Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are locked in a surprisingly competitive battle for New York, with a poll on Thursday showing that the Vermont senator has closed to within 12 points of the former first lady  — who only recentlyled 48 in her adopted home state.

The Quinipiac University poll shows Clinton leading 54 to 42 percent heading into the New York primary on April 19, when 291 delegates are at stake.

Clinton is running strong with women[?] and African American voters but white voters are split. — 48 percent fon Clinton, 47 for Sanders.

Democratic analyst Douglas Schoen said the close-than-expected results mirror a national trend.

Sanders, he said, is connecting with the liberal progressive voters of which there are many in New York. Bernie is also riding momentum from a wave of victories in Western states.

The march in NYC yesterday united more than 4,000 people supporting Bernie Sanders.


Bill Clinton delivered four rambling speeches to labor unions across the city Thursday in support of his wife’s presidential bid.

In one wordy riff at District 37 in Tribeca, Clinton, 69, spoke vaguely of the country facing the darkness before the dawn, while urging support for Mrs. Clinton.

Oliver Stone on Menace Posed by Hillary Clinton


Written by Date: 04-01-2016
Subject: Philosophy: Fascism


Oliver Stone on Menace Posed by Hillary Clinton

by Stephen Lendman

Among an array of deplorable US presidential aspirants, Clinton stands out as the most recklessly dangerous in modern memory – a she devil committed to endless wars of aggression, possible unthinkable nuclear confrontation.

Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone says America’s political landscape has him in “deep despair.”

Clinton has a virtual lock on her party’s nomination, things rigged in her favor. Stone hit hard, saying she “effectively closed the door on peace, blasting both the Palestinian peace process and the Russians in the same week. NATO is her god…”

Endless wars are certain no matter who succeeds Obama. Clinton’s finger on the nuclear trigger should terrify everyone.

America’s provocative military buildup along Russia’s borders is the greatest threat to world peace since Hitler mobilized troops ahead of invading Poland, launching WW II.

“We’re going to war,” said Stone, “hybrid in nature to break the Russian state back to its 1990s subordination, or a hot war (which will destroy our country).” 

“Our citizens should know this, but they don’t because our media” serves imperial, not popular interests. They lie, deceive, connive and suppress what everyone needs to know, substituting managed news misinformation and rubbish for hard truths.

Hillary’s rap sheet shows support for endless imperial wars and coups overthrowing legitimate governments.

Electing her president threatens world peace. Russia, China and Iran are on her hit list. She pledged to enhance the power of Israel’s killing machine more than already – “tak(ing) our alliance to the level,” she told AIPAC in Washington.

Stone supports Sanders, a political opportunist throughout his public life voting 98% of the time with Democrats, but at least he’s not Clinton.

Would an administration under his stewardship make a difference? Avoiding WW III alone makes him a better choice.

It’s far from what Americans deserve, what they’ve never had throughout US history and won’t under any new administration – governance representing everyone equitably, not just its privileged few.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Media turn blind eye to Hillary Clinton’s glaring mistakes




When Hillary Clinton can study up, work out her one-liners, figure out the best way to deflect questions and fence with inquisitors she does well. She thrives, therefore, in a debate or as a witness. She is the quintessential “A” student. No one will cram harder before the big exam than she.

Left to her own devices, however, she is consistently her own worst enemy. Before she worked out her lines, spontaneous answers about her finances (“We were broke”) or her initial stance toward the Benghazi scandal (“What difference does it make . . .?) disastrous. Refusing to take scandals seriously, her first attempts at brushing back the press come across as evasive, haughty and just plain false. In supposedly friendly settings, with her guard down, she winds up saying ludicrous things that come back to haunt her.

If not for Jeb Bush’s self-immolation this week, more attention would have been paid to yet another clueless Clinton moment. Asked about the Veterans Administration scandal in a softball MSNBC interview, she argued that “it’s not been as widespread as it has been made out to be.” She claimed Republicans were exploiting the situation and wanted the VA to “fail.” Her instinct to cast blame and attack political opponents renders her entirely tone deaf at times.

[Charles Krauthammer: Skip the investigations, win the election]

As you will recall, the scandal first uncovered in Phoenix turned into a nationwide investigation, forcing out the secretary and prompting new legislation. (From the Arizona Republic: “The Office of Inspector General concluded that hundreds of thousands of patients were subjected to unacceptable delays in care, and many died while awaiting appointments; wait-time records were falsified or inaccurate at 70 percent of the VA facilities nationwide; and department leadership was contaminated by bullying, reprisal and a lack of accountability. The public furor forced out VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and other administrators, while prompting the largest reform in department history.”)

It is incomprehensible that she would want to downplay the suffering of vets. A series of officials at veterans groups decried her comment. Stars and Stripes reported:

Veterans groups lobbed criticism at Clinton this week for being out of touch with veterans issues.

The conservative group Concerned Veterans for America charged Clinton with downplaying and ignoring the VA’s problems. Paul Rieckhoff, CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, called her comments on the VA a “head-scratcher.”

The VA scandal that began last year with an agency cover-up of health care delays “was so widespread it has its own Wikipedia entry,” Rieckhoff tweeted Tuesday.

And lawmakers on both sides of the aisle lashed out. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said he was “appalled.” Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) declared, “The problems we’ve seen at the Phoenix VA are devastating and real. The VA scandal has nothing to do with partisan politics and everything to do with systemic failure, negligence and lack of accountability.” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted her, observing that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), whose Senate committee investigated the VA, was better on veterans issues than Clinton.

Her campaign tried to assure us she understands how “systematic” the problem is. No apology or correction from her was forthcoming.

[Opinion: Republicans are right. We in the media do suck.]

Now imagine if Republicans had said, well “Democrats are just exaggerating the impact of Hurricane Katrina.” The mainstream hardly blinked when it was Clinton, fresh from passing her endurance test at the House select committee on Benghazi.

The Republican opposition research team America Rising later put out a devastating ad, recounting one news report after another detailing the abuses, corruption and ensuing deaths. It ends with McCain saying, “She doesn’t understand veterans, she doesn’t understand what they need, and she is politicizing the issue. Shame on her.”

This episode reminds us of Clinton’s severe limitations as a candidate. It also should prompt Republicans to recognize the media is back in Clinton-rooting mood. Her outlandish statements will become headlines like: “Republicans try to exploit…” The media will shrug its collective shoulders at her inaccuracies and outright deceptions. This is all the more reason to find a superbly skilled nominee, one who can focus on her liabilities and cut through the media chatter.

At the recent debate and in subsequent interviews, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) used his time in the spotlight to focus on the evidence that immediately after the Benghazi attack she told family members and the Egyptian prime minister it was a terrorist attack while the administration perpetrated a false cover story for weeks.

Republicans cannot repeat often enough evidence of her ethical lapses and shoddy record. The press sure isn’t going to dwell on it.