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This Primary Season, Clinton Won States With Highest Income Inequality

Earlier this year, we noticed a pattern in which states were voting for Hillary Clinton and which were voting for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic nominating contests. Sanders tended to win the states that had the highest income equality (as measured by the Gini index, a widely used measure of inequality), and Clinton tended to win states that were the most unequal.

Now that the primaries are over, we decided to look again. The trend held relatively well, as it turns out: With her win in the District of Columbia primary on Tuesday, Clinton won the most-unequal place in the nation, according to the Gini index. Sanders, meanwhile, tended to dominate among the more-equal states.

All of which is surprising, given that Sanders built his campaign message around battling inequality. Here's a look at our chart — this time with D.C. added on. The Washington, D.C., bar is the one on the far right of the chart.

Chart and analysis at the link NPR.com

Nate Cohn: Exit polls bias towards young voters ... Not "rigging"

Nate Cohn Verified account

Nate Cohn Retweeted Nate Cohn

Exit polls bias towards young voters likely a big part of why they lean towards Bernie. Not "rigging"


Nate Cohn Verified account

Exit polls had 65+ voters at 19% of the SC Dem primary electorate. Official vt history has it at 32%. 18-24 year olds just 2%, v. 7 in exits


31 Nights of "Hillary Clinton's Platform is Amazing!" -- Night 7: Making College Affordable


By Addison
2016/06/16 · 21:25

Hillary Clinton has 31 policy groups on her campaign’s “Issues” page, which outline her policy goals as president.

And, guess what, they’re great!

She is better helped, as a candidate, by improving her positives than increasing Trump’s negatives (he does that well enough on his own).

So why not highlight those positives, night after night, and promote a better sense of the progressive and popular choice that she is? It’s easy enough to do, she’s a great candidate with generally great positions on the issues Americans care about.

For Night 7, we’ll be looking at HIllary Clinton’s plans to make college more affordable for all students. This was an issue discussed by both candidates during the campaign, and so (as with other issues) there may be lingering feelings regarding Clinton’s plan. However, it is clear that is represents an improvement, and a very realizable one, over the current status quo that is failing so many would-be students who have a desire to learn, to train, and to succeed in today’s economic marketplace. It is something worth voting for, this November.

Continued at DailyKos

Former Goldman banker Gensler is Clinton's progressive beacon

Jennifer Epstein, (c) 2016, Bloomberg(c) 2016, Bloomberg

Over tea at Hillary Clinton's Washington home in late 2014, Elizabeth Warren warned her host that when it comes to Wall Street, what mattered most was the people Clinton surrounded herself with.

Months later, as Clinton launched her presidential campaign, Gary Gensler, who had been a Goldman Sachs banker before he became a senior policy aide and Bob Rubin protégé during the degulatory years of Bill Clinton's Treasury Department, came on board, in part to serve as a driving force behind her economic-policy shop. Remarkably, Warren would be one of his strongest supporters.

The deeper explanation is that Gensler is a financial-policy unicorn-a deregulator turned reformer. As head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Gensler became known as one of President Barack Obama's toughest regulators, willing to buck his friends and former colleagues to tighten rules on the $400 trillion swaps market following the 2008 crisis. His name became an expletive to many on Wall Street, to the delight of Warren and her allies.


"Gary is tough, smart, and principled, and he really understands what it takes to make our economy work better for hardworking families. During his time at the CFTC, he showed that he is willing to take on the big banks and fight to make our financial system safer," said Warren, who met with Clinton last week after endorsing the presumptive Democratic nominee. "I really respect him."

Full Article at ChicagoTribune.com

USA TODAY interview: Clinton says she'll call Trump unfit to handle economy

Heidi M Przybyla, USA TODAY 12:30 a.m. EDT June 16, 2016


Earlier this month in San Diego, Clinton delivered a blistering speech that cast Trump as too dangerous to serve as the nation’s commander in chief due to his proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, lack of foreign policy knowledge and his temperament. She's continued those attacks in the days following Sunday's Orlando nightclub massacre, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

In a speech in Columbus next Wednesday, Clinton said she will make "a similar case on the economy that I did on foreign policy: that Donald Trump is erratic and temperamentally unfit to be responsible for the world's largest economy."

