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Daniel Marans is a Reporter at The Huffington Post. Previously, Daniel worked as an Interview Producer for Al Jazeera America's daily news discussion show, Inside Story. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. Daniel can be reached at Daniel.Marans@huffingtonpost.com, or on Twitter @DanielMarans.

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If The Eurozone Were A Club, Germany Would Be The DJ

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 11:03 AM

Since the start of the Greek debt crisis, commentators have struggled to find the right metaphor for Greece’s relationship to Europe. Is it a bad marriage in need of a “big, fat Greek divorce”? An “economic experiment” in “Europe’s laboratory”? Or is Greece a 21st century “debt...

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This San Francisco Cafe Is Just Fine With The $15 Minimum Wage

(13) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 9:17 AM

SAN FRANCISCO -- If the opponents of a $15 minimum wage were going to devise a hypothetical small business to illustrate their arguments, they'd probably come up with something like Cafe UB. The petite San Francisco coffeehouse is exactly the kind of locally owned, low-margin neighborhood business that critics say...

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Sandra Bland's Arrest Was So Messed Up, Even Fox News Sees It

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 1:05 PM

Something unusual happened on Comedy Central’s "The Nightly Show" on Thursday: Host Larry Wilmore found himself agreeing with Fox News about Sandra Bland’s arrest.

Wilmore first lamented CNN’s coverage of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman from the Chicago area who was found dead on July 13 in a Waller County, Texas, jail cell three days after being arrested. Wilmore noted that CNN effectively blamed Bland for escalating the incident leading up to her arrest.

Then, Wilmore turned to Fox News, which he expected to be even worse. “I’m not sure if I can watch,” Wilmore said, shaking his head. But instead, he was pleasantly surprised to see two Fox legal analysts unequivocally condemn Bland’s arrest and imprisonment.

“Wow,” Wilmore responded, chuckling. He expanded on that shock with some explicit language: “This is how you know how fucking crazy a situation is: when I totally agree with white people who are talking about race on Fox! That’s how crazy this is.” 

Wilmore also expressed surprise that even Donald Trump condemned the arrest.“You've got to be shitting me,” Wilmore quipped.

“Even Trump agrees! OK, we have lost cabin pressure, you guys,” he said. “Something ain’t right! Put your mask on first.”

Those were light moments in an otherwise intense episode. Wilmore, who made his name as “senior black correspondent” for "The Daily Show" before launching "The Nightly Show" in January, frequently focuses on contemporary issues of race. He has not lacked for material in recent months as the country has witnessed a series of high-profile incidents highlighting the tension between law enforcement and the African-American community.

But at times on Thursday, Wilmore seemed to be at a loss for laughs. His emotion was palpable.

“I mean how do you go from not signaling a lane change to sitting in a jail cell with a $5,000 bond?” Wilmore asked in his opening monologue. “That is not a setup for a joke. Someone needs to give me a fucking answer.”

Wilmore was visibly upset after reviewing the dashcam video footage of  Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia arresting Sandra Bland, after escalating what had been a routine traffic stop.

“Here is what I saw: I saw a woman who complied with everything the officer asked of her. Then it got confusing because he asked her to put out her cigarette, but then offered to light her up by pointing a taser at her head,” Wilmore said, his voice breaking.

On Thursday, Warren Diepraam, a Waller County prosecutor, presented the preliminary results of an autopsy showing that Bland had committed suicide by hanging. The prosecutor’s office has been treating Bland’s death as a possible homicide until it is satisfied that there is proof to the contrary. Diepraam offered few details on the circumstances leading to Bland’s suicide, but he made sure to note that Bland had marijuana in her system at the time of her death.

Bland’s case has sparked national controversy as African-American activists -- and now, a wide array of political figures -- have questioned the mysterious circumstances of her death in custody. The 52-minute dashboard camera video of Bland’s traffic stop for failing to use a turn signal that escalated into an arrest and struggle, released by the Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday, has only added to the sense that Bland is the victim of racially motivated mistreatment by the police.

Read more on Sandra Bland at the links below:

The Transcript Of Sandra Bland's Arrest Is As Revealing As The Video

Sandra Bland's Arrest Wasn't Racism; It Was Something Even Worse

6 Things You Should Know About The County Where Sandra Bland Died

Sandra Bland Should Have Never Been In Jail In The First Place

Here's What Cops And Their Supporters Are Saying About The Sandra Bland Arrest Video

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The Euro Is In Trouble. But Romania Still Wants In.

