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- "The rich are different from us," F. Scott Fitzgerald is said to have remarked to Ernest Hemingway, to which Hemingway allegedly replied, "Yes, they have more money." The exchange, although it never actually took place, sums up a wisdom Fitzgerald had that eluded Hemingway. The rich are different. The cocoon of wealth and privilege permits the rich to turn those around them into compliant workers, hangers-on, servants, flatterers and sycophants. Wealth breeds, as Fitzgerald illustrated in "The Great Gatsby" and his short story "The Rich Boy," a class of people for whom human beings are ...

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- Gen Z-ers, who have long been leading marketers on a merry chase, seem to have given branding experts the slip again.  For more than a year, pundits have painted these kids as a fast-building wave of activism, virtually unreachable through traditional media. The only way brands could reach them, the thinking went, was to build a bridge to their passions through cause marketing. It’s your vote ," Nike’s many efforts for racial justice or Aerie’s body positivity  were just a few of the campaigns from companies throwing big money into that belief in Gen Z activism. But in recent ...


- Democrats have a shot to win the state in the November presidential election, but the 2020 strategy has to speak directly to Wisconsinites’ needs. Democrats had a moment of panic in February, when a Quinnipiac University poll showed Donald Trump beating the party’s various presidential contenders by wide margins—seven to 11 points—in Wisconsin. The panic was understandable. Political seers have identified Wisconsin as a must-win, with The Washington Post explaining , “Many pundits and pollsters have declared that the state could be the tippiest of tipping points” in the fight for ...


- When Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared as a guest on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” earlier this month following Super Tuesday, host Meyers asked the New York City Democrat if she would support former Vice President Joe Biden if he receives the presidential nomination — and without hesitation, she responded that she would. AOC’s assertion signaled a willingness to help fellow Democrats who aren’t nearly as left-of-center as she is. And journalists Alex Thompson and Holly Otterbein, in an article for Politico , argue that in 2020, the 30-year-old congresswoman doesn’t appear to ...

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- Middle America: What happened to the revolution? Moderate voters don’t necessarily want a President who takes unpopular positions. They want someone who can reassure Wall Street and stop this nightmare we are all living through. (Photo: Common Dreams / CC BY 3.0) A few short months ago, neither the coronavirus pandemic nor Joe Biden’s coronation was visible on the horizon. We’re living in a different world now. The coronavirus pandemic exposes the huge cracks in our society that Sanders has been pointing out all along. As we shelter in place, with our schools, workplaces, restaurants, ...


- ( JTA ) — A Florida campaign office for Bernie Sanders was vandalized with swastikas. A tweet Saturday from the Florida for Bernie account showed two large swastikas painted in black and the words “voting didn’t stop us last time.” It did not say where in Florida the office is located. “Didn’t know if we should share, but one of our grassroots Bernie offices in Florida was vandalized with swastikas. Sheriff sent a team to clean it up. But Bernie is just another old white man, right?” it said. Several replies called the vandalism “fake.” Others accused a Sanders staffer of ...

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- They’ve done it in London and New York City , and now this Friday one is being organized in Boston: a collective round of applause for workers who are on the front lines of the coronavirus battle. Everyone from Beacon Hill to the Berkshires can participate in #ClapBecauseWeCare . Here’s how: At 7 p.m. on Friday, open up a window, or stand in front of your house, and clap and whoop for five minutes as if J.D. Martinez just hit a home run in Fenway Park. Organizers are hoping residents will cheer for the doctors, nurses, and first responders; the pharmacists and grocery workers, delivery ...


- Patricia Namyalo is a waitress who worked on the Raise the Wage campaign. The Virginia General Assembly voted last month to set the state on a path to a $15 minimum wage by 2026 . The bill made important strides in some areas and will improve the lives of many Virginians. But there’s more work we need to do to make sure every worker benefits. As a worker, a union member and a single mother, I want to build a Virginia that is good for working people now and creates more opportunities for the next generation. Even though I now make more than the minimum wage, I haven’t forgotten the years ...


- In an impassioned speech on the House floor Friday just ahead of a vote on the Senate-passed coronavirus stimulus bill, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Republican senators should be ashamed of fighting for the inclusion of trillions of dollars in corporate bailout money while providing little more than "crumbs for our families." "We have to go into this vote eyes wide open," Ocasio-Cortez said. "What did the Senate majority fight for? One of the largest corporate bailouts, with as few strings as possible, in American history. Shameful." Noting that she represents ...

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- In chaotic times, New York governor Andrew Cuomo wants to convince you he is the calm, competent leader you need. It’s been effective — so effective you might miss that even in a pandemic, Cuomo is fighting to protect the rich and impose austerity, including devastating Medicaid cuts, on everyone else. Andrew Cuomo’s daily press conferences have made him the Democratic Party’s “ most prominent voice in a time of crisis ,” as certified by the New York Times . Cuomo projects the competent and candid tell-it-like-it-is tough guy persona that millions of New Yorkers and Americans ...


