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“Georgia White – The Stuff Is Here (1937)”


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“Young voters call GOP ‘closed-minded,’ ‘racist,’ and ‘solely for the rich’


NBC NEWS

By Morgan Whitaker

“Solely for the rich.”

“Lacking in diversity.”

“Closed-minded.”

“Racist.”

Old-fashioned.”

This is how younger voters characterized the Republican party, according to a 95-page study released Monday by the College Republican National Committee. The report’s authors had an equally blunt assessment: “dismal present situation.”

Voters under 30 criticized the party for its stance on issues like same-sex marriage and contraception, while the report’s authors blamed what they describe as “errant Republicans’ voices.”

But like the Republican National Committee’s own autopsy from earlier this year, the report gives few suggestions for policy changes that might win over the youth vote, focusing instead on messaging. The report does suggest that the party be “open to debate” on marriage equality.

Minority voters present an especially significant challenge for the GOP.

“[Republicans have] that mentality that you’re born like royalty and the peasants stay peasants,” a young Hispanic voter said, according to the report. “I don’t think that is the view that America was founded on. This is supposed to be a land of opportunity.”

Another young Hispanic voter blasted the party over the defunding of Planned Parenthood. “I think Romney wanted to cut Planned Parenthood. And he supports policies where it would make it harder for a woman to get an abortion should she choose, even if it were medically necessary. That goes…with redefining rape,” she said.

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Voters under 30 criticized the party for its stance on issues like same-sex marriage and contraception, while the report’s authors blamed what they describe as “errant Republicans’ voices.”

But like the Republican National Committee’s own autopsy from earlier this year, the report gives few suggestions for policy changes that might win over the youth vote, focusing instead on messaging. The report does suggest that the party be “open to debate” on marriage equality.

Minority voters present an especially significant challenge for the GOP.

“[Republicans have] that mentality that you’re born like royalty and the peasants stay peasants,” a young Hispanic voter said, according to the report. “I don’t think that is the view that America was founded on. This is supposed to be a land of opportunity.”

Another young Hispanic voter blasted the party over the defunding of Planned Parenthood. “I think Romney wanted to cut Planned Parenthood. And he supports policies where it would make it harder for a woman to get an abortion should she choose, even if it were medically necessary. That goes…with redefining rape,” she said.

Voters under 30 criticized the party for its stance on issues like same-sex marriage and contraception, while the report’s authors blamed what they describe as “errant Republicans’ voices.”

But like the Republican National Committee’s own autopsy from earlier this year, the report gives few suggestions for policy changes that might win over the youth vote, focusing instead on messaging. The report does suggest that the party be “open to debate” on marriage equality.

Minority voters present an especially significant challenge for the GOP.

“[Republicans have] that mentality that you’re born like royalty and the peasants stay peasants,” a young Hispanic voter said, according to the report. “I don’t think that is the view that America was founded on. This is supposed to be a land of opportunity.”

Another young Hispanic voter blasted the party over the defunding of Planned Parenthood. “I think Romney wanted to cut Planned Parenthood. And he supports policies where it would make it harder for a woman to get an abortion should she choose, even if it were medically necessary. That goes…with redefining rape,” she said.

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“Domino’s ‘DomiCopter’ drone can deliver two large pepperonis”


NBC NEWS

By Nidhi Subbaraman, NBC News

On a lunch break last month, a small custom-built octacopter made a 10-minute flight through the city of Guildford, outside of London. Its special cargo: two large pepperoni pizzas.

The delivery was masterminded by a T + Biscuits, an English creative agency that was hired by Domino’s to test prototypes.

“We’re looking at making flying pizzas a possibility,” Tom Hatton, Master Brewer and founder of T + Biscuits, told NBC News.

A pizza delivering drone smells deliciously similar to the fabled TacoCopter — a taco delivery app which, to the Internet‘s disappointment, ended up being just a concept design — but Hatton insists the “DomiCopter” is the real deal. “We’re serious about it,” he said.

