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Is Hillary Clinton Right About Why She Lost? | FiveThirtyEight
natesilver : On the latter front, The New York Times published a review that was fairly gracious — considering that Clinton (mostly deservedly, IMO) criticized the NYT a lot in the book. She was not a very good “choice feminist” (the whole, “I suppose I could have stayed at home, baked cookies and had teas” thing ), and I think, yes, people didn’t give her credit for evolving … but that’s just the breaks in public life. micah : If you spent any time at Trump rallies, or watching Fox News, or reading the political web, or talking to voters at all, gender suffused EVERYTHING . perry : And a 5 should be interpreted as America needs to do a lot of work on sexism — not that Democrats should run Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Tim Ryan, etc., in 2020. And I suppose it is possible that a few more trips to Saginaw or a few more ads on the air in Waukesha could have tipped a couple of thousand voters here or there.But let’s set the record straight: we always knew that the industrial Midwest was crucial to our success, just as it had been for Democrats for decades, and contrary to the popular narrative, we didn’t ignore those states.
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4 days ago by sechilds
KING: Dylann Roof’s journal shows danger in myth of white Jesus - NY Daily News
I read the entire prison journal of Dylann Roof — the white supremacist who walked into a Charleston church on June 17, 2015 and murdered nine African-American parishioners in the deadliest hate crime against African-Americans in nearly 100 years. I must admit that I was a bit taken aback by how strikingly similar some of his thoughts and ideas are with other leading Alt-Right thinkers who publicly backed Donald Trump for president. Other than that, and a very random list of his all-time favorite movies, the journal pretty much resembled the same ugliness he left in the rushed manifesto he published online soon before the massacre. The hair, beard, clothing, feet, skin tone, and facial features of men from that time period are widely known. Searching for depth in the midst of those things would have all of us chasing our tails, but the fact remains, centering a white Jesus in the middle of Christianity is not just inaccurate, it’s dangerous.
politics:us  race  religion:christianity 
4 weeks ago by sechilds
King: White Jesus a symbol of the U.S. Anglo-Saxon agenda - NY Daily News
When we lived in California, I cringed when my children saw stringy blond-haired surfers with beards and they would blurt out to us, "Hey, he looks like Jesus!" When the man who is deemed the central figure of a religion and indeed the savior of the entire world is consistently portrayed to look like a Scandinavian sailor when he more likely resembled a Syrian refugee, it's being done to advance an Anglo-Saxon, white supremacist agenda. When we lived in California, I cringed when my children saw stringy blond haired surfers with beards and they would blurt out to us, "Hey, he looks like Jesus! "Image by: Konstantin Trubavin/Getty Images/Aurora Open
It’s hard though to stereotype certain people from the Middle East as terrorists then call a man who looks just like someone from that region your savior. A white, Eurocentric Jesus may be convenient for millions, but he is a lie designed to maintain the very systems of government and religious oppression that the biblical Jesus actually spoke out against.Image by: ERIC DRAPER/AP
Furthermore, it's hard to put a man of color, any color, at the center of your faith while simultaneously advancing racism every chance you get.
politics:us  race  religion:christianity 
4 weeks ago by sechilds
We don’t need a TV show about the Confederacy winning. In many ways, it did.
So the Confederacy hardly needs to be imagined. Indeed, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners for “Game of Thrones” who are tapped to helm “Confederate,” didn’t see fit to cast black actors in their current show for any roles other than slaves who are freed by a white savio
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6 weeks ago by copracat
We don’t need a TV show about the Confederacy winning. In many ways, it did.
(I can’t recall a time, for instance, when a president had to issue a clarifying statement that the United States was on the right side of the Revolutionary War and therefore a monument to King George III was inappropriate in the Capitol.) Perhaps this is why HBO’s recent announcement of a new show called “ Confederate ,” which presents an alternate history in which the Confederacy won the Civil War, struck many, including myself, as completely tone-deaf to historical reality. After all, the current president of the United States received endorsements from various white supremacist organizations, including the Ku Klux Klan , a group founded by former Confederate soldiers whose mission was to terrorize newly freed blacks and the radical Republicans seeking to grant them voting rights. Weiss, the showrunners for “Game of Thrones” who are tapped to helm “Confederate,” didn’t see fit to cast black actors in their current show for any roles other than slaves who are freed by a white savior, the character Daenerys. Bree Newsome is an artist and activist who drew national attention in 2015 when she climbed the flagpole in front of the South Carolina statehouse and lowered the confederate battle flag following the mass shooting at Mother Emanuel in Charleston.
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6 weeks ago by sechilds
Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House
How to stop a virus, how to take a census, how to determine if some foreign country is seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon or if North Korean missiles can reach Kansas City: these are enduring technical problems. employees, this was led by, and mostly consisted of, a man named Thomas Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, which, upon inspection, proved to be a Washington, D.C., propaganda machine funded with millions of dollars from ExxonMobil and Koch Industries. The man who had served as chief financial officer of the department during the Bush administration, for instance, stayed a year and a half into the Obama administration—simply because he had a detailed understanding of the money end of things that was hard to replicate quickly. “ ‘What is the Obama administration not letting you do to keep the country safe?’ ” The briefers were at pains to explain an especially sensitive aspect of national security: the United States no longer tests its nuclear weapons. In early 1943, the United States Army was evicting everyone from an area in Eastern Washington nearly half the size of Rhode Island and setting out to create plutonium in order to build a nuclear bomb.
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6 weeks ago by sechilds
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August 1, 2017 In 1989, George Bush gave a speech about crack. During the speech he pulled out a bag of crack and said “this bag was seized right across the street from the White House in Lafayette park.”
