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The Clintons Embody the American Dream
The Clintons Embody the American Dream President-elect Bill Clinton’s Victory Speech | Little Rock, Arkansas |...

1992 ABC Footage of President Clinton’s Victory Speech:

Commentator #1 @ 1:50 (when they do a close-up on Hillary): “Hillary Clinton. The first First Lady with a post-graduate degree.”

Commentator #2: “She has a law degree.”

President-elect Bill Clinton @ 4:33: “I want to begin this night by thanking my family. My wife, without whom I would not be here tonight. And who I believe will be one of the greatest First Lady’s in the history of this Republic.”

:::Crowd goes wild. Bill smiles and looks at Hillary. Grabs her hand and holds it in the air. Crowd starts going even more wild and starts chanting: “HILLARY!” HILLARY!” “HILLARY!”:::

Bill endearingly says with a smile, “You can cheer for her.”

Commentator towards the end @ 29:31:

“Going to say, that both Governor and Misses Clinton, in this campaign, you know, they were hit with everything short of a tire-iron. They took an awful lot during the campaign. Everybody who ran in this race took a lot. But no more than those two people who are weaving and waving, right now, as the victors.”

Say what you want about the Clintons but they are strong, smart, and resilient.  

“I’ve been called a lot of things by many people – quitter’s not one of them.” ~Hillary Rodham Clinton

Here is some of what two pragmatic fighters did in the 1990s by investing in education, healthcare, women, and children:

We had a chance to continue the Clinton progress with Al Gore in 2000. Unfortunately, too many fell for the Nader trap, turning their backs on President Clinton’s Vice President. If only a fraction of Nader voters had been for Gore, Florida wouldn’t have been a toss-up. Don’t think there is a difference between Democrats and Republicans? Just think how far along we would already be on climate change if we had continued the Clintons progress with Gore.

Let’s not make the same mistake again. Let’s build on Obama’s progress with the Clintons. And please don’t turn your backs on the Clintons again by forgetting who the real enemy is.

Let us remember the Clintons had to work within the context and culture of the 1990s. But they still succeeded on many progressive levels despite dealing with a GOP-controlled Congress in the 1990s. They still succeeded despite witch-hunt after witch-hunt, proving no one can fight the GOP better than the Clintons can. We desperately need two fighters back in the White House considering the rise of the radical Tea Party.

Fortunately, the Clintons are now working within the context and culture of the Obama coalition, a progressive coalition they are committed to building on in 21st Century America. Hillary raised 18 million dollars for down-ticket Democrats, something that is critical in a country where 37-state legislatures are currently Republican controlled. This has resulted in the defunding of Planned Parenthood on a local level and gay Americans being stripped of their rights on a state-level. Nationally, we have become more liberal. But on a state-by-state basis we have become more conservative. Never forget the Clintons have deep roots in the South, and a machine to fight back against GOP control. That’s why the Clintons are vilified by Republicans — they fear the Clinton machine. And they should.

Bill Clinton came from a small town in Arkansas called “Hope.” His Father died at an early age, which resulted in Bill having to live with his Grandparents. His Grandfather ran a small country store. Eventually, though, Bill’s Mother was able to take control of her own life as a result of our country investing in her through education and healthcare. Healthcare that saved his Mother’s life from cancer. That isn’t a “hand-out” according to Bill. That was our country empowering its people and giving its people the tools they need to take control of their own lives. Tools that allowed for a man named Bill Clinton, born into a poor, widowed household, to become President of the United States. The embodiment of the American dream. How our country SHOULD be operating.

After graduating Yale Law School, people thought Hillary was crazy to follow Bill Clinton to Arkansas considering a promising legal career was waiting for her in Washington. But after falling in love with this strong, kind-hearted man from “Hope Arkansas, she insisted she had met the next President of the United States. She knew they could change the world. Together. Side-by-side. Two kids working their way from the bottom to the top through hard work.

Hillary followed Bill to Arkansas, becoming the breadwinner of their family so Bill could run for Governor. Once Bill became Governor, as First Lady of Arkansas, Hillary reformed education, healthcare, the foster care system, worked for the Children’s Defense Fund, provided legal services to poor and underprivileged families, and taught parents how to be their children’s first advocates. The joke in Arkansas was that they “hired the wrong Clinton”:

Hillary knew the importance of investing in women and children due to her Mother being abandoned by her parents at an early age. And Bill’s personal story is proof of Hillary’s larger point, a point she has been making ever since her days as First Lady in Arkansas: children’s issues and women’s issues are critical to the health and success of our nation. And none other than her husband, President Bill Clinton, is the proof.

