Bernie’s spring break blues
When Bernie Sanders will need college students the most, they'll be watching Netflix and partying.

“When Bernie Sanders will need college students the most, they’ll be watching Netflix and partying.”

This is what they think of you, of all of us. Please, you have to vote to prove The Establishment wrong. It’s the rising millennial vote vs. The Establishment and they’re still treating you more like a punchline than an electorate. PLEASE VOTE!

Politico50: #10, Lin-Manuel Miranda (Politico)

But more than just being the hottest thing in American culture, Hamilton is an attempt to rewrite American history. Drawing from Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton and working in rap, hip-hop and show tunes, Miranda has breathed new life into the story of one of the Founding Fathers, reframing the life of the first Treasury secretary as the story of a poor Caribbean immigrant from a broken home who succeeded thanks to relentless ambition. Hamilton no doubt takes liberties: Some critics say it overly reveres Hamilton, not to mention that its cast is mostly black and Latino; Miranda, whose parents are Puerto Rican, played the part of Hamilton until this summer. But these modern touches are meant to draw a line from the messiness of early-American politics to today’s. “I think the notion of our founders being these perfect men who got these stone tablets from the sky that became our Constitution and Bill of Rights is bullshit,” Miranda told Rolling Stone.

It’s sure been ages since a Broadway play had such resonance in politics; Miranda even successfully urged Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to keep the newly hip Hamilton on the front of the soon-to-be-redesigned $10 bill. And it’s no surprise that Miranda has become a supercelebrity in a year when anti-immigrant rhetoric has spiked. In fact, his critique of Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall has clear historical, even Hamiltonian resonances: “It’s such a malignant form of a very common American electoral disease,” Miranda has said, “which is, ‘Point at the newest people here and say they’re the reason you’re broke.’ That’s as old as time itself.”

Sanders crushes Clinton among Democrats abroad
Bernie Sanders has won a primary of American expatriates whom Democrats invite to participate in the party's presidential nominating process.

Bernie Sanders has won a primary of American Democrats living abroad, according to a press release.

The group Democrats Abroad, which held a “Global Presidential Primary” earlier this month, announced the results on Monday: Sanders won 69 percent of the vote, compared to just 31 percent for Hillary Clinton.

The Democratic National Committee grants Democrats Abroad 13 pledged delegates, who will be allocated according to the results: 9 for Sanders, and 4 for Clinton.

According to Democrats Abroad, three of the group’s eight superdelegates are committed to Clinton, while one is committed to Sanders.

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Politico ranks Minnesota tied for best state

In the midst of a Minnesota winter, it’s nice to know you’re number one.

The national political publication Politico ranked Minnesota the best state of the union to live in Tuesday. Well, actually, they ranked two states at #1: The Gopher State and the Granite State, New Hampshire.

Last year, Politico ranked Minnesota the second-best state, behind New Hampshire. Minnesota edged upward this year based on improvements in employment, infant mortality and the obesity rate this year, the publication stated. Mississippi ranked last for the second year in a row (a slot which had previously earned the publication a letter of dissent from Mississippi’s governor).

The rankings are based on 14 separate criteria (note: weather isn’t one of them), including:

— per capita income (Minnesota is 7th, at $30,913)

— lowest unemployment (8th, at 3.7 percent)

— percent above poverty level (9th, at 89.5 percent)

— home ownership (2nd, at 72.5 percent)

— percent of high school graduates (2nd, at 92.1 percent)

— life expectancy (2nd, at 81.1)

— (fewest) infant deaths per 1000 births (5th, at 4.49)

— percent of obese residents (5th, at 22 percent)

— average 8th grade math score (4th, at 295)

— average 8th grade reading score (10th, at 271)

— GINI index (income inequality) (11th, at .45)

— lowest violent crime rate per 100,000 (9th, at 223.2)

— percent employed in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) jobs (13th, at 6.1 percent)

— “wellbeing” score: 4th, at 69.7