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Baseball, apple pie, mom, and racism, by Mark E Andersen
Ten months after Maria, there are still mainland misconceptions about Puerto Ricans, by Denise Oliver Velez
The press continues to fall into the Republican’s trap, Donald Trump, by Egberto Willies
The creeping privatization of public libraries, by Susan Grigsby
Global heat waves: another ominous sign of climate change, by Sher Watts Spooner
We already know the Trump voters and the truth is they don’t really care about us, by Frank Vyan Walton
Andrew Cuomo is the single biggest obstacle to moving New York in a more progressive direction, by Sean McElwee and Stephen Wolf
The overlap between race and education tells you a lot about how a place will vote, by David Jarman
Trump tax plan was a lie. Corporate tax revenue at 75-year low. 2019 deficit looks like $1 trillion, by Ian Reifowitz
• Judge gives former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver seven years in the slam: The judge had a bit of mercy for Silver, the once politically powerful, 74-year-old, two-decade-long veteran of the New York state legislature convicted in two trials of corruption. Originally, he had received a sentence of 12 years, but at the end of this retrial the judge eased up and gave Silver only seven years. But not without first lambasting him: “While I appreciate that Mr. Silver feels bad and I fully respect his constitutional right to persist in his position that he did not commit a crime, his inability to publicly admit that which 24 New Yorkers have now found proven beyond a reasonable doubt may suggest that Mr. Silver has not entirely come to terms with the fact that he is exactly what too many people think all politicians are, and that is deeply corrupt.”
• Scientists make it clear that climate change is the culprit behind this summer’s unprecedented heat waves: “In many places, people are preparing for the past or present climate. But this summer is the future,” said French heat-wave expert Robert Vautard:
The challenges created by global warming are becoming evident even in basic infrastructure, much of which was built on the assumption of a cooler climate. In these latest heat waves, railroad tracks have bent in the rising temperatures, airport runways have cracked, and power plants from France to Finland have had to power down because their cooling sources became too warm.
• Delusional Trump suggests economy could grow 8-9% a year if he cuts trade deficit: Pr*sident tweet-lied early Friday after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the U.S. gross domestic product grew at a seasonally adjusted, inflation-adjusted, annualized rate of 4.1% during the second quarter, the best showing since the third quarter of 2014. That solid gain wasn’t enough for Trump, however. He had to claim that the economy had never grown even 2 percent under Obama. In fact, GDP rose at or above 2 percent in 15 of the 32 quarters when Obama was in office, including four times when it rose above 4 percent. At an appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio show Friday, Trump said lowering the U.S. trade deficit would mean even more growth: “If I cut it in half, right there we will pick up three or four points. We’d be at eight or nine” [percent]. I look forward to seeing next quarter … I think the 4.1 is just a stepping stone.” While forecasts vary, the New York Fed predicts that GDP growth in the third quarter will be about 2.8 percent. The first estimate of that growth will be released in late October, less than two weeks before the mid-term elections.
• Three dead, nine missing in California Carr Fire that has consumed nearly 81,000 acres: As of Saturday morning, the fire—centered about 120 miles south of the Oregon border—was 5 percent contained. It continues to spread with the help of extremely dry conditions and triple-digit temperatures. Two firefighters and a bulldozer operator have been killed by the fire, and nine people are now missing. Some 37,000 people have been evacuated from Redding, a city of 90,000, and parts of the surrounding county. Five hundred buildings have been destroyed, and 5,000 more are threatened. Typically in such wildfires, most structures that burn are outbuildings, sheds and the like. But an Associated Press reporter counted 125 houses among the casualties so far.
Existing-home sales dropped in June for a third straight month. Purchases of new homes are at their slowest pace in eight months. Inventory, which plunged for years, has begun to grow again as buyers move to the sidelines, sapping the fuel for surging home values. Prices for existing homes climbed 6.4 percent in May, the smallest year-over-year gain since early 2017, and have gained the least over three months since 2012, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Shares of PulteGroup Inc.fell as much as 4.9 percent Thursday morning after the national homebuilder reported that orders had declined 1 percent from a year earlier, blaming rising mortgage rates.
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