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MSNBC and Telemundo are holding a Democratic town hall tonight a in Las Vegas. I assume it will begin at 9PM ET, but none of the articles I’ve found state that explicitly.

At 8:00 Chris Hayes will host a pre-debate show that will include Rachel Maddow interviewing Joe Biden. I have no idea why MSNBC thinks that’s relevant. Maybe Maddow convinced Biden to endorse Bernie? That would be a typical 2016 MNSBC tactic.

The town hall will be moderated by Chuck Todd and  José Díaz-Balart. Rachel Maddow will anchor the post-town-hall coverage beginning at 11PM ET. We’ll have a live blog for the town Hall tonight.

I completely missed the fact that CNN hosted a Republican town hall event with Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson last night, but I can’t say I’m sorry I missed it. It will continue tonight with Donald Trump, John Kasich, and Jeb Bush. It will be on at the same time as the MSNBC event, so you can click back and forth or just watch one of them. I just know I’ll be watching Hillary.

CNN on what happened last night: Ted Cruz prosecutes and Marco Rubio gets personal at town hall.

Cruz said that he “laughed out loud” when he learned of the cease-and-desist letter Donald Trump’s campaign sent his team for running an ad highlighting his opponent’s former position on abortion rights.

Cruz, Trump’s closest rival in the state, defended the ad in question, saying it largely uses Trump’s “own words” to demonstrate the businessman’s past stance in favor of abortion rights.

“It is quite literally the most ridiculous theory I’ve ever heard, that telling the voters what Donald Trump’s actual record is is deceitful and lying,” he told moderator Anderson Cooper.


Cruz and Rubio each told sob stories about being the children of immigrants.

Rubio, who preceded Cruz, spoke in poignant personal terms about race and growing up as a Cuban-American.

The Florida senator said that as a young child, he was “disturbed” when his family was taunted by kids in the neighborhood.

“Some of the neighborhood kids, older kids, one day were taunting my family, saying, ‘Why don’t you go back on your boat? Why don’t you go back to your country?'” he recalled.

Nevertheless, his parents “never raised us to feel that we were victims,” Rubio said. “That doesn’t mean I don’t deny that there are people in this country that have had a different experience, and we need to recognize that.”

You’d think experiences like that might make these men a little more empathetic to other marginalized groups like Black people, women, and LGBT people; but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

I have quite a few links for you today, so I won’t be able to excerpt from all of them. I do have two that I want to share in detail though. First a wonderful piece at New York Magazine on Hillary’s speech in Harlem on Tuesday: How Hillary Clinton Won Harlem by Rembert Browne. Rep. Charles Rangel introduced Clinton:

There was one moment in Rangel’s introduction, however, when his presence — and his actions — were undeniably infectious to everyone in the room, especially the Black Harlemites: “It’s been brought to my attention that some people have been following the secretary of State around to disrupt rather than to instruct. Please be informed, you are in the village of Harlem.”

This was met with wild applause from the room, a big smile from Hillary, and a Holder whisper to Cuomo, followed by laughs from both men. It was one of the more street-cred-pumping moments this campaign has seen.You fuck with Hill, you fuck with Harlem. And it capped off a perfect warm-up act for Hillary — New York State, New York City, and Harlem supporting not only Hillary being the next president, but her as someone who could do a lot of good for black people.

Kennedy Johnson

On Hillary’s speech:

Then it hit you that Hillary was going to talk — at length — about black people, almost exclusively. She began with the normal rhetoric of just listing black people she knew, whom she spoke with, whom she associated herself with — but then it took a turn. When she began discussing Flint, the white woman Establishment presidential candidate said, “It’s a horrifying story, but what makes it even worse is that it’s not a coincidence that this was allowed to happen in a largely black, largely poor community. Just ask yourself: Would this have ever occurred in a wealthy white suburb of Detroit? Absolutely not.”

It was that moment of, Oh shit, did Hillary come to play today? I looked down my row, and multiple people had that same goddamn face etched on their faces. She was making points about privilege that minorities always make, but it packed such a different punch — even if President Obama had said it — because she was chastising her own privilege, putting the privilege of whiteness front and center.

The moment was a brief callback to the controversial opinion of scholar Michael Eric Dyson in his November 2015 New Republic piece, which said that Hillary Clinton will do more for black people than Barack Obama. And like Dyson further argues in his book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Obama uniquely had to comply with the expectations of whites. That’s not something Clinton will ever have to deal with to the same degree.


On Hillary’s much-publicized coughing fit:

And then, out of nowhere, as she was really peaking, and the increasingly loud cheers in the room suggested that these points were not only felt but appreciated, she had one of those Hillary coughing fits.

