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NY Daily News, after interviewing both candidates, gives Hillary a STELLAR endorsement.

This follows the New York Times endorsement in January and is well-timed to impact the primary on the 19th.


Daily News Editorial Board says Vote Hillary Clinton: Her plans to give working- and middle-class Americans a fighting chance at rising incomes are far superior to Bernie Sanders'

On April 19, New York Democrats will have unusual say over the party’s nominee. They have in Clinton a superprepared warrior realist. They have in opponent Bernie Sanders a fantasist who’s at passionate war with reality. By choosing Clinton, Empire State Dems would powerfully signal that the party has gotten real about achieving long-sought goals.

Clinton is unsparingly clear-eyed about what’s wrong with America while holding firm to what’s right with America.

She fully understands the toll that adverse economic forces have taken on the country.

She is supremely knowledgeable about the powers a President can wield to lift fortunes in need of lifting.

She possesses the strength and the shrewdness to confront the tough politics of advancing an ambitious Democratic agenda in the White House.

Still more, she is a cauldron-tested globalist who had the spine to give Obama a thumb’s up for taking out Osama Bin Laden and who is far the wiser about the use of American power, having served as secretary of state and seen the consequences of the war in Iraq.

These truths about America’s most well-known public figure are long past debating among Democrats, above all in New York, the state Clinton represented in the U.S. Senate.


Here are the transcripts of the complete interviews with both candidates.



Does anyone know if campaign funds will be paying for Bernie's religious experience?

Travel and lodging in Italy for him and his retinue won't be cheap.

And then there's the Secret Service. Does his Secret Service detail go with him to Italy, at the Government’s expense, for a theological conference, a non-campaign event?

Does anyone know how this works?

UPDATE: As someone who has watched DUers rip the Catholic Church -- including Pope Francis -- to shreds over the years, it is awfully funny to see this new-found respect for that despised institution.

In New York, is Bernie finally taking UNION taxis, or is he sticking to his Uber app?

Anybody seen him about town in a yellow cab?

Yup, Bernie says he's got "serious problems" with Uber on his website, but in 2015 he was 100% for Uber when he himself needed a ride. By comparison, Hillary used it only 41% of the time.

More here:


Bernie claims he's pro-union and anti-Uber. So why does he use Uber for 100% of his rides?

Yup, he’s got "serious problems" with Uber on his website, but in 2015 he was 100% for Uber when he or his staff needed a ride. By comparison, Hillary and her staff used it only 41% of the time.

This is part of the serious disconnect both Bernie and many of his supporters have with regard to their “socialist beliefs.” A real socialist wouldn’t be supporting Uber over unionized, regulated taxi drivers, and yet millions of young people – and Bernie – choose to save money that way.

I get why Ted Cruz would use Uber 97% of the time. He’s a tea party guy. But with all Bernie’s multimillions in campaign funds, he doesn’t need to save money on the backs of taxi drivers.

However, this analysis only covers Bernie’s 2015 car ride expenses. So is he still such a heavy user of Uber?
When he’s in NY, is he finally taking unionized taxi rides or is he continuing to prefer his Uber app?


Nov. 4, 2015

Share of each campaign’s total taxi and ride-hailing app expenses paid to Uber:

Bernie Sanders: 100%

Ted Cruz: 97%

Donald Trump: 56%

Hillary Clinton: 41%

(Kasich wasn’t included in the analysis)


Sanders also said he has “serious problems” with the popular car-hailing company Uber. He called it “unregulated."

Link on Bernie’s website:


Uber Is Not the Future of Work
NOVEMBER 18, 2015

The rise of Uber has convinced many pundits, economists, and policymakers that freelancing via digital platforms is becoming increasingly important to Americans’ livelihood. It has also promoted the idea that new technology—particularly the explosion of platforms enabling the gig economy—will fundamentally alter the future of work.

