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Voters sign in before the Democratic presidential caucus at Simpson Barn in Johnston Monday, February 1, 2016.

Once again the world is laughing at Iowa. Late-night comedians and social media mavens are having a field day with jokes about missing caucusgoers and coin flips.

That’s fine. We can take ribbing over our quirky process. But what we can’t stomach is even the whiff of impropriety or error.

What happened Monday night at the Democratic caucuses was a debacle, period. Democracy, particularly at the local party level, can be slow, messy and obscure. But the refusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal reeks of autocracy.

The Iowa Democratic Party must act quickly to assure the accuracy of the caucus results, beyond a shadow of a doubt.

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Source - The Des Moines Register

They got some splainin' to do...
A high-profile Black Lives Matter activist is taking his fight to the polls, joining the race to become the next leader of Baltimore.

Shortly thereafter, Mckesson formally announced his candidacy on Medium. “I have come to realize that the traditional pathway to politics, and the traditional politicians who follow these well-worn paths, will not lead us to the transformational change our city needs,” he wrote. Instead, he envisioned a city “that is both aspirational and grounded in reality.” He added that he plans to unveil his full platform in the coming weeks.

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Thoughts? I've followed DeRay over the last year, he's very bright and I think he would be a good mayor.


Hillary Clinton isn’t a champion of women’s rights. She’s the embodiment of corporate feminism.

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Also from the source website worth reading:

Another excellent article on this topic:

The head of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, on Bernie Sanders' insurgent candidacy:

It has the potential to personalize it, it has the potential to be a dangerous moment. Not just for Wall Street not just for the people who are particularly targeted but for anybody who is a little bit out of line. It’s a liability to say I’m going to compromise I’m going to get one millimeter off the extreme position I have and if you do you have to back track and swear to people that you’ll never compromise. It’s just incredible. It’s a moment in history."


OP Note: Ohnoes! He's right. Who is thinking of the oppressed, victimized billionaire class feeling the Bern? Please look out for the marginalized rich white men swimming in corporate dollars. Those stacks of hundred dollar bills are such a heavy burden to bear. Do we need to check our plebeian privilege, ONTD?

On giving an endorsement, the Goldman Sachs chief said, "I don’t want to help or hurt anybody by giving them an endorsement." [LMFAO!]

I'm sure Mr. Blankfein is huddled in the corner of his meager duplex in the high rise luxury condo building on Central Park West, shaking in fear of the Bernie wrath. His home is worth over $40 million dollars.

Breaking Down the Caucus Goers - By Gender (Exit Poll) (see source for table of results)

Make no mistake, Sanders had a great showing in Iowa. He out performed the last few polls, and was breathing down the neck of Clinton late in the evening. That said, the breakdown of Sanders caucus supporters shows some troubling trends for his campaign:

Right off the bat, we see a big issue: while Sanders won the male vote, he lost the female vote. Females accounted for 57% of voters - the polls suggest that Clinton had an actual popular vote count of 49.13% in that regard to Sanders 45.44%.

Important, is the implication going forward - females outvote males in elections, and it was the female vote that broke decisively for Obama in both 2008 and 2012.

By Age (Exit Poll) (see source for table)

No, that's not a typo. Sanders really did have over 80% of the 17-29 group.

Clearly, Sanders supporters skew towards the youth - and it is a testament to his campaign that he got so many of them out there, and so decisively on his side.

On the flip side, the 17-39 crowd accounted for only 32% of the vote. The 40-64 group alone accounted for 40% of the vote, and the 65+ group broke decisively for Clinton.

Why is this an issue? Well, historically, the senior vote has always been the most reliable voting group of any demographic. In addition, the Democrats have historically struggled with senior groups. Florida - a pivotal swing state - has historically had a huge population of seniors that have often voted GOP. In 2012, Obama carried Florida - but by less than a percent. As you can imagine, Sanders unpopularity with seniors within his own party caucus is a potential problem down the road.

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Analysis by GTFErinyes on Reddit
This presidential race has been weird in a number of ways, but one of the weirdest is that successful outsider insurgents who have a real shot at their parties' nominations have barely been attacked at all.

Donald Trump has hurled endless insults at his competitors and the GOP, without receiving much in the way of coordinated return fire. The other candidates just keep attacking each other. Jeb made a few attempts at taking on Trump, but Trump swatted them away like a lion with a ball of yarn. Only National Review even put any serious effort into it.

Meanwhile, the left insurgent candidate, Bernie Sanders, has also had a mostly free ride.

If you say something like this on social media, you'll be beset by furious Sanders supporters. (If there's one thing it's easy to do on social media, it's get yourself beset by furious Sanders supporters.) But it remains true that Sanders has faced very few serious attacks.

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This article brought up some interesting points that I had never thought about before. If Bernie gets the nom, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Article by David Roberts

Nobel Peace Prize nominees: The Greek island groups welcoming Syrian refugees, an escaped ISIS sex slave turned women's rights activist, the negotiators who ended five decades of civil war in Colombia, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Oh, and Donald Trump.

The Republican presidential candidate, who was hosting a reality TV show at this time last year, has been nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize by a mystery patron, Kristian Berg Harpviken told CNN on Wednesday, confirming an earlier AFP report.

A respected Nobel watcher and director of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Harpviken said he was "committed to not reveal the nominator's name," but shared online the language from the letter, which praised Trump for "his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, ISIS, nuclear Iran and Communist China."

During his campaign, Trump has repeatedly vowed to "bomb the s-- out of ISIS" and threatened to impose a protective tariff on trade with the Chinese.

The Nobel Committee, which does not reveal the details of its decision-making process, typically offers thousands of people the opportunity to nominate notable organizations and individuals for the award, which counts among its recipients Martin Luther King Jr., the Red Cross and, in 2009, President Barack Obama.

Trump, however, is not on Harpviken's shortlist, which is currently topped by Snowden, and many expect his nomination to fall by the wayside, like those received by Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Vladimir Putin and Henry Kissinger.

It all started with one little question to Bernie: Do you think Hillary is a progressive?

Hillary responded.

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The only winners here are the American people who get to see actual issues being argued, ideologies discussed, and the continued fight for the soul of the left. I've come to accept that Hillary is more progressive on guns, brown nosing Obama, and being a woman. Bernie is more progressive on economics, warfare, & yelling at clouds.

Bernie's tweets: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Hillary's tweets: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Barbara's tweet

I don’t know if he was there to kill me.

Monday night I was sitting in a hotel lobby in downtown Des Moines with my back to a wall of windows, my eyes fixed on the TV, my attention wholly focused on early caucus results. I didn’t notice until he was standing right next to me, much closer than is ordinary or comfortable. When he started he speaking it was like he was picking up in the middle of sentence, finishing a conversation we had begun earlier, but I couldn’t remember ever meeting him.

“…So what is it that you teach?”

“I am a professor of political science.”

“My wife is a professor of communications.”

“Does she teach here in Iowa?”

“What I want to know is how you got credentialed to be on MSNBC.”

I am not sure if it is how he spat the word credentialed, or if it is how he took another half step toward me, or if it is how he didn’t respond to my question, but the hairs on my arm stood on end. I ignored it. Told myself everything was ok.
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Trigger Warning for reference to rape, not graphic but just memory of was said and how it triggered her in this situation.
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