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  1. This video popped up in my recommended a little earlier this year, around the time that it became abundantly clear Biden was going to be the nominee. I've never been an avid watcher of The View so I completely missed this when it first aired and went viral. I was an avid supporter of Bernie (and still am) and not the biggest fan of Biden. However when I saw this video I was able to see what many have seen for a long time and what many have come to see. This is a moment that transcends politics, yet it’s also my go to response to the “Why Biden?” question. I don’t agree with Biden on everything. He wasn’t my first choice. But at the end of the day, there’s more to being a president than your platform. The commander in chief is a role that demands decorum and dignity, compassion and empathy, the ability to listen and the ability to speak to the heart just as much as the mind. In this moment, Biden wasn’t thinking of Meghan McCain as a republican, as the daughter of a man he was once in competition with. He saw her as a daughter struggling to cope with watching a loved one suffer to the same disease that he himself watched a loved one suffer under. He spoke to her as a friend, as someone who understood, and offered support beyond a party line. And why? Because when it came down to it he was able to differentiate between the need to play the political game and the need to be a human being. This is the strongest endorsement that I can give to Biden. He possesses within him the capacity and emotional intelligence to think and indeed lead with good intention, lead with the heart, and most importantly lead without prejudice against those he may not agree with. I know many of you have doubts, I know many of you don’t see him as your first, maybe not even your second or third choice. But there is more than enough reason to believe in him. There’s more than enough reason to believe in his vision for the country. And there’s is no doubt that at the very, very least this man cares about the people he shares this country with, even if he may not agree with all of them. Vote. Vote like your life depends on it. Vote like your life depends on it because....it pretty much does.
  2. President Trump joked that he would "have to leave the country" if he loses the upcoming presidential election against Democratic nominee Joe Biden. "I will deliver optimism, opportunity and hope, and that's what we're doing, and this is why we have this kind of spirit, and I hate to say it because I don't want to insult Georgia, but it's this way all over our country," Trump told a cheering crowd at a campaign event in Macon, Ga., on Friday, later mocking the social distancing and face coverings at Biden's campaign events. Trump added: "I shouldn't joke because you know what? Running against the worst candidate in the history of presidential politics puts pressure on me. Could you imagine if I lose? My whole life, what am I going to do? I'm going to say 'I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics.' I'm not going to feel so good." "Maybe I'll have to leave the country? I don't know." Trump added. https://www.google.ca/amp/s/thehill.com/homenews/campaign/521513-trump-on-if-biden-wins-maybe-ill-have-to-leave-the-country%3famp
  3. https://www.businessinsider.com/herman-cain-dies-after-being-hospitalized-for-covid-19-2020-7 It's unclear how Cain contracted COVID-19. He tested positive for the disease 11 days after attending a campaign rally for President Donald Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cain, who was an ardent Trump supporter, tweeted out a photo of himself at the rally where neither he, nor those surrounding him, were wearing masks.
  4. We all know and saw what happened with USA citizen George Floyd and how he got MURDERED by a police officer (actually 4 police officers). Let's spread awareness about the BLM movement and sign as many petitions as we can, possibly donate and inform others about what's going on. No justice was served, not for every single black person who died and not for the black people who will die in the future (if we don't change things around). Staying quiet & silent about this equals being opressed and not caring about this major issue at all. It's 2020, it's time to speak up about this and make a change for the minorities in the world. https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/# https://blackliveswillalwaysmatter.carrd.co/#blm If anyone else has any ideas, information & more that could help all of us spread more awareness about this, then please do tell.
