CNN and MSNBC Fall Hard In Viewership.

Robert Massimi.
CNN and MSNBC saw ratings plummet last month. Many believe that this is due to it’s biased reporting of the news. Others see it as reporting that is down right hostile to anyone who disagrees with the anchors. Chris Cuomo is not only abrasive to conservatives but he is also rude to them as well. Wolf Blitzer is a little more tactful about it but the prejudice is still there.
MSNBC is still seen as s hack of a news organization. Rachel Maddow, Van Jones, morning Joe are all bush league T.V. hosts. MSNBC fawns over the progressives, washed up Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.
The two cable channels are on the verge of being non existent. Like CNN’s founder said recently, CNN needs less politics and more news. People get politics 24/7and I believe that we need more news and less left wing thoughts when it comes to news. The biggest problem for these two cable networks is that they have gotten very hostile in the current political culture. There deep hatred for the president is so obvious, the people that they have on are weak interviewees at best.

May 01, 2019 – 10:59 AM EDT
CNN sees ratings swoon in April
CNN’s prime-time ratings dropped a whopping 26 percent in April compared to last year, according to Nielsen Media Research.

MSNBC’s ratings were down 14 percent in April 2019 compared to April 2018, while Fox News’s ratings overall were flat.


The sharp decrease for CNN marked its lowest-rated month in total viewers since October 2015.

In the 25- to 54-year-old demographic that advertisers covet most, it was the network’s least-watched month since Aug. 2015.

In prime time, Fox News finished first with an average of 2.4 million viewers. In April 2018, the network also averaged 2.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

MSNBC was second with an average of 1.66 million viewers, down from 1.93 million in April 2018.

CNN was third with 767,000 average primetime viewers, down from 1.04 million in April 2018.

In the 25–54 demographic, all three networks saw a decline.

Fox News delivered 389,000 viewers, followed by MSNBC’s 255,000 and CNN’s 198,000 viewers in the category.

This compared to 483,000 for Fox, 398,000 for MSNBC and 336,000 for CNN in April 2018.

The top five shows in cable news were Fox’s “Hannity” with an average of 3.086 million viewers, followed by “Tucker Carlson Tonight” with an average of 2.834 million. MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” was third with 2.630 million viewers, followed by Fox’s “The Ingraham Angle with 2.455 million viewers and “The Five” with 2.4 million in rounding out the Top-5.

CNN’s highest-rated show was “Chris Cuomo Primetime,” which averaged 917,000 viewers in finishing 26th overall in total viewers among the cable news networks.
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The Tony AwardsWill Be Great To Watch.

Robert Massimi.
With all the great theater over the past year, The Tony awards will be exciting to see. The Ferryman and To Kill A Mockingbird headline the straight plays. Hadestown and The Prom lead the musicals. In the revival category it’s Kiss Me Kate and Oklahoma battling it out.
Up for best actor and actress are many great talents as are featured actors. There will be a lot of competition come June to see who wins. Always surprising, you never know for certain who the winners will be. I think Ferryman should clean up, Borger winning for her role in Mockingbird. May could win as well with Waverly, she was incredible as a person with dimensia. At 87 years old, she maybe the nostalgia favorite.
It is so good for Broadway to have so many choices and so many different shows nominated. Both musical and straight choices are deep and all very good. Plenty of talent in all catagories.

“The Poor of New York ” Theater Review.

Robert Massimi.

“The Poor of New York ” at the Metropolitan Playhouse has it all…. great acting, costumes, direction, lighting as well as staging.

Set in 1837, New York is having a run on many of the banks in New York City. Like another show done in the early 1990’s at Metropolitan Playhouse,”An American Clock”, “The Poor of New York” shows us a tale of what will become of a very bad situation. Some will thrive in these bad times, others will be wiped out.

During the twenty year duration of this show, we watch people struggle to survive, we watch some thrive. The audience is torn between people living in squalor and others getting rich beyond there wildest dreams; many wealthy people lose everything and come to the realization that they are now poor.

The plots premise is based on what a father will do for their children. In the case of Gideon Bloodgood ( Bob Mackasek), it is robbing the Fairweather’s of their life savings, so that his daughter can live a good life. Bloodgood knows that his bank is in default and that this money will change his life for the betterment of both he and his daughter, Alida.

Written by Dion Boucicaut, an Irish playwright, “The Poor of New York” was performed by The Metropolitan Playhouse at it’s old location on West 49th street in the late 1990’s.

