Though Boston Mayor Thomas Menino condemned Rolling Stone for giving Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “celebrity treatment” and chains like Walgreens, CVS, and Stop & Shop refused to sell the issue with his dreamy self-portrait on the cover, Adweek reports that based on data from 1,420 retailers from July 19 to July 29, sales were more than double the magazine’s average sales for the previous year. Only 5 percent of the magazine’s total circulation comes from retail sales, but it appears magazine buyers weren’t as outraged as the denizens of Twitter – or perhaps thousands of people heeded the irrational call to buy the issue just to burnit.
President Donald Trump’s job approval remains elevated at 49% in the latest Gallup poll, the same as in the previous poll and up five points from an early January poll conducted before Trump was acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial.
As in the prior poll, conducted Jan. 16-29, the approval rating from the Feb. 3-16 poll reflects record polarization for a single Gallup poll, with 87 percentage points separating the ratings of Republicans (93%) and Democrats (6%). Forty-three percent of independents approve of Trump, the highest rating for him among the group to date.
Obviously Bloomberg is gonna be at the center of tonight’s attacks, but he’s…not the one leading the polls. Buttigieg is by far the most intent on keeping some focus on the guy who’s far ahead of the pack in recent polling (Bernie). -gd
[B]ad systems corrupt good individuals [by] enlisting our self-interest to convince us to betray our values. And make no mistake: America’s campaign finance system is a disaster. Most candidates can’t self-finance their campaigns, so they spend a disproportionate amount of time asking the rich to donate to their campaigns. Those donations are limited to $2,800 per individual, but the Supreme Court believes political spending is a protected form of free speech, so the rich can spend as much as they want on their own campaigns, or on Super PACs to push their political agendas.
Populists like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and, in his complicated and contradictory ways, even Donald Trump, have risen in part because Americans loathe seeing their political system bought by the rich. Bloomberg isn’t so much a defense against those critiques as he is a confirmation of them. The populists say that politics is rigged, elections are bought by those with enough money to spend, modern liberalism is mere lipstick on perpetual corporatism. Bloomberg is here to test whether they’re right. He may pitch himself to centrists as an answer to the populists, but in leveraging his fortune to fight them, he offers the country the (hopefully) false choice between populism and oligarchy.