Daily Clips: July 6, 2016

ALTON STERLING WAS SHOT: A graphic video shows Baton Rouge police wrestling an African-American man named Alton Sterling to the ground and shooting him.

CLINTON PROMOTES DEBT-FREE EDUCATION PLAN: Hillary Clinton will unveil a higher education plan that incorporates major aspects of Bernie Sanders’s education policy:

Clinton is adding three features to her plan for higher education policy, called the “New College Compact.“ They include eliminating tuition at in-state public universities for families making under $125,000 by 2021 and restoring year-round Pell Grant funding so students can take summer classes to finish school quicker.

WASHINGTON STATE DECIDES: Joel Connelly at the Seattle PI writes about two measures that are likely to make it to the ballot in November:

Initiative 1433 would increase the state’s minimum wage, currently at $9.47 an hour, in phases to $13.50 an hour by 2020. I-1433 would allow workers to earn an hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours spent on the job.

 Initiative 1491 would provide for extreme risk protection orders, allowing family members or law enforcement to ask that courts temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms if there is documented evidence that a person’s access to guns threatens his/her life and that of others.

REPUBLICANS TALK A GOOD ECONOMIC GAME: Kevin Drum at Mother Jones points out something that has been staring us in the face for a while:

….economies always recover eventually. Conservatives take advantage of this fact by loudly and clearly insisting that their proposed tax cuts will supercharge economic growth. They know that eventually there will be growth, and when it happens they can then loudly and clearly insist that their tax cuts were responsible. Since they’ve been loudly and clearly saying this all along, ordinary citizens conclude that they’re right.

Democrats don’t really do this.

 

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