In San Diego, Bernie Sanders rails against inequality

In San Diego, Bernie Sanders rails against inequality

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke to thousands at Kimball Park in National City Saturday evening. (San Diego Union-Tribune) Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders railed against corporate powers in America before thousands of followers in National City Saturday night just hours after making a more intimate visit to Friendship Park on the border between San Diego and Tijuana.

The Vermont senator gave a sweeping speech that touched on a number of issues but maintained the central theme of addressing inequality.

“I’m running for president because we are going to create an economy that works for all of us, not just wealthy campaign contributors,” Sanders said at yet another of his massive rallies, this one in Kimball Park with an estimated 10,000 attendees.

He said the goal of the campaign was ending “the rigged economy.”

Sanders rarely mentioned his Democratic opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton , though he did harshly criticize presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump . “We will not allow the Trumps of the world to divide us up,” he said.

Sanders has continued to campaign hard against Clinton , even though she is close to winning enough delegates to clinch the nomination. In an interview before his speech, Sanders said he believed Democrats […]

Innocence project critical of Clark County’s DA plans to review past convictions

Innocence project critical of Clark County's DA plans to review past convictions

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson [KSNV] LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —

An announcement by Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson that he intends to form a special unit to review past convictions is being criticized by an organization that works to free people wrongfully convicted.

Wolfson announced Friday that his proposed Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) has been identified and the creation of a three-staffer unit is moving forward.

On Monday, the Clark County Board of County Commissioners approved a budget for the next fiscal year which included three positions that will be assigned to the Conviction Integrity Unity: a chief deputy district attorney, a paralegal and an investigator.

The purpose of the CIU is to re-examine convictions where new evidence suggesting actual innocence has surfaced, and to guard against future error by adopting and implementing prosecution best practices. Several large jurisdictions across the country have established CIU’s, but this will be the first of its kind in Nevada.

“I am looking forward to finally getting this team in place,” Wolfson said in a news release. “Adding a Conviction Integrity Unit brings us in line with other major jurisdictions throughout the United States. It is essential to have a formal mechanism in place to […]

NYC Cop Disarmed For Beating Bystanders During Violent Arrest

NYC Cop Disarmed For Beating Bystanders During Violent Arrest

NYC police officer, Risel Martinez, has been temporally stripped of his badge and gun for punching a witness, who was filming a violent arrest. According to reports, NYC police stopped a gray Hyundai sedan double-parked on Harlem block on Thursday, May 19. A 21-year-old biker, Dayshawn Bettway, and several other bikers began to surround Martinez and his crew, when two men escaped from the car that was pulled over. That evening, Officer Martinez confronted Bettway to arrest him for riding a dirt bike reported to have been stolen.

The fact that the incident took place in Harlem, which is a predominantly black area, seems to have let officer Martinez off the leash. The video shows him pulling his gun at bystanders, who were taking cell phone videos of the incident. Another video shows Martinez vigorously punching an onlooker, who was also videotaping him.

One of the black observers explained to NY1: “He put his hands up, said, ‘I don’t want no problems.’ Cop punched him in his face, like three or four times, slammed him on his head. That’s when I got the camera out.”

The NYC cop was placed on modified duty over the week while the NYPD investigates the incident.

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Money doesn’t buy as long a life as it used to

Money doesn’t buy as long a life as it used to

Here’s some excellent news on inequality: Measured from birth, the gap in life expectancy between rich and poor in the U.S. has been rapidly narrowing. It appears that a variety of policy initiatives, including those designed to promote children’s health and cut smoking, are actually working.

These findings run counter to the widespread view that the economic gap increasingly means that the rich live longer while the poor don’t. That view has some solid research behind it: By some measures, rich people are indeed showing longevity gains, but in many parts of the country, poor people aren’t.

More evidence for the pessimistic view: If you measure life expectancy from the age of 40, the gap between rich and poor jumped between 2001 and 2014. Women in the top 1 percent are living 10 years longer than women in the bottom 1 percent; for men, the gap is a whopping 15 years.

But what if we measure life expectancy at birth? That’s the question recently posed by Janet Currie of Princeton University and Hannes Schwandt of Zurich University. Currie and Schwandt replicate the finding that among older people, the longevity gap between rich and poor is increasing. But they show that if you […]

Democrats Can’t Unite Unless Wasserman Schultz Goes

Democrats Can't Unite Unless Wasserman Schultz Goes

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 13 2015: CNN Democratic presidential debate features candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton at Wynn Las Vegas. Photo Credit: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com To paraphrase the words of that Scottish master Robert Burns, the best laid plans of mice, men — and women — go often astray, or “gang aft agley,” as they say in the Highlands. No one knows this better than Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Twice now, the flight of her presidential aspirations has been forced to circle the airport as other contenders put up an unexpected fight: In 2008, Barack Obama emerged to grab the Democratic nomination away and this year, although all signs point to her finally grabbing the brass ring, unexpected and powerful progressive resistance came from the mighty wind of the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Certainly, Hillary Clinton is angered by all of this, but the one seemingly more aggrieved — if public comments and private actions are any indication — is Democratic National Committee chair and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Hillary surrogate who takes umbrage like ordinary folks pop their vitamins in the morning.

As we recently wrote , “… She embodies the tactics that have eroded the ability […]

Union Hammers CEO Wage Gap, But Analysis Shows Union Chiefs Make MORE Than Average CEO

Union Hammers CEO Wage Gap, But Analysis Shows Union Chiefs Make MORE Than Average CEO

The Center for Union Facts found in its own analysis Friday that many union presidents hammer the corporate wage gap, but still make more money than the average CEO.

