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CBS/NYT poll: Hillary Clinton's lead over Bernie Sanders cut by half

<b>By Anthony Salvanto, Jennifer De Pinto, Sarah Dutton and Fred Backus</b><p><b>The Democratic Race</b><p>Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to hold a …

Government

Disgraced United CEO Jeff Smisek Is the Reason for Income Inequality

Jeff Smisek, the guy forced by scandal to resign last week as CEO of the world’s fourth-largest airline, is a major reason American workers can’t get a raise.<p>Smisek and his overpaid boardroom buddies nationwide have swindled American workers and American communities in a scam to amass wealth for …

Why conservative billionaires have started talking like Bernie Sanders: “We are creating a caste system from which it’s almost impossible to escape”

<b>(AP/Richard Drew)</b><p>This is Kenneth Langone, the founder of Home Depot and a longtime GOP donor. His biggest fear? Income inequality<p>Matthew Pulver<p>August 11, 2015 11:59am (UTC)<p>I’ve written previously about the growing fear among elites that they’ve pushed economic inequality too far. That fear is …

What’s So Great About Manufacturing?

Democrats and Republicans disagree on a lot, but leaders of both parties are as keen now as they were decades ago to embrace manufacturing jobs. G.O.P. Presidential candidates, including Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, have spoken of a “renaissance” in American manufacturing; Rubio, for his part, told a …

Conservatives are trying to prove income inequality is a myth — and failing

As it becomes ever more clear that income inequality will be a defining issue in the upcoming presidential race--if not <i>the</i> defining issue--conservative economists and pundits are pulling out all the stops to persuade us that there's no there there.<p>The middle class, they say, has been doing just …

What it’s like growing up as a billionaire

People often wonder what it would be like coming from a billionaire family, and some rather well-off users of popular social media site Quora have …

A Socialist? Fine by Me, Sanders Supporters Say

ARLINGTON, Va. — The venue was a progressive policy forum in a packed conference room in Northern Virginia, far different from the kind of rallies drawing thousands of supporters that have helped propel Bernie Sanders’s upstart campaign for president.<p>But Sanders, the Democratic challenger to …

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 …

Why isn't the middle class earning $156,000 a year?

Everyone knows the Top 1% have been killing it in recent decades, while most Americans have seen their incomes stagnate.<p>But what if the middle class were doing as well as the richest Americans? What would their annual income be?<p>CNNMoney asked the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning research …

Bill Gates To Help Fight Climate Change By Investing Up To $2 Billion In Green Technology

The Supreme Court may have dealt a crushing blow this week to President Barack Obama's efforts to curb climate change, but all is not lost.<p>Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates announced plans to spend up to $2 billion on innovative renewable technologies over the next five …

Charleston church shooting: Gunman kills nine in South Carolina - latest pictures - Telegraph

South Carolina

Charleston shooting: Black and Muslim killers are 'terrorists' and 'thugs'. Why are white shooters called 'mentally ill'?

Police are investigating the shooting of nine African Americans at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston as a hate crime committed by a white man. …

Civil Rights

Pope Francis destroys climate deniers: There is a “very solid scientific consensus” on man-made global warming

The pope has no tolerance for those who “seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems”<p>Pope Francis officially dropped his much-anticipated encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si," Thursday, and it has a lot to say: about man's responsibility to care for creation, about the limits of …

Republican pledges $175 million to push party on climate

A North Carolina executive is pouring his own money into trying to sway people in the GOP to take global warming seriously.<p>A Republican entrepreneur is putting a whopping $175 million behind a campaign whose message will have some party stalwarts seeing red: The GOP needs to deal with climate …

Texas Eased Pollution Rules on Coal Plants

The State of Texas conspired with the coal industry to illegally exempt 19 coal-fired power plants from federal air quality standards. That’s according to a coalition of Texas citizen groups who on Wednesday filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).<p>The coalition of …

The Democratic Party Needs a Swift Kick in the Ass

If Democratic leaders were smart, they would take their embarrassing 2014 losses to heart and truly embrace the economic populism voters are demanding. Yet at the federal level, Senate Democrats caved in near-record time last week to grant the president trade promotion authority, paving the way for …

