Friday, December 11, 2015

Hillary News & Views 12.11: Trump, NRA, AFGE Nod, Wall Street Reform, Most Important Voters

Hillary News & Views beigins today with Clinton’s appearance on Seth Myers

Topics covered included Donald Trump, gun control, and the scare tactics of the NRA.

The Guardian reports...

On Trump:
“I think for weeks, you know, you and everybody else were just bringing folks to hysterical laughter and all of that,” Clinton told the host. “But now he has gone way over the line. And what he’s saying now is not only shameful and wrong – it’s dangerous.”
Trump’s rhetoric was harming the nation’s ability to fight the rise of the Islamic State, feeding the group “propaganda” it could use to recruit, Clinton said.
“This latest demand that we not let Muslims into the country really plays right into the hands of the terrorists,” she said.
“I don’t say that lightly, but it does. He is giving them a great propaganda tool, a way to recruit more folks from Europe and the United States. And because it’s kind of crossed that line, I think everybody and especially other Republicans need to stand up and say ‘Enough, you’ve gone too far.’”
“Some of his Republican rivals are saying that his latest comments have gone too far,” she said during a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Tuesday. “But the truth is many of them have said extreme things about Muslims. Their language may be more veiled than Trump’s but their ideas aren’t so different.”
On gun control:
After discussing Trump, Meyers moved the conversation with Clinton to gun control, pressing the Democratic frontrunner to explain why advocates had “failed to connect” with the oft-cited “vast majority of responsible gun owners” who say they would be supportive of certain reforms.
“I do think we all bear some responsibility for that,” she said, agreeing with the host that firearm safety measures would require the support of gun owners.
“I do think that we don’t have the right approach to it and we do need to reach out to more responsible gun owners and begin to try to say ‘Look, we can do more to prevent as many deaths as possible.’”
On the NRA:
Meyers said: “There’s obviously so many guns in this country. We’re never getting those guns back.”
“No, no, right,” Clinton said. But she added that the National Rifle Association benefited from fueling this fear.
“If you are trying to keep people paying dues and supporting your organization, you want to keep them upset,” Clinton said of the NRA. “They want people to feel like, you know, the black helicopter is going to land in the backyard and your guns are going to be taken. Totally, unbelievably untrue, but it does create doubt and they just drive right through that.”

Clinton picked up yet another major endorsement, this time from the American Federation of Government Employees.

The Federal Times reports:
The union, which represents more than 670,000 government employees, officially endorsed Hillary Clinton as its candidate for the 2016 race.
“Secretary Clinton shares AFGE’s vision for a strong and vibrant government workforce that has the necessary tools and support needed to deliver vital programs and services to the American public,” AFGE National president J. David Cox Sr. said, in a statement.
“The American people count on government employees to keep their streets safe, deliver their Social Security checks on time, and care for our nation’s heroes at veterans’ hospitals, and AFGE can count on Hillary Clinton to help us get it done.”
“In a Clinton White House, working families will have a powerful ally in the ongoing fight to raise wages, create good jobs, expand benefits, and preserve workplace rights and protections,” Cox said.
The New Yorker writes about “What Hillary Clinton Gets (and Bernie Sanders Doesn't) About Wall Street”:
Clinton’s beyond-the-banks rhetoric, in the op-ed and in the debate itself, is meant to position her as tougher on the finance industry than Sanders, a move that is hard for her to make convincingly—one has the sense that Sanders would strip every last cufflink off every investment banker, if he could. If you agree with the Democrats that Wall Street should be reformed, though, Clinton’s more comprehensive solution better grasps the world of finance today. Not only are Sanders’s bogeybanks just one part of Wall Street but they are getting less powerful and less problematic by the year. “It ain’t complicated,” Sanders said during the debate. But Clinton is right: it is.
To critics, the Problem with Wall Street can be separated into five distinct problems: the Wall Street rich are strangling democracy with money and clout; Wall Street’s inherent recklessness will imperil the economy again as it did in 2008, especially if its financial institutions are “too big to fail”; Wall Street speculators are a parasite on the real economy; Wall Streeters don’t pay their fair share of taxes; and their super-salaries are a shocking offense against fairness in an era of acute income equality. (I work on Wall Street, in private equity, and while I don’t think that I earn a super-salary, I also know there’s no way to justify how much I make relative to a nurse.)
Sanders would almost certainly agree that these are problems. He’d probably add a few more just to make his point. (In the debate, he said that Wall Street’s “business model is fraud and greed.”) Yet his answers seem to consist of a broad personal solution and a narrow policy solution. The main way that Sanders would counter Wall Street power is Bernie Sanders, in all his lovably crotchety, Wall Street-donation-denying, incorruptible Bernieness. But when Sanders discusses how this would happen in policy terms he demonstrates an obsessive focus on breaking up the six largest U.S. banks and reëstablishing Glass-Steagall. His Web site, too, is a hedgehog where Wall Street is concerned, burrowing deeply into his big idea of a big-bank breakup.
Clinton’s fox-like, forty-eight-hundred-word plan for smaller, wider reforms contains so many details that it’s impossible not to quibble with some of them. But their breadth and diversity capture Wall Street’s diffuseness and variability. In finance, there is a divide between the “sell side,” the banks selling financial advice and services, and the “buy side,” the thousands of asset managers—mainly hedge funds, private-equity funds, venture-capital firms, and mutual funds—that sometimes use the sell side’s services to invest money. And if there is a central story of Wall Street since the nineteen-nineties, it has been the stagnation of the sell side and the rise of the buy side, because of technology, regulation, and new profit opportunities.
Clinton will expand on her counterterrorism policies next week.

