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This week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) headlined an event that launched a new coalition calling itself “Take On Wall Street.”

The following obituary for Hedy Epstein was sent to us by Dianne Lee. Epstein was a friend and mentor to us at Mondoweiss, and she will be sorely missed. 

On 23 October 2015, the Southern California Gas Company discovered a methane leak at its Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, some 80 kilometres from downtown Los Angeles.

Last week, the Lower House of the Brazilian Congress voted for the impeachment of the country’s President, Dilma Rousseff, a move that mirrors the 1964 military coup that still leaves scars on the Brazilian people to this day.

Podemos, meaning “We Can,” is one of the most exciting developments taking place on the left in Europe today. For years politics in Spain had been dominated by two parties: the conservative the People’s Party (Partido Popular or PP), headed by Mariano Rajoy, and the Socialist Workers Party of Spain (PSOE), led by Pedro Sánchez.

I’m not feeling the Bern anymore. The Bern has gone away. The Bern has turned to heartburn, if not yet reflux.

1.The ascension of Donald Trump has been remarkable. A TV star/branding operation with no political experience has vanquished a crowded field. That field was not particularly strong, but not dramatically weaker than in 2012. Jeb, Rubio, and Kasich were all credible “establishment” candidates. Ted Cruz was a stronger “extremist” candidate than anyone in 2012, and the establishment even rallied to him in a last ditch effort to stop Trump, which quickly failed.

Editor’s Note: The Professional Staff Congress represents 27,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York who haven’t had a raise in six years.  We reported on their struggle in our March issue. The union is currently holding a strike authorization vote that would empower the PSC’s leadership to call a strike if it deemed it necessary to do so.

After presiding over a chaotic Democratic presidential primary on April 19, the New York City Board of Elections released its certified election results Friday afternoon showing that it has rejected 91,000 provisional affidavit ballots, or about three out of every four cast that day. 

Given the recent mobilization against undocumented individuals and the massive following of Trump supporters that have endorsed his plans to "put up a wall," it may come as a surprise that America's love of Mexican culture lives on through the annually-celebrated Cinco de Mayo holiday.