Clinton pointed to one example of Trump's "incoherent" economic argument by noting that the billionaire has built his populist appeal around leveling the playing field for lower-income Americans, even though she said his tax plan gives a $3 trillion break to millionaires and billionaires over the next 10 years.

She pointed out that his proposal would lower rates for hedge-fund and private equity managers by creating a new, lower 15% bracket. "They would actually see their carried interest rate cut by one-third, making the loophole worse rather than closing it," she said. Previewing her speech next week, she said, "He's either completely incoherent or he hasn't thought one bit about his plan."


Full Article at USAToday

“Hillary Clinton has proven herself as a champion of the labor movement."

Hillary Clinton Verified account

Hillary Clinton Retweeted AFL-CIO

“Hillary Clinton has proven herself as a champion of the labor movement."



Rafal Hill

DNC RULES If Sanders wants a prime time speech he has to concede BEFORE the Convention, says @GovEdRendell @hardball


George Takei: How the LGBT Community Can Lead America to a Sane Gun Policy


IT IS TIME 06.14.16 1:00 PM ET

George Takei: How the LGBT Community Can Lead America to a Sane Gun Policy

The longtime actor and LGBT activist writes about how, in the wake of the Orlando gay club massacre that left 49 people dead, the LGBT community can lead the charge on gun reform.

The terror attack in Orlando marks a rare nexus point in our politics. For the moment, the face of America’s tragedy is gay—and largely Latino—as we grimly identify those slain. And for the moment, the LGBT community, built on principles of acceptance and tolerance, grapples with the notion that this terrorist act was inspired by religious fanaticism.

No one on either side of the political divide is particularly comfortable with this narrative. But the moment does offer an uncanny opportunity, an alignment almost never seen, where elements on the farthest sides of the cultural spectrum suddenly find common cause.

After other recent mass shootings, solutions have proved elusive. The left blames guns; the right blames radical Islam, and we are back to where we began.

Or are we? It’s safe to assume none of us actually wants to see ISIS-inspired terrorists armed with semi-automatic rifles, able to attack at will within our own borders. But to prevent that, we must address a rather tricky question: How much liberty must we concede? This is often framed as a question of Second Amendment rights. But this particular attack in Orlando raises new questions, compelling a review of our values and priorities.

Continued at the Daily Beast

A Trump Rally in Greensboro "Anger in here is palpable"

Live tweets from Trumps rally last night, full article at C & L

Jared Yates Sexton @JYSexton

Will be live tweeting from Trump's rally in Greensboro tonight. I'm sure it'll be measured and thoughtful.
10:33 AM - 14 Jun 2016

Jared Yates Sexton @JYSexton

Trump event like a security state. Just watched a girl get denied for being "too alternative."
5:21 PM - 14 Jun 2016

Jared Yates Sexton @JYSexton

There's an ungodly amount of extremely drunk people here.
5:25 PM - 14 Jun 2016

Live tweets from Trumps rally last night, full article at C & L

Clinton Tears Apart Trump's Call To Ban More People From The US


BySara JerdePublishedJune 14, 2016, 12:42 PM EDT

"What Donald Trump is saying is shameful, it is disrespectful to the people who were killed and wounded and their families," Clinton said at an event in Pittsburgh.

"But Donald won't listen to any of this because he says he knows more about ISIS than the generals do," Clinton said. "It's almost hard to even think of what to say about that claim."

Clinton also put Trump on blast for once being a leader of the “birther” movement in questioning President Barack Obama's birthplace until she said Trump "had to be reminded that Hawaii is part of the United States."

She then segued to Trump's attack on the federal judge presiding over Trump University cases in California. Trump questioned U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel's ability to fairly judge those cases because of his "Mexican heritage.” Curiel was born in Indiana.

"He had to be reminded Indiana is in the United States," Clinton said.

She called Trump's suggestion that President Obama was somehow connected to extremists "way beyond anything that should be said by someone running for President of the United States."

Full Article at TPM
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