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AWKWARD: Bernie Sanders would explain why socialism failed in Venezuela, but it’s complicated so let’s change the subject

Twitchy - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 15:40

A couple of days ago, Bernie Sanders made it clear that he still backs Nicolas Maduro as the leader of Venezuela as that nation continues to descend further into chaos and humanitarian crises:

Bernie refuses to call for Maduro to step down, does not recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s leaderhttps://t.co/KvvdTJUlt9 pic.twitter.com/HYQDcGOJr5

— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 21, 2019

Fast forward to Sanders’ interview on Chris Hayes’ MSNBC show, when the senator and presidential candidate was asked to explain why the socialist project failed so disastrously in Venezuela:

Bernie Sanders says it would take too “long” to explain why socialism failed in Venezuela…

Cliff notes version: Socialism failed because…it’s socialism. pic.twitter.com/IFdQQjx9bA

— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 22, 2019

Come on, Bernie! It’s really not that complicated:

Socialism has failed everywhere it has been tried.

Hey Bread line Bernie, I explained it in 8 words.

— CC (@ChatByCC) February 22, 2019

The deflecting technique at its finest avoiding the answer when is being spotted. Simple answer "Socialism never has worked"

— Rene The One & Only (@ReneTheOneOnly1) February 22, 2019

See, it’s not that difficult, senator.

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Court records reveal a Mueller report right in plain view (Associated Press)

Memeorandum - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 14:30

Associated Press:
Court records reveal a Mueller report right in plain view  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump was in full deflection mode.  —  The Democrats had blamed Russia for the hacking and release of damaging material on his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton.  Trump wasn't buying it.

An Italian Expose Documents Moscow Money Allegedly Funding Italy's Far-Right Salvini (Barbie Latza Nadeau/The Daily Beast)

Memeorandum - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 14:20

Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
An Italian Expose Documents Moscow Money Allegedly Funding Italy's Far-Right Salvini  —  An exposé claims that Vladimir Putin is funneling $3 million to Matteo Salvini through dirty diesel to help swing European elections towards Russia-friendly candidates.

Why the U.K. Condemned Facebook for Fuelling Fake News (Sue Halpern/New Yorker)

Memeorandum - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 14:20

Sue Halpern / New Yorker:
Why the U.K. Condemned Facebook for Fuelling Fake News  —  If there remained any doubt that Facebook's business practices intentionally compromise users' privacy and recklessly undermine democratic norms, it was put to rest on Monday, when the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee …

California parents of 13 children plead guilty to abuse

UPI - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 14:17
Parents David and Louise Turpin, accused of holding their children against their will, pleaded guilty to charges related to the abuse of 12 of their kids.

Judge tosses North Carolina mandatory voter ID amendment citing gerrymandering (John Bowden/The Hill)

Memeorandum - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 14:10

John Bowden / The Hill:
Judge tosses North Carolina mandatory voter ID amendment citing gerrymandering  —  A judge in North Carolina on Friday tossed out the state's constitutional amendment requiring a voter ID, citing prevalent gerrymandering in the state's General Assembly.  —  Wake County Superior Court Judge …

Republican Cries Against Voter Fraud Go Mostly Quiet After Scheme Tied to Party (New York Times)

Memeorandum - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 14:10

New York Times:
Republican Cries Against Voter Fraud Go Mostly Quiet After Scheme Tied to Party  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican politicians across the country have for years railed against the threat of voter fraud.  Some have made unproven claims about how rampant it has become in order to pass voter ID laws and open sweeping investigations.

British Jewish groups condemn Netanyahu alliance with what enemedia calls “the Israeli far-right”

Geller Report - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 14:00

The same Jewish groups in the UK supported my being banned from the country for the crime of opposing jihad mass murder and sharia oppression of women, gays, and others. They are so tough with Jews who won’t cower before Jew-haters as they do, but they disappear when confronted with actual anti-Semitism — the kind of anti-Semitism that we see rampant in Britain today, while they remain dutifully silent.

“British Jewish groups condemn Netanyahu alliance with the Israeli far-right,” by Rosa Doherty, The JC, February 21, 2019 (thanks to Mark):

British Jewish groups have condemned the move by Israeli Prime Minister to forge an alliance with extremists linked to the banned Kahanist movement.

Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to unite the fringes of Israel’s right wing ahead of the election in April.

His Likud party will reserve the 28th spot on its own list for Habayit Hayehudi, a pro-settler party, on condition that it forms a separate joint list with the extremist Jewish Power faction.

The hard-line members of Jewish Power advocate the forced removal of Palestinians and turning Israel into a Jewish theocracy.

They also describe themselves as the successors to the banned Kahanist movement, named after the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, whose Jewish Defence League was labelled a terrorist organisation by the United States.

Responding to the news Adam Ognall, CEO of the New Israel Fund, said the move signified a “horrifying” development in Israeli politics.

Mr Ognall said: “Meir Kahane was a violent supremacist who advocated and inspired acts of terror. He and his disciples were rightly banned from the Knesset in 1988 on the grounds that their ideology is ‘racist and undemocratic.’”

He argued that people from across the political spectrum in Israel have “largely agreed that Kahanists are a danger to Israeli democracy and have no place in its Parliament.

“It is both horrifying and very revealing that Kahanists are now returning to the political arena and are being courted and embraced by right-wing parties and their leadership.”

He said NIF would “stand with all Israelis and against those who use violence, terror, and supremacist ideologies to divide and rule by fear.

“Elected leaders have a sacred responsibility to protect Israelis from violent extremists– not promote them.”

