March 12th, 2016

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Samantha Bee on 'Full Frontal,' Trump Steaks and President Hillary

Samantha Bee only has four episodes of her weekly late-night program — Full Frontal With Samantha Bee — under her belt, but the Canadian comedienne has already carved out a spot as the "fierce, fiery" feminist voice of late night. Those who followed her work on The Daily Show, where she spent 12 years as a correspondent, will be unsurprised to see her tackling issues like sexist dress codes and anti-abortion Republicans. And those unfamiliar with the host's ideology will get the gist from the theme song, Peaches' "Boys Wanna Be Her" — the lyric "You've got them all by the balls" pretty much sums up the show's sensibility in a nutshell.

Bee, whose new show airs Mondays at 10:30 on TBS, has also been heralded as "the host furious liberals need right now" and "the true successor to Jon Stewart," and it's easy to see why. Full Frontal premiered during one of the most important, and bizarre, presidential elections in modern political history, and she's deftly deployed what she calls her "comedy laser" on the proceedings — for instance wiping barf from the camera lens after Donald Trump bragged about his penis at a recent GOP debate, and holding a funeral for the Republican Party. The show also makes good use of the field-segment muscles that she developed at The Daily Show, sending Bee and others on the road to interview Syrian refugees on America's incredibly tough screening process, and to report a Werner Herzog-style documentary on Jeb Bush's pathetic campaign.

Rolling Stone recently chatted with Bee about covering this election — as a new American citizen, no less — her thoughts on Trump and Hillary Clinton, and how she's busting up the late-night boys' club.

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Bernie Sanders Official Campaign Site Once Invited Supporters to "Bern the Witch"

Not everyone's a fan of Bernie Sanders' campaign slogan "Feel the Bern." And even fewer are keen on a catchphrase that newly surfaced on Friday: Bern the Witch.

The tagline appeared on the Democratic candidate's official campaign website advertising a debate viewing party in October. Though the page is no longer live, a Reddit user resurrected the event invite from the site's cache.

Anyone can register a campaign event on Sanders' website and that's exactly what 39-year-old Joe Smith said he did a few months ago when he wanted to show his support for Sanders. Smith, the owner of Piezano's Pizza Kitchen in Elizabeth, New Jersey, as the event description reads, told Mic around 30 people showed up to the viewing party, which he held in the restaurant's dining room.

Smith said he named the event "Bern the Witch" because it was timely: The first Democratic debate aired on Oct. 13, just a couple weeks before Halloween. "I'm referring to the fact that [Hillary Clinton] is a candidate we have to defeat," Smith said. "In the spirit of the Halloween season and 'Feel the Bern' being the mantra of the candidates campaign they kind of connected."

People on the web who saw the slogan are interpreting it a bit differently.
And a website called Thrill Society has been capitalizing on the slogan with "Bern the Witch" T-shirts and buttons, which Smith said he wasn't associated with. Nonetheless, Smith told Mic he didn't see what the fuss was about with the phrase. When asked if he believed "Bern the Witch" was sexist, he said, "No, not at all."

In fact, Smith said he believes Clinton has supported some anti-women policies and initiatives herself. "She was against gay marriage so women couldn't marry other women — that policy is sexist," he said. "Right now in Honduras they're killing women leaders for a coup she supported when she was secretary of state. Her policies are a problem."

Smith said he's been involved with political campaigns since the '90s, and worked in Ohio and Florida during the George W. Bush and Al Gore election. Now that he's a small-business owner, Smith said he will continue to fight for Sanders by making personal donations to the campaign and using his pizzeria as the venue for election events, including one Sunday hosted by New Jersey congressional candidate Eloy J. Delgado.

But it seems if his message to "Bern the Witch" keeps spreading, Smith may have ended up hurting Sanders instead of helping him.

Facebook user Eileen Davis wrote, "I respect both Candidates [sic], but the Bernie leadership needs to shut the misogynist sh*t down and stick to the issues."

Mic reached out to the Sanders campaign for comment and will update this story if we hear back.


Kind of ridiculous, despite the time passage, that the official campaign did not screen this event. Fracturing the democratic party, slowly but surely.

Security rushes on stage to protect Trump from threat

Secret Service agents rushed onstage and formed a ring around Donald Trump to protect him from an apparent threat during a speech in Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday.

A woman could be heard screaming behind the business mogul, and Trump seemed visibly shocked during the incident.

"I was ready for him, but it's much easier if the cops do it," he said after the situation died down.

