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Bernie Sanders’ Plan To Make Solar Power More Accessible

On Tuesday, Vermont Senator and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders introduced legislation aimed at making it easier for low-income …

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Hillary Clinton's campaign: We could lose in Iowa

In a New York Times story published Monday, Clinton's team insists that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) poses a real threat in the first Democratic primary state.<p>"We take nothing for granted in Iowa because the caucuses are always such a tough proving ground," said Clinton's campaign manager, Robby …

The truth about Bernie Sanders & race: Why his biggest weakness could become his greatest strength

Though he’s enjoyed unexpected success, Sanders has been criticized for not engaging in issues of race<p>Bernie Sanders has enjoyed unexpected success thus far leading up to the presidential primaries. But that success is hampered by a problem -- in particular by his campaign’s glaring tone deafness …

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If We're All About Political Correctness, Why Do We Keep Saying 'Transgendered'?

When Google autocorrects a term so widely used in media, that should tell you something. When the term is reminiscent of an outdated offensive term to discuss people (see the term: "colored people"), that should also tell you something. That term so widely used today is the term "transgendered." …

What Karl Marx got right about America’s twisted form of democracy

Bernie Sanders & Ted Cruz seem light years apart — but the truth is that choice in politics is mostly an illusion<p>Karl Marx once said, “The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.”<p>As the …

U.S. At Odds With Germany Over Greek Debt Crisis

The ongoing Greek debt crisis is pitting the United States against its German ally, as the U.S. pushes for a solution that keeps Greece in the eurozone currency union.<p>On Monday, the Obama administration renewed its calls for a resolution to Greece’s debt crisis, but in a notable change from recent …

Presidential candidates are suddenly talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago

White House hopefuls in both parties are taking donations from people in the new marijuana industry, which is investing heavily in political activism as a route to expanded legalization and landed its first major candidate, Rand Paul, at a trade show last month.<p>Several Republicans, like Democrats, …

Cannabis

This Is Apple and Google's Next Big Battleground

For most of my 35-year technology career, fights over operating systems have dominated the landscape. First, it was MS-DOS againt the original Apple …

Amazon to celebrate 20th birthday with Prime Day sale

The company claims the summer sale will have more deals than Black Friday, though the discounts will only be available to its Prime members.<p>For Amazon Prime members, Christmas is coming early this year.<p>To celebrate Amazon's 20th birthday next week, the e-commerce giant is introducing Prime Day, …

eCommerce

Bernie Sanders on why elites are in for a shock: “The discontent of the American people is far, far greater”

The chattering class doesn’t see it yet, but America is ripe for a political revolution, Sanders tells The Nation<p>In a new wide-ranging interview with The Nation, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) swears off campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry, promises to …

Bernie Sanders's Charming, Perfectly Awful Plan to Save Higher Education

His ideas are most important for how they might end up moving the boundaries of mainstream political culture.

'It's the Right Thing to Do': South Carolina Senate Votes to Remove Confederate Flag From Capitol | VICE News

South Carolina's State Senate has voted 37-3 in favor of a bill to remove a Confederate battle flag that has flown on the grounds of the State Capitol for 50 years.<p>Throughout the morning Senators debated bill S. 879, which calls for the flag to be taken down and moved to an interior "relic room for …

Mississippi flag supporters rally outside state Capitol

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Confederate battle emblem should remain on the Mississippi flag because it honors ancestors who fought for the South in the Civil War, a brother of former Gov. Haley Barbour told about 40 supporters of the state banner at a rally Monday outside the state Capitol.<p>"They were …

Democrats face narrow path to retake Senate in 2016

The 2016 map is favorable for Democrats, but margin for error is slim.<p>Democrats can take back the Senate in 2016 after a stinging, nine-seat defeat last year — but their path is narrow, and any gains could be fleeting.<p>The party needs to capture four or five seats — depending on the results of the …

New York City will pay more than $330,000 for Occupy Wall Street pepper spray incidents

Lawyer Mark Taylor, who represented three of the protesters, said on Monday that the settlements for each of the six individuals ranged from $52,500 to $60,000.<p>"We think it's good compensation for the injuries that occurred to our clients," Taylor said. "They are settlements that we think reflects …

Colorado's Birth Control Success Sheds Light On Debate In Congress

Providing teenagers with free, long-acting methods of contraception can cut their birth and abortion rates nearly in half, according to a yearslong experiment conducted by the the state of Colorado.<p>The New York Times reports that the abortion rate for teenagers in Colorado dropped by 42 percent …

The close: TSX falls as commodities slide on Greece, China concerns

The Toronto Stock Exchange fell Monday as commodities from oil to metals slumped after Greek voters rejected austerity measures and Greece scrambled to avoid a cash crunch while China unleashed interventions to stabilize its equity markets.<p>The S&P/TSX composite index fell 88.82 points, or 0.6 per …

Why the Bernie Sanders Surge Isn’t Key for 2016 But Beyond

By<p>Dan Schnur<p>It’s impossible to predict whether Bernie Sanders will be able to transform the populist fervor for his candidacy into the type of campaign that could topple Hillary Clinton. But modern political history suggests that the odds are strongly against it.<p>Sen. Sanders is certainly not the …

Middle-class

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United States

Hillary Clinton Remains Most Democrats' Top Choice

Nearly three months after Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy, she remains the favored choice of most Democratic voters, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds.<p>Fifty-four percent of voters who are Democrats or lean toward the party say they'd prefer to see Clinton as the Democratic nominee in 2016, …

This map shows how red states increase inequality and blue states cut it

State and local taxes don't get covered as much as federal ones, but they're still very, very important. Indeed, a new study finds that they can have significant effects on income inequality. Fed researchers Daniel Cooper, Byron Lutz, and Michael Palumbo estimate how major state taxes — sales …

Economics

Bernie Sanders gets slimed by the New York Times: This is what a smiling, condescending hit job looks like

<b>(Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/AP/Mark Lennihan/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>A cheerfully disparaging Sanders profile aims to trivialize him to trivialize his politics. It’s just the Times way<p>David Bromwich<p>July 6, 2015 9:35pm (UTC)<p>This story was first published on The Huffington Post<p>On the fourth of July, the …

Ted Cruz courts the bigot vote: Why he won’t criticize Donald Trump

Everything Ted Cruz said about Donald Trump and immigration this weekend was hot, flaming garbage<p>Last week I expressed my bemusement at the fact that none of the 2016 Republican presidential candidates had forcefully denounced billionaire racist and shriveled apricot Donald Trump for calling …

In one quote, Hillary Clinton shows how Bernie Sanders has upended the 2016 race

<b>(AP/Jacquelyn Martin/Reuters/Carlo Allegri/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>With Sanders in the race, the Democratic nomination fight is a contest to be America’s next top progressive<p>Sophia Tesfaye<p>July 6, 2015 6:04pm (UTC)<p>Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' recent rise …

When urban planning turns towns into ‘private country clubs

The bigger the metropolitan area, the more wealth inequality.<p>Inequality between the wealthiest and poorest American neighborhoods grew most …

Republican 'Religious Freedom' Laws Will Hurt More Than Gay Couples

Did your parents or grandparents ever use the term "hissy fit"? If so, you know you've been witnessing a bunch of them from Republican presidential candidates over the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide.<p>Jeb Bush said it is now crucial that as a country we protect religious</i> …