TCG Weekly Digest – September 11th, 2015


Week ending September 11, 2015

Weekly roundup about our democracy and The Common Good community


Hillary Clinton’s lead is down 10 points since August, and Joseph Biden has climbed.

Clinton 37%   Sanders 27%   Biden 20%

O’Malley 3%   Webb 2%   Chafee 1%

In the same poll, Clinton loses to or ties leading Republicans:

Carson 51% Clinton 46%; Bush 49% Clinton 47%; Trump 48% Clinton 48%

The shift away from Clinton is due to shrinking support among women and falling support among liberals.  Biden’s gains are thanks to his support among women. Clinton’s advantage among women has disappeared in matchups against Bush and Carson.

CNN/ORC Poll [More]

Meanwhile, Iowa has become a two-man race. Carson is still gaining on Trump in new Iowa poll and leads Trump in favorability ratings 79%-60%.

Trump 27%    Carson 21%   Cruz 9%    Bush 6%   Fiorina 5%   Kasich 5%   Rubio 5%   Walker 3%

Quinnipiac Poll [More]

2016 Presidential Campaign

Clinton apologized for using a private email server while secretary of state, saying what many supporters had been wanting to hear.  Maggie Haberman, New York Times [More]

Rick Perry quits the campaign. Jonathan Martin, New York Times [More]

Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Sarah Palin led a rally on Capitol Hill on Wednesday protesting the Iran nuclear deal.  Dana Bash (TCG Speaker), Eugene Scott, and Jeremy Diamond, CNN [More]

Hillary Clinton presented a set of campaign finance overhaul proposals that would curb anonymous political donations and bolster the influence of small donors. Amy Chozick and Nicholas Confessore, New York Times [More]

Bush unveils tax reform plan: “The GOP presidential candidate promises to ‘cut individual rates from seven brackets to three: 28%, 25% and 10%… cut the corporate tax rate… to 20%….and promises to.. eliminating most corporate tax deductions—and remove the deduction for borrowing costs.’” James Freeman, Wall Street Journal [More]

Brooks: The anti-party candidates – Individualism trumping the public interest:  “This summer three American politicians have risen to the fore, and they all sit outside or at the margin of the party they are trying to lead… But along the way the civic institutions that actually could mobilize broad coalitions — the parties — get dismissed and gutted. Without these broad coalition parties, the country is ungovernable and cynicism ratchets up even further.” David Brooks, New York Times [More]

The Economy

World Bank chief economist warns Fed to delay rate rise: “The US Federal Reserve risks triggering ‘panic and turmoil” in emerging markets if it opts to raise rates at its September meeting and should hold fire until the global economy is on a surer footing…rising uncertainty over growth in China and its impact on the global economy meant a fed decision to raise its policy rate next week, for the first time since 2006, would have negative consequences, Kaushik Basu told the Financial Times.” Shawn Donnan and Sam Fleming, Financial Times  [More]

Emerging-market currencies – defaults possible: More investors are betting  that Brazil and South Africa will default on their debt. Such bets “hit their highest level since the financial crisis, underscoring the stress mounting on emerging-market economies heading into the most anticipated Federal Reserve meeting in years.” Carolyn Cui, Wall Street Journal [More]

Foreign Relations and National Security

No veto showdown for Iran deal:  Senate Democrats delivered a major victory to President Obama by blocking a Republican resolution to reject the six-nation nuclear accord.  Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times [More]

Hillary Clinton gave support for the Iran deal – with caveats:  Clinton said the deal “blocks every pathway for Iran to get a bomb” and that it was “unrealistic” to get a better deal. Clinton introduced a five-point plan focused on building regional alliances to counter “Iran’s bad behavior in the region”: continued military aid to Israel, to the US’s Gulf allies, and taking steps to counter growing Iranian influence.  Ben Jacobs and Sabrina Siddiqui, The Guardian [More]

Migrant quotas in EU:  “Jean-Claude Juncker announced an emergency quota system to spread the burden of taking in 160,000 refugee… The grim deaths of many migrants… may have shifted sentiment.” James Kanter, New York Times [More]

Foreign Relations and National Security

Polls show common ground among Americans on some stronger gun laws, in wake of spate of deadly shootings: “Take three specific proposals: Adding background checks to private gun sales, banning people with mental illnesses from buying guns and creating a federal database to track gun sale. Public support for these changes range from very strong to overwhelming, according to a Pew Research Center poll.” Mark Berman, Washington Post [More]

Kentucky clerk who wouldn’t marry same-sex couples jailed, will not resign: Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis rejected a deal on Thursday that would have allowed her to leave jail if she would agree to give her deputy clerks authority to issue the licenses. Nick Gass, POLITICO [More]

Obama in Alaska urging global action on climate change:  “In a state heavily dependent on oil. Obama capitalized on a backdrop of “melting glaciers, crumbling permafrost and rising sea levels to illustrate the immediacy of the issue he hopes to make a central element of his legacy.” Julie Hirschfield Davis, New York Times [More]

More from the TCG Community

Judge Jed Rakoff (TCG ASA Awardee) speaks to FT on mass incarceration in America: “If we continue at the current rate, one out of three African-American males will spend time in prison in their lifetime. It’s incredible. And it will have devastating effects on them, their families and their communities,” he says.” Kara Scannell, Financial Times [More]


“Vigilance” Memoir by Ray Kelly (TCG Speaker): “Some of these [New York City] measures didn’t always sit well with the federal agencies, but leaving the city’s security in federal hands hadn’t worked out so well for New York.  America’s top target had to face reality: no one would ever protect New York as well as New Yorkers.” Ray Kelly (TCG Speaker) (Excerpt from Vanity Fair) [More]

Cong. John Lewis reviews “Give Us the Ballot” by Ari Berman (TCG Speaker): “Berman ably shows the systematic, persistent counterattacks of the Reagan and Bush Justice Departments in coordination with the Federalist Society, the White House and ultimately the Supreme Court to undo the advances of 1965.” Congressman John Lewis (TCG ASA Awardee), Washington Post [More]

Book Review- “The Silo Effect” by  Gillian Tett (TCG Speaker): [Tett] applies her anthropologist’s lens to the problem of why so many organizations still suffer from a failure to communicate.” Philip Delves Broughton, Wall Street Journal [More]

Archive of Past Digests

TCG Weekly Digest – September 4th, 2015

TCG Weekly Digest – August 28th, 2015

TCG Weekly Digest – August 21st, 2015

TCG Weekly Digest – August 15th, 2015

TCG Weekly Digest – August 7th, 2015

TCG Weekly Digest – July 30th, 2015

TCG Weekly Digest – July 24th, 2015