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The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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June 5, 2016 at 9:00 pm

June 5, 1968: Robert Kennedy shot after winning the California primary

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As I recall,  we had finals or something else going on in school the next day.   My parents told us to shut off the TV and hit the pillow early.

I did catch the 10pm news and specially the baseball scores.

Aside from the California primary, there was a huge baseball story in LA.

The LA Dodgers’ Don Drysdale had just pitched another shutout.   He was in the tail end of throwing 58 consecutive scoreless innings.

We didn’t have ESPN back then. You had to get information from a lot of places, including the TV news, the newspapers and the weekly The Sporting News.

At 10:30pm, I saw a bulletin that Kennedy was ahead but it was too early to call it.  So I went to sleep.

Our whole family was supporting Nixon in ’68.   I did not really have a favorite on the Dem side.   As I recall back then, there was a lot of talk about how George Wallace’s defection from the Dems would impact the election in the fall.

My dad woke us next morning. He mentioned that Robert Kennedy had been shot in LA.   It was a shock.  It confused my little sister who said: It was his brother who was killed!

What if RFK had lived?  Would he have won the nomination?

Nobody knows for sure.  My guess is that RFK would have lost to VP Humphrey in the first ballot.

Why?  Sound familiar?  VP Humphrey had the delegates.  He also had Pres. LB Johnson on his side.

RFK’s death was very tragic. It was a terrible moment in a pretty tough political year that included the assassination of Rev. ML King two months before.

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June 5, 2016 at 9:00 am

June 1968: Don Drysdale’s 58-inning scoreless streak

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In 1968, the late Don Drysdale had the best spring of his Hall of Fame career.   He put together an amazing scoreless innings streak:

May 14 Chicago (Home)  
May 18 Houston (Home) 
May 22 St. Louis (Road) 
May 26 Houston (Road) 
May 31 San Francisco (Home) 
June 4 Pittsburgh (Home) 

The steak ended on June 8 against the Pirates.


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June 5, 2016 at 8:30 am

Forget Trump ‐‐ Mexico should worry about our last jobs report

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(My new American Thinker post)


Another week and more attacks against Trump in Mexico.    

Another Friday and another lousy jobs report in the US, or Mexico’s important trading partner.  Just a few numbers to make the point:  U.S. goods and services trade with Mexico totaled an estimated $583.6 billion in 2015.

The latest jobs report goes like this and it should concern Mexicans a lot more than Trump:

The U.S. economy created the fewest number of jobs in more than five years in May, hurt by a strike by Verizon workers and a fall in goods producing employment, pointing to labor market weakness that could make it difficult for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates.

The news about a slowdown “en el Norte” should really worry Mexico:

The monthly jobs reports have “been flashing a warning signal for quite some time,” said Sung Won Sohn, economist at California State University Channel Islands.

Let me share a personal experience.  I lived in Mexico during the awful 1981-82 recession.  It had a devastating effect on local industries, and that was 15 years before NAFTA connected the two economies.  I was constantly reminded of that Mexican expression: “When the U.S. sneezes, Mexico catches cold”.

As I discussed with a good Mexican friend, Trump has become a distraction for the Mexican chattering classes.  He is an easy target, especially with the growing disenchantment with the Mexican political class.  Attacking Trump is the only thing that the left, center and right can agree to in Mexico these days!

Yes, some of Mr. Trump’s remarks were inappropriate.  However, it is the US economy that should really worry our friends in Mexico. They will come to love “El Presidente Trump” if he turns this economy around!

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June 5, 2016 at 7:00 am