It’s like watching someone with the hiccups; you don’t really know when they’re going to end. But herein lies the beauty of the goodwill Hillary had built up in the room — the beauty of black people being an expressive bunch: The room started clapping loudly, almost to mask her coughs until she was done, to get her through this stretch. People were acting like it was church, when some member of the congregation gets up to speak but suddenly gets emotional or nervous. Shouts of “Take your time, Hill” and “You’re okay” rang from all corners of the room. After a few coughs, Hillary squeaked out, “I’ve got too much to say,” which was met with laughter. When some of the coughing halted, Hillary softly said a few sentences with her voice at about 10 percent strength, and after every few sentences, people cheered her on. There were even some “HILLARY, HILLARY” chants. I couldn’t believe it.

This was followed by a second wave of coughs, more cheers and supportive messages from the crowd, which ended with Hillary saying, “Thank you, you’re a great amen chorus.” And a few minutes later, her voice was at full strength again. She was back.

I loved this article! Please go read the whole thing.

BobbySo we’ve learned over the past few weeks that Bernie Sanders is a dirty campaigner, despite his promises to run a positive campaign in 2016. He hasn’t done that. He has gone negative almost from the start, repeatedly implying that Clinton is corrupt and in the pocket of Wall Street.

Sanders has been getting away with a lot bad behavior, because the corporate media tends to ignore it and focus on trying to bring Hillary down. But they did report on the Sanders campaign stealing voter data from Clinton and then suing the DNC after getting caught. The media also reported on the incidents of Sanders staffers pretending to be members of the Culinary Workers Union in order to get into private dining rooms and talk to union workers.

There have been a number of articles on the Sanders campaign repeatedly using ads and flyers to claim endorsements they never got. There have also been reports from Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada of Sanders campaign buses blocking entrances to Clinton campaign events.

In Nevada, campaign workers have reported on Twitter that the Sanders campaign is using Karl Rove tactics such as calling voters and telling them that Clinton is under investigation by the FBI, calling Republican voters and asking them to caucus for Bernie, and knocking on doors at 11PM and pretending to be Clinton canvassers.


Apparently this is nothing new for Sanders. He has a history of nasty campaign tactics. Dakinikat sent me this article from US News: Foes, Past and Present, Say Sanders Uses Same Tactics He Criticizes. “They say backroom deals, deceptive ads and political manipulation are in the Sanders toolkit.” A couple of examples from the story:

This year, the Sanders campaign has brushed off accusations of deceptive advertising – implied endorsements from the Des Moines [Iowa] Register, The [New Hampshire] Valley News, the AARP, the League of Conservation voters and veterans belonging to the American Legion – as mistakes.

But in his 1986 campaign challenging Gov. Madeleine Kunin, Sanders was accused of making similar insinuations, distributing a flyer that implied the endorsement of the Rutland Herald, and of sending a letter that suggested it had the support of the Vermont National Organization for Women.

Sanders’ 2006 Senate campaign was also accused of running so-called “push polls,” a tactic considered deceptive in which a partisan caller, masquerading as an independent pollster, asks a potential voter leading questions with the intention of spreading negative information about an opponent.

s-l300Sanders also has a history of using the Democratic Party to get money and other perks and then using “back-room deals” to stab real Democrats in the back. Read more about it at U.S. News.

More news, links only:

New York Review of Books: The Next Justice? It’s Not Up to Us, by Garry Wills.

The Atlantic: The Republicans’ Scalia Hysteria, by Garrett Epps.

New York Times: The Potential for the Most Liberal Supreme Court in Decades.

The Boston Globe: Scalia didn’t pay for his stay at the ranch where he died. So who did?

Ben Rhodes at Medium: President Obama is going to Cuba. Here’s why.

Mother Jones: The Sanders Campaign Has Crossed Into Neverland.

Washington Post: Here’s what you need to understand about how Hillary Clinton views race, by Paul Waldman (I liked this one a lot!).

Slate: MSNBC’s Town Hall With Donald Trump Was Disgraceful.

Mediaite: Literal Holy Crap: Glenn Beck Says Scalia’s Death Part of God’s Plan to Elect Ted Cruz, Tommy Christopher.

Forbes: FBI Can Use Dead Suspects’ Fingerprints To Open iPhones — It Might Be Cops’ Best Bet.

The Daily Beast: Apple Unlocked iPhones for the Feds 70 Times Before.

Huffington Post: Still Grateful for My Abortion, almost 40 Years Later.

Sady Doyle at Quartz: Beware of the angry white male public intellectual.

What stories are you following today?

