The Target chain of stores is joining the movement to provide inclusivity in what has once again become a focal point in civil rights debates: the bathroom. On Tuesday, Target issued a statement that said, "We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity." The American Family Association called for a boycott and collected 200,000 signatures. read more
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump just moved much closer to a general election match-up. Trump swept the Republican primaries in five East Coast states on Tuesday, while Clinton won in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Delaware, dropping only Rhode Island to Bernie Sanders. Trump and Clinton both used their victory speeches to pivot towards the general election, giving a preview of the clash we might see between them over the next five months.
Will Ferrell is feeling presidential. The comedic actor, who has already portrayed President George W. Bush, has set his sights on Republican icon Ronald Reagan. Ferrell will star in and produce Reagan, a Black List script by Mike Rosolio. The logline describes the story: "When Ronald Reagan falls into dementia at the start of his second term, an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the Commander-In-Chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie." The Black List did a live reading of the script in March that saw James Brolin act as Reagan while John Cho played the intern. Lena Dunham and Nathan Fillion also performed.
Ted Cruz formally named Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate Wednesday -- a last-ditch move to regain momentum after being mathematically eliminated from winning the GOP presidential nomination outright. "After a great deal of consideration and prayer, I have come to the conclusion that if I am nominated to be president of the United States that I will run on a ticket with my vice presidential nominee Carly Fiorina," Cruz said during a rally in Indianapolis. Fiorina built her ill-fated presidential bid around her business experience as former president of Hewlett-Packard, a company she led from 1999 to 2005.
Nearly half of middle-class Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency, according to a government survey. Neal Gabler writes: "I'm one of them. Since 2013, the federal reserve board has conducted a survey to 'monitor the financial and economic status of American consumers.' Most of the data in the latest survey, frankly, are less than earth-shattering: 49 percent of part-time workers would prefer to work more hours at their current wage; 29 percent of Americans expect to earn a higher income in the coming year; 43 percent of homeowners who have owned their home for at least a year believe its value has increased. But the answer to one question was astonishing. The Fed asked respondents how they would pay for a $400 emergency. The answer: 47 percent of respondents said that either they would cover the expense by borrowing or selling something, or they would not be able to come up with the $400 at all."
David A. Graham, The Atlantic: [Donald] Trump spoke at his eponymous tower to celebrate his win. He left his most controversial comments for the end. "Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she's got going is the women's card," he said. "And the beautiful thing is, women don't like her. Look how well I did with women tonight." Tellingly, Mary Pat Christie -- the first lady of New Jersey -- appeared to roll her eyes as she stood behind Trump and listened him. (Her husband stuck to the weird, vacant stare he uses for Trump rallies.) read more
I was sent an obituary last night for Zatoichi, a user who joined the Retort on May 25, 2005, and last commented on April 19, 2014. He died a year ago at age 65. Zatoichi posted over 53,000 comments here and established himself as one of the more blunt-spoken people on the site. He was erudite on many subjects and extremely passionate about one in particular -- which would get you called a "hoplophobe" when you disagreed. He said that word to me so many times it felt like "hello." With the permission of his family, I'm sharing his obituary. read more
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
Scores of protesters took to the streets Thursday night outside a Donald Trump campaign event in Costa Mesa, California, drawing out police officers in riot and tactical gear and on horseback who sought to disperse the crowd. The crowd gathered in the streets outside the OC Fair and Event Center as Trump addressed several thousand supporters at the Center's amphitheater. At least one police car was damaged and several scuffles broke out amid the hectic scene. Protesters blocked a main intersection, impeding traffic, and officers with the Orange County Sheriff's Department and Costa Mesa Police Department worked to disperse the crowd, ordering protesters out of the streets. About 20 people were arrested, the Orange County Sheriff's Department tweeted late Thursday night after the protests had cleared. read more