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Sanders Says He’s Going All the Way to the Convention, Will Try to Win Over Superdelegates (Video)

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Vermont Senator Suggests Superdelegates Should Support Caucus or Primary Winners

Will Bernie Sanders try for a contested Democratic convention this summer in Philadelphia?

Rachel Maddow seems to be pushing that theory.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Thursday night, Sen. Sanders made clear he thinks the superdelegates who are supporting former Secretary Hillary Clinton should be open to supporting him. And immediately after her interview, Maddow called it the “big news that Senator Sanders just made there, about how he thinks the Democratic convention is going to go this year. Wow.”

What exactly did Sen. Sanders say?

“We think if we come into the convention in July in Philadelphia, having won a whole lot of delegates, having a whole lot of momentum behind us, and most importantly perhaps being the candidate who is most likely to defeat Donald Trump, we think that some of these superdelegates who have now supported Hillary Clinton can come over to us,” the Senator from Vermont told Maddow.

Speaking about states he won by large margins – he cited New Hampshire as an example – Sanders said, “I think it is not unreasonable for the people of those states to say to their superdelegates, ‘Hey, how about representing the people of our state, and the outcome of the caucus or the primary?'”

That led Maddow later to say, “So maybe we’re going to have a contested convention in Cleveland, and in Philadelphia?”

Sanders had already made news Wednesday when he said in a statement after his Super Tuesday losses in all five states, “I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victories on Tuesday. I also want to thank the millions of voters across the nation who supported our campaign and elected delegates who will take us all the way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.”

“With more than half the delegates yet to be chosen and a calendar that favors us in the weeks and months to come, we remain confident that our campaign is on a path to win the nomination,” Sanders added.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, speaking with Maddow after the Sanders interview, may have poured a bit of cold water on Maddow’s hypothesis.

“I think what he said was, ‘We will fight for this nomination. The rules of the nomination are such that there are bound delegates that we’re going to fight to get as many as possible,” Hayes, paraphrasing the Vermont Senator, said. “‘And there are superdelegates. And we’re going to fight for them as well.'”

The entire interview is worthwhile, but jump ahead to about the 3:13 mark for the relevant portion.

 

Image: Screenshot via MSNBC/Twitter 

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Man Shoots and Kills Atlanta Supermarket Cashier, Wounds Guard Over Mask Policy: Police

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A man pulled out a gun and shot and killed an Atlanta-area Big Bear Supermarket cashier over the store’s mask policy, according to police. Two people, including a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reserve unit deputy who was inside the supermarket working as a security guard, and the suspect, were also wounded.

“The subject pulled out a weapon and shot a cashier at the location,” DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said, according to 11Alive. “The individual is deceased.”

“Although details are not complete, authorities say that the male suspect was involved in a dispute with a young woman before he began firing at her inside the store,” the spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.

There apparently was an altercation over the mask policy, which is clearly posted on the store’s door.

“A witness, identified as Alan Williams, said a man walked into the store, struck the woman with a gun, then shot her. That’s when the deputy and the suspect exchanged gunfire.”

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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'CAN’T HANDLE COLD OR HEAT'

#AbbottFailedTexas Trends as State Electric Authority Warns of Possible Power Outages Again – This Time in Heat Wave

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Over the winter at least 151 Texans died as 4.5 million homes and businesses went without power in a massive failure created by poor planning, lack of regulation, and sheer greed.

Last week Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott promised he had fixed the problem.

On Monday, less than seven days later, ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, urged customers to turn air conditioning to no cooler than 78 degrees and to conserve power, as it expects more blackouts throughout the week – this time during extreme heat.

In a statement ERCOT also asked Texans to not use ovens, washing machines, or dryers.

“If you don’t need something – we are asking you to turn it off and unplug it if possible.”

Many Texans, and many Americans, are furious.

 

 

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THE GOP IS NOW THE QANON PARTY

FBI Warns Congress of More Possible QAnon Violence Targeting Democratic Lawmakers

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The FBI has briefed members of Congress that QAnon “digital soldiers” may become violent and engage in more acts of domestic violent extremism, like the January 6 insurrection. In an unclassified version of the threat assessment delivered to top lawmakers in April the Bureau warns that Democrats may be targeted.

Rather than walking away from the far right wing conspiracy movement that paints some top Democrats as part of a dark cabal of cannibalistic Satan-worshipping pedophiles being fought by Donald Trump, some QAnon cultists think “that individuals need to take greater control of the direction of the movement than before,” CNN reports in an exclusive.

The shift is fueled by a belief among some of the conspiracy’s more militant followers that they “can no longer ‘trust the plan” set forth by its mysterious standard-bearer, known simply as “Q,” according an unclassified FBI threat assessment on QAnon sent to lawmakers last week, which was obtained by CNN.

This might lead followers to seek to harm “perceived members of the ‘cabal’ such as Democrats and other political opposition — instead of continually awaiting Q’s promised actions which have not occurred,” according to the assessment.

CNN also reports FBI Director Christopher Wray “made clear the bureau is not investigating” the QAnon movement, but only crimes committed by its adherents.

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