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Trump on Judge in university case: He’s biased (Hispanic)

El Daily Post - Mon, 02/29/2016 - 8:01am

Preparing for a lawsuit related to alleged fraud at Trump University, the real estate mogul insists the judge is hostile against him because of his promises to build a wall on the border. One of the plaintiffs has asked to drop out of the case, citing stress, while Trump has threatened to sue her lawyers. Republican presidential front-runner Donald […]

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‘Spotlight’ steals Iñárritu’s thunder in best picture upset

El Daily Post - Sun, 02/28/2016 - 11:54pm

Mexico’s Alejandro G. Iñárritu won best director for the second straight year, a feat achieved only twice before, but his film “The Revenant” came up short denying him a chance for a double double (His film Birdman won best picture last year). However, Mexico City native Emmanuel Lubezki became the first cinematographer to three-peat as he […]

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Latinos ignored even for cliched roles in Hollywood

El Daily Post - Sun, 02/28/2016 - 5:53pm

The Oscars took place Sunday night amid controversy as only white actors were nominated for awards. Overlooked in the debate is the fact that not only were black actors shut out, but Latino actors are absent also. Ironically, no group buys more tickets to Hollywood films in proportion to their population percentage than Latinos. Hector Becerra makes the […]

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Tuesday will be Super, but will it be decisive?

El Daily Post - Sun, 02/28/2016 - 11:45am

Super Tuesday is the big gulp moment for any presidential candidate who makes it that far. It’s the biggest day of competition in U.S. democracy except for Election Day itself. It’s super nail-bitey, super expensive and often super-clarifying — the killer and maker of dreams. So will it set everything straight in the chaotic presidential race? Maybe. Quite possibly […]

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Calderón one-ups Fox, refers to Trump as Hitler-like

El Daily Post - Sun, 02/28/2016 - 9:15am

A second former Mexican president unloaded on Donald Trump, the Republican Party front-runner. Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) called the real estate mogul a racist and warned that anti-U.S. feelings are growing across the globe because of Trump’s anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric. Former President Felipe Calderón on Saturday joined his predecessor in office in unloading on Donald […]

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Bernstein: Should Sanders redirect his ‘revolution’?

El Daily Post - Sun, 02/28/2016 - 8:31am

Hillary Clinton shellacked Bernie Sanders in South Carolina on Saturday and can claim significant momentum heading into Super Tuesday. Bloomberg’s Jonathan Bernstein asks if it is time for the Vermont senator to consider focusing his “political revolution” on winning back the Senate for the Democrats. The Democratic calendar finally reached a good Hillary Clinton state on Saturday, […]

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Political pandering to border hysteria is nothing new

El Daily Post - Sun, 02/28/2016 - 8:00am

One early 20th century U.S. Cabinet official wanted 100,000 troops permanently deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter “the Mexican menace.” Others called the relatively meager inflow of poor Mexican farmworkers in the 1950s “history’s greatest peacetime invasion.” Now a leading presidential candidate wants to build “the greatest wall you’ve ever seen.” On May 10, […]

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Paula Dwyer: Trump’s boycotts, including of Mexico, could sting

El Daily Post - Sun, 02/28/2016 - 7:00am

Candidate Trump’s call for boycotts of such companies as Ford, Macy’s, Starbucks and the entire country of Mexico may seem like bluster on the campaign trail. But a President Trump’s push for such punishments would really do some damage — to the U.S. economy. For a candidate who promises to make America great again, Donald […]

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Mexican wolves, near extinction, are starting to come back home

El Daily Post - Sat, 02/27/2016 - 12:53pm

The Mexican wolf, or lobo, a smaller version of the gray wolf found further north, is making a slow comeback from near-extinction, thanks to a breed-and-release program carried out by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the American southwest. Now Mexico, where most lobos roamed in pre-Columbian times, is stepping up its own lobo […]

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Gun control is as ignored in Mexico as it is in the U.S.

