5 Ways Post-Grad Life Will Be Better If Hillary Wins

17 days ago

When most people think of college, they probably envisionivy-covered houses and beautiful campuses filled with carefree young people. But the reality of college is far different.

Some of us cant afford to look at those ivy-covered houses right out of high school, let alone attend them. Instead we opt for online universities, community college orstate schools. But no matter what route you take toward that degree, theres a lot of anxiety that comes along with the process.

For example: By the time I finish be paid by these loans, will I be 90 or 100?

Or, when youre a woman: Why am I getting paid less than my male equivalents when I got the same expensive-ass education?

College affordability and equal pay are plainly on the minds of many Millennials. How are we supposed to be the futurewhen were drowning understudent loan pays?( There runs another complaining Millennial !)

I mean, I love my mothers, but I dont think I could take more than one year of living in their cellar, imploring them to replace their ancient wireless router andgetting screamed at for accidentally deleting one of their1, 000 DVRd shows.

Though it might not be apparent, these sorts ofissues are tied together. Without the right people in government representing us, we Millennial folk risk sliding backward economically and socially. What would happen if we no longer had the right to make our own healthcare decisions? Or if we couldnt marry the person we love?

While one of our 2016 presidential candidates may not be tied to protecting these rights( cough, Donald Trump, cough ), at least we know one candidate is keeping us in intellect. Here are five styles post-grad life wouldbe better if Hillary wins.

1. The biggie: She wants to induce college debt-free.

Clinton has a plan to ACTUALLY achieve the goal of college being debt-free, along with a drastic cut in existing student debt.

By 2021, her scheme will include no college tuition for people whose households have an income of under $85,000, with no in-state tuition for households with incomes under $125,000. Community colleges wouldbe free for all.

The plan offersbenefits for aspiring entrepreneurs, who wouldbe able to defer their loans for three years, and social entrepreneurs, who would also be eligible for nearly $18,000 in loan forgiveness.

How much will this all cost? Just as Robin Hood would hope, the money will come from increasing taxes on high-income taxpayers and shutting loopholes.

Wondering how much college would costyou? Check out Clinton’scollege calculator heretofind out how much her scheme will save you on student loan debt.

2. Womens rights will have a huge proponent in the White House.

Hillary Clinton has been the most aggressive champion for women we’ve ever seen in a presidential nominee. Period.

Clinton is famous for declaring in a high-profile speech that womens rights are human rights. Defending women and children has been a priority for her ever since she graduated from statute school more than four decades ago.

Clinton wants to protect a womans right to choose, including safe, legal and affordable access to all methods of contraception.

She also plans on launching a comprehensive effort to end sexual assault on college campuses the kind of traumatic event that sticks with young women for the rest of their lives.

This issue is certainly among the mostsignificantcontrastsbetweenClinton and Trump. When Trump was asked what a woman should do if she wereharassed at work, he said she should just quit her job .Righttttttttt. That stance treats women’s rights as unworthy, and of course overlooks the fact that many women don’t have the luxury of simply finding another college or workplace when faced with adversity.

3. The surrounding wouldn’t be destroyed.

Climate change is a real issue. How anyone can still fight that simple fact is beyond me( and science ).

Butour generation knows that we have to take care of what we have so future generations have, ya know, a planet to inhabit. On this front, Clinton wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 30 percent by 2025, something essential to combating climate change.

A Clinton administration would also prop up the US renewable energy sector by slashing petroleum consumption( throughcleaner ga development and more stringent energy efficiency standards) and installing 500 million solar panels by the end of her first term.

Because here’s the bottom line: Oil is a finite resource, and there will come a hour when we run out of it. Devoting resources to strengthening renewable energy the investigations and developing will not only forestall climate change, but also propel the US to the forefront of the global clean energy revolution.

4. Equal pay will be a national priority.

Let’s be blunt about this: It’s insane that women still earn only 79 pennies for every$ 1men take home. It attains no sense, especially when women are just as( if not more) educated than men.

In other terms, the pay gap needs to be closed immediately.

Of course, Donald Trump supposes the solution is for women to do just as good of a undertaking as humen. Um, I’m sorry, but last day I checked, we DO run just as hard as humen. In fact, wehave to work hard merely to prove we deserve a seat at the table.

Hillary’s stance on equal pay is a stark contrast.

While serving as a senator for New York, she introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act to close the pay gap between men and women. Though its not yet been passed, the bill remains a legislative priority for her, as does legislation designed to protect and expand paid family leave.

5. And last but CERTAINLY not least: FREE WiFi.

Ah yes, how happy we will be if( when) PresidentClintonmakes this happen.

In a Clinton-led America, 100 percentage of Americans will have access to affordable internet by 2020, with public places like mass transit equipped with yes free WiFi.

Free WiFi while you’reon the subway? Free WiFi while youre waiting to committee your plane at the airport? Check and check.

Never again will you be forced to pay for some slow, awful WiFi connection.

Now thats a change we can believe in.


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While You Were Offline: Transgress the Internet and Rebuild a Better One

19 days ago

It was a week bookended with violence, on the Internet as much as in the news. The tragic murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in West Yorkshire on Thursday resounded around social media in such a way that British politics rarely does, in big part because events in the USwhich is a clumsily euphemistic route of telling ” the the mass shooting that killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub last weekend” have left us so sensitive to violence and horror. That assault, as much a hate crime against the LGBTQ community as it was a terrorist action, prompted multiple answers both online and offline. Yes, this week on the Internet was, like everywhere else, dominated by the aftermath of that nightmarish attack.

Break the Internet and Rebuild a Better One

What Happened : In the wake of the Pulse shooting, LGBTQ people on Twitter constructed themselves visible in a show of solidarity.
Where It Blew Up : Twitter
What Really Happened : Within hours of the attack in Orlando, as details were still emerging, it was clear that there was a homophobic component to what had happened. As the discussion surrounding Omar Mateen’s motives stirred, a sideshoot of the conversation turned to the simple, frightening fact that for the LGBTQ community, simply existing can be a political statementoffensive to some with closed minds, but also inspirational to others who lack any role models.

From that beginning went the Twitter trend # GaysBreakTheInternet, the purpose of which was simple: members of the LGBTQ community posting selfies and had confirmed that they exist, and that they matter.

