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Melissa Harris-Perry: since when has racism or sexism disqualified an American president?

I can't imagine why MSNBC silenced THIS voice?

Source: Vox, by Emily Crockett


“I am not even vaguely surprised by the idea that sexual assault would not be a disqualifier for the American presidency,” Harris-Perry said during a panel discussion. She was responding to a question from the Atlantic’s Peter Beinart about why Trump’s infamous “grab ’em by the pussy” Access Hollywood tape didn’t seem to affect the outcome of the election.

“In fact I was mostly irritated every time people would say, 'Oh God, we can't have a racist be the American president.' Because I kept wondering, 'Since when?’” Harris-Perry continued, to laughter in the crowd. “In fact, for most of American history, racism has been a prerequisite to win the American presidency. One had to actually demonstrate one's racism in order to become the American president. And the same was certainly true of sexism, and even of sexual assault.”


Another way to look at the idea that racism and sexism are a “prerequisite” for the presidency is to acknowledge how difficult it can be to run an explicitly anti-racist or anti-sexist campaign. Hillary Clinton spent a lot of time doing that on the 2016 campaign trail, and it may have cost her among some white voters.


As I explained in November, this is one reason why so many people (especially women) voted for Trump despite his boorish public behavior toward women, and despite the assault allegations against him. They not only didn’t expect anything different, they even saw his boorishness as a sort of asset. A strong (male) leader, the thinking goes, may not be polite, but he’ll beat up the bad guys for you — and a “bad boy” streak just comes with that territory.

As Harris-Perry put it, all of this means that 2016 was a “more normal election cycle than you might otherwise have expected.”

Read it all at: http://www.vox.com/identities/2016/12/14/13938396/gender-presidential-election-atlantic-melissa-harris-perry-racism-prerequisite

Where is Fox Business 'Risk and Rewards' Dierdre Bolton?

In light of all the sexual harassment charges, defections/firings/settlements, and other strange goings-on at Fox networks, Ms. Bolton 'disappeared' from her show and all (my) net searches 3 months ago.

I have never seen a public figure disappear like this.

Everyday, the substitute on 'Risk and Reward' announces "...in for Dierdre Bolton" - but never a word about where she is or what she may be doing?


Rex Tillersons stocks shot up $9 million after he was tapped as Trump secretary of state

President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has deep conflicts that are hostile to America's interests, which do not stop with his ties to the Russian government: He also possesses an ExxonMobil nest egg worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Source: Shareblue, by Tommy Christopher

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the State Department already faces stiff opposition over his relationship with Russia, including a $500 billion deal with Russian government-owned Rosneft. Beyond that, though, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson also faces conflicts surrounding his stock holdings and pension plan that look to be nearly impossible to untangle.

Tillerson currently holds 2,618,856 shares of ExxonMobil stock, a portfolio worth $233,078,184.00 as of the Friday before Tillerson’s selection was reported. By closing time the following Monday, they had shot up more than $5 million to $238,289,707.44, and gained another $4.1 million by the end of the day when his selection was officially announced.

In addition to the stocks, Tillerson has an ExxonMobil pension worth nearly $70 million.


As Forbes notes, if Tillerson sells only the shares he actually owns, he will head the State Department while knowing that a hundred million dollars or so of ExxonMobil stock await him down the road — a consideration that could potentially influence an unimaginable number of State Department decisions and policies, as energy resources figure prominently in U.S. foreign policy.


More at: http://shareblue.com/rex-tillersons-stocks-shot-up-9-million-after-he-was-tapped-as-trump-secretary-of-state/

Tonight on TRMS: AG Lynch, PART 2 (too big for one night!)

We've actually got more from my interview with the attorney general on whether she expects the next iteration of the justice department to prosecute hate crimes in this country, hate crimes surging right now.

We've got also more from her on James Comey, director of the FBI and what he did just before the election which the Clinton campaign blames for their loss in this election. Her comments on what James Comey did, we're going
to be airing those juicy portions of my Loretta Lynch interview <tonight>, which means you have to be here.

Last night's show and transcript around here:



You got questions? Some answers tonight on TRMS: Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Rachel Maddow interviews Attorney General Loretta Lynch at The Stonewall Inn.

Obama signs medical cures bill into law

One last dance...

Source: The Hill, by Peter Sullivan

President Obama on Tuesday signed a sweeping medical cures bill into law, capping more than a year of bipartisan negotiations.

The 21st Century Cures Act seeks to speed up the approval of new drugs and invests new money in medical research.

