ICYMI: Here’s Everything Worth Knowing About the First Democratic Presidential Debate


Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate in Las Vegas on October 13th. (Rex Features via AP Images)

The last time Democrats debated one another, George W. Bush was still the president, Lehman Brothers was still solvent, and most people probably thought Bear Stearns was a character in a children’s book. Since then, we’ve been subjected to a seemingly endless parade of incoherent climate-deniers, squirrel-eaters, nativists, assault-rifle-maximalists, uterus-controllers and Rick Santorums in nationally televised Republican debates, where the purpose appeared to be to see who could most quickly reduce American government to a series of Walmart distribution centers with an army.

So in a sense it was nice just to be able to watch a debate without cringing at literally everything that comes out of the candidates’ mouths, to be thrown some beautiful, marbled red meat, to be pandered to. I believe it was Jefferson who said that from time to time the tree of liberty needs to be watered with unrealistic campaign promises. Most importantly, the country was reminded that it is possible to gather more than two people on a stage together in public and have them praise, rather then trash, President Obama. Read more »

In PA, Women Are Paid 79 Cents on the Dollar Compared to Men

(Popartic Shutterstock)

(Popartic Shutterstock)

Hillary Clinton has put the wage gap between men and women at the forefront of the her economic policy — and made it a hot-button issue in the 2016 presidential election. It’s got many people wondering: Why should a woman doing the same job be paid less than a man?

new study by the National Partnership for Women & Families finds that women in Pennsylvania are paid 79 cents on the dollar compared to men. That puts the state right on par with the national average. Read more »

What Everyone Is Avoiding Saying About Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal

Like everybody else, I’ve been reading way too much about Hillary Clinton’s emails. I’ve read that her use of a private in-house server violated federal law. I’ve read that her use of the server didn’t violate federal law. I’ve read that her using that server is a big-ass scandal. I’ve read that it wasn’t a big-ass scandal. I’ve read that she had information in those emails that was classified, and that she didn’t have information in those emails that was classified — at the time. Frankly, the whole mess makes my head spin.

Why does it make my head spin? Because I’m a Technically Challenged Person (TCP), and technology perplexes me.

I’m the person you don’t want to ask to take a picture of your family with your iPhone, because I’m the person who keeps seeing pictures of my own face on the screen of my iPhone when I’m trying to take pictures of my son’s football game. And I’m not alone. There’s a substantial subset of Americans who get very, very flustered when they can’t get the remote control to make the TV set come on. It’s been my experience that the children and spouses of people with this condition will rush to their aid and perform the necessary technical operations themselves, rather than patiently walking the TCP through it, because a) it stops the screaming so much sooner; and b) trying to walk a TCP through it is a waste of time. Read more »

Poll: Joe Biden Passes Bernie Sanders, Gains on Hillary Clinton


A new Monmouth University poll shows that still-not-a-candidate Joe Biden is gaining momentum, having passed (democratic) socialist Bernie Sanders and gained ground on problem emailer Hillary Clinton among voters who are registered or lean Democrat.

Of 339 respondents, 22% said they would back Veep, former Delaware Senator, son of Scranton Biden if the 2016 election were held today — up from just 12% a month ago. (FWIW, he scored 16% in this measure back in April when his nascent candidacy was extremely nascent.) While Sanders was eclipsed by Biden — granted, in a poll with a 5.3% margin of error — his support has also trended upward; his 20% support is up from 16% last month. The big “loser” here, of course, is Clinton, whose numbers ticked down from 52% to 42%. Read more »

Biden Pondering Presidential Run


Vice President Joe Biden — the Scranton native and former longtime U.S. Senator from Delaware — is pondering a late entry into the 2016 presidential race, multiple reports say.

“Vice President Joe Biden met privately with Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Saturday in his residence at the Naval Observatory, CNN has learned, another sign he is seriously deciding whether to jump into the Democratic presidential race,” CNN reports. “Warren and Biden discussed economic policy during a meeting that lasted about two hours, a person familiar with the discussion told CNN, adding that the presidential campaign or Biden’s future was not a particular focus of the discussion.” Read more »

BizFeed: American Airlines Workers Allege Racism, Safety Hazards



1. American Airlines and US Airways Under Investigation

The News: Eighty airline workers from Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. say American Airlines and US Airways managers “routinely use racial slurs,” and “deny minority workers perks and training,” according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

They’re also accused of purposely delaying or botching repairs, leaving employees “petrified” to use certain equipment. The allegations were outlined in complaint filed with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Daily News said. American Airlines and US Airways merged in 2013, and have a big presence at the Philadelphia International Airport. Read more »

Hillary Clinton vs. Uber and the Sharing Economy

hillary clinton free library

(Photo by HughE Dillon)

Hillary Clinton has put Uber, Airbnb and the sharing economy in her crosshairs as she runs for president.

In a speech laying out her economic agenda on Monday, Clinton acknowledged that “many Americans are making extra money renting out a spare room,” or even “driving their own car.” But, she cautioned that it’s “raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future.” Read more »

Yaaas, Hillary!: Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Goes Super Gay

You, too, can own this "Yaaas, Hillary!" t-shirt. From Hillary for America Shop.

You, too, can own this “Yaaas, Hillary!” t-shirt. From Hillary for America Shop.

We reported a while back on the “Bottoms for Hillary” movement, but the official Clinton campaign has come up with a series of LGBTQ products that have us screaming “Yaaas!”

My favorite has got to be the “Yaaas, Hillary!” yellow t-shirt, featuring an old-school yearbook photo of Clinton, but it isn’t the only piece of merchandise available in the Hillary for America Pride Shop. Take a look at the assortment of really cool products below:

Head on over to the official Hillary Clinton store to pick up some of this fabulousness, and, on a more serious note, when the time comes, do NOT forget to vote.

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