In honor of the ones killed last night in Orlando& all over the world for being them, we’d like to introduce #GaysBreakTheInternet

S (@ saifwai3 00) June 12, 2016

#gaysbreaktheinternet #PrayForOrlando gay people party the best& i always enjoy myself! i love yall pic.twitter.com/ vhCzA4dkPa

K. Condor (@ iamBOOBIEkeeper) June 12, 2016

#GaysBreakTheInternet Pt 2. Our Outfits Always Slay pic.twitter.com/ lXnHApPG2v

Slymod (@ _DaddyOnDeck) June 12, 2016

#blackboysbreaktheinternet #gaysbreaktheinternet bc were lit. pic.twitter.com/ b2KehB9USd

Daddy (@ drefamous) June 12, 2016

I’m queer, I’m here and I’m staying !!! #GAYSbreaktheinternet #lgbtlivesmatter pic.twitter.com/ SyEzSNW7iH

rosas (@ Artshawtty) June 12, 2016

let me get a piece #GaysBreakTheInternet pic.twitter.com/ zVHf0xXeEX

PinkLipKillahh (@ OG_TriggaTre) June 12, 2016

Ima live AND love my life regardless of how people feel #GAYSBREAKTHEINTERNET #LoveIsLove pic.twitter.com/ BHGJQ9Fohh

Jaye (@ Vicious__Heart) June 12, 2016

They got my name incorrect, but it’s not about me, it’s about the message. Another win #LoveWins #Gaysbreaktheinternet pic.twitter.com/ M3g2FFVoPB

derwin. (@ durwhen) June 12, 2016

after years of being bullied and harassed I is to be able to say I love who I am #GaysBreakTheInternet #loveislove pic.twitter.com/ jBgR4Ocj 1L

tim tim (@ timothygeard) June 12, 2016

this hashtag is as cute as me! SO WHY NOT! #GaysBreakTheInternet pic.twitter.com/ 0KO14KD7QZ

larri (@ LARRAYOX) June 12, 2016

I’m here and I’m not going anywhere. No matter what anyone supposes of me #GaysBreakTheInternet pic.twitter.com/ fs122qZ3Kt

jamie corbett (@ justjamiie) June 12, 2016

I am black and I am gay. I am proud of who I am, and terror and fear will NOT prevail #gaysbreaktheinternet pic.twitter.com/ e6bcCG4uCW

purple papi (@ Thynative) June 12, 2016

#gaysbreaktheinternet I will never for a second apologize for who I am, who I love, or the community I’m a part of pic.twitter.com/ NKnQccA6zE

Rams (@ ramzelindistres) June 12, 2016

i like boys and it shouldn’t be a big deal #GaysBreakTheInternet pic.twitter.com/ 9LV7auXL03

ty (@ frangifreckles) June 12, 2016

Happy in my own skin( eventually) #gaysbreaktheinternet pic.twitter.com/ NLxTW6dZXG

alexis (@ bottIedups) June 12, 2016

#GaysBreaktheInternet because violence will not stillnes us and i choose to love her loud& proud #queerandstillhere pic.twitter.com/ VKuhmB6ouV

SPRINGBOOB SQUIREPIN (@ sluttyseagull) June 13, 2016

#GaysBreakTheInternet pic.twitter.com/ kdBIzC4 5iC

grandmotherfucker (@ ratfemme) June 13, 2016

#GaysBreakTheInternet because I am more than only my sexuality and I’m perfect the way I am pic.twitter.com/ Q9EL069zUJ

william (@ sinamonnroII) June 13, 2016

Underscoring the bravery of the movement, there was a wonderfully defiant aspect to some of the tweets, too 😛 TAGEND

#gaysbreaktheinternet piss a homophobe off #loveislove pic.twitter.com/ ZVarUMMEfB

Tyrakj (@ 3stablish) June 12, 2016

im here to make a homophobic person mad #GaysBreakTheInternet pic.twitter.com/ 55 NuoS7Zce

lana del GAY (@ classifiedhoe) June 12, 2016

Make a homophobe mad #GaysBreakTheInternet pic.twitter.com/ 7NymCFrtZI

ryan (@ leavemeIoneIy) June 12, 2016

The Takeaway : Actually, we’re not quite finished yet…

Short Stories

What Happened : A second self-identification tendency launched on Twitter, with a slightly different focus: introducing the person posting, and demonstrating the broad, varied spectrum of those who are queer and proud.
Where It Blew Up : Twitter
What Really Happened : While #GaysBreakTheInternet was still running, writer and musician Dylan Marron( You might know him as Welcome to Night Vale ‘ s Carlos) posted a tweet that took an alternate view of visibility as statement 😛 TAGEND

I am a soft-spoken brown faggot man who wears his mother’s pearl earrings. And I love my queerness. Let’s start a #queerselflove hashtag

Dylan Marron (@ dylanmarron) June 15, 2016

Arguably less about posting photographs of yourself looking fierce and/ or fabulous, #queerselflove quickly ran viral as those taking part simply told tales of who they were, accompanied with images or not, building a world in which they were represented, visible, and recognise, demonstrating that there’s not just one fag narrative, but a world of them 😛 TAGEND

I am a quiet white fag person who likes to skateboard and I want to be a librarian. #queerselflove

lowkey lyesmith (@ istillhatetacos) June 15, 2016

@dylanmarron I am an agender faggot teenager with too much nervousnes to tell people I’m agender, but I have so much #queerselflove

Athena Jean (@ athenajeanp) June 15, 2016

I’d like my queerness a lot more if I stopped crushing on straight girls, but hell, the community experience is wonderful! #queerselflove

Mags is undead (@ nerdpalooza) June 15, 2016

I am a genderqueer pan-romantic asexual who simply rediscovered the fun of being femme for the 1st time since 13. #queerselflove @dylanmarron

VenGethenian (@ VGerUnlocked) June 15, 2016

I’m a fag human who survived religion, cooks to present he loves, holds compassion in highest consider, and won’t stand for hatred #queerselflove

Nelson Stauffer (@ NelsonStauffer) June 15, 2016

i’m an anxious brown boi who loves to dance but doesn’t know how to twerk properly #queerselflove

Little Latin Boy (@ Wilfreyfrey) June 15, 2016

I’m an emotional queer dame with great hair who attains comics about impressions and loves musicals. #queerselflove https :// t.co/ OBlmbfKgwO

Kate Leth (@ kateleth) June 15, 2016

I am a fag mama/ pastor/ writer/ knitter. I came out at 49. My kids still love me. So does my wife. #queerselflove

Martha Spong (@ MarthaSpong) June 15, 2016

I’m a bi femme dame in a long term relationship with a human! I am not invisible. I am here. I count. #queerselflove

Meredith Whitfield (@ hashtagmsw) June 15, 2016

All the hearts to those of you who don’t feel comfortable or safe enough to post in #queerselflove