  5. North Korea's Supreme Leader/dictator Kim Jong-un has reportedly died, or is on his death bed with no hope for recuperation -- according to media outlets in China and Japan. Amid reports China has sent a medical team to their communist neighbors this week to check in/advise on Kim, a Hong Kong-backed news channel's vice director -- who's apparently the niece of a Chinese foreign minister -- blasted out the news herself ... he's dead. TMZ has not confirmed that. The woman put the report on a social media app called Weibo for her nearly 15 million followers to read, citing a "very solid source" about the claim Kim had, in fact, perished. A Japanese magazine reports he's in a "vegetative state" after a heart surgery gone wrong. The outlet reports -- citing a Chinese medical expert privy to the situation -- that Kim had clutched his chest in early April and fell down while visiting the countryside there. He needed a stent procedure done, but apparently ... it either wasn't done rapidly enough, or it was botched completely by the surgeon -- with some reports saying he had shaky hands. x
  6. In the aftermath of the killing of Iran's major general Qassem Soleimani, Iranian journalists have reported the censorship of their Instagram accounts. Posts about Soleimani have disappeared from Instagram which is currently the only operational international social media site within Iran. In a letter to Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri, the Association of Iranian Journalists in Tehran, Iran, called the censorship "unprecedented in the history of social networks and in conflict with the very innate actuality of media." The Association of Iranian Journalists is a full member organization of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). "At a time when Iranian citizens need access to information it is unacceptable that Instagram should choose to censor Iranian media and individual journalists and uses," said IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger. Newsweek reached out to Mosseri for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication. Stephanie Otway, a spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, told codastory.com that the company conducts business "under U.S. sanctions laws, including those related to the U.S. government's designation of the IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] and its leadership." Officials in Iran said the social media censorship was the fault of the U.S. which allegedly sought to keep positive mentions of Soleimani off of the internet. "America's action shows its misfortune, as Iran is powerful on social media," Iran's Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said Tuesday in the Tehran Times. "The on-going presence of people on social networks with tens of millions of posts has echoed the U.S. terrorism in the world." Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiel tweeted Monday that Instagram's removal of posts about Suleimani was "undemocratic." "In an undemocratic and unashmed action," Rabiel tweeted, "Instagram has blocked an innocence nations' voice protesting to the assesination ofGeneral #Soleimani,while the real terrorists have been given an open voice.The stick behind the democracy and media freedom is displayed in the nick of time." Countries have turned to internet censorship to quiet dissenters, attempt to quash protests or to keep the news from other countries from reaching their people. Iran throttled and stopped internet access to its citizens during anti-government protests that occurred in 2017 and 2018. North Korea has been known to block prevent information from outside its borders. On North Korea's biggest mobile network, Koryolink, subscribers cannot access any sites from outside the country, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Russia conducted a successful test of its own internet system in December 2019. As previously reported by Newsweek, Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed a desire to create a Russian version of the popular user-edited site Wikipedia. At a Presidential Council on the Russian Language meeting in November 2019 Putin said, "It is better to replace [Wikipedia] with the new Great Russian Encyclopedia in electronic form. We are talking about this with our colleagues." https://www.newsweek.com/instagram-censoring-accounts-farsi-media-outlets-iranian-influencers-international-federation-1481609
  7. Iran removes all limits on uranium enrichment, in effect ending its remaining commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal More details to come: Source
  8. Liar Liar, the anti-Theresa May single that is racing up the Official Singles Chart, is now battling for this Friday's Number 1, OfficialCharts.com can reveal. By London seven-piece band Captain Ska, Liar Liar has continued to rise the chart ranks overnight and currently sits at Number 3 in today's sales flash (May 31). Sales of Liar Liar are being driven by downloads, with over 30,000 people picking up a digital copy of the track in five days, while the song has so far been streamed just over 100,000 times. The song's music video, which includes statistics on UK poverty levels and references to school and police cuts, is now has over one million views on YouTube. There has been speculation whether the BBC will air the song as part of Friday's Official Chart show on BBC Radio 1 due to the current election climate here in the UK. A spokesman has since confirmed that the BBC will conform with OFCOM ruling and stay impartial, stating: "We do not ban songs or artists, however our editorial guidelines require us to remain impartial and the UK is currently in an election period so we will not be playing the song.” Captain Ska are campaigning for the song to also be played on BBC Radio 1's Ten Minute Takeover, although the station has not featured the track despite the band's campaigns across the week. A clip of Liar Liar was however featured on BBC Two's Daily Politics Show. The band said in a statement: "The success of this song shows people are fed up with this government of the rich, for the rich. We’re overwhelmed with the support and our message is that people do have the power to change society if we act together.” Find out Liar Liar's final chart placing here on OfficialCharts.com at 5.45pm this Friday. Follow the Top 40 countdown live on BBC Radio 1's Official Chart show with Greg James from 4pm on Friday, June 2. View the latest Top 100 here. Source: OCC
  9. A top aide to President-elect Donald Trump says singer-songwriter Elton John will perform at the Republican’s inauguration in January. “Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the [national] mall for Inauguration,” Anthony Scaramucci, vice chairman of the presidential inaugural committee, told BBC’s “HARDtalk” Tuesday. Scaramucci added that John, an icon of gay culture, demonstrates the incoming Trump administration’s dedication to LGBT rights. “This will be the first American president in U.S. history that enters the White House with a pro-gay rights stance,” added Scaramucci, who is also a member of the presidential transition team’s executive committee. An aide to the performer, however, told the New York Post that John wouldn't perform at Trump's inauguration. “Elton will not be performing at Trump’s inauguration,” the representative said. Source
  10. 1. Did you read Wikileaks? 2. Did you see the interview where Donna Brazille got caught flat footed on the "Russia" conspiracy theory? 3. Do you think James Comey cost Hillary the election? 4.. Should have Hillary gone to Standing Rock? 5. . In your opinion, was Tim Kaine a bad VP choice? 6. Would have Bernie been a better general election candidate? 7. Did Third Party and Bernie or Busters cost Hillary the election? 8. Did Sexism play a role in the election? 9. Why did Hillary lose and Trump win? 10. What does the future of the country look to you? BONUS- Hear of Spirit Cooking?
