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Saturday, July 23, 2016

To the Editor:

As Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens's mother, I am writing to object to any mention of his name and death in Benghazi, Libya, by Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican Party.

I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that connection. I hope that there will be an immediate and permanent stop to this opportunistic and cynical use by the campaign.

MARY F. COMMANDAY

Oakland, Calif.


An attorney was removed from a Youngstown, Ohio, court and taken into custody after a judge declared her in contempt for refusing to take off a Black Lives Matter pin. Youngstown Municipal Court Judge Robert Milich said Attorney Andrea Burton was in contempt of court for refusing to remove the pin in his courtroom as instructed. The judge said his ruling is based on Supreme Court case law in which a judge can prohibit symbolic political expression in courtrooms, even if it's not disruptive. "There's a difference between a flag, a pin from your church or the Eagles and having a pin that's on a political issue," Milich said. read more


New research out this week from the National Bureau of Economic Research (paywall) looked at risk-taking in the stock market and found that environmental factors (not genetic) most influenced behavior, pointing to the fact that risk tolerance is conditioned over time (dispelling the myth of an elusive "entrepreneurship gene").
Resilience is undoubtably a necessary trait for success; many notable entrepreneurs experienced success only after leading failed ventures. But the barrier to entry is very high. read more


Friday, July 22, 2016

His proposal would cut taxes at all income levels, although the largest benefits, in dollar and percentage terms, would go to the highest-income households. The plan would reduce federal revenues by $9.5 trillion over its first decade before accounting for added interest costs or considering macroeconomic feedback effects. The plan would improve incentives to work, save, and invest. However, unless it is accompanied by very large spending cuts, it could increase the national debt by nearly 80 percent of gross domestic product by 2036, offsetting some or all of the incentive effects of the tax cuts. read more


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Officials are investigating an Austin police officer's violent arrest of an African-American elementary school teacher who was twice thrown to the ground during a traffic stop for speeding and comments by a second officer who told her police are sometimes wary of blacks because of their "violent tendencies." read more


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The first part matters, of course, to the extent that Sanders' fundraising juggernaut is eclipsing Clinton's operation, but it's the second part that stands out. How much money did Sanders raise for the DNC and state parties in March? Actually, zero. For the quarter, the total was also zero.

And while the typical voter probably doesn't know or care about candidates' work on behalf of down-ballot allies, this speaks to a key difference between Sanders and Clinton: the former is positioning himself as the leader of a revolution; the latter is positioning herself as the leader of the Democratic Party. For Sanders, it means raising amazing amounts of money to advance his ambitions; for Clinton, it means also raising money to help other Democratic candidates.

As Rachel noted on the show last night, the former Secretary of State has begun emphasizing this angle while speaking to voters on the campaign trail. Here, for example, is Clinton addressing a Wisconsin audience over the weekend:
"I'm also a Democrat and have been a proud Democrat all my adult life. I think that's kind of important if we're selecting somebody to be the Democratic nominee of the Democratic Party.

"But what it also means is that I know how important to elect state legislatures, to elect Democratic governors, to elect a Democratic Senate and House of Representatives."
The message wasn't subtle: Clinton is a Democrat and Sanders isn't; Clinton is working to help Democrats up and down the ballot and Sanders isn't.

It's worth emphasizing that this dynamic may yet change. When Rachel asked Sanders directly last week if he foresees a point in which he'll start trying to raise funds to help candidates other than himself, the senator replied, "Well, we'll see."

www.msnbc.com

Sorry punchy. Independently examining your claims is a disappointing endeavor.

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