Shauna Foley (@ shaunasketches) June 15, 2016

I’m a blerdy qwoc from the south; married to a amazingly supportive girl. Representation matters. #QueerSelfLove pic.twitter.com/ 17 kgNEyENr

Monique J. (@ Sir_Phoenix8 8) June 15, 2016

I’m queer comic novelist, failed Southern belle, and evil witch queen. High femme doesn’t change that. #queerselflove pic.twitter.com/ BQxiO0sCSS

Marguerite Bennett (@ EvilMarguerite) June 15, 2016

I’m a Christian femme lesbian author trying to write the words I needed to hear when I was younger. #queerselflove pic.twitter.com/ Oq6ZwdtigG

Brooke Hespeler (@ kellybluebrooke) June 16, 2016

Something that was especially beautiful about this hashtag was the number of messages like this 😛 TAGEND

This is one reason I talk about being queer and proud of it so much. It matters to those who can’t yet love themselves. #queerselflove

M (@ mxbarclay) June 15, 2016

and for those who can’t be out on the internet like that I only hope you know that you deserve love and respect and joy too #QueerSelfLove

hj (@ ohbadger) June 15, 2016

So much love to everyone posting on #queerselflove; to everyone who can’t be as visible; to everyone reading, caring, amplifying.

Jen Linnan (@ jenlinnan) June 15, 2016

to everyone who can’t participate in #queerselflove publicly bc they’re not out: I love you. I hope you love yourself too. Hang in there.

Nadine (@ nadinesantoro) June 16, 2016

The Takeaway : The tweets shared from the two hashtags above are just samplings; there are many, many more to be found. There’s a courage displayed by those invited to participate in either one, because as the Pulse shooting and the aftermath has shown, this is not a society that is totally comfortable with LGBTQ narratives yet, and only being yourself can end up being a dangerous thing to do. If there’s any upside from what’s happened in the last week, it might be watching the kindness and strength of people like those posting above.

Asked and Answered

What Happened : Donald Trump wanted to” ask the lesbians” about something.” The lesbians” made sure their answer was heard.
Where It Blew Up : Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened : Here’s another reason why it’s important for LGBTQ people to speak up: if you don’t, others will say things on your behalf. Like, for example, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, who this week said the following at a campaign appearance:” For the homosexuals out thereask the lesbians and ask the peopleask the gays what they think and what they do in , not only Saudi Arabia, in many of these countries, with the gay community, be asking, and then you tell mewhos your friend, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton ?”

Yes. Let’s” ask the gays ,” shall we?

” Ask The Gays ,” a new self-help reality indicate, coming to Logo this fall

Terrence T. McDonald (@ terrencemcd) June 15, 2016

TRUMP:” Ask the gays !”

THE GAYS: pic.twitter.com/ TKmDtWpxvq

Carlos Maza (@ gaywonk) June 15, 2016

TRUMP: Ask the homosexuals!

GAYS: pic.twitter.com/ 1Q7LudIsNC

John Birdsall (@ John_Birdsall) June 15, 2016

Trump:” Ask the gays !”

Gays: pic.twitter.com/ VpeaNT3fF 6

Alp Ozcelik (@ alplicable) June 15, 2016

Trump:” Ask the gays !”

Gays: pic.twitter.com/ SnJ3 6B6t0n

Sam Lansky (@ samlansky) June 15, 2016

TRUMP:” Ask the homosexuals !”

THE GAYS: pic.twitter.com/ PB55FrLZuI

Slade Sohmer (@ Slade) June 15, 2016

Trump:” Ask the lesbians !”

Gays: pic.twitter.com/ TZvgcVTdEI

Justin Kirkland (@ justinkirkland4) June 15, 2016


The Homosexual: pic.twitter.com/ oirfqzDQnI

Ethan (@ ethanharv) June 15, 2016

Trump:” Ask the lesbians !”

Gays: pic.twitter.com/ HGjIeIjWIq

Charles (@ charlesrockhill) June 15, 2016

Trump tells Ask The Gays

Reaction of The Homosexuals: pic.twitter.com/ Pi2HeLeXOW

Just Maybe (@ ShomahKhoobi) June 15, 2016

TRUMP: ASK THE GAYS! THE GAYS: pic.twitter.com/ jz8B5ORRkX

Tom Eaton (@ DorkyUdon) June 15, 2016

Trump: #askthegays #thegays: pic.twitter.com/ x9AZijqCD7

Nick Westrate (@ westratenick) June 15, 2016

TRUMP: Ask the Gays!

The Homosexual: pic.twitter.com/ A9nAvHoznq

Capt. Spike #Litten (@ spikepoint) June 15, 2016

Trump: Ask the gays!
Gays: pic.twitter.com/ HNt8bCmw 9X

Louis Peitzman (@ LouisPeitzman) June 15, 2016

I don’t know, Donald. Seems to me like asking the gays just led to you getting publicly humiliated, to the media’s delight.( Not that Trump has done anything to upset the media recently; oh, wait .) But you know best, surely.
The Takeaway : Hillary Clinton’s social media squad said it best.

Hi. https :// t.co/ 11 Fyyf5IQm

Hillary Clinton (@ HillaryClinton) June 17, 2016

The Room Where It Happens

What Happened : Hands up, anyone who ever thought we would consider the live-tweeting of a filibuster. Well, funny story…
Where It Blew Up : Twitter
What Really Happened : Following the Pulse shooting, the gun control debate started back up–with a slight change. This time around, it seemed, Senate Democrats were going to try and do something about the political gridlock surrounding the questions, with Connecticut’s Chris Murphy launching into a filibuster Wednesday to inspire a vote on the issue 😛 TAGEND

I’m speaking on the Senate floor to honor the victims of the Orlando attack& demand the Senate address gun violence. #Enough

Chris Murphy (@ ChrisMurphyCT) June 15, 2016

At first, there was general, somewhat cautious support for what he was doinga sense that, yes, it was a good thing but would it truly matter ?

Watching the #filibuster on @cspan. I am proud of all the Senators who are speaking in favor of commonsense gun legislation. #Enough

Danny Plaugher (@ DannyPlaugher) June 15, 2016

Dems are perfectly rallying around Chris Murphy right now, presenting an unbelievably clear, united front on gun control #filibuster

Ashley Louise (@ AshleyLLouise) June 15, 2016

Others, however, considered it as a welcome first step towards sanity 😛 TAGEND

Heard about @ChrisMurphyCT and his #filibuster and I feel like, for the first time in days, I am breathing.