El Daily Post - Sat, 02/27/2016 - 10:33am

Most Mexicans don’t want a gun. But Mexican criminals do. Unlike in the U.S., it’s hard for those criminals to get their guns legally. But like in the U.S., they get them easily. Also like in the U.S., they use them a lot. And like in the U.S., nobody’s doing much about it. Javier scoots […]

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Mexicans on Vicente Fox vs. Trump: Give ’em hell, Chente!

El Daily Post - Sat, 02/27/2016 - 9:22am

Vicente Fox may not have been the most popular president in Mexican history, but he’s something of a hero now thanks to his in-your-face verbal attack on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s anti-Mexican rhetoric and border wall fantasies. And that F-bomb? “It came from Vicente Fox’s soul,” observed one columnist. Mexicans backed former President Vicente […]

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Mexico’s surging debt is starting to reach 1994-95 crisis levels

El Daily Post - Sat, 02/27/2016 - 8:34am

Debt as a percentage of GDP has risen four times faster during the first half of the Peña Nieto administration as it did in the last half of Calderón’s term. That worries some analysts. Others aren’t too concerned. Everybody’s waiting to see if the recently announced spending cuts will help the situation. Mexico’s surging debt […]

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Mexico’s monarch butterflies are back, and in a big way

El Daily Post - Sat, 02/27/2016 - 7:00am

More than three and a half times the number of butterflies made the trip to Mexico this season over last year. But that’s still nowhere near the volume of 20 years ago. And illegal logging remains a threat. Monarch butterflies have made a big comeback in their wintering grounds in Mexico, after suffering serious declines, […]

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Maladroitness and opportunity

El Daily Post - Fri, 02/26/2016 - 4:03pm

The strangest thing about the Peña Nieto government is its total indifference toward its own legitimacy. It is probable that the presidential team’s calculation lies in the eventual redemption that the projects and reforms it has undertaken produce, but that would imply that its actions in past years would render results of their own and […]

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Hey, who turned out the Bolsa Mexicana lights . . . twice?

El Daily Post - Fri, 02/26/2016 - 3:15pm

The start of trading on the Mexican Stock Exchange (Bolsa Mexicana) was delayed by more than an hour Friday morning because of a power outage. Then the lights went out again later in the day for another 20 minutes. Traders were not amused. A 90-minute interruption in Mexican stock trading during the peak of earnings […]

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Give the (Indigenous) People What They Want

El Daily Post - Fri, 02/26/2016 - 3:09pm

Nearly every month, news arrives about another energy project delayed in Mexico on account of differences with indigenous peoples. The latest, on Feb. 23, involved IEnova, a Sempra Energy subsidiary, announcing that completion of the natural gas pipeline it is building for public power utility Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) through Sonora state will be delayed up […]

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Crime prevention: will it last?

El Daily Post - Fri, 02/26/2016 - 3:00pm

Surviving change. Yesterday, in a seminar on crime prevention organized by México Evalúa, a think tank, I participated on a rather unusual panel. The topic was not really technical, but political: how do you make prevention programs sustainable over the long run? More to the point, will the crime prevention policies of the current federal administration survive the change […]

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Organized, Mexico’s indigenous can force health care to exist

El Daily Post - Fri, 02/26/2016 - 1:38pm

At least one Chiapas community has found a way to begin to overcome the notorious lack of adequate health care in Mexico’s indigenous communities. With the help of an advocacy group, it has organized and demanded a functioning clinic, doctors who show up to work, a laboratory and a supply of medications. The strategy is […]

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Is it too much to say we’re in a new golden age of Mexican film?

El Daily Post - Fri, 02/26/2016 - 12:36pm

It’s not just González Iñárritu. Cuarón, Del Toro, Lubezki , García Bernal, Arriaga, Alcazar — they’re all big names on both sides of the border. And the thing is, the films they’re connected with are very good. If it’s not a golden age, it’s certainly a phenomenon. Movie buffs in Mexico are abuzz with the […]

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The U.S. Border Patrol may be closing a Tucson sector base

El Daily Post - Fri, 02/26/2016 - 9:00am

The base hasn’t been named, but it was the only one in a long stretch of border sites that was deemed “unfit” by an internal audit. Its closure — no sure thing — would not be a step toward a less militarized border. The motive is the dilapidated condition of the site. The Border Patrol’s […]

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