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Sheldon Adelson Spent Far More On Campaign Than Previously Known

Sheldon Adelson Spent Far More On Campaign Than Previously Known | News in english | Scoop.it

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WASHINGTON -- Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson vowed to spend as much as $100 million to defeat President Barack Obama and help the GOP take control of Congress. According to two GOP fundraisers with close ties to the Las Vegas billionaire, he made good on that promise -- and then some. Adelson ultimately upped the ante, spending closer to a previously unreported $150 million, the fundraisers said.

Adelson, a fierce critic of Obama’s foreign and domestic policies, has said that his humongous spending was spurred chiefly by his fear that a second Obama term would bring "vilification of people that were against him." As that second term begins, Adelson's international casino empire faces a rough road, with two federal criminal investigations into his business.

This coming week, Adelson plans to visit Washington, according to three separate GOP sources familiar with his travel schedule. While here, he’s arranged Hill meetings with at least one House GOP leader in which he is expected to discuss key issues, including possible changes to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the anti-bribery law that undergirds one federal probe into his casino network, according to a Republican attorney with knowledge of his plans.

During the election, Adelson told Politico that the Justice Department investigation, and the way he felt treated by prosecutors, was a primary motivation for his investment in Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and other GOP candidates. He put his money where his mouth was. The two GOP fundraisers, both with strong ties to Adelson, said that the casino mogul dished out close to $150 million, including between $30 million and $40 million to the Karl Rove-founded Crossroads GPS and at least $15 million to grassroots efforts with financial links to Charles and David Koch. Among other major beneficiaries of Adelson’s largess were the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which received almost $5 million from Adelson, and the Republican Jewish Coalition, which got the bulk of its $6.5 million budget from him, the fundraisers said.

All of these are non-profit groups, which -- unlike the super PACs that raked in $54 million in funds from Adelson and his wife -- are not currently required to disclose their donors. Adelson’s public spending spree, larger than any other donor's in the last election, was made possible by two high court rulings in early 2010 that allowed corporations, unions and individuals to write unlimited checks to outside groups for political ads and other activities backing candidates

The two fundraisers who provided information to The Huffington Post represented separate groups that each received seven-figure checks this year from Adelson. The fundraisers learned details of Adelson’s spending plans about a month prior to the election: one heard of them in a talk with the casino owner himself, while the other didn’t indicate if his information came from Adelson or a top aide to the billionaire. Both requested anonymity to protect their ties to Adelson and because they were not authorized to speak publicly about his giving.

Adelson’s hefty support for Rove’s GPS made sense, said a third fundraiser who knows both men, because of their long-standing links. Adelson forged good ties with Rove after he served as deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush and this year they bonded further. Rove spent much of the last night of the Republican National Convention hanging out in a skybox suite with Adelson and other politicos and friends, and Rove also provided the casino mogul occasional advice on potential donations -- at least once undercutting another group seeking Adelson funding, said the two GOP fundraisers.

Rove, who also provided advice in 2008 to the Adelson-backed dark money group Freedom’s Watch, was just one of several GOP politicos with shadow party links that Adelson schmoozed and brainstormed with in Tampa. Long known as a hands-on donor who likes to immerse himself in details, Adelson had a crowded convention schedule. For instance, he spent time one afternoon meeting with leaders of several groups that he’d either already helped, or was considering writing more big checks to for their electoral drives.

Among the political heavies Adelson met with that afternoon were Sean Noble, a leading operative for the Koch brothers, and Carl Forti, a key political strategist for both Crossroads GPS and its affiliate American Crossroads. Forti is also a strategist for pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future, which received $20 million from Adelson and his wife Miriam, an Israeli-born doctor.

Earlier in the year, Adelson indicated at different times that he planned to spend about $100 million or “as much as it takes” to defeat Obama and help Republicans in Congressional races. Adelson’s personal wealth has been pegged at $20.5 billion by Forbes, making him one of the world’s richest men and enabling him to open his checkbook wide without worrying much about his bottom line.