While Uber and other new companies in the gig economy receive a lot of attention, a look at Uber’s own data about its drivers’ schedules and pay reveals them to be much less consequential than most people assume. In fact, dwelling on these companies too much distracts from the central features of work in America that should be prominent in the public discussion: a disappointingly low minimum wage, lax overtime rules, weak collective-bargaining rights, and excessive unemployment, to name a few. When it comes to the future of work, these are the aspects of the labor market that deserve the most attention.


The most prominent legal and legislative question—one that has major implications for workers in industries as varied as construction and trucking—is whether Uber drivers are being misclassified when Uber considers them independent contractors instead of actual employees. Independent contractors lack important protections, such as unemployment insurance and compensation for on-the-job injuries, that are granted to workers classified as employees. They also must pay both the employer’s and the employee’s portions of the Social-Security payroll tax. This classification also has implications for collective bargaining (as independent contractors are not covered by the legal framework enabling it) and for the overall collection of tax revenues (as the failure to report income is very common among independent

New Fox poll puts Hillary ahead in NY, 53 to 37.


In New York, Clinton leads Sanders 53% to 37%; and in Pennsylvania, she tops him 49% to 38%.

While both Clinton and Trump are playing up their home state ties ahead of the New York primary, the former New York senator would trounce the New York real estate developer by 16 points in a general election match-up, according to the poll.

Trump would also lose to Brooklyn-born Sanders by 19 points based on the survey of New York voters.
The New York poll surveyed 1,403 New York voters between April 4-7. For Democrats, 801 likely primary voters were polled for a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points; for Republicans, 602 likely primary voters were surveyed for a margin of error of plus or minus 4 points.

The Pennsylvania poll surveyed 1,607 Pennsylvania voters between April 4-7. For both Democrats and Republicans, the margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Tyler Pedigo's predictions look pretty good for Hillary.

He's the statistician some people were citing when he was predicting a blow-out win for Bernie in Wyoming.

He's not predicting any more blow-out wins (except maybe for Hillary.)

Maybe he learned his lesson.


Jamaica Ponder, a writer to follow: a high school student from Princeton, NJ whose explosive piece

has woken up a small, upscale academic town.

Remember this name: Jamaica Ponder.

We shall be hearing more from her!

This was on ABC:


And here's her blog piece:



Hey again!

Today I’m coming to you live from the futon in my room with some fresh off the boat debauchery straight from the students of Princeton High School. This here is even more appalling than the usual stuff. Honestly, it’s ridiculous- but it would be even more ridiculous for me to come across such ignorance and not utilize it as an example for anyone else harboring the misconception that they can walk around doing dumb stuff like this and not get called out. So here we are.

Right off of Snapchat in a harrowingly recognizable basement, with our classmates front and center. And no, your eyes aren’t playing a trick on you. Yes, that’s a swastika. Double yes- they’re playing Jews vs Nazis beer pong. No again, this isn’t a joke.

Well, perhaps it is a joke. But then I guess the punchline would be: genocide. Pardon me if I don’t find that to be hilarious. The real joke here is that these kids weren’t only insensitive enough to play the game, but also silly enough to post it on Snapchat and leave it there long enough for me, and several others, to take a screenshot.


More on what happened at this link. Apparently Nazi beer pong is a game that's been going on for years.


Politifact: "No, Bernie did not retroactively win Nevada"


Hillary Clinton was declared the winner of Nevada’s presidential caucuses back in February, but some supporters of Bernie Sanders are claiming the Vermont senator might have won the state after all.

The pronouncement came after Sanders delegates ended up outnumbering Clinton’s during the hectic Clark County Democratic Convention on April 2, leading many media outlets and supporters to declare that Sanders retroactively "won" the state by outmaneuvering Clinton.

So, did Sanders add another state to his column as many have claimed?

The answer is no, and it likely will remain that way.

We’ll tell you why.


Final Wyoming result: A TIE: 7 to 7.

Still love caucuses?


Hillary is Hermione: a brilliant, hard-working, conscientious MUGGLE.

And I'm for her in the battle against Evil . . . because there's no such thing as a Wizard.
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