Reigniting the American Dream for all Americans, something both Bill and Hillary Clinton embody, is something he and Hillary worked every single day to give back to all Americans throughout the 1990s. So when Trump says “Make America Great Again,”think back to what the Clintons did in 1990s. And think how much more they can do now in 21st Century America.

When looking at all of Hillary’s plans and proposals together, they are more progressive and comprehensive than Bernie’s. I’m ready for the Clintons to fight for those plans and proposals and build the machine needed to accomplish and implement them. Again — Hillary raised 18 million for down ticket Democrats.

I want the Clintons back — investing in me. Investing in the American people. Investing in families like the one that allowed Bill Clinton to become President of the United States. Investing in the things Hillary has advocated for throughout her entire career.

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Miss Helen Taft became the wife of the former American president, William Howard Taft. She served as the First Lady of America from March 4 1909 March 4 1913. During those years, she made a name for herself as a very influential First Lady and an astute politician in her own right. 1905. Source: Retrografix.com, Twitter @retrografixcom

OH MY FRICKING GOD

So I’m watching The West Wing and it’s the first lady’s birthday and Donna suddenly becomes a Canadian because a border clarification put her birthplace on the other side of the 49th parallel so she’s locked out of the party.

When she’s let in again with some finagling, she’s one of the three women who go off with Abbey (the first lady) to get drunk. While there, in a moment of mindlessness, she says something very rude that Abbey needed to hear.

Back in the party proper, Donna apologizes but Abbey thanks her and says she has a surprise coming. And then Donna finds out she gets to be an American again because of the INS grandfather clause about 10 seconds before the band strikes up O Canada.

And then the President sweeps in, shouting, “What the hell is going on?! I was only gone for 45 minutes, they were all Americans when I left!”

And then I laughed so much I had an accident.

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Friday Favorites: Sweet Caroline
How Do You Not Know This Woman? Not just "Benjamin Harrison's wife," she was accomplished and elegant. She was a deft leader among women at a time when the idea of women's rights was just beginning...

A very fine article on Caroline Harrison detailing her accomplishments, public and private.

From the article:

In her first days as First Lady, Caroline was horrified at the crude condition of the White House. She went immediately to work, cleaning out all the rooms, including the kitchen, which she eventually had modernized. She oversaw installation of electricity throughout the building, and drew up plans to enlarge the structure by adding an east and west wing. The idea was tabled for years due to funding issues. It was Caroline Harrison who brought the art of china painting to Washington D.C., once again, importing [Paul] Putzki to teach classes. The First Lady served as a curator, of sorts, organizing the past administrations’ china collections.

In 1890, the newly formed Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) national civic organization, asked Caroline to become their first President General, which she accepted. Instead of it being an honorary position as she had thought, it became a full-time job–and it suited her well. Her tact, energy and humor, propelled the fledgling civic organization forward. Indiana’s first DAR chapter, located in Indianapolis, is named in her honor.

US election 2016: Guide to the Democrat candidates

Whilst the 2016 US presidential election won’t be held until later this year, the race to be the Democrat candidate on the ballot box is already taking shape.

Heading into the Iowa caucus on 1 February, the first of the 50 states to nominate which candidate they want to represent their respective party, there are three main challengers looking to succeed Barack Obama as president of the US: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley.

Clinton is the best known and favourite of the three. The former First Lady and wife of then president Bill Clinton, the 68-year-old is a veteran politician well known to the American public.

But whilst the former secretary of state has long been seen as the main contender, she is facing a real battle against surprise package Bernie Sanders. The 74-year-old Vermont senator has astonished observers by securing widespread grassroots support on the back of his socialist campaign.

The third candidate on the list is Martin O'Malley. The 53-year-old former governor of Maryland has pulled off surprise victories before in his political career, but at the moment is struggling to get his voice heard.

In this video, IBTimes UK give a guide to each candidate, along with their respective strengths and weaknesses as they look to secure their party’s nomination.