Adelson’s largess appeared to have an impact on Romney’s campaign strategy. After Adelson publicly suggested that Romney sometimes waffled in his stances and wasn’t as ideologically consistent as his original pick, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, he and Romney met in late May in Las Vegas. Shortly afterwards, the casino owner’s first $10 million donation to Romney’s allied super PAC arrived.

Not long after their meeting, Romney restated his support for one of Adelson’s top priorities -- his fervent backing of Israel’s conservative government and his opposition to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Romney’s first foreign trip after his meeting with Adelson included a late July visit to Israel, which included a Jerusalem fundraiser that Adelson famously attended.

Now after what was largely a disappointing election for Adelson, his Las Vegas Sands casino empire could be facing heightened legal and political headaches. His sprawling operations are still mired in two wide-ranging federal criminal probes. Neither probe is said to be focused on Adelson’s conduct.

The Sands did not return several phone calls seeking comment for this piece.

In one inquiry, federal officials are looking into potential money laundering by two shady high rollers at his Las Vegas casinos. Settlement talks with Justice officials were under way in late October, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The money laundering investigation, led by the U.S. attorney for Los Angeles, is probing whether the casino broke the law by failing to report to the government millions of dollars of potentially laundered funds that two gamblers transferred to its casinos.

One of the two gamblers, Ausaf Umar Siddiqui, is being probed about over $100 million of his transactions through the casinos. Separately, he was arrested in 2009 and pleaded guilty to accepting illegal kickbacks in his job as an executive with Fry’s Electronics in California. He is now serving a six-year jail term.

The other big gambler in the probe is Zhenil Ye Gon, a Chinese-born Mexican-based businessman, who reportedly transferred $85 million to Sands casinos several years ago. Ye Gon was indicted in 2007 for dealing in illegal drugs, but the charges were dismissed in 2009.

Meanwhile, another inquiry by Justice and the SEC has been under way for about two years. It involves allegations that Adelson’s lucrative casinos on the Chinese island of Macau may have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by paying bribes to Chinese officials to expand its operations there. The lion’s share of Sands' corporate revenues now come from Macau, the only place in China where casino gambling is legal, and a Singapore casino.

Among the payments that Justice has been probing are $700,000 that went to a local attorney, Leonel Alves, who was hired by the Sands Chinese subsidiary while he was a government legislator in Macau. The Justice probe apparently grew out of a wrongful termination lawsuit by Steven Jacobs, the former president of the Sands operation in Macau who has been cooperating with Justice.

Jacobs' suit alleged that he was fired after numerous clashes with Adelson over "Adelson’s illegal demands." Adelson has flatly rejected Jacobs’ allegations and has said that "none of what he says is true and he can't prove it."

A Sands spokesman has said repeatedly that the company has been cooperating with Justice and has done nothing wrong.

Ryan Grim contributed reporting

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Open Letter to #Nestlé by @yasminemotarjemi #FoodSafety #Suisse #Justice #Swiss

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Open Letter by 
Yasmine Motarjemi , Former Corporate Food Safety Manager (2000-2010), Assistant Vice President
to
Mr Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Nestlé, S.A
55 Avenue Nestlé
CH-1800 Vevey

