Hillary Clinton

The Unfortunate Impossibility of Keeping Emotions Out of Elections

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The months after both major parties’ conventions may be the most intense time of the election cycle, but in my experience, it’s the primaries that are most emotional. It’s when the narcissism of (often, not always) small differences between candidates erupts into binary stereotypes that make everyone involved look petty, and when people who used to think they agreed with one another begin to see their points of divergence as irreconcilable conflicts.
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Beyond Hillary-bots and Bernie-bros: Why Democrats Need to Get Past Stereotypes and Ad Hominem Attacks

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A hard-fought election is always bound to bring animosity to the fore; it’s a very human and particularly American tendency to identify personally with a chosen candidate, so strongly that you might start to feel that you are the candidate. Thus, in 2016 we have a situation where a sociopathic demagogue candidate can boast of his ability to shoot people without losing his followers’ loyalty. And on the opposing side, the vitriol between two candidates’ followers has reached a decibel level that is so high, even Bernie Sanders’ team has asked his supporters to tone it down.
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You Can Agree with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Still Vote for Bernie Sanders

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Last week, Ta-Nehisi Coates reminded us that a rejection of reparations for slavery and other crimes against black Americans is tantamount to intellectual unseriousness and a deficient version of political radicalism. That his piece on the subject singled out Democratic political candidate Bernie Sanders, who had recently told the Iowa Brown and Black Forum that he doesn’t support reparations, nearly burst the left consensusphere on Twitter and elsewhere.
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The Media’s Election 2016 Gender-Role Sideshow Has Begun. Let’s Ignore It.

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This weekend Maureen Dowd wrote a typically spirited column about Sarah Palin that ended up being a sly sideways dig at Hillary Clinton. “Sarah Palin Saves Feminism” is a title that’s sure to provoke, and the column did: Sarah Palin is such a mess, Dowd’s thesis went, that she negates all the hype around Clinton’s chance for a historic victory, a first female president.
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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: God-Awful Globes

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There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, midseason starts in earnest with the second-biggest awards broadcast of the year and a raft of premieres.
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Jimmy Fallon Gives Hillary Clinton Mock Job Interview

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On Thursday night’s episode of The Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon sat down with presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton to discuss her ongoing election campaign. In classic Fallon fashion, the interview was, at times, quite humorous — like when he decided to give Hillary a mock “job interview” for the position of President of the United States. He started by asking how she heard about the position, to which she replied, “Fourth grade social studies.” Clinton was later asked to list some of her qualifications, where she mentioned that she could type “in a pinch.”
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Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Optics of Politicians Crying

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One of the more endearing personal habits of our current President, Barack Obama, is his obvious love for babies and kids — so much so that there are multiple Tumblrs devoted to images featuring POTUS and little ones. All politicians take baby-kissing photos, of course, but President Obama has been caught on camera chasing, making faces at, and being touched by adorable kids — or laughing when they throw tantrums — too many times for his particular affinity not to be made clear. If I were an amateur psychologist, I’d guess that he enjoys the lack of deference and formality children show in political settings, as well as their cute cheeks and chubby fingers.
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