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LIVE UPDATE: March 15 Primary Results

Update 3/15 8:00 pm est: CNN is reporting that Hillary Clinton (D) is the winner of Florida with 65% of the vote. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has 32%.

Update 3/15 8:00 pm est: CNN is reporting that Donald Trump (R) is the winner of Florida with 45.5% of the vote. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was second with 27.6% and Sen. Ted Cruz was third with 16.7% of the vote.

Update 3/15 8:25 pm est: CNN is reporting that Hillary Clinton (D) is the winner of North Carolina with 59% of the vote. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has 38%.

Update 3/15 8:25 pm est: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla) has suspended his campaign according to the New York Times.

Update 3/15 9:02 pm est: CNN is reporting Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) wins Ohio with 42.3% of the vote. Donald Trump (R) is second with 34.8%.

Update 3/15 9:49 pm est: FoxNews is reporting Donald Trump (R) is the winner of Illinois with 40%. Sen. Ted Cruz is second with 25.8% of the vote. Governor John Kasich (R-OH) is third with 22.5%.

Update 3/15 9:49 pm est: FoxNews is reporting Donald Trump (R) is the winner of North Carolina with 40%. Sen. Ted Cruz is second with 36% of the vote. Governor John Kasich (R-OH) is third with 12.2%.

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Report Finds Registered Lobbyists Among Democratic Superdelegates

A new report found that some Democratic superdelegates are also registered lobbyists.

In the Democratic Party’s presidential primary process, superdelegates are party insiders who are allowed to vote for the candidate of their personal preference rather than on the basis of caucus or primary vote totals. While many superdelegate appointments are given to party activists and former and current elected officials, some have also been given to donors, including lobbyists.

According to ABC News’ analysis, of the 463 superdelegates who are not current or former elected officials, 67 are current or former registered lobbyists. There are 717 superdelegates in total who will vote among the July 25 nominating convention’s 4,763 delegates.

Zerohedge pointed out the fact that known lobbyists make up around 9 percent of the total number of superdelegates.

[RELATED: DNC Chair: Superdelegates Exist to Protect Party Leaders from Grassroots Competition]

A majority of the lobbyist superdelegates have already pledged their support for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton is currently leading in the race for superdelegates, as 450 have already endorsed her candidacy versus 19 who are openly backing U.S. Sen. from Vermont Bernie Sanders. The remaining 248 have not yet indicated who they intend to support.

The Intercept’s Lee Fang wrote, “Although they make up only a small proportion of the superdelegates, the presence of lobbyists in such a potentially decisive role adds fuel to the critique that the Democratic Party is influenced by monied special interests. In recent months, the DNC quietly repealed rules instituted by Barack Obama that banned lobbyists from donating to the party.

[RELATED: Reality Check: Democrats Have a Superdelegate Problem]

The Democrat superdelegate system is a corrupt process designed to let insiders and lobbyists overturn the will of voters,” said Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus.

Should it come down to the superdelegates, the Democrats will be nominating a fellow insider under FBI investigation, and viewed so unfavorably that she couldn’t defeat a 74-year old self-avowed Socialist at the ballot box,” he added.

According to Politico, Clinton campaign spokesperson Jesse Ferguson said of Clinton’s edge among superdelegates, “We are proud of the strong support we have from elected leaders, Democratic Party officials, grassroots activists and volunteers all across this country who are helping Hillary Clinton earn the nomination.

When asked last month about his odds of picking up superdelegate votes, Sanders struck an optimistic tone and said, “I think if we continue to do well around the country and if superdelegates – whose main interest in life is to make sure that we do not have a Republican in the White House – if they understand that I am the candidate and I believe that I am who is best suited to defeat the Republican nominee I think they will start coming over to us.

The Democratic superdelegate system sparked controversy earlier this year when Hillary Clinton obtained more delegates in the New Hampshire primary than Sen. Sanders, despite his overwhelming victory at the polls that day, primarily due to the preferences of superdelegates. Watch Ben Swann’s CBS46 Atlanta Reality Check report on the New Hampshire delegate debacle below.

Reality Check: After Being Trounced By Sanders in NH, Clinton…

Hillary Clinton was trounced in the New Hampshire Primary and yet thanks to the way the DNC rules work, she actually won the most delegates. Is the primary system a huge scam?

Posted by Ben Swann on Thursday, February 11, 2016

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Clinton on If She Would Drop Out If Indicted: ‘I’m Not Even Answering That Question’

At Wednesday’s presidential debate presented by CNN and Univision, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attempted to downplay the seriousness of an ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into what the FBI called “matters related to former Secretary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server” when she served as Secretary of State.

Debate moderator Jorge Ramos asked Clinton who gave her permission to use private email servers to send 104 emails “that the government now says contain classified information according to The Washington Post analysis,” noting that Clinton had sent a memo to State Department employees requiring them to use official email due to security concerns.

It wasn’t the best choice. I made a mistake. It was not prohibited. It was not in any way disallowed. And as I have said and as now has come out, my predecessors did the same thing and many other people in the government. But here’s the cut to the chase facts. I did not send or receive any emails marked classified at the time. What you are talking about is retroactive classification. And the reason that happens is when somebody asks or when you are asked to make information public, I asked all my emails to be made public. Then all the rest of the government gets to weigh in,” claimed Clinton in reply.

[Reality Check: Hillary Clinton Not Telling Truth About Her “Super-Predator” Claims]

She added, “And some other parts of the government, we’re not exactly sure who, has concluded that some of the emails should be now retroactively classified. They’ve just said the same thing to former Secretary Colin Powell. They have said, we’re going to retroactively classify emails you sent personally. … Now I think he was right when he said this is an absurdity. And I think that what we have got here is a case of overclassification. … There was no permission to be asked. It had been done by my predecessors. It was permitted.

Ramos then pressed Clinton to answer whether she would drop out if she is indicted over the scandal, prompting her to retort, “Oh, for goodness — that’s not going to happen. I’m not even answering that question.

Meanwhile, Politico is reporting that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch criticized White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday for suggesting that Hillary Clinton is not likely to be indicted as a part of the FBI investigation.

Certainly, it’s my hope when it comes to ongoing investigations, that we would all stay silent. … It is true that neither I nor anyone in the department has briefed Mr. Earnest or anyone in the White House about this matter. I’m simply not aware of the source of his information,” said Lynch.