In a small theater, good direction and lighting is a must. Alex Roe keeps this show tight. Actors move freely and smartly throughout the economical stage with great timing and as such,the musical blends and works beautifully for the entire two hours and fifteen minutes.

The romantic lighting gives the audience members a feel that they are part of this great performance. Christopher Weston’s lighting is the back beat of evening. From the somber moments to the pinnacle of the burning building, Westons deft lighting keeps the show front and center at all times

Sidney Fortner’s costume design captures this period piece. From the aristocratic fashion of the Bloodgoods, to the poverty striken Fairweather’s, Fortner is masterful in the very detail of the haves and have nots. Specific detail went into Badger (David Logan Rankin’s), once more fortunate standing in society, to poverty striken attire.

The staging of this show was refreshingly different. Like the show itself, the stage kept moving round and round, much like the characters lives. The stage was significant of time; things changed, people changed and the wheel kept turning and with it, the story of the characters who encumbered the audience.

All the actors were very strong in their roles. Each character was touching to us. From the Bloodgoods who were never accepted in a society that they desperately wanted to belong ; Mark Livingston who lost all his wealth and status in his community or the Fairweather’s who were robbed of there place and entitlement to be a family.

GDP AT 3.2

Robert Massimi.
It takes a businessman to turn things around. The GDP puts up some big numbers today. If these numbers continue,the Democrats should not bother in 2020, as Trump will destroy them.
More businessmen should run for office, get rid of these lawyers in Washington d.c. liberals like Bernie abd Joe will have nothing to run on. AOC and Pocahantas will not be able to run their mouths.
The economy looks strong, unemployment is low and if it keeps going, Democrats will put slaughtered next November 2020. With the in fighting amongst Democrats, it is going to bad all the way around for the liberal’s and socialists.
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The numbers: Reports of the demise of the U.S. economy proved unfounded as first-quarter activity showed surprising strength. The U.S. economy expanded at a 3.2% annual pace in the first three months of 2019, the government said Friday.

The gain was well above forecasts. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 2.3% increase in gross domestic product. The economy grew at a 2.2% rate in the final three months of 2018.

Inflation moderated a bit in the first quarter.

What happened: One unexpected factor behind the acceleration in GDP growth in the first quarter was a sharp upturn in state and local government spending.

Spending at this level jumped 3.9% after a 1.3% drop in the prior three months. This was the fastest gain in three years. Spending by local governments likely picked up due to the partial federal government shutdown.

Also fueling the stronger GDP growth were stronger inventory building and trade. These factors are volatile and could reverse this quarter.

Final sales to domestic purchasers, which excludes trade and inventory behavior, rose 2.3% in the first quarter, the smallest gain in three years, but still well above what economists were expecting.

The value of inventories increased to $128.4 billion from $96.8 billion, adding to GDP.

The trade sector added a little more than 1% to growth in the first quarter. Exports rose 3.7%, while imports dropped by the same amount, leading to a smaller trade deficit.

Offsetting these gains, consumer spending decelerated to a 1.2% gain, the slowest increase in a year.

Business fixed investment decelerated to a relatively slow 2.7% gain, down from a 5.4% gain in the prior quarter. Investment in structures fell 0.8%, the third straight decline.

Investment in new housing was another weak spot. Residential investment dropped 2.8%, the fifth straight quarterly decline.

Inflation, as measured by the personal consumption expenditure price index, fell to a 1.4% annual rate in the first quarter from 1.9% in the prior three-month period. The decline in core PCE inflation was less pronounced, slipping to 1.7% from 1.9%. The monthly inflation numbers will be released on Monday.

Big picture: The acceleration in growth in the first quarter is all the more remarkable considering the doom and gloom that surrounded the first-quarter outlook in December. Before the new year began, the Atlanta Fed’s “nowcast” model projected 0.5% growth and the flattening of the yield curve was fueling talk of recession. The partial government shutdown, which limited economic data, added to unease.

Instead, the economic data improved steadily as the quarter progressed. Economists think the strong gain in retail sales in March bodes well for second-quarter growth.

The Federal Reserve is not expected to change its patient approach to interest-rate policy despite the strong report. Officials are expected to wait to see how the economy fares in the second quarter before making any decisions. The solid performance in the first quarter may quell some of the chatter that the next Fed move will be a rate cut.

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Some transitory factors in the 1Q #GDP report, but much better than expected. Someone will have to explain to me why the #Fed needs to ease in this environment.

