The hope and dream of many Bernie Sanders supports, that superdelegates would rush to the Vermont Senator in the early weeks of June, was not only a reality for then-Senator Barack Obama in 2008, but also for then-Senator Hillary Clinton. Superdelegates, who had previously supported Clinton in large numbers, moved their support from the First-Female-President candidate to the First-African-American-President candidate. And as the days until the Democratic Convention waned, Hillary Clinton’s campaign began the process of suspending her campaign, preparing for the former First Lady to endorse a young, inspiring Senator from Illinois. On the afternoon of her concession, Clinton gave one of the most important speeches in modern American politics as she clearly identified the historic nature of her candidacy and its impact on feminism.
"Although we were not able to shatter that highest and hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you it has 18 million cracks in it, and the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be a little easier next time, and we are going to keep working to make it so, today keep with me and stand for me, we still have so much to do together, we made history, and lets [sic] make some more."
The 2016 presidential elections have already been a whirlwind of hate, criticism, and different opinions. But after the dust settles, where will we be?
Let’s start with the Nominees. It is undisputed that Clinton, after being cleared of indictment, will be the Democratic candidate. The Republicans only have Trump to compete with Clinton’s current numbers, so he will, undoubtedly, be the Republican nominee.
But who will be president? That question’s hung over every election since Washington completed his first two terms in office, and there’s no way for us to have a definitive answer until the polling results come back. However, we can look at early polls and expert opinions to give us an indication on what to expect.
How to succeed? Get more sleep. -- Arianna Huffington
In a world where getting only four hours of sleep is seen not only as a joke but as a badge of honor, we might not realize how truly detrimental sleep deprivation is for us. Arianna Huffington’s secret to success in our chaotic and busy world is simple: sleep. In this talk she tells us how we can literally “sleep [our] way to the top.”
When we design for disability, we all benefit. -- Elise Roy
Elise Roy, a deaf human rights lawyer, demonstrates how by designing for disability first the greater society benefits in the long run. She shows us that by going deaf, her entire world was changed for the better. Design thinking, as she calls it, can not only change the world but can change lives -- and we can all do it.
A better way to talk about abortion. -- Aspen Baker
Abortion is one of the most controversial topics in American politics today, and yet one in three American women will have an abortion in their lifetime. Why is it that we are unable to talk with people about this difficult issue? Aspen Baker demonstrates how we listening and sharing stories are the hallmark actions of the beautiful yet exhausting pro-voice movement.
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Following the shooting of an African American man in Minnesota, protests arose across the country including Dallas, Texas where five police officers were shot by a sniper. The gunman was reported to say that he wanted “kill white officers.” Initially, the protests were peaceful but when twenty-five year old Micah Johnson, a former army reversit, started to fire into the crowd at police officers with a sniper rifle.
“Your Damn Emails”
The F.B.I. investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server concluded with Attorney General Loretta Lynch stating that “no charges be brought against any individuals within the scope of the investigation.” Prior to the announcement former President Bill Clinton met privately with Lynch on a tarmac, a decision that the former President regrets -- according to both the meeting was purely cordial and they only discussed family matter.
According to current polling averages, Hillary Clinton is still in the lead with 45% while Donald Trump is behind with 40%. Both candidates are currently narrowing down short-lists for potential Vice Presidential picks with Indiana Governor Mike Pence and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine topping the lists for Trump and Clinton, respectively. Bernie Sanders is expected to endorse Secretary Clinton on Tuesday.
Theresa May All the Way
Following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, David Cameron, the current Prime Minister of the UK, announced his decision to resign as PM in October. Soon a new leader of Mr. Cameron’s political party, the Conservative Party, will be picked -- and it’s between two female politicians. This would mean that the UK would have its second female Prime Minister following Margaret Thatcher's tenure nearly thirty years ago.
The candidate expected to pull-through with a victory is Theresa May, a woman who has devoted her entire life to politics and has been a powerfully active member of David Cameron’s government.
Nobel Peace Prize winning author and activist Elie Wiesel has died. As a child he survived the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps and used his horrifying tale of survival as a means of bring peace and understanding to a broken world. On announcing the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, the Norwegian Committee described Wiesel as “a messenger to mankind.” He published numerous books including Night, which chronicles his time at the concentration camps in Nazi Germany. He was 87.
In what is being called one of the worst attacks in Iraq’s capital in years, 292 people have died as a result of a blast that occurred early Sunday morning. The attack occurred when a truck, laced with explosive devices, ran into a building near a heavily crowded street as people broke their Ramadan fasts. ISIS took responsibility for the attack. This is the third incidence of violence to devastate a region during the holy month of Ramadan.
Takei, or not ok?
George Takei, a long time actor who played Lieutenant Sulu on the original Star Trek series, expressed his disappointment when it was announced that in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond film, Lt. Sulu would be gay. Takei is openly-gay and is a champion for LGBT rights, but he said it was “unfortunate” that the original character of Sulu was being changed after so many years. However, Takei remained “delighted that there’s a gay character” in the movie.
From the MT
Reflection on Ramadan.
“The Talk,” Doubt in Faith, and Pixar Magic.
It has been six years since I’ve been in elementary school. Six. Long ago were the days of sharing cookies at snack time, yelling and screaming on a playground, saturated in mulch and the occasional spilled Capri Sun. No longer do afternoons consist of running outside to the beat of my imagination or laughing at childish T.V. shows or even the anticipation of the first day back to school. Elementary school feels more like an old dream now than a reality that was once mine.
And it’s sad really.
Elementary school is the kick start in your education that can really help determine your feelings towards academics in general for the rest of your life. We are taught our first basic lessons about not only scholarly things like mathematics or literature, but also valuable social lessons on how to cooperate, share, and act as a community of people.
It’s time for “The Talk” -- Julia Sweeney
Former Saturday night Live cast member Julia Sweeney relates the story of when her eight year old daughter began asking intuitive questions about sex. Enjoy!
As Ramadan 2016 draws to a close, I find myself, as usual, wishing I had spent more time knelt on the ground, with my forehead and nose pressed against the floor, whispering my innermost feelings and thoughts to God. But as I continue to reminisce, I find myself breathing a sigh of relief that these thirty days, filled with terror, grief, and panic, are finally over and Muslims are no longer in their most vulnerable state. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic lunar calendar. This is the month we believe God sent the Holy Book, the Qur’an, down to us, specifically on Laylatul-Qadr, or the Night of Power through the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). As commanded by God, Muslims are decreed to fast for thirty days, from sunrise to sunset. During this time, not only do we abstain from food and drink, we must also abstain from that which we consider haram, or forbidden. That includes sexual relations, cursing, bad thoughts and actions, etc. This month is meant to purify our souls and cleanse our minds, bring us closer to God, slowing down to appreciate what we usually don’t have the time to, as well as to help us understand the plight of those less fortunate than us.
Dhaka Cafe Attack
An attack on a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh has left 28 people dead in a hostage situation after terrorists created a hostage situation Friday night. The number of terrorists that entered the cafe is currently unknown, but investigators are estimating between 6 to 8 gunmen entered the cafe with explosives and various firearms. Terrorist organization ISIS has claimed responsibility for this attack, adding another brutal crime to their growing list of mass murders.