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NO, WHITE FRIEND, YOU WEREN’T “EMBARRASSED” BY BARACK OBAMA

Courtesy JohnPavlovitz.com, May 26, 2017

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TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS: REPORT CARD

Courtesy of theguardian.com, Phil Maynard and Simon Roberts, April 26, 2017

The US president’s first 100 days in office have seen a flurry of executive orders, tweets, leaks and military attacks in the Middle East. But his domestic agenda has been thwarted at every turn, with healthcare plans, travel bans and the Mexican wall ensnared by other branches of government.

After months of campaign promises to help ordinary Americans, President Donald Trump’s first 100 days have revealed that his true policy priorities are benefitting corporations and the wealthiest few at the expense of everyone else. His actions and those of his administration have been characterized by broken promises, gross conflicts of interest, and a stark erosion of transparency, ethics, and other democratic norms.

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TEXAS LAWMAKER RIDICULES ANTI-ABORTION MEASURES

Courtesy of Tom Dart in theguardian.com,  March 13, 2017

A Texas lawmaker has filed a satirical bill to regulate “masturbatory emissions” as a riposte to a slew of anti-abortion measures advocated by the state’s Republican politicians.

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FROM CLASS ACT…

From Class Act…

 

…To Crass Act

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NEW LAWS AFFECTING CALIFORNIA IN 2017

Courtesy Jeremy B. White, sacbee.com, December 16, 2016

Every Fall, Gov. Jerry Brown’s time is consumed by what could best be described as legislative triage.

He sifts through the hundreds of bills sent to his desk and decides which ones will become law. This year, the Legislature sent Brown 1,059 pieces of legislation, 898 of which the governor deemed worthy of his signature. He vetoed 159 and let two become law without signing them.

On Jan. 1 we’ll start seeing the results. What follows is a list of the laws taking effect Jan. 1 (some of them passed in prior years but were designed to kick in on Jan. 1, 2017).
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GOVERNOR BROWN TO CLIMATE SCIENTISTS: WE SHALL PERSEVERE

Courtesy American Geophysical Union (AGU), December 14, 2016, at their Fall Meeting in San Francisco

“The climate is changing, temperatures are rising, oceans are becoming more acidified, habitats are under stress — the world is facing tremendous danger.

It’ll be up to you as truth-tellers and truth seekers to mobilize all your efforts to fight back.

We’ve got a lot of firepower. We’ve got the scientists, we’ve got the universities, we have the national labs and we have the political clout and sophistication for the battle — and we will persevere. Have no doubt about that.”    (video to follow)

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SENATOR BOXER DELIVERS FAREWELL SPEECH

Courtesy Senator Boxer, Published on Dec 7, 2016

Senator Barbara Boxer thanked her supporters in her final speech on the U.S. Senate Floor Wednesday. Boxer, who is retiring, will be replaced by Senator-elect Kamala Harris.

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VOGUE ENDORSES HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT

 

Hillary Clinton

                        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.

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THE PROGRESSIVE CASE FOR HILLARY CLINTON IS PRETTY OVERWHELMING

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 a lot of lefties aren’t happy about that. They want a positive argument in favor of voting for Clinton, not just a negative one for voting against Trump. That’s fair enough, so I figured I’d put one together.

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THIS IS WHY DONALD TRUMP GETS AWAY WITH INSULTING RHETORIC

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 could easily argue that Trump has become the Republican presidential nominee in spite of what he’s said. Who could have imagined anyone emerging victorious from the primaries by uttering one offensive remark after another: accusing Mexican immigrants of being rapists; proclaiming his intent to ban Muslims from entering the United States; and falsely claiming “thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building [the twin towers] was coming down.”

 

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FROM 1937 TO HILLARY CLINTON, HOW AMERICANS HAVE FELT ABOUT A WOMAN PRESIDENT

Courtesy Clare Malone, fivethirtyeight.com, June 9, 2016

In January of 1937, the Gallup Poll, then in its second year of existence, posed this question: “Would you vote for a woman for president if she was qualified in every other respect?”

Sixty-four percent of Americans said no, 33 percent said yes, and 3 percent had no opinion on the matter.
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HILLARY CLINTON’S PROBLEM? WE JUST DON’T TRUST WOMEN

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.

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PASSING THE BATON?

From the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 27 and 28, 2016

(courtesy Reuters)

(courtesy vox.com)

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THIS MAY SHOCK YOU: HILLARY CLINTON IS FUNDAMENTALLY HONEST

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.
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TONI MORRISON HAS SOMETHING TO SAY

Courtesy of newyorker.com, November 21, 2016

Making America White Again, by Toni Morrison

This is a serious project. All immigrants to the United States know (and knew) that if they want to become real, authentic Americans they must reduce their fealty to their native country and regard it as secondary, subordinate, in order to emphasize their whiteness. Unlike any nation in Europe, the United States holds whiteness as the unifying force. Here, for many people, the definition of “Americanness” is color.

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