80 Comments on “Thursday Reads”

  1. Dee says:

    Will tonight be Bernie’s first appearance after leaving the campaign trail to take a long nap? I have not been following him closely.

  2. Riverbird says:

    Thank you for the link to the New York Magazine story. That’s so great.

  3. Pat Johnson says:

    I admit to becoming thoroughly demoralized regarding Hillary and the daily demeaning of her as both a candidate and as a person.

    MSNBC is not only in the tank for Trump but Bernie as well. There is no safe cable outlet left for us true New Deal Democrats any longer. Pushing a guy who is not a genuine Dem, and one who has admitted in the past that he does not like Dems to begin with, touts a “pie in the sky” promise for free education and outrageous healthcare costs, is leading even here in MA according to this morning’s polls.

    If Bernie gets the nomination – and it will be because of the ratfucking out of the GOP – then the GOP candidate marches into the WH as they will go after Bernie with no holds barred. A scenario I have come to fear more and more.

    They can’t wait to run against this season’s “shiny new object” and they will assist him along the way in any way possible.

    Say good bye to the SC if this happens as they will promote more Scalia’s to the bench and we will all be screwed for decades to come.

    • bostonboomer says:

      He won’t get the nomination. Hillary is leading by a lot in 10 of 12 March 1 states as of yesterday. She is leading by a mile with black people, including black millennials. Bernie isn’t playing well with black folks in South Carolina.

      • Riverbird says:

        True, there’s no safe news outlet. I’m confident Hillary will get the nomination, but I’ll breathe easier after the March 1 primaries. (Here in Texas I’ve already mailed in my ballot. Glad the Democrats aren’t having caucuses this year.)

      • Fannie says:

        Ditto, plus she just picked up another 87 super delegates to Bernie’s 11. That the sweetest smell of success.

        • Fannie says:

          Total delegates (including Super) is as 481 Hillary Clinton, and 55 for Bernie Sanders.

          Nevada has 43 at stake
          SC has 59 at stake

          • Fannie says:

            Of Nevada’s super delegates 3 go to Hillary and 1 to Bernie…………..they have 8, with the four mentioned committed, if I am reading it right.

            SC – that has come out so far, 3 for Hillary.

            Although the Bros are complaining that Hillary rigged this system, stealing it, we can say: Horse Pucky.

    • janicen says:

      Do not worry yourself sick over this, Pat. A few posts ago I posted a link to a really interesting audio stream of an hour long chat between Axelrod and Joe Trippi. It wasn’t biased or slanted toward either candidate but they both agree that Clinton will win the Democratic nomination. The most disconcerting thing they said is that it’s looking right now like Trump will be the Republican nominee. They are not seeing an establishment savior with enough momentum to stop Trump at this point. Axelrod and Trippi have decades of experience between them, they know what they are talking about.

      The media just needs to make some money so they have to make it into a contest.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I don’t think Trump can be stopped, because the Republicans don’t have superdelegates and their primaries are winner take all.

        For the Dems, the results of primaries are proportional and they have the superdelegate firewall.

        • Fannie says:

          I am going to agree with you, Trump can’t be stopped. He’s hasn’t broken 50% yet, one poll 45%………but he’s got to go one to one. I just have a feeling, he is going to do it.

      • jackyt says:

        I think this column (also by Garry Wills) fills in some of the blanks regarding the thought processes of fanatics, whether they be anti-science religious nuts or Trump-eters or Head in the Sanders.

  4. Sweet Sue says:

    BB, thanks for the links. That’s the second piece by Sady Doyle that spoke for me.

    • bostonboomer says:

      You’re welcome. Glad you liked them. Did you check out that WaPo story on Hillary’s views on race issues? I really liked it a lot.

  5. dakinikat says:

    We’re down to one abortion clinic here in New Orleans until the new Planned Parenthood opens. The doctor retired. I’m getting tired of the religious crap surroundung women’s access to a necessary and legal procedure being the center of the press coverage here.

    Thought you’d like that US News article. Character always shines through in the way a candidate’s campaign behaves. Im thrilled the polls show a solid South for Hillary. I hope can get rid of him, his lies and hypocrisy shortly. I’m also hoping Castro gets the nod for VP. Did you see Obama will be the first President in 80 years to visit Cuba? He’s going in April. So glad we’re normalizing relations with them.

  6. William says:

    I wish that Hillary would stay far away from MSNBC, but of course she can’t turn down debates or town halls. But they are set-up jobs on this network. Last time, we saw Todd interrupting the town hall to field a question from the viewers! The only one in the whole two hours. And the question was…”Will you release the transcripts of your speech to Goldman Sachs?” And Todd thought that was such a good question, that he asked her if she would release ALL of the transcripts of all of her speeches to various entities.