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 3:52 PM

The extraordinary political and economic turbulence of the Greek debt crisis has prompted widespread speculation that other European countries will now think twice before joining the 19-nation eurozone.

To assess these claims, The WorldPost took a closer look at reactions in Romania, the only European Union member nation that's announced...

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The Mystery Of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' Popularity Even After Austerity

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 5:13 PM

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras may have lost at the negotiating table with Greece’s eurozone creditors, but in a development that has pundits scratching their heads, he is still winning the hearts and minds of his countrymen.

How can a man who submitted to a severe new set of...

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Να βγει η Γερμανία από το ευρώ λένε οικονομολόγοι

(3) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 6:16 PM

Η πιθανότητα ενός Grexit, κυριάρχησε στην ειδησεογραφία τους τελευταίους μήνες καθώς βρίσκονταν σε εξέλιξη οι διαπραγματεύσεις της Ελλάδας με τους δανειστές της σχετικά με την παροχή ενός νέου προγράμματος βοήθειας και ενώ την ίδια ώρα ετίθετο υπό αμφισβήτηση το μέλλον της Ελλάδας στην ζώνη του ευρώ. Μάλιστα πολλοί ηγέτες της...

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Los economistas provocan a Alemania invitándole a salir del euro primero

(13) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 3:08 PM

La posibilidad de un "Grexit", o salida de Grecia de la eurozona, ha dominado los titulares de los últimos meses, ya que las negociaciones que Grecia y sus acreedores internacionales mantenían durante las 24 horas del día sobre un nuevo acuerdo de rescate, arrojaban dudas sobre el futuro de Grecia...

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Economists Troll Germany, Telling It To Leave The Euro First

(3) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 7:57 PM


The possibility of a “Grexit” -- or Greek exit from the eurozone -- has dominated headlines in recent months, as round-the-clock negotiations between Greece and its international creditors over a new bailout deal shed doubt on Greece’s future in the monetary union. Many eurozone leaders, particularly in Germany,...

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Hillary Clinton Wants To Increase Taxes On Short-Term Investments

(5) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 6:03 PM


 


Hillary Clinton has a plan to raise capital gains tax rates on short-term investments to encourage investors to focus on long-term growth, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Clinton will unveil details in a speech later this week. 


Clinton’s campaign told the Journal...

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Ben Bernanke Criticizes Europe Over Greek Debt Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 6:58 PM


Former Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke said Friday that the “failure of European economic policy” played a significant role in the Greek debt crisis. 


“Now is a good time to ask: Is Europe holding up its end of the bargain?" Bernanke asked in a blog post...

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House Democrats, Advocates Blast Trade Deal Protections For Drug Companies

(6) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 2:17 PM

House Democrats and health care advocates blasted drug patent provisions in a current draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement on Friday, criticizing the Obama administration for advancing policies that could drive up drug global drug costs.

Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), together with health advocates and a representative...

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Πώς η Γερμανία νίκησε την Ελλάδα στο πόκερ των ψευτών

(19) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 4:50 PM

Πολλοί παρατηρητές αναρωτιούνται πώς οι λαϊκιστές αριστεροί «αντάρτες» του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ, ο οποίος πήρε την εξουσία τον Ιανουάριο υποσχόμενος ανακούφιση από τη λιτότητα, και ανανέωσε την εντολή του με την τεράστια νίκη στο δημοψήφισμα της 5ης Ιουλίου, κατάφεραν να διαπραγματευτούν μια συμφωνία πολύ χειρότερη απ’ αυτή που ήταν διαθέσιμη για την...

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Why America Is Not The Next Greece

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 4:32 PM

 

WASHINGTON -- Watching the battle play out between Greece and Europe's financial leadership, observers in the United States might wonder how it is Greece got itself into this mess. Could such a thing ever happen here?

No, it could not. The reason lies in the different structure of the...

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Janet Yellen To Jobless African-Americans: You're On Your Own

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 5:00 PM

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told members of the House of Representatives in a hearing on Wednesday that the Fed's concerns about inflation limit its ability to address high African-American unemployment. 

“So, there really isn’t anything directly the Federal Reserve can do to affect the structure of unemployment across groups,” Yellen said during the House Financial Services Committee’s semiannual hearing on Federal Reserve policy. “And unfortunately, it’s long been the case that African-American unemployment rates tend to be higher than those on average in the nation as a whole.”

The African-American unemployment rate was 9.5 percent in June, nearly twice the rate of 5.3 percent in the population overall.

