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Hey, Democrats, stop gloating — your party is imploding right before your eyes, too

Right wing pundits—a sad and desperate lot at the moment — eagerly compare Sanders to Trump. The idea here is that the widespread disgust with Washington’s dysfunction has opened the door to outsider demagogues who spout lurid promises.

In fact, Sanders and Trump have about as much in common as George Wallace and Eugene Debs. Sanders isn’t trying to sell steaks or live out some Reality TV fantasy. He entered politics from the tradition of social justice .

The reason he keeps beating Hillary Clinton is because a huge portion of the electorate—particularly young voters—is yearning for the kind of explicit social justice he’s prescribing. To put it bluntly: he’s articulating a moral vision, not an electoral path to the White House.

And that, frankly, is what the Democratic Party used to do, back in the era of the New Deal and the Great Society. It offered as its essential pitch to voters a compassionate and responsive government that sought to combat — or at least mitigate — the corrosive values of a capitalist theocracy.



Aside from the negativity about Bernie's chances, this is spot on.

Local teachers discourage teaching careers

A math program at the U of A got canceled this year after teachers refused to recommend students to pursue careers in education.

"I don't want to impoverish people, by having them become a math teacher, or any teacher," said University High School teacher, DeAnna McDonald.

The University of Arizona Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers was set to host the workshop for high school seniors. Last year, nearly 60 students were referred to the program by their teachers. This year, the center sent out notices to more than 400 educators in Pima County. They did not receive recommendations from a single teacher.

DeAnna McDonald has been an educator for more than 30 years. She teaches statistics at UHS, but can't encourage her students to do the same.

When the U of A asked her to recommend students to the teaching workshop, she didn't respond.



"How do you say to a young person in high school, 'I want you to take on college, and I want you to perhaps go into debt, because college is expensive. And then I want you to get out, and I want your yearly salary to be so bad, so low that you're not gonna be able to afford to live."'

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The Women Behind Dine With The 99 Dish On Why Feminists Should Back Bernie Sanders


If you dream of sharing a table with Amal Clooney and her trophy husband George, you can make that dream come true at an upcoming celebrity Hillary Clinton campaign dinner. But it will cost you $353,400 — or, as Politico points out, four times the average income in San Francisco. The April 15 fundraiser, which Bernie Sanders called “obscene,” will take place at a private home in the aptly named Golden City. Contrast that to Dine With the 99, a grassroots potluck effort taking place in homes across the nation to help more American feel the Bern. Oh, and it just happens to be the same weekend as Clinton's Clooney fundraiser.

Organized to be held April 14 to 17, the Dine With the 99 potlucks are not exactly fundraisers, though guests may make campaign donations on their phones or laptops during the event. There is no minimum contribution, and hosts are explicitly prohibited from collecting money. Instead, guests eat and talk about the Sanders campaign. The events are about discussing issues, spreading awareness, and, to use the event's website's words, helping people "plan for the Revolution!"

Natasha Losada, one of the event organizers, tells Bustle that Dine With the 99 was birthed only last month. Sarah Griffith of Annapolis, Maryland posted the idea on the public Facebook group Bernie Sanders Activists. From there, Losada created a Facebook event to get the potlucks rolling. Katharine Kennedy Coburn of Hopatcong, New Jersey messaged Griffith to offer assistance. Then, Molly Grover of Ithaca, New York lent her hand as outreach coordinator for Women for Bernie 2016, a grassroots group that provided all of the graphics for the Dine With the 99 website.

When I speak to Losada on the morning of April 5 (the day Sanders won the Wisconsin primary), 110 Dine With the 99 potlucks had been registered. As of April 11, less than a week later, that has nearly doubled to 215 events across the United States — and the group is just starting to track international events, due to what Losada cites as a "growing interest from Americans abroad."



The Clintons, neoliberalism, and how the “people’s party” lost its way

Looking beyond the daily tussle between Donald J. Trump and the Republican Party, or Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party, let’s consider the larger historical picture to see what the current election campaign tells us about the state of the two major political parties and their future.

Over the last forty years both major political parties have been in a state of terminal decline for a number of reasons, primarily the ideological contradictions each has developed quite in sync with the other, driven by the same economic trends. Both are in a death spiral at the moment, but this being America, where political accountability is not as rapid or conclusive as in Europe, it’s likely that they will continue in more or less their existing forms for the foreseeable future, further deepening the crisis of legitimacy. Whatever the realities about their loss of credibility, we are not likely to hear an announcement anytime soon that the Democratic or Republican parties are dead, having ceased to serve the respective functions for which they accumulated much legitimacy at different points in the twentieth century.

It may seem, with stronger party identification over the last couple of decades, that the parties are stronger than ever, but this would be misleading on several counts. The fact most frequently cited in support of the parties’ strength is increased polarity in Congress, where in recent decades members of each party have moved farther toward the extremes, which means less bipartisan consensus. The electorate has sharply divided, with left and right divisions more pronounced, amidst the now familiar phenomenon of the red state/blue state split which first became prominently visible in the 2000 election.

But it would be a mistake to confuse ideological polarity with party loyalty. In Congress, members have no choice but to support the party closest to their ideological leanings, and likewise for the populace at large. Third parties have had a difficult time getting off the ground in America—what should have developed into a breakaway anti-corporate party after the Seattle WTO protests in 1999 and Ralph Nader’s candidacy in 2000 never happened—so the lack of party choice at the national level creates the illusion of strong party support.

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Meet the most hated man in the Pentagon


Some of the nation’s leading defense companies are declaring war on a powerful enemy — an obscure Pentagon official named Shay Assad who has helped cut more than $500 million from military contracts with his aggressive scrutiny of their costs.

The industry’s tactics include blanketing congressional committees with proposals that would make it harder for Assad and his contracting officers to get detailed breakdowns of the companies' expenses, according to documents obtained by POLITICO. But Assad, the Pentagon's pricing director for the past five years, refuses to back down, saying: "We are going to be relentless in pursuing getting the good deal for the taxpayers."

“That's the way it is,” said Assad, a 65-year-old Bostonian with the heavy accent to match. “If companies don't like it, people have an objection to it, we're not apologizing for it."

The result is an unlikely, all-out campaign pitting giants like Boeing and Honeywell against a Pentagon official so little-known that even some top defense lawmakers say they're unfamiliar with his jousting with the industry.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/defense-pentagon-spending-assad-221776

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