More than 10,000 websites are blocking Congress from accessing them in protest

Participants have embedded a small snippet of code into their websites that recognizes when a computer is attempting to access the websites from an IP address associated with Congress. Those who are flagged by the code are redirected to a protest page plastered with the words "Congress: this is a …

Microsoft pledges to clean up its Windows app store

With Windows 10 due out this summer, the software giant wants to get rid of the junk apps littering its Windows Store.<p>The Windows Store has been slammed for its array of cluttered, confusing and garbage apps. Now, Microsoft wants to clean up its act.<p>Bernardo Zamora, director of Microsoft's Windows …

Bernie Sanders Launches Presidential Campaign

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his long-shot presidential campaign Tuesday with a rally and a pitch to progressives in the Democratic Party and others who want change from a “rigged economy” that favors the rich.<p>Sanders vowed to make income inequality, campaign finance reform and climate …

America Slouches Toward Plutocracy | Al Jazeera America

Over the last few years, political scientists have warned about a worrying trend in American democracy: Voter preferences don’t have much sway over presidents’ policy choices. New research suggests their worries are well founded.<p>In a new book, political scientists James Druckman and Lawrence Jacobs …

Bernie Sanders Asks if American Economy is 'Moral'

Every candidate in the 2016 presidential race talks about responding to income inequality and stagnant middle class wages. No one else talks about it like Bernie Sanders.<p>The self-described socialist senator from Vermont wants to reverse the "massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the …

HTC One M9 Camera Fails In Tests: It's Worse Than A Three-Year-Old iPhone 4S

HTC has a problem, and it’s a problem it has had for some time now – failing sales. Even with Cher Wang replacing Peter Chou as leader of the company she founded, the firm has yet to find its feet. One of its biggest problems is that despite very competent hardware design, its phones are let down …

Phones

LA Votes to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

LOS ANGELES — City Council leaders in the nation’s second-largest city voted Tuesday in favor of hiking the minimum wage to $15 an hour by July 2020.<p>The council approved the measure in a 14-1 preliminary vote. The city attorney’s office will draft an ordinance on the increase and submit it to the …

Baltimore ex-mayor on War on Drugs: I Told You So

BALTIMORE – After the fatal injury of Freddie Gray in police custody and the subsequent rioting, local leaders have been trying to understand the roots of Baltimore's anger.<p>One glaring flashpoint is the war on drugs.<p>The decades-old effort has cost America more than $1.5 trillion – and mounting …

“Perilously close to propaganda”: How Fox News shilled for Iraq War, and Jon Stewart returned sanity

“Fox Effect” pushed American media to get in line and back the Iraq War. Only two comedy shows had guts to resist<p>It was no accident that the war in Iraq was the quintessential television event. Months before the invasion began, Bush administration and military officials began planning how they …

Veterans frustrated by presidential debate on Iraq War

Veterans of the Iraq War have been watching in frustration as Republican presidential contenders distance themselves from the decision their party enthusiastically supported to invade that country.<p>Some veterans say they long ago concluded their sacrifice was in vain, and are annoyed that a party …

Middle East

Apple could give old iPhones and iPads new life with iOS 9

The next versions of iOS and OS X are supposed to focus on performance and stability instead of new features, and that focus on performance could extend all the way back to devices that Apple released three and four years ago. According to <i>9to5Mac</i>, a focus of iOS 9 has been optimizing the OS for old …

China’s military has declared war on Western thought on the internet

China’s military says the internet has become its main ideological battlefield and that it should build a “Great Wall” online to protect the country’s citizens from “hostile Western forces.” A strongly worded editorial (link in Chinese) published in the People’s Liberation Army Daily on May …

China

iOS 9 leak: One of Apple’s biggest new iOS apps has been revealed

Apple is going to unveil iOS 9 at WWDC next month, and the first details about are slowly coming in. A new report shares info about a brand new iOS …

Original Iraq War Skeptics Find The Rekindled Debate Maddening

WASHINGTON -- Though there were some bumps, leading Republican presidential candidates in the past week settled on an Iraq war narrative. Yes, the intelligence turned out to be faulty, so much so that there wouldn't be a strong enough case to authorize the invasion in retrospect. But there was …