INDEPENDENT GLOBAL NEWS: “Sanders and Socialism: Debate Between Nobel Laureate paul krugman & Socialist Economist RICHARD WOLFF” / Democracy Now! / Amy Goodman ☮

As Bernie Sanders’s runaway win in Nevada cements his position as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, the Democratic Party establishment and much of the mainstream media are openly expressing concern about a self-described democratic socialist leading the presidential ticket. His opponents have also attacked his ambitious agenda. Last week during the primary debate in Las Vegas, Bernie Sanders addressed misconceptions about socialism. Invoking the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Sanders decried what he called “socialism for the very rich, rugged individualism for the poor.”

POLITICS: “GOPs Immigration Reform ‘Problem is Their Base is Old White People'” / Paul Krugman

“The Republican Party has a problem,” [. . .] “The leadership understands that . . . they’re doomed if they are only the party of old white people, to put it bluntly. The problem is their base is old white people.”

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ECONOMICS: “Extortionists Versus Con Men” / Paul Krugman

One faction basically wants to use the party’s power of obstruction: threaten to provoke a crisis over the debt ceiling — in fact, do this again and again — and thereby force Obama to implement the GOP agenda.

The other faction wants to achieve the same goals by stealth. Pretend that what you’re really concerned about is debt and the fate of our children; cultivate the Very Serious People and the deficit scolds; impersonate a budget wonk; and smuggle the agenda in by dressing it in fiscal responsibility camouflage.

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