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This Harvard Student's Graduation Speech Will Give You Major Chills

Harvard graduate Donovan Livingston's convocation speech will definitely go down in history as one of the most moving and meaningful graduation moments of all time.

The Master's of Education student performed a spoken-word poem at Wednesday's 2016 Convocation Exercises for the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The speech, titled "Lift Off," describes the difficulties that have historically faced black Americans seeking an education.


He also shared his own reasons for becoming an educator.

"I teach in hopes of turning content into rocket ships, tribulations into telescopes. So a child can see their potential from right where they stand," he said. "An injustice is telling them they are stars without acknowledging night that surrounds them. Injustice is telling them education is the key while you continue to change the locks."

Livingston finished with an inspiring call to action.

"I belong among the stars. And so do you. And so do they. Together, we can inspire galaxies of greatness for generations to come. No, sky is not the limit. It is only the beginning. Lift off," he said.


If Clinton supporters had a smidgen of sense....

They don't.

Try being a gracious winner.

From 2008:

Maybe it's time to ratchet it back, Obama supporters.

If you're really confident that Obama will be the nominee, relax. Let
the crap flow by, and avoid nasty attacks on Clinton. I'm not talking
about reasoned criticism; that's a different story.

I really do believe that Obama is pretty much inevitable, and that the
end is in sight. And we're going to need to come together to beat

Imagine if things were reversed. It's painful for a lot of Hillary
supporters, just as it would be for a lot of Obama supporters. By
moving away from gratuitious attacks on Hillary, we can start to
shift the dynamic.


There is no doubt in my mind that if Warren had run, she'd be the nominee

We'd have a much more united party and less drama/scandal

Bernie Sanders is ignoring Hillary Clinton. It might be the nicest thing he can do for her.

Bernie Sanders’s opponent in the California Democratic presidential primary is Hillary Clinton. That’s what the ballot says, anyway. But listening to the Vermont senator on the campaign trail here, you’d hardly know it.

At Santa Barbara City College Saturday morning, Sanders spoke to a crowd of 6,000 people for almost an hour without so much as mentioning the former secretary of state. When he finally did, it was only briefly.

“I am proud to tell you that I have introduced the most comprehensive climate change legislation ever introduced in the Senate, which among other things calls for a tax on carbon,” Sanders said. “And I hope very much that Secretary Clinton would join me in telling the fossil fuel industry that what they are doing is unacceptable.”


Meanwhile, Sanders laced his speeches with sharp critiques of Republicans, generally, and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, specifically. Barring a historic comeback in the final stages of the Democratic primary, Sanders won’t get to run against Trump.


Sanders was particularly hard on Trump in Bakersfield, a mostly conservative city of about 380,000 that one local campaign volunteer described as “a piece of Texas in California.” Indeed, the stage for Sanders’s rally was set up in a dirt arena that more often hosts rodeos. In the background, under a temporary banner that read, “a future to believe in,” a permanent sign said, “Stotler Swine Pavilion.”


Top dems worried about Clinton's ability to effectively fight Trump

Democrats could hardly believe their good fortune last month when it became clear that Hillary Clinton was headed to a general election showdown with Donald J. Trump. Mr. Trump carried so much baggage and had insulted so many voting blocs that some Clinton supporters began to imagine a landslide.

But early optimism that this would be an easy race is evaporating. In the corridors of Congress, on airplane shuttles between New York and Washington, at donor gatherings and on conference calls, anxiety is spreading through the Democratic Party that Mrs. Clinton is struggling to find her footing.


But it is the campaign’s approach to Mr. Trump that is making even Mrs. Clinton’s most loyal supporters uneasy.

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York is concerned that she lacks a comprehensive strategy to confront Mr. Trump, and has told Democrats that the Clinton campaign must bring on a senior staff member dedicated only to the Trump portfolio.

During a conference call this month, high-profile female supporters pressed Mrs. Clinton’s advisers about her message — which has as a slogan “Breaking Down Barriers” — and whether it needs to shift for the general election. “The message will be broadening,” Karen Finney, a senior adviser, explained, according to a transcript of the call obtained by The New York Times. “But,” she added, leaving some participants perplexed, “breaking down barriers and unity will continue to be part of the theme because Hillary believes we need to come together as a country in many ways.”

Debates have broken out in Mrs. Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters over the best approach to take. Some advisers worry that by running against Mr. Trump as she would a traditional Republican candidate, Mrs. Clinton is actually making the reality-television star appear more legitimate.


(In Secret) Trump Supports Cutting Social Security From A ‘Moral Standpoint:’ Report

Donald Trump supposedly told House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) he supports cutting Social Security but will not admit it publicly because it would hurt his election chances, according to a report in Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee reportedly made the comments during a May 12 meeting with Ryan aimed at mending ties between the two top Republican leaders, Bloomberg reported, citing an unnamed source who was in the room. (Ryan has yet to endorse Trump.)

