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Bernie Sanders is running as much against the ‘corporate media’ as he is against Hillary Clinton

By Chris Cillizza

There have been all sorts of attempts to understand the appeal of Bernie Sanders. He's the anti-Clinton, saying what he means and meaning what he says. He's a committed liberal who never wavers. He's charismatic -- albeit it in his own quirky way.

All true in terms of how his supporters see him. But, there's also another part of Sanders' appeal: his indictment of the so-called "corporate media" and its allegedly not-so-hidden agendas in the presidential race. That message appeals to the growing sense among liberals that the media is rigged to a) favor Clinton and b) treat politics like a game rather than a serious contest of ideas.

"The corporate media talks about all kinds of issues except the most important issues," Sanders says in response to a question about whether he will attack Clinton. "Time after time I am being asked to criticize Hillary Clinton. That's the sport that you guys like. The reason this campaign is doing well is we're talking about the issues that impact the American people."

While most people associate media-hating with conservatives, it's been a growing community on the left now as well. There's a very really sense among Sanders supporters -- many of whom e-mail me daily! -- that the Vermont Senator is being ignored as a serious threat to Clinton's frontrunner status simply because that doesn't fit the media's pre-established narrative.



The insiders are starting to squeal from the Bern…..

Most families in Wisconsin, it turns out, would save on taxes by moving to Minnesota

On Tuesday, Scott Walker will bring his presidential campaign to Minnesota, where he’ll give a speech on the Affordable Care Act and attend a fundraiser. At those events, Walker will no doubt boast about his conservative record as governor of Wisconsin: an ambitious if sometimes polarizing set of public policies that have reduced government spending, curtailed collective bargaining rights and — as he is sure to remind people — reduced the state’s taxes by more than $2 billion.

Just as predictably, Walker is likely to be asked more than a few questions about the state where he’ll be holding forth, a place where his counterpart, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, has pursued the sort of agenda that might cause Walker to break out in hives: expanding union membership, increasing school funding and — most notably — implementing a tax hike on the wealthiest Minnesotans.

Comparing the two states under the two men over the last few years has become something of a national sport, after all, a favorite pastime among journalists, academics and politicians alike. Even President Barack Obama has gotten in on the act. Before an audience in La Crosse last month, he paraphrased the local paper by saying that Minnesota was “winning this border battle” when it came to the states’ respective economic fortunes.

And yet, despite all the ink spilled about both Walker and Dayton and their records, almost all of the assessments overlook a longstanding but seldom-discussed fact about life on either side of the St. Croix River: that a majority Minnesotans actually pay a smaller share of their household income toward taxes than Wisconsinites.



First openly transgender official hired at White House

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The White House has hired its first openly transgender staff member.

The White House announced Raffi Freedman-Gurspan's appointment on Tuesday. Freedman-Gurspan is an outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the Office of Personnel. Transgender advocates say she is the first openly transgender official to serve in the White House.

Freedman-Gurspan previously was a policy adviser for the National Center for Transgender Equality's racial and economic justice initiative.

Advocates hailed her appointment as an important step for the LGBT community and for ensuring that the federal government includes the voices and experiences of all Americans.

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett says Freedman-Gurspan's commitment to improving the lives of transgender Americans reflects the values of the Obama administration.


Machinists Union Members Outraged Over Hillary Clinton Endorsement, Say They Want Bernie Sanders

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced Friday that it would endorse Hillary Clinton as its preferred Democratic presidential candidate. The machinists are now the third AFL-CIO union to endorse a candidate, following National Nurses United’s endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders four days ago and the American Federation of Teachers’ Clinton endorsement on July 11.

“The IAM will not sit on the sidelines while this fight is so clearly underway,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger in a press release. “Hillary Clinton has been a strong supporter of this union for years and she is now the target of unprecedented attacks, financed on a scale never seen before. The time to help is when help is needed most, and we intend to do just that.”

The IAM’s justification of their endorsement this early in the presidential race mirrors the remarks made by AFT president Randi Weingarten shortly after her union’s endorsement. “If you want to shape something, you get in before the primaries,” she said. Like the AFT, the IAM endorsement was based largely on the results of an internal survey of members—a method that some members of the union have questioned.

“I cannot describe how disappointed I am with the IAM endorsing Hillary,” says Al Wagner, a journeyman auto technician and member of IAM Automotive Mechanics Local 701 in Chicago. “The IAM is a great union and I am very proud to be a member. But the leaders went about this endorsement the wrong way.”



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300 Men March: A 35-mile walk to help stop gun violence in Baltimore

On Monday afternoon -- after an overnight trek that culminated in an uphill walk in 95-degree heat -- members of the 300 Men March Movement arrived in Washington, D.C., in a show of their commitment to reduce gun violence in Baltimore.

About 40 men of various ages clad in black T-shirts bearing their organization’s name often leaned on one another for support and pushed through the night to draw attention to the spiraling death toll in Baltimore, the Baltimore Sun reported.

This 35-mile march by Baltimore’s 300 Men March Movement was aimed at garnering support for a plan that backers believe will reduce gun violence in the city by 50%. According to a statement on the group’s website, the march was organized to express “willingness to sacrifice the physical time/energy needed to address the rising surge of violence” in Baltimore.

The group released a PDF via its website of an “emergency operating plan” that includes developing youth programs and training 300 volunteers as “street engagement officers” to decrease violence. The group also aims to provide employment for 120 people between the ages of 14 to 28, giving them “positive work experiences that allow them to develop skills and also earn a fair wage.”



B.C. university to offer course on growing and selling cannabis

If you were ever thinking about growing and selling marijuana, Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia may have the course for you.

This fall, the university will offer a course called Introduction to Professional Management of Marijuana for Medical Purposes in Canada, believed to be the first of its kind, which will teach students how to operate a marijuana business under new government regulations.

The 14-week online course will be taught by Tegan Adams, who works as a business development manager at Experchem Laboratories Inc. The company does cannabis testing and helps producers with their submissions to Health Canada.

"You have a lot of people that are really good at growing marijuana who are used to black market and a lot of people that are investing in the marijuana industry are coming from different industries and there is a gap in the middle where Health Canada is regulating their production and neither of those two groups knows how to deal with it," Adams told Rick Cluff on CBC Radio's The Early Edition.



Barber Gives Free Haircuts to Kids Who Read to Him

By Sumitra on August 17th, 2015

Courtney Homes, a barber at Dubuque’s Spark Family Hair Salon, recently came up with unique way of charging children for haircuts – he asked for stories instead of money! He’s passionate about supporting kids reading, so he had his little clients read out loud to him as he worked on their hair.

“The kids would come in, and I would say, “Go to the table and get a book you might like, and if you can’t read it, I’ll help you understand and we can read it together,” Holmes told reporters. “To be honest, I was amazed, the line started with four kids, and next thing I knew it was like 20 kids, all waiting for a haircut and eager to read.”

Homes conducted the unique initiative during the second annual Back to School Bash at the city’s Comiskey Park. Lots of kids showed up to get free haircuts and read to Homes in return.

Nine-year-old Tayshawn Kirby, for instance, read from Fats, Oils, and Sweets by Carol Parenzan Smalley. Later, Tayshawn’s brother Titan took the chair. The two boys’ aunt Kathleen Winfrey, who brought them to the park, was impressed with the whole idea. “I love it,” she told the media. “It’s good for our community.”



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