Jared Frieder (@ jaredfrieder) June 15, 2016

#filibuster: Democrats trying to stop handgun massacres while Republicans trying to stop Democrats.

imfabulous (@ imfabulous1 3) June 15, 2016

Oh hey @SenateDems I see you. I applaud you. I stand w/ you. #filibuster #ENOUGH pic.twitter.com/ ija6x 5l69y

Melissa (@ Mjkunited) June 15, 2016

I am very conservative. Almost always vote for @GOP nominees. But I applaud the Dems #filibuster. Time for the GOP to divorce the NRA.

Mark McNulty (@ McNulty1 977) June 15, 2016

I am a Republican Texas gun owner…We Need Change. Supporting Dems on gun reform all the style #KeepGoing #filibuster https :// t.co/ cK0hUCJVub

Sandy Phillips (@ MamaRedfield) June 15, 2016

As the filibuster maintained running, however, people’s position towards it on social media started to change 😛 TAGEND

To me this #filibuster is nothing short of heroic. So impressed w/ Senator @ChrisMurphyCT‘s fierce determination to #EndGunViolence. Hero.

Shannon Coulter (@ shannoncoulter) June 15, 2016

Been watching this #filibuster for hours and it’s still going! I feel…proud? Of senators? Is that possible? https :// t.co/ 72 iFQQIK7f

Alex Hirsch (@ _AlexHirsch) June 15, 2016

This #filibuster is like the greatest episode of West Wing ever induced. #Enough

Anne T. Donahue (@ annetdonahue) June 16, 2016

Of course , not everyone was thrilled 😛 TAGEND

The NRA is pretty unhappy about the #filibuster. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

Jim Demonakos (@ technogreek) June 16, 2016

But everybody else?

#filibuster and chill

Nev Schulman (@ NevSchulman) June 16, 2016

I’ve never been so grateful to a bunch of white men who wont shut up #filibuster

Batya Ungar-Sargon (@ bungarsargon) June 16, 2016

If you arent watching the #filibuster youre missing a chance to really feel good about our country https :// t.co/ kGg9MtnQ 6o

Jordan Horowitz (@ jehorowitz) June 16, 2016

Chris Murphy is Batman:
No breaks
No food
No bathroom.
Tie still straight
On topic
Clear speech
Waited 4 years #filibuster

Sadistic Statist (@ TheXclass) June 16, 2016

Actually, as Slate reported, Murphy was actually allowed to take bathroom infringes. But even Batman has to pis. And, anyway, others had possible solutions to that problem 😛 TAGEND

I am so inspired by what @ChrisMurphyCT‘s #filibuster that I would hold the beaker for him to pee-pee in behind the podium.

Josh Charles (@ MrJoshCharles) June 16, 2016

As the filibuster continued into the night, Twitter get more and more excited about what was happening.


All The Way Up (@ ankurthakkar) June 16, 2016

this #filibuster is the best TV I’ve ever seen& also the best civics lesson& also the most humanity I’ve seen in politics maybe ever

zoe kazan (@ zoeinthecities) June 16, 2016

I can’t stop watching the #filibuster. These guys are amazing. Also I suppose I would be very, very good at a #filibuster.

billy eichner (@ billyeichner) June 16, 2016

It eventually aimed after more than 14 hours.

2: 12 a.m .: Sen. Chris Murphy has yielded the floor. The 8th longest #filibuster in U.S. history has come to a close. pic.twitter.com/ T8yRHFoqMc

Jennifer Mascia (@ JenniferMascia) June 16, 2016

The mission, it seemed, had been successful, with Murphy winning promises for votes on two measures, but as he shared on Twitter, that wasn’t the end of the issue 😛 TAGEND

This is one step. The fighting is far from over. But there are millions of voices calling for change. And we cannot stop pushing #Enough

Chris Murphy (@ ChrisMurphyCT) June 16, 2016

The Takeaway : Democracy wins! Well, kind of. The next day, you might have been forgiven for supposing the opposite was true 😛 TAGEND

#PaulRyan: No gun control vote in aftermath of #OrlandoShooting. US House Speaker tells constitutional rights can’t be denied without due process.

CBC News Alerts (@ CBCAlerts) June 16, 2016

Every now and again, this really does feel like the darkest timeline.

Trouble, Trouble, Trouble

What Happened : Taylor Swift might have a new boyfriend. But he’s already the Internet’s boyfriend. What is going on here?
Where It Blew Up : Twitter, media believe pieces
What Really Happened : Let’s talking here something else to end on. Something more positive, more life-affirming. Like, tell, the start of a new relationship as captured via telephoto lens and uncovered via a tabloid tweet 😛 TAGEND

Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston are together and we have the details right here: https :// t.co/ GRAwEuLQwV pic.twitter.com/ 9HAQOHo8Y3

The Sun (@ TheSun) June 15, 2016

No, really! There are ” sensational paintings “ that you can see for yourself! But is the Internet is interested?


Hardcore Swiftie (@ Swift1 3Updates) June 15, 2016

i’m preoccupied with how awkward these photos of taylor swift and tom hiddleston are pic.twitter.com /8 xR3rr8D5k

elena (@ elena_yip) June 15, 2016

Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston’s names virtually blend to construct Tilda Swinton and that seems important here.

Alison Leiby (@ AlisonLeiby) June 15, 2016


james potter danni (@ advmparrishs) June 15, 2016

If I put 1/10 th of as much effort into doing anything as Taylor Swift does into staging relationships I would be President

Gabriella Paiella (@ GMPaiella) June 15, 2016

Sorry I have to leave work and cancel all my schemes I’m having a Taylor Swift pertained crisis

Carina MacKenzie (@ cadlymack) June 15, 2016

Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift seem like a couple who would ask you to please not put your feet on the furniture.

Anne T. Donahue (@ annetdonahue) June 15, 2016

taylor and tom met at the MET GALA? call that a met cute

Becca Laurie, PI (@ imbeccable) June 15, 2016

Tom and Taylor are literally the most random couple in existence. Like its really weird for me even think about lmao.

celebsconfess (@ celebsconfesss) June 15, 2016

” tom hiddleston is in a relationship with taylor swift” pic.twitter.com/ YXoNOPekst

victoria (@ GAYPIL0T) June 15, 2016

My dream job would be to direct Taylor Swifts accidentally caught by the press photo shoots. I would have put her and Tom in a rowing boat.