Earnest subsequently walked back his comments on whether Clinton might be indicted and said, “My comments from that briefing were rooted specifically and entirely on public comments as reported by all of you. … I was making a very specific statement based on what I had read in a wide variety of media accounts. And that is in no way predicated on any secret conversations that I’ve had with the Department of Justice, because I haven’t had any secret conversations with the Department of Justice.

Retired Defense Intelligence Agency chief Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was appointed by and served under President Obama, urged Clinton to drop out of the race and told CNN, “If it were me, I would have been out the door and probably in jail.

He added, “This over-classification excuse is not an excuse. If it’s classified, it’s classified.

[RELATED: DoJ Grants Immunity to Clinton Staffer Behind Private Email Setup]

Department of State staffer Bryan Pagliano, who worked on Clinton’s private email server, was granted immunity last week in exchange for giving testimony on the matter.

CNN legal analyst Danny Cevallos said, commenting on the implications of a Clinton subordinate being granted immunity, “The big question is whether there is a grand jury convened. The smart bet is yes. After all, the fact that there are immunity agreements logically means there’s a grand jury investigation in some district. The grand jury is typically the genesis of the government’s subpoena power. The next, bigger question, is whether anyone will be indicted.

He added, “The person who often has to worry the most during this process is the person who hasn’t been approached at all by the government. That’s a chilling indicator that you may be the target.

Hillary Clinton specifically said on Monday, according to The Hill, that it is true that neither she nor her lawyers have been told that she is the target of an FBI investigation.

Former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia Joseph E. diGenova told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that he believes that the FBI is also investigating the Clinton Foundation. “The Bureau has between 100 and 150 agents assigned to the case. They would not have that many people assigned to a classified information case. Based on reports that agents are asking questions about the foundation, it seems to me it is the subject of a second prong of the investigation,” he said.

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Federal Reserve Governor’s Clinton Donation Raises Questions About Fed Independence

Federal Election Commission records indicate that Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard has contributed a total of $750 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign over three different donations, which took place between November of 2015 and January of 2016.

It is currently legal for Fed governors, who are appointed by the president and help steer the private central bank’s monetary policy decisions, to donate to political campaigns and causes. However, it is uncommon for them to do so, and Brainard’s donations have sparked questions as to whether her advocacy for Clinton undermines the Federal Reserve’s claim that it is politically independent.

Brookings Institution senior fellow Sarah Binder, who said that the contributions “could provide fuel for Republican narratives about the proximity of the Fed and the board to the Obama administration,” told Bloomberg Politics, “If there is an issue here, it is one of optics. It is a question of where governors want to draw their own lines and how they want to be perceived.

[RELATED: Bernie Sanders Calls for Full Independent Audit of Federal Reserve]

Brainard was appointed to her position as Fed governor by President Barack Obama and took office in 2014. Her husband, Kurt Campbell, once served under then Secretary of State Clinton as assistant secretary for east Asian and Pacific affairs.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has vociferously opposed political efforts to launch a full audit of the Federal Reserve, claiming that doing so would weaken the bank’s independence from political whims. “Central bank independence in conducting monetary policy is considered a best practice for central banks around the world. Academic studies, I think, establish beyond the shadow of a doubt that independent central banks perform better,” she said last year according to The Hill.

The Daily Caller characterized the donation as “an unusual practice for an organization that strives to maintain political independence,” and Zero Hedge called it “proof that Fed members have a clear ideological bias.

[RELATED: Trump: Fed Chair Yellen Not Raising Rates ‘Because Obama Told Her Not To’]

While it is uncommon for a Fed governor to donate openly to political campaigns, so much so that Brainard is the only one to have done so thus far this presidential election cycle, it has happened before in the past according to Bloomberg Politics. Former Federal Reserve governor and vice-chair Alice Rivlin, an appointee of former President Bill Clinton, donated $500 to the Democratic National Committee in 1998 at a time when she was actively serving as vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

The Hill notes that in November of 2015 U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) raised questions about the Fed’s level of political independence and called for an investigation into whether Federal Reserve funds are being used in “improper or illegal lobbying” of Congress.

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LIVE UPDATE: ‘Super Saturday’ Primary Results

Update 3/5 6:15 pm est: Politico is reporting that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the winner of Kansas with 50.6% of the vote. Donald Trump was second with 24.6% of the vote, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was third with 16.7%.

Kansas: Republican, 97.2% reported. Delegates Allocated: 23/40

In Maine, Cruz is leading with 48%. Trump is at 35%.

Update 3/5 7:07 pm est: In Maine, Cruz is leading at 43%. Trump is at 36.6%.

Update 3/5 7:31 pm est: In Kentucky. Republican, 3% reported. Delegates Allocated: 0/46

So far, Trump has 42.5% of the vote. Cruz (R-TX) is second with 33.5% of the vote, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is third with 12.9%.

Update 3/5 7:31 pm est: In Maine. Republican, 9.1% reported. Delegates Allocated: 0/23.

So far, Cruz (R-TX) is leading at 43% of the vote. Trump is second with 36.6% of the vote, and John Kasich (R-Ohio.) is third with 11.1%.

Update 3/5 8:02 pm est: Polls closed in Kentucky, Maine and Kansas.

Update 3/5 9:02 pm est: FoxNews is reporting that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the winner of Maine with 45.9% of the vote. Donald Trump was second with 32.6% of the vote, and John Kasich (R-Ohio.) is third with 12.2%.

Update 3/5 9:07 pm est: FoxNews is reporting that Bernie Sanders (D-VT) is the winner of Nebraska with 54.8% of the vote. Hillary Clinton (D) with 45.2% of the vote.

Update 3/5 9:12 pm est: FoxNews is reporting that Donald Trump (R) is leading in Louisiana with 46% of the vote. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is 24% and Marco Rubia (R-FL) is third with 20%.

Update 3/5 9:24 pm est: Hillary Clinton (D) has won the Louisiana Democratic primary, according to a CNN projection. Clinton with 70.7% of the vote. Sanders with 21.7% of the vote.
Update 3/5 9:24 pm est: Bernie Sanders (D-VT) is the winner of Kansas.

