November 7th, 2016

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House Democrats Are Getting More Diverse. Republicans Aren’t.

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Washington State Sen. Pramila Jayapal speaks at a rally for Bernie Sanders in 2015 in downtown Seattle.

ELAINE THOMPSON / AP


In August, Seattle Democrat Pramila Jayapal was the top vote getter in the all-party primary for a U.S. House seat left open by the retirement of Rep. Jim McDermott, who has represented the state of Washington for the last 28 years. Next week, she’ll likely become the first Indian-American woman elected to Congress.

Later in August, Florida Democrats Val Demings and Darren Soto won Democratic primaries for Orlando seats left open by two white men who decided to run elsewhere. Demings was Orlando’s first black female police chief and is a sure bet to win on Tuesday. Soto will likely be Florida’s first Puerto Rican member of Congress.

And in September, Lisa Blunt Rochester won a little-noticed Democratic primary for Delaware’s open House seat. Come January, the former state labor secretary will in all likelihood become the first woman and African-American to represent the First State in the House.



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OP Note:   This only talks about racial and gender diversity but it's interesting to note who each party is developing.
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Glenn Beck Says He Supports Black Lives Matter, Thinks Trump Is ‘Unhinged’

Glenn Beck, the former Fox News pundit who once claimed that President Barack Obama has a “deep-seated hatred for white people,” now considers himself a Black Lives Matter supporter and thinks that Donald Trump is “unhinged.”

Beck, who says he met with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, the Republican nominee’s resort in Palm Beach, Florida, tells The New Yorker’s Nicholas Schmidle that Trump directed Beck to one room of the resort and then phoned him from the next room:

“We had this weird, almost Howard Hughes-like conversation,” Beck said. He left convinced that Trump was nuts. “This guy is dangerously unhinged,” he said. “And, for all the things people have said about me over the years, I should be able to spot Dangerously Unhinged.”

Beck, who once compared the 2010 stimulus bill to slavery, now asks conservatives to try to empathize with Black Lives Matter, as The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel reported in August. Beck once held a rally with Sarah Palin at the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. But he told Schmidle that “there are things unique to the African-American experience that [he] cannot relate to” and that he “had to listen to them.”

Beck once called Hillary Clinton a “stereotypical bitch.” But he praised Michelle Obama’s speech attacking Trump’s treatment of women as “the most effective political speech I have heard since Ronald Reagan.”

The pundit — who during Obama’s first term in office compared a number of contemporary issues to slavery, including illegal immigration, “progressive policies,” government spending, government debt, “government giveaways” and changes to tax reduction rules, and who warned that Marxists and Communists were planning to take over the country — now believes he was too hard on the president whom he once compared to a “slavemaster.”

“I did a lot of freaking out about Barack Obama,” Beck told Schmidle. But, he added, “Obama made me a better man.”
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I doubt the transformation is sincere, but the rage from the right is amusing me.
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UN to probe US air raid that killed women and children

UN to probe US air raid that killed women and children

Raids by US aircraft in Kunduz province killed more than 30 civilians, including many women and children last week.

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OP: Incredibly disgusting -how nice (for them) that the U.S. government gets to define what constitutes a war crime.

As usual, civilian lives seem to be the absolute last consideration.
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Estimated 200,000 protestors take to the streets to call for President Park Geun Hye's Resignation

Public anger shows no signs of subsiding


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Prosecution secures key evidence in Choi scandal

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Park's approval rating hits record-low of 5%

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Saenuri heavyweights turn on Park

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OP Note: There's going to be another rally on the 12th at Gwanghwamun, and I'll be attending this one, so I'll let y'all know how that goes. If you would like a basic understanding of what's going on in this clusterfuck of a country right now, this post does a pretty good job explaining things. But the information dump has been massive and rapid, so it's hard to summarize everything that's been going on.

On a lighter note, the protestors were apparently carrying trash bags and had designated trash collection points so that pro-PGH people couldn't muddy the waters around the protests to complain about the mess that often gets left behind after a rally. Someone tried to pass off a picture taken after a UK football match as the 'aftermath of the Gwanghwamun protests' but the mayor of Seoul shut that shit down real quick. (Sorry the links are in Korean, but there are pictures in the first article that show that the streets were cleaner after the protests than before lol)