Grinne Maguire (@ GrainneMaguire) June 15, 2016

Me When I come on Twitter and find Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddelston are dating pic.twitter.com/ DOBCbldusJ

(@ nanaAseel) June 16, 2016

but why does taylor swift and tom hiddleston feel like a punch in the heart? I like both of them, but…
THERAPIST: aaaand that’s our time

Dana Schwartz (@ DanaSchwartzzz) June 16, 2016

When you watch pictures of Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston … pic.twitter.com/ WfVG4eNu 4x

Ginger Wesson (@ GingerWesson) June 16, 2016

It wasn’t just Twitter, however; actual media outlets got just as obsessed, with particular attention paid to the response of Taylor’s ex. At least there wasn’t anything else actually important happening this week, right?

Jesus Christ, Taylor, were all really focused on maybe finally changing some firearm policy here. WE CANNOT AFFORD THIS DISTRACTION.

Rainbow Rowell (@ rainbowrowell) June 15, 2016

The Takeaway : The bar has been raised for Marvel-related puns 😛 TAGEND

Please let Taylor Swift dating Tom Hiddleston result in a sung that includes the word Tesseract.

Eric Goldman (@ TheEricGoldman) June 15, 2016

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Obama Endorsement Yields Clinton’s Most[ FIRE EMOJI] Tweet Yet

20 days ago

President Barack Obama is officially “# WithHer .”

The president announced his long-awaited endorsement of Hillary Clinton in a YouTube video posted to Clinton’s channel today. He congratulates Clinton on becoming the Democratic party’s presumptive nominee, saying,” I don’t think theres ever been someone so qualified to hold this office .”

Of course, Donald Trump had something to say about this, instantly tweeting:

Obama only endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obamabut nobody else does!

— Donald J. Trump (@ realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2016

And that’s when Clinton’s Twitter team, plainly feeling their damn selves after Obama’s endorsement, took the gloves off.

Delete your account. https :// t.co/ Oa92sncRQY

— Hillary Clinton (@ HillaryClinton) June 9, 2016

Game on. Already the tweet is the most popular Clinton has ever sent, and that’s saying something, given she had some of the most popular political Tweets of 2015.

It may sound like a small thing, but build no mistake, this tweet represents what could be a kind of turning point for the Clinton campaign. It not only represents a level of position her campaign rarely leveled at Democratic rival Bernie Sanders online. It’s also an indication that the campaign may be prepared to be more nimble in responding to what are sure to be Trump’s all too frequent Twitter attacks.

One criticism of Clinton during primary season is that she always appeared a little too rehearsed, a little too cautious, when up against Sanders. In reality, what the social media age now craves is an air of off-the-cuff authenticity. Trump is a master of conveying that quality. Now, we’ll see if Clinton can bring this same online agility to the debate stage and beyond this fall.

As for Obama, who was, of course, the catalyst to this catfight, he said he’s eager to get on the campaign trail with Clinton, and also thanked Bernie Sanders on his hard-fought campaign. Obama noted that espousing Sanders’ message” is going to help us win in November .”

That includes not only the substance of that message, it seems, but the style, too.

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Lena Dunham talks policies and pantsuits in push for Hillary Clinton

24 days ago

The Girls creator and star repudiates condescending and misogynistic assumption that she is backing the Democratic frontrunner only because she is a woman

Lena Dunham isnt supporting Hillary Clinton for president since they are share the same anatomy. She is, however, a big fan of the Democratic frontrunners pantsuits.

The Girls creator and star to be laid down her support for Clinton at an Iowa City coffee shop on Saturday, while recommending a mob of mostly women to get involved in the sates Iowa caucus on 1 February. Dunham was attending her first event of the day, on a swinging through early voting nations on the candidates behalf.

Nothing gets me angrier than when someone connotes Im voting for Hillary Clinton simply because shes female, Dunham said, to laughter.[ Its] as if I have some feminist version of beer-goggles, lets call it estrogen blindness, and I just kind of walking like a zombie towards the nearest vagina.

This assumption is condescending at best and it is sharply mysogynistic at worst.

Dunham said she was supporting Clinton because of her policies, because of her track record, because of her notions and a little bit because of her pantsuits. But thats my prerogative as a citizen.

Dunham recently interviewed Clinton for the first issue of her email newsletter, Lenny. Seated across from Clinton on a folding chair, she asked the Democratic nominee: Do you consider yourself a feminist?

Yes, Clinton responded. Absolutely.

With a mix of raw integrity and playful self-deprecation, on Saturday Dunham told the crowd how she had not voted until four years after she came of voting age. She encouraged women, especially young women, to make their voices heard in 2016.

Im embarrassed to say this but it took me far too long to start voting, Dunham said. I had been of legal age for more than four years before I cast my first vote in the 2008 general elections.

Its not that I didnt care, but I didnt believe that me caring mattered. It was impossible for me to comprehend that one young woman checking a box after waiting in a long line could matter on a national level.

Dunham said she virtually turned away the opportunity to create a video for President Barack Obamas re-election campaign in 2012. She said deciding to make the innuendo-laced cinema, Your First Time, energized her to engage with politics.

My father has never been prouder of me than when I was called a dirty word on Fox News, Dunham joked about reaction to the video, which she told ran a little bit viral.

On Friday, Dunham traveled around New Hampshire with the World Cup-winning soccer superstar Abby Wambach, pitching Clinton as the best proponent for women. Notably, Dunham has been having fun with her bespoke Hillary Clinton line of gowns and sweaters. In Iowa on Saturday, she wore a white jumper featuring Hillary printed in red.

The audience, equal proportions Dunham fans and Clinton advocates, were very receptive.

Abbie Gould, 24, said she was still choosing between Clinton and her chief contender, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, but was impressed by what Dunham had to say about the former secretary of state.

Listening to Lena, hearing the seriousnes in her voice and listening to how she got involved in the campaign, and that she actually hadnt gotten involved into politics until subsequently in her career, I think thats inspiring for people my age, Gould said.

Allison Poss, who runs a small business, Girls with Ideas, in Iowa City, called Dunham and Clinton the dreaming team. Poss said she was an unabashed Dunham fan she collects clippings of every publication interview she devotes and a longtime Clinton supporter.

Ive always followed[ Clintons] policies, that is what is driving my vote for her, Poss said. However, its like a double-whammy of happiness to me that she just so happens to be a woman as well.

After the Iowa City coffee shop event, Dunham and her team departed without taking any questions, in order to make it to a second event of the day in Des Moines.

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12 Hillary Clinton Quotes That Prove You Shouldn’t Pause Your Dreams For Anyone

25 days ago

Women have endured many combats in society in gaining equal rights.

From gettingthe right to vote to being able toenterthe workforce, these changes were only possible because of the dreamings females had for themselves and for the rest of us.

If it wasn’t for the dreamers, we girls would not be where we are today with our rights. Sure, we are still a work-in-progress toward full equality, but progress over the decades has been made.

