America's poverty stricken population face conditions similar to those in "distressed cities in Nigeria, India, China, and South Africa" and other struggling areas around the world, said Bernie Sanders. "Fifteen neighborhoods in Baltimore have lower life expectancies than North Korea," said Sanders, who went to describe the situation in other Baltimore neighborhoods. "Two have a higher infant mortality rate than the West Bank in Palestine ... Baltimore teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 face poorer health conditions and a worse economic outlook than those in distressed cities in Nigeria, India, China and South Africa." It's disastrous for those in those neighborhoods, Sanders said. "Poverty in Baltimore, and around this country, is a death sentence." read more
A poll published Monday suggests that [Bernie] Sanders might have already won a contest that will prove crucially important in America's political future. The poll of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 finds that Sanders is by far the most popular presidential candidate among the youngest voters. This group's attitudes on a range of issues have become more liberal in the past year. The data, collected by researchers at Harvard University, suggest that not only has Sanders's campaign made for an unexpectedly competitive Democratic primary, he has also changed the way millennials think about politics, said polling director John Della Volpe. read more
A two-story building in Delaware that Fortune 500 companies use to exploit tax loopholes is also used by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
At 1209 N. Orange Street in Wilmington, Delaware, the Corporation Trust Company is home to approximately 285,000 registered corporations taking advantage of the state's loose tax laws. This dwarfs the 18,000 corporations registered at the Cayman Islands' Ugland House. While states like Wyoming, South Dakota, and Nevada also have reputations as tax havens within the United States, Delaware is the undisputed leader. Fortune 500 companies have over 19,000 subsidiaries registered in Delaware, while Nevada, South Dakota, and Wyoming have only 1,000 between the three of them. read more
William Astore Writer, Professor, Retired Lt. Colonel, Air Force
In a lengthy article (April 21st) at the "liberal" New York Times, "How Hillary Clinton Became a Hawk," Hillary is variously described as "aggressive," "tough," a "military wonk" who's "more muscular" than President Obama when it comes to advocating for the use of force. Noted for her "pugnacity" and "hardheadedness," Hillary is praised for her close relationships with U.S. generals, to include David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal. Indeed, the article highlights the fact that Hillary is sometimes more aggressive in advocating for military force than the generals she confers with. Nevertheless, or rather because of this, the generals apparently like Hillary. They really like her!
What are we to make of this puff piece that praises Hillary the Hawk? read more
Billionaire Republican fundraiser Charles Koch said on ABC's This Week Sunday that Bill Clinton was a better president "in some ways" than George W. Bush. "In other ways, I mean [Clinton] wasn't an exemplar. But as far as the growth of government, the increase in spending," Koch said. "It was 2.5 times [more] under Bush than it was under Clinton." Koch expressed disgust with the rhetoric in the Republican primary and suggested Hillary Clinton might be a better choice for the country than the remaining crop of GOP candidates. "It's possible," said Koch, who didn't say whether he could see himself supporting her in November.