November 11th, 2016

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Clinton aides blame loss on everything but themselves

‘They are saying they did nothing wrong, which is ridiculous,’ one Democrat says.

Sexism. The media. James Comey.

On a call with surrogates Thursday afternoon, top advisers John Podesta and Jennifer Palmieri pinned blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss on a host of uncontrollable headwinds that ultimately felled a well-run campaign that executed a sensible strategy, and a soldier of a candidate who appealed to the broadest coalition of voters in the country.

They shot down questions about whether they should have run a more populist campaign with a greater appeal to angry white voters, pointing to exit polls that showed Clinton beat Trump on the issue of the economy. They explained that internal polling from May showed that attacking Trump on the issue of temperament was a more effective message.

They offered no apology for the unexpected loss.

On the call, Clinton surrogates who have supported the campaign from the outside for the past 18 months offered their thanks to the Brooklyn-based operatives. The mood was light and supportive, with Podesta and Palmieri expressing gratitude for everyone’s hard work.

But some people on the call were seething.
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OP note: I was just watching a live stream show that discusses white liberal elite versus rural people and their different perspectives, identity politics, but also how it's the left's responsibility to be more inclusive of POC, I would totally recommend listening to it! Here is a link to the video, with Katie Halper, Amber Lee Frost, Freddie Deboer and Juan Mejia discussing these issues from a left point of view.
Mean Tater

How Half Of America Lost Its F**king Mind

I'm going to explain the Donald Trump phenomenon in three movies. And then some text.

There's this universal shorthand that epic adventure movies use to tell the good guys from the bad. The good guys are simple folk from the countryside... while the bad guys are decadent assholes who live in the city and wear stupid clothes.

In Star Wars, Luke is a farm boy... while the bad guys live in a shiny space station. In Braveheart, the main character (Dennis Braveheart) is a simple farmer... and the dastardly Prince Shithead lives in a luxurious castle and wears fancy, foppish clothes. The theme expresses itself in several ways -- primitive vs. advanced, tough vs. delicate, masculine vs. feminine, poor vs. rich, pure vs. decadent, traditional vs. weird. All of it is code for rural vs. urban. That tense divide between the two doesn't exist because of these movies, obviously. These movies used it as shorthand because the divide already existed.

We country folk are programmed to hate the prissy elites. That brings us to Trump...

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Amazing piece about American's rural/urban divide. I read this last night and couldn't stop thinking about it. The truth is that Democrats forgot about these people; and since Leadership is systemic, so did we, the "elite" rank & file. Most of these rural areas could probably be easily be taken over by Democrats or Progressives but instead, they're ignored and made to feel like bad people. We must listen if we want to learn and work together
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Moscow had contacts with Trump team during campaign, Russian diplomat says

MOSCOW — Russian government officials conferred with members of Donald Trump’s campaign team, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday, a disclosure that could reopen scrutiny of the Kremlin’s role in the president-elect’s bitter race against Hillary Clinton.

The statement came from Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who said in an interview with the state-run Interfax news agency that “there were contacts” with the Trump team.

“Obviously, we know most of the people from his entourage,” Ryabkov said.

“We have just begun to consider ways of building dialogue with the future Donald Trump administration and channels we will be using for those purposes,” Ryabkov was quoted as saying.

Ryabkov provided no further details, and his remarks drew a swift denial from Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks, who said the campaign had “no contact with Russian officials” before Tuesday’s election.

Nevertheless, the assertion from Moscow attracted attention from national security experts after a presidential campaign that the Kremlin, according to U.S. officials, sought to influence in unprecedented ways.

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Do y'all like NATO? Cause....

Trump Campaigned Against Lobbyists, but Now They’re on His Transition Team

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump, who campaigned against the corrupt power of special interests, is filling his transition team with some of the very sort of people who he has complained have too much clout in Washington: corporate consultants and lobbyists.

Jeffrey Eisenach, a consultant who has worked for years on behalf of Verizon and other telecommunications clients, is the head of the team that is helping to pick staff members at the Federal Communications Commission.

Michael Catanzaro, a lobbyist whose clients include Devon Energy and Encana Oil and Gas, holds the “energy independence” portfolio.

Michael Torrey, a lobbyist who runs a firm that has earned millions of dollars helping food industry players such as the American Beverage Association and the dairy giant Dean Foods, is helping set up the new team at the Department of Agriculture.

Mr. Trump was swept to power in large part by white working-class voters who responded to his vow to restore the voices of forgotten people, ones drowned out by big business and Wall Street. But in his transition to power, some of the most prominent voices will be those of advisers who come from the same industries for which they are being asked to help set the regulatory groundwork.

The president-elect’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, declined a request for comment, as did nearly a dozen corporate executives, consultants and lobbyists serving on his transition team, which was outlined in a list distributed widely in Washington on Thursday.

A number of the people on that list are well-established experts with no clear interest in helping private-sector clients. But to critics of Mr. Trump — both Democrats and Republicans — the inclusion of advisers with industry ties is a first sign that he may not follow through on all of his promises.

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Bernie 'absolutely' had a better chance to beat Trump, Jane Sanders says

Jane Sanders, the wife of Hillary Clinton's top rival for the Democratic nomination during the primary campaign, thinks the Democratic Party needs to move left to succeed.

