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Jamaica and its widely praised ganja reform are at a crossroads

El Daily Post - Tue, 03/01/2016 - 8:14am

Jamaica decriminalized cannabis last year, thanks in a large part to Justice Minister Mark Golding. But Golding’s party was voted out of power last week. There’s a good chance his replacement will move forward on reform, but it’s no sure thing In April 2015, the government of Jamaica, under the People’s National Party, amended the […]

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Laredo Republicans’ dilemma: Hispanics shun Trump

El Daily Post - Tue, 03/01/2016 - 6:45am

In a state where Hispanics represent one of every three voters, attracting the Hispanic vote is challenging. Trump’s anti-immigration stump speech is risky though it resonates with conservative Latinos in Laredo. Democrats dominate in Webb County yet Catholic Hispanics have a kinship with Republicans on social values. And since Texas provides delegates by district, the […]

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Texas: Big … and getting bigger in population and influence

El Daily Post - Tue, 03/01/2016 - 6:30am

Texas is proud of its name recognition and its growing influence in the U.S. economy. But the job growth figures obscure the fact that poverty is on the rise, especially because much of the new employment is comprised of low-wage jobs. Still, the ultra-red state holds promise for both parties in the Super Tuesday primary, especially if the burgeoning […]

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Holloman AFB: From immigrant shelter to ‘reserve status’

El Daily Post - Mon, 02/29/2016 - 5:01pm

The Air Force base in New Mexico will see the last of 129 immigrant children leave by the weekend as the surge of young Central Americans has begun to taper off. As the federal government prepares to set up a shelter in Florida when another influx occurs, Holloman will only revert to a shelter again […]

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Traders don’t take possibility of Trump presidency seriously

El Daily Post - Mon, 02/29/2016 - 4:36pm

It is accepted that Donald Trump’s political success is contributing to elevated market volatility. However, the market is pricing in virtually no event premium for the U.S. presidential election. Donald Trump, Republican presidential nominee. What was once thought to be a flight of fancy is moving ever closer to becoming reality, with one of the […]

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The Free Crude Oil Market of 2016

El Daily Post - Mon, 02/29/2016 - 2:45pm

The International Energy Agency (IEA) published its Oil Medium-term Market Report 2016, on Feb. 22. The IEA is a go-to source for all things energy, so when the latest report acknowledges firsthand that understanding the oil market’s outlook for the next five years is “a task of enormous complexity” and that “some certainties that have […]

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What if Trump wins? The implications for Mexico

El Daily Post - Mon, 02/29/2016 - 2:15pm

Thinking the unthinkable. The joke is over. Donald Trump may very well be the next president of the United States. He has not clinched yet the Republican nomination and, if he does, he would be an underdog in the general election. But still, the odds of a Trump presidency are not negligible. So it might be time […]

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Pemex records 13th straight loss as spending cuts laid out

El Daily Post - Mon, 02/29/2016 - 2:00pm

Pemex recorded a 13th straight quarterly loss, reporting a $9.3 billion-dollar decline in the fourth quarter. On Monday, new CEO José Antonio González Anaya explained how the state oil monopoly would manage the budget cuts announced last week. Petróleos Mexicanos’s financial woes continue to mount as the country’s biggest company reported a 168.9 billion pesos ($9.3 billion dollars) […]

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Cuts

El Daily Post - Mon, 02/29/2016 - 1:39pm

There have been two principle reactions to the announcement by government officials of budget cuts: Some complain of the impact they will have on specific programs, on public investment or on aggregate demand. Others criticize the cuts as too little, too late. Looking deeper into these reactions, no one is defending government spending for its virtues or for the opportunities it […]

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Why Super Tuesday is critical for both parties’ candidates

El Daily Post - Mon, 02/29/2016 - 12:22pm

After starting small, the presidential campaign has exploded into a nationwide contest that on Tuesday could all but decide the Democratic and Republican nominating fights. Twelve states from Alaska to Massachusetts will hold caucuses and primaries on Tuesday, awarding a big chunk of the delegates needed to secure the two major party nominations. The balloting […]

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El Chapo is ‘ill.’ Radioactive material stolen. Bus crash.

El Daily Post - Mon, 02/29/2016 - 12:10pm

El Chapo’s wife says authorities are ‘trying to kill him’ The common-law wife of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán says his health problems have gotten “a lot worse” because guards at a maximum-security prison rouse him for head counts, interfering with his sleep. Emma Coronel is the mother of Guzmán’s twin daughters. She told the […]

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Saguaro: The Sonoran Desert giant is a freak of nature

El Daily Post - Mon, 02/29/2016 - 8:45am

A team of scientists from the University of Arizona and the National Autonomous University of Mexico are carrying out a genomic analysis of the saguaro. Eventually, the study will provide rich opportunities for exploring the plant’s biology. The saguaro is a freak of nature. Really, it’s a freak and that’s why we love it so. […]

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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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