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

 

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 have made their opinions known from time to time, but the magazine has never spoken in an election with a single voice. Given the profound stakes of this one, and the history that stands to be made, we feel that should change.

Vogue endorses Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.

Perhaps that sentence won’t come as a surprise. Vogue has enthusiastically covered Hillary Clinton’s career, her rise from Yale law student to governor’s wife to First Lady to senator to Secretary of State. She has been profiled by the magazine six times.

(For the record, we have also featured Donald Trump—or, more particularly, his family members Ivana, Marla, Melania, and Ivanka—multiple times in our pages.)

We understand that Clinton has not always been a perfect candidate, yet her fierce intelligence and considerable experience are reflected in policies and positions that are clear, sound, and hopeful.

She supports comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship. She speaks up for racial justice, for reforming policing and sentencing laws. Her years as Secretary of State have shown that she understands how to strengthen alliances abroad, respond to global crises, and continue American leadership in the world. She is forceful in her support for LGBTQ rights, including an end to discrimination against transgender people. She knows the challenges working women face. Her tax proposals and commitment to infrastructure investment will be a boon to the middle class. She will continue the important work on health-care reform begun by President Obama. She is a sane voice on guns.

Can Clinton unify a deeply divided America? Heal the wounds of this unbearably fraught political season? Our divisions are real, and it will take more than one intensely qualified leader to heal them.

And yet two words give us hope: Madam President. Women won the vote in 1920. It has taken nearly a century to bring us to the brink of a woman leading our country for the first time. Let’s put this election behind us and become the America we want to be: optimistic, forward-looking, and modern.

Let’s head to the polls on Tuesday, November 8, and vote.

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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)

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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 sake 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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HOW COOL IS MICHELLE OBAMA!

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.”

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GOLF TOUR PROS LOVE DONALD TRUMP BUT LOATHE HILLARY CLINTON, POLL REVEALS

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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DANCING WITH THE PRESIDENT

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:
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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.

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HILLARY SINGS “HALLELUJAH”

Courtesy SNL, November 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) performs Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

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WHY MUST THE TRUMP ALTERNATIVE BE SELF-SATISFIED, COMPLACENT DEMOCRATS?

Courtesy Thomas Frank, theguardian.com, May 4, 2016

Convinced that the country’s ongoing demographic shifts will bring victory for years to come, the party establishment acts like its candidates need do nothing differently.

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HARVARD TO BAN MEMBERS OF SINGLE-SEX CLUBS FROM STUDENT LEADERSHIP ROLES

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.

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HILLARY and BERNIE REMINISCE

Courtesy SNL, May 22, 2016

Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) and Bernie Sanders (Larry David) reminisce about their time running against each other in the Democratic primary.

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