Her husband, Bernie Sanders, "absolutely" had a better chance to defeat Donald Trump than Clinton, she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Friday, pointing to how well Sanders performed in the primaries, "despite all the irregularities," as evidence,

"It's pretty clear that the DNC was on Secretary Clinton's side. We said that six months ago, so it was no surprise when it came out," Sanders said. "That is not what concerns the American people. What concerns them now is whether or not they are going to get jobs, whether or not their kids are going to be able to go to college, whether they're going to be able to afford child care, whether the planet is going to be taken care in terms of climate change."

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"Look for the silver lining whenever a cloud appears in the blue..."

OP: With all the gloom and doom over the potus election, it's been easy to forget that at least a FEW good things did happen. Here's one of them.

For the first time in history, there will be three Asian American women in the U.S. Senate in January.

Sen. Maze Hirono (D-Hawaii), who in 2012 became the first Asian American woman elected to the Senate, will be joined in January by two more.

On Tuesday, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) unseated incumbent Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) defeated Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D) to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D). Collapse )

Source: HuffPost

Mods, we don't have a tag for "asian americans." The closest thing is "asian people," which doesn't feel right to me for this. (P.S. A "diversity" tag would be nice, too.)
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Trump willing to keep parts of ObamaCare

President-elect Donald Trump said that, after conferring with President Barack Obama, he would consider leaving in place certain parts of the Affordable Care Act, an indication of possible compromise after a campaign in which he pledged repeatedly to repeal the 2010 health law.

In his first interview since his election earlier this week, Mr. Trump said one priority was moving “quickly” on the president’s signature health initiative, which he argued has become so unworkable and expensive that “you can’t use it.”

Yet, Mr. Trump also showed a willingness to preserve at least two provisions of the health law after the president asked him to reconsider repealing it during their meeting at the White House on Thursday

Mr. Trump said he favors keeping the prohibition against insurers denying coverage because of patients’ existing conditions, and a provision that allows parents to provide years of additional coverage for children on their insurance policies.

“I like those very much,” Mr. Trump said in the interview. (lol)

I wonder how this is going to play out w/ people like McConnell wanting a full repeal and Trump having promised it as part of his campaign.
kate moss pink hair

Bernie Sanders: Where the Democrats Go From Here

Millions of Americans registered a protest vote on Tuesday, expressing their fierce opposition to an economic and political system that puts wealthy and corporate interests over their own. I strongly supported Hillary Clinton, campaigned hard on her behalf, and believed she was the right choice on Election Day. But Donald J. Trump won the White House because his campaign rhetoric successfully tapped into a very real and justified anger, an anger that many traditional Democrats feel.

I am saddened, but not surprised, by the outcome. It is no shock to me that millions of people who voted for Mr. Trump did so because they are sick and tired of the economic, political and media status quo.

Working families watch as politicians get campaign financial support from billionaires and corporate interests — and then ignore the needs of ordinary Americans. Over the last 30 years, too many Americans were sold out by their corporate bosses. They work longer hours for lower wages as they see decent paying jobs go to China, Mexico or some other low-wage country. They are tired of having chief executives make 300 times what they do, while 52 percent of all new income goes to the top 1 percent. Many of their once beautiful rural towns have depopulated, their downtown stores are shuttered, and their kids are leaving home because there are no jobs — all while corporations suck the wealth out of their communities and stuff them into offshore accounts.

Working Americans can’t afford decent, quality child care for their children. They can’t send their kids to college, and they have nothing in the bank as they head into retirement. In many parts of the country they can’t find affordable housing, and they find the cost of health insurance much too high. Too many families exist in despair as drugs, alcohol and suicide cut life short for a growing number of people.
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OP note: I think this is Bernie Sanders trying to directly appeal to white working class voters, but also telling Donald Trump he will hold him accountable for his behavior.

How to get your voice heard in congress (read tweet thread):

by Bernie Sanders

This Alabama County Just Elected 9 Black Women To Become Judges

Black women made history in Jefferson County, Alabama.

In a great stride for representation Tuesday, nine black women were elected to become judges in majority Democratic Jefferson County, Alabama, The Birmingham Times reported.

The black women who came out on top in the district and circuit courts are all Democrats. Javan Patton, Debra Bennett Winston, Shera Craig Grant, Nakita “Niki” Perryman Blocton, Tamara Harris Johnson, Elisabeth French, Agnes Chappell, Brendette Brown Green and Annetta Verin are to be sworn in next January.

French, who was re-elected to Jefferson County’s Circuit Court, told The Birmingham Times that she believes her hard work and years of experience helped to propel her to elected office.

“I think the people don’t necessarily just support you just because of your race and gender. I think voters expect more than that. They look at our qualifications and make a decision about who they can trust with the leadership position,” she said.

Tuesday night was a big night for women of color across the states ― not just in local politics, but in federal positions, as well. Three women of color, Catherine Cortez Masto, Tammy Duckworth and Kamala Harris, were elected to the Senate. Stephanie Murphy and Pramila Jayapal were also elected to the House. Next year, there will be 38 women of color serving in Congress, bringing us a little bit closer to shattering that glass ceiling.