Read our guide to the Republican candidates here

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                    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is my favorite first lady


Widow of President John F. Kennedy, she was seen, across the world, as a symbol of American style, elegance, and grace. The image of her in her pink Chanel suit and matching pillbox hat in the aftermath of her husband’s assassination is one of the most iconic images in American history. I love how Jackie and I have mutual passion for achievement and need for security. She and Kennedy will always be my favorite couple from the White House even if he had an affair with Marilyn Monroe and other women. John and Jackie easily manage to create a deep harmony. It does not imply that communication between them is particularly intense or special, but it means that for both of them, love requires no effort! Their compatibility index is remarkable and quite exceptional. Their relationship is extremely harmonious, to the extent that superlatives are unable to express its essence. The way she tried to collect his brains and keep them together while having the top of his head held down having at least one hope of a chance that there still might be life in him after he slumped on her lap after being shot, is just something I call true love that I would have done the same in a heartbeat. How she tried to cover what she was holding to keep the world from witnessing a horrific view of the president’s pieces of brain and not leaving the room when there wasn’t anything else the doctors’ couldn’t do, she had his blood and brains were all over her and she kissed his exposed foot through the sheet, she also kissed his leg, thigh, chest and then his lips and it was described as the most moving thing. I think Marilyn Manson’s music video, Coma White from the gif was a perfect “tribute for JFK who have died at the hands of mankind’s unquenchable thirst for violence” ~ Marilyn Manson

US election 2016: Guide to the Democrat candidates

Whilst the 2016 US presidential election won’t be held until later this year, the race to be the Democrat candidate on the ballot box is already taking shape.

Heading into the Iowa caucus on 1 February, the first of the 50 states to nominate which candidate they want to represent their respective party, there are three main challengers looking to succeed Barack Obama as president of the US: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley.

Clinton is the best known and favourite of the three. The former First Lady and wife of then president Bill Clinton, the 68-year-old is a veteran politician well known to the American public.

But whilst the former secretary of state has long been seen as the main contender, she is facing a real battle against surprise package Bernie Sanders. The 74-year-old Vermont senator has astonished observers by securing widespread grassroots support on the back of his socialist campaign.

The third candidate on the list is Martin O'Malley. The 53-year-old former governor of Maryland has pulled off surprise victories before in his political career, but at the moment is struggling to get his voice heard.

In this video, IBTimes UK give a guide to each candidate, along with their respective strengths and weaknesses as they look to secure their party’s nomination.

Read our guide to the Republican candidates here

McLeod-Betune was an #American #educator best known for starting a private school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, #Florida. She attracted donations of time and money, and developed the academic school as a college into Bethune-Cookman University. She also was appointed as a national adviser to #President Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of what was known as his Black Cabinet. She was known as “The First Lady of The Struggle” because of her commitment to gain better lives for #African Americans. #YESBHM || #BlackHistoryMonth || #BGR8

Black History Month, Africans in Fashion
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Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.  http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month

For the month of February we will post all of African decent that are successful in the Fashion Industry or are seen as fashion icons.

 We start off with the United States of America’s First Lady. Michelle Obama has shown us she is a fashion icon from the start of her husband’s campaign, and she has not disappointed us yet.

Here she is wearing Tracy Reese at the Democratic National Convention in 2013. 

From PBS and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Part Three - This episode follows Kennedy into the White House, offering fresh assessments of the successes and failures of his tenure. In 1961, the most challenging issue facing the new administration is the spread of communism and continuing Cold War fears. Only a few months into his first term, Kennedy launches the Bay of Pigs invasion, an unmitigated disaster that teaches him a powerful lesson. Nikita Khrushchev proves a stubborn foe, and Kennedy takes a stand against the spread of communism in a country few Americans had ever heard of—Vietnam. On the domestic front, civil rights prove tricky for the administration, as they rely heavily on the support of Southern Democrats. Forced to intervene when Freedom Riders take direct action in Southern states, the administration sends in federal marshals to ensure their safety. Health issues continue to plague the president and pain is a constant companion. Glamorous first lady Jackie captivates the world on her travels, while rumors of the president’s womanizing continue in Washington.

American Experience: JFK, Pt. 3
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The history of the United States as covered in schools and universities typically begins with either 1492 and Columbus, or—especially in recent years—with the prehistory of the Native peoples. Officially the United States of America began as an independent nation with the Declaration of Independence in July 1776. European colonists reached the Gulf and Pacific coasts, but the largest settlements were by the English on the East Coast, starting in 1607.

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US election 2016: Guide to the Democrat candidates

Whilst the 2016 US presidential election won’t be held until later this year, the race to be the Democrat candidate on the ballot box is already taking shape.

Heading into the Iowa caucus on 1 February, the first of the 50 states to nominate which candidate they want to represent their respective party, there are three main challengers looking to succeed Barack Obama as president of the US: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley.