Yachad’s Hannah Weisfeld said the leaders of the newly merged faction “represent values that are inimical to anyone that considers themselves to be a believer in democracy, justice and Jewish values.”

Ms Weisfeld said that all friends of Israel whether that is the British government, or establishment Jewish community organisations “must speak up against this messianic, racist, terror-supporting group who falsely claims its dangerous ideology stems from Jewish tradition”….

Access to Mueller's report and evidence may be guided by Congress, Clinton email case (Washington Post)

Memeorandum - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 13:50

Washington Post:
Access to Mueller's report and evidence may be guided by Congress, Clinton email case  —  The Justice Department and Democratic lawmakers are bracing for a fight over access to the evidence uncovered by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III during his nearly two-year investigation …

Gallup: Liberals outnumber conservatives in only 6 states, down from 9 (Paul Bedard/Washington Examiner)

Memeorandum - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 13:40

Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Gallup: Liberals outnumber conservatives in only 6 states, down from 9  —  The number of states where liberals outnumber conservatives has dropped more than 30 percent, with just six now in that category: Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Washington, New York, and New Hampshire.

R Kelly attorney says accusers are LYING as singer is booked on 10 counts of sex abuse

Daily Mail - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 13:31
R Kelly is scheduled to appear in Chicago court for a bail hearing on Saturday morning after having been indicted and booked on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse.

Even if Mueller's probe concludes soon, things are far from over (Deanna Paul/Washington Post)

Memeorandum - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 13:25

Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
Even if Mueller's probe concludes soon, things are far from over  —  Predictions for when special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will deliver his much-anticipated report to the attorney general have yo-yoed between days and weeks.  —  Two things are more definitive: In January …

Ocasio-Cortez Fires Back At Feinstein And Says She Is In Charge Now

Federalist Papers - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 13:16

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes that she is in charge of the Democrat Party now. In fact, it is plausible that she believes that she is in charge of the United States now. It was Friday when Sen. Dianne Feinstein was accosted by a group of kids, organized by adults, begging for the Green…

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AIPAC slams supposedly ‘racist and reprehensible’ Jewish party wooed by Netanyahu

Geller Report - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 13:00

“In a rare comment on internal Israeli politics.” But they never made a “rare comment” when Barack Obama was running for President, despite his notorious antisemitic friends, including Louis Farrakhan, Jeremiah Wright, Rashid Khalidi, etc., or his vicious anti-Semitic policies. AIPAC only fears and opposes proud, uncompromising Jews, not Jew-haters, no matter how noxious and dangerous.

“AIPAC slams ‘racist and reprehensible’ extremist party wooed by Netanyahu,” Times of Israel, February 22, 2019 (thanks to Mark):

WASHINGTON — In a rare comment on internal Israeli politics, AIPAC and the AJC, two mainstream US Jewish organizations, condemned the recent merger deal between the Jewish Home party with the extremist Otzma Yehudit party, a move that was midwifed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The deal could see the entrance of at least one lawmaker from the party of Meir Kahane’s disciples into the 21st Knesset after the April elections.

In a statement late Thursday the American Jewish Committee said the “views of Otzma Yehudit are reprehensible. They do not reflect the core values that are the very foundation of the State of Israel.”

AJC said that while it did not “normally comment on political parties and candidates during an election” after the union it felt “compelled to speak out.”

“Historically, the views of extremist parties, reflecting the extreme left or the extreme right, have been firmly rejected by mainstream parties, even if the electoral process of Israel’s robust democracy has enabled their presence, however small, in the Knesset,” the carefully worded statement said.

It did not mention the Jewish Home party by name or Netanyahu, who was instrumental in pushing the two parties to unite.

On Friday, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the powerful pro-Israel lobby, retweeted the AJC statement.

“We agree with AJC. AIPAC has a longstanding policy not to meet with members of this racist and reprehensible party,” it said.

It was not immediately clear if this policy would now be extended to the Jewish Home party.

Netanyahu is expected to speak at AIPAC’s annual conference in late March.

Israeli political analyst Tal Schneider said this was a massive rebuke for Netanyahu. “In terms of the relationship between the prime minister and Jewish organizations in the Diaspora, this is a sonic boom,” she wrote….

LIMBAUGH: Kudos To Chris Pratt

Daily Wire - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 13:00
How often have we seen Hollywood celebrities praised as courageous for "coming out" and admitting they're gay? Isn't it far more courageous for people to profess their Christian faith?

What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls

Rasmussen Reports - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 13:00

In surveys last week, this is what America told Rasmussen Reports...

The top 15 Democratic presidential candidates of 2020, ranked (Aaron Blake/Washington Post)

Memeorandum - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 12:50

Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The top 15 Democratic presidential candidates of 2020, ranked  —  It's just February 2019 and we already have 10 declared well-known 2020 Democratic candidates for president.  The 2016 runner-up for the nomination just got in.  Others are set to decide within days or weeks.  The debates start in three months.

2020 Democrats' progressive gamble is about to get real (Adam Cancryn/Politico)

Memeorandum - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 12:50

Adam Cancryn / Politico:
2020 Democrats' progressive gamble is about to get real  —  Democrats' embrace of sweeping progressive ideas like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal is about to get its first reality check on Capitol Hill — as both parties make huge bets about which message will sway voters in 2020.

Dems New Strategy To Defeat Trump In 2020 Is To Keep Him Off The Ballot Entirely

Federalist Papers - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 12:49

Democrats are working on a new and sure fire way to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020. It is a plan to not include his name on the ballot at all making anyone who wants to vote for him have to write his name in. The effort is starting in the blue state of New…

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