"Nyon, 4th Septembre 2010
Dear Mr Chairman,
I was your Corporate Food Safety Manager from 2000 to 2010. I write to you today for two reasons: 
first, to share with you my concerns regarding a culture and management practices in Nestlé, which 
undermine food safety; and, second, to inform you of my personal experiences while attempting to
improve the situation.
I long nourished the hope that you would be interested in meeting the person responsible for dealing 
with everyday problems of the Company in an area as important as the safety of Nestlé products. 
However, to my regret we have never had the opportunity to meet and discuss the food safety 
situation in the Company. As both corporate-level management of food safety and my professional 
status deteriorated to the point of being unacceptable, I was compelled to report my concerns to 
Management with the expectation that a fair evaluation of the situation would be undertaken. In 
the event, my efforts were in vain. 
Mr Chairman, I always found listening to your speeches a source of motivation and inspiration. 
Moreover, Nestlé Policies and Management Principles portray a model Company, with the most 
laudable corporate values. A glance at the Company building, offices and facilities is enough to make 
any outsider believe that this is an ideal working environment. 
However, after only a short time, I was profoundly disappointed at how people are managed, the 
discrepancies between your public statements and the private deeds of managers; between the 
Company’s policies and management principles and actual practices; and between the proclaimed 
values and the prevailing fear culture (including mobbing and intimidation) that managers nourished. 
I was particularly saddened by the growing realisation that Management was not only aware of this 
situation but that it was also fully accepted by the very people who should have been, in fact, the inhouse guardians of policy compliance.I failed to see the flawless execution of policy that you promoted in your speeches. Didn’t you state 
that the management of food quality and safety depends on the quality of management? What can 
be said about food safety management when the members of Management themselves do not 
respect Company policies and principles? 
If I dared challenge the Company’s food safety and human resource practices I can assure you that it 
was not out of disrespect. On the contrary, it was because of my loyalty to the Company, my 
colleagues and the consumers we served. It was also because for me the safety of our products and 
respect for our colleagues were non-negotiable values. Involving staff in building a better company 
unavoidably includes exposing shortcomings. But surely it is better to receive timely feedback from 
within than to be publicly embarrassed later by failures.
You have often expressed your commitment to food safety. Please allow me to share with you my 
own vision in this regard. Over and above the technical and scientific aspects, the foundation of 
good food safety management is an equitable system of people management that is based on 
professionalism, fairness, objectivity, open-mindedness, respect for staff and, most importantly, for 
their dignity. I regret to say that I failed to see this approach implemented at the Nestlé Head Office. 
My own situation is a case in point. 
On several occasions I reported – first to members of Management and then, in November 2009, to 
Mr Paul Bulcke – serious shortcomings in food safety management, the professional difficulties I 
faced, and the shameful treatment that I experienced in Nestlé. I hoped that I would be given the 
opportunity to provide a full and accurate account of events during the period 2005-2010. In 
response, my contract was terminated with no opportunity to provide details of my experience. 
Nevertheless, I am prepared to meet with you, at your convenience, to share my observations on 
practices in Nestlé and their eventual repercussions on Nestlé’s reputation and consumers. I would 
also hope to use this opportunity to identify an equitable solution for my personal difficult situation, another consequence of the past events in Nestlé" 
source : http://www.rts.ch/info/3989665.html/BINARY/Mr+CEO.pdf
more here (in french) http://www.rts.ch/info/economie/3988696-une-ex-responsable-de-la-securite-alimentaire-depose-plainte-contre-nestle.html
more again (in french) 
more (in german ) : http://www.handelszeitung.ch/unternehmen/nestle-im-keim-erstickt

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#US Campaign 2016: #HillaryClinton's Fake Populism Is a Hit by #MattTaibi for #RollingStone

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#US Campaign 2016: #HillaryClinton's Fake Populism Is a Hit by #MattTaibi for #RollingStone

Pundits say her idealist porridge is not too hot, not too cold, but just fake enough


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#US 'Trainers' Arrive in #Ukraine for Operation Fearless Guardian

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#US 'Trainers' Arrive in #Ukraine for Operation Fearless Guardian

Nearly 300 U.S. soldiers have arrived in Ukraine to act as 'trainers' for the county's newly-formed National Guard as part of what is being called Operation Fearless Guardian. The operation involving paratroopers will last for six months, according to a statement by the U.S. Army on Friday.

