This week in the war on workers: Where the union endorsements stand now

Bernie Sanders got his second major national union endorsement this week. The American Postal Workers Union announced it was backing the Vermont senator in his Democratic presidential campaign. The APWU represents more than 200,000 current and retired postal workers, and joins National Nurses United, which endorsed Sanders in August.

“Sen. Bernie Sanders stands above all others as a true champion of postal workers and other workers throughout the country,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in a statement. “He doesn’t just talk the talk. He walks the walk.”

“He is a fierce advocate of postal reform to address the cause of the USPS financial crisis and an outspoken opponent of USPS policy that degrades mail service,” Dimondstein added, saying Sanders had fought the closure of post offices.

The APWU endorsement makes particular sense since Sanders has been a strong advocate for expanding the Postal Service’s offerings to include things like

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The always-wrong Dick Cheney says he’s pretty sure the Clinton campaign is in ‘big trouble’

Former vice president and co-architect of the worst American foreign policy disaster since God Knows When Dick Cheney has, you will be relieved to know, opinions on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

“I think she’s in big trouble,” he said about the former secretary of state at a Florida Republican Party fundraiser.

Well, there ya go. Pack it in, Clinton campaign.

Cheney went on to declare the Bush administration models of transparency, criticized Clinton for not properly “safeguarding” classified information like the Bush administration always did, and vowed that America would greet the Republican Party as liberators.
And now you are all caught up on what Dick Cheney thinks. And for free, I might add: those people at the “Florida Republican Party fundraiser” paid good money to hear Dick Cheney’s opinions on these things, money they could have otherwise spent on Ayn Rand books and bath salts.

Weekly polling update: If your entire campaign is about ‘honesty’, will lies sink it?

So there was one big question this week: Would Ben Carson’s very excellent Friday Flameout show up in the GOP primary polling? The answer is, who the heck knows! Because after a non-stop spigot of primary polling the last several months, this week was oddly quiet. 

Carson’s really bad Friday was November 6. There was no polling released conducted entirely after Friday, and just two that were in the field at that time:

YouGov/Economist 11/5-9 32 18 13 10
10/23-27 32 18 11 8
Morning Consult 11/5-8 34 19 7 7
10/28-11/1 31 21 7 9

Not much there to go on. YouGov sees the race between the top two 100 percent unchanged, with Rubio and Cruz gaining at the expense of ha ha ha ha Jeb Bush (who went from 10 percent to 3 percent in that two-week span. Morning Consult, on the other hand, sees

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Do you really want to talk hair, Donald?

This man clearly doesn’t have even a passing acquaintance with self-awareness. Conservative radio host Mark Levin had Donald Trump on his show Wednesday, and this happened.

After Levin asked Trump why the Democrats think Clinton appeals to voters, the Republican presidential contender responded: “Well, she has a new hairdo. Did you notice that today?”

Levin responded: “That’s called a wig.”

“Is that a wig?” Trump asked. […]

“It’s OK. I’ll tell you what. It really was shocking to see it. Because, you’re right, it was massive. Her hair became massive,” he said.

Yuck it up, Donald. Hair today, gone tomorrow?

Fast food workers in 270 cities take the ‘Fight for $15’ to the streets

Protests planned for 270 cities across the country kicked off Tuesday morning, with fast food employees joining other low-wage workers and supporters in striking and rallying for a $15 an hour wage, and the right to join a union. In Detroit, the Free Press reported that “about 200 workers” had participated in an early morning protest at a McDonald’s, and thousands are expected for an afternoon rally.

Bernie Sanders spoke in support of the striking workers at the U.S. Capitol, saying:

What you are doing, and workers all over the United States are doing—you are having a profound impact. You are seeing in Los Angeles, in San Francisco, people raising the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour. And you know who did that? You know who started it? You did. You started that movement. So you should be very proud of what you’ve accomplished. Now we’ve got to finish

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Hillary Clinton explains how the charter school agenda puts public schools in ‘a no-win situation’

Hillary Clinton was asked if a poll showing interest in charter schools among African-American parents who are unhappy with public schools made her support expanding charter schools and voucher programs. The Democratic presidential candidate had the right answer:

But the original idea, Roland, behind charter schools was to learn what worked and then apply them in the public schools. And here’s a couple of problems. Most charter schools — I don’t want to say every one — but most charter schools, they don’t take the hardest-to-teach kids, or, if they do, they don’t keep them. And so the public schools are often in a no-win situation, because they do, thankfully, take everybody, and then they don’t get the resources or the help and support that they need to be able to take care of every child’s education.

So I want parents to be able to exercise choice within the

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