Mayor Pete makes it official; Motorists want #PotHoleHolcomb to fix their vehicles; and The mob-boss presidency

Mayor Pete makes it official; Motorists want #PotHoleHolcomb to fix their vehicles; and The mob-boss presidency

Pete Buttigieg says his run for president can start ‘a new chapter in the American story’
Mayor Pete Buttigieg officially entered the race for the U.S. presidency on Sunday afternoon, casting his candidacy in historic terms and declaring it was time for a new era in the country, one in which he and Americans work with optimism and hope to meet the country’s challenges. (South Bend Tribune)

Michael Leppert: Biden’s greatness aside, it might be Buttigieg’s time
It’s easy to get excited about Mayor Pete if you are a Democrat in Indiana. His brand is as refreshing as there is on the national stage. This progressive presidential candidate with Hoosier roots gives our state’s image a bigger boost than any tourism department’s best marketing dream. (IBJ)

Motorists want state to pay to fix their cars
Dozens of drivers have filed tort claims seeking money from the state of Indiana after their cars were damaged while driving on a 15-mile, pothole-afflicted section of Interstate 69. (Journal Gazette)

60 of America’s biggest companies paid no federal income tax in 2018
Big companies have long relied on strategies to reduce their tax bills. But the new tax law is making it even easier, with a new analysis finding that 60 profitable Fortune 500 companies paid no taxes on a total of $79 billion of profits earned in 2018. (CBS NEWS)

The mob-boss presidency
A normal president confronted with a news story suggesting he ordered underlings to illegally transport asylum seekers to so-called sanctuary cities in order to retaliate against political enemies would deny knowledge of such a heinous plot. If need be, he’d make light of it, portray it as if it were idle chatter or a joke. That’s what President Trump’s devoted prevaricators (White Houses staffers) did following The Post account. (Washington Post)

‘I Felt Americans Needed to Know’: Insurance Industry Whistleblower Gives Glimpse of Effort to Crush Medicare for All
“The business model of for-profit health insurance depends on denying care to people who need it. These corporations can’t be reasoned with, only defeated.” (Common Dreams)

Sarah Sanders says Congress wouldn’t understand Trump’s taxes. But 10 members are accountants
In attacking the fight to obtain Trump’s tax returns, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders argued that members of Congress aren’t smart enough to understand them anyway. But three Democratic congress members are trained as certified public accountants — people qualified and licensed by their states to do just that. (CNN)

Congress wants immigration ‘boss’ to testify
House Democrats are sharpening their focus on White House immigration adviser Stephen Miller, with key lawmakers saying he should be brought before congressional committees to testify about his role in recent policy controversies. (Journal Gazette)

Tiger Woods seals fifth Masters title and 15th major
Tiger Woods clinched his fifth Masters and 15th major title to seal one of the greatest comeback stories in sport after overcoming career-threatening back problems. The 43-year-old muscled his way through a tightly packed leaderboard to win by one shot at Augusta for his first major title in 11 years and first Masters win since 2005. (CNN)

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach In Shadow Of Border Crossing
World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought his Bach Project to the sister cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, on Saturday. The “Day of Action” featured performances in both cities to celebrate the relationship between the two communities. (NPR)

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