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Latino Voters Not Loving Cruz, Rubio

It’s striking that in a presidential season with two viable Latino contenders, discussion of Hispanic voters has been negligible.

This will change as the primaries move to states with larger Latino populations, Nevada being first up. In those states, Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio will come under questioning for ethnic loyalty.

This scrutiny will do them no favors. While some may imagine that Cruz or Rubio would get a boost in the general election from being the first Hispanic presidential nominee, either one would only help to hand the White House to the Democrats. The reason is simple: They continue to spurn other Hispanics.…

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Michigan Officials Knew Of Legionnaires’ Outbreak Long Before Warning

By Ben Klayman

DETROIT (Reuters) – State government officials knew about an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease and its suspected link to contaminated water in impoverished Flint, Michigan, at least 10 months before a public announcement was made, documents released on Friday showed.

The disclosure of the documents, among thousands of pages of emails and other material released, comes as Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder faces pressure to resign over his administration’s handling of the Flint water crisis.

Michigan’s Genesee County, which includes Flint, had 87 cases of Legionnaires’ from June 2014 to November 2015, 10 of them fatal.

Flint’s water supply was contaminated by lead, a serious public health threat, after its water supply was switched from Detroit to the Flint River in April 2014 in a cost-cutting move when the city was under a state-appointed emergency manager.…

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Washington Post: The National Memo Is Right, Donald Trump Is Wrong.

Five months ago, an engineer and writer under the pen name Ali F. Rhuzkan wrote a rebuttal to Donald Trump’s breezy view of surgically separating the United States and Mexico via a 2,000-mile-long super wall. Ali pointed out that Trump’s wall would require three times as much concrete as the Hoover Dam, 5 billion pounds of steel, and a logistical effort to ship materials and coordinate laborers that would make Qin Shi Huangdi blush.

Trump later amended his ridiculous proposal to 1,000 miles, accounting for “natural barriers.”

On Tuesday, in an interview with MSNBC, Trump estimated the wall project at $8 billion, a figure that the Washington Post‘s Glenn Kessler wrote yesterday was just about the farthest thing from realistic:

We can also look at the Israel’s experience with building a separation barrier between Israeli-held areas and Palestinian-held areas.



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