Surprising Stats About Trump’s Supporters

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Some of these statistics have me scratching my head. As a progressive who votes Democrat, and a New Yorker, I’m almost hoping some of it is wrong, but the NY Times does pretty good reporting, so the numbers are likely accurate!

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Bernie Sanders on the Rachel Maddow Show

Bernie Sanders gave an inspiring, frank, and informative interview on the Rachel Maddow show a few days ago. Topics covered include the last two Republican debates, veteran’s healthcare, global warming, and the Middle Class. He also discussed his plans going forward, including expanding his campaign into more states. You’ll learn a lot about him from the videos! Thanks!

Click links below to watch videos of the interview:

Bernie Sanders boasts 200,000 grassroots volunteers, ‘I am running to win’

Sanders: Public institutions under attack by conservatives

Bernie Sanders makes moral issues case in outreach to religious right

Obama Announces New Plan to Combat Housing Discrimination, While Almost a Third of Whites Think It Should Be Legal

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As Obama Reveals New Rules to Fight Housing Discrimination, Nearly One-Third of Whites Would Legalize It

 It’s been nearly fifty years since the enactment of the Fair Housing Act, but discrimination in housing remains a sobering reality of life in America. Despite the belief among some people that the first Black president has brought about an end to racism, public attitudes and practices show otherwise. A new survey found that many whites still prefer not to sell or rent to Blacks.

As was reported in The Washington Post, the General Social Survey, which has been conducted since 1973, gives whites two options. One choice says a homeowner “can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell it to blacks,” while the other says a homeowner “cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color.” The second choice is part…

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Elizabeth Warren’s call for a new Glass-Steagall Act, and the blatant hypocrisy from Bill Clinton

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) renewed her call for a new Glass-Steagall Act this week that would reinstate the 66-year long banking regulations which were undone by President Bill Clinton and Republicans in 1999.  The move by the popular progressive senator obviously puts 2016 presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on the hot-seat, for the former First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State has been rightly criticized as being a corporatist and as being way too close to Wall Street.

Bill Clinton has asserted that his repeal of the Depression-era law had nothing to do with the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent Great Recession.  From The HillWarren bill could create headache for Hillary:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has thrust anti-big bank policy into the 2016 presidential Democratic primary, presenting a new political challenge for front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Warren’s re-introduction on Tuesday of Glass-Steagall, which…

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Hillary Clinton Predictably Uses 4th of July to Defend Her “Progressive” Record

“As 2016 presidential candidates flocked to spend Independence Day in early voting states such as Iowa and New Hampshire, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton found herself defending her record on policy and the size of crowds at her events.”

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Democrats Who Voted for Fast Track Legislation

Photo courtesy of action.workingfamilies.org

Photo courtesy of action.workingfamilies.org

Barack Obama was given the authority he has long sought to expedite negotiations for a massive trade deal with countries on the Pacific rim, propelling the US toward a landmark agreement that, both proponents and critics agree, will reshape the global economy.”

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership is like NAFTA on steroids!

Courtesy of Wikimedia.org

Courtesy of Wikimedia.org

“The TPP was written in secret by industry insiders who care more about corporate profits than working Americans! Fast tracking the TPP would railroad this bad bill through Congress, with limited debate, before Congress can even read the fine print.”

– WorkingFamilies.org

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To U.S. Congress: End Government Spying Now!

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Courtesy of action.aclu.org

“For the first time, a majority of Senators took a stand against simply rubber-stamping provisions of the Patriot Act. The Senate will be back for a special Sunday session on May 31 just hours before the June 1 sunset. It’s more urgent than ever that we call on Congress to let Section 215 die!”

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Citizens United Must Be Overturned

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Many of us are still fuming about the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case.

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Race Relations with Police worsening in U.S., AP votes it Top Story of 2014

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Relations between minority communities and local law enforcement are rapidly deteriorating across the U.S. in the wake of two grand jury decisions not to indict police officers for the killing of unarmed black men (Michael Brown, Eric Garner), and the subsequent murder of two NYPD cops.  The most prominent flashpoints have occurred in Ferguson, Missouri and now New York City, but worsening race relations are a national problem which has shaken America to its moral foundations.

At the heart of the matter is the dangerous increase in economic inequality that has plagued the U.S. and other western countries since the Great Recession.  As societies become more stratified and segregated along class and ethnic lines, civil unrest intensifies as a natural result.  This pits a stubborn – and predominantly white – administrative establishment against an angrily disaffected – and racially diverse – population with law enforcement…

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