  11. Hillary Clinton 4, Donald Trump 2, Gary Johnson 1 -- and a single write-in surprise: Mitt Romney. With eight residents voting and five times as many reporters watching, Dixville Notch has spoken. On a frigid night in the largely forgotten region about halfway between the Maine and Canadian borders, the small northern New Hampshire town came alive for several minutes of kitschy democratic conflict. This latest round of wee hours voting extends a tradition that traces back more than a half-century. With the results in from Dixville Notch this long-awaited Election Day is officially underway, and sure as the Earth turns on its axis, the end of the 2016 presidential contest seems impossibly closer. The Granite State's tight Senate race will enter Election Day deadlocked, with Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte each Dixville notching 4 votes. Tuesday night's result will hearten superstitious Clinton supporters. The town's small collection of dedicated voters have correctly picked the eventual winner in three of the last four contests. In 2000 and 2004 it broke for George W. Bush and in 2008 it delivered a victory for Barack Obama. Its more recent results have been less predictive. Romney and Obama split 10 votes in 2012, and John Kasich edged out Trump in this year's GOP primary kick-off. Nearby Millsfield, which also voted at midnight, delivered a big win for Trump, who scored 16 votes to Clinton's four. One voter wrote-in Bernie Sanders, the New Hampshire Democratic primary winner. Meanwhile, Clinton rallied to a narrow victory in Hart's Location, outscoring Trump by a 17-14 margin, with Johnson gaining another three votes and two more voters volunteering Sanders. With overnight in-person voting completed, Trump carries a seven-vote lead over Clinton, 32-25. Millsfield in 2016 is looking to horn in on what has been a calling card for Dixville Notch since 1960, when John F. Kennedy shutout Richard Nixon, 9 votes to nil. Hart's Location, too, has a tradition here, one that traces back to 1948, when voting began at dawn, and then a move to midnight in 1952. But they quit in 1964, leaving Dixville Notch as the leading hours-after-primetime player. Wayne Urso, Millsfield's ambitious election official, is hoping to displace Dixville Notch. He spent the morning talking trash about his very-early voting rivals. "We actually have a population here," Urso told CNN. "They may be registered to vote there (in Dixville Notch), but if you ask them where they live, you'll find that nobody actually lives there." The Dixville Notch voting takes place in the storied Ballot Room of the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel, which has been closed to tourists for five years as new owners work to revamp the once bustling ski stop. Millsfield's decision to take on the embattled establishment was made, he said, during a post-primary skull session. "We had a meeting of all the voters -- because all the voters can probably fit in my living room," Urso said. Asked if they wanted to continue midnight voting in the general election, "Everyone said, 'Yeah.' " But why this year -- why call attention to the town during this especially divisive season? "We don't have that problem in Millsfield," Urso said of his isolated provincial town. "We almost never talk about politics amongst ourselves. Whether it's divisive across the country ... it doesn't pertain to us." An American institution, indeed. x
  12. During the 2002 “Hardball College Tour,” for which MSNBC’s “Hardball With Chris Matthews” spoke to politicians at various colleges and universities, Matthews asked then-Senator (and rumored presidential candidate) Clinton if she supported gay marriage in the state of New York. She said “no,” and the assembled crowd of University of Albany students responded with spirited boos. To which she responded with an awkward grin. Oof. "I believe marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman. I have had occasion in my life to defend marriage, to stand up for marriage, to believe in the hard work and challenge of marriage. So I take umbrage at anyone who might suggest that those of us who worry about amending the Constitution are less committed to the sanctity of marriage, or to the fundamental bedrock principle that it exists between a man and a woman, going back into the midst of history as one of the founding, foundational institutions of history and humanity and civilization, and that its primary, principal role during those millennia has been the raising and socializing of children for the society into which they are to become adults." Hillary Clinton 2004. Clinton looked America’s favorite lesbian in the face and said she still didn’t support gay marriage. When asked why not, she said marriage should be left up to the states. Still a far cry from “full federal equality.”
  13. Still, the president drew a conclusion from all this: "Now, if somebody can't handle a Twitter account, they can't handle the nuclear codes." He didn't stop there. "If somebody starts tweeting at 3 in the morning because SNL made fun of you, then you can't handle the nuclear codes," said the president. X
  14. FBI Director James Comey abruptly announced Sunday that a review of newly discovered emails sent or received by Hillary Clinton has not changed his conclusion that the Democrat should not face criminal charges. His announcement came in a letter to congressional lawmakers two days before Election Day. Comey said the FBI has worked "around the clock to process and review a large number of emails" obtained from a device belonging to Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman and estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. He said the review has not changed the bureau's assessment from earlier this year that Clinton should not be prosecuted for her handling of classified information at the State Department. Source
  15. Donald Trump was rushed offstage by members of his Secret Service detail after a commotion broke out in the audience at an event at Reno, Nevada. The Republican presidential candidate was making a campaign speech at a Reno convention center when there was some kind of scuffle in the crowd in front of the podium and two Secret Service agents came and quickly brought Trump offstage. A man was taken from the room by a group of police officers, and Trump eventually returned to the stage to finish his speech. Source