It’s possible all the commotion over the Iowa caucus has more to do with media than with politics. In another report, a writer says the platform put forth by the Green Party’s Jill Stein has a better chance of winning than Bernie Sanders’ does. Meanwhile, a former trader reveals just how much the Clinton’s are indebted to Wall Street, and vice versa. These discoveries and more below.

The Iowa Caucus Is Overrated: The ‘Big Day’ Everyone’s Obsessed With Isn’t as Important as You’ve Been Told Media desire to justify obsessive coverage has exaggerated the importance of Monday’s caucuses beyond recognition.

When Homophobia Becomes a Tool for Political Persecution The campaign against the left in Israel reaches a new low: a planned protest at the wedding of an anti-occupation group’s director and her wife-to-be. It shows that when dissent is characterized as treason, there is no area of one’s life that is off-limits.

Attacks on Workers Intensify The destruction of unions in the U.S. has been going on for decades, steadily intensifying since the 1970s. But recent, and pending, U.S. Supreme Court decisions are now leading a new, intensive attack on unionization in the U.S.

The Gentiles Who Act Like Jews Who are these non-Jews practicing Orthodox Judaism?

SoCal Gas Knew Aliso Canyon Wells Were Deteriorating a Year Before Leak Lawsuit alleges negligence, and regulatory filings show the company knew its storage facility wells were vulnerable to leaks.

How Wall Street Came to Own the Clintons and the Democratic Party Former FX trader at Citigroup, Chris Arnade, just penned a poignant and entertaining op-ed at The Guardian detailing how Wall Street came to own the Democratic Party via the Clintons over the course of his career.

Jill Stein’s Platform Is More Viable Than Bernie’s I asked Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein about her platform this week and came away believing it had a better chance of winning than Bernie Sanders’.

Rick Snyder Won a Governing Magazine Award After Flint’s Switch to Poison Water Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is not the only person responsible for the ongoing Flint water crisis, but his administration has certainly failed Flint residents on many occasions.

Ellen Page: ‘Being Out Became More Important Than Any Movie’ The Oscar-nominated Juno star talks about child stardom, her “Vice” TV show and why she had to stop living a lie.

On Kenneth Thorpe’s Analysis of Senator Sanders’ Single-Payer Reform Plan Professor Kenneth Thorpe recently issued an analysis of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ single-payer national health insurance proposal. Thorpe, an Emory University professor who served in the Clinton administration, claims the single-payer plan would break the bank.

France, Iran, and the Affair of the Lunch Wine The news that French President François Hollande canceled a lunch today in Paris with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in town on an official visit, because the Iranians insisted that no wine be served at lunch, is generally being treated in the spirit of what I used to call the Sacre Bleu!


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