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A.M. Links: Bernie vs. Hillary Debate Tonight in Brooklyn, Kobe Bryant Retires from NBA, Trump 2016 Nearly As Unpopular As David Duke 1992
  • Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will face off tonight in Brooklyn at a Democratic presidential debate airing on CNN.
  • According to a new poll, Donald Trump “is the most unpopular top-tier presidential candidate over more than three decades…except for former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.”
  • Paul Ryan says that he is not running for president this year. But according to one influential pundit, “Paul Ryan is still running for president.”
  • “President Obama touted the U.S.-led coalition’s air campaign against ISIS Wednesday, even as political turmoil in Iraq and flares of violence in Syria threaten to jeopardize hard-fought gains.”
  • Kobe Bryant played the final game of his pro basketball career last night.

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How Bernie Sanders Blew Up the Democratic Primary: New at Reason

A self-proclaimed socialist whose entire platform consists of spending more money on everything and making somebody else pay for it has somehow broken into the presidential race, to the befuddlement of everybody—especially Hillary Clinton. How did Bernie Sanders do it? From Reason‘s May issue, Glenn Garvin examines how the sleeper socialist blew up the Democratic primary:

[E]ven if he loses, Sanders has still shown he can attract around 40 percent of Democratic voters across the country. That’s an amazing performance for somebody who keeps a plaque on the office wall honoring Eugene V. Debs, who ran his 1920 Socialist Party presidential campaign from the prison cell where he was serving a sentence for sedition.

Sanders is a guy who throws around words like oligarchy like penny candy, promises to stop virtually all U.S. trade with countries not run by someone named Castro, and thinks the federal government should set up “worker-owned businesses.” He wants you to be able to borrow money from the government at the Post Office. And his contempt for the marketplace borders on the paranoid. “You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers,” he famously said at the beginning of his campaign, “when children are hungry in this country.”

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Brickbat: Youthful Offender

A 4-year old boy from Alameda County, California, is one of 18 defendants suing to have their names taken off of the federal government’s terrorist watch list. The boy, identified in court papers only as Baby Doe, has been on the list at least…

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