    The only purpose of these events, as constructed by MSNBC, is to help Sanders and embarrass Hillary. I don’t even trust the choice of questioners, or their questions.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Big endorsement for Hillary:


  8. roofingbird says:

    Have you seen this smear job? the NYT article doesn’t say anything like that:

    • roofingbird says:

      Facebook, from Nevada Caucus

      Bernie Sanders
      6 hrs ·

      The New York Times disclosed today that in a meeting held in a large Wall Street investor’s office, big money donors instructed Secretary Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook to go after Sen. Bernie Sanders for offering so-called unrealistic proposals and by claiming that all his solutions are related back to “millionaires and billionaires.”

      Not surprisingly those are exactly the attacks that the Clinton campaign is now dutifully lobbing.

      With no small amount of irony, the mega-donors also asked Mook to highlight the Clinton campaign’s support from small donors.

      Jeff Weaver, campaign manager for Bernie 2016 said, “One of the biggest differences between our campaigns is that Bernie’s campaign does not take its marching orders from Wall Street and big money donors. It’s shameful that the Clinton campaign is parroting attacks at Sen. Sanders that The New York Times has documented come right from her big money backers. Now we are beginning to get a glimpse into what goes on in all those closed door meetings with Wall Street interests.”

      Clinton Donors Hear Concerns About Nevada Outcome
      Robby Mook, the Clinton campaign manager, sat at the head of a conference table in the New York office of Clinton donor and Wall Street investor Marc Lasry. Clinton’s campaign manager briefed some of her most loyal and active…|By Jason Horowitz

      • janicen says:

        Who would have leaked this? I haven’t gone over to the article yet but the first thing that occurs to me is that this story is planted. They looked at Clinton’s latest strategy and claimed Wall Street told her to do that. I’m calling B.S.

    • roofingbird says:

      By the way, the “Nevada Caucus” is a pro Sanders Facebook page that is in no way aligned with the State of Nevada.

  9. Ron4Hills says:

    I am seeing more clearly why Hills is having a problem reaching young people. I just watched her speech at the Schomburg Center. Great speech.

    I read the comments underneath and it was mostly all ugly vitriol. None of it dealt with what she actually said, just insults and what passes for cheek and sarcasm.

    The sh!tshow that is the internet is not the place for smart people to learn and share about public policy.

    • roofingbird says:

      Yes. It takes an army every day out on the sites to counter the vitriol with reason. You have to assume that a few people will find the truth.

    • Fannie says:

      Yes, I’ve been on the battle field with a few of them regarding the sexism.

      I often refer to Bernie’s supporters as Sanderdistas………..on one post, they came back and said who in the fuck started calling us that? I laughed my ass off, and told them I thought you all knew Bernie so damn well back into ’60 and ’70…………he used the term, and supporters did back in the day. Of course they didn’t believe me. That was funny.

      Last week I posted issues concerning the sexism coming from the camp, and said it was demeaning, and that the Bernie Babes need to clean it up. One of them came back on me, and said “and that’s not demeaning” which gathered her a lot of hits. I came back with a Valentine’s photo of 12 Bernie Babes, holding up heart and love Bernie signs, and the last girl holds up sign from Bernie Babes Website……….I told them to go on over there, and hit like on their pages…………guess what, not one of them responded.

      It is so ugly when racism, when sexism raises it’s ugly head. It’s ugly, and I don’t like it coming from young people, who refuse to see the troubles of the world, knowing it stem from the roots of both racism and sexism. The dynamics of all this hate and anger in politics is so intense.

    • janicen says:

      I read somewhere that Bernie’s been doing a lot of campaigning in high schools in order to get kids who will be 18 by the time of the primary to vote for him. I think most of the idiots on the web are kids.

      • Fannie says:

        I can just image getting them out in the school parking lot, and listening to them, cool tripping.

  10. bostonboomer says:

    This is hilarious from the Washington Post:

    The economist who vouched for Bernie Sanders’ big liberal plans is voting for Hillary Clinton

    The first thing you should know about Gerald Friedman, the economist suddenly at the center of a wonk-storm over Bernie Sanders’ policy proposals, is that he does not actually support Bernie Sanders for president.

    He likes Sanders. And he has written, in consultation with the Sanders campaign, an analysis that projects Sanders’ ambitious domestic agenda would raise economic growth to as high as 5.3 percent per year, yielding sustained income gains for the middle class.

    But Friedman, an economist at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, says he’ll vote for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary.

