Daily Clips: July 30th, 2015

ATTENTION: IF YOU HAVE NOT YET VOTED IN THE PRIMARY, PLEASE DO SO BEFORE AUGUST 4TH. IT IS YOUR CIVIC DUTY. 

There’s something about Bernie: When most Americans heard that Bernie Sanders was going to run for president, they likely rolled their eyes or even chuckled at the implausibility of it all. And yet here we are months into the 2016 primary process and Bernie Sanders is drawing thee biggest crowds in the country.

While Molly Ball’s excellent article on Sanders’ surge is quick to assure readers that “I am not going to tell you now that Sanders “just might give Hillary Clinton the shock of her life”,” she does highlight the one truth about his candidacy: “Bernie Sanders has one thing Hillary Clinton doesn’t: an ideology.”

How accurate. Friend and foe alike know where Bernie stands on many issues, because he is the rare politician who is honest and direct. Even if you may not subscribe to his brand of “democratic socialism”, as he called it in his Vox interview with Ezra Klein, no one can question his authenticity and dependability. Hillary should take note.

Another gun death in Seattle: Inspired by recent articles from Paul Constant and Danny Westneat on our collective silence to gun violence, I wanted to include the news that a Seattle-area man was killed and two others were injured in a Federal Way shooting last night. Sigh. This isn’t normal, people.

US economy keeps on truckin’: According to MarketWatch, the US economy has “firmed up” since its slow start in 2015. GDP rose at a 2.3% annual rate from April to June, which basically makes interest rate hikes a guarantee at some point this year.

Bernie Sanders: “The top one-tenth of 1 percent” of Americans “own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent.” Politifact looked at this statement from Bernie and found it to be “mostly true.” As they point out, “[h]is claim repeats a finding from a study by two internationally known economists that were supported by two other major economists we contacted. But the study has been criticized, for example, for not including Social Security in the wealth calculations.”

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.