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Facebook to Livestream Presidential Debate

After the post-convention low, it’s almost time for the political spectacle to begin again.

Monday night, the Donald will scare off against Hilary in the first of four presidential debates. For those of you, who a) don’t own a TV set and b) don’t want to have weird commercials in their live stream, there is now another option: Facebook Live.

The social media site will live-stream the event and allow instant commetnign – who needs focus group, when you can just count all the hearts and sad smileys?

[Mashable]

Hillary Got the Flu, So What?

In case you were on a quick trip to the moon during the last couple of days: Hillary Clinton had to leave the 9/11 memorial service early, because of pneumonia. A video shows her collapsing as her agents help her into a car.

Of course it didn’t take long for people to cry “conspiracy,” because Clinton didn’t disclose that had pneumonia until after the public found out.

So what?

It’s not like she was hiding an actual threatening disease. Pneumonia is a perfectly curable, with antibiotics and rest it takes a couple of days to heal.

Even the collapsing part sounds worse than it is: Given the heat during the memorial service, the fact that Clinton was probably wearing a bullet proof vest and had to stand through most of the ceremony, add that with already being on antibiotics, and even a young man could have fainted.

And lying about being ill in the first place and still going to work? That’s what women do.

Don’t Forget To Vote, New York

It’s not all presidential elections, so a quick reminder: Don’t forget to vote, New York!

Today’s primary are for the State Senate and a couple of judgeships.

If you need information about where to vote and for whom, here is a handy resource: http://whosontheballot.org/

Party + Voter Registration = Head Count

 

You want to listen to some nice music, make friends and fulfill your democratic duty at the same time? Or help others fulfill theirs?

Then you should check out, some of the events that HeadCount are hosting in New York.

The non-partisan organization partners with musicians and bands to promote participation in democracy. In practice this means that they do voter registration at concerts and festivals.

“By reaching young people and music fans where they already are – at concerts and online – we make civic participation easy and fun.” – HeadCount

According to their website, HeadCount has registered over 300,000 voters in the last decade. They have worked with artists like JAY-Z or The Black Keys. And they are constantly looking for volunteers to help out at their events.

Check out some of their upcoming events in NYC, for a full list click here.

9/14/2016 EOTO Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY
09/14/2016 Phil Lesh & Friends Coney Island Amphitheater Brooklyn, NY
09/15/2016 Phil Lesh & Friends Coney Island Amphitheater Brooklyn, NY
09/16/2016 Tauk Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY
09/22/2016 Explosions in the Sky Terminal 5 New York, NY
09/23/2016 Lucius Summer Stage New York, NY
09/23/2016 The Kills Terminal 5 New York, NY
09/24/2016 Global Citizen Festival Central Park New York, NY
09/26/2016 Brian Fallon & the Crowes Terminal 5 New York, NY

Let’s Talk Politics, Siri!

Do you ever feel like this entire election season is going overboard? That it’s all too crazy and you just need a break Or at least someone sane to talk about it?

That’s how I felt the other day – so I started talking politics with Siri.

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At first, Siri was just as confused as me. Especially about her party affiliation.

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Turns out, she doesn’t even care too much about presidential elections.

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But who would you vote for, Siri?

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Really?

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But what if you could?

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So you never voted for anyone in your life?

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So Siri listens to endorsements. And contrary to all the pundits out there, Siri actually doesn’t want to talk you into a certain position.

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Like a said, if you ever need a sane person to talk to.

Wanna See the Trump Campaign HQ?

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Not many journalists (or people for that matter) have ever had the chance to go and see the Trump Campaign headquarters at the luxurious Trump Tower.

If you want to be one of the lucky(?) ones, the Trump campaign is raffling off a tour and lunch with Eric Trump for every donation over $3.

New Yorker is First Republican to Endorse Clinton

Drumroll please … the first Republican has endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Plenty of GOP-lers have been plenty discontent with their nominee. Then former Republican Michael Bloomberg attacked Trump while speaking at the Democratic convention.

But so far their disapproval against Trump has not turned into support for Clinton. Until today.

Richard Hanna, a Republican congressman from New York, wrote an op-ed in his hometown paper, where he publicly explained why he will vote for Hillary Clinton – and why others should follow him.

“For me, it is not enough to simply denounce his [Trump’s] comments: He is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.

Secretary Clinton has issues that depending on where one stands can be viewed as great or small. But she stands and has stood for causes bigger than herself for a lifetime. That matters. Mrs. Clinton has promoted many of the issues I have been committed to over the years including expanding education and supporting women’s health care.

While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton. I will be hopeful and resolute in my belief that being a good American who loves his country is far more important than parties or winning and losing. I trust she can lead. All Republicans may not like the direction, but they can live to win or lose another day with a real candidate. Our response to the public’s anger and the need to rebuild requires complex solutions, experience, knowledge and balance. Not bumper sticker slogans that pander to our disappointment, fear and hate.”

 

Day 4 of the Dems in Philly: Hillary’s Coronation

Thursday night Hillary Clinton officially accepted the Democratic nomination for president.

I know this has been said over and over, but her being the first female nominee was a major moment in American history. And journalistical objectivity aside, as a woman, it felt great to watch.

Embracing that she is the first woman is also so much stronger than when they tried everybody to make it forget eight years ago.

“When there are no ceilings, the sky is the limit.”- HRC

Hillary was in full attack mode against Donald Trump, but also repeatedly emphasized that she wants to be a president of unity – for all “Democrats, Republicans and Independents.”

Before Hillary took to the stage (and before she was introduced via a video produced by none other than Shonda Rhimes), her daughter Chelsea spoke.

Chelsea did a good job of humanizing her mother, who often appears hard to relate to thanks to living under Secret Service protection for the last decades. And boy, who knew how much Chelsea liked dinosaurs.

Given that Donald Trump has recently criticized the military, it gave the Dems and Hillary the unique opportunity to show nationalism and defend the military and veterans. A retired 4-star general gave a speech more fitting two the Republican convention.

And then there was a touching but forceful attack against Donald Trump by a muslim father whose son – an Army caiptan – died in Iraq.

 

Day 3 of Dems in Philly: Trump

More than what actually happened on Day 3 of Dems in Philly (Obama great as ever, Kaine still has potential), there was something that happened yesterday of much greater political importance: Donald Trump called on Russia to launch a cyber-attack against Hillary Clinton.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing [from her home email-server.] I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

It’s an understatement to say that people were outraged.

 

Trump later clarified that he was being sarcastic. But given his track record of saying outrageous things, maybe don’t joke about asking another country to launch an attack.