Update 3/5 9:35 pm est: FoxNews reports Donald Trump (R) wins Louisiana. Donald Trump (R) 47.7%, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is 23.5% and Marco Rubia (R-FL) is third with 19.3%.

Update 3/5 9:36 pm est: In Kentucky Donald Trump (R) wins 35.9% of the vote. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is second with 31.6% of the vote, and Marco Rubio (R-FL) is third with 16.4% Politico reports. 

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LIVE UPDATE: Super Tuesday Results

Update 3/1 7:15 pm est: Hillary Clinton (D) winner of Georgia (delegates at stake 102) and Virginia (delegates at stake 95). Bernie Sanders wins his home state of Vermont.

Update 3/1 7:24 pm est: Donald J. Trump (R) winner of GA (delegates at stake 76).

Update 3/1 8:01 pm est: Donald J. Trump (R) wins TN, Mass. and Alabama. [Total tally of wins for Trump: AL, VA, TN & GA.]

Update 3/1 8:01 pm est: Hillary Clinton (D) wins AL and TN. – [Total tally of wins for Clinton: AL, GA, TN & VA.]

Update 3/1 8:31 pm est: Hillary Clinton (D) wins Arkansas. [Total tally of wins for Clinton: AL, GA, TN, VA & AR.]

Update 3/1 8:39 pm est:  Donald J. Trump (R) wins Virginia. [Total tally of wins for Trump: AL, MA, TN, GA, VA.]

Update 3/1 9:04 pm est: Ted Cruz (R) and Hillary Clinton wins Texas. [Total tally of wins for Clinton: AL, GA, TN, VA, AR & TX.]

Update 3/1 9:22 pm est: Bernie Sanders wins Oklahoma. [Total tally of wins for Sanders: OK and Vermont.]

Update 3/1 9:30 pm est: Ted Cruz wins Oklahoma. [Total tally of wins for Cruz: OK and TX.]

Update 3/1 10:36 pm est: Donald J. Trump (R) wins Arkansas. [Total tally of wins for Trump: AL, MA, TN, GA, VA, VT, AK.]

Update 3/1 11:25 pm est: Marco Rubio (R) wins Minnesota.

Update 3/1 11:25 pm est: 

Clinton: AL, AR, GA, TN, TX, VA, MA | Sanders: CO, MN, OK, VY | Trump: AL, AR, GA, MA, TN, VA, VT. | Cruz: OK, TX, AK | Rubio: MN



Jesse Ventura Says He May Run for President If Clinton Is Nominated Over Sanders

Former independent Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, who says he is leaning towards supporting U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders for president in 2016, indicated that he is considering getting into the presidential race if Sanders fails to win the Democratic primary.

In a Monday interview with The Daily Beast, Ventura said that he will likely launch a run for president by June if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defeats Sanders.

They’re setting the groundwork for me because if Bernie loses, by the time we get to June, how sick are the people going to be of all these people,” he said.

[RELATED: Jesse Ventura: Trump’s Border Wall Plan Would Make U.S. “Look Like a Prison”]

Ventura has claimed in the past that he might seek the Libertarian Party’s nomination for president and said that he considers former Republican New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s best-known currently-announced candidate, a personal friend. The Libertarian Party’s nominating convention is set to take place in May of this year.

Last year, Gary Johnson said in an interview with The Daily Caller that he would welcome a head-to-head matchup against Ventura for the Libertarian Party’s nomination “because that potentially could be a televised-kind-of-a-debate situation.

In a Monday interview with The Associated Press, Ventura described the conditions under which he would be most likely to run for president, “If it’s Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio, the chances are better. I don’t want the revolution to die if Bernie gets beat.

Incidentally, while Ventura has stopped short of fully endorsing any particular candidate during the primary season, he says he is somewhat torn between Trump and Sanders when trying to identify a favorite.

[RELATED: Exclusive: Jesse Ventura Says American Sniper “Falls Short in Honor Department”]

People give them no PAC money, no special interest money. To me, that’s the most important thing,” said Ventura.

See, I’m an independent and I despise the two parties. I love what Trump’s doing to the Republicans. He’s got them in complete disarray. In fact, it looks like the WWE when you watch their debates,” the former pro wrestler added.

However, Ventura said that he leans more towards Sanders than Trump due to the Senator from Vermont’s positions on campaign finance reform, foreign policy, and ending the War on Drugs. Ventura said that he has concerns with the hawkish tone Trump uses when describing his approach for dealing with ISIS.

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Hillary Clinton Responds to Criticism Over 1996 ‘Super Predator’ Remark

On Wednesday, Ashley Williams, a Black Lives Matter activist, confronted Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a fundraiser in Charleston, South Carolina before the Democratic primary on Saturday.

Activist Calls Out Hillary Clinton for calling black teens and…

Activist Ashley Williams, interrupts private $500 per person speech of Hillary Clinton to ask her why she called Black children "super-predators" 20 years ago? Here's the video… I'll give this a Reality Check next week

Posted by Ben Swann on Friday, February 26, 2016

During the fundraiser, Williams held up a sign containing a quote from a speech Hillary gave in New Hampshire in 1996. The sign read, “We have to bring them to heel.”

Williams confronted Clinton and said, “I’m not a ‘super predator,’ Hillary Clinton.”

Williams demanded that Clinton apologize for calling black children “super predators” and for “the mass incarceration of black people.”

Clinton responded by saying, “You know what? Nobody’s ever asked me before. You’re the first person to ask me and I’m happy to address it.” But Williams was escorted out by the secret service before she heard any response from Clinton.

Clinton’s comments created a firestorm on social media. The hashtag #WhichHillary started trending, which put into question if she has really been honest with black voters on criminal justice reform.

Clinton said in 1996: “They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy, we can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”

The term “super predator” was not first coined by Clinton; according to the Washington Post, “the idea wasn’t Clinton’s, but rather it had been invented by researchers studying crime in the 1990s. And it was used to explain the rise in violence perpetrated by youths— particularly in predominantly minority inner cities. The concept has since been largely abandoned and decried for its racial undertones.”

Many activists, including Williams, are calling out Clinton’s comments and questioning whether her concern for the mass incarceration of black individuals in America is authentic, or just an attempt to win the black vote.


