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Hillary Clinton is now the only candidate not pandering to the anti-vaccine movement

Hillary Clinton is now the only candidate not pandering to the anti-vaccine movement
Updated by German Lopez @germanrlopez german.lopez@vox.com Aug 1, 2016, 1:30p

The science is clear on vaccines’ safety and efficacy. But the presidential candidates’ thoughts on vaccines? Well, they’re a mixed bag.

Over the past week, Green Party candidate Jill Stein — who’s a medical doctor by trade — entered the heated political debate over vaccines by suggesting there are still "real questions" about the medical devices that scientists say are generally effective and safe. She later added that she supports vaccines, but has questions about how they’re regulated.

The small blow-up put attention on yet another bizarre element of the 2016 election: Out of the four big presidential candidates, only Hillary Clinton seems to be fully pro-vaccine, meaning she’s the only one aligned with the scientific consensus on this issue.

http://www.vox.com/2016/8/1/12341268/jill-stein-vaccines-clinton-trump-2016
Posted by workinclasszero | Thu Sep 29, 2016, 03:09 AM (9 replies)

Donald Trump's company violated the US embargo against Cuba

Visit http://Newsweek.com on 9/29 for @kurteichenwald's cover story on how Donald Trump's company violated the US embargo against Cuba


https://mobile.twitter.com/Newsweek/status/781300513815957505
Posted by workinclasszero | Thu Sep 29, 2016, 03:07 AM (4 replies)

For The First Time In Its 126-Year History, This Newspaper Endorsed A Democrat

For The First Time In Its 126-Year History, This Newspaper Endorsed A Democrat
The Arizona Republic backed Hillary Clinton and trashed Donald Trump in the process.
Rebecca Shapiro Senior Editor, The Huffington Post 09/28/2016 12:14 am ET

The Arizona Republic has only endorsed Republican candidates for president in its 126-year history.

But this year is different, the paper’s editorial board wrote on Tuesday.

Hillary “Clinton has the temperament and experience to be president,” the board wrote. “Donald Trump does not.”

The editorial also called out Trump for consistently making degrading comments toward women and minorities, which it said show “a stunning lack of human decency.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/arizona-republic-hillary-clinton-endorsement_us_57eb284fe4b024a52d2b7437?section=&%27
Posted by workinclasszero | Wed Sep 28, 2016, 10:31 AM (0 replies)

It’s beyond debate that Donald Trump is unfit to be president

It’s beyond debate that Donald Trump is unfit to be president
Editorial Board September 25 at 7:17 PM

DEMOCRAT HILLARY CLINTON and Republican Donald Trump will debate on national television for the first time Monday night, and the stakes could not be higher. The presidency and, by extension, the country’s future — maybe the world’s — could hinge on what they say and how they say it.

In a fundamental sense, however, there is nothing much at stake, or shouldn’t be, because there is not much more to learn: Mr. Trump has amply demonstrated his unworthiness to occupy the Oval Office. It’s beyond his capacity in the upcoming 90-minute question-and-answer sessions to reverse or even substantially modify that conclusion.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/its-beyond-debate-that-donald-trump-is-unfit-to-be-president/2016/09/25/f5926648-81b4-11e6-8327-f141a7beb626_story.html?utm_term=.943a3fd12932
Posted by workinclasszero | Mon Sep 26, 2016, 08:09 AM (0 replies)

The Mylan EpiPen pricing controversy is why people hate Washington

The Mylan EpiPen pricing controversy is why people hate Washington
By Chris Cillizza September 20

If you need to understand why Donald Trump has done so surprisingly well in the 2016 presidential race, you don't need to look any further than the controversy surrounding the soaring price of EpiPens.

On Tuesday, USA Today reported that Gayle Manchin, the wife of Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), urged states to require schools to stock EpiPens to deal with children with severe allergy issues. (Note: My son is one of these kids; he has a severe peanut allergy.) Gayle Manchin was, at the time, the head of the National Association of State Boards of Education.

As USA Today writes:

The association’s move helped pave the way for Mylan Specialty, maker of EpiPens, to develop a near monopoly in school nurses’ offices. Eleven states drafted laws requiring epinephrine auto-injectors. Nearly every other state recommended schools stock them after what the White House called the "EpiPen Law" in 2013 gave funding preference to those that did.

What's the big deal, you ask? Just this: The Manchins' daughter, Heather Bresch, is the chief executive of Mylan, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures EpiPens.

But wait, there's more! Over the past eight years, the price of EpiPens has risen 461 percent while Bresch's salary as chief executive has gone up 671 percent, according to NBC News. In 2015, Bresch made $18.9 million in salary.