But Yellen said that the Fed’s ability to address this problem was limited by its commitment to keeping inflation under 2 percent.

Yellen’s remarks were in response to a question posed by Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) as to whether the Fed was taking the high rate of African-American unemployment into account when assessing the health of the labor market. Beatty was one of several African-American committee members, including ranking member Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who enjoined Yellen to consider the disproportionately high rate of African-American unemployment in deciding when to raise interest rates. 

 At the hearing, Yellen reaffirmed the Fed’s previous indications that it would raise interest rates before the year’s end. "If the economy evolves as we expect, economic conditions likely would make it appropriate at some point this year to raise the federal funds rate," Yellen said in her prepared testimony.

 

Maintaining price stability is one-half of the Fed’s dual mandate, together with maximizing employment. If the Fed prints more money, it spurs higher employment, ultimately putting upward pressure on prices. If it tightens the monetary supply, by raising interest rates, it keeps prices low, but also depresses employment. 

Many progressive economists and activists fault the Fed for continuing to prioritize the inflation part of its dual mandate at the expense of full employment. It is a tendency they say disproportionately affects African-Americans, who already suffer from high unemployment and discrimination in the job market.

Jordan Haedtler, deputy campaign manager of the Center for Popular Democracy’s Fed Up campaign, which mobilizes communities of color for pro-employment Fed policy, said that Yellen’s Wednesday remarks are a reflection of this approach.

“It is indicative of the Fed’s continued emphasis on inflation even in the face of nonexistent inflation,” Haedtler said. “They are myopically focused on one portion of their dual mandate while ignoring another. If the Fed is saying that the economy is on enough of a positive trajectory to raise rates, they are saying they are OK with 9.5 percent black unemployment.”

The Fed Up campaign wants the Federal Reserve to wait for more significant wage growth before raising rates.

It is also encouraging regional Federal Reserve banks, along with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to sell homes with delinquent mortgages to nonprofit organizations that are more likely to refurbish them. Currently, Fed Up claims, the homes often go to for-profit buyers who leave them in disrepair, limiting the economic recovery in many urban communities of...

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Climate Change Trails ISIS, Iran On Americans' Threat List

(128) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 1:04 PM

Americans are less concerned about climate change than they are about the Islamic State, Iran's nuclear program and other threats, according to a new study released by the Pew Research Center on Tuesday.

The percentage of American respondents worried about climate change also trailed the percentage of...

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How Germany Beat Greece In Liar's Poker

(128) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 7:51 AM

Many observers are wondering how the left-populist renegades of Greece's Syriza party, which rose to power in January on the promise of delivering relief from austerity and renewed its mandate with a massive victory in the July 5 referendum, managed to negotiate a bailout deal on Monday that...

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German-Led Eurozone Launching Coup Against Greek Government

(370) Comments | Posted July 12, 2015 | 9:38 PM

After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Francis Fukuyama famously declared an end to history. Things, of course, would continue to happen, he said, but the clash of rival ideologies was over with the "unabashed victory of economic and political liberalism."

It was...

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Ελληνοαμερικανικοί ηγέτες ασκούν επιτυχώς πιέσεις για την Ελλάδα αλλά θέλουν περισσότερα από την κυβέρνηση των ΗΠΑ

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2015 | 11:17 AM

«Από το ξεκίνημα της κρίσης το 2009, διεξάγουμε μία εκστρατεία κατά των πολιτικών λιτότητας της ΕΕ», επισημαίνει ο Έντι Ζεμενίδης, εκτελεστικός διευθυντής του Hellenic American Leadership Council.

Ελληνοαμερικανοί πολιτικοί ηγέτες δηλώνουν ότι οι πιέσεις που ασκούν τον τελευταίο καιρό στην κυβέρνηση των ΗΠΑ για να χρησιμοποιήσει την επιρροή της προς...

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Greek-Americans Share Concern For Greece, But Disagree On Solutions

(20) Comments | Posted July 11, 2015 | 10:06 AM

WASHINGTON -- When Hillary Clinton called on European leaders Tuesday to “exert every effort to find” a solution that keeps Greece in the eurozone, one of the reasons she cited was her domestic constituency. “The United States has a great, active, successful Greek-American community. So I want to...

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Greek-American Leaders Tout Lobbying Wins For Greece, But Want More

(23) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 10:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Greek-American political leaders say their push for the U.S. to use its political power on behalf of Greece is helping to resolve the nation's financial crisis. But they say they could do more if not for the Obama administration’s reluctance to get involved in European affairs.

Greek-American organizations...

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