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Robert Borosage: What Does Bernie Want?

The Democratic establishment and liberal commentariat lathered itself into a fine hysteria last week. What began as a Hillary Clinton surrogate meme – (Bernie has done his job, but now he’s hurting Clinton and should get out of the race) – became a maddened chorus.

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Dana Milbank: Donald Trump, the welfare king
Full story: Washington Post

Robert Reich: Why Trump Might Win

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday finds Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a statistical tie, with Trump leading Clinton 46 percent to 44 percent among registered voters. That’s an 11 percent swing against Clinton since March.

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Rep. Patricia Todd: Get the facts on the transgender bathroom issue
Full story: AL.com

Chuck Collins: A Commencement Address for the Most Indebted Class Ever

Congratulations, college graduates! As you enter the next phase of life, you and your parents should be proud of your achievements.

But, I’m sorry to say, they’ve come at a price: The system is trying to squeeze you harder than any previous generation.

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Michael B. Keegan: A Coalition of the Unhinged

It’s no secret that Donald Trump, the GOP’s all but official new standard-bearer, is a promoter of wild conspiracy theories and harmful lies — from his smear of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers to his offensive questioning of President Obama’s place of birth and religious beliefs.

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Bill Sher: Nothing Populist About Trump’s Campaign of Character Assassination

You can say this for Donald Trump; he doesn’t delegate the job of attack dog. He likes to scorch his own earth.

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Cori Crider: CIA destruction of Senate torture report is stunning

Clearly the CIA would rather we all forgot about torture. But it’s stunning that even the CIA’s own watchdog couldn’t manage to hang onto its copy of the Senate’s landmark report about CIA black sites. One worries that no one is minding the store.

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American Immigration Lawyers Association: Shameful Escalation of ICE Raids is Misdirected at Vulnerable Families

"The Obama Administration's mistreatment of vulnerable refugees seeking protection from unmitigated violence in Central America is a shameful violation of our nation's core values and a repudiation of basic principles of due process. Rather than responding to the refugee crisis in Central America with an intelligent strategy to address the root causes of violence in the region, and to ensure that the victims of that violence who arrive at our border have a full and fair opportunity to seek protection, it is clear that the administration has decided to ramp up its indefensible strategy of deterrence through incarceration and intimidation," said AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson.

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Robert Weissman: Enough is Enough: Hedge Fund Manager Made $1.7 Billion Last Year

Another year of outrageous hedge fund compensation. There’s a lot of noise in this year’s election, but if there’s one consistent theme, it’s that people are furious with a rigged system. And they are right to be angry. They are furious with a financial system that lets so few make so much, when so many are making so little. And they can’t begin to comprehend how people making more than $1 billion a year pay a lower tax rate than people struggling to get by. With voters rising up, the Gilded Age for the hedge fund gazillionaires should come to an end.

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Walter Ewing: Trump’s Mass Deportation Plan Would Seriously Damage the U.S. Economy

Donald Trump’s approach to immigration seems to rest on three pillars: the construction of a big wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border, the banning of all Muslim immigration to the United States, and the deportation of every man, woman, and child found to be in the country without authorization. This is an immigration plan rooted in xenophobia, hysteria, and a callous disregard for human suffering. It is also a plan that would wreak havoc upon the U.S. economy if it were ever implemented.

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Jamie Rappaport Clark: Too Soon to Delist Yellowstone Grizzlies

The historic comeback of the Yellowstone grizzly bear population is truly a remarkable achievement. But the current proposal threatens progress made to date.

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ACLU and Lambda Legal Statement on North Carolina’s Lawsuit Against Federal Government

North Carolina Gov. McCrory today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice that asks a federal court to determine that House Bill 2, the discriminatory law that removes local legal protections for LGBT people and prohibits transgender people from using public facilities that correspond to their gender identity, does not violate civil rights laws.

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Mary Wareham: US Contradictions on Landmines and Cluster Munitions

The US still produces, exports, and uses cluster munitions. While the US stopped the export, production, and acquisition of antipersonnel landmines, it still retains landmines for use on the Korean Peninsula.

