They’re all bought and sold: American democracy belongs to the billionaires now

With the lone exception of Bernie Sanders, every candidate is either in bed with Wall Street or super-rich himself Salon.com By Nomi Prins, TomDispatch.com 2/2/16 This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. Speaking of the need for citizen participation in our national politics in his final State of the Union address, President Obama said, “Our brand of democracy is hard.” A more accurate characterization might have been: “Our brand of democracy is cold hard cash.”  Cash, mountains of it, is increasingly the necessary tool for presidential candidates. Several Powerball jackpots could … Continue reading

AP FACT CHECK: Claims from the Republican debate

AP.org By Robert Burns and Calvin Woodward 1/15/16 WASHINGTON (AP) — Did Ted Cruz mean to suggest he would have gone to war with Iran over its brief detention of U.S. sailors? Did Donald Trump forget that he proposed a massive tax on Chinese goods? And does Ben Carson really think Islamic State militants chill out with a cigar? In their rush to slam the Obama administration, play up their records and play down inconvenient realities, Republican presidential candidates served up some misshapen rhetoric in their latest presidential debate (on … Continue reading

The 21 craziest quotes from the campaign trail

Politico.com By Nick Gass 11/25/15 And they’re not all from Donald Trump. 1. ‘I would bomb the sh– out of them’ Trump has made no effort to tone down his fiery rhetoric when it comes to fighting the Islamic State, remarking a day before deadly terrorist attacks in France just how far he would go to defeat the group. “ISIS is making a tremendous amount of money because of the oil that they took away, they have some in Syria, they have some in Iraq, I would bomb the sh– … Continue reading

Carson invests with business associate convicted of fraud

AP.org By Michael Biesecker and Eileen Sullivan 11/12/15 WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Carson has called for harsh criminal penalties for health care fraud, but the Republican presidential candidate and his wife also have kept millions invested with a close friend who admitted defrauding insurance companies, according to an Associated Press review. Pittsburgh dentist Alfonso A. Costa pleaded guilty to a felony count of health care fraud after an FBI probe into his oral surgery practice found he had charged for procedures he never performed, according to court records. Though the … Continue reading

Here’s another way candidates copy Donald Trump: Shameless fibbing

The Washington Post By Jenna Johnson and David Fahrenthold 11/9/15 This is Donald Trump’s election. The other candidates are just fibbing in it. “Word is,” Trump said last month on Twitter, “that Ford Motor, because of my constant badgering at packed events, is going to cancel their deal to go to Mexico and stay in U.S.” It didn’t. “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,’ ” said former tech executive Carly Fiorina … Continue reading

Ben Carson Says He Was Never Accepted to West Point

The New York Times By Steve Eder 11/6/15 A report on Friday said Ben Carson had acknowledged never having applied to West Point, raising questions about his repeated assertions that he had turned down a scholarship to attend the military academy. According to the report, in Politico, West Point had no record that Mr. Carson, who has been leading in some national polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, had applied. When Politico approached Mr. Carson’s campaign with the information, his campaign manager, Barry Bennett, in a statement, … Continue reading

Ben Carson: “…get rid of all government subsidies…”

By Russ Phillips During the 10/28/15 GOP Debate Carson said, “Well, first of all, I was wrong about taking the oil subsidy. I have studied that issue in great detail. And what I have concluded is that the best policy is to get rid of all government subsidies, and get the government out of our lives, and let people rise and fall based on how good they are. And — you know, all of this too big to fail stuff and picking and choosing winners and losers — this is a … Continue reading

Ben Carson on the mother’s life, abortion, rape, incest…

Today on NBC’s “Meet the Press” presidential contender Ben Carson was interviewed by the moderator Chuck Todd. Among the topics discussed was abortion as well as others. A transcript of the entire interview with Ben Carson as well as others is here. CHUCK TODD: Does life begin at conception? DR. BEN CARSON: I believe it does. CHUCK TODD: Does that mean, whose right, I guess, should be superseded? The mother or the unborn child? Whose rights, who has greater rights? DR. BEN CARSON: In the ideal situation, the mother should … Continue reading

Ben Carson’s alternative to invading Afghanistan after 9/11

By Russ Phillips On today’s ABC “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos Ben Carson was interviewed and one of the topics was follow-up to Carson’s comments at the September 16th debate (search “petroleum” to locate comments) about how he would not have invaded Afghanistan after 9/11. Also interviewed was Bernie Sanders and the entire transcript and video for both interviews is here. The exchange with Carson about Afghanistan follows. What do you think about Carson’s alternative to invading Afghanistan? Is it realistic since even today the United States is not energy independent? … Continue reading

Muslims, Presidency and U.S. Constitution

Charles Krauthammer: Double suicide, the campaign of 2015 Charles Krauthammer can’t quite believe what he’s hearing and seeing. The Elkhart Truth By Charles Krauthammer, Columnist 9/28/15 WASHINGTON — Meanwhile, on the Democrats’ side: They are running a presidential campaign decrying wage stagnation, income inequality and widespread economic malaise — as if they’ve not been in office for the past seven years. Their leading presidential candidate is 27 points underwater on the question of honesty and is under FBI investigation for possible mishandling of classified information. Her chief challenger is a … Continue reading