Outraged yet?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/09/20/the-mylan-epipen-pricing-controversy-is-why-people-hate-politics/
Posted by workinclasszero | Sun Sep 25, 2016, 01:16 PM (18 replies)

Palmer Luckey’s politics were hiding in plain sight

Palmer Luckey’s politics were hiding in plain sight
By Kristen V. Brown 9/25/16 9 AM

On Friday evening, a little more than 24 hours after the revelation that boy wonder and Oculus founder Palmer Luckey was the moneyman behind a strange scheme to bring down Hillary Clinton using the power of memes, the 24-year-old near-billionaire posted an apology to Facebook.

Luckey had, he explained, given $10,000 to a pro-Trump, nonprofit organization called Nimble America because it had “fresh ideas” for how to communicate with young voters. But he asked people to stop renouncing their support for Oculus, as his views don’t represent that of the virtual reality headset company he sold to Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion.

http://fusion.net/story/350541/how-palmer-luckey-became-a-trump-supporter/
Posted by workinclasszero | Sun Sep 25, 2016, 01:02 PM (2 replies)

Marijuana legalization is facing a major challenge from the alcohol industry

Marijuana legalization is facing a major challenge from the alcohol industry
Ben Gilbert Sep. 16, 2016

Big players in the alcohol business are pushing back on a major marijuana legalization initiative.

Massachusetts is one of five states with a ballot initiative this year that could legalize recreational use of marijuana, and the alcohol industry is leading the charge to stop the initiative. In Massachusetts, a political action committee that represents 16 of the state's beer distributors is among the top three donors to an anti-legalization group, The Intercept's Lee Fang discovered.

Boston Beer Company (the folks behind Sam Adams) are also worried about the potential for Massachusetts cannabis legalization, Fang pointed out. "Certain states are considering or have passed laws and regulations that allow the sale and distribution of marijuana. It is possible that legal marijuana usage could adversely impact the demand for the Company’s products," the company noted in an SEC filing back in February.

http://www.businessinsider.com/marijuana-legalization-massachusetts-from-alcohol-2016-9
Posted by workinclasszero | Sun Sep 25, 2016, 09:17 AM (1 replies)

Scope of Trump's falsehoods unprecedented for a modern presidential candidate

Scope of Trump's falsehoods unprecedented for a modern presidential candidate
Michael Finnegan 9.25.2016

Donald Trump says that taxes in the United States are higher than almost anywhere else on earth. They’re not.

He says he opposed the Iraq war from the start. He didn’t.

Now, after years of spreading the lie that President Obama was born in Africa, Trump says that Hillary Clinton did it first (untrue) and that he’s the one who put the controversy to rest (also untrue).

Never in modern presidential politics has a major candidate made false statements as routinely as Trump has. Over and over, independent researchers have examined what the Republican nominee says and concluded it was not the truth — but “pants on fire” (PolitiFact) or “four Pinocchios” (Washington Post Fact Checker).


http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-false-statements-20160925-snap-story.html
Posted by workinclasszero | Sun Sep 25, 2016, 09:13 AM (9 replies)

Stop-and-Frisk and Donald Trump’s Promise of a Police State for Black People

Trump's embrace of racist policing tactics is a terrifying master plan.
By Chauncey DeVega / Salon September 23, 2016

First, his black outreach campaign is simply one more example of the tired, fake, insincere, and ineffective efforts by Republican presidential candidates to win over non-white voters with the goal of appearing more moderate for the general election. In this cynical ploy, a faux-courting of non-white voters is a way of making independent and center Right-wing white voters feel more comfortable with the extreme and retrograde conservatism and racism of the current Republican Party.

Second, and most importantly, Trump’s promise to create a nationwide stop-and-frisk program targeting black and brown people is red meat for the “basket of human deplorables” that is his base.

As shown by a litany of public opinion polls and other research, Trump supporters are racists, bigots, authoritarians, misogynists, and extremely hostile to African-Americans and other people of color.

http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/stop-and-frisk-and-donald-trumps-promise-police-state-black-people
Posted by workinclasszero | Sat Sep 24, 2016, 08:57 PM (5 replies)

Facebook Faces Backlash Over Oculus Founder’s Alt-Right Ties

Facebook Faces Backlash Over Oculus Founder’s Alt-Right Ties
Janko Roettgers Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent

Facebook’s virtual reality (VR) subsidiary Oculus found itself under fire Friday after reports surfaced that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has been secretly bankrolling a right-wing internet campaign to attack Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Several VR developers even said that they would stop building games for Oculus until Luckey left the company.

News about Luckey’s double life broke when the Daily Beast reported that he has been bankrolling an organization called Nimble America. The group, which recently incorporated, wants to take some of the same Anti-Clinton memes that have been circulating on social media and bring them to a wider audience.

http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/oculus-backlash-palmer-luckey-alt-right-1201869275/
Posted by workinclasszero | Sat Sep 24, 2016, 02:44 PM (1 replies)
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