Neoliberal pundits want to write off Bernie Sanders again. That’s no surprise | Kate Aronoff

The same media outlets that failed to predict Trump are pushing their status quo-friendly narrative on the Democratic race Bernie Sanderss presidential campaign is collapsing. Or at least thats what a passing glimpse at the countrys leading national news outlets would have you believe. A recent Quinnipiac too! Accordingly, the CNN warns Bernie Sanders 2020 is in big trouble.But an ABC News and Washington Post poll has him packing rooms in Iowa, where his supporters will haggle over caucus participants next winter. What should we make of these conflicting messages? Mainly, that lots of pundits are not especially good at what is nominally their job: interpreting American politics. There are plenty of people in the political establishment who have it …

‘He’s their man’: why do bikers love Trump so much?

At New Hampshires Laconia Motorcycle Week, the language is foul, the wardrobe is leather, and it is among these holdout rebels that Trump has found support There he is, the president of the United States, sitting astride a motorcycle in a leather jacket in front of the Capitol, a rifle in hand. There he is again, once more leather-clad, both of his middle fingers extended as he stands on the southern border. The words written on the T-shirts and denim vests alongside the imaginary biker version of Donald Trump exude similar vibes. Finally someone with balls. Talk shit, spit blood. Trump 2020 the wall is coming. At Laconia, New Hampshires annual motorcycle week the oldest such rally in the nation …

Portland police clash with protesters and make cement milkshake claim

Left- and rightwing demonstrators marched again in Oregon, leading to blocked traffic and skirmishes with law enforcement Police declared a civil disturbance in recently used around the world as a symbolic weapon against prominent figures on the far right, became a theme of the day. Portland police claimed without offering evidence that some milkshake cups had been filled with quick-drying cement. Actual milkshakes were used by leftwing protesters. A videographer and editor for the rightwing magazine Quillette, Andy Ngo, had one dumped on him early in the day. Another incident involving Ngo captured attention, particularly on the right. Widely shared posted to social media pictures of apparent facial abrasions. With significant backing from rightwing media and political figures, by late …

Supreme court to rule on whether Trump can end Daca

Court expected to hear arguments late this year, with a decision likely in 2020 as Trump campaigns for re-election The supreme court will review the constitutionality of an Obama-era program allowing undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children to get temporary deportation relief and work permits. Trump Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

I almost got killed: the Hmong refugees who call the US home

Nou Vang Thao and 299,000 other Hmong now live in the US thanks to the refugee resettlement program which faces an unprecedented attack under Trump The harrowing journey Nou Vang Thao took to freedom was nearly over when a boat captain gave Thao and his cousin three options: take their chances swimming to Thailand through the hazardous Mekong River, take the boat back to Laos or give him all the money they had. It was 1975 and Laos was no longer safe for Thao and his fellow members of the Hmong ethnic minority. I almost got killed before I got freedom, Thao explained from his home in Wausau, Wisconsin nearly 8,000 miles away and 44 years after he made his …

Pete Buttigieg returns to South Bend after fatal police-involved shooting

Mayor interrupted campaign schedule to return to South Bend after Eric Jack Logan, 53, died in parking lot in Indiana city Authorities said a man died after a shooting involving a police officer in South Bend, the Indiana city where the Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is mayor. Buttigieg said he changed his campaign schedule to return to South Bend on Sunday and hold a late-night news conference. He said the circumstances of the death would be thoroughly investigated, and called on any witnesses of the shooting to come forward and speak to investigators. We will be striving to reach out to community members, Buttigieg said. Buttigieg canceled a trip on Monday to New York for an LGBTQ event, according …

Sarah Sanders exits after two fraught years as Trump hails ‘a very fine woman’

Sanders, who made a series of false claims on Trumps behalf, says emotional White House goodbye and insists: I love the president Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, has become the latest official to leave Donald Trumps volatile administration, but in an emotional farewell she insisted: I love the president. Sanders, a bitterly divisive figure who has not held a press briefing for a record 94 days, will return to her home state of Arkansas, it was announced on Thursday, though her exact plans remain unclear. Trump and Sanders expressed mutual admiration that suggested the parting was amicable. The president first announced her departure via Twitter then spoke of her in glowing terms at an unrelated event at the …

He spent his career putting gangs in jail. A radical idea changed everything

Despite years of tough policing, Oakland couldnt get a handle on gun crime. Was the solution a community-based approach? Ersie Joyner had a banner year in 1995. He was just four years out of Oaklands police academy when he was awarded a prestigious medal of merit for a seemingly superhuman feat. In one year, he personally made more than 400 arrests. And the evidence room of the Oakland police department (OPD) was crammed with millions of dollars worth of cocaine and heroin he had confiscated from dealers. I thought to myself, Im on top of my game, said Joyner in a recent interview. Im the best of the best. links But looking back, Joyner doesnt see the approach to policing …

