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  1. A trio of polls released yesterday showed Hillary Clinton in a very difficult spot against Donald Trump. She led by one in Florida and Pennsylvania, and actually trailed him by 4 percent in Ohio.

    For months, Bernie Sanders has out-polled Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump, and often by extraordinarily large margins. Because we must do everything we can to defeat Trump in November, our mission is to win as many pledged delegates as we can between now and June 14.

    Then we’re going to have a contested convention where the Democratic Party must decide if they want the candidate with the momentum who is best positioned to beat Trump, or if they are willing to roll the dice and court disaster simply to protect the status quo for the political and financial establishment of this country.

    But for our plan to work, we need to keep winning. And that’s why we ask:

    Can Bernie count on you to make a $3 contribution to help us continue our run of wins in Oregon and Kentucky next Tuesday? They’re important states and Bernie is campaigning hard, but the outcome is up to all of us.

    Some people say we do better against Trump because we haven’t faced the Republican attack machine yet. But we’ve been told our goals for the future are utopian, and that our plans would raise taxes on middle class families. We just never thought those attacks would come in a Democratic primary. Yet somehow we keep winning.

    We are the best chance to defeat Trump because people united can never be defeated. That is why we must keep fighting.

    In solidarity,

    Jeff Weaver
    Campaign Manager
    Bernie 2016


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  11. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is on the verge of a groundbreaking new rule to crack down on predatory payday lenders.

    But now a group of corporate Democrats who have gotten millions from Wall Street are trying to stab Sen. Warren’s CFPB in the back.

    One Democrat sponsoring the bill has gotten $1.4 million from the financial sector this year alone. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has raised millions.1 Another Democrat supporting the bill got $589,388. And a third got $368,640.2,3

    Working women need these protections badly, right now, and we’re fighting back. Will you chip in $5 today?

    Yes, I’ll chip in $5 to help Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s CFPB fight back against these corporate Democrats.

    After the financial crash, Sen. Warren almost single-handedly created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect consumers from exactly these types of financial industry ripoffs.

    Payday lenders are notorious for preying on low-income women facing desperate financial situations, charging average interest rates of nearly 400% to trap their customers in a never-ending cycle of revolving debt.4

    And they’re growing fast. In fact, there are more payday lenders and check-cashers in America than McDonald’s restaurants.5

    If these Wall Street Democrats get their way, the CFPB protections against these predatory lenders would be delayed until the next president takes office, and they would be permanently blocked in the states with the biggest payday lending problems, like Florida.

    Will you chip in $5 to help Senator Elizabeth Warren’s CFPB fight back against these corporate Democrats?

    Thanks for all you do.

    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kaili, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Clarise, Anathea, Audine, Ryan, Shannon, Megan, Kaytee, and Libby, the UltraViolet team


    1. Top Industries, 2016 cycle, OpenSecrets.org, accessed May 27, 2016

    2. H.R.4018 – Consumer Protection and Choice Act, Congress.gov, accessed May 27, 2016

    3. Finance/Insurance/Real Estate: Money to Congress, OpenSecrets.org, accessed May 27, 2016

    4. What is Payday Lending?, Stop the Debt Trap, accessed May 27, 2016

    5. The Federal Government in the Fringe Economy, Chapman Law Review, December 7, 2011


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  32. Monday 5th December 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    Labour leader calls on continental comrades to take on far-right menace

    by Steve Sweeney

    JEREMY CORBYN has urged progressives from across Europe to unite against the “populist right,” calling for socialism to be at the heart of European politics.

    At a meeting of the Party of European Socialists council in Prague on Saturday, Mr Corbyn warned of the “alarming acceleration in the rise of the populist right,” pointing to the rise of Ukip in Britain, Donald Trump in the United States, Jobbik in Hungary and Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France.

    The Labour leader warned that they are operating as “political parasites,” merely offering the “toxic dead ends of the past,” preying on people’s fears as they seek to capitalise on the failures of a broken economic system.

