Interviews with more than three dozen people, including top decision-makers in both camps, have revealed that the Kochs’ i360 platform for managing voter contacts – which is viewed by many as a superior, easier-to-use interface than what’s on offer from the RNC – is becoming increasingly popular among Republican campaigns.The RNC is now openly arguing, however, that the Kochs’ political operation is trying to control the Republican Party’s master voter file, and to gain influence over – some even say control of – the GOP.
The core issue, from Priebus’ point of view, is one of loyalty and allegiance. The RNC is a permanent entity, committed to the Republican Party without question. The Koch network is too independent from the party to be trusted with possession of the GOP’s most valuable core assets. If the Kochs – whose political history is steeped more in libertarianism than it is in any loyalty to the Republican Party – decided next week to use their database to benefit only their massive multinational corporation, they could do so. […]The Kochs’ political arm, Freedom Partners, which oversees i360, views the issue as one of capability. Koch aides – several of whom used to work at the RNC – want to win elections, and in their view the RNC has inherent challenges to helping the party win. Party committee fundraising is severely limited by federal election law, while building, maintaining and enriching a database is expensive.
Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to debate Republican presidential candidates right away so he can expose what their unpopular “reactionary agenda.”
The Democratic presidential candidate appeared Tuesday night on The Rachel Maddow Show, where he said the media’s focus on triviality allows GOP candidates to “get away with murder,” reported Mediaite.
Sanders said Republican candidates want to offset “huge tax breaks for billionaires” with “massive cuts” to programs that help millions of American, including Medicare, Medicaid, and – in the case of likely candidates Jeb Bush and Chris Christie – Social Security.
“They get away with that stuff because a lot of people don’t know what they are talking about,” he said.
Sanders said he would like a debate between Democrats and Republicans during the primary season so he could “confront them honestly and say to their face” what voters should know about their governing intentions.
“When so many seniors are struggling right now, how in God’s name are you talking about cutting Social Security when we should expand it?” Sanders said he would ask. “When kids can’t afford to go to college now, why are you talking about cutting Pell Grants by $90 billion? Why are you on the payroll of the Koch brothers and other billionaires rather than addressing the needs of working families?”
He said a debate would help cut through the horse race-style coverage the media seem to prefer at this point in the presidential campaign.
“If we can confront them and debate issues rather than allow the media to get into political gossip and polling and fundraising, but talk about the issues, I think their agenda does not reflect more than 15 or 20 percent of the American people,” Sanders said.
For some, the post below this one may be too long to read. I saw this segment of The Rachel Maddow Show last night in which she runs through the same thing as The Nation article…but with even more detail and information. Enjoy…
Rachel Maddow reviews the years-long Republican plan to sabotage the Obama presidency at any cost, and talks with Ryan Grim, D.C. bureau chief for the Huffington Post, about House Speaker John Boehner’s struggle to find a way out of the government shutdown he allowed his party to force America into. ~ Licentiathe8th’s channel
Courtesy of the The Rachel Maddow Show.
When I saw this segment of The Rachel Maddow Show last night I was outraged at the methods the GOP use to spread their lies via propaganda.
(Revised from earlier post)
On Thursday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the swirl of questions around the shooting of Ibragim Todashev, an associate of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the two men charged with the bombing of the Boston Marathon.
FBI officials have given conflicting accounts of the questioning and killing of Todashev, who knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev through Mixed Martial Arts fighting. Todashev, who, like the Tsarnaevs, was Chechen, lived in Boston for a time before moving to Florida. Agents from the FBI traveled to Florida to question Todashev repeatedly about the bombing.
“Last week while being questioned again in Florida,” said Maddow, “something went very, very wrong and he ended up dead.”
Law enforcement officials were interviewing Todashev in his apartment in Orlando on Wednesday, May 22, when something occurred that resulted in the young man being shot multiple times.
On Thursday, Todashev’s family held a press conference in Moscow, where they showed autopsie photos of their slain son. Ibragim Todashev was shot six times in the torso and once in the back of the head.
“We have not been able to authenticate these photos,” said Maddow. “No one has.”
But, she said, if they are genuine, “something weird is going on.”
“How does that comport with the FBI’s story that he was killed during questioning by armed agents who were only acting in self defense?” she asked. “Shot seven times, including in the back of the head?”
Todashev was questioned because of a possible connection to a bizarre 2011 murder in Waltham, Massachusetts in which three men were found with their throats cut, covered in marijuana, with $5,000 in cash untouched nearby. Law enforcement officials theorize now that Tamerlan Tsarnaev may have murdered the men with the help of some other person or persons.
“That cold case got hot again” after the marathon bombing, Maddow said. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was close friends with one of the victims, but, after his murder, Tsarnaev declined to attend his friend’s funeral.