The measure grew to include a slew of bipartisan priorities, including $1 billion over two years to fight the epidemic of opioid addiction and $1.8 billion for Vice President Biden’s cancer “moonshot” initiative. A long-awaited mental health bill was also included in the package.

The bill passed both houses of Congress on overwhelming bipartisan votes, an unusual development on healthcare as lawmakers gear up for a partisan fight over ObamaCare in the new year.

Read the rest at: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/310223-obama-signs-medical-cures-bill-into-law

Why leaving Alabama for FAU is the best thing for Lane Kiffin


Lane Kiffin, formerly the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Vols and USC Trojans, currently the renowned offensive coordinator of the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, has found himself a new job. He's taking over the Owls.

No, not the recent AAC champion Temple Owls.

The FAU Owls. Of Conference USA.

Hey, you've got to start somewhere. Unfortunately for Kiffin, he started his head coaching career about four levels higher than he was qualified for at the time and failed spectacularly. So now, 10 years later, he's starting over.

And don't forget this guy!

Trump Goes Into Hiding And Cancels Press Conference As Russia Investigation Gains Momentum

President-elect Donald Trump has canceled his first press conference since winning the election as calls grow for a bipartisan investigation into whether or not the Russian government interfered in the 2016 contest.

Source: PoliticusUSA, by Jason Easley

The cabinet appointments are a flimsy excuse to cover-up the fact that his advisors don’t want Trump to take questions from reporters before the Electoral College votes next week. Trump is the first president-elect since 1976 not to hold a press conference. Trump last held a press conference on July 27, 2016, which was the same event where he called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton and release her emails.

Trump tried to cancel on The New York Times after they held him to his agreed to on the record session. Trump has avoided taking any questions from the political press in a news conference setting for nearly seven months.

It is not a surprise that Trump would cancel the press conference that was scheduled so that he could announce how he will be separating himself from his business interests as president. The Trump team can’t risk putting him in front a live mic to take questions from reporters about the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the election.

By laying low, Trump is hoping to not give Electoral College electors any more reason to break away and reject him.

Donald Trump has been in hiding from the press since July, and with a scandal breathing down his neck, the always available Trump has gone invisible.

Read it at: http://www.politicususa.com/2016/12/12/trump-hiding-cancels-press-conference-russia-investigation-gains-momentum.html

Reid blames Comey for Hillary Clinton's loss

Source: The Hill, by Rebecca Savransky

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday blamed FBI Director James Comey for Hillary Clinton's loss in the presidential election.

"Comey helped [President-elect Donald] Trump significantly," Reid said in an interview with CNN.

"A week before the election, he came out with this, 'Oh, we found some more emails,' and, as a result of that, we lost Senate seats, and, I think, we lost the presidency."

When asked if Comey "singlehandedly" swayed the election, Reid said Clinton "would have won" had Comey not "written that letter" shortly before Election Day.

"We would have picked up at least two more Senate seats," he added.

Read the rest at: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/309964-reid-blames-comey-for-hillary-clintons-loss

Why Hillary Lost: The Great American Lie

HuffPo, by Bros4Hillary's Alex Mohajer

As of December 9, Hillary Clinton had won 65,746,544 votes nationwide for president, to Donald Trump’s 62,904,682 votes. In other words, Hillary Clinton, the first female major-party nominee for president in American history, won more votes than any white male to ever run for that office, ever, including her opponent, the man who would go on to become the president-elect.

Clinton’s massive popular vote victory is important in that not only does it dispel shameful myths that this superb, historic candidate FAILED us in some way, but serves to highlight one of the real problems: the electoral college system of apportioning votes is no longer fair or representative. This is not to say that the electoral college must necessarily be abolished. But at the very least, it must see reforms that address the country’s vastly shifting demographics.

Hillary Clinton, accused of having lost the 2016 presidential election because she neglected to address the needs of the white working class, did in fact WIN the white working class. CNN exit polls out of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania showed that she fared better than her opponent on the economy throughout the rust belt and nationwide.

Allowing revisionists to shape the narrative and lay fault at the feet of Hillary Clinton for losing, whether expressly or impliedly, is a historic injustice that, if allowed to continue, only hurts us as a nation and as a democracy. It allows a shift in conversation away from crucial global and sociopolitical issues facing our society, and towards petty partisan squabbles and the unproductive blame game. If we do not respond to threats to our democracy, the epidemic of fake news, the various interventionist forces in our election, and demand action be taken, we are more culpable than either of the candidates in this election. Indeed, we are complicit in the downfall of democracy itself.

The truth? Hillary Clinton did not lose the 2016 presidential election. We did.

Much, much more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-hillary-lost-the-great-american-lie_us_584da08ce4b0151082221ca2
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