopolitical anxieties of an empire in decline, unable to exert much muscle in bullying as it used to, only able to profit from billions in weaponry being sold to its ‘moderate’ Arab allies like Saudi Arabia. And ultimately, attempts at the reassertion and projections of American power by ‘pivots’ and expanding bases are crude cover-ups for the moral, political, and economic decay of the American imperium.

Despots “Donate” To Clinton Foundation, Receive Weapons From Hillary: Leaked Docs
by Robert J Barsocchini

Newly leaked documents provide further details on what Harpers magazine calls the Clinton family’s “slush fund”, the Clinton Foundation. As Secretary of State (the US government position chiefly responsible for coordinating US international arms trafficking), Hillary Clinton accepted millions of dollars in “donations” from the dictator of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, then increased US weapons sales to him by 137% during his brutal, Saudi-backed crackdown on pro-democracy protestors.

The Affordable Care Act: A Litmus Test For American Capitalism?
by Mateo Pimentel

There is a pressing issuein American health care that warrants at least a modicum of airtime from radio talk show pundits—a soft headed lot that continues to spin the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as a textbook failure of state meddling in the marketplace.

RSN: 'This Is the Only Way That Pipelines Will Be Stopped', US Military Now Says ISIS Leader Was Held in Notorious Abu Ghraib Prison

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Pierce writes: "On the ground in places like Iowa and the Dakotas, local grassroots activists looked at the campaign against Keystone and drew their own lessons from it." 
Sanders Launches Nonprofit to Carry On Campaign's Goals 
Jessie Hellmann, The Hill 
Hellmann writes: "Bernie Sanders formally launched a political nonprofit inspired by his presidential campaign Wednesday with a mission to spread progressive ideals through all levels of government." 
Planned Parenthood Joins Campaign to Rid Miami Neighborhoods of Zika 
Greg Allen, NPR 
Allen writes: "In Little Haiti, Liberty City, and a number of other neighborhoods in Miami, canvassers are now walking door to door to spread the word about the risks of Zika, one household at a time - hoping to reach 25, 000 people the next six weeks." 
Assange: DNC Hack Encouraging More Leaks 
Jessie Hellmann, The Hill 
Hellmann writes: "WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange said Friday the organization's leak of 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee has encouraged other sources to come forward." 
US Military Now Says ISIS Leader Was Held in Notorious Abu Ghraib Prison 
Joshua Eaton, The Intercept 
Eaton writes: "In February 2004, U.S. troops brought a man named Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badry to Abu Ghraib in Iraq and assigned him serial number US9IZ-157911CI. The prison was about to become international news, but the prisoner would remain largely unknown for the next decade." 
Noam Chomsky, Oliver Stone Sign Letter Against Brazil's Coup 
Excerpt: "From Oliver Stone to Noam Chomsky, highly influential international artists and intellectuals published a letter condemning the impeachment process against suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Thursday." 
The Evidence of Fracking's Health Effects Keeps Mounting 
Alejandro Davila Fragoso, ThinkProgress 
Fragoso writes: "Hydraulic fracturing has over the past few years been associated with ground water pollution, spills, and earthquakes in various states. Now, a study led by John Hopkins University researchers found that fracking in Pennsylvania may be associated with migraines, fatigue, and sinusitis." 

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CounterCurrents: Punishing The Messenger: Israel’s War On NGOs Takes A Worrying Turn, Biden Meets With Erdogan, Backs Turkish Invasion Of Syria

Dear Friend,

We've been following the Syrian imbroglio closely and the situation remains fluid. The Turkish army launched  a cross-border operation codenamed operation Euphrates Shield against American supported Kurdish militia and ISIS. US Vice President Joe Biden who arrived in Ankara has extended support to the Turkish operation.  The Kurdish militias have  been double-crossed by their US backers. It seems the Turkish aim is two fold 1) two prevent a Kurdish stronghold taking shape inside Syria. (Turkey is already fighting Kurds inside Turkey itself as well as in Iraq border) 2) to create a buffer zone inside Syria which is also a dream US imperialist agenda. 

The Korean peninsula is on the boil. 1) North Korea launched a    submarine missile which breached Japan’s air defense zone. 2) US and South Korea have been involved in the joint annual drill which has irked North Korea. North Korean belligerance has made even its traditional backers, the Chinese, nervous. China, Japan and South Korea met for a trilateral meet and discussed North Korea. Remember, North Korea has as many as 21 nuclear bombs, enough to make us all nervous. 

Today is the 8th anniversary of Kandhamal pogrom, one of the worst violence against Christians in modern India. Yours truly has written an article, "Lessons From Kandhamal." There is  also an interview with renowned film maker K.P Sasi who has completed a documentary on the pogrom “Voices from the Ruins: Kandhamal in Search of Justice”.

Day 48 in Kashmir. Curfew and shut down continues in the valley. Yesterday, one youth was killed in Pulwama. Death toll is 68 now. South Kashmir remains tense. 

And many more stories from around the world. 

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Biden Meets With Erdogan, Backs Turkish Invasion Of Syria
by Halil Celik

Under the pretext of “strengthening Turkey’s security by clearing terrorist groups from the border and maintaining Syria’s territorial integrity,” the Turkish army launched a major escalation of the war in Syria on Wednesday with a cross-border operation codenamed Euphrates Shield.