    “I support Clinton,” he said in an interview on Thursday. “I donate $10 a month to Clinton. I remember the woman who said, women’s rights are human rights. I think she did a great job as secretary of state. I agree with Bernie on economic issues, but there are other issues.”

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  12. Fannie says:

    Just saw Delores Huerta being interviewed by Chuck Todd…………she’s my favorite. She endorsed Hillary couple months back. I loved it when she said she wanted a woman in the White House, and not a Latino Republican.

    The day the two of them are on stage together during this election, I’m going dance all over the sky. That’s a promise.

  13. bostonboomer says:

    Check this out. Sanders campaign has no problem with Killer Mike characterizing Hillary as “just a uterus.”

    Sanders Campaign Responds to Killer Mike ‘Uterus’ Comment About Clinton

    Bernie Sanders’ campaign is dismissing sexism charges against Killer Mike, an Atlanta-based rapper, as “gotcha” politics.

    It all started when Killer Mike, an outspoken Sanders supporter, spoke at a rally for the Vermont senator in Atlanta on Tuesday, where he quoted activist Jane Elliott as having told him, “Michael, a uterus doesn’t qualify you to be president of the United States,” a remark that was widely seen as sexist against Hillary Clinton, but that the rapper says was taken out of context.

    Sanders’ campaign did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. But on Wednesday, a spokesman for Sanders’ campaign, Michael Briggs, told The Guardian that Killer Mike, “doesn’t believe gender should be a reason to vote for or against someone.”

    Briggs went on to say, “That’s the point Mike was making when he quoted Jane Elliott, the internationally known educator,” adding that “we need to get beyond the gotcha politics and get to the issues at the heart of the election.”

    • bostonboomer says:

      Guess what? Michael Briggs doesn’t get to tell me why I should or should not vote for any candidate.

  14. bostonboomer says:

    This is a must read!

    Luis Gutiérrez: Sanders Voted With Republicans (on immigration)

    Every time an election rolls around, candidates fall all over themselves to proclaim their allegiance to the Latino community. Hillary Clinton is different. I was proud to endorse her because she is the rare loyal candidate who has been fighting for us her entire career.

    It goes back to traveling across Texas in 1972 to register Latino voters and to organizing the first-ever White House conference on Hispanic Children and Youth. But it is her time in the U.S. Senate, fighting hard for comprehensive immigration reform that sets her apart from Bernie Sanders. Hillary is the only candidate in this race who has always had our backs.

    Six months ago, I did an interview with Larry King where I asked whether Bernie Sanders even liked immigrants or cared about Latinos and our issues. He had been silent on immigration and our other priorities and within a week or two, Sanders was talking about immigration.

    He was saying all the right things, but it raised a very important question in my mind: where was Sanders when we really needed him? I have observed Sanders first in the House of Representatives and later in the Senate and I have to say, he was absent from most of the crucial immigration debates. And when he did show up, his record was troubling.

    • janicen says:

      Solving income inequality just might not be enough to help immigrants.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Read the rest. Bernie voted against multiple immigration bills that would have helped millions of people.

        • janicen says:

          I did read it. That was my attempt at humor. 😦

          • bostonboomer says:

            I’m sorry. I’m kind of worked up after reading Bernie Sanders’ defense of Killer Mike basically saying Hillary is nothing but a uterus. See below….

  15. bostonboomer says:

    Has anyone else noticed that Nate Silver is giving Hillary a 75% chance of winning in Nevada?

    In SC it’s 99%.

    • Fannie says:

      Caucus is so different, but the Primary! Yes. She’ll pull it off BB. I just got my reservation for 22 March Caucus, Boise…………..Birthday Girl celebrating for Hillary.

      • bostonboomer says:

        She’s going to crush him.

        Ben Jealous said on MSNBC that Bernie has gone to places that MLK would have been afraid to go! OMG.

  16. Fannie says:

    You need to watch this, and compare Hillary’s speech in Harlem to this one. Lo, this wasn’t a rich Indian, he was speaking of all the problems American Indians have that stem from the fact that most of them are poor, because the white man took everything. He’s gives his history, which the Bernie camp put on a time frame, hurry, hurry with question Indian. We are here at a black speaking engagement…..hurry. This wonder Indian was talking about all the damage that has been done to members of his tribe, and how they ended going to UN to address their concerns on human rights. He talked about his family, and all the bullshit from our government. Bernie gave the same response that white men have been giving to Indians since day one. It is friggin’ unbelievable.

  17. Fannie says:

    Okay, I’m ready to hit the townhall.

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    • bostonboomer says:

      Fuck you Bernie. I’ll vote for whatever candidate I want and for whatever reason I choose!