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Gary Legum: The sad spectacle of “Morning Joe’s” Trump denial: How Rob Reiner laid bare the brazen failures of MSNBC’s morning crew
Full story: Salon.com

David Korten: Why the Economy Should Stop Growing—And Just Grow Up

Listen to the political candidates as they put forward their economic solutions. You will hear a well-established and rarely challenged narrative. “We must grow the economy to produce jobs so people will have the money to grow their consumption, which will grow more jobs…” Grow. Grow. Grow.

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James Duff Lyall: When Traffic Cops Become Part of Immigration Enforcement, Civil Rights Violations Are Almost Inevitable

Whether they like it or not, state and local police do not have the authority to enforce immigration law. And that’s a good thing, because when cops try to act like Border Patrol agents, civil rights violations are almost inevitable. An ever expanding number of lawsuits across the country bear that out.

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Anthony J. Gaughan: President Trump? Not likely

Trump’s decisive victory in the Indiana primary on Tuesday night drove his two final challengers to withdraw from the race. Whatever hopes the GOP establishment still harbored of a brokered convention ended when Ted Cruz dropped out of the race on Tuesday night and John Kasich dropped out on Wednesday. Trump will be the Republican nominee for president in 2016.

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Jim Hightower: King Coal Is Headed to Prison

So long, Don, it’s been God-awful to know you.

Don Blankenship, who was the King of King Coal, is headed toward a place he never imagined he’d end up: federal prison.

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Josh Hoxie: American elites don't have to go to Panama to hide their money — they can go to Delaware

The first thing you notice on the cab ride from the airport to downtown Panama City is the skyscrapers. They’re architecturally beautiful, but jumbled together as if there was no plan or consideration for how they might look next to one another.

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Animal Welfare Institute: Ringling Bros. should retire its elephants to a bona fide sanctuary

May 1 marks the end of elephants being hauled around the country to perform for Ringling Bros. circus. While we celebrate the termination of this cruel and archaic practice, tragically, the elephants will not be spending the rest of their lives in nirvana. Rather than sending them to a sanctuary, the elephants will be held at the company’s Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida, long known for chaining and keeping elephants on concrete and for using bullhooks and electric prods. While the site may have “conservation” in its name, the elephants will be bred to produce more captive elephants with no hope of returning to the wild.

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Lynn Tramonte: 2016 Marks Devastating 20-Year Anniversary for American Families with Immigrant Roots

There are two types of anniversaries: joyous ones commemorating forward progress, and devastating ones reminding us how much time has passed since an evil act. 2016 is a devastating anniversary for many families with immigrant connections.

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Peter Maybarduk: Gilead’s Earnings Are Based on Price Gouging Hepatitis C Treatments

Analysts may be celebrating Gilead's earnings report, but Americans should not. Gilead is charging extortionate prices for life-saving medicines. Thanks to Gilead's price gouging, life-saving hepatitis C cures are being rationed. Too many Americans, including veterans and low-income workers struggling to make ends meet, have been denied access to a hepatitis C cure.

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Lindsay Koshgarian: U.S. Military Spending vs. the World: This is Crazy

The U.S. Pentagon and military has more money than it needs.

It's hard to draw any other conclusion from the stark facts: the U.S. outspends every other nation on earth when it comes to our military. We spend more than the next seven countries combined.

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Terry O'Neill: Donald Trump is just another boorish, babbling bigot who disrespects women

No one should doubt what Donald Trump thinks about women. When he called for women to be prosecuted for having abortions, he meant it. Donald Trump isn’t playing the role of a tough-talking political outsider who refuses to be politically correct. Donald Trump is just another boorish, babbling bigot who disrespects women.

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Robert Reich: Wealth inequality is even more of a problem than income inequality (VIDEO)

Wealth inequality is even more of a problem than income inequality. That’s because you have to have enough savings from income to begin to accumulate wealth – buying a house or investing in stocks and bonds, or saving up to send a child to college.

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Alexandra Petri: Play the ‘woman card’ and reap these ‘rewards’!
Full story: Washington Post

Gail Collins: Do not ask yourself how many votes Donald Trump would get if he were a woman and he was the way he is. Truly, you don’t want to go there.
Full story: New York Times

Joan Walsh: Can Anyone Drive Women Voters to Clinton Better Than Trump? Try Cruz–Fiorina
Full story: The Nation

Dahlia Lithwick: The Supreme Court might let Bob McDonnell off the hook because it can’t even define political corruption anymore
Full story: Slate.com
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