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#USA Details Of The Extent Of #Bribery And #Corruption By Sen. #BobMenendez Emerge #AIPAC #israel

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#USA Details Of The Extent Of #Bribery And #Corruption By Sen. #BobMenendez Emerge #AIPAC #israel

Special interest groups like AIPAC (The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) are rushing to contribute to the disgraced senator's legal fund.

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▶ Did #NBC Cover Up Role of U.S.-Backed Free #Syria n Army in 2012 Kidnapping of #RichardEngel? - 11 mn #media #bias

▶ Did #NBC Cover Up Role of U.S.-Backed Free #Syria n Army in 2012 Kidnapping of #RichardEngel? - 11 mn #media #bias

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http://democracynow.org - NBC News is at the center of a new controversy, this time focused on its chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel. Back in 2012 he and five other members of an NBC News team were kidnapped by armed gunmen in Syria. They were held for five days. Just after his release Engel spoke on NBC News and said this about his captors: "This is a government militia. These are people who are loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. They are Shiite." Well, earlier this week, a New York Times investigation prompted Engel to revise his story and reveal he was actually captured by Sunni militants affiliated with the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army. In an article published on Wednesday, Engel said the kidnappers had "put on an elaborate ruse to convince us they were Shiite shabiha militiamen." According to the Times investigation, NBC knew more than it let on about the kidnappers. We speak to As’ad AbuKhalil, professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus. He runs the Angry Arab News Service blog. He expressed serious doubts about the circumstances surrounding Engel’s captivity and release when the story first broke in December 2012.

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#Saudi Historian: Our Women Should Not Be Allowed to Drive Lest They Get Raped - 2:23 YouTube

#Saudi Historian: Our Women Should Not Be Allowed to Drive Lest They Get Raped - 2:23 YouTube

During a TV show, Saudi historian Saleh Al-Saadoon said that women should not be allowed to drive on the grounds that they might get raped if their car broke down on the roadside. "[Western women] don't care if they are raped on the roadside, but we do", he said on the January 11, 2015 show on the Saudi Rotana Khalijiyya TV.

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How The World Bank Broke Its Promise to Protect the Poor

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How The World Bank Broke Its Promise to Protect the Poor

Over the past decade, the World Bank has regularly failed to enforce its "safeguard" policies protecting some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet, an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, The Huffington Post and other media partners has found.


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How #HillaryClinton's State Department sold #fracking to the world #schiste #environment #energy

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How #HillaryClinton's State Department sold #fracking to the world #schiste #environment #energy

A trove of secret documents details the US government's global push for shale gas.

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The Kremlin and the Neocons » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

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Ray McGovern on what's behind much of the chaos in the Middle East.

Ray McGovern was an Army officer and CIA analyst for almost 30 year. He now serves on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). He can be reached at: rrmcgovern@gmail.com.


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▶ #AlexeïPouchkov : l'#OTAN est "un danger important" pour les Russes - France 24 11 mn #Russie

▶ #AlexeïPouchkov : l'#OTAN est "un danger important" pour les Russes - France 24  11 mn #Russie



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#US #health Why the #FDA doesn't really know what's in your food #lobbycracy #corruption- PublicIntegrity.org

#US #health Why the #FDA doesn't really know what's in your food #lobbycracy #corruption- PublicIntegrity.org

The government has left it to companies to decide whether new food additives are safe.

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Meet the 8 #US Democrats Trying to Sabotage Diplomacy with #Iran #UnitedStatesofisrael #israel #lobbycracy

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Meet the 8 #US Democrats Trying to Sabotage Diplomacy with #Iran #UnitedStatesofisrael #israel #lobbycracy

Support from the pro-Israel lobby

President Obama, along with other members of the international community, is moving toward closing a historic deal with Iran, which would involve laying out restrictions on that country's nuclear program in exchange for a withdrawal of sanctions. The deal, which is due to be concluded in June, has been hailed as an important step toward avoiding war across the world.

