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Headline of the day: More reality television


From the Guardian:

Trump, Cruz aides advised Guatemalan candidate vowing televised executions

Exclusive: Tim Clark and Ron Nehring, running California campaigns for Trump and Cruz respectively, advised rightwing tycoon Manuel Baldízon’s campaign

Chart of the day: Depression rates in the U.S.


The latest data in graphic form from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Percentage of persons aged 12 and over with depression, by age and sex: United States, 2009–2012

Percentage of persons aged 12 and over with depression, by age and sex: United States, 2009–2012

Graphic rendition: Trump dumpers depressed


With The Donald increasingly in the lead with each passing primary and caucus, desperation is dominating those sit-downs in those smoke-filled chambers of the Grand Old Party, giving fuel to the fires of the nation’s dwindling ranks of editorial cartoonist.

We begin with this from the artist of the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

Clay Bennett: Batman v. Stuporman

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Next up, from the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Steve Sack: He’ll take what he can get

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And then there’s this from the Tulsa World:

Bruce Plante: Another GOP endorsement

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And for our final offering we turn to the editorial cartoonist of the Washington Post:

Tome Toles: The Game of [Republican] Life

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Eric J. Garcia: Free Water


From his Tumblr, El Machete Illustrated:

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DroughtWatch: Major decreases in dry zones


The latest report from the United States Drought Monitor reveals the greatest week-on-week reductions in four categories we’ve seen since we’ve been following California’s epochal drought.

For the very worst category, Exceptional drought, 3.74 percent less of California is included in to withering grasp. Even greater declines were reported for the Extreme, Severe, and Moderate Drought categories, although the total area of the state afflicted by one category or another remains unchanged, with 99.57 percent of California considered Abnormally Dry or worse, with only the extreme northwest coastal tip of the state considered normal.

From the United States Drought Monitor:

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Joel Pett: We have nothing to fear but. . .whaaa?


From the editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader:

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Quote of the day II: New York Times gets testy


From their current lead editorial:

The Republicans seem to be reeling, unable or unwilling to comprehend that a shady, bombastic liar is hardening the image of their party as a symbol of intolerance and division.

Last summer, as Mr. Trump began to rise in the polls, party leaders took umbrage at the idea that they’d have to do something to keep the nomination from the likes of him. They stood aside and said, let voters decide. Now voters are deciding. They are leaning, in unbelievable numbers, toward a man whose quest for the presidency revolves around targeting religious and racial minorities and people with disabilities, who flirts with white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan, who ridicules and slanders those who disagree with him.

His opponents, meanwhile, have rushed to adopt his anger-filled message. It’s small wonder that Republican leaders don’t seem to know quite what to say.

Sure, but it’s the policies those neoliberal “Republican leaders” have espoused since the days of Nixon that have created the anger the fuels the rise of Trump, Cruz, and Rubio, each adroit in his own way at pandering to the inchoate rage and frustration that simmers just below the surface of an electorate hungry for simple explanations.

And as their policies saw wealth distributed upward, jobs outsourced first across borders, then across oceans, labor unions destroyed, courts packed, and media consolidated, the dispossessed sought to lay blame for their sense of loss, and those same Republican leaders created scapegoats, folks with more melanin than most of those Republicans, people with a lot less money, people who spoke in languages with more words ending in vowels, and people who prayed and dressed differently.

You folks at the New York Times played the same game, leading the push for one war after another, espousing “reason” and “moderation” in dealing with problems that, to those a their sharpest end, called for more radical responses.

The road to Trump, Cruz, and Rubio was charted long ago, back when Cheney and Rumsfield were toiling in Nixon’s White House and Rupert Murdoch was still earning his spurs as the Dirty Digger.