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Courtesy Vogue.com, October, 2016 Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, December 1993 For all the chaos and unpredictability and the sometimes appalling spectacle of this election season, the question of which candidate actually deserves to be president has never been a difficult one. Vogue has no history of political endorsements. Editors in chief …View full post
Courtesy Cal State L. A. Streamed live on Oct 5, 2016 California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez faced off on October 6, 2016, at Cal State LA in the only scheduled debate in the race for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat. The debate was sponsored by the Pat Brown Institute for …View full post
Courtesy of Kevin Drum, MotherJones.com, September 19, 2016 For a lot of liberals, the most important goal of this election is to keep Donald Trump out of the White House. And since Trump naturally sucks up most of the political oxygen, that means lots of blogging about Trump and not so much about Clinton. But …View full post
Courtesy of Allan Chernoff, fortune.com, July 23, 2016 Leadership is not just about smarts. As the Republican National Convention closed this week, Donald Trump’s conquest of the Republican presidential nomination reaffirms one of the most important principles of persuasive public communications: it’s not so much what you say, it’s how you say it. Indeed, one …View full post
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Courtesy Jessica Valenti, theguardian.com, September 22, 2016
Blues legend BB King once sang: “Never trust a woman, until she’s dead and buried.” Sadly, it’s a sentiment that sounds just at home in our current political discourse as it does an old song: while this week’s NBC/WSJ poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump in general support, voters consider Trump more “honest and straightforward” than Clinton by 10 points.
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/02/06/hillary-clintons-problem-we-just-dont-trust-women/
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Courtesy Jill Abramson, theguardian.com, March 28, 2016
It’s impossible to miss the “Hillary for Prison” signs at Trump rallies. At one of the Democratic debates, the moderator asked Hillary Clinton whether she would drop out of the race if she were indicted over her private email server. “Oh for goodness – that is not going to happen,” she said. “I’m not even going to answer that question.”
Based on what I know about the emails, the idea of her being indicted or going to prison is nonsensical. Nonetheless, the belief that Clinton is dishonest and untrustworthy is pervasive. A recent New York Times-CBS poll found that 40% of Democrats say she cannot be trusted.
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/02/02/this-may-shock-you-hillary-clinton-is-fundamentally-honest/
Courtesy The Late Late Show with James Corden, July 20, 2016
James Corden’s White House tour takes an unthinkable turn when First Lady Michelle Obama joins him for a drive around the grounds singing Stevie Wonder and Beyonce. Surprise guest Missy Elliott drops in to sing “This Is For My Girls.”
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/30/how-cool-is-michelle-obama/
Courtesy Guardian Sport of theguardian.com, May 4, 2016
It’s probably no shock to learn that most US golfers tend to vote Republican – but the strength of ill feeling towards Hillary Clinton is perhaps more surprising, particularly among the women of the LPGA. Oh, and the game’s greats also like Donald Trump – and think Tiger Woods will win again.
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Courtesy of theguardian. Michael Arceneaux, March 7, 2016
As it becomes ever more likely that Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, a host of people have announced that they either won’t vote for Clinton, or won’t vote at all, if Bernie Sanders isn’t the candidate on the ballot. I believe there’s a self-righteousness about this that only people with a certain level of privilege can afford to have.
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/27/bernie-sanders-or-bust/
Courtesy WhiteHouse.Gov, February 22, 2016, by Melanie Garunay
Virginia McLaurin, 106 years old and a longtime Washington, D.C. resident, had always dreamed of visiting the White House. Last week, her dream came true in a big way. Check out the video:
Here’s how Virginia McLaurin got to the White House:
A friend of Mrs. McLaurin’s reached out to the White House and shared that Mrs. McLaurin has been doing stellar work as a volunteer throughout the D.C. area for decades and would like to visit the White House. So the White House made sure that she not only got to visit — but also had the chance, before the Black History Month reception, to meet privately with the President and First Lady backstage. It was her dream to meet President Obama, given his passion for investing in early childhood education and his significance as the first African American President.
Virginia McLaurin is a Senior Corps volunteer at Roots Public Charter School as part of the United Planning Organization’s Foster Grandparent Program, serving as a foster grandparent and mentor to special-needs students. As a mentor, she helps children with their reading and social skills.
Virginia has volunteered at C. Melvin Sharpe Health School for over 20 years, serving 40 hours a week. She was introduced to the program by a friend from her church who knew Virginia was interested in finding ways to make life better for those in her community.
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/26/dancing-with-the-president/
May 24, 2016
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at the Center for Popular Democracy’s annual gala on May 24, 2016. [In this excerpt] she discussed Donald Trump rooting for the 2008 housing market crash, his plans to dismantle Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform, and his decision not to release his taxes.
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Courtesy of Alan Yuhas in theguardian.com, May 7, 2016
Harvard University will bar members of single-sex clubs, fraternities and sororities from fellowships and leadership roles on campus, college president Drew Gilpin Faust announced on Friday, in an effort to prevent sexual discrimination.
“Although the fraternities, sororities and final [single-sex] clubs are not formally recognized by the college,” Faust wrote in an open letter to dean Rakesh Khurana, “they play an unmistakable and growing role in student life, in many cases enacting forms of privilege and exclusion at odds with our deepest values.
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/23/harvard-to-ban-members-of-single-sex-clubs-from-student-leadership-roles/
Courtesy commondreams.org, March 31, 2016, by Nika Knight
“It’s long past time for the Department of Education’s bank to clean up its act and start running the student loan program to benefit students—not private companies,” declared Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday as she announced a plan (pdf) for the Department of Education (DOE) to completely overhaul its student loan servicing system.
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/22/sen-elizabeth-warren-calls-for-overhaul-of-student-loan-system/
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Courtesy womensenews.org, March 8, 2016, by Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett
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Courtesy Hillaryclinton.com, March 10, 2016
Shonda Rhimes, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, and Ellen Pompeo discuss their support for Hillary Clinton in a video directed by Tony Goldwyn.
Permanent link to this article: http://democraticwomenofthedesert.org/2016/01/10/real-life-hillary-ad/
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