Clinton provided a statement regarding the incident via the Washington Post:

“In that speech, I was talking about the impact violent crime and vicious drug cartels were having on communities across the country and the particular danger they posed to children and families. Looking back, I shouldn’t have used those words, and I wouldn’t use them today.

My life’s work has been about lifting up children and young people who’ve been let down by the system or by society. Kids who never got the chance they deserved. And unfortunately today, there are way too many of those kids, especially in African-American communities. We haven’t done right by them. We need to. We need to end the school to prison pipeline and replace it with a cradle-to-college pipeline.

As an advocate, as First Lady, as Senator, I was a champion for children. And my campaign for president is about breaking down the barriers that stand in the way of all kids, so every one of them can live up to their God-given potential.”

In response to Clinton’s statement, Williams reportedly told CNN: “One of the things I don’t hear in that response is an apology for mass incarceration. I also don’t hear her taking responsibility for the ways in which those words and her backing certain policies has affected black communities and communities of color.”

Sanders Criticizes Two-Party System for Blocking Competition from Third Parties

At Thursday’s televised town hall among Democratic presidential candidates presented by MSNBC and Univision, Democratic presidential candidate and independent U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders was asked a question that touched on the viability of third parties under America’s de facto two-party electoral system.

During the town hall, first-time voter Aidan Char asked Sen. Sanders, “So seeing that it is — as it is nearly impossible for a third party candidate to be elected and the fact you had to switch from an Independent to Democratic to be considered as a legitimate candidate, since reformation of our party system has never been addressed by a presidential candidate, how would you suggest to reform our system and allow for other parties and ideas to be represented?

[RELATED: Illinois Libertarian Party Wins Ballot Access Fight in Federal Court]

Well, I probably know more about that issue than any human being in the United States of America,” replied Sanders. “You know, when I became mayor of the city of Burlington, I had to take on Democrats and Republicans and so forth. Your point is well taken. I chose to run, proudly, in the Democratic primary and caucus process and I look forward to winning that process, but clearly, as a nation, I think we flourish when there are different ideas out there, when there are more differences of opinions.

He continued, “If you go to Europe, for example, there are many, many political parties. Sometimes the two-party system makes it very, very difficult to get on the ballot if you are a third party, and I think that’s wrong. I think we should welcome competition, welcome different ideas. And I think the two parties should be open to making sure that people have a fair shake if they want to run on another party.

[RELATED: DONEGAN: If GOP Debate Stage Can Fit 11, Let Third Parties In General Election Debates]

According to The Hill, Sen. Sanders, a political independent who caucuses with Democrats, has served for longer than any other independent in the history of the U.S. Congress.

For context, in July of 2015 the Truth in Media Project released a Consider This video highlighting the fact that independent voters, who incidentally are forced to fund major-party presidential primary elections that often fail to represent them, now outnumber Republicans and Democrats. Watch it in the below-embedded video player.


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Charles Koch Says ‘Bernie Sanders Is Right’ on Criminal Justice, Corporate Welfare

Billionaire Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch says he agrees with U.S. Senator from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders “that we have a two-tiered society that increasingly dooms millions of our fellow citizens to lives of poverty and hopelessness.

In an op-ed published Thursday in The Washington Post, Koch said that he believes that the U.S. political and economic system is “often rigged to help the privileged few at the expense of everyone else, particularly the least advantaged.

[Sanders] thinks many corporations seek and benefit from corporate welfare while ordinary citizens are denied opportunities and a level playing field. … I agree with him,” added Koch.

[RELATED: Obama Praises Rand Paul, Koch Brothers in NAACP Criminal Justice Reform Speech]

Bernie Sanders frequently personally denounces the Koch brothers by name on the campaign trail. His Senate website states, “The agenda of the Koch brothers is to repeal every major piece of legislation that has been signed into law over the past 80 years that has protected the middle class, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the most vulnerable in this country.

Koch said that even though Sanders often criticizes him personally, he sees “benefits in searching for common ground and greater civility during this overly negative campaign season.

Consider the regulations, handouts, mandates, subsidies and other forms of largesse our elected officials dole out to the wealthy and well-connected. The tax code alone contains $1.5 trillion in exemptions and special-interest carve-outs. Anti-competitive regulations cost businesses an additional $1.9 trillion every year. Perversely, this regulatory burden falls hardest on small companies, innovators and the poor, while benefitting many large companies like ours. This unfairly benefits established firms and penalizes new entrants, contributing to a two-tiered society,” said Koch, who argued that “it’s not enough to say that government alone is to blame. Large portions of the business community have actively pushed for these policies.

[RELATED: VIDEO: Charles Koch Rips Hypocrisy of Pot Criminalization]

Koch declared that Koch Industries “opposes all forms of corporate welfare — even those that benefit us” and pointed to his company’s opposition to a government ethanol mandate despite the fact that it is the fifth-largest producer of ethanol in the U.S.

The billionaire also highlighted his common ground with Sanders on criminal justice reform. Koch complained that harsh criminal laws targeting non-violent drug offenders are upending families and lives. He noted that poor people who cannot afford top legal representation often find themselves punished harshly for pot possession, while wealthy people with connections are treated differently. He also said that he feels that businesses should voluntarily assist in reforming the criminal justice system by ceasing to ask potential employees about their past criminal convictions in an effort to help ex-convicts obtain jobs and rejoin society.

Koch stopped short of saying that he is “feeling the Bern” and noted that he disagrees with Sanders’ “desire to expand the federal government’s control over people’s lives,” arguing that expansive federal power “is what built so many barriers to opportunity in the first place.

When it comes to electing our next president,” Koch opined, “we should reward those candidates, Democrat or Republican, most committed to the principles of a free society. Those principles start with the right to live your life as you see fit as long as you don’t infringe on the ability of others to do the same. They include equality before the law, free speech and free markets and treating people with dignity, respect and tolerance. In a society governed by such principles, people succeed by helping others improve their lives.

Koch, who is not yet backing any specific presidential candidate, concluded by saying that he is looking for a candidate who “can demonstrate a commitment to a set of ideas and values that will lead to peace, civility and well-being rather than conflict, contempt and division.

According to Politico, the Koch brothers’ donor network is set to spend $750 million advocating political causes over the next two years, less than the $900 million that was originally planned, due to a decline in contributions.