CNN reports:
Hillary Clinton will outline her counterterrorism strategy next week in Minnesota, with a particular focus on combating "domestic radicalization," her campaign announced Thursday.
Clinton on Tuesday will "lay out a counterterrorism strategy that protects the U.S. homeland from terrorist attacks," her campaign said in an announcement.
"The strategy will address the threat of domestic radicalization, and demonstrate her belief that the most effective plan stays true to America's most deeply held values, such as inclusiveness and religious freedom," read the announcement.
"This is no time to be scoring political points. We must use every pillar of American power, including our values, to fight terror," Clinton said.
Clinton, however, has stressed the need not to demonize Muslim Americans in the wake of the attacks and aides said she would do the same during her Minnesota speech. The point is a direct response to Donald Trump's call earlier this week to ban Muslims entering the U.S.
The former secretary of state's pitch is also likely to include how the United States will approach domestic surveillance in the wake of terrorist attacks.
Politico has more on the Clinton campaign’s response to anti-Muslim rhetoric on the right:
The latest approach involves explicitly tying Republicans nationwide to Trump's anti-Muslim remarks this week, which Democrats say are harmful to national security and evidence of the GOP’s intolerance. The real estate mogul's name has yet again been plastered all over fundraising emails for state Democratic parties and candidates up and down the ballot in recent days.
The Clinton camp, in particular, has been flooding airwaves and inboxes with the message that Clinton herself is — in the words of former President Bill Clinton at a closed fundraiser on Monday just hours after Trump’s anti-Muslim proposal was unveiled — “the grown-up in the room."
“If you’re not taking Trump seriously, it’s time to start,” read a campaign email to backers on Wednesday. “The rest of the GOP candidates are, and that’s why they’re adopting positions that are just as extreme as Trump’s."
Never one to shy from criticizing the GOP, Clinton herself said Republicans would need to answer for their candidates’ primary election positions during a stop in Iowa on Wednesday night, and her campaign has rushed to raise campaign cash off Trump’s latest proposal by selling $1 stickers that proclaim, “Love trumps hate.” It also published a web quiz featuring seven “hateful" lines titled, “Who said it: Donald Trump or not Donald Trump?” (The answer was, in every case, a candidate not named Donald Trump.)
The African-American vote is central to Clinton’s election strategy. Indeed, African-American voters, especially women, are the most important voters in this election, just like they were in 2012. 

U.S. News and World Report reports:
Even as she navigates a primary in which she faces little competition for the African-American vote, Clinton has been nurturing the constituency with policy rollouts, private meetings and surrogate assignments. She's targeting black radio stations in South Carolina – where more than half of the primary voters are African-American – noting her proud service in the Obama cabinet. She's met with African-American mothers who have been thrust into the national spotlight for having lost children to gun violence. She's sat for interviews with influential African-American media figures like Al Sharpton, Roland Martin and April Ryan. And she's tapped familiar faces, like former host of "The View" Star Jones, to campaign on her behalf inside of black churches. On Friday, her campaign's African-American director will host a conference call with black sororities to continue the process of enlisting new volunteers and emissaries.
"Hillary has earned the respect of the African-American community," says Democratic Rep. Terri Sewell, the first African-American congresswoman elected in the state of Alabama. "She's the only one, in my opinion, who has truly delivered results for the African-American community."
Barring an unforeseeable turn of events, Clinton or any Democratic nominee will easily carry the black vote in November's general election. But how big of a margin she can produce could prove decisive for her chances of capturing the White House.

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