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U.S. central bankers will meet next week to discuss the outlook. Reporters will get a chance to ask Fed Chairman Jerome Powell about the GDP data at his news conference on Wednesday.

What are they saying? “In sum, GDP growth is very impressive, while the composition was less impressive but still solid. The economy is still ploughing ahead despite the persistent pessimism that has been exacerbated by the Fed’s abrupt and mysterious abandonment of policy normalization,” said Ward McCarthy, chief financial U.S. economist at Jefferies.

Market reaction: The dollar DXY, -0.22% jumped after the data was released. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note TMUBMUSD10Y, -1.35% also rose. Stocks were mixed at the open with the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.01% down slightly.

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Biden vs Sanders Could Get Nasty.

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The only person who can complete with Bernie Sanders experience in running an election on a grand scale that is now in the race, Biden vs Sanders will get ugly.
Look for the gloves to come off early and often. Biden is known for being a fighter and he has different political ideologies than Sanders Sanders is a progressive and Biden is more mainstream. Although Biden is wacky,the DNC is more likely to get behind him then Sanders, as they see Biden more electable. Sanders is more popular with the younger voters but Biden with the more mainstream Democrats.
Sanders sees himself getting screwed by the DNC last time, he refused to back down and ultimately hurt Hillary Clinton as a result. If the DNC does a similar thing to Sanders again, he may very well stay in the race till the end hurting Biden.
A lot of Sanders supporters stayed home and did not vote for Clinton and both camps hated one another and still do. Biden vs Sanders can be a repeat of the last election. It is a crowded field but in the end it will come down to these two.
One problem Biden has is that there is now evidence that Obama, clinton snd co may have colluded with the Russians and also spied on the Trump campaign. This implicates Biden and it may be the reason Joe Buden asked Obama not to endorse him.
It will be interesting to see just how this all plays out. Sanders thinks that it is his time. A dangerous progressive us a more moderate will be a big showdown and standoff between the two. Both will hav ed bigger war chests than the rest of the fueld. Hollywood will go f ou r a Sanders but business leaders like Jaime Dimon will go for a Biden before Sanders.
Whoever wins the democratic nomination, look for the other factoon to stay home and not vote again.
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Dem race shows signs it could get nasty
The gloves are beginning to come off in the crowded Democratic race for the White House that so far has resembled more of a tea party than a bar-room brawl.

Pete Buttigieg said this week he didn’t think Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) could rebuild the coalition that pushed his 2016 candidacy forward, a line many saw as a shot undercutting a rival campaign.


Those remarks came after Sanders’s campaign co-chairman Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) lashed out at Buttigieg for comparing Sanders’s supporters to President’ Trump’s, even though Buttigieg had been praising Sanders for reaching out to the anti-establishment voters that Democrats have been accused of ignoring.

Separately, the Sanders campaign swiped at former Vice President Joe Biden, who entered the race early on Thursday, for raising money at the home of a “corporate lobbyist” shortly after launching his campaign. And Justice Democrats, a group launched by former Sanders campaign aides, issued a blistering statement attacking Biden as a corporate shill and saying he’s the wrong kind of politician for the party to nominate.

The new attacks come as the race for the party’s nomination takes shape around Biden and Sanders, who are the clear front-runners at this early stage. Both are now coming under attack.

It’s a big shift from the niceties that have been on display among the candidates so far and likely foreshadows a brutal race to come, as mid-tier and lower-tier candidates face pressure to knock down the top two in an effort to break out from the pack.

“It’s going to be nasty,” predicted one Democratic strategist.

There’s nothing unusual about a nasty primary fight and it doesn’t necessarily mean the party will be defeated in the general election.

Facing a similarly crowded Republican primary in the summer of 2015, then-candidate Donald Trump came out swinging.

His frequent insults of his rivals, including “low-energy” Jeb Bush, fueled his campaign and turned the front-running former Florida governor into an also-ran. Trump ended up winning the primary and the general election.

The Democratic race hasn’t been like that race at all, as none of the major candidates have been throwing haymakers.

There are worries among Democrats, however, that as things get uglier, it could hurt the party.

“A primary race is good for the party, we’re seeing real innovative ideas,” said Andrew Feldman, a Democratic strategist. “But at the end of the day, we have to make sure we don’t tear each other apart to the point where we can’t come back and beat Trump.”

Mainstream Democrats on Thursday were seething over the Justice Democrats statement issued hours after Biden’s announcement.