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Paul Krugman: Sanders Needs to Distance Himself from ‘Fantasy Economics’

Nobel Prize winning, progressive-leaning economist Paul Krugman said in an op-ed on Wednesday that the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign needs to distance itself from unrealistically rosy predictions regarding the potential consequences of his economic proposals, or else risk making Jeb Bush’s policy proposals “look realistic.

Krugman takes issue with the fact that the Sanders campaign’s policy director praised University of Massachusetts Amherst economics professor Gerald Friedman’s comprehensive analysis of Sanders’ economic proposals as “excellent work.

According to CNN Money’s Tami Luhby, Friedman predicted that the sum of Sanders’ policies, if passed into law, would push median household income to “$82,200 by 2026, far higher than the $59,300 projected by the Congressional Budget Office.” He suggested that unemployment would drop to 3.8 percent and that the labor participation rate would surge back to 1999 levels.

In addition, [Friedman claimed that] poverty would plummet to a record low 6%, as opposed to the CBO’s forecast of 13.9%. The U.S. economy would grow by 5.3% per year, instead of 2.1%, and the nation’s $1.3 trillion deficit would turn into a large surplus by Sanders’ second term,” Luhby added.

[RELATED: DNC Chair: Superdelegates Exist to Protect Party Leaders from Grassroots Competition]

Following the release of Friedman’s predictions, a group of former chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers under Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, specifically Alan Krueger, Austan Goolsbee, Christina Romer, and Laura D’Andrea Tyson, signed an open letter to Sen. Sanders and Friedman which said, “We are concerned to see the Sanders campaign citing extreme claims by Gerald Friedman about the effect of Senator Sanders’s economic plan—claims that cannot be supported by the economic evidence. Friedman asserts that your plan will have huge beneficial impacts on growth rates, income and employment that exceed even the most grandiose predictions by Republicans about the impact of their tax cut proposals.

Krugman, in his Wednesday op ed for The New York Times, parroted the fears of the former CEA chairs and wrote, “OK, progressives have, rightly, mocked Jeb Bush for claiming that he could double growth to 4 percent. Now people close to Sanders say 5.3???

The point is not that all of this is impossible, but it’s very unlikely — and these are numbers we would describe as deep voodoo if they came from a tax-cutting Republican,” said Krugman, who argued that Friedman’s predictions regarding the growth and unemployment effects of Sanders’ policies are unlikely to take place in the face of a “long-term downward trend” in the labor participation rate due to an “aging population.”

[RELATED: Reality Check: After Being Trounced By Sanders in NH, Clinton Still Wins More Delegates Thanks to DNC Insiders]

Sanders needs to disassociate himself from this kind of fantasy economics right now. If his campaign responds instead by lashing out [against the former CEA chairs’ open letter] — well, a campaign that treats Alan Krueger, Christy Romer, and Laura Tyson as right-wing enemies is well on its way to making Donald Trump president,” concluded Krugman.

On February 3, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget released a fact check of offsets that Bernie Sanders has proposed in an effort to fund his single-payer healthcare plan, which stated, “By our rough estimates, his proposed offsets would cover only three-quarters of his claimed cost, leaving a $3 trillion shortfall over ten years. Even that discrepancy, though, assumes that the campaign’s estimate of the cost of their single-payer plan is correct. An alternate analysis by respected health economist Kenneth Thorpe of Emory University finds a substantially higher cost, which would leave Sanders’s plan $14 trillion short. The plan would also increase the top tax rate beyond the point where most economists believe it could continue generating more revenue and thus could result in even larger deficits as a result of slowed economic growth.

Sanders’ chief policy adviser Warren Gunnels called the former CEA chairs “the establishment of the establishment” and told NPR, “[The open letter criticizing Sanders’ embracing of Friedman’s projections] does not bother us at all. What bothers us is the fact that the U.S. has more kids living in poverty than nearly any major country on Earth.

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N.H. GOP Issues Petition Urging Democratic Superdelegates to Vote for Sanders

Strange bedfellows have emerged in the 2016 presidential race, as the New Hampshire Republican Party has launched an online petition urging superdelegates in the Democratic Party to vote for Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign at the Democratic National Convention.

Bernie Sanders embarrassed establishment favorite Hillary Clinton by overwhelmingly defeating her 60%-38% [in the New Hampshire Democratic primary]. However, despite his commanding victory, Sanders leaves New Hampshire with the same number of delegates as Clinton. How is this possible? Because Democrats have set up an undemocratic system that allows party elites called ‘super delegates’ to single handedly cancel out the votes of thousands of grassroots activists,” explained the petition.

[RELATED: DNC Chair: Superdelegates Exist to Protect Party Leaders from Grassroots Competition]

The petition called out certain specific superdelegates by name and said, “Given the results of the primary, the vote of one New Hampshire super delegate is equal to the votes of about 10,000 grassroots activists. This means that Governor Hassan, Senator Shaheen, the senator’s husband William Shaheen and Congresswoman Kuster are going to cancel out the votes of 40,000 of Granite State Democrats. This is an outrage and an obvious attempt to rig the nomination process for Hillary Clinton despite her dismal primary showing.

WMUR-TV identified the six New Hampshire superdelegates supporting Clinton as Democratic National Committeeman William Shaheen, DNC member at-large Joanne Dowdell, Gov. Maggie Hassan, Democratic National Committeewoman Kathy Sullivan, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster. Two other superdelegates, state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark and N.H. Democratic Party chair Raymond Buckley, have yet to choose a candidate, though Buckley, who is vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is prohibited from backing a candidate until after the party has chosen a nominee.

[RELATED: Reality Check: After Being Trounced By Sanders in NH, Clinton Still Wins More Delegates Thanks to DNC Insiders]

The N.H. GOP’s petition clarified, “New Hampshire Republicans are committed to upholding the integrity of our elections. Even though we vehemently disagree with Senator Sanders on his radical socialist agenda, we stand with his supporters who want their voices to be heard.

It’s time for Governor Hassan, Senator Shaheen and Congresswoman Kuster to listen to their constituents and pledge to cast their votes at the DNC Convention for New Hampshire’s primary winner— Bernie Sanders. Any attempt to cancel out the voters of tens of thousands of grassroots activists of either party threatens the integrity of the nominating process and creates the perception of dirty politics and favoritism,” the petition urged.



