Facebook’s algorithms are not your friend Crooked Timber
Hillary Clinton Pledges Not To Cut Social Security Benefits Huffington Post. A win for the progressive left, who cornered Clinton to make this happen.
Clinton defends Albright and Steinem apologises as sexism claims dominate Democratic race The Guardian (h/t resilc)
Bill Clinton Unleashes Critiques of Sanders and His Supporters Bloomberg Politics. I didn’t think that, of all surrogates, Bill Clinton would attack an opponent for voting for the Commodity Futures Modernization Act. Which he signed.
Democratic Party Is Pushing Away Its Future Leonid Bershinsky, Bloomberg View
You agree with Bernie Sanders (but you might not know it) David Cay Johnston, NY Daily News
Electability Paul Krugman, New York Times. And here we go again. Money quote: “But what happens even more, in my experience, is an intellectual sin whose effects can be just as bad: self-indulgence. By this I mean believing things, and advocating for policies, because you like the story rather than because you have any good evidence that it’s true. I’ve spent a lot of time over the years going after this sort of thing on the right, where things like the claim that Barney Frank somehow caused the financial crisis so often prevail in the teeth of overwhelming evidence. But it can happen on the left, too — which is why, for example, I’m still very cautious about claims that inequality is bad for growth.” Emphasis mine.
Bernie’s bucks bury Clinton in New Hampshire Politico. Bernie spending big to win New Hampshire.
Quick poll shows decline for Rubio Politico
New mortgage companies have ties with subprime lenders Seattle Times
Don’t Break Up the Banks. They’re Not Our Real Problem. Steve Eisman, New York Times op-ed. Eisman cites as the “real problem” inequality, which is at least partially caused by an oversized financial sector, but whatever.
Breaking Up the Big Banks is Easy Dean Baker
Norway fund urges US banks to split top job Financial Times
Hope — and clean water — remains elusive for the people of Flint Washington Post
Financial despair, addiction and the rise of suicide in white America The Guardian (h/t resilc)
Documentary: Ukraine – Masks of revolution The Vineyard of the Saker
Death toll from Taiwan quake hits 34, hunt on for survivors The Washington Post
A plan must be made for ‘life after Isis’ in the Middle East The Independent
A New Deal for Europe by Thomas Piketty New York Review of Books
Sailing ships back in vogue as a green alternative to conventional shipping The Independent (h/t Chuck L)