Here And There with Dave Marash

The fastest-growing phenomenon in American retail right now is the Dollar Store, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar General.  There are more Dollar General stores than there are McDonalds.  Low prices.  Low overhead.  Low wages for few workers.  2 struggling towns in Kansas decide if they want one. Chris McGreal of The Guardian with the story.

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A tough year for Brazil to choose a new President.  The economy’s terrible, violent crime is rampant, and the man who led all the polls, former President Lula was tossed from the race.  Then the new poll leader, right-winger Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed and now confusion reigns.  AP Rio de Janeiro Bureau Chief Peter Prengaman sorts out the story.

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A California jury has ordered Monsanto  to pay a high school groundskeeper named Dewayne (Lee) Johnson $289 million, because Monsanto never warned Johnson that the weed-killer Roundup could give him cancer. Carey Gillam wrote the investigative book Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science.

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It’s called the Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Laboratories Communities, a harmless group that offers community platforms and Washington lobbying in behalf of the Labs.  But Steve Terrell, the Statehouse Reporter and Columnist for The Santa Fe New Mexican, says it does the little it does on our dime, and that’s just the beginning of the scandal.  The Coalition’s former chief executive is running for the State Legislature in spite of what was at best sloppy bookkeeping and at worst a waste of taxpayers’ money.

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The standard measurements all show the US economy doing well.  So how come so many Americans are doing so badly?  And can an economy live off by skimming the fat off the top, while down below, major cities are awash in people living in homelessness and hunger and small towns are fading away?  Financial journalist Nomi Prins, the author of Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World sees signs of trouble ahead in America and in emerging markets like Turkey, Brazil and Mexico, and perhaps for the banks that invested there. 

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Sen. Jeff Flake had been planning to run for another term, as a Republican alternative to Donald Trump.  Instead he’s planning to retire.  In the Republican primary for Flake’s seat, Martha McSally’s key to victory was convincing voters she wasn’t a never- her story, in depth.

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There is neglected history and there is hidden history.  In his award-winning book The Other Slavery, Andres Resendez uncovers both the neglected history Native American slavery in America, and the hidden history of Christopher Columbus, big-time slave trader.

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Homelessness in New Mexico has not exploded at anything like the rates seen along the Pacific Coast, but still the state is short of places to stay and services to help homeless people become self-supporting.  In Albuquerque tiny homes are being suggested as an answer the first problem, and in Northern New Mexico a federally funded campaign is being launched to help young people with nowhere to live.  Hank Hughes of the NM Coaltion to End Homelessness talks problems and potential solutions…in depth on HERE & THERE

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Remember the Parkland, Florida high school shootings?  On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2018, 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High were killed by a 19 year old former student Nikolas Cruz armed with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle and multiple magazines.  “The Parkland effect” – led by survivors of the shooting -- helped change gun laws in Florida, but Steve LeVine of Axios.com wonders if Parkland will affect the November elections.  

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President Trummp’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh told Maine Senator Susan Collins that he considered Roe V. Wade “settled law.”  But what if he changed his mind?  Margaret Wright of the NM Political Report says in the case, access to abortion in this state may depend on the fate of a 50 year old state law. The battle to repeal it, she says, will be a big issue for the 2019 session of the NM Legislature. 

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