Clinton is the best known and favourite of the three. The former First Lady and wife of then president Bill Clinton, the 68-year-old is a veteran politician well known to the American public.

But whilst the former secretary of state has long been seen as the main contender, she is facing a real battle against surprise package Bernie Sanders. The 74-year-old Vermont senator has astonished observers by securing widespread grassroots support on the back of his socialist campaign.

The third candidate on the list is Martin O'Malley. The 53-year-old former governor of Maryland has pulled off surprise victories before in his political career, but at the moment is struggling to get his voice heard.

In this video, IBTimes UK give a guide to each candidate, along with their respective strengths and weaknesses as they look to secure their party’s nomination.

Read our guide to the Republican candidates here

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If elected, Duterte says daughter Sara will be first lady

Former Davao City mayor Sara Duterte would act as first lady if her father, Rodrigo Duterte, is elected president.

Naming his daughter first lady would make things less complicated, Duterte said in an interview over radio dzBB’s “Ikaw Na Ba?”

“There would be no trouble if Inday Sara is picked,” he said in Filipino.

Duterte was once married to Elizabeth Zimmerman, a flight attendant from Davao City.

Of German-American descent, she is the mother of Sara, Paolo and Sebastian.

In 1998, Zimmerman filed a petition with the Pasig Regional Trial Court to nullify their marriage.

Duterte never appeared in court and did not contest Zimmerman’s petition.

Two years later, the court decided in her favor, annulling the 27-year marriage.

Duterte is currently living with his partner Honeylet, a nurse, with whom he has one daughter named Veronica.

If Elizabeth and Honeylet would agree, they could both live in Malacañang, he said.

“I have a wife, and I’m separated from the first,” he said in Filipino.

“My second wife is good. If they would agree, they could have one room each there (Malacañang). I pity my  first wife.”

Duterte said he would not participate in a Commission on Elections-sponsored debate if  disqualification cases against him are not resolved.

“Am I or am I not a candidate?” he asked in Filipino.

“I want to see the resolution. What happens if I join the debate and the following day I would be disqualified? I would look like a fool.”  

The Comelec’s First Division has not yet decided on the four disqualification cases against Duterte.

Petitioners have asked the Comelec to cancel Duterte’s certificate of candidacy (COC) on grounds that his substitution for Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban standard-bearer Martin Diño was not valid.

As such, he could not be considered a legitimate substitute candidate, they added.

Baggage of Binay

Duterte told dzBB that Vice President Jejomar Binay is carrying heavy baggage in the May 9 elections.

“Binay can talk about drugs and criminality, but he cannot talk corruption,” Duterte said.

But only he and Binay qualify for the presidency as they both have the passion to confront  criminality and illegal drugs, he added. 

Duterte said he is not friends with Binay, although he had met him on several occasions of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.

We do not share politics. If I am Binay’s man then I would have accepted his offer  to be his vice presidential running mate,” Duterte said. 

During the interview, Duterte did not stop   criticizing Liberal Party presidential bet Manuel Roxas II’s actions during Super Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City in 2013. – With Robertzon Ramirez

Hillary Clinton won at least 6 Iowa precincts by coin flip

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It was 2008. Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Sen. Hillary Clinton (N.Y.) were locked in what would prove to be a historic battle for the Democratic presidential nomination — one that pitted the man destined to be the first African American president against a former first lady who longed for a much more powerful role in the White House.

In Iowa during that state’s primary, voters debated the candidates’ strengths and weaknesses. Was Obama electable? Was the nation suffering from Clinton fatigue?

“In the end, you need someone that can cross the party lines and, quite honestly, I don’t think Hillary can do that,” local Obama precinct captain Gary Adweek noted. But, when the two candidates tied in his precinct, logic and reasoning were put to the side. To decide who would be awarded the precinct’s odd delegate, it was time to trust in fate — and in a coin flip.

Though what denomination was used is lost to history, the outcome is not in doubt. Obama — and Adweek — triumphed in the end. Why? "Because I called tails,“ Adweek said.

Letting chance decide, even in a small way, who becomes president sounds bizarre, but it didn’t just happen eight years ago. It happened Monday night in at least two Iowa precincts where Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), now locked in what Sanders called a "virtual tie” in the state, fought to a deadlock. And, at least in those two precincts, Clinton won.

