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Leid Stories – Election 2016: Primaries Deliver A Big Payday for Clinton, An Inevitable Payout for Sanders – 06.08.16

With wins yesterday in four of six states holding primaries—particularly in delegate-rich California and New Jersey—Hillary Clinton, who also carried New Mexico and South Dakota, had a big political payday. She zoomed past the 2,383 delegates needed to be the Democratic Party’s nominee in the general election (now having 2,184 pledged delegates and 571 superdelegates, against Sanders’ 1,804 and 48, respectively). The taste of victory—and history, as a major party’s first female presidential nominee—was sweet.

Which brings us, for the umpteenth time, back to Bernie and what, exactly, he plans to do with his votes and his anti-establishment movement.

Leid Stories discusses the inevitability of Sanders’ capitulation to Clinton and the Democratic Party in the name of “party unity,” and the almost certain death of the “progressive” movement he started.

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Behind the $55 Million Verdict: Johnson & Johnson Knew About Talcum Powder Cancer Risks Since the 1970s

Like the tobacco companies a generation ago, Johnson & Johnson and its cosmetics lobby have known about the link between its talcum powder and cancer for 40 years, distorted research about the talcum-cancer connection, and lied to the public about the dangers. The big lie was exposed on Monday when, for the second time in three months, jurors blasted Johnson …

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Stan Cox – Young Farmers Are Aiming to Change the Face of Local Farming

Richard Nixon’s agriculture secretary in the early to mid-1970s was Earl Butz, a man best known for advising the nation’s farmers to “get big or get out.” Rural America has been following that advice ever since. Across most of the country, farms continue to grow in acreage and dwindle in number. Every state in the vast agricultural region stretching from …

Our Jihadis and Theirs By Tom Engelhardt

Consider this paragraph a holding action on the subject of getting blown away in America. While I write this dispatch, I’m waiting patiently for the next set of dispiriting killings in this country. And I have faith. Before I’m done, some angry — or simply mentally disturbed — and well-armed American “lone wolf” (or lone wolves) will gun down someone …

Native American tribes tackle diet and health woes with businesses built on traditional foods – Autumn Sanne

For many residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, getting to a supermarket requires a two-hour drive to Rapid City. It’s an expensive trip for people living in the third poorest county in the US. Many residents have no access to transportation, leaving only one option: on-reservation convenience stores that stock processed, long-shelf-life foods. To combat these poor …

House Gives $334 Billion Tax Break to 25 Richest Americans – Scott Klinger

The House of Representatives gave 25 of the nation’s billionaires a $334 billion tax break on April 16 when it voted 240-179 to repeal the estate tax. The nearly 100-year old tax raises $27 billion a year for the U.S. government. Of the 2,662,000 Americans who died in 2013, just 3,700 of their estates paid any estate tax – one …