According to a Cincinnati Enquirer reporter, a man had jumped a barrier that ringed the platform and tried to run onto the stage before he was tackled by law enforcement.

He was quickly arrested and taken away in a police car.

The incident comes just a day after the business mogul was forced to cancel a rally in Chicago when a massive protest spilled into the arena, causing several violent confrontations between protesters and Trump supporters.


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The tweet I've embedded has a clearer view of the incident than the vine, but I can't seem to get the html to work on LJ. The way this has escalated is absolutely terrifying. The screams from the crowd are deafening. I'm at a complete loss. My only hope is that his cowardice will make him withdraw from the race.

Joan Smalls, Yoncé

Sanders: Don't blame my supporters for violence at Trump rally

Washington (CNN)Bernie Sanders said Saturday that his supporters were not to blame for the unrest that led to the cancellation of a Donald Trump rally in Chicago, instead accusing the Republican front-runner of encouraging violence.

"I don't think our supporters are inciting. What our supporters are doing is responding to a candidate who has, in fact, in many ways, encouraged violence," Sanders said Saturday at a press conference in Chicago. "When he talks about ... 'I wish we were in the old days when you could punch somebody in the head.' What do you think that says to his supporters?"

Sanders also referred to an incident earlier this week in which a black protester was sucker-punched by a Trump supporter as he was being led out of a rally.

"So the issue now is Donald Trump has got to be loud and clear and tell his supporters that violence at rallies is not what America is about and to end it," Sanders said.

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Hillary Clinton expands on her apology for her HIV/AIDS comment on Medium

On the fight against HIV and AIDS—and on the people who really started the conversation.

Yesterday, at Nancy Reagan’s funeral, I said something inaccurate when speaking about the Reagans’ record on HIV and AIDS. Since then, I’ve heard from countless people who were devastated by the loss of friends and loved ones, and hurt and disappointed by what I said. As someone who has also lost friends and loved ones to AIDS, I understand why. I made a mistake, plain and simple.

I want to use this opportunity to talk not only about where we’ve come from, but where we must go in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

To be clear, the Reagans did not start a national conversation about HIV and AIDS. That distinction belongs to generations of brave lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, along with straight allies, who started not just a conversation but a movement that continues to this day.

The AIDS crisis in America began as a quiet, deadly epidemic. Because of discrimination and disregard, it remained that way for far too long. When many in positions of power turned a blind eye, it was groups like ACT UP, Gay Men’s Health Crisis and others that came forward to shatter the silence — because as they reminded us again and again, Silence = Death. They organized and marched, held die-ins on the steps of city halls and vigils in the streets. They fought alongside a few courageous voices in Washington, like U.S. Representative Henry Waxman, who spoke out from the floor of Congress.
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This reporter thinks it really doesn’t matter if Hillary Clinton is ‘dishonest’

This article is a little old (written shortly before the Iowa caucuses), but I think it's still very timely with the competition between Hillary and Bernie heating up and Tuesday promising to be a pivotal day in the race.

I like this piece because it looks at the whole "Hillary isn't trustworthy" trope from an unusual (to me, anyway) perspective, without either bashing or over-idealizing either candidate.

It really doesn’t matter if Hillary Clinton is ‘dishonest’

Calling someone dishonest is one of the most serious political insults in the United States. The country has been obsessed with its politicians' honesty at least since President George Washington's first biographer popularized the tale of him hacking at the trunk of a cherry tree. "I cannot tell a lie," a young Washington supposedly said when confronted about the damage.

Now, with less than a week until the Iowa caucuses and with Bernie Sanders advancing in the polls, Hillary Clinton still hasn't been able to clear away the accusations of dishonesty that have clouded her campaign. At the Democratic presidential town hall on Monday, a Sanders supporter noted that it's a reason Clinton has struggled to attract young voters: "I've heard from quite a few people my age that they think you're dishonest," he said.

Here's the thing, though: There was no cherry tree. Washington's biographer apparently fabricated it. "The great founding myth of American political integrity, chopping down the cherry tree, is, in fact, itself a lie," said Martin Jay, a historian at the University of California at Berkeley and author of a book called "The Virtues of Mendacity."

That's the real lesson of the tale of Washington's cherry tree: Americans might just be overly attached to the ideal of a scrupulously honest president. Especially at a time of intense polarization in Congress, recent experience suggests that the direction of public policy will have little to do with whether the Oval Office's next occupant really believes what he or she says on the campaign trail.

"It's necessary, in politics, to have a certain willingness to bend the truth," Jay said. "You're not electing the pope."Collapse )


EDITED to fix broken link.