John Peeler: There’s something else going on that hasn’t gotten as much attention: Hillary gets the cities and suburbs and Bernie gets the rural areas. How does this make sense?
Elections and Campaigns
Ron Briley: Schilling is often praised for pitching through an ankle injury displayed on television by the blood on his white socks, but the pitcher knows nothing about the daily courage displayed by young people of the LGBT community who are attempting to express their identity but are all too often ridiculed by bigots such as Schilling.
One of my history-minded friends has a long-range political view summed up in three words: Liberals always win. Battles may be ferocious and seem endless, he says, but they finally bring progressive victories. Liberals Are the Future
Sikivu Hutchinson: Whereas each week brings a tide of white female victims/survivors accusing, and, sometimes, triumphing over their abusers, black women and girls remain invisible, both as victims, survivors and heroines fighting back against sexual assault.
War & Peace
Erica Chenoweth: Because the Catholic Church developed the doctrine between the 4th and 13th centuries, the just war canon has had a monopolistic influence on the way people in the West think about war and violence
W.D. Ehrhart: I cannot begin to detail here all that happened over the course of my thirteen months in Vietnam or the path those experiences set me on, but suffice it to say that I finally had to confront the reality that what my parents’ generation had taught me about who and what my country was—was bullshit.
The truth is, more than likely, when the presidential candidates get to Philadelphia, neither Hillary nor Bernie will have the required number of “pledged delegates.”
Walter Moss: In a fitting irony for our mixed-up, topsy-turvey political season, the Jewish Bernie Sanders praises the Catholic papal positions on capitalism, while the Republican Speaker of the House, the Catholic Paul Ryan, is much more influenced by the free-market philosophy of Friedman and Hayek. Bernie Sanders Moral Economy
Richard Eskow: The simple fact remains: Even if our too-big-to-fail institutions each gave us a credible-sounding “living will,” we could never be sure it would actually be implemented successfully during a real crisis. Break Up Big Banks
Claude Fischer: Most critically for those concerned about the swelling population of undocumented residents in the U.S., the escalation of border enforcement reduced the flow of migrants already in the U.S. back to Mexico and then additionally reduced the numbers going back to the U.S. after that first return. Instead, the undocumented stayed on this side. Bigger Wall
Rosemary Jenkins: This is the day Governor Brown signed into law the Raise-the-Wage mandate—$15 an hour minimum wage for nearly every worker in California phased-in over the next few years until it is eventually indexed to the cost-of-living.
Berry Craig: The host of a nationally-syndicated labor radio talk show wants union members to “thank” Sen. Mitch McConnell for his “help” with the Friedrichs case.