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Michelle Obama: “We need an adult in the White House”

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On Wednesday afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to students at La Salle University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania about the importance of voting and, specifically, why they need to vote for Hillary Clinton. Michelle Obama: As someone who has seen the presidency up close and personal, let me share with you what I’ve learned about this job — lessons that seem even more relevant, even more critically important after watching Monday’s debate. First and foremost, this job is hard. It is the highest-stakes, most 24/7 job you can possibly imagine. The issues that cross a President’s desk are never easy. And solutions to persistent, systemic challenges are never black and white. […] When it comes to the qualifications we should demand in a President, to start with, we need someone who will take the job seriously, someone who will study and prepare so that they understand the issues better than anyone…

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From the National Mall: The Grand Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture sits near the Washington Monument on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in Washington, DC.  The Museum will open to the public September 24 of this year, 2016.
(Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

UPDATE: Full Text of President Obama’s Remarks have been added below the fold The grand opening celebration for the National Museum of African American History and Culture took place on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the National Mall. CSPAN.org coverage began at 8am Eastern. This is the full ceremony. President Obama is among the speakers…

Weekly Address: President Obama – Celebrating the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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The President’s Weekly Address post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. From the White House – Weekly Address In this week’s address, President Obama commemorated the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The President recognized the museum for celebrating the…

President Obama: “We are all stakeholders in this international system”

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On Tuesday, President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly – his last address to that body before his term expires next January. President Obama spoke of our shared progress and shared responsibilities: We are all stakeholders in this international system, and it calls upon all of us to invest in the success of institutions…

President Obama: “Hope is on the ballot, and fear is on the ballot, too”

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President Obama at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Phoenix Awards Dinner last night: There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter. It all matters. And after we have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African-American community, I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy,…

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Democratic National Convention – Day Four – July 28, 2016

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From Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena, July 25th through July 28th CSPAN coverage begins at 4:30pm Eastern: Democratic National Convention, Day 4 (DNC YouTube archive) Day Three Motley Moose Coverage: Democratic National Convention – Day Three – July 27, 2016 Day Two Motley Moose Coverage: Democratic National Convention – Day Two – July 26, 2016 Day…

Democratic National Convention – Day Three – July 27, 2016

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From Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena, July 25th through July 28th Watch Live! CSPAN coverage begins at 4:30pm Eastern: Democratic National Convention, Day 3 (DNC YouTube archive) Day Two Motley Moose Coverage: Democratic National Convention – Day Two – July 26, 2016 Day One Motley Moose Coverage: Democratic National Convention – Day One – July 25,…

Election 2016

President Obama: “Hope is on the ballot, and fear is on the ballot, too”

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President Obama at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Phoenix Awards Dinner last night: There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter. It all matters. And after we have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African-American community, I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy,…

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Call the Whaaambulance!

Call the Whaaambulance! Harvard Republicans refuse to endorse Trump.

Here, I will save you having to click on that link:

“What happened to our beautiful party … the one built on the Southern Strategy, whistled to in Philadelphia MS, powered by the hateful racist rhetoric of Lee Atwater, and dedicated to crushing the poor, women, people of color, and the elderly??? We must reclaim it from the racist misogynist so that we can get back to the noble task of granny-killing, poor-starving, and sick-kicking Ryanism!”

Sad Republicans are Sad!

Okay okay … here is a real quote: “He isn’t eschewing political correctness. He is eschewing basic human decency.” Gosh, where would he get the idea that THAT was okay????

Justice Sotomayor: “Until the voices [of those routinely targeted by police] matter too, our justice system will continue to be anything but.”

Today we are turning the megaphone over to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Utah v Strieff.

The court ruled that the police officer who illegally stopped Edward Strieff could, by virtue of his having an unpaid traffic ticket, search him and arrest him when they discovered drugs on him and use that illegally obtained evidence to convict him.

Justice Sotomayor disagreed.

Trump did not “hijack” the Republican Party

And “movement conservatives” planning a third-party, featuring a conservative candidate to rally around in November, will find that there is actually no single candidate who appeals to the disparate factions that were cobbled together to create the modern Republican Party.

The Modern Republican Party’s Mask RemovedSparing you an image of the hideousness of the visage that lay beneath it.

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“Give Thanks for the Blessings”

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Happy Lammas!! Hey, wait just a minute! Those are happy llamas … which is not the same thing at all! Today is August 1st, the pagan holiday of Lammas or First Harvest. It is the first of three harvest celebrations on the Wheel of the Year. But because this is a pagan holiday that does…

Summer Sunning!

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Today marks the Summer Solstice. Astronomically, it looks like this: The Summer Solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′. The seasonal significance of the Summer Solstice is in the reversal of the gradual shortening of nights and lengthening of days. That will…

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After graduation a visit to Knossos beckoned Fiona—but little did she guess where it would lead!   I noticed him because he was always alone. And in a country where most people are dark-haired and dark-eyed, he stood out because of his blond ponytail and gray eyes. Only the shape of his eyes belonged to…

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From the National Mall: The Grand Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

WASHINGTON   MAY 10:
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture sits near the Washington Monument on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in Washington, DC.  The Museum will open to the public September 24 of this year, 2016.
(Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

UPDATE: Full Text of President Obama’s Remarks have been added below the fold The grand opening celebration for the National Museum of African American History and Culture took place on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the National Mall. CSPAN.org coverage began at 8am Eastern. This is the full ceremony. President Obama is among the speakers…

Weekly Address: President Obama – Celebrating the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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The President’s Weekly Address post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. From the White House – Weekly Address In this week’s address, President Obama commemorated the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The President recognized the museum for celebrating the…

President Obama: “We are all stakeholders in this international system”

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On Tuesday, President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly – his last address to that body before his term expires next January. President Obama spoke of our shared progress and shared responsibilities: We are all stakeholders in this international system, and it calls upon all of us to invest in the success of institutions…

President Obama: “Hope is on the ballot, and fear is on the ballot, too”

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President Obama at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Phoenix Awards Dinner last night: There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter. It all matters. And after we have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African-American community, I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy,…

Weekly Address: President Obama – It’s Time for Republicans in Congress To Do Their Jobs

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The President’s Weekly Address post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. From the White House – Weekly Address In this week’s address, President Obama called on Republicans in Congress to do their jobs. With Congress back in session there is a lot of business that…

Good Government Working to Protect Our Planet: Ocean 2016 Conference

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Last week, the State Department hosted the Ocean 2016 conference “The ocean covers about 70 percent of our planet, provides half of the oxygen we breathe, and feeds more than a billion people — it is our planet’s life support system, but it’s also in danger. National Geographic produced the following video for the opening…

#WeTrumpHate

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#WeTrumpHate is a film inspired by the values and beliefs that connect young voters in America and a rallying cry to participate in the process this November by electing Hillary Clinton. Take time out to watch this powerful short film. Share it far and wide. ×CloseYou need to login in order to like this post:…

Weekly Address: President Obama – Upholding the Legacy of Those We Lost on September 11th

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The President’s Weekly Address post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. From the White House – Weekly Address In this week’s address, President Obama marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks and paid tribute to the victims, survivors, first responders, and those who…

Langston Hughes, Gentrification, and preserving Harlem’s legacy.

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Harlem has multiple and layered meanings in our world of black art, history, and socio-political activism. Recent events surrounding attempts to rescue and preserve Langston Hughes’ Harlem brownstone from encroaching gentrification raise questions, and hopefully will evoke more interest in a powerful legacy that should be preserved for us all—no matter our race or location.…