Ben Swann recently examined the Sanders-Clinton superdelegate controversy in a below-embedded CBS 46 Atlanta Reality Check video.

Reality Check: After Being Trounced By Sanders in NH, Clinton…Hillary Clinton was trounced in the New Hampshire Primary and yet thanks to the way the DNC rules work, she actually won the most delegates. Is the primary system a huge scam?

Posted by Ben Swann on Thursday, February 11, 2016

According to Bloomberg Politics, Hillary Clinton leads in the Democratic race for delegates with 394 supporting her candidacy versus Sanders who has secured the support of 44. 4,325 delegates are still up for grabs. Sanders or Clinton must obtain the backing of 2,382 delegates in order to clinch the nomination.

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DNC Chair: Superdelegates Exist to Protect Party Leaders from Grassroots Competition

Democratic National Committee chair and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz explained the motive behind the Democratic Party’s appointment of unpledged delegates, also called “superdelegates,” who are former party leaders and elected officials who are allowed to ignore the outcome of primary elections’ popular vote totals and instead vote for the presidential candidate of their personal choice at the party’s nominating convention.

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Wasserman Schultz on Thursday, “Hillary Clinton lost to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire by 22 percentage points, the biggest victory in a contested Democratic primary there since John F. Kennedy, but it looks as though Clinton and Sanders are leaving the Granite State with the same number of delegates in their pockets because Clinton has the support of New Hampshire’s superdelegates, these party insiders. What do you tell voters who are new to the process who says[sic] this makes them feel like it’s all rigged?

[RELATED: Reality Check: After Being Trounced By Sanders in NH, Clinton Still Wins More Delegates Thanks to DNC Insiders]

Wasserman Schultz replied, “Well, let me just make sure that I can clarify exactly what was available during the primaries in Iowa and in New Hampshire. The unpledged delegates are a separate category. The only thing available on the ballot in a primary and a caucus is the pledged delegates— those that are tied to the candidate that they are pledged to support, and they receive a proportional number of delegates going into our convention.

She added, “Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists. We are as a Democratic Party really highlight and emphasize inclusiveness and diversity at our convention, and so we want to give every opportunity to grassroots activists and diverse, committed Democrats to be able to participate, attend, and be a delegate at the convention. And so we separate out those unpledged delegates to make sure that there isn’t competition between them.

Tapper responded, “I’m not sure that that answer would satisfy an anxious young voter, but let’s move on.

[RELATED: NH Primary: Sanders Beats Clinton in Nearly Every Demographic]

Responding to Wasserman Schultz’s comments, Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw voiced concerns that the superdelegate system seems to be disenfranchising Sen. Sanders’ voters and asked, “There were a total of 151,584 votes cast for Bernie Sanders, giving him 15 delegates. That means that 10,105 people had to drag themselves out in the snow for each delegate he received. Why should voters have any faith in a system where one person appointed by the party leadership can cancel out the votes of more than ten thousand people who chose the other candidate?

Reality Check: After Being Trounced By Sanders in NH, Clinton Still Wins More Delegates Thanks to DNC Insiders

Reality Check: After Being Trounced By Sanders in NH, Clinton…

Hillary Clinton was trounced in the New Hampshire Primary and yet thanks to the way the DNC rules work, she actually won the most delegates. Is the primary system a huge scam?

Posted by Ben Swann on Thursday, February 11, 2016

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Fox News Mistakenly Publishes Fake New Hampshire Election Results Prior to Vote

Tuesday morning, several hours before the polls close in New Hampshire, Fox News reportedly published fake, finalized New Hampshire primary election returns on its website.

Mashable captured screenshots of Fox News’ erroneously published false election results, which can be seen below.



The inaccurate report mistakenly stated that 100 percent of voting precincts had already reported their outcomes, despite the fact that the majority of New Hampshire polls do not close until 7 p.m. EST.

Fox News also included fabricated vote tallies and estimates as to how many delegates each candidate had obtained.

[RELATED: Trump to Skip Fox News GOP Debate Amid Megyn Kelly Feud]

Mashable’s Jason Abbruzzese wrote, “Who, in Fox’s fantasy world, takes home the winning title? With 100% of the ‘vote’ in, Donald Trump took home 28% of the delegates, a solid plurality over his closest rivals: Marco Rubio (15%) and Ted Cruz (12%).

On the Democratic side, Fox News’ false returns gave the Democratic New Hampshire primary to U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders with 53 percent support over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 43 percent.

Voting began at a few New Hampshire precincts shortly after midnight early Tuesday morning, meaning some real results were already in at the time at which Fox News published its false results.

[RELATED: Fox News’ Shepard Smith Apologizes for Erroneous Baltimore Shooting Report]

According to USA Today’s Paul Singer, “In Dixville Notch, residents did their traditional first voting just after midnight, bringing smiles to the faces of Bernie Sanders and John Kasich. Sanders swept Hillary Clinton in Dixville Notch, 4-0, while Kasich topped Donald Trump, 3 votes to 2. In nearby Millsfield, Ted Cruz won the Republican vote over Trump, 9-3. Several other candidates got one vote apiece. Clinton beat Sanders, 2 votes to 1.

He added, “In Hart’s Location, population 43, Kasich bested Trump again, 5 votes to 4, with Chris Christie gathering 2 votes. Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, and Marco Rubio got one vote each. Sanders edged Clinton, 12 votes to 7. Mark Stewart Greenstein, who calls himself a ‘liberty-leaning Democrat,’ got 2 votes, the Union Leader reported.

Later on Tuesday morning, Fox News updated its website and removed the false election results.

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Steinem Apologizes for ‘Misinterpreted’ Comment About Young Female Sanders Supporters

On last Friday’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, journalist and feminist activist Gloria Steinem controversially suggested that young women who support U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary do so in an effort to meet male Bernie Sanders supporters.

When host Bill Maher pointed out that progressive-leaning Sen. Sanders is leading Clinton among young female voters, Steinem said, “First of all, women get more radical as we get older… I don’t mean to over-generalize … but men tend to get more conservative because they gain power as they age, and women get more radical because they lose power as they age. So it’s kind of not fair to measure most women by the standard of most men, because they’re going to get more activist as they grow older.