After Todashev was shot during questioning, Maddow said, law enforcement officials “leaked an elaborate story” that purported to justify the killing. The officials also claimed that Todashev had implicated himself in the Waltham murders prior to being shot. They said that just before the man was about to sign a confession, he snapped, and “lunged at the interrogator with a blade.”
“That initial story has fallen apart,” Maddow said. Within 12 hours of the shooting, two of the three law enforcement officials who were talking to the media about the case changed their story, saying they were no longer sure whether Todashev had a knife.
Now, multiple sources have come forward to papers like the Washington Post to say that, in fact, Todashev was unarmed. NBC News reported on Thursday that Todashev may have been brandishing some kind of “metal rod.”
“So they shot him seven times?” Maddow asked, “Including in the back of the head?” She added that no one actually knows right now if that was the actual number of gunshot wounds on Todashev’s body since officials will neither confirm nor deny that the post-autopsy photos are accurate.
“What we’re left with here is a baffling mess and a story that does not make sense,” she said.
When I saw this show last night I had hoped that the You Tube video would be available online so that I could share Rachel’s genius for explaining anything with wit and intelligence beyond any newscaster on TV today.
- Rachel Maddow Tears Apart Benghazi Outrage In Epic Segment On GOP Conspiracy-Mongering (mediaite.com)
- Down The Rabbit Hole w/ Popeye (04-25-2013) Debunking Rachel Maddow’s Attack on Conspiracy Theories (federaljack.com)
- Maddow: Republicans still trying to intrude into your bedroom (kstreet607.com)
- Maddow: Right wing fringe is now a cynical money-making ‘racket’ (rawstory.com)
- Debunking Rachel Maddow’s Attack on Conspiracy Theories (dprogram.net)
- Kauilapele’s Blog: Rachel Maddow on 4-24-13… “A Lesson in How to ‘Push’ Disinformation”… (and Why I Have Stopped Watching Rachel, and Pretty Much Anyone Else, on MSNBC) (americankabuki.blogspot.com)
- Rachel Maddow, click here to learn what FEMA region you live in (dailypaul.com)
Unlike the subject in the previous post, Rachel Maddow is a well respected “truth-teller” who people from all sides of the political spectrum admire…
Rachel Maddow was nominated for a Grammy Award. The nominations wereannounced on Wednesday.
Maddow was nominated for Best Spoken Word Album with her book, “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power.” She shares the category nomination with Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama.
A number of politicians have been nominated and subsequently won Grammy Awards in this category before. President Barack Obama won in 2008 with his book “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.” He also won in 2006 with his book “Dreams From My Father.”
Clinton picked up the prestigious award one year earlier—in 2005—with his book “My Life.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also won in this category in 1997 with her book “It Takes A Village.”
The 2013 Grammy Awards will take place on Feb. 10 on CBS.
- MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Nominated For Grammy Award (mediaite.com)
- Michelle Obama & Bill Clinton Get Grammy Nominations; Ellen DeGeneres, Rachel Maddow, ‘Smash’ & ‘The Voice’ Coaches Too (deadline.com)
- Dr. John honored but other local musicians left out of Grammy nominations (wwltv.com)
- Maddow to GOP: McCain is totally not who you want as your foreign policy expert (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Rise of the Left: Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnnell Beat Fox for an Entire Week (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- 2013 GRAMMY Nominees for Best Musical Theater Album – FOLLIES, PORGY & BESS, NEWSIES, NICE WORK and ONCE! (broadwayworld.com)
This video from The Rachel Maddow Show is priceless, from beginning to end. I really like the way Rachel dissects Right Wing “bull-pucky” as Rachel would say.
- Rachel Maddow Tears Into Romney’s Foreign Policy Approach: He Doesn’t Even Care Enough To Try (mediaite.com)
- Rachel Maddow: Romney a ‘soulless shape-shifter’ on foreign policy (tv.msnbc.com)
- Rachel Maddow On Romney’s Lies, ‘It’s a Character Issue, and I find it Disqualifying’ (politicususa.com)
- Wendy Williams & Rachel Maddow Go Head-To-Head On Politics (thefrisky.com)
- Romney’s 47% Fiasco Fuels MSNBC Ratings Rout For Rachel Maddow (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
I enjoyed this segment of The Rachel Maddow Show, last night. In fact I enjoyed it so much I just had to share it with you.
The gist of the segment: Rachel caught Mitt Romney in a bold-faced lie the day he went to Solyndra to discuss President Obama’s involvement with the now defunct company.
Now, to the video…
- Maddow calls out Romney for ‘bald-faced lie’ (rawstory.com)
- Rachel Maddow Laments Ongoing Birtherism ‘Clap Trap:’ VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- Maddow: Republicans practicing ‘reverse Robin Hood’ economics (rawstory.com)
- Maddow To Romney: Hope ‘History Forgives You’ For Embracing Trump (mediaite.com)
- Maddow: Romney on board with the legacy of Dick Cheney (rawstory.com)