The crazy just got crazier

  1. Glenn Kessler’s Washington Post ‘Fact-Checker’ column on ‘Trump’s nonsensical claim he can eliminate $19 trillion in debt in eight years
If only it were that easy. As we have noted repeatedly, eliminating a trade deficit does not mean the money ends up in government coffers.

2. Seth Abramson, Assistant Professor of English at University of New Hampshire, writing in the Huffington Post, says that ‘Hillary Clinton’s Support Among Nonwhite Voters Has Collapsed’

the Clinton campaign is in the midst of an historic collapse — much of it due to the unraveling of support for Clinton among nonwhite voters — and the national media has yet to take any notice

3. Glenn Kessler in the Washington Post gives three Pinocchios in ‘Fact-checking the Clinton-Sanders spat over Big Oil contributions’

about 0.15 percent of Clinton’s campaign and outside PAC money is from the “oil and gas industry,” compared to 0.04 percent of Sanders’s contributions. So it’s pretty hard to describe that as “significant,” as Sanders did in his interview.

4. Colin Holtz, co-director of the Universal Income Project at the Roosevelt Institute, says in the Guardian that ‘The Panama Papers prove it: America can afford a universal basic income’

while working and middle-class families pay their taxes or face consequences, the Panama Papers remind us that the worst of the 1% have, for years, essentially been stealing access to Americans’ common birthright, and to the benefits of our shared endeavors.

5. Technology f*cked us all: The anxiety driving Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders is really about machines taking our jobs. MICHAEL BOURNE writes in,

forces like technology and globalization are faceless abstractions, and in the heat of a campaign, efforts to combat their ill effects often devolve into scapegoating and demagoguery, as this year’s presidential contest has shown us all too well.

6. Jonathan Chait in New York Magazine says that, ‘Donald Trump’s Health-Care Plan Is No Crazier Than Other Republican Health-Care Plans’

What’s happening here is that the justifiable desperation of Republican elites to stop Trump has led to the odd paradox of them savaging ideas they normally support.

7. ‘The GOP must stop Trump’ declares the Boston Globe editorial,

The toxic mix of violent intimidation, hostility to criticism, and explicit scapegoating of minorities shows a political movement is taking hold in America. If Trump were a politician running such a campaign in a foreign country right now, the US State Department would probably be condemning him.

8. Diane Francis in the Guardian wonders if Sanders is unstoppable, ‘Bernie Sanders just won his seventh straight victory. Is he unstoppable?’

if Sanders wins New York, all bets are off in terms of the final outcome, because this would humiliate and rock the Clinton campaign.

9. Melanie Mason and Mark Z. Barabak in the LA Times write about what Cruz is doing in the background, ‘Cruz outmaneuvering Trump in behind-the-scenes battles for delegates’

As odds have increased that no Republican candidate will win enough delegates before the convention in Cleveland, campaigns have engaged in tense battles over the individuals who will vote in the convention roll call.

10. Evan Osnos in the New Yorker on ‘Trump’s Convention Strategy: “The Fix Is In”’

When we are exposed to the right energy, even those of us who are not inclined to cross the boundaries from politics to force will do things that we would ordinarily consider reprehensible.
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