However, there is one group of hardliners who continue to do everything they can to scuttle a diplomatic solution. They're in the U.S. Congress, not in Tehran, and most of the would-be saboteurs are Republicans, with Arkansas's Senator Tom Cotton leading the charge. But a significant number of Senate Democrats have signed onto legislation sponsored by both Cotton and bill author Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) that would attempt to force the administration to bring the deal to Congress to be approved.

The Democratic sponsors of the Corker legislation all have one thing in common: support from the pro-Israel lobby.

1. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ),pro-Israel cash: $341, 170

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▶ #Donbass. L'interview de "Texas", citoyen #US, qui se bat aux côtés des insurgés. -#Ukraine 7:38

▶▶ #Donbass. L'interview de "Texas", citoyen #US, qui se bat aux côtés des insurgés. -#Ukraine 7:38

Donbass. L'interview de "Texas", citoyen américain, qui se bat aux côtés des insurgés dans la brigade "VOSTOK" de l'armée populaire de la République populaire de Donetsk. 28 mars 2015.

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Meet The Secretive Group That Runs The World | Zero Hedge

Meet The Secretive Group That Runs The World | Zero Hedge

Over the centuries there have been many stories, some based on loose facts, others based on hearsay, conjecture, speculation and outright lies, about groups of people who "control the world." Some of these are partially accurate, others are wildly hyperbolic, but when it comes to the historic record, nothing comes closer to the stereotypical, secretive group determining the fate of over 7 billion people, than the Bank of International Settlements, which hides in such plain sight, that few have ever paid much attention.

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#Nuclear Waste: Drone buzzes #Fukushima temporary storage facility - 2 mn - RT YouTube

#Nuclear Waste: Drone buzzes #Fukushima temporary storage facility - 2 mn - RT YouTube

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Millions of tons of radioactive soil and debris can be seen packed in black bags in a temporary storage site at Tomioka, Fukushima prefecture.

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#RodrigoRato Former #IMF #FMI Chief Under Investigation For #MoneyLaundering, Now Arrested

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#RodrigoRato Former #IMF #FMI Chief Under Investigation For #MoneyLaundering, Now Arrested

Rato’s dealings include misappropriation of funds through a Visa card totaling 6 Million Euro, income from serving on the international advisory board of a Turkish bank in violation of Spanish banking laws, and a series of shell corporation divestments.


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The New World War No One Is Taking About: The Global Clamor For #Oil And #Gas

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The New World War No One Is Taking About: The Global Clamor For #Oil And #Gas

With the world on the brink of another world war over a fire lit in the Middle East, oil and gas -- not ideology, religion or even nationalism -- are at the very core of the equation of power and greed.

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#USA #elections2016 If #ElizabethWarren Were Running for President, This Would Be Her Agenda | The Nation

#USA #elections2016  If #ElizabethWarren Were Running for President, This Would Be Her Agenda | The Nation | News in english | Scoop.it

#USA #elections2016  If #ElizabethWarren Were Running for President, This Would Be Her Agenda | The Nation

Elizabeth Warren ran for president, a key part of her campaign—if not the centerpiece—would likely involve how to restructure the financial sector in a less dangerous and more productive way. Dodd-Frank was by many accounts a good start, but it’s clear the economy is still over-financialized and too-big-to-fail banks continue to pose an existential threat.

Warren isn’t running for president, but she unveiled that exact agenda in a sweeping speech Wednesday in a conference at the Levy Institute in Washington. It advocated an array of specific, often ambitious policy proposals, many of which have circulated in Washington for years and that Warren, at various times, has already called for.

But tied together in one place, and packaged as a clear call for structural and not just technocratic changes, a blueprint emerged for how Warren thinks Democrats should attack continued financial reform. Whether purposeful or not, the speech was timed exactly to start of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Her ideas fit into four basic categories: first, getting tougher on bad financial actors, particularly big banks, and presenting them with actual legal accountability for malfeasance. Second, Warren outlined how to change the basic structure of the country’s largest financial institutions so their very existence doesn’t threaten the economy nor taxpayer money via inevitable bailouts. Third, she outlined how to change tax policies that incentivize financial risk-taking and instability. And finally, Warren called for tougher regulations on the shadow-banking sector that was a huge contributor to the 2008 crash and which remained largely untouched by Dodd-Frank.