“From a moral standpoint, I believe in it,” Trump said of cutting Social Security. “But you also have to get elected. And there’s no way a Republican is going to beat a Democrat when the Republican is saying, ‘We’re going to cut your Social Security’ and the Democrat is saying, ‘We’re going to keep it and give you more.’ ”

Trump’s professed opposition to cutting Social Security and Medicare has been both a hallmark of his campaign and one of his greatest departures from traditional conservative ideology. And Ryan, who repeatedly criticized Trump before the mogul effectively secured the GOP nomination, has made proposing dramatic reductions in the popular social insurance programs a defining feature of his congressional career.
Many conservative House Republicans told The Huffington Post shortly after the May 12 meeting that that they were unconcerned about Trump’s public posture on the programs. Several members interpreted him as wanting to extend the solvency of Social Security and Medicare solvency through some combination of the benefit cuts and other reforms that conservatives favor.

Trump policy advisor Sam Clovis had already appeared to reverse course on May 11, indicating that Trump would be willing to consider cuts as president.

Of course, what Trump reportedly said to Ryan is consistent with what he told Fox News host Sean Hannity back in 2011.


Trump's Hollywood star: Dogs shit on it, swastikas are drawn on it

It started with dog feces. One day, someone took a service animal to the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame and the dog did its business right on Donald Trump’s star. Then the picture went onto Twitter.

Since then, the affronts have only escalated: Micro protests, profane gestures, spit wads, human urine — with selfies to mark every gesture. Someone stenciled a mute signal onto the star. Someone spray painted a swastika onto it. Now Trump’s critics are going for the whole thing: an online petition demanding Trump’s star be struck has more than 40,000 signatories.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/trump-a-star-is-scorned-223661#ixzz49z9EoWuC
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Hillary surrounds herself with sycophants with a bunker mentality. That is dangerous.

Doesn't matter how smart they are.

The second thing that becomes clear is that these security experts ran into a brick wall of longtime Clinton aides whose priority was not security, but rather her desire for privacy and convenience. “From the earliest days,” writes O’Harrow Jr., “Clinton aides and senior officials focused intently on accommodating the secretary’s desire to use her private email account” and in so doing “neglected repeated warnings about the security of the BlackBerry.” In August 2011, when the State Department’s executive secretary Stephen Mull broached the idea of replacing Clinton’s personal Blackberry with a “Department issued” one, Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff and close personal aide, Huma Abedin, replied that the “state blackberry…doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.”

To longtime Hillary Clinton observers, all this sounds distressingly familiar. In the literature about Clinton’s career, the insularity of her staff is a recurring theme. In his biography, A Woman in Charge, Carl Bernstein quotes Mark Fabiani, a lawyer in the Clinton White House, as observing that, “the kind of people that were around her were yes people. She had never surrounded herself with people who could stand up to her, who were of a different mind.” In their biography, Her Way, Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr. quote Clinton administration Trade Representative Mickey Kantor as noting that in her work on health-care reform, Hillary Clinton “got isolated” and worked with “a group of people, all of whom were off in the same direction.” In their book on the health care fight, The System, Haynes Johnson and David Broder quote a senior White House as accusing Hillary Clinton’s aides of having “adopted this bunker mentality … They’ve managed to build wall after wall around the First Lady.” In her book about the Clinton marriage, For Love of Politics, Sally Bedell Smith notes that, “Her subordinates were all true believers, so she seldom heard a dissenting view.” In their book about the 2008 campaign, Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin note that Clinton’s aides were “loyal to a fault.” In their book on Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State, HRC, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes note that, “Loyalty, for better and worse, has been the defining trait of Hillary and her tightly woven inner circle…She values it in herself, demands it in her aides, and often gives it too much weight in judging the people around her.” “Commenting on Clinton’s current top campaign staff, the former Politico executive editor Jim Van de Hei observed on Friday that, “They are in a bubble where they all have the bunker mentality.”


Forget Trump. Hillary Clinton should debate Bernie Sanders

I don't particularly care but I suspect the decision to break her commitment to debate Bernie in California, will backfire.

To some voters, the prospect of Democratic insurgent Bernie Sanders debating Republican nominee Donald Trump in an “arena somewhere” in California would be a dream come true.

To others, it would be the stuff of unseemly political nightmares.

We’re not sure where Hillary Clinton falls on that spectrum, but one thing is clear: No one would even be talking about a #SandersTrumpDebate (or #TrumpSandersDebate, depending on your political persuasion) if the Democratic front-runner had kept her promise to California.

It was back in February when Clinton vowed to hold one last debate here in May. Sanders kept his end of the bargain, but Clinton, now the leader in terms of pledged delegates, had other thoughts.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article80416047.html#storylink=cpy

Want to see what a trump ad against Hillary will look like re her email fiasco?

Cue ominous music. Close up of a woman's hand holding a BlackBerry. Somber voice:

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton used unsecured email to send and receive top secret information.

Hillary Clinton should be indicted, not elected.

Thinking her email won't be a huge issue is nothing but wishful thinking.

(And no, this isn't giving trump ideas. Anyone who thinks he hasn't already got a team working on this, is living in a fantasy)
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