    “Politics has been shaken across the world,” he told the gathering, saying the left must “offer the political leadership needed for a real alternative” to stop the right from filling the void.

    But he warned against trading socialist principles for power, saying that for too long the European left had been seen as “apologists for a broken system.”

    He said: “Too often the left has been seen as the accomplice to reckless, unfettered capitalism rather than a challenge to it.

    “The principles of solidarity, internationalism and socialism that we stand for can be at the heart of European politics in the 21st century.”

    Acknowledging the concerns that people have over the direction Europe is taking, Mr Corbyn stressed: “Now is time for us to turn the tide.

    “To put the interests of working people front and centre stage and to fight for our values of social justice, solidarity, equality and internationalism.”

    And in a message to Prime Minister Theresa May he called on the British government to guarantee the rights of all EU citizens before Brexit negotiations begin and not to use them as a bargaining chip.

    He said: “Labour is pushing for Brexit negotiations to be carried out in a transparent manner, in a spirit that aims to find a deal that works for all across the continent.

    “That is why I am inviting leaders from socialist and progressive parties and movements across Europe to a special conference in London in February.”



  33. Monday 5th December 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    DISCUSSIONS in Glasgow this weekend on the way forward for the left in Scotland in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union are heartening.

    We cannot afford to lose time restaging the arguments over the EU if we are to stand any chance of influencing the course of events.

    To do so would be to give a free pass to those in Westminster and Holyrood who are determined to ensure the best result for capital and the privileged classes. They have their ultimate goal in sight and the only chance that the working class has of fending off their assaults is by keeping our objective clear too.

    That is why Radical Options for Scotland and Europe is such a positive development, with chair Eddie McGuire urging all leftwingers no matter their position on the EU to unite around our common aims.

    The threat is very serious. The Conservative government never lets a good crisis go to waste and you can be sure that whichever way individuals voted in June, they are now united in planning to use the exit negotiations to punish working people while ensuring the EU’s pro-corporate framework continues to dictate how our economy is run.

    The result of Brexit will ultimately be what we make of it. Internecine spats on the left provide the room for manoeuvre for class warriors on the right determined to further hack away at the conditions of the working class in Britain.

    Instead, as activists did in Scotland, our focus should be on charting out a clear course such that we can bring pressure on the Conservatives at every turn, facing down their attacks no matter the concocted pretext and pressing a radical alternative.

    True solidarity is found in our class and there must be no distraction.

    That holds across borders too, as Jeremy Corbyn said clearly at the Party of European Socialists meeting in Prague. The wave of neoliberal economic wrecking has crashed across Europe, in many cases washing away the social democrats who colluded with capitalism and watched as bosses ate up yet more of the fruits of our labour while many millions struggled to put food on the table.

    In the recent period we have seen various hatemongers vie to fill the void left by supposedly left-wing “apologists for a broken system.” The neonazi contesting the Austrian presidential elections and the likelihood of a contest in France between the right and far right — in no small part due to the way Francois Hollande reneged on promises to halt austerity, dashing the hopes of millions — are just the latest manifestations of a parasitical populist right.

    Corbyn correctly identified the reason: “Often the populist right do identify the right problems but their solutions are the toxic dead ends of the past, [using] rhetoric designed to divide and blame.”

    As in the 20th century, it is up to the left to counter this nascent fascist resurgence. Only socialists have the analysis needed to identify the problems faced and the solutions required; no amount of liberal hand-wringing will do.

    Corbyn again: “The reason we are losing ground to the right today is because the message of what socialism is and what it can achieve in people’s daily lives has been steadily diluted.”

    We must concentrate that message and stand “for real change, and a break with the failed elite politics and economics of the past.” We must show how through solidarity we can transform society to work for all, give people hope instead of hate and cut the ground from under would-be goose-stepping goons.



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