In an interview with progressive news host Keith Olbermann, former vice president and Current TV founder Al Gore called the U.S. system of government “broken” and “in real trouble,” delivering a passionate plea for Democratic voters to make the 2012 election a “referendum” on conservative tactics.
“Money plays way too big a role now,” he said. “More than three quarters of all the campaign money raised in both political parties is now spent on thirty second television ads and the amount goes up every year. The only place they can raise that much money on a regular, continuing basis is from the special interests and business lobbies, and they end up calling the tune.”
“What this sets up is a referendum in 2012. If the forces of reactionary, tea party, Republican forces continue to control the dialogue, then that won’t be any different. But if those of us who feel strongly that we have got to get our country back on the right track, get involved in a very energetic way, then 2012 can be a referendum that makes a difference and takes our country on a better course.”
This video is from Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, first broadcast Monday, August 1, 2011.
‘Go look at President Trump’s Twitter’: Portland right-wing rally organizer claims ‘mission success’
The organizer of a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon claimed the event was a "success" after President Donald Trump attacked Portlandiers protesting the group.
"A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland’s waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention, including a tweet in the hours before the protest by President Trump decrying the city’s signature anti-fascist movement," the Oregonian reported Saturday.
When a similar right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed Heather Heyer, Trump argued there were "fine people" on both sides of the "Unite the Right" rally.
Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?
The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.
"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.
The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."
White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting
Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.
King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.
A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.
Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.
Here's some of what people were saying: