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Political Roundup for June 10, 2016…RRH Elections

Happy Birthday to John Edwards and Elliot Spitzer!

President:

Hillary: The meme giveth and the meme taketh away. The iconic photograph of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton using her BlackBerry while wearing sunglasses that when viral in 2012 may have prompted the probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails. After the photo went viral a recordkeeping official in the State Department who was responsible for Freedom of Information Act searches started to inquire about whether Clinton had been assigned a State.gov email address. The investigation snowballed from there.

Trump: While President Obama was endorsing Hillary Clinton, another former 2012 Presidential candidate was throwing her support to Donald Trump. 2012 Green Party and Peace & Freedom Party candidate Rosanne Barr is backing Donald Trump for President. Barr who ran for President on a ticket with Cindy Sheehan is an anti-war socialist. So she clearly finds agreement with Trump’s opposition to the Iraq War, opposition to free trade and support for socialized medicine.

Trump: According to PPP latest poll 46% of Pennsylvania voters polled think that the Phillie Phanatic is more qualified to be president than Republican nominee Donald Trump. Only 40% of respondents said that Trump would be the better commander-in-chief and 14% said they didn’t know.

French: David French lays out the legal case why no Republican delegate are actually bound to vote for Donald Trump and makes a very convincing argument that the embarrassing and failing candidacy of Donald Trump can be dumped at the Republican National Convention.

Stein: The Green Party missed the June 1st deadline for getting their presidential nominee on the ballot in Arizona and is going to court to try and get on the ballot.

Johnson: The latest Fox News Poll has Libertarian Gary Johnson at 12%. Johnson is starting to poll close to the 15% he needs to be included in the Presidential debates. The Fox Poll has at Clinton 39%, Trump 36%, Johnson 12% with 14% saying Other/Won’t Vote/Don’t Know….

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Michelle Obama knocks Donald Trump at CUNY Commencement Speech

I guess we know who she WILL NOT be voting for….

In tones both aspirational and political, Michelle Obama on Friday used her last commencement address as first lady to salute graduates of the City College of New York as “living, breathing proof that the American dream endures,” while also criticizing “name-calling” leaders who engage in “anger and intolerance.”

Mrs. Obama did not specifically mention Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president. But her intent could not have been clearer as she warned that “leaders who rule by intimidation — leaders who demonize and dehumanize entire groups of people — often do so because they have nothing else to offer.”

“Here in America, we don’t give in to our fears,” she told the class of 2016, with its 3,848 graduates, in an outdoor ceremony on the college’s Manhattan campus. “We don’t build up walls to keep people out because we know that our greatness has always depended on contributions from people who were born elsewhere but sought out this country and made it their home.”…

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Healthcare CEO’s are fine with Obamacare….

So much for the screaming healines about companies dropping OUT of the Affordable Healthcare program across the country…

The nation’s top healthcare leaders overwhelmingly back the Affordable Care Act and support its goal of pushing providers away from fee-for-service medicine and toward delivering value-based care, according to Modern Healthcare’s second-quarter CEO Power Panel poll.

While the Republican Party and its presumptive nominee, businessman Donald Trump, continue to stand by their “repeal and replace” slogan, the sector’s CEOs overwhelmingly reject that idea, in large part because they are unimpressed with the GOP’s attempts to articulate what it would replace it with.

But at the same time, only a small group supports moving to a single-payer system, which has been a central theme of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ surprisingly resilient campaign, which he has vowed to continue through the party’s convention this summer in Philadelphia…..

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On President Obama’s watch America HAS done Better….

Barack Obama telling the story of America. 

Right now, Democrats appear to be at each other’s throats. However, it’s highly likely that a month from now, the party will come together just as it did in 2008. The fight this fall will be between two candidates, yes, but also two vastly different understandings of our national narrative, of the course of our development over the past several decades and, in particular, the last eight years.

In two recent commencement speeches, one at Rutgers and the other at Howard, President Obama deftly laid out the differences. He defined a progressive understanding of our collective path that has the virtue not only of being accurate, but also of being one that will help progressive candidates win election this fall and beyond.

The president’s take may be more nuanced than that of Mr. Trump, but that’s more about Trump than anything else. In a nutshell, the Obama argument is this: Although we’ve got more work to do to improve opportunity and increase justice for all Americans, we have made real progress, we’re moving in the right direction, and we are significantly better off than we were in the past.

“In fact, by almost every measure, America is better, and the world is better, than it was 50 years ago, or 30 years ago, or even eight years ago.“

And he’s right.

 Digging into the details, he continued:

And by the way, I’m not — set aside 150 years ago, pre-Civil War — there’s a whole bunch of stuff there we could talk about.  Set aside life in the ‘50s, when women and people of color were systematically excluded from big chunks of American life.  Since I graduated [from college], in 1983….crime rates, teenage pregnancy, the share of Americans living in poverty — they’re all down.  The share of Americans with college educations have gone way up.  Our life expectancy has, as well.  Blacks and Latinos have risen up the ranks in business and politics.  (Applause.)  More women are in the workforce.  (Applause.)  They’re earning more money — although it’s long past time that we passed laws to make sure that women are getting the same pay for the same work as men.  (Applause.)

Meanwhile, in the eight years since most of you started high school, we’re also better off.  You and your fellow graduates are entering the job market with better prospects than any time since 2007.  Twenty million more Americans know the financial security of health insurance.  We’re less dependent on foreign oil.  We’ve doubled the production of clean energy.  We have cut the high school dropout rate. We’ve cut the deficit by two-thirds.  Marriage equality is the law of the land. (Applause.)

Note that even as Obama highlighted progress on gender equity, he also reminded us that progress is not perfection, and called for continued efforts to achieve full equality. There’s one other thing the president did not mention, but which is of crucial importance in understanding the achievements of his administration in terms of progressive economics. The federal tax code has become significantly more progressive than it was eight years ago, and is overall more progressive than it has been since before Reagan’s presidency…..

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Oklahoma GOP lawmakers want to impeach Obama over transgender bathroom rights…

See what kinda crazy shit happens when ya have Donald Trump leading the GOP parade?

Oklahoma’s Republican-dominated legislature has filed a measure calling for President Barack Obama’s impeachment over his administration’s recommendations on accommodating transgender students, saying he overstepped his constitutional authority.

Lawmakers in the socially conservative state are also expected to take up a measure as early as Friday that would allow students to claim a religious right to have separate but equal bathrooms and changing facilities to segregate them from transgender students.

The bill introduced on Thursday night could force schools into costly construction, which would be difficult for them to complete after lawmakers significantly cut education funding to plug a $1.3 billion state budget shortfall.

The impeachment resolution also introduced on Thursday night calls on the Oklahoma members of the U.S. House of Representatives to file articles of impeachment against Obama, the U.S. attorney general, the U.S. secretary of education and others over the letter.

The Obama administration told U.S. public schools last week that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice, upsetting Republicans and raising the likelihood of fights over federal funding and legal authority.

The impeachment call seems to be on shaky ground since the letter offered non-binding guidance and did not have the force of law, legal experts told local media….

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More Trump Crazy Stuff….’Who the hell cares if there’s a trade war?’

It didn’t last long….

He’s back to just showing how out of touch he is with reality….

This time he’s talking about a 35% tariff on imported good’s from Mexico by America companies….

He’d probably do the same to China….

Hmmmmmm?

Somebody want to tell us how many American’s would LOSE their jobs because of this?

Somebody want to tell me who besides Trump will be able to buy stuff if China and Mexico STOP shipping stuff here?…Unlike his numerous bankruptcies?…Ya can’t mess things like this up and just walk away….

And does Trump think countries around the planet are just gonna accept this ?

The guy thinks all of this is just one big game , with no regard to the human factor that leaders of countries HAVE TO take into account…

(Hillary Clinton has also called for action against China..But NOT of the magnitude that Trump is calling for…)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shot down critics of his strategy to prevent American companies from outsourcing, brushing off the idea of a trade war.

Trump touted his proposal for a 35 percent tariff on imports into the United States from the American companies that have outsourced to Mexico.

“At least the United States is going to make a hell of a lot of money,” Trump said at a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. “And these dummies say, ‘Oh well that’s a trade war.'”

“Trade war? We’re losing $500 billion in trade with China. Who the hell cares if there’s a trade war?” Trump continued. “$500 billion and they’re telling me about a trade war.”

Trump quickly added, “You’re not going to have a trade war,” predicting “China will behave” and “respect our country again” after slamming the country’s currency manipulation….

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Mr. Petri, the Brandeis economist, examined the economic impact on the U.S. economy of imposing 45% tariffs on China, 35% tariffs on Mexico and 10% tariffs on the rest of the world.

Those conditions are likely to unsettle global markets, and boost the value of the dollar.

The tariffs would drive down U.S. merchandise imports by $383 billion, he calculates, but U.S. exports would take a much bigger hit, declining $658 billion.

Although the estimates are subject to “considerable uncertainty,” he says, they give an idea of the economic pain the nation would suffer. U.S. consumers and industries would face higher import costs and perhaps shortages as domestic companies take time to gear up.

Gordon Hanson, an economist at the University of California, San Diego, says that a high-tariff U.S. economy would become more self-sufficient, but costs would be significantly higher for many of the nation’s largest exporters.

“That would take the fire out of the tech-sector boom,” he says, and “undermine our standard of living in many ways.”

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Top GOP lawyer on House Benghazi Committee says ‘Nothing’ could have changed the outcome…

Democrats on the panel leak this to undermine the Republican efforts to discredit Hillary Clinton….

The Committe has appeared to  have the sole purpose of dragging down Clinton in her efforts to win the White House….

The release of private transcripts and comments made by a panel staffer represents an unusually aggressive step on the part of panel Democrats. While Benghazi Republicans and Democrats have bickered for months, dismissing each other as partisans, neither side has ever released comments made by staff in private.

Democrats have demanded that the Benghazi investigation wrap up now, if not disband completely. The panel’s investigation continues to be a political risk for Hillary Clinton, and the later the probe drags on, the more likely it is that its findings could land when the 2016 campaign season is in full swing.

The letter will surely escalate the most recent feud between the two parties over the panel’s requests for additional Defense Department interviews. Democrats and a top official at the Pentagon have accused Benghazi investigators of asking for unnecessary meetings and posing questions with a partisan, theoretical slant. Gowdy has responded that the Pentagon has sought to block him from talking to people on the ground the night of the attacks.

The letter also revealed that the panel has lost one if its greatest assets: Chipman. The committee over the past two years often pointed to Chipman’s nonpolitical and former high-ranking position in the military — he served as Army Judge Advocate General — to ward off accusations that they were conducting a partisan witch hunt.

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Donald Trump doubles down on devaluing the American Dollar…

This guy REALLY is a loose cannon….

Maybe….Just maybe Hillary Clinton should just let Donald Trump trip all over himself on the way to losing the November election….

First he says he want’s to pay people .80 cents on their $1.00 when they cash in their US Government Bonds…..(THAT WOULD BE DEFAULTING ON SOME DEBT BY DEFINITION )

THAT would throw America’s and the World economy into trouble…

Now he says…

Well….

He’d just keep printing more money…..

Of course he’s right the American Government runs deficits all the time….

But it STILL pays $1.00 on the Dollar….

THAT keep’s things going….

This guy just runs his mouth ….

And it’s just show how dumb he is on how things work….

THAT should NOT be the person who is charge of running THIS country….

Donald Trump assailed the media on Monday for what he said was a misrepresentation of his comments on debt, rejecting the notion that he would have the United States default on his debt.

“I said if we can buy back government debt as a discount. In other words, if interest rates go up and we can buy bonds back as a discount, if we are liquid enough as a country we should do that. In other words, we can buy back debt as a discount,” the presumptive Republican nominee said in a telephone interview on CNN’s “New Day.”

Those who said he wants to buy debt and default on it are “crazy,” he added.

“This is the United States government. First of all, you never have to default because you print the money. I hate to tell you. So there’s never a default. But the point is it was reported in the New York Times incorrectly,” he said, referring to a critical Times article that ran on Friday.

That article examined an interview Trump gave to CNBC last Thursday in which he suggested that he could reduce the national debt by persuading U.S. creditors to accept less than full payment.

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The concept here is that for some reason America could NOT pay it’s  Bond holders back $1.00 on $1.00 like Greece or Puerto Rico….Trump might have a point…But he throws THAT away  with saying oh, he’d just want to print MORE money thus devaluing the dollar even MORE….

The Basic is America PAY’S a $1.00 on a $1.00 even whan things went crazy in 2008/2009….

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London gets its first Muslim Mayor….

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…from the NY Times….

LONDON — Sadiq Khan, a son of a bus driver from Pakistan, was declared the winner of London’s mayoral election on Saturday, becoming the first Muslim to lead Britain’s capital at a time of rising Islamophobia in the West.

The victory of Mr. Khan, a former human rights lawyer and a Labour member of Parliament, makes him one of the most prominent Muslim politicians in the West. It was also his party’s biggest boost in a series of elections on Thursday in which Labour further lost its grip on Scotland, once a stronghold, and clung, in some cases just barely, to seats in England and Wales.

Mr. Khan won with 56.8 percent of the vote, versus 43.2 percent for the Conservative candidate, Zac Goldsmith, according to the city’s election body. The results were not final until Saturday morning because in London’s system voters are allowed a first and second preference, and Mr. Khan had not won an outright majority in the first round.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Khan said that the mayoral election “was not without controversy” and added that he was “proud that London has today chosen hope over fear and unity over division.”

“I hope that we will never be offered such a stark choice again. Fear does not make us safer, it only makes us weaker and the politics of fear is simply not welcome in our city.”

London, a global center of finance, is hardly representative of Britain: About a quarter of its residents are foreign-born, and an eighth are Muslim. And Mr. Khan will not be the first Muslim to hold a prominent office in Europe: Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, has had a Muslim mayor since 2009, and a Muslim Conservative lawmaker, Sajid Javid, is the British secretary of state for business….

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Mary Matalin is now a registered Libertarian….

The former advisor to two Bush President’s and Vice President Cheney is married to James Carville , who was a Clinton advisor…..

She described herself as a voter as a “provisional Trump” and a “never Hillary,” referring to the leading Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Pressed Thursday about why she switched political parties, Matalin told Bloomberg Politics that she was a Republican in the “Jeffersonian, Madisonian sense.”

“I’m not a Republican for a party or a person,” she continued. “The Libertarian Party represents those constitutional principles that I agree with.”

Of Trump, Matalin said she liked his attitude and what she knew of his economic policies, adding: “I just don’t know enough. I think not only could he win, I think he could win in a landslide if he would stop his high schoolboy antics with women; otherwise he’s going to force suburban women to Hillary.”

She said conservatives were angry after two successive presidential elections in which they lost and with what appeared to be no response from Washington as the party was “falling apart.”

Matalin is probably best known for her appearances on television as a staunch defender of Republican policies. For more than a decade, she appeared on CNN with her husband, James Carville, a Democratic strategist….

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About Marvel’s Captain America ‘Civil War’ politics….

The Marvel Comic’s Universe is coming out with a new Movie this weekend….

In it ?…..Super ‘Hero’s’ fight ah, ?……Other Super Hero’s?

VOX takes a look at what the movie is all about and how things got to where they are IN the movie….

When Captain America: Civil War hits theaters at the end of this week, Marvel’s two most American superheroes, Iron Man and Captain America, will fight.

It’s a strange conflict — Iron Man, a.k.a. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), and Captain America, a.k.a. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), are both “good” guys. They’re also good friends. And their battle is not about which man is stronger (Rogers) or which man is smarter (Stark). Nor is it a fight for no reason at all (as in Batman v Superman).

This fight means something — something political.

These exceptional men represent two opposite views of how America should be run. Each has very different ideas of what constitutes goodness and justice. Both think they know what’s best for their country and for the world. Both think the other is wrong. And both are willing to use violence to make their point.

But ultimately, the fans will decide who the real hero and villain are.

The tension between Cap and Iron Man has been brewing throughout the past few Marvel movies, but the source material for Captain America: Civil War — a 2006 comic book crossover featuring the Avengers and other players in the Marvel universe — actually dates back 10 years or so, to a time of George W. Bush, the Patriot Act, and the early days of America’s ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

There are a few elements of that original story that certainly fail the test of time, like how big of a role reality television plays in the plot. But other elements — especially those relating to politics — remain strong and relevant to the world as we know it in 2016. Here’s an overview of how the original Civil War comic book arc, which initially didn’t have anything to do with the Avengers, began to shape the characters we see onscreen today….

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Hillary Clinton is out with a tough Anti-Trump Ad….

The Video features unkind things said about the apparent 2016 Republican Presidentiial nominee by his FELLOW Republicans…..

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Colorado’s Highest Court says fracking is a State issue…Not City…

The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that local governments cannot overrule state passed laws on fracking…

The Fort Collins and Longmont cases represent an ongoing debate in Colorado and beyond about whether the ultimate right to regulate the oil and gas industry should belong to states or municipalities. The city of Fort Collins spent about $191,000 on outside counsel defending the citizen-initiated moratorium in court. COGA spent about $1 million fighting the Fort Collins and Longmont laws, along with a fracking ban in Lafayette and moratorium in Broomfield.

There are currently no active wells or permit-pending wells in Fort Collins. One oilfield extends into the northern edge of Fort Collins, but it’s been at least three and a half years since a well was fracked there.

What’s next?

Fort Collins and Longmont can’t appeal the decisions to the U.S. Supreme Court because they aren’t a matter of federal law. The city of Fort Collins hasn’t yet announced its next steps, if any.

In a statement, Fort Collins city attorney Carrie Daggett said it’s “premature” to comment until the city has carefully reviewed the high court’s decision.

“These issues are complex, and we’ll thoroughly examine the decisions relative to Fort Collins and Longmont,” she said.

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Could there be Affordable Healthcare rate increases right before the November election?

The Obamacare program insurers are looking for increases…..

The tinkering with the program for political purposes has held some the rates artificially low longer than the way was set up work….

Insurers’ will be looking to raise insurance fee’s come the end of October , right before the November election….

Republicans are ALREADY working  to spotlight this against Hillary Clinton and President Obama….

Oh, yea….

The Republican’s have NO alterurntive to the program except cancelling it for the over 12 million Americans who use it….

And THAT isn’t gonna happen….

“I think a lot of insurance carriers expected red ink, but they didn’t expect this much red ink,” said Greg Scott, who oversees Deloitte’s health plans practice. “… A number of carriers need double-digit increases.”

In some ways, the turmoil is not surprising: Under the health law, plans are unable to choose who to insure, or how much to charge them based on their medical history. As a result, many plans enrolled a larger proportion of sicker people than they bargained for. But some of those losses were also a function of political wrangling after Republican lawmakers blocked payments that were supposed to help insurers get through the difficult first years.

The timing, though, is bad news for Democrats. Proposed rate hikes are just starting to dribble out, setting up a battle over health insurance costs in a tumultuous presidential election year that will decide the fate of Obamacare.

And the headlines are likely to keep coming right up to Election Day since many consumers won’t see actual rates until the insurance marketplaces open Nov. 1 — a week before they go to the polls.

“Any reports of premium increases will immediately become talking points on the campaign trail,” said Larry Levitt, senior vice president for special initiatives at the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation. “We’re in an election where the very future of the law will be debated.”

Indeed, Republicans are already pouncing on UnitedHealth’s decision as proof the law is unworkable. “You’re seeing the beginning of the so-called insurance death spiral,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said last week.

Democrats say they will mount a vigorous defense of a law that has provided 20 million people with coverage — and point to Republicans’ failure to propose any coherent alternative to Obamacare.

“The Republicans will try to make Clinton own the higher prices, but the problem is that Republicans have no alternative or answer,” said Anna Greenberg, a Democratic pollster. “They are in the position of taking away insurance if they repeal Obamacare.”….

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The Healthcare Insurance Industry ….

Over 780,000 employing over 16.8M people!

Making OVER $1.8 Trillion!…

Cali , Tex and NY have about 100,000 companies!…..

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A LOT of Public Sector jobs are NOT coming back anytime soon …if ever….

The American economy is getting better the bean counters tell us….

Some places are inching towards a $15 a hour mininum wage …..

But one thing that the Republicans have ALWAYS wanted is also happening….

Government jobs numbers are shrinking…

The effect on Blacks, and others, is going to be pronounced …..

For any number of reasons, the Great Recession unraveled much of the progress made by the black middle class. Leading up to the mortgage crisis, black families tended to have a higher proportion of their wealth tied up in their homes. And regardless of their income, black families were much more likely to be rejected for conventional mortgages and pushed into high-cost subprime loans. All of this meant that when housing prices turned down, the black-white wealth gap yawned. As of 2013, white households were, on average, 13 times wealthier than black households, the biggest gap since 1989, according to Pew Research Center data.

Declining tax revenue led to tightened state budgets, which led to tens of thousands of layoffs for public-sector employees. And during the recovery, public workers became easy political targets precisely because of their labor protections. Collective-bargaining rights, pension funds and mandatory raises look like unnecessary drains on state coffers to a work force increasingly unfamiliar with such benefits. And when the layoffs came, black Americans experienced a disproportionate share of the ill effects…..

As a result of all these economic punishments, a recession that set America back half a decade may have set black families back a whole generation, if not longer.

Manufacturing jobs have been battered over the past few decades, thanks to offshoring and automation — a trend that looks set to continue. But that is not to say that all good blue-collar jobs are disappearing. Many niches are growing: Wind-turbine service technicians (the people who fix those giant, high-tech windmills) and commercial divers (the people who do underwater repairs on oil rigs) are two of the fastest-growing middle-class jobs.

And because the public sector provides so many essential services, cuts to it have a cascading effect. Hospitals close, and people have to drive farther away for medical care. Teachers’ aides lose their positions, and local kids no longer have the same degree of special-education attention…..

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The case for Trump as a Third Party Leader….

Donald Trump is NOT uniting the Republican Party….

Conservatives don’t like him….

Blue State Republicans seem to LOVE him…

Where does he belong?

A third party that makes waves in American politics would look a lot like Donald Trump — which is no doubt why he keeps talking about it.

A new poll indicates that 68% of my supporters would vote for me if I departed the GOP & ran as an independent. https://www.facebook.com/DonaldTrump/posts/10156389951165725:0 

Trump himself is probably a bit too much of an outlandish character to be a successful third-party candidate, but at this point he’s shown enough staying power that we should assume he’d have some real traction.

But beyond Trump himsef, Trumpism is what a winning third party would have to sound like to get traction in America — a grab bag of issue positions that appeal to a substantial minority of the electorate but that neither party wants to wholeheartedly embrace because the ideas are too toxic in the elite circles that fund campaigns.

Like Unity ’08, but the opposite.

When big shots in the worlds of politics, business, and media muse about alternatives to partisan politics, they tend to come up with an agenda cherry-picked from the establishment wings of both parties — an agenda that adds up to a globalization-oriented, business-friendly platform watered down with light dollops of concern for the indigent, the global poor, and the environment.

The politics of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg — not coincidently, a man who was simultaneously a titan of business, politics, and the media — are an excellent template….

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