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Will Kamala Continue to Elevate the 2020 Presidential Race?

When I moved from New York to Oakland, California, I had no idea I’d get to witness an historic moment take place in my own backyard just a year later. But as Kamala Harris officially declared her 2020 presidential run yesterday, 47 years after Shirley Chisolm became the first black woman to do so, my crusty political cynicism turned to mush.

After two years of demurely dodging the “Will you run” question, Harris’s final answer was the culmination of a highly strategic rollout to “Yes!” that began with the release of not one, but two books punctuated by a news-grabbing announcement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Her return to “Oaktown” on a warm, bright Sunday, could easily have been anticlimactic. Especially since, when the hometown heroine took the stage, its not as if she was about to tell us anything we didn’t already know: That she is a smart, savvy, and accomplished prosecutor turned politician, and as Al Sharpton put it on MSNBC just before her speech, “she knows how to be aggressive with grace,” in a race in which he added, “you need to be both.”

That is if you’re a woman. Men, including the current president, have prevailed in spite of being distinctly graceless.

Exuding confidence and joy while surrounded by a massive crowd of cheering supporters, Harris was clearly moved by the outpouring. “I love my country,” she said, “and I feel a responsibility to stand up for the best of who we are.”

It was a lofty note to begin on, and for more than 30 minutes she kept to the high road, captivating onlookers as she offered much of what’s been sorely lacking in political leadership since the Obama era ended in 2016. I’m not referring to a credible command of minute facts or discernment regarding complex diplomatic issues (although these would be nice to get back in the White House, too).

I’m talking about things that should be a given in our public discourse but are not: Eloquence, thoughtfulness, intelligence, hope.

Answering Donald Trump’s coded and deeply divisive “make America great again” messaging with a resounding “That’s not our America,” Harris pulled no punches in establishing her desire to “reclaim the American dream and restore America’s moral leadership on this planet.”

Harris quoted Frederick Douglas, referenced Harriet Tubman, and invoked her own late mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris. She also mentioned her only sibing, Maya Harris, a senior strategist for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, who is now chair of the Harris campaign.

Both highly accomplished lawyers and very close — they are a formidable pair. Of course, it will take a lot more than sister-girl magic and the powerful democratic block of black women voters to get Harris to the White House.

She openly acknowledged the challenges ahead, calling out the skepticism of even some supporters who fret the odds are against her, or that at 54 (seven years older than Barack Obama when he was elected, and more than a decade older than JFK was), she may be too young, or not quite ready.

“The doubters will say, it can’t be done,” Harris conceded, before quoting Robert Kennedy: “But America’s story has always been written by people who see what can be, unburdened by what has been.”

It was a good speech and a thrilling moment, especially for those who – like me – admire her.  As I watched Harris and her family wave goodbye to the crowd, I found myself wondering — what now?

Known for being whip-smart and nimble with a proven record as a coalition builder and fundraiser (breaking records in recent weeks), she was clearly ready for this moment, and seems prepared for what the next 22 months will bring.

But can she keep to the high road even as lowbrow Trump and what may be the largest number of candidates ever, scrambles for top billing in the race?

One of the more compelling statements in her speech for me went not to her stand on the issues, but to who she is as a person and will be as a candidate.

“I am not perfect,” she allowed, “but I will always speak with decency and moral clarity, and I will treat all people with dignity and respect.”

The 2016 campaign for president was arguably the most distasteful and disgraceful in American political history. We are desperately in need of candidates who elevate this race. And maybe, just maybe, the person who is most successful at doing that will win. If so, Harris has as good a shot as anyone, and a better shot than most.


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Next year is going to be pretty interesting for Netflix subscribers, to put it mildly. According to analytics firm Jumpshot, more than half of the streaming giant’s 50 most-popular shows are licensed from companies like NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia that are planning to start streaming services of their own.

That’s potentially bad news for Netflix users who are also fans of its top licensed shows like The Office and Grey’s Anatomy. Because since everyone from new streaming upstarts to industry stalwarts like Disney are planning to launch Netflix rivals in 2019, that means they might be inclined to yank their popular titles from Netflix. And if they don’t, they’ll no doubt charge Netflix a pretty penny to keep them there.

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Lawmakers are expected to convene Saturday on Capitol Hill, as a plan to fund the government has yet to come to fruition. This comes just a day after members of Congress and President Donald Trump failed to come to an agreement on a deal, resulting in the third government shutdown this year.


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Theresa May survived the confidence vote and will continue as Prime Minister

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Ever since Theresa May stepped into the role of Prime Minister following the divisive 2016 Brexit vote, it has been a turbulent ride.

Two years later and there are accusations of little progress made, with this Brexit appearing to be softer and slower than anyone could have predicted.

But today, after more than 48 letters of complaint sent to Graham Brady, it was announced that Theresa’s days at No.10 could be numbered as Tory MPs requested a vote of confidence in their leader, with a potential no confidence vote triggering a new leadership competition.

But the results are officially in, and May has survived the confidence vote.

The Prime Minister needed 159 votes to remain leader, something she succeeded, getting 200 votes, with 117 MPs voting against her.

‘Sir Graham Brady has confirmed that he has received 48 letters from Conservative MPs so there will now be a vote of confidence in my leadership of the Conservative party,’ Theresa May announced this morning. ‘I will contest that vote with everything I’ve got.’

‘Delivering the Brexit people voted for. Building a country that works for everyone. I have devoted myself unsparingly to these tasks ever since I became prime minister,’ May concluded. ‘And I stand ready to finish the job.’

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The vote took place tonight between 6pm and 8pm, seeing Tory MPs reveal their trust in their leader.

Before the vote, Theresa reportedly told MPs that she would not fight the next election, and would step down before it.

The Prime Minister is now immune from leadership challenges for the next year.

We will continue to update this story.

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The number of children and adolescents visiting the nation’s emergency departments due to mental health concerns continued to rise at an alarming rate from 2012 through 2016, with mental health diagnoses for non-Latino blacks outpacing such diagnoses among youth of other racial/ethnic groups, according to a retrospective cross-sectional study.
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