Thursday, March 10, 2016


National Public Radio collaborated with Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to survey Americans’ recent experience with health care. As to the Affordable Care Act, the survey’s findings are damning. They suggest that Obamacare has been worse than a complete waste of money.

This is the survey’s only question directly on Obamacare. Most respondents say that Obamacare hasn’t affected them; where it has affected them, most say the law’s impact has been harmful:
The promises that President Obama made about the ACA–cheaper premiums! lower co-pays and deductibles! better coverage!–have completely failed to materialize. This isn’t a surprise, of course, but it is nice to see it so copiously documented:
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Hillary really could lose to Trump: Her weakness with the working class is Trump’s strength

Salon ^ | March 9, 2016 | Sean Illing 

Clinton will have a hard time winning over voters fed up with corporate-friendly trade deals!

Bernie Sanders' win in Michigan on Tuesday night was truly startling. Behind by an average of 20 points in nearly every pre-election poll, the Vermont senator rallied a diverse cross-section of voters on his way to a narrow - but revealing - victory.
The votes are still being counted, but it appears Sanders will gain 3 to 5 more delegates in Michigan than Clinton. Given the expectations, this is quite the achievement for Sanders. The results in Mississippi were far less surprising but equally important: Clinton won by a whopping margin of 66 points - 82 percent to 16 percent. That means she's likely to earn close to 28 more delegates than Sanders, extending her already sizable lead.
There are two ways to interpret the Michigan results if you're a Democrat. On the one hand, Sanders supporters can see the victory as a narrative-altering event, something that changes our perception of what's possible moving forward. Clinton has succeeded thus far thanks to her Southern firewall and her enormous advantage over Sanders with minority voters.
But Michigan suggests that Sanders has a much broader appeal in non-Southern states with diverse populations. Sanders did well with his typical demographics in Michigan, but he also won white women by five points and non-college-educated whites by 17 points....
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Portland pot shops are selling joints to raise money for Bernie Sanders!

mashable. ^ | 3-9 

A cannabis company in Portland, Oregon is the latest marijuana business to raise money for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Sanders has been the most outspoken in terms of marijuana reform, drawing support from all corners of the industry.
Dispensaries Foster Buds and Glisan Buds, which are owned by the same parent company, are partnering with marijuana grower Farmer 12 for its "Burn One for Bernie" campaign. They're selling special one-gram joints for $10 apiece and will donate 10% of sales to the Sanders campaign.
Other businesses in the pot industry have also been championing the candidate. Just last week, a Portland-based pipe company announced its "Burners for Bernie" set of ceramic pipes and is donating 10% of the proceeds to the Sanders campaign.
While the legality of such efforts are questionable, it's unlikely a campaign would go after their own supporters. Even though Sanders has publicly disavowed super PACs, he can't stop his supporters from setting them up in his favor.
Sanders has proposed legislation to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and has been vocal in his criticism of the drug war. As the most cannabis-friendly candidate in the race, support for him from the marijuana industry will likely continue to grow. He needs it, too—after losing Massachusetts on Super Tuesday, Sanders is short of his delegate target to win the nomination.
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Hillary Clinton on email indictment: 'That's not going to happen'

Mashable ^ | March 9, 2016 | Emily Cahn 

Hillary Clinton insisted Wednesday night that she would not be indicted over her email controversy, firing back at debate moderators who asked whether she would drop out of the contest under those circumstances.
"Oh for goodness, that is not going to happen," Clinton said. "I'm not even answering that question."
Republicans have made Clinton's use of a personal email server during her time as President Barack Obama's secretary of state a cornerstone in their argument that she is not qualified to be president.
The FBI is currently investigating whether Clinton's use of the server broke any laws.