The support to draft Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is far from the fervor produced by the grassroots efforts of the early 1950s which finally compelled the reluctant former Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower to run for president. That said, it appears that the support for a Warren campaign is both tangible and real. The volunteers manning the Iowa campaign headquarters for the Draft Warren movement claim to be finding Democrats receptive to a Warren candidacy. Thus far, the volunteers are training locals to man the phone booths, attend local political meetings to push for a Warren candidacy, and learn the tactics of modern day politics.
Admittedly, no one is claiming that Warren has offered even the slightest indication she would consider a presidential run. The Massachusetts junior senator is well aware that even the slightest favorable word would reverberate through the party ranks. While Warren herself has been more of a political “woofer” than a Ted Cruz-like rebel, her words are powerful enough to inspire an intra-party revolt. Still, her would-be minions continue to plod forward with an Iowa strategy in the hopes that something evolves in the Democrat primary that would cause Warren to recant her words and launch a campaign. The movement is modestly funded with $1.25 million from the ultra-left wing PACs Democracy for American and Moveon.org. Ironically, the latter was founded during the Monica Lewinsky Scandal of Bill Clinton’s presidency. The group was a surrogate arm of the Clintons to wage a media war against the GOP’s impeachment efforts. Folks at Anastasia Date know that the group is now squarely trying to detail Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations in favor of Warren.
Earlier this week, media reports indicated that two food manufacturing giants in the United States would soon merge to create a new entity that is expected to be the third largest food and beverage producing company in the nation. Kraft Foods Group, Inc will combine with H.J. Heinz Co. to form “Kraft Heinz Co.”
The merger occurred with the assistance of Berkshire Hathaway, a company owned by billionaire Warren Buffett, and 3G Capital, an international private equity firm whose creators include Brazillian billionaire Jorge Paul Lemann. Investors will furnish $10 billion in capital to the new entity. Brad Reifler (Reuters.com) has learned that the newly merged food manufacturer is expected to generate revenues approaching $28 billion annually.
Warren Buffet reportedly indicated: “This is my kind of transaction, uniting two world-class organizations and delivering shareholder value.” He added: “I am excited by the opportunities for what this new combined organization will achieve.”
Last year, Kraft suffered a number of business reverses, including a decline in profits. Alex Behring, the Chairman of H. J. Heinz, will become the Chairman of the new firm. Kraft’s Chairman and CEO, John Cahill, will become Vice Chairman of the new company and will head a Board committee dedicated to overseeing operations and strategy.
Kraft Heinz Co. plans to maintain two corporate headquarters: one in Chicago, and the other in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Heinz CEO Bernardo Hees will manage the company’s operations.
It is no mistake that that President Obama threw a tantrum after Israeli chancellor Benjamin Netanyahu scored a come from behind victory in last week’s election. Obama personally expressed his dissatisfaction with the election results later in the week. His reaction drew criticism from GOP legislators who called on him to cease complaining. Netanyahu has been a thorn in the president’s side during his entire presidency. It is no secret the two world leaders dislike one another.
The GOP believes it is Obama’s animosity towards Netanyahu that fueled a story in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that Israel had spied on high level negotiations between the United States and Iran. The WSJ story alleges that Israel then leaked this information to key Democrat lawmakers on Capitol Hill in a bid to gin up support for bills currently being considered by congress that might eventually scuttle any deal Obama cuts with the Iranian mullahs
. For his part, House Speaker John Boehner said he was bewildered by the news report and had not received any such intel from Israel. Likewise, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the tongue in cheek comment to reporters that he felt excluded from the high level intel sharing between Israel and Democrats. He later countered that it was his belief the Obama administration was behind the WSJ story. The powerful senator believes the White House is trying to play a straw man argument against Israeli criticism of the Iran negotiations stated Jason halpern.