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It’s headlines like this October 24, 2016 gem from the Washington Post that confirm my assertion that large swaths of the media punditry-class have their heads 6 feet up their cabooses when it comes to analyzing the feelings of real-world Americans.

I saw the White House/DC “bubble” up-close-and-personal during my 12 years in the Secret Service and it resembles a big echo chamber for narratives viewed solely through liberal-tinged glasses. They are incapable of understanding what’s going on in the real-world because they don’t live in it, and they don’t interact with it. They stop in a rust-belt diner during a campaign stop with the campaign they’re covering and they assume a 5 minute conversation with a local farmer provides a deep understanding of what keeps him awake at night.

Until they are willing to extend their intellectual horizons and actually attempt to understand what greases the wheels of everyday Americans, I cannot encourage you in strong enough terms to ignore this class of inside-baseball media pundits.

Washington Post’s Historically Black Ask Box is open for Tumblr’s next round of Issue Time on Voting Rights. Washington Post reporters, columnists and other experts will be answering your questions on the history of voting rights in the U.S., voter suppression and the current political landscape. This Issue Time also coincides with September 27, National Voter Registration Day.

We’ll be accepting questions until Wednesday, Sept. 28 and publishing the responses here on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Ask away!

Panelist bios:

  • Eugene Robinson, columnist, The Washington Post

Eugene Robinson is a columnist at The Washington Post writing on politics and culture. In 2009, he received the Pulitzer Prize for “his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.” 

  • Abby Phillip, political reporter, The Washington Post

Abby Phillip is a national political reporter for The Washington Post, covering the campaign trail. Abby previously worked as a politics reporter at ABC and as a White House correspondent for Politico. 

  • William Wan, national reporter, The Washington Post  

William Wan is a roving national correspondent for The Washington Post. William recently reported on the Republican creation of the North Carolina voting bill, dubbed the “monster law.”

  • Michelle Lee, marketing professional and Historically Black participant

Michelle Lee is a marketing professional in Maryland and a participant in The Washington Post’s Historically Black Tumblr. Michelle submitted a photo of her great-great-grandfather’s poll tax exemption. “I look at this image often to remind me of where I come from,” she wrote, “and to never take my rights for granted.” 

  • Dr. Eric W. Claville, Assistant Professor of Political Science and History, Hampton University.

Dr. Eric W. Claville is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science and History at Hampton University, Founding Director of the Pre-Law Institute at Hampton University and the former Assistant Dean for the School of Liberal Arts. There, he teaches courses in law, public policy and history, including Constitutional Law and Civil Rights, Law and the Judicial Process, Logic and the Scientific Method and Ethics.

  • Khyla D. Craine, Assistant General Counsel, NAACP

Khyla D. Craine, attorney and activist, is an Assistant General Counsel at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Headquarters, where she works on several of the Association’s corporate legal needs including risk mitigation, contract review and negotiation, and intellectual property/brand management

You have until Sept. 30 to submit your questions — we’ll be posting panelists’ responses to the blog on Saturday, Oct. 1. 

Karlie Kloss's Healthy Chia Seed Pudding Recipes Are Almost Too Easy to Make

Credit: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Whoever says models don’t eat has clearly never met Karlie Kloss. When she’s not fronting ad campaigns, covering magazines, or traipsing down the runway during Fashion Week, the former Victoria Secret Angel carves out time to post recipes and answer food-related questions on her YouTube channel, Klossy. Even though it’s only a year old, it already has more than 500,000 followers.

On the docket this week? Not one, but two variations of chia seed pudding, Kloss’s go-to breakfast on the road (she’s currently in Beverly Hills shooting the upcoming Netflix talk show Bill Nye Saves the World). “As much as I love making complex baked goods, it’s kind of really nice to just make something that’s yummy and easy, and this is pretty much exactly that,” she says in the video. We’re sold.

Read on for the recipes.

Vanilla Chia Pudding

Makes 1 serving

½ cup chia seeds
¾ cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of sea salt
1 packet stevia

RELATED: Karlie Kloss Shares the Easiest Gluten-Free Pancake Recipe Ever


1. Combine almond milk, vanilla, sea salt, and stevia in a small bowl. Stir.

2. Pour mixture over chia seeds and stir again.

3. Refrigerate for three hours or overnight.

RELATED: You’ll Be Surprised by Karlie Kloss’s 2017 New Year’s Resolution

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Makes: 1 serving

½ cup chia seeds
¾ cup almond milk
1-2 tbsp cacao powder
Pinch of sea salt
1-2 tbsp maple syrup

RELATED: Karlie Kloss Shares Her Tasty Apple Crisp Recipe


1. Combine almond milk, cacao powder, sea salt, and maple syrup in a small bowl. Stir.

2. Pour mixture over chia seeds and stir again.

3. Refrigerate for three hours or overnight.

Logic - Bobby Tarantino & Ty Dolla SIgn - Campaign Cover art

 by Sam Spratt

When pitching a concept for illustrations that I don’t have much time to complete, the quicker I can get a loose idea to them, the better so that I can start the actual piece. Logic and Atlantic records are clients/friends who I’ve worked with enough times that I can throw them those shitty 5 minute thumbnail sketches on the left and they can see through the chicken scratch enough to trust a decent final product will come out the other end.

Argentinian newspaper Olé thanking Lionel Messi for apologizing after scoring the 1-0 against River Plate. 

“This great” - Barça and Leo
“This small”- River and our fans (in the smaller font on the bottom)

(Translation thanks to: @funesmori​)

After watching and listening to #DonaldTrump since he announced his candidacy for president, we have decided we won’t report on Trump’s campaign as part of The Huffington Post’s political coverage. 

Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section. Our reason is simple: Trump’s campaign is a sideshow. We won’t take the bait. If you are interested in what The Donald has to say, you’ll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and The Bachelorette. 

Pic: Getty

People just put Tess Holliday on the cover. Are you paying attention, fashion industry?!

This cover is just the latest achievement for the rising model, who gained national attention after signing with a major modeling agency in January, which led to more gigs and the spread of her #EffYourBeautyStandards campaign. A magazine cover is a whole new level of success though, for Holliday and all of us.