Turns out, his speech writers had the idea to pull out a prop during his speech and in order to make it believable they had the DEA plant crack on this random 18 year old black kid. It was done in partnership with his family and details the events from beginning to end. Do we know the name of the “random 18 year old black kid” who was framed by the United States Government for a crime he didn’t commit? The charges against him for the Lafayette case were dropped, but he received a 121 month sentence for distributing drugs near a school.
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6 weeks ago by sechilds
Alex Jones: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) - YouTube
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6 weeks ago by sechilds
Americans, take it easy. Justin Trudeau is not the liberal hero you think he is. - The Washington Post
Although Trudeau has proved to be a powerful public relations coup for my country, the political erotica now streaming from the southern border is embarrassing, shallow and largely misses the mark. As baby boomers age, the economic viability of universal health care is ever more in question, leading some provinces to experiment with private delivery of high-demand services such as cataract surgery. Although these acts have symbolic value in a world where anti-Muslim rhetoric has grown increasingly vitriolic, those who have faced punishing winter conditions to risk crossing the Canadian border found this country was not the free-for-all Trudeau would suggest. Shortly after he was elected, Trudeau made much show of his recommitment to the United Nations, and, in particular, to its flawed peacekeeping program — much of which was intended to relive the nostalgia and international prestige of generations past, in which the Liberal Party dominated the ballot box. Our government has recently pledged to increase military spending — after the next election — and although the Liberals enjoy much smug bragging about Canada ostensibly peace-loving role the world, our actual commitments have proved, yet again, to be largely symbolic.
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7 weeks ago by sechilds
Jon Favreau on Twitter: I'm still laughing at the fact that Mooch was fired before his official start date. Only WH staffer in history to serve for negative days.
@jonfavs: I'm still laughing at the fact that Mooch was fired before his official start date. Only WH staffer in history to serve for negative days.
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7 weeks ago by sechilds
New data point to white working class skepticism of the value of college
The group is seeking to identify which issues resonate with white working-class voters, which for the purposes of the study included those over the age of 24 without a college degree. A summary of the findings by the pollster Brodnitz/Normington and published by Politico said in part, “In short, when these voters hear people tell them that the answer to their concerns is college, their reaction is to essentially say -- don’t force your version of the American dream on me.” The survey is being discussed at a time when many Democratic groups are continuing to debate which messages will allow the party to connect with voters who backed Donald Trump and many congressional Republicans in the last election. Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent who challenged Clinton from the left during the Democratic primary, also pushed free public higher education. Mark Huelsman, a senior policy analyst at Demos, a group that helped develop and push free public higher education plans, tweeted out a series of replies to the new polling data.
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7 weeks ago by sechilds
Here's The Real Reason Anthony Scaramucci Hates Reince Priebus | HuffPost
They met six years ago, when Scaramucci was a fundraiser for presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Priebus was chair of the Republican National Committee. After Trump’s victory, Priebus was named chief of staff, and Scaramucci, according to someone close to the transition, was assured that he was also in line for a big position within the administration. While preparing for his move into government, Scaramucci struck a deal — which is still under regulatory scrutiny — to sell his stake in his hedge fund, SkyBridge Capital, to Chinese conglomerate HNA Group and another company. According to two people familiar with the conversation, Kushner assured him that he didn’t think Scaramucci was “shady,” adding, “But it’s not what I think that matters.” Priebus had already planted the seed of doubt in Trump’s mind. So, on July 11, when Donald Trump Jr. found himself in trouble for holding a meeting with several people close to the Russian government the previous summer, Scaramucci sensed an opportunity.
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7 weeks ago by sechilds
Democratic Rep. Delaney eyes 2020 presidential run - POLITICO
Delaney, a political moderate and former banker, gave serious thought to running for governor, keeping tabs on Hogan’s campaign operation well into the spring. He had given Democratic state legislators eyeing his seat permission to start raising money for potential campaigns, and has formed a leadership PAC he could use to curry favor with his congressional colleagues. He won his seat in 2012, upsetting a prominent Democratic state legislator in a primary and then ousting GOP Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in the general election. Delaney’s decision to skip the governor’s race against Hogan, whose approval rating often tops 70 percent in public polling, removes a self-funder from the mix in the Democratic primary and leaves the moderate lane wide open for other candidates. Prominent Bernie Sanders supporter and former NAACP President Ben Jealous, former Obama State Department official Alec Ross, lawyer Jim Shea, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, state Sen. Rich Madaleno and Maya Rockeymoore-Cummings, the wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings, are all actively campaigning or considering runs.
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7 weeks ago by sechilds
Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House | Vanity Fair
How to stop a virus, how to take a census, how to determine if some foreign country is seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon or if North Korean missiles can reach Kansas City: these are enduring technical problems. employees, this was led by, and mostly consisted of, a man named Thomas Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, which, upon inspection, proved to be a Washington, D.C., propaganda machine funded with millions of dollars from ExxonMobil and Koch Industries. The man who had served as chief financial officer of the department during the Bush administration, for instance, stayed a year and a half into the Obama administration—simply because he had a detailed understanding of the money end of things that was hard to replicate quickly. His sporadic public communications have had in them something of the shell-shocked grandmother trying to preside over a pleasant family Thanksgiving dinner while pretending that her blind-drunk husband isn’t standing naked on the dining-room table waving the carving knife over his head. If you thought you could make water from sunlight, or genetically engineer some bug so that it eats electrons and craps oil, or create a building material that becomes cooler on the inside as it grows hotter on the outside, ARPA-E was your place.
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7 weeks ago by sechilds
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Tweet mashup - John McCain and Pornhub

For 8 years, US Strategy in #Afghanistan was simply: Don't send dick pics.
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7 weeks ago by sechilds

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