In another race, those heads-or-tails contests may not have mattered. But, early Tuesday, Clinton was ahead of Sanders in Iowa by just five “state delegate equivalents,” by that state’s particular jargon. Given that slim margin and the unknown intentions of Martin O'Malley’s eight state delegate equivalents now that the former Maryland governor has has suspended his presidential campaign, those coin flips are looking mighty significant.

Or not.

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It’s best to let the Iowa Democratic Party explain: “On caucus night, Iowans in each precinct elect delegates to their county conventions, but the winner of the caucuses will be the candidate who accrues the most state delegate equivalents. State delegate equivalents are calculated using a ratio of state to county convention delegates. In other words, the ratio determines how many delegates the candidate would receive for the state convention based on the number of county convention delegates a candidate receives.”

Whew.

Either way, people were flipping coins in Iowa, and it was weird.

One vocal Sanders supporter filmed a coin toss in Des Moines. At first, he seemed excited — perhaps in disbelief that a candidate many had written off months ago had given Clinton a run for her money.

“It’s an an actual tie," Benjamin O'Keefe said. "You can’t even write this.”

Then, the caucus got down to business. It had split, 61-61; Clinton was awarded two delegates, and Sanders was awarded two. What would become of the fifth delegate?

Enter coin. Tails — Clinton won.

“What?” O'Keefe said. “… Can you explain this to us?” Someone did, adding insult to injury by saying “Touchdown Seahawks!” — a reference to a 2012 NFL controversy over what many consider to be a terribly random call.

“So by coin flip, Hillary Clinton has won this precinct,” O'Keefe said. He shrugged and smiled — the smile of a man consigned to his fate by powers beyond his understanding or control . “I don’t even know,” he said, gesturing confusedly at unfazed caucus-goers as the result was announced and Clinton supporters cheered.

“That’s the official rule,” a woman who announced the result added.

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In Davenport, another precinct tied 84-84. It was time for someone to stretch out that thumb.

“Bernie’s side has called heads,” the coin-tosser said, as documented in Davenport in a video posted by Robert Schule. As if to lend the proceedings an official air, she further explained the procedure: “I’m going to let the coin hit the floor.”

Gravity, of course, wins every caucus — the coin fell to Earth as expected. "No one touch it!“ someone shouted. Tails again! Cheers erupted from the Clinton camp — and heads proved a loser for Sanders once more.

The Des Moines Register, meanwhile, reported six such coin tosses , including one in Ames after an apparent miscount of the total number of caucus attendees . Clinton won all six, the Register reported. (One of those six is the same coin toss captured on video by Twitter user Fernando Peinado and portrayed in the tweet embedded above from David Beard.)

Anyone who might want to tsk-tsk Iowa should note: It isn’t the only state to invoke chance procedures to decide close elections. In fact, 35 states do, by one Washington Post tally conducted in 2014.

And it’s not just coins that can push candidates over the finish line.

"Last month, two candidates each received 246 votes for the 1st District commissioner in Cook County, Minnesota,” Stephen Pettigrew of FiveThirtyEight explained in 2014. “It was originally suggested that the candidates draw from a bag with two Scrabble tiles, and the person who picked the ‘Z’ would become commissioner. Ultimately, the race was instead decided by drawing wooden blocks from a cloth bag. Frank Moe drew the red block; Kristin DeArruda Wharton drew the blue one. Moe won the seat.”

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US election 2016: Guide to the Democrat candidates

Whilst the 2016 US presidential election won’t be held until later this year, the race to be the Democrat candidate on the ballot box is already taking shape.

Heading into the Iowa caucus on 1 February, the first of the 50 states to nominate which candidate they want to represent their respective party, there are three main challengers looking to succeed Barack Obama as president of the US: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley.

Clinton is the best known and favourite of the three. The former First Lady and wife of then president Bill Clinton, the 68-year-old is a veteran politician well known to the American public.

But whilst the former secretary of state has long been seen as the main contender, she is facing a real battle against surprise package Bernie Sanders. The 74-year-old Vermont senator has astonished observers by securing widespread grassroots support on the back of his socialist campaign.

The third candidate on the list is Martin O'Malley. The 53-year-old former governor of Maryland has pulled off surprise victories before in his political career, but at the moment is struggling to get his voice heard.

In this video, IBTimes UK give a guide to each candidate, along with their respective strengths and weaknesses as they look to secure their party’s nomination.

Read our guide to the Republican candidates here

I’ve been digging and digging on this one and can find no substantiation for this stupid meme. I’m so tired of the rabid racism and false claims against President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Here is the transcript of the speech she supposedly blamed white people for what is wrong in America.