Along with progression, history is being stimulated with Hillary Clinton in this year’s election. Asthe first female presidential nominee for a major party in United States history, she is giving girls everywhere the message theycan make a difference and generate change.

If she becomes president, she will not only has become a voice for women in politics, but an inspiration to women everywhere who have dreamings and aspirations for themselves.

Here are a few of Clinton’s wordswe should all keep in mind for ourselves when it comes to never quitting on what you want to achieve in life for anyone other than yourself.

1. “Barriers can come down.”

Yes, there are still ceilings to breakfor women and men, for all Americans. But don’t let anyone tell you that great things can’t happen in America. Barriers can come down. Justice and equality can win.

2. “When you’re knocked down, get right back up.”

Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep religion. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.

3. “The advancement … of women and girls … is the greatunfinished business of the 21 st century.”

As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their own communities is the great unfinished business of the 21 st century.

4. “Things … do work out.”

There is a sense that things, if you keep positive and optimistic about what can be done, do work out.

5. “How you answer … is in your control.”

I think that if you live long enough, you realize that so much of what happens in life is out of your control, but how you respond to it is in your control. That’s what I try to remember.

6. “We must go forward together or not at all.”

Every moment wasted looking back, maintains us from moving forward … In this world and the world of tomorrow, we must go forward together or not at all.

7. “Yes, you can be anything you want.”

To every little girl who dreams big: Yes, you can be anything you want — even president.

To every little girl who dreams big: Yes, you can be anything you wanteven chairwoman. Tonight is for you. -H pic.twitter.com/ jq7fKlfwGV

— Hillary Clinton (@ HillaryClinton) June 8, 2016

8. Be fearless.

Be as fearless as the women whose narratives you have applauded.

9. Seize your opportunities.

Part of the great challenge of living is defining yourself in your moment, of seizing the opportunities that you are given, and of inducing the very best choices you can.

10. “You have to be true to yourself.”

You have to be true to yourself. You have to be enough in touch with who you are and what you want, how you want to live and what’s important to you, to build your decisions based on that. Sometimes that’s very difficult.

11. You can learn something from just about everyone.

I always believed you could learn something from nearly everybody you fulfill, if you’re open to it.

12. “Fear is always with us, but we just don’t have period for it.”

We are, all of us, investigating a world that none of us even understands…searching for more immediate, ecstatic, and penetrating modes of living…

The struggle for an integrated life existing in an atmosphere of communal confidence and respect is one with desperately important political and social consequences…

Fear is always with us, but we just don’t have period for it. Not now.

Let Clinton’s terms be a reminder that no matter what you want to accomplish in life, make it happen for yourself. Never stop dreaming or believing that anything is possible as long as you put your intellect and entire heart into it.

Be inspired and go be that change in the world for all of us!

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‘I’ve been silent’: Harvard’s Clinton backers face life on a pro-Bernie campus

1 month, 1 day ago

As students across the country voice support for Sanders, Hillary Clinton backers “says hes” contend with rage and accusations: Youre evil

Walk around any college campus and Bernie Sanders popularity is immediately apparent. Depending on the climate, youre likely to see Bernie T-shirts or Bernie sweaters or Bernie hats or Bernie scarves.

Youre less likely to encounter Hillary Clinton memorabilia. In a put where students are meant to be rebelling against the status quo, to be wearing berets and hanging Che Guevara posters on their walls, supporting Clinton only isnt cool.

It turns out this is even true at Harvard University barely known for revolutionary politics.

In April, Sam Koppelman, a 20 -year-old government student at Harvard, wrote a letter to the New York Times lamenting that his support for Clinton meant that on campus he might as well be Pat Buchanan.

At Harvard, admitting that #ImWithHer is nearly tantamount to boasting Make America Great Again, Koppelman wrote.

Sam Koppelman at Harvard. Photograph: Mark Lorenz for the Guardian

The letter was a coming out of sorts for Koppelman, who told the Guardian that despite having written often about politics for his student newspaper until 2012, he stopped this year for fear that it would cast me as an foreigner, cast me as someone whos more conservative.

The 2016 election Ive is wholly silent, save for a few snarky tweets. And I think thats definitely emblematic that Im trying to avoid these dialogues, he told. He made a conscious decision until last month to not write about his support for Clinton.

If youre a Hillary supporter, youre kind of in this happy medium. Or actually an unhappy medium, Koppelman said, where, by voicing support for Hillary Clinton, youre at once alienating college Republicans who still view her basically as the antichrist and youre alienating Bernie supporters who view her as this remnant of a hour when Washington was highly corrupt.

Koppelman, who grew up in New York City, has spent his time at Harvard engaging in leftwing activism. He is involved in the Black Lives Matter movement and started a group called Harvard cant breathe, after Eric Garner died while being arrested in Staten Island, New York City. Garners death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner, but a grand jury chose not to indict the policeman who arrested him.

Koppelman is still involved with those groups but said he had been conscious not to announce his support for Clinton to his fellow activists.

If youre shall include participation in activism and youre a part of the campus left, and then you choose to support Clintons campaign thats almost a traitorous act, Koppelman said.

Not all Harvards students are as reluctant to admit their is supportive of Clinton. As a is part of the Harvard for Hillary group, Janet Ho canvassed for Clinton during the Massachusetts primary. Ho, a 19 -year-old freshman, is an open advocate for the former secretary of state, but admitted that being a Clinton supporter can be difficult.

Do I feel more called into question by Bernie supporters? Yeah. Do I feel more challenged in general? Yes, I do, she said. Ho said she felt she had to justify her backing for Clinton to Sanders fans.

They assure the Hillary supporter as someone who doesnt actually want as much equality as they do.

Janet Ho speaks on her support for Hillary Clinton. Photograph: Mark Lorenz for the Guardian

Like: What do you mean why dont you want free tuition for everyone? Its not fair. Why dont you want equal pay for everyone? Why dont you want to tax the rich? Whats wrong with you? Like: youre evil.

In March, Clinton won the Massachusetts primary with 50.1% to Sanders 48.7%, although exit poll demonstrate Sanders won 71% of the vote among 18 to 24 -year-olds. Sanders support among young, passionate voters has assured reporting on the Bernie Bros phenomenon the notion that some Sanders advocates use social media to attack Clinton and her advocates.

Columnists in favour of Clinton have depicted special ire sometimes in an aggressive way, sometimes in a sexist style, sometimes both.

In January, it prompted Sanders rapid response director, Mike Casca, to call for supporters to respect others in the race. It might explain why some Clinton backers would choose to remain in the closet.

