Will Bunch: It's the affordability, stupid. Can this one word put a Democrat back in the White House?
Paige Black is a 24-year-old from Northeast Philadelphia with a college degree in biochemistry and exactly the job she was aiming for, as a hospital lab technician. But she’s also forced to live at home with her parents, middle-class retirees, and has no idea when she’ll ever get a place of her own — all because of one thing she failed to calculate.That is, calculate in the most literal sense of the word.Her student debt. A whopping $130,000 worth. Black told me in a Twitter interview that it wasn’t until she graduated from Chestnut Hill College that she realized the full impact of the 12% int...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dahleen Glanton: To get to the White House, millennial Pete Buttigieg has to knock down the boomers standing in his way
The scrap between Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar on the debate stage Wednesday night sounded familiar. It was a generational spat between a 38-year-old millennial and a 59-year-old baby boomer.Most of us have seen similar clashes in the workplace. Some youngsters are so eager for the old-timers to get out of the way that they are practically salivating. Many of them see nothing of value in the wealth of knowledge and experience someone who has been around six decades or more has to offer.Millennials tend to feel like the world is champing at the bit for fresh ideas, new ways to reinvent the ...
Commentary: The Donald Trump Movie Club, featuring 'Parasite,' explained
Welcome to the pop-up edition of “At the Movies,” hosted by Donald Trump.Our president and cultural commander in chief tried out a few riffs, working without a co-host Thursday night at one of his pep rallies, this one in Colorado Springs, Colo. With strategically situated African American and Asian American attendees in the audience behind him, on camera — the African American male to his left went sort of cold when “Gone With the Wind” came up — he lent the voice of federal authority to the opinion that no, “Parasite,” the staggeringly profitable hit from South Korea and a film not in Englis...
Heidi Stevens: Michelle Obama's #PromChallenge is a worthy cause and a refreshing reminder that not every photo has to be flattering
Has a former first lady ever been as inspiring to watch as Michelle Obama?Since exiting the White House, she has written a fantastic memoir (“Becoming”), traveled around the country talking about it with the likes of Oprah Winfrey, guided us through a too-rare dialogue about infertility and miscarriage, started Higher Ground Productions with Barack Obama and launched the Global Girls Alliance to educate girls around the globe, among other endeavors.Her #PromChallenge is one of my favorites yet.On Tuesday, she tweeted her 1982 prom photo (in which, defying all ‘80s logic, she looks fabulous) wi...
Analysts see less political threat for health insurers in election
The primary season has only just begun, yet analysts with Deutsche Bank said the race for the presidential nominee in the Democratic Party is looking better for health insurers.In a research report published this week, analysts with the investment bank said that managed-care stocks are up 20% since September 2019 when U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., took an early lead in the party’s primary.Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., have called for big changes in the U.S. health care system, such as a Medicare for All proposal from Sanders that would completely eliminate the private health in...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: Endorsement: Vote Pete Buttigieg president to make America good again
Among the biggest questions in the 2020 presidential election are these:How will liberals, moderates and independents winnow the Democratic field in the primary election on March 3 when California and 14 other states and territories vote on Super Tuesday?If the economy stays strong through the general election, can any Democrat defeat Donald Trump, who is building that wall, claims to be the most pro-life president in U.S. history and who in three years has already ensured conservative dominance of federal courts for generations?What would the United States even look like in 2024 if Trump is r...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
No holds Barred: An attorney general humiliated by a president unbound
As Attorney General William Barr is learning to his dismay, in Trump world, there is no bottom.No matter how completely a once-respected professional abases himself, still more will be demanded until the man in charge demands final, total subjugation and humiliation.For a second week, Barr is trying to stop President Trump’s Twitter interference in active criminal cases before the Justice Department. Last week, the AG went on TV to share that Trump’s tweets about Roger Stone’s trial were making it impossible to do his job. The adolescent in the Oval Office promptly popped up to tweet that he h...
New York Daily News
Martin Schram: Bloomberg's debate falls short of his ads' promise
This we know: $300 million worth of TV and digital media ads, gushing into our homes and across our news screens, can rocket even a late-starting presidential candidate into the top tier of the White House wannabes.As New York City’s ex-Mayor Mike Bloomberg has just shown us.But this we also know: Ultimately, even a billion dollar blizzard of TV and digital ads can only work wonders when their creative messages and images of presidential decisiveness and leadership are reinforcing positive presidential messages and images we voters are also viewing each day on our free media TV and digital new...
Tribune News Service
Minnesota pastor leads campaign to try to shift evangelical vote
MINNEAPOLIS — The Rev. Doug Pagitt jumped on stage at his former Minneapolis church with a message that he and his entourage are repeating across the country: Evangelical voters, you can stay true to your Christian faith but not vote for President Donald Trump.Their “Vote Common Good” campaign, conducted from a bright orange bus making stops at every Democratic state primary, represents the small cracks in the evangelical base that helped propel Trump into office. More than 80% of white evangelical Christians voted for Trump in 2016, and continue to support him in his bid for reelection.Pagitt...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick still in limbo as Trump pardons 11 others
DETROIT — As President Donald Trump granted relief Tuesday to 11 white-collar criminals, no word came from the White House regarding the fate of Kwame Kilpatrick — Detroit’s imprisoned ex-mayor who is also hoping for some Oval Office intervention.Kilpatrick, with the help of millionaire friend Peter Karmanos, sought clemency from Trump last year, hoping the president will commute his 28-year prison sentence stemming from his 2013 public corruption conviction.As of now, Kilpatrick isn’t eligible for release until 2037. If Trump doesn’t intervene, the former mayor will be 67 years old when he ge...
Detroit Free Press