Still, don’t hold your breath for a local copter-powered delivery system coming anytime soon. The daily business of T + Biscuits has more to do with mobile apps than logistics and safety regulations, and while the video certainly demonstrates that the pizzas did fly, the firm and its client likely did it more for publicity than for revolutionizing the delivery game, at least for now.

The agency hired custom drone makers in the U.K. and tested a few prototypes until they found the best. “Domino’s said: ‘Right, that’s the one. Let’s make a video and get it out there,'” Hatton said.

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“A Failure To Hold Congress Accountable”: Economic Policy Is Largely Being Driven By Obstructionism, Not Economic Advisers


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President Obama is reportedly planning to nominate economist Jason Furman to replace Alan Krueger as the head of the Council of Economic Advisers. Like Krueger and, for that matter, Austan Goolsbee and Christina Romer who previously served this administration in the same capacity, Furman boasts an impressive resume, with a Harvard economics doctorate as well as stints at the Brooking Institution, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), and the CEA under President Clinton, among others. If you’re still of the incorrect belief that tax cuts largely pay for themselves (looking at you, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell), do yourself a favor and read his CBPP report explaining the mechanics and empirics of “dynamic scoring” (pdf) and why invoking it as a talisman doesn’t mean one can claim anything one finds politically expedient.

The Beltway coverage of this news is overly focused on the inside baseball…

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Don’t think Ted Cruz understands government


FortLeft

Senator Cruz has not exactly endeared himself to his fellow Senators in the short time he has been there.  Even those in his own party.  He has been entertaining in a scary kind of way.  It’s hard to believe that he was only elected last year.  I’ve thought for awhile that he didn’t understand governing – and that that is what Senators do after all – and now maybe I understand why:  He doesn’t understand the basics of government.  Here is Ezra Klein.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz knows how to deal with the Internal Revenue Service: Get rid of it!

We ought to abolish the IRS and instead move to a simple flat tax, where the average American can fill out our taxes on a postcard. Put down how much you earn. Put down a deduction for charitable contributions and home mortgage. And put down how much you owe.

OK.  But…

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Today in History, June 4


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MAKE  A  DIFFERENCE TODAY!

Why are you letting Republicans neglect our roads, bridges and other infrastructure? Stop them now!


THE ED SHOW

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Our national media – the Fourth Estate – has failed to report on the dark agenda of the Republican party which is selling our assets to China, concentrating wealth and power into the hands of the Top 1%, turning their backs on the morals and Christian values of the men who formed and fought and died for our country. Sons and daughters of immigrants have become wealthy and powerful over generations and now satisfy some sinister purpose by fighting to deny civil rights, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for today’s poor, unfortunate and immigrant.  Instead, the media is all up in arms when one of them is caught endangering the safety of life and prosperity of the American people all to gain fame or notoriety that comes with a hot news story or a shocking headline.  The media aided Republican Senator Mitch McConnell in his war on America’s first black president.  With House Speaker, John Boehner, as his second-in-command, McConnell led a campaign in which Republicans, sent to DC to do the people’s business, abrogated their responsibilities passing only a few laws renaming a lot of post offices, and refusing to negotiate with sincerity with Democrats to work as true U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives.  Did the media call them out on their dereliction of duty?  Did they report the real news and hold the feet of our politicians to the fire? No!  Yet, they are all excited by the fake and so-called “scandals” that are rooted in the Republicans’ refusal to accept that Barack Obama beat them and won re-election in spite of all their dirty tricks and several efforts at voter suppression.  IMHO, the media will be complicit with Republicans when historians recount the fall of the United States of America. Everyday America diminishes more and more.  But, it is not too late. Stand with elected Democrats and our grassroots movements to take our country back. [Excuse the tired phrase.]  We get the government we fight for.  And…if we don’t fight:  We get the government we deserve!  —GoodOleWoody

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