There are going to be some people on either side who are going to be really emphatic about what they believe, said Molly Roberts, a 22 -year-old senior studying English who writes a column for the Harvard Crimson, the universitys student newspaper.

And then you know, if theyre jerks in the first place perhaps theyll get vitriolic.

Molly Roberts, 22, a senior at Harvard. Photograph: Mark Lorenz for the Guardian

Roberts has not been cowed by the potential for dorks to become vitriolic. In February, she wrote about her is supportive of Clinton in the Crimson.

There was maybe one person who said something pretty nasty about it on Facebook and then got some comments that were also nasty, she said. But I dont think thats the prevailing route that the Bernie supporters act.

Koppelman said he was prompted to out himself as a Clinton supporter due to frustration at being unable to be open about it. He wanted to address what he sees as a doubled criterion among some Sanders supporters that to support Clinton is to fail to support the fight for equality.

Around the country, low income people, low income minorities are voting for Hillary in vast majorities, Koppelman told.

And this attitude on college campuses that if youre an advocate for social justice issues, you need to be a Bernie supporter is truly dismissive of those people across the country who are voting for Hillary.

Its a we know better position that is so emblematic of the very things Bernie Sanders is campaigning against.

Sanders won the Indiana primary on Tuesday, but remains well behind Clinton in terms of delegates. It seems likely that Sanders advocates may soon have a decision to stimulate on whether to commit to Clinton, following a primary campaign that has gone on longer and at times been sourer than most would have predicted.

I think Bernie Sanders supporters need to understand that Hillary is not the foe here, Ho said.

But I dont feel bad or sad when shes challenged. Its more like: OK, I understand what youre saying, but youre wrong. At the end of the day, she is still the more viable Democratic nominee. She is fighting for the same issues.

Whatever has gone before, Roberts predicted that come November, there would be a unifying behind whoever is the Democratic nominee.

Just as I know that Bernie supporters, if and when Hillary wins the nomination, is absolutely vote for her, and I genuinely hope to campaign for her, I would do the same for Bernie, she said.

Ill take him over any of the Republican candidates any day.

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Why do people dislike Hillary Clinton? The tale runs far back

2 months, 5 days ago

A sense of untrustworthiness has haunted the Democrat this election, but the roots of hostility against her are much deeper

There is and perhaps there always will be a dedicated group of people who dont know Hillary Clinton personally, but nonetheless hate her.

Whether they are truly a vast rightwing conspiracy( as Clinton called them in 1998) or just many in number and conservative in outlook, theres no arguing that they exist or that they continue to try to influence public opinion on the Democratic nominee.

But even if people consider themselves savvy enough to repudiate the strangest conspiracy theories( sample asserts include that she is a mass-murderer, a closeted lesbian faking her 40 -year marriage, a member of the Illuminati and/ or an agent of the devil himself ), there seems little doubt that an undercurrent of hatred spanning decades has had an impact upon how she is viewed.

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Paul Ryan deserts Trump campaign but won’t formally drop endorsement

3 months, 7 days ago

A day after contentious debate, the speaker of the House tells congressional members you all need to do whats best for you in your district

Top Republican Paul Ryan deserted Donald Trump on Monday after an aggressive debate attack against Hillary Clinton failed to appease mounting disgust over his attitude toward women.

The speaker of the House told congressional colleagues on a conference call that he would no longer defend Trump or campaign with him. He urged them to do whats best for you to save the partys majority and avoid giving Hillary Clinton a blank check in the White House, though stressed he was not yet formally unendorsing the partys official nominee.

A CNN poll proved 57% of respondents felt Clinton had won the second debate, as a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal survey taken over the weekend showed her leading Trump by 11 phases among likely voters. She is 5. 8 points ahead in polling medians calculated by Real Clear Politics, a position that translates into a base of 260 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, with 165 relatively strong for Trump and 113 to play for.

Trump immediately fired back at Ryan on Twitter.Paul Ryan should expend more day on balancing the budget, employment creation and illegal immigration and not waste his time on opposing Republican nominee, wrote Trump in a blast at the House speaker with whom he has long had a bumpy relationship.

Ryan dragged his heels on endorsing Trump after the real estate developer clinched the Republican nomination in May and disinvited him from a joint appearance in Wisconsin on Saturday in the aftermath of the leaked remarks Trump made about women.

As Clinton climbed the steps to board her airliner in Westchester, New York, on Monday to depart for a campaign rally in Detroit, a reporter hollered a question about whether she believed Trump would show up for the final debate. Laughing, she responded: Yes.

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3 months, 21 days ago

Its unlikely Sanders advocates would jump ship and vote for Trump, but can a Clinton team aware of trust gap within her party win over wary progressives?

As the sun went down over what may prove to be Bernie Sanders last rally as a Democratic presidential nominee the coming week, the conversation among his supporters turned to a topic abruptly back on the lips of many Republicans too.

Can I bring myself to vote for my partys candidate? is not a question that either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton would like so many Americans to be grappling with right now. The fact that the presumptive nominees each have record low favourability ratings is one of many factors inducing the 2016 race for the White House a uniquely uncomfortable experience for both parties.

But there is a curious symmetry about the anguish that has also given the campaigns hope a be thought that they can make up for the passion gap in their respective parties by poaching voters from the other side.

Trump was quickest out of the block this week after it became clear that the already dwindling hopes of Sanders voters had been dashed by his disappointing indicating against Clinton in Californias Democratic primary.

For all of those Bernie Sanders voters who will be left out in the cold by a rigged system of superdelegates, we welcome you with open arms, Trump said on Tuesday at Trump National Golf Club Westchester in New York.

The terrible trade deals, that Bernie was so vehemently against and hes right on that will be taken care of far better than anyone ever thought possible. And thats what I do. Were going to have fantastic trade bargains, Trump added, in a direct appeal to the blue collar workers who still doubt Clintons belated conversion to protectionism.

But Clinton has also been stepping up her efforts to woo Republican away from Trump, particularly as it has become clear that victory in his party primary has not led to any tempering of that notorious rhetoric.

In the wake of Trumps latest outrage questioning whether a judge was fit to oversee a lawsuit against him because of Mexican heritage – even those who had reluctantly begun to rally around their candidate are beginning to have second thoughts.

The textbook definition of a racist comment, explosion Paul Ryan, the House speaker. The South Carolina senator Lindsay Graham called Trumps remarks the most un-American thing from a legislator since Joe McCarthy.