Donald Trump defends tariffs on Mexico as stock markets reel

After 5% tariff announced, president tweets Mexico has taken advantage of the US for decades Donald Trump has defended his decision to World Trade Organimost favoured nation rule unless they secure alternative deals with particular countries or trading blocs. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

World’s tiniest surviving baby born in California

Saybie, girl weighing 245g (8.6oz), discharged from San Diego hospital as healthy infant A San Diego hospital on Wednesday revealed the birth of a girl believed to be the worlds tiniest surviving baby, who weighed just 245 grams (about 8.6 ounces) before she was discharged as a healthy infant. The baby, named Saybie, was born at 23 weeks and three days and was sent home this month weighing 5lbs (2kg) after nearly five months in the neonatal intensive care unit, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns said in a statement. The babys family gave permission to share the story but wanted to stay anonymous, the hospital said. Saybies ranking as the worlds smallest baby ever to survive is …

US-China trade: what are rare-earth metals and what’s the dispute?

The metals are used to produce a number of goods, including mobile phones and cameras What are rare-earth metals?Rare earths refer to a group of 17 elements that are prized for their unique magnetic and electrochemical properties. They include elements such as gadolinium, lanthanum, cerium and promethium, and are vital in the production of cancer treatment drugs, smartphones and renewable energy technologies. The elements have been $200bn of Chinese goods from 10% to 25%. While China retaliated with tariffs on $60bn of goods it imports from the US including spinach, batteries and coffee Chinese newspapers have signalled that its next move could be the restriction of rare earths. It would be a blow to the White House, as the US …

Worlds biggest investor accused of dragging feet on climate crisis

BlackRock, which controls $6.5tn in assets, urged to use its influence on planets biggest polluters When a letter from BlackRocks founder and chief executive, Larry Fink, landed in inboxes in January saying that the worlds biggest investor would no longer invest in companies that are not compliant with the history of embarrassing big companies. But while the message was fake, the concern behind it was not: environmental campaigners see BlackRock as a key obstacle to progress on meeting climate crisis goals. Now they are stepping up the pressure on the worlds biggest asset owner which faces its shareholders at its annual meeting on Thursday to use its influence on some of the worlds biggest polluters, as it has done previously …

Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Actor has apologized after being charged with paying $15,000 to have a proctor boost daughters SAT score Felicity Huffman tearfully pleaded guilty Monday in she admitted to participating in the nationwide scam, in which authorities say parents bribed coaches, rigged entrance exams or both to game the admissions system. Huffman pleaded guilty in federal court to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughters answers on the SAT. She also considered going through with the plan for her younger daughter before ultimately deciding not to, authorities say. She arrived at court holding the hand of her brother Moore Huffman Jr and did not say anything to journalists. In court, she wore a gray dress and …

‘It’s urgent’: controversial history France in the World comes to America

Editors Patrick Boucheron and Stphane Gerson discuss their book, a rejoinder to populists and nationalists that has fuelled debate over identity and culture One Monday in April, the editors of France in the World were preparing to launch their book in America. Then, as the world watched, French history happened. billions were pledged for restoration and Emmanuel Macron vowed work would be neglected by their government, besieged by globalisation and nationalism, set defended white supremacists who marched to save a Confederate statue. In conversation, Gerson points to a new history of America, Jill Lepore of Harvard: that in a time of surging populism, amid domestic and international fracture, historians must not retreat from the public square. France in the World …

Canada says Facebook broke privacy laws and ‘refused to act responsibly’

Top watchdog promises to force change following investigation into Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandal Facebook broke Canadian privacy laws when it collected the information of some 600,000 citizens, a top watchdog in the country said on Thursday, pledging to seek a court order to force the social media company to change its practices. Canadas privacy commissioner, Daniel Therrien, made his comments while releasing the results of an investigation, opened a year ago, into Cambridge Analytica. Though Facebook unintentionally uploaded email contacts of up to 1.5 million new users since May 2016, adding that the contacts were not shared with anyone and we are deleting them. Letitia James, the New York attorney general, said on Thursday in a statement that when …

Measles cases hit 25-year high in US amid anti-vaxx movement

Number of cases approaches 700 as experts warn other vaccine-preventable illnesses could see a comeback Measles in the US has climbed to its highest level in 25 years, closing in on 700 cases this year in a resurgence largely attributed to misinformation that is turning parents against vaccines. This is alarming, said Dr William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University vaccine expert. Not only is measles dangerous in itself, but its return could mean other vaccine-preventable diseases seemingly consigned to the past might return as well, he said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 695 cases had been reported in 22 states this year, as of Wednesday afternoon. That was up from 626 reported Monday and makes this the countrys …