[RELATED: In Tight Race with Sanders, Clinton Reportedly Wins 6 Precincts By Coin Toss]

And when you’re young, you’re thinking, you know, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie,” added Steinem.

Maher replied, “Now if I said that, ‘Yeah, they’re for Bernie because that’s where the boys are,’ you’d swat me, come on.”

According to The Hill, Sanders won 84 percent of the 18-29 demographic in the Iowa Caucuses. Clinton only garnered 14 percent of that segment of the vote.

[RELATED: Reality Check: Sanders and Clinton Would Make Same Mistake On Middle East?]

After experiencing significant backlash, Steinem authored a Facebook post on Sunday apologizing for her “misinterpreted” remarks on the show.

In a case of talk-show Interruptus, I misspoke on the Bill Maher show recently, and apologize for what’s been misinterpreted as implying young women aren’t serious in their politics. What I had just said on the same show was the opposite: young women are active, mad as hell about what’s happening to them, graduating in debt, but averaging a million dollars less over their lifetimes to pay it back. Whether they gravitate to Bernie or Hillary, young women are activist and feminist in greater numbers than ever before,” said Steinem.

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Bernie Sanders Beating Clinton in N.H., Tied In Iowa

The 2016 Democratic presidential race seems to be tightening in the final weeks leading up to the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses and the Feb. 9 New Hampshire primary. According to recent polls, Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders, widely seen as an underdog in the race, appears to be surging in early-state support and threatening to upset frontrunner and former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll taken Jan. 2 through Jan. 7 found Clinton clinging to a 48 percent to 45 percent lead over Sanders in Iowa, which lies within the survey’s margin of error. The New Hampshire version of the survey found Sanders leading with 50 percent support to Clinton’s 46 percent, also within the margin of error.

The Hill notes that a Monmouth University poll released Tuesday found Sanders beating Clinton 53 percent to 39 percent in New Hampshire. Last November, Clinton led Sanders in Monmouth University’s New Hampshire polling by 3 points, demonstrating that Sanders has gained significant ground in the Granite State.

A RealClearPolitics average of New Hampshire polls dated Jan. 2 through Jan. 10 finds Sanders leading by 6.2 percent, one of his strongest leads so far in the race. RealClearPolitics also found that Sanders has battled back from what was at one time a significant lead by Clinton in Iowa, as the company’s polling average over the same period of time found Clinton is now only up by a negligible 0.2 percent.

[RELATED: Pollsters Criticize Use of Polling Minimums to Exclude Candidates from Debates]

Polling experts say that telephone polls are not as accurate as they once were back before the rise of mobile technology, particularly due to the theory that such methodologies might underestimate millennial support. However, given Sanders’ strong level of support among millennials, for his candidacy to be registering a dead heat against Clinton in traditional early-state polling suggests the possibility that his insurgent campaign has transformed what was an uphill battle against an establishment favorite into a competitive head-to-head race, at least in the early states.

Clinton still maintains a strong lead in national polling. A RealClearPolitics average of national polls dated Dec. 17 through Jan. 8 found Clinton leading by 12.8 percent. However, a Jan. 4 through Jan. 8 nationwide poll taken by Investor’s Business Daily and TechnoMetrica Institute of Policy and Politics found Clinton leading by only 4 points.

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Jim Webb, Weighing Third-Party Bid, Says Clinton’s Policies Caused ‘Chaos in Libya’

Former Democratic Senator from Virginia Jim Webb, who said that his “views on many issues are not compatible with the power structure and nominating base of the Democratic Party” as he dropped out of the party’s 2016 presidential primary, is still considering launching an independent run for the White House.

On Saturday, he unleashed an attack via Facebook on Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy record as Secretary of State, saying, “Hillary Clinton should be called to account for her inept leadership that brought about the chaos in Libya, and the power vacuums that resulted in the rest of the region. She’ll need better answers than the recent nonsensical comment that she advocated taking out Muammar Qadaffi in Libya in order to avert a situation like Syria. The predictable chaos in Libya was bad enough, but it also helped bring about the disaster in Syria. Who is taking her to task for this?

[RELATED: Jim Webb Withdraws from Democratic Primary, is Considering Independent Run]

Webb added, “Clinton talked at this last DNC debate about her failure as Secretary of State as if she was successful. While she held that office, the U.S. spent about $2 billion backing the Libyan uprising against Qadaffi. The uprising, which was part of the Arab Spring, led directly to Qaddafi being removed from power and killed by rebel forces in 2011. Now some 2,000 ISIS terrorists have established a foothold in Libya. Sophisticated weapons from Qaddafi’s arsenal—including up to 15,000 man-portable, surface-to-air missiles have apparently fallen into the hands of radical Islamists throughout the region. For a Secretary of State (and a Presidential administration) this is foreign policy leadership at its worst.

Webb, a highly-decorated Vietnam War veteran, Emmy Award winning journalist, and former Secretary of the Navy and Assistant Secretary of Defense under Ronald Reagan, is expected to announce whether he will run for president as an independent at the beginning of 2016.

According to The Washington Post, in the key swing state of Virginia, a University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies poll found Webb at “between 13 and 19 percent” as an independent when pitted against theoretical Republican and Democratic challengers, suggesting that even a failed independent bid by Webb could impact the outcome of the 2016 presidential race.

Bloomberg Politics’ Ben Brody wrote, “Since dropping out of the race for the Democratic nomination, Webb has continued to maintain his Webb2016 website, which he has updated with posts about the possibilities of an independent run. On Twitter, he and his fans have been promoting a #WebbNation hashtag. A run by Webb, who often manages his own social media accounts and has also used them recently to promote a petition in favor of his run and to deliver kudos to Bernie Sanders in his battles with the Democratic National Committee (‘nothing more than an arm for the Clinton campaign,’ Webb tweeted), could further complicate the already unpredictable 2016 election.

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Clinton Funded by More CEOs Than All Other Presidential Candidates

With over 760 self-identified CEOs having donated to her presidential bid so far, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is beating all other presidential candidates in total number of CEO campaign donors.