The AFL-CIO found the average CEO of a S&P 500 company Tuesday made 335 times more money than the average worker in 2015. Union Facts countered the analysis , highlighting that S&P 500 companies tend to be among the largest. Instead, when all CEOs are taken into account, union presidents often get paid more.

“Dozens of union bosses rake in cushy six-figure salaries on the workers’ dime,” Union Facts Executive Director Richard Berman told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Many of them make more than CEOs. And they spend member dues — still mandatory in many states — on a host of luxuries, from $160 dinners and luxury wines to pricey limousine services.”

The union report found the average president of a S&P 500 company made $12.4 million last year. The report aimed at highlighting an ever growing wage gap between corporate elites and everyday workers. Union Facts found in its own analysis that the top 153 union presidents made more than the average CEO in gross annual salary.

“The income inequality that exists […]

Jeremy Corbyn calls for new economics to tackle ‘grotesque inequality’

Jeremy Corbyn calls for new economics to tackle 'grotesque inequality'

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘We must continue to stand up against the Conservative six-year record of mismanagement of the economy’ Photograph: Hannah Mckay/EPA Jeremy Corbyn said the UK needed a serious debate about wealth creation, as he called for a new style of economics to tackle Britain’s “grotesque inequality”.

Closing a Labour state of the economy conference in central London on Saturday, the party’s leader said: “Wealth creation is a good thing: we all want greater prosperity. But let us have a serious debate about how wealth is created, and how that wealth should be shared.”

Corbyn also said a Labour government would “chase down the tax avoiders and the tax evaders” and ensure HMRC had the resources it needed to do so.

Labour needed to be ambitious and bold to win the next election, he said. In the meantime, he insisted that the party could make a difference despite the frustrations of being in opposition: “We must continue to stand up against the Conservative six-year record of mismanagement of the economy – and stand up for the vital services on which we all depend.”

George Osborne had vowed six years ago that austerity would wipe out the deficit, Corbyn said. “That’s the wonderful thing […]

Economic inequality, the toil of work and Wall Street power: Our capitalist society is like “The Matrix”

Economic inequality, the toil of work and Wall Street power: Our capitalist society is like “The Matrix”

Carrie-Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves in “The Matrix” Our lives seem normal. Just like in the beginning of “The Matrix,” the classic sci-fi movie from 1999 starring Keanu Reeves. Not great or anything, but fine. We get up every morning and repeat our programmed daily grind.

But is this all life has to offer? Or is there more to it than this? Some larger, hidden force controlling us and our society that we don’t recognize or understand?

What is the Matrix?

In the movie, the main character, Neo, was presented with a choice as to whether he wished to learn the reality about the hidden forces.

And now, dear reader, you are presented with the same choice. Do you really wish to know? But the reality of the truth might be more painful and difficult than the illusion of your current existence.

If you take the blue pill by stopping here and reading no further, then you will be safely returned to your current life, resume your daily grind, and be none the wiser.If you take the red pill by reading on, however, there is no turning back. The reality of the truth will forever change your understanding of the hidden forces that are […]

Rising inequality creates a new poor people tax at the grocery store

Rising inequality creates a new poor people tax at the grocery store

Walmart checkout line; worker bagging groceries for woman with children. Poor people get hit with higher prices on basic purchases because they often live in neighborhoods without supermarkets and have to pay convenience store prices—or because they can’t afford to take advantage of sales and stock up on discounted products. It’s pretty well-known that these are ways it’s expensive to be poor (by people who care to know, at least, as Republicans seem well able to stay ignorant). But a Harvard graduate student’s research finds that the premium poor people pay on everyday retail goods goes still further. Xavier Jaravel: … has found that prices are increasing by more than 2 percent a year on average for goods purchased by consumers with household incomes under $30,000, but by just 1.4 percent annually for those with incomes above $100,000. Why would that be? According to Jaravel, it starts with the fact that we all might buy the same basic category of product, but we don’t all buy the exact same thing. Higher-income people buy premium brands, and Jaravel: … found that relatively few new products made it into stores that weren’t premium goods. In other words, poorer consumers were more […]

Occupy the 1990s: Income inequality soared during Bill Clinton’s presidency. Why didn’t anyone care?

Occupy the 1990s: Income inequality soared during Bill Clinton’s presidency. Why didn’t anyone care?

In my new The Week column, I take a look at Hillary Clinton’s idea that she’ll put hubby Bill in charge of “revitalizing” the US economy. Of course that idea assumes a) the US president — or delegated “economy czar” — can deeply and quickly influence the economy, and b) the ex-president would do a good job in exerting whatever influence he might wield.

As I wrote, “Even though presidents get credit for the good and blame for the bad that happens on their watch, it’s never straightforward to figure out how much they deserve, if any.” The 1990s economy was a very good one, its success helped along but a number of factors other than Bill Clintonomics (whatever that was year to year). Hillary and Bill Clinton in Little Rock November 3, 1992. Reuters/Win McNamee. In a similar analysis, FiveThirtyEight’s Ben Casselman concludes , “Bill Clinton deserves, at most, a small sliver of the blame for the financial crisis. But he probably doesn’t deserve much credit for the late-’90s boom, either.

That the 1990s boom ended in a tech-stock meltdown and then a housing bubble and bust does remove some shine from Bill Clinton’s economic record and legacy. And for […]