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"Sanders is already beating Clinton on one metric: answering questions from the press."

Pundits are already dismissing Sanders—who has, in the past, described himself as a socialist rather than a Democrat—as a long-shot candidate with little chance of defeating Clinton for the Democrats' 2016 nomination. But Sanders is already beating Clinton on one metric: answering questions from the press.

Earlier this week, National Journal's Zach Cohen counted all of the times Clinton has answered press questions since she announced her presidential campaign on April 12. Cohen counted just seven "answers"—about half of which ignored the actual question. When asked about whether a super-PAC would support her campaign, she said, "I don't know." When she was quizzed about her chances in Iowa, she said "I'm having a great time, can't look forward any more than I am."

Sanders, who needs all the press attention he can get, kicked off his presidential campaign by fielding a barrage of questions from TV news reporters in interviews Wednesday. Over the course of one five-minute exchange with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday, Sanders answered seven separate questions. The trend continued at Sanders' campaign launch event Thursday morning, when he took six more questions.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/bernie-sanders-hillary-clinton-democrat-2016-press-questions

If Black People Lived As Long As White People, Election Results Would Be Very Different

If Black People Lived As Long As White People, Election Results Would Be Very Different
—By Samantha Michaels| Fri May 1, 2015 6:15 PM EDT


With the mortality rate for black Americans about 18 percent higher than it is for white Americans, premature black deaths have affected the results of US elections, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Oxford.

The study, published in Social Science & Medicine and highlighted on Friday by the UK-based New Scientist, shows how the outcomes of elections between 1970 and 2004—including the presidential race between John Kerry and George W. Bush—might have been affected if there hadn't been such a disparity in the death rate. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8.5 million black people died during that 35-year period. But if the mortality rates had been comparable, an additional 2.7 million black people would have been alive, and of those, an estimated 1 million would have cast votes in the 2004 election. Bush likely still would have won that race. But some state-level races might have turned out differently: The results would have been reversed in an estimated seven US Senate elections and 11 gubernatorial elections during the 35-year period, the researchers found, assuming that the hypothetical additional voters had cast their ballots in line with actual black voters, who tend to overwhelmingly support Democratic candidates.

And that's before even getting to incarceration. Additional elections potentially would have turned out differently if voting-age black Americans who were previously convicted of felonies had been able to cast a ballot. As New Scientist explains:

Accounting for people disenfranchised by felony convictions would have likely reversed three other senate seats. In at least one state, Missouri, accounting for just excess deaths or felony disenfranchisement would not have been sufficient to reverse the senate election – but both sources of lost votes taken together would have.


While everyone's attention right now is on racial injustice in the context of policing, one of the study's authors, Arline Geronimus, noted that most premature black deaths were linked to chronic health conditions that afflict black people more than white people. "If you're losing a voting population, you're losing the support for the policies that would help that population," she told New Scientist. "As long as there's this huge inequality in health and mortality, there's a diminished voice to speak out against the problem."


http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/05/black-deaths-american-election-results

This is what "freedom of press" looks like in 2015.

Why are you not in The Media Area?
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https://twitter.com/Bipartisanism/status/594719754130100225

Please don't use this photo without crediting a young journo who defied orders @Edwinjtorres https://twitter.com/Edwinjtorres/status/594694057001095170






https://twitter.com/shazza_razza/status/594284067140538368

Baltimore Police: "Oh Shit"

While Christie's minions sniggered & congratulated themselves on how clever they were--A Woman Died.

They killed her.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/02/nyregion/us-indictment-details-plotting-in-new-jersey-bridge-scandal.html

A man and his dog join a die-in on South Grand in St. Louis during march against police violence.

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https://twitter.com/kodacohen/status/594333742988034048

"Looters & thugs"

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"Mom Of The Year"

This chart shows why the prosecution over Freddie Gray's death is so remarkable




http://www.vox.com/2015/5/2/8532525/freddie-gray-police-charges

Why don't you trust the police?

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