Alexandra Rojas, a former field organizer for Sanders who now runs the liberal group, called Biden “the old guard of the Democratic Party,” who she said was responsible for failing to stop President Trump.

“Joe Biden stands in near complete opposition to where the center of energy is in the Democratic Party today,” Rojas said.

Biden’s defenders argued the former vice president has spent his career pushing the party forward on key issues, such as marriage equality.

“The Justice Democrats make me sick,” said one Democratic strategist.

A Sanders aide told The Hill the campaign welcomes Biden’s entrance into the race and they hope the contest stays focused on the issues.

“This campaign is not about telling people who to vote against, it’s about outlining the ideas and policies people can vote for and letting the voters decide for themselves,” the aide said.

Some Democrats say Sanders has a responsibility to keep his online supporters from throwing fire. They view some of his backers as ruthless attack dogs that will do Sanders’s fighting for him.

“It’s up to Bernie to rein-in his surrogates,” said Jon Reinish, a Democratic strategist. “He didn’t do that in 2016 and it was to the great detriment of the party. I’m confident that even if he doesn’t win the nomination, he’ll move to unify the party. The question is whether his trusted message-carriers will.”

On the left, there is bitterness over how the Democratic National Committee and Clinton treated Sanders in 2016 — and worries the party will pull out all the stops to defeat progressives this time around.

It’s one reason Biden’s entry in the race is a watershed moment — and one many think will preface a more negative campaign.

“He’s a corporate Democrat, through and through,” Charles Chamberlain, the chairman of the liberal group Democracy for America, said Thursday after Biden entered the race.

Liberals are also warning Democrats that it would be “self-defeating” to anger the activist base because that’s where the energy is in the party.

“Both wings of the party know how high the stakes are, but I hope the establishment wing understands how dangerous it would be to attack Bernie Sanders or anybody else who they may feel represents the left-wing of the party,” said Robert Reich, Bill Clinton’s former Labor Secretary and a progressive thought-leader. “That would be really stupid and self-defeating and anyone who cares about the future of this country should exert every bit of influence to prevent that.”

But if Sanders is leading the race, he’ll almost surely be a target.

Candidates are beginning to stake out positions in opposition to Sanders, whose critics warn that he’s too far outside the mainstream.

This week, Sanders said that violent criminals and domestic terrorists, including the Boston Marathon bomber, should be able to vote from prison. A cascade of Democratic contenders immediately broke with him, saying that convicted felons should only be allowed to vote once they’ve finished serving time.

And former Rep. John Delaney (Md.), a lower tier candidate who is largely self-funding his campaign, chided Sanders for calling Israel’s government “racist.”

Buttigieg, who has been riding a wave of momentum and is the surprise of the race so far, raised eyebrows when he questioned whether Sanders could reform his 2016 coalition during an interview with The New York Times.

Buttigieg said there was a “novelty” to the boldness of the Sanders approach in 2016 and that this might be difficult to capture again in 2020.

“I think the difference is that a lot of the interest in him also was that people were refreshed by the novelty of that boldness,” he said.

While he said Sanders had always been bold, it was new on a national level.

“I have a hard time seeing the kind of coalition that he needs ultimately coming together,” he said.

The Buttigieg campaign said their candidate wasn’t saying that Sanders couldn’t defeat Trump with his comments.

The Sanders campaign finds suggestions he can’t win particularly irksome.


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“Bernie’s unwavering commitment to this fight and his unifying progressive agenda has made him the best positioned candidate to defeat Donald Trump in the general election,” Shakir said.

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Make Universities Cheaper.

Robert Massimi.
Colleges and Universities should be cheaper. Most universities have teaching assistants and not the professors actually teaching the ckasses.
Another solution is make college a two year program in which no electives are required. This will cut costs by over 50 percent and will help with costs.
With mounting debt, solutions to this problem are a must. Two year programs will help this significantly. The other solution is not taking in foreign students who are granted scholarships at many of the universities around the country.

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President Trump and leading Democratic presidential candidates seem to agree on the need to alleviate the nation’s $1.5 trillion student loan crisis: Trump’s proposed 2020 budget released last month would forgive undergraduates’ student loans after 15 years when they’re enrolled in an income-based repayment program, and Senator Elizabeth Warren proposed taxing those who make more than $50 million in income to eliminate student debt and tuition at public colleges.

Nevertheless, given the level of animosity in Washington, student loan relief from Washington seems unlikely anytime soon.