Signs indicate no mass exodus of Sanders supporters willing to embrace Trump. Photo: Joshua Roberts/ Reuters

The Clinton campaign has even funded a website, RepublicansAgainstTrump.org, to seek with tongue only half inserted in cheek people to sign a pledge. Donald Trump is not qualified to be president, it reads. He does not represent my notions as a Republican and, more importantly, my values as an American. He does not speak for me and I will not vote for him.

It remains unclear how many will choose to vote for a Democrat instead, but some claim to have spotted the beginnings of a mutiny even in the US Senate. This week the New Yorker quoted Susan Collins, a moderate Maine Republican, saying she was so disgusted with Trump that she had not ruled out voting for Clinton a scenario Collins was later keen to qualify as still unlikely.

Nonetheless, the idea that Trumps belligerence will let Clinton peel off many moderate Republicans at the ballot box in November looks a good deal more likely right now than its opposite. Signs indicate no mass exodus of Sanders supporters willing to embrace Trump.

A poll for the Guardian this week by SurveyUSA procured up to six hours as many dedicated Sanders advocates were willing to hold their snouts and vote for Clinton as were ready to vote Trump.

A smaller number would vote Green, Libertarian or stay home instead, so Clintons conversion rate of 41% was far from a ringing endorsement.

Yet the poll measured alternative voting intentions among those who would ideally prefer to see Sanders operate as an independent candidate a group likely to be his most loyal fans so probably underestimated the willingness of moderate advocates to convert to Clinton.

A mood of resignation surely hung over some of the crowd at the Vermont senators rally in Washington DC on Thursday night.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at an event in Washington DC. Photo: Alex Wong/ Getty Images

Asked whether she would vote for Clinton now it appeared all but certain Sanders would not be on the ticket, Diana Galbraith, a 39 -year-old graduate student from Georgetown University, was blunt: I have to.

Number one: I am Democrat, and number two: Trump cant win or else I have to move to Canada, she explained.

Galbraith remained concerned, however, that not all Sanders supporters would be as willing to compromise. I do guess Trump could win. He has enough cross-appeal there are Democrats who could vote for him, she added.

Others at the rally, which campaign aides said may well be the last if Sanders formally drops out after the Washington DC primary on Tuesday, were more defiant.

I am going to write in Bernie. Whether or not hes on the ticket, hes getting my election, said Chelsea Denman, a 27 -year-old who works in the legal profession in Washington. Hes gotten a motion going thats not dying down anytime soon. He needs to continue on to the convention. He needs to keep himself out there and talk about the issues.

Asked why she was so opposed to Clinton, Denman responded as many do: I dont suppose shes genuine. I guess she says what she guesses she needs to be said to get elected. I dont trust her. I think its unfortunate that as a woman I cant trust potentially the first woman president.

Conscious of this continuing trust gap among young progressives, the Clinton campaign flirted with perhaps the ultimate reaction the coming week by meeting withElizabeth Warren, the popular Massachusetts senator, for what many assumed were talks about making her a possible work mate.

In contrast to pairings with other rumoured nominees, such as the Virginia senator Tim Kaine or the New Jersey senator Cory Booker, sharing a ticket with Warren was once considered an unthinkable lurch to the left by Clinton that is likely to appeased many Sanders loyalists.

I would love Warren, but I only dont believe Hillary is going to appoint her, said Galbraith.

Elizabeth Warren after speaking at the American Constitution Society for Law. Photo: Nick Wass/ AP

If Warren were the vice-presidential nominee, it could also alienate many moderate Republicans, who consider the anti-Wall Street firebrand as a distinctly acquired taste.

Elizabeth Warren could almost persuade me to re-think my opposition to Trump. Shes insufferable, wrote one former adviser to John McCain this week.

For others on the left, the more important question is whether Clinton commits to the policies of Sanders and Warren.

Elizabeth Warren bolstered the suit that the right way to attain Democratic unity is to demonstrate voters that Clinton, Sanders, and the Democratic party stand united behind big, bold, progressive ideas, said Adam Green, founder of the Progressive Change Campaign committee. His list of ideas included expanding social security benefits instead of cutting them, debt-free college, breaking up too-big-to-fail banks, and jailing Wall street bankers who violate the law.

Strong unity depended in part on haste, he added. The sooner Clinton and[ national convention] platform committee members publicly signal they will seek unity around bold progressive ideas, Green said, the sooner Sanders and his supporters will know they have achieved the mission of helping to transform the future of America and the more likely Democrats will win big in November.

In a week in which Democrats began to unify while Republican fell apart, the discussions with Warren increasingly appear to be a sign of confidence. If Trump continues alienating his own party, perhaps Clinton can afford to gamble on a historic two-woman ticket in the hope that they might have a Democratic Congress alongside them too.

Certainly this would be a legacy that many Sanders supporters could live with, even if they would have preferred a more direct track to political revolution.

I think Bernies going to hang in until our primary on Tuesday and then drop out. Today he was laying the groundwork, Galbraith predicted.

It matters and it doesnt matter, because Bernies movement is about more than merely winning the nomination. Its about finding progressive space within the Democratic party.

It would be a political big tent that many Republican cannot even dream about right now.

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My night out in Cleveland with the worst men on the internet

3 months, 24 days ago

At the Republican convention, Laurie Penny was invited to a rally led by alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopolous and an unholy cast of characters united behind Donald Trump for whom turning raw rage into political currency is merely a game

This is a story about how trolls took the wheel of the clown auto of modern politics. Its a narrative about the insider traders of the attention economy. Its a tale about dread and disgust and Donald Trump and you and me. Its not a tale about Milo Yiannopoulos, the professional alt-right provocateur who was last week banned from Twitter for directing racist abuse towards the actor Leslie Jones.

But it does start with Milo. So I should probably explain how we know each other and how, on a hot, weird night in Cleveland, Ohio, I came to be riding in the backseat of his swank black trollmobile to the gayest neo-fascist rally at the Republican national convention.

Milo Yiannopoulos is a charming devil and one of the most serious people I know. I have assured the death of political discourse reflected in his designer sunglasses. It chills me. We satisfied four years ago when he was just another floppy-haired rightwing pundit and we were guests on a panel show. Afterwards, we got hammered and ran around the BBC talking about boys.

Since that day, there is absolutely nothing I have been able to say to Milo to persuaded him that we are not friends. The more famous he gets off the back of extravagantly abusing women and minorities, the more I tell him I dislike him and everything he stands for, the more he chuckles and asks when were drinking.

Feminism is cancer is one of Milos slogans, and yet it took him only seconds after learning we would both be at the RNC to offer me a lift to his Wake Up! rally. This time God help me I said yes.

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