Tokyo Trilateral Meet Shows China Is Troubled Of North Korean Adventurism
by Dr Vivek Kumar Srivastava

The developments in Far East since few days are quite complex. Three major developments have taken place. First US and South Korea have been involved in the joint annual drill which North Korea has criticized saying that it is in fact an invasion drill with a clear aim to destroy the country. Second development is launch of the submarine missile by North Korea which breached Japan’s air defense identification zone; alarming the region that North Korea is not ready to stop its misadventures

Lessons From Kandhamal
by Binu Mathew

Today is the 8th anniversary of Kandhamal pogrom. When we look back on one of the worst communal violence against Christian communities in the history of modern India, what lessons can be learnt?

Scorched Visions Of Kandhamal
by P M Jayan

An interview with renowned film maker K.P Sasi who has completed a documentary on the pogrom “Voices from the Ruins: Kandhamal in Search of Justice”

Sajjad Lone And “Chewable” Nationhood!
by Mohammad Ashraf

The author of the ‘vision document’, “Achievable Nationhood” has modified it to become the “Chewable Nationhood”!

The Kashmir Stalemate: Time To End The Conundrum
by Umar Farooq Veeri

The governments have spent tens of billions of rupees on feeding and fighting the conflict rather than on alleviating poverty and improving literacy and health programs for the staggering number of poor in all of India and Pakistan. It was basically &  ultimately the exhumed external forces and greedy mindframe of these two extremely located countries and in part the spread of Islamic Fundamentalism in the Kashmir Valley that were instrumental in bringing about the insurgency of the late 1980s. Since that time, Kashmir has become overrun by these forces, and yet again the voice of Kashmir has become muffled under a global Islamic agenda

Dam Building: Who’s “Backward”- Subsistence Cultures Or Modern “Development”?
by Vinod Raina

Dam proponents see their scientism as self-evidently superior to traditional cultures: Should the adivasis live as they have for centuries, as museum pieces, with their cultures and beliefs intact? they ask. Do they not have a right to progress?

Unwanted Images: The Nauru Incident Reports
by Dr Binoy Kampmark

Tactics to undermine, discredit and sanitise the hideousness of the camp system are also used with propagandistic dedication.  In the wake of the release of the “Nauru Files” by The Guardian, documenting the assortment of abuses taking place on the island, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection was immediately at hand with desensitising advice.

Punishing The Messenger: Israel’s War On NGOs Takes A Worrying Turn
by Dr Ramzy Baroud

The ‘NGO Law’ is now in effect. It forces NGOs to declare their sources of funding and punishes those who refrain from doing so. It also levies heavy taxes on such funds, even when declared. The European Union, along with the United States Government warned Israel against such laws, but to no avail. The bill is written in too broad a terminology, thus making it possible for the government to target such organizations without appearing vindictive or politically-motivated.

Leftists For Trump
by Thomas C Mountain

I am a leftist for Trump. As an alumni of “Leftists for Bush” and living these past 10 years in the Horn of Africa, I cant help myself. I am irresistibly drawn to “Leftists for Trump”. Of course if I was living in the good old U-S-of A I would be in the streets demonstrating against The Trumpster. But then I would be in the streets marching against Lady Hillary as well.

Dalit Uprising And After: Why Hindutva Would Not Be The Same Again
by Subhash Gatade

Well known Gujarati poet SahilParmar’s poem ‘When I Was Born’ perhaps reverberates these days in Gujarat when we are witnessing a Dalit Upsurge- a first of its kind at least in that regions history. It will be a talk of folklore for times to come how flogging of dalits in a village in Saurashtra by Hindutva fanatics suddenly erupted into a mass movement of dalits which could catch imagination of the people cutting across different sections of society. An attempt is being made here to understand the dynamics of the movement and its likely impact on the future trajectory of Hindutva.

Racial Profiling Of African Americans In US And Caste Discrimination In India
by Dr Subramani Mani

Two of the world’s greatest democracies seem to be in a race for the top spot in the art, science and sport of discrimination and segregation of their own peoples in the 21st century.

VP Singh – The Crusader Of OBCs
by Tata Sivaih

Amongst Greats like Mahatma Jyotirao Phule, Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule, BabaSaheb Ambedakar , Periyar , OBCs should not forget the contribution of another Crusader of Backward classes V.P Singh who gave reservations to Backward classes by implementing the Mandal commission report. 

Remembering B.P Mandal & V.P Singh
by Dr Aurobindo Ghose

Remembering and celebrating the historical role of Bindeshwari Prasad Mandal, will be incomplete without remembering on this occasion the very Architect of implementation of the Mandal Commission Report almost a decade later in 1989. Vishwanath Pratap Singh,gentleman politician and Prime Minister, who stood his ground for the oppressed and literally sacrificed his Chair !

Self-Sustainability Of Community Radio: Stories From India
by Ashish Singh

The legalization of setting up a Community Radio Station came after a long and voiced revolution from various grass-root organizations, individuals and communities. Community Radio is not just something which is feeding the people’s mind with few people’s choices, interests and beliefs, its inception goes back to the logic of providing Voice to the Voiceless,