That’s unfortunate because a new study from Lendkey Technologies, a digital lending partner to hundreds of credit unions and banks, found that borrowers are still taking on massive amounts of debt without fully understanding the financial burden that awaits them after graduation. The online survey, conducted in March 2019, polled 2,390 Americans over age 18 who took out student loans from public and/or private lenders.

Students holding their ‘Certificates of Debt’ at graduation. (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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Nearly half of borrowers surveyed had no idea what their debt obligations will be once they graduate: 49% of borrowers did not know what their monthly minimum payment would be, with as few as 10% of 18-34 year-olds knowing what the exact payment amount would be.

“For millions of U.S. students, higher education begins with a significant decision that can impact their financial health for the rest of their lives,” LendKey Technologies CEO Vince Passione said in a statement. “A quality education should begin with sound advice, not only about the best course of study, but also the best means of how to finance it.”

Student borrowers need better financial advice, according to the survey. Just 22% of them say their academic institutions offered them a range of lender options through the school or outside lenders. And over half of students blamed their college or university for failing to provide them with “sufficient” information about the debt they were taking on. Furthermore, more than 40% of students say they were only given a single option.

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‘Think with your head, not your heart’
Alternatives can be key to helping students avoid crippling debt once they start a new job after graduation.

“Unlike any other asset that you might buy like a home or a car, where you would payment shop, most consumers don’t payment shop when they’re shopping for education,” Passione told Yahoo Finance. “Consumers are still struggling with this concept.”

Passione noted that he encourages students to seriously consider what job they would like to pursue after graduation and if that potential salary would enable them to afford the debt obligations they decide to take on.

“It’s all about a payment when you come out,” he added. “I tell people: ‘Think with your head, not your heart.’ If what’s going to make you happy is the [college] experience, then remember you’re paying for that experience for the rest of your life.”

The survey found that 75% of student loan borrowers said that financing made it possible for them to attend a school they otherwise would not have been able to afford.

And while some may be earning a higher salary after graduation, only half of those surveyed were satisfied with their school choice once they factor in their ability to repay the cost.

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Assigned To: Sterling Johnson Jr.

Referred To: Robert M. Levy

Date Filed: Feb. 16, 2012

Date Terminated: March 13, 2012

Cause: 29:1104 Recovery of Benefits to Employee

Nature of Suit: 791 Labor: E.R.I.S.A.

Jury Demand: None

Jurisdiction Type: Federal Question

Date FiledDescription

Feb 16, 2012

COMPLAINT against Absolute Electrical Contracting Of NY, Inc., Absolute Electrical Contracting, Inc., William Locantro Disclosure Statement on Civil Cover Sheet completed -yes,, filed by Gerald Finkel. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet) (Davis, Kimberly) (Entered: 02/17/2012)

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Civil Cover Sheet

Feb 16, 2012

Summons Issued as to Absolute Electrical Contracting Of NY, Inc., Absolute Electrical Contracting, Inc., William Locantro. (Davis, Kimberly)

Feb 16, 2012

FILING FEE: $ 350.00, receipt number 4653040030 (Davis, Kimberly)


Feb 27, 2012

SUMMONS Returned Executed by Gerald Finkel. William Locantro served on 2/22/2012, answer due 3/14/2012. (Leeds, Zachary) (Entered: 02/27/2012)

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Feb 27, 2012

SUMMONS Returned Executed by Gerald Finkel. Absolute Electrical Contracting Of NY, Inc. served on 2/22/2012, answer due 3/14/2012. (Leeds, Zachary) (Entered: 02/27/2012)

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Feb 27, 2012

SUMMONS Returned Executed by Gerald Finkel. Absolute Electrical Contracting, Inc. served on 2/22/2012, answer due 3/14/2012. (Leeds, Zachary) (Entered: 02/27/2012)

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Mar 12, 2012

ORDER: An initial conference has been scheduled for June 21, 2012 at 3:00 p.m., before the Hon. Robert M. Levy, USMJ at 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York. Plaintiff’s counsel is directed to confirm with defendants’ counsel that all necessary participants are aware of this conference. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Robert M. Levy on 3/12/2012. (Marino, Janine) (Entered: 03/12/2012)

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Mar 12, 2012

NOTICE of Voluntary Dismissal by Gerald Finkel (Leeds, Zachary) (Entered: 03/12/2012)

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Mar 14, 2012

ORDER re 6 Notice of Voluntary Dismissal filed by Gerald Finkel. SO ORDERED. ( Ordered by Senior Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr., undated ) (Guzzi, Roseann) (Entered: 03/14/2012)

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