Under no conceivable set of circumstances could most of this happen in the current political climate. R...

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Suicide Or Homicide? In #Ukraine, Old-Guard Officials Dying Mysteriously - Radio Free Europe

Suicide Or Homicide? In #Ukraine, Old-Guard Officials Dying Mysteriously - Radio Free Europe | News in english | Scoop.it

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Suicide Or Homicide? In #Ukraine, Old-Guard Officials Dying Mysteriously - Radio Free Europe

Between January 26 and February 28, five Ukrainian officials with ties to the regime of ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych have been found dead of apparent suicide. What's behind the wave of mysteriou...

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#Clinton Foundation Keeps Foreign Donors -Wall Street Journal #corruption ? #bigmoney

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#Clinton Foundation Keeps Foreign Donors -Wall Street Journal #corruption ? #bigmoney

According to a summary of the Clinton Foundation’s new policy, the organization will still accept donations from foreign governments—even though Hillary is running for president. Donations from Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the U.K. are permitted, while other countries are prohibited from making large donations. (They can still participate in the Clinton Global Initiative, which comes with an attendance fee of $20,000.) The Wall Street Journal notes that the new policy is “meant to strike a balance between protecting existing programs while shielding the foundation and Mrs. Clinton from charges that foreign governments are buying influence through their donations.”


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#USA 3 mn ▶ Grayson on Money & Politics: "If We Do Nothing, We Can Kiss This Country Goodbye. Well, Pucker Up"

#USA 3 mn ▶ Grayson on Money & Politics: "If We Do Nothing, We Can Kiss This Country Goodbye. Well, Pucker Up"

http://democracynow.org - AA day after a mailman from Florida landed a tiny personal aircraft called a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in a protest to demand campaign finance reform, we speak to Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida about money and politics. Grayson also reveals that he will "probably" run for U.S. Senate in 2016 for Marco Rubio’s seat, who has joined the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

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#HillaryClinton #StateDept Secrecy, Intransigence and War » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

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#HillaryClinton #StateDept Secrecy, Intransigence and War » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

From the archives: Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair on the making of Hillary Clinton, the last of a three-part series.



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With 311 Civilians dead in #Yemen Strikes, #Saudis & #US must Investigate #WarCrimes

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With 311 Civilians dead in #Yemen Strikes, #Saudis & #US must Investigate #WarCrimes

Human Rights Watch | - (Washington, DC) – Saudi Arabia, other coalition members, and the United States should ensure that &helip;

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The #US Spin Doctors Battling It Out in the #UK Election | VICE News #USImperialismEverywhere

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Two of the US's leading political strategists, David Axelrod and Jim Messina, who worked side by side on Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, are now shaping the rival bids of the UK's Labour and Conservatives.

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#Iraq ▶ #Yazidi women speak of rape and beatings at the hands of #ISIL #IS - 2:20 - Al Jazeera YouTube

#Iraq ▶ #Yazidi women speak of rape and beatings at the hands of #ISIL #IS - 2:20 - Al Jazeera YouTube

In northern Iraq, hundreds of Yazidi girls and women freed by ISIL say they were raped and beaten while being held by the group. They are now seeking treatment. And while some were freed, others describe desperate escapes in the middle of the night.

Al Jazeera's Kim Vinnell reports from a refugee camp near Dohuk.

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#Turkey's Support for #IS Against the #Kurds Exposes Flawed US Strategy - #NATO aiding djihadists? Truthout

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#Turkey's Support for #IS Against the #Kurds Exposes Flawed US Strategy - #NATO aiding djihadists? Truthout

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