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by Alan Anderson

I have been struck by the meteoric rise of Mr. Trump. He is a star like no other. I tried to imagine what the world would be like if he had lived in a different time and had a very special role. Perhaps like in the time of Jesus.

Donald would have ridden around Bethlehem on a big Ass (donkey) spreading the gospel of wealth and riches. He would have had one large sign on each side of the donkey with his name, TRUMP, broadly displayed.

He would have . . .
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Hillary Clinton: We Are Ready
by Dave Mindeman

The most famous e-mail server on the planet.

I guess that is what Hillary Clinton's campaign has become. She does have a strong and viable campaign. She talks about issues. She works on building an organization. She is a solid candidate.

Yet, the questions and the rehash keep coming and coming.

At the DNC, I think Hillary Clinton gave her best speech of the year. She talked about the '90s economy and how we all grew together...not just those at the top. She said "paying for college . . .
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Bernie Sanders: The Movement Is Happening
by Dave Mindeman

The enthusiasm for Senator Bernie Sanders is infectious. That gravelly voiced, Brooklyn born, mop haired socialist can bring down the house.

And he had the DNC audience rocking. The patented Bernie list of progressive policy points that pepper Bernie's speeches are strong and speak directly to the hard core progressive wing of the party. He not only talks a good game, his tenure in the Senate has lived it.

Bernie was asked about O'Malley's challenge to the DNC on debates and he voiced his support. But it is almost like . . .
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Martin O'Malley: Needing To Shake Things Up
by Dave Mindeman

Martin O'Malley needed to shake things up. He needed an attention getter. So during his DNC speech, he took a direct route to a full critique of the DNC proposed debate schedule - or lack thereof.

The word "rigged" was mentioned prominently.

And frankly, O'Malley has a point. He noted that the Republicans have been getting wall to wall media coverage and the opportunity to spew a lot of hate rhetoric with little to challenge it.

O'Malley wanted his fellow Democrats to know that our response should be more and . . .
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Lincoln Chafee: So Quiet He's A Whisper
by Dave Mindeman

Lincoln Chafee has been almost an after thought for the 2016 nomination. He is a wonky policy guy. He has little charisma. His oratory is quiet and often bland. And there isn't much evidence that his campaign has a lot of structure or ground game.

I think he is mainly a candidate so that he has a chance to contribute to ideas and policy. And maybe raise his profile a tad. I doubt he has much confidence that his candidacy will catch fire - but he does want to . . .
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