According to analysis of Federal Election Commission records by CNBC’s Big Crunch, Clinton has received donations from more CEOs than Republicans Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz combined. However, Jeb Bush has received significantly more money from CEOs than Clinton, though he received that larger total amount from a smaller number of donors — around 550. No other candidate has come close to Bush or Clinton in the number of CEO donors. Marco Rubio came in third on that list with less than 200 CEOs backing his campaign.

Infographic credit: CNBC
Infographic credit: CNBC.

Including donations to candidate-affiliated super PACs, Bush has received over $15 million in donations from CEOs, whereas Clinton has received nearly $5 million. Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Chris Christie trail closely behind Clinton in terms of total dollars donated by CEOs.

[RELATED: Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton Support Keeping U.S. Troops in Afghanistan]

Clinton’s most generous CEO donors lead entertainment companies whereas the top Bush supporters came from companies in the energy sector. CNBC’s Mark Fahey wrote, “Among her supporters, Clinton counts Bob Iger of Disney, Drew Houston of Dropbox and Ursula Burns of Xerox. None of her CEO supporters have given to Republicans this year. Bush’s approximately 550 supporters — about equally split between his campaign committee and super PAC — are CEOs like Steve Schwarzman of Blackstone, Roger Penske of Penske and Bob McNair of the Houston Texans.”

CEOs showed little interest in real-life CEOs Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump,” Fahey added.

CNBC cautioned that the data set does not include CEOs who might not identify themselves as such on FEC disclosures.

Additionally, a May CNBC survey of the presidential preferences of U.S. millionaires found Hillary Clinton in the lead with 36 percent and Jeb Bush trailing behind her at 20 percent.

Truth in Media notes that, in past elections, strange bedfellows like Donald Trump and 21st Century Fox News Corp. have also donated to Hillary Clinton.

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Jim Webb Withdraws from Democratic Primary, is Considering Independent Run

Former U.S. Senator from Virginia Jim Webb announced today at the National Press Club in Washington that he has withdrawn from the Democratic primary for president of the United States. However, he says that he is considering launching an independent bid for the presidency in 2016 instead.

I fully accept that my views on many issues are not compatible with the power structure and nominating base of the Democratic Party. That party is filled with millions of dedicated, hard-working Americans, but its hierarchy is not comfortable with many of the policies that I have laid forth, and, frankly, I’m not that comfortable with many of theirs. For this reason, I’m withdrawing from any consideration of being the Democratic Party’s nominee for the presidency,” said Webb in the above-embedded CNN video.

[RELATED: Jim Webb Accuses CNN of Rigging Democratic Debate to Benefit Sanders, Clinton]

Webb added, “This does not reduce in any way my concerns for the challenges facing our country, my belief that I can provide the best leadership in order to meet these challenges, or my intentions to remain fully engaged in the debates that are facing us. How I remain as a voice will depend on what kind of support I am shown in the coming weeks as I meet with people from all sides of America’s political landscape — and I intend to do that.

NPR notes that Webb said, “Poll after poll shows that a strong plurality of Americans is neither Republican nor Democrat. Overwhelmingly they’re independents. Our political candidates are being pulled to the extremes. They are increasingly out of step with the people they are supposed to serve.

Webb, who stated that other people say that he often comes across as a “Republican in a room full of Democrats or a Democrat in a room full of Republicans,” answered a reporter’s question as to whether he still considers himself a Democrat by saying, “We will think about that.

According to CNN, Webb said, “The very nature of our democracy is under siege due to the power structure and the money that finances both political parties.”

He called for “a new Declaration of Independence — not from an outside power but from the paralysis of a federal system that no longer serves the interests of the vast majority of the American people.

Commenting on Webb’s shift from the Democratic primary to a possible independent presidential bid, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told The Boston Herald, “I think he should, I’d love to see him as an independent. He’d be wonderful as an independent. He’d be a lot better as an independent than he would as a Democrat because I watched (the first Democratic primary debate) the other night and he was not registering as a Democrat.

Trump added, “I hope he has a lot of money, because it’s a very expensive process.

Describing a private conversation that he reportedly had with Webb over the weekend in comments to CNN, the former U.S. Senator’s friend and informal adviser Mudcat Saunders said, “We were just b—-ing about the way our party has moved. They have given up on the South, they have given up on the heartland, on rural America. It is a math game and the math is not going to work. It might work once and it might work twice. We just don’t like the Democratic Party’s strategy.

[RELATED: POLL: Do You Think Jim Webb Should Run as an Independent?]

The Truth in Media Project recently released a Consider This video highlighting the fact that independent voters now outnumber Republicans and Democrats. Watch in the below-embedded video player.


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46 Percent of Likely Voters Think Hillary Clinton Should Suspend Campaign

The snowballing scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of private email servers to conduct official business while serving as secretary of state is starting to seriously hamstring her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 according to an August 23-24 Rasmussen Reports nationwide telephone poll of 1000 likely American voters.

The poll asked, “Should Hillary Clinton suspend her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination until all of the legal questions about her use of a private e-mail server during her time as secretary of State are resolved?

46 percent of those polled said that Clinton should suspend her campaign, 44 percent said that she should not, and 9 percent listed themselves as unsure.

Even one-in-four Democrats (24%) agree that the front-runner for their party’s nomination should suspend her campaign for the time being. But that compares to 73% of Republicans and 46% of voters not affiliated with either major party,” read the poll’s summary.

[REPORT: Report: Dozens Of Hillary Clinton Emails Were Classified From The Beginning]

Another Monmouth University poll conducted between July 21 and August 2 asked, “Do you think Hillary Clinton’s emails should be subject to a criminal investigation for potential release of classified material, or not?” 

52 percent of registered voters in that poll said that Clinton’s email scandal deserves a criminal investigation.

Another Rasmussen Reports poll of 1000 likely voters, taken August 13-15, found that 45 percent of participants believe that Hillary’s use of private email to conduct business as secretary of state is a “serious scandal.

[RELATED: Poll: Bernie Sanders Leads Hillary Clinton In New Hampshire]

Growing national security questions about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server during her time as secretary of State are drowning out much of her message as a presidential candidate and causing many of her fellow Democrats to worry about the future of her campaign,” concluded the summary of the Rasmussen Reports’ poll asking whether Clinton should suspend her campaign.

Meanwhile, in light of Clinton’s stumbles, Vice President Joe Biden appears to be considering a bid for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2016.

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