- As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools and workplaces to close all over the country, tens of millions of American children have started to attend classes online and tens of millions of American adults are now teleworking from home. This crisis has highlighted how many Americans lack high-speed wired broadband internet at home (approximately 141 million) and specifically how many school-age children are disconnected (as many as 12 million). This digital divide did not happen by accident. It is the result of years of scorched-earth deregulation and consolidation pushed by large cable and ...

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- . His father, David Gilbert, is seventy-five, but the risks he faces if infected by the virus are far more serious than those confronting many other septuagenarians. Gilbert is confined at Shawangunk Correctional Facility, some seventy miles north of New York City. Should he get sick, he will have to rely on the prison’s staff to help him. “Using the phones or even going to the mess hall is a real risk for him at this point,” Boudin said. “They use very old-school phones that are shared by a large number of inmates, and they don’t work very well. And, so, to have a conversation, you ...


- Joint research between Kobe University and National Hospital Organization Kyushu Cancer Center has revealed that mice with mutations in the YAP signal pathway develop head-and-neck cancer over an extremely short period of time (world's fastest cancer onset mouse model), indicating that this pathway plays a crucial role in the onset of these cancers. This discovery may shed light on the development of new drugs for head-and-neck cancer. This research resulted from a collaboration between a research group led by Professor SUZUKI Akira and Associate Professor MAEHAMA Tomohiko at Kobe University ...


- On a Tuesday just before Halloween in 2018, a group of federal prosecutors and agents from Texas arrived in Washington. For almost two years, they'd been investigating the opioid dispensing practices of Walmart, the largest company in the world. They had amassed what they viewed as highly damning evidence only to face a major obstacle: top Trump appointees at the Department of Justice. The prosecution team had come to Washington to try to save its case. Joe Brown, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, led the group, which included Heather Rattan, an over-20-year veteran of the ...

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- Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s weekly politics chat . The transcript below has been lightly edited. sarahf ( Sarah Frostenson , politics editor): With the spread of the new coronavirus in the U.S., the 2020 Democratic primary is on a bit of a hiatus. Many states have postponed their primaries, and now we might not wrap things up until late June. But the expected outcome is hardly a surprise — former Vice President Joe Biden is for all intents and purposes the presumptive nominee. Sen. Bernie Sanders is still in the race, but at this point, the question is less about what Sanders can do to ...


- The US is experiencing an unprecedented rise in unemployment as industries including hospitality and food service grind to a halt Bartender Taylor Cox has refused to check his bank account in the 10 days since he was laid off from an Indiana casino which shut down to stop the spread of coronavirus. The 29-year-old has bought groceries and paid bills in that time, but he’s worried about what his bank account will reveal after just one week without a job. “I’m just terrified of opening it up and the prospect of seeing there is $200 and holy crap, what am I supposed to do?” said Cox, one ...


- Supporters of "Medicare For All" demonstrate outside of the Charleston Gaillard Center ahead of the Democratic presidential debate on February 25, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina. South Carolina holds its Democratic presidential primary on Saturday, February 29. Medicare for All would lead to job boom, experts say Medicare for All would create millions of new jobs and boost wages for workers, Economic Policy Institute finds A Medicare for All health care system would create millions of new jobs despite that it would cause widespread job losses by eliminating the private insurance ...

Source: salon.com

- "In a race where the stark contrast couldn't be clearer between Bernie and Biden, it's critical for progressives to stay in the fight." The Working Families Party and Justice Democrats endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president ahead of Tuesday's contests in six states including Michigan, where Sanders hopes to score a surprise win over former Vice President Joe Biden. "In a race where the stark contrast couldn't be clearer between Bernie and Biden, it's critical for progressives to stay in the fight," Working Families Party national director Maurice Mitchell told   HuffPost Monday.  WFP ...


- The labor-left group, which backed Elizabeth Warren last fall, endorses Bernie Sanders to “get the job done.” Bernie Sanders once said of the Working Families Party, which ardently supported his 2016 presidential run, that it “is the closest thing there is to a political party that believes in my vision of democratic socialism. The WFP shares my view of a society and an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected.” Yet, as the 2020 Democratic presidential contest ramped up, the labor-left organization that advocates for progressive Democratic politics as ...


- Bernie Sanders called on Joe Biden to apologize for the remarks made by Rosen, who is supporting the former vice president. Former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner, a co-chair of Sen. Bernie Sanders ’ (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, has been invited back to CNN ’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” following her heated exchange with Hilary Rosen, a political commentator for the network. ″[ Chris Cuomo ] has invited me back on his show @CuomoPrimeTime to have a deeper discussion,” Turner tweeted on Friday. “I look forward to this opportunity. Getting understanding is so important. Thank you ...

Source: huffpost.com