NEWS AND OPINION:
All that brusque determination had to go somewhere. Sen. Bernie Sanders has not put his campaign out to pasture just yet.
The former presidential hopeful and self-described socialist has already formed “Our Revolution,” a new nonprofit with a very clear mission. Mr. Sanders, in fact, calls it “a continued political revolution.” Its main goal is to push back at GOP nominee Donald Trump. But of course. Then there’s the fun stuff — at least for Mr. Sanders.
“The goal of this organization will be no different from the goal of our campaign: we must transform American politics to make our political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of working families,” he states in new outreach for the project, which calls for a whole potpourri of “economic, social, racial and environmental justice” — or words to that effect.
“We are going to fight to make sure that the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party becomes law,” vows the Vermont independent, who is indeed fundraising for the new cause.
LIBERTARIANS WOO THE SANDERS CROWD
Just in case the aforementioned Sen. Bernard Sanders fails to rally his ferocious fans with another round of revolution, the nation’s biggest third party is standing at the ready. The opportunity to pick up a few disenchanted “Sander-nistas” is not lost on Libertarian National Committee Chairman Nicholas Sarwark, who is now coaching his fellow Libertarians on the art of political wooing.
“Many of us have Bernie-supporting Democratic friends who are feeling pretty jaded right now. They just worked so hard for a candidate they believed in and have come face to face with the corruption and rigging of their party process. They feel disenfranchised, disrespected and maybe just politically homeless,” Mr. Sarwark advises in a formal tutorial.
“Let’s try to welcome them — and their votes — to the Libertarian Party. Bernie supporters don’t see every issue the way we do, and that is OK. We can keep talking to them. Right now, we need for a lot of people who are searching for political options to feel comfortable enough with us to vote for our presidential nominee Gary Johnson this fall,” Mr. Sarwark continues. “Acknowledge their sense of betrayal. Encourage them to vote with courage.”
NOW THERE’S A THOUGHT
“He left out the most interesting chapter.”
— Republican nominee Donald Trump — assessing Bill Clinton‘s speech at the Democratic National Convention about his 45-year history with nominee Hillary Clinton — in a press conference Wednesday. Reporters assumed Mr. Trump was referring to the Monica Lewinsky matter, and Mr. Clinton’s subsequent impeachment.
Behold, a new job has come up at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History. The august organization now seeks “a professional historian/scholar to conduct archival and field research for a new initiative on American brewing history, with special emphasis on the craft industry.”
The new beer historian will receive an annual salary of $64,650, plus benefits.
“Candidates with an advanced degree in American business, brewing, food, cultural, or similar specialization within history are encouraged to apply,” the Smithsonian advises. Better hurry, though. The job search closes Aug. 10.
It’s known as a “good get” in the news biz. “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace will conduct an exclusive sit-down interview with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to air Sunday; it’s her first interview after becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major party. Mr. Wallace says it took him 15 months to secure this encounter.
The interview will be presented on Fox Broadcasting (check local listings), and on the Fox News Channel at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. EDT.
Though Mrs. Clinton last appeared on Mr. Wallace’s show five years ago, she appears to be amenable to appearing on the network. This her fourth time on Fox News since announcing her presidential candidacy in mid-2015. Earlier this year, the nominee gave two interviews to Bret Baier and another to Bill O’Reilly.
RICK PERRY HAS A SAY
“In 2014, Texas had its lowest crime rate since 1968. And the improvements keep coming. Last year, while crime rates rose in other states, we saw them decrease by 5 percent in Houston, 5 percent in San Antonio, 5 percent in Dallas, 8 percent in Fort Worth, and 10 percent in Austin. One of the most important things we did in Texas while I was governor was reform our sentencing laws, so that non-violent offenders could stay out of prison,” former Texas Gov. Rick Perry told the American Legislative Exchange Council at their annual meeting in Indianapolis on Wednesday.
“As Texans got smarter about policing and crime prevention, we came to appreciate the importance of keeping promising young people out of jail. We are working to stop the inter-generational cycle of incarceration, where grandchildren meet their grandparents behind prison bars. In 2006, around 5,000 Texan kids were locked up. Today, it’s closer to 1,000. We should strengthen the capacity of bar associations to discipline prosecutors who intentionally mislead grand juries and hide exculpatory evidence. And victims of prosecutorial abuse should be able to receive compensation for their suffering,” Mr. Perry continued.
“We shifted money away from building more prisons, toward specialized drug courts and programs that could help those in prison succeed on parole. It’s hard to get a job if you have a criminal conviction on your record. And that’s why criminal justice reform is so important,” he added.
Mr. Perry, incidentally, supports Right on Crime, a national project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the American Conservative Union Foundation that supports fighting crime, prioritizing victims and protecting taxpayers. Find them at RightonCrime.com
POLL DU JOUR
• 51 percent of Americans say “the end times” are not coming; 11 percent say the end times are coming, 18 percent are unsure.
• 50 percent do not thinking global warming is a sign of the end times; 14 percent say it is; 18 percent are not sure.
• 46 percent do not expect “the Apocalypse” to occur in their lifetime; 9 percent expect the Apocalypse; 27 percent are not sure.
• 49 percent of Americans say God does not control the climate; 14 percent say God does control the climate; 15 percent are not sure.
Source: A Yale University poll of 1,204 U.S. adults conducted throughout March and released Wednesday.
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