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“What strikes me as different about the next generation is how they’re translating their personal lives into activism; they’re really putting themselves out there in a way I don’t think my generation did.”

Now Hillary’s talking about addressing mass incarceration but….

When Clinton left office in 2001, the United States had the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Human Rights Watch reported that in seven states, African Americans constituted 80 to 90 percent of all drug offenders sent to prison, even though they were no more likely than whites to use or sell illegal drugs. Prison admissions for drug offenses reached a level in 2000 for African Americans more than 26 times the level in 1983. All of the presidents since 1980 have contributed to mass incarceration, but as Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson recently observed, “President Clinton’s tenure was the worst.”

Some might argue that it’s unfair to judge Hillary Clinton for the policies her husband championed years ago. But Hillary wasn’t picking out china while she was first lady. She bravely broke the mold and redefined that job in ways no woman ever had before. She not only campaigned for Bill; she also wielded power and significant influence once he was elected, lobbying for legislation and other measures. That record, and her statements from that era, should be scrutinized. In her support for the 1994 crime bill, for example, she used racially coded rhetoric to cast black children as animals. “They are not just gangs of kids anymore,” she said. “They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”

Both Clintons now express regret over the crime bill, and Hillary says she supports criminal-justice reforms to undo some of the damage that was done by her husband’s administration. But on the campaign trail, she continues to invoke the economy and country that Bill Clinton left behind as a legacy she would continue.

Dammit Bernie you could’ve pounced on that and you didn’t.

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Michelle Alexander: Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote | The Nation

When Clinton left office in 2001, the United States had the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Human Rights Watch reported that in seven states, African Americans constituted 80 to 90 percent of all drug offenders sent to prison, even though they were no more likely than whites to use or sell illegal drugs. Prison admissions for drug offenses reached a level in 2000 for African Americans more than 26 times the level in 1983. All of the presidents since 1980 have contributed to mass incarceration, but as Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson recently observed, “President Clinton’s tenure was the worst.” Some might argue that it’s unfair to judge Hillary Clinton for the policies her husband championed years ago. But Hillary wasn’t picking out china while she was first lady. She bravely broke the mold and redefined that job in ways no woman ever had before. She not only campaigned for Bill; she also wielded power and significant influence once he was elected, lobbying for legislation and other measures. That record, and her statements from that era, should be scrutinized. In her support for the 1994 crime bill, for example, she used racially coded rhetoric to cast black children as animals. “They are not just gangs of kids anymore,” she said. “They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.” Both Clintons now express regret over the crime bill, and Hillary says she supports criminal-justice reforms to undo some of the damage that was done by her husband’s administration. But on the campaign trail, she continues to invoke the economy and country that Bill Clinton left behind as a legacy she would continue. So what exactly did the Clinton economy look like for black Americans? Taking a hard look at this recent past is about more than just a choice between two candidates. It’s about whether the Democratic Party can finally reckon with what its policies have done to African-American communities, and whether it can redeem itself and rightly earn the loyalty of black voters.

From PBS and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Part Three - This episode follows Kennedy into the White House, offering fresh assessments of the successes and failures of his tenure. In 1961, the most challenging issue facing the new administration is the spread of communism and continuing Cold War fears. Only a few months into his first term, Kennedy launches the Bay of Pigs invasion, an unmitigated disaster that teaches him a powerful lesson. Nikita Khrushchev proves a stubborn foe, and Kennedy takes a stand against the spread of communism in a country few Americans had ever heard of—Vietnam. On the domestic front, civil rights prove tricky for the administration, as they rely heavily on the support of Southern Democrats. Forced to intervene when Freedom Riders take direct action in Southern states, the administration sends in federal marshals to ensure their safety. Health issues continue to plague the president and pain is a constant companion. Glamorous first lady Jackie captivates the world on her travels, while rumors of the president’s womanizing continue in Washington.

American Experience: JFK, Pt. 3
American Experience
Season:
Genre: Nonfiction
Price: $2.99
Publish Date: November 12, 2013

The history of the United States as covered in schools and universities typically begins with either 1492 and Columbus, or—especially in recent years—with the prehistory of the Native peoples. Officially the United States of America began as an independent nation with the Declaration of Independence in July 1776. European colonists reached the Gulf and Pacific coasts, but the largest settlements were by the English on the East Coast, starting in 1607.

© 2013 WGBH Educational Foundation