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Hillary Clinton gets it…She MOVES to the left…

Some of us have maintained that Hillary Clinton was more a moderate Democrat than a progressive…

Others have said she was Liberal/Progressive….

Up until before Bernie Sanders started showing up to crowds in the tens of thousands it didn’t really matter, it seemed to the Clinton campaign….

But NOW it apparently does….

Hillary Clinton is NO danger of losing the 2016 Democratic nomination….

But the memory of 2008 is fresh in her and others minds…..

Watching the ground swell for Donald Trump and the crowds for Bernie as he crips up the polls has done what the left of the Democratic party wanted Hillary Clinton do….

Move to the Left….

Cautuous because she is currently the most expereinced highlevel politican in the seriuous running….(She watched Obama play to the left early in 2008 and now that same left quietly complanins about him…So much for keeping everyone happy, eh?)

She has tried to remain vague and yet grab as many progressives and lefties in her party by copying as much of the Eliazabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders talking points as she can….

But even with most of that?

She remains center or even with shades of the right still on several issues…..

Some liberals are looking the other way on trade and Keystone, saying her work as Obama’s secretary of state puts her in a uniquely awkward position to oppose those projects while the president is still in office. They’re encouraged by her strategic decision not to endorse either.

And Democrats out there are gonna have to live with that…..

(Some now cloak her movement as independence )

Cause right after March of next year one couls see her pivot back to the middle, a place she will need to be come next November…..

Clinton, perhaps influenced by pressure from Sanders, has largely heeded the calls by adopting liberal positions on a host of issues. She’s pushing for a higher (though yet unspecified) minimum wage; she’s calling for universal voter registration; she’s endorsed Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran; and she’s floated the idea of adopting a constitutional amendment to limit the influence of money in political campaigns.

Equally as important, liberals say, she’s framing her campaign with the tone of an economic populist, declining to join the effort –– supported by even some moderate Democrats —for lower corporate tax rates and an elimination of certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law.

Grijalva said Clinton’s shift is simply “common sense.” Not only has she embraced positions that are popular with voters, he argued, but she’s also sending the message that she’s an independent thinker who would lead differently from her husband, President Bill Clinton, whose legacy on issues like trade and Wall Street reform have long been panned by the left.

“Asserting that independence … distinguishes her,” Grijalva said. “I think she’s done the smart thing.”


And THAT is what a Sanders campaign from the left IS supposted to do ….

House Democrats line up behind Hillary….

None have endorsed Sen Snaders….

Dozens of House liberals have endorsed Hillary Clinton’s White House bid even as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is gaining steam.

Sanders, a liberal icon, has emerged as a surprisingly strong candidate since launching his campaign two months ago, raising $15 million and making huge gains on Clinton recently among Democratic voters in Iowa, which will host the country’s first presidential caucus.

Yet at least 26 Democrats representing the 69-member Congressional Progressive Caucus –– a bastion of liberal thinking that Sanders helped to launch –– have already endorsed Clinton, according to a tally being kept by The Hill.

The list includes liberal stalwarts like Reps. Rosa DeLaura (D-Conn.) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) –– both forceful voices in the recent trade debate that Clinton was reluctant to enter –– and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), three vociferous critics of an Iraq War that Clinton, as a New York senator, supported.

A number of Democrats have cheered Sanders’ entrance into the race, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), another liberal favorite, hasn’t ruled out the possibility of campaigning for him.

“I love what Bernie is talking about,” she told the Boston Globe Monday.

But no members of Congress have officially endorsed the Vermont senator…


Democrats pledge to cover Boehners rear against Tea Party Conservatives in the House…

Politics make strange bed fellows , eh?

Tea Party Republicans contemplating a bid to oust Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) shouldn’t count on Democrats to help them unseat the Speaker.

And without their support, there is no chance to topple Boehner in this Congress.

A number of right-wing Republicans, long wary of Boehner’s commitment to GOP efforts attacking President Obama’s policy priorities, have openly considered a coup in an attempt to transfer the gavel into more conservative hands.
But Democrats from across an ideological spectrum say they’d rather see Boehner remain atop the House than replace him with a more conservative Speaker who would almost certainly be less willing to reach across the aisle in search of compromise. Replacing him with a Tea Party Speaker, they say, would only bring the legislative process — already limping along — to a screeching halt.

“I’d probably vote for Boehner [because] who the hell is going to replace him? [Ted] Yoho?” Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) said Wednesday, referencing the Florida Tea Party Republican who’s fought Boehner on a host of bipartisan compromise bills.

“In terms of the institution, I would rather have John Boehner as the Speaker than some of these characters who came here thinking that they’re going to change the world,” Pascrell added….



Again for those who thought the Democrats lost it all last November?

Think again…

Will the President go around Congress soon with Executive Actions?

Some WILL be coming….

What they will be the President probably still hasn’t decided yet….

But Immigration IS on the table…..

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), said before a meeting with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson in July that the administration’s actions could affect 4 or 5 million people, a number that Schultz on Friday declined to comment on.

Gutiérrez made his prediction again on Friday, listing not only an expansion of Obama’s 2012 deferred deportation program, but measures easing restrictions that businesses and farmers say are hurting their workers.

“I think the president’s going to take action on all those levels,” Gutiérrez said. “He’s going to take broad, expansive action that the law allows him to take.”

In his district in Chicago, he said, “I am organizing and preparing already.”

Businesses have been pushing proposals such as giving work permits to spouses of workers with high-skilled job visas and freeing up green cards by not counting dependents under the cap.

Peter Muller, director of immigration policy for Intel, said the company’s lawyers had been meeting with administration lawyers.

“They’ve definitely given us signs that they are interested in all the options that are out there in the realm of high-skilled immigration,” he said.

The issue of corporate inversions might not be so dramatic as immigration reform, but Obama could also bring the tool of executive action to bear on it.

The administration wants to discourage U.S. corporations from “inverting.” In that move, an American company merges with a foreign one based in a low-tax jurisdiction in an effort to reduce its tax bill…..