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Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton headed for big wins Tuesday, experts predict

I almost hate to post this for fear of jinxing Hillary's chances. But even if the polls are inaccurate in some states and Bernie wins more primaries tomorrow than anticipated, none will be a blowout for him ... and he needs blowouts everywhere.

First there was March 1. With more than a dozen contests and the most delegates at stake of any day in the presidential race, the original Super Tuesday gave big totals to billionaire Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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On the Democratic side, Clinton is also expected to win four of five states, according to the PredictWise model. She has a greater than 85-percent chance of winning delegate-rich Florida and North Carolina, plus a 65-percent chance of winning Ohio. Clinton is also narrowly favored (53 percent) in Illinois, where she grew up, while Sen. Bernie Sanders has a 56-percent probability of victory in Missouri.


More at the article. Note that Fivethirtyeight still predicts that Clinton will take MO as well.

What I hope for most is that Hillary extends her lead overwhelmingly tomorrow so that it is clear to ALL that she will not be overtaken in her quest for the Dem nomination.

Bernie can stay in as long as he wants, IMO, and if that lasts to the Convention, so be it. But hopefully the DU Admins will - finally - put a stop to the relentless RW smears on DU against Hillary by blocking those who post them. Any person who comes to this website simply to smear the person who for all intents and purposes will be the Dem nominee for President and thus carry the GOP's water for them should not be tolerated here. Period.

Sorry - edited to add link: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/03/donald_trump_hillary_clinton.html

Hill's Group: Hillary Clinton Will Take Over Broad City This Wednesday

Here’s How Abbi and Ilana Got Her on the Show

http://www.vulture.com/2016/03/how-broad-city-got-hillary.html

Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer already spilled the beans on Late Night with Seth Meyers that Hillary Clinton would be one of the many guest stars on the third season of their Comedy Central series. But from the stage of their SXSW panel this morning, they had another announcement: "Hillary Clinton's episode is going to be this Wednesday," Jacobson said, with a grin that proved that she herself wasn't quite ready to believe the news.

The Hillary episode came about in a way that mirrors the history of Being John Malkovich (which Charlie Kaufman wrote before ever talking to Malkovich): The Broad City writers came up with the episode a year ago, never expecting Clinton would actually agree to be in it. "We got the idea that Ilana's character would find the Hillary campaign in some way and be a part of it," Jacobson said. "The episode doesn't require Hillary." They reached out through Comedy Central, one of their directors, and finally Broad City executive producer Amy Poehler, who has some ins from playing Clinton on Saturday Night Live. Poehler influence wielded, wheels were in motion. When they sent the campaign the script, Jacobson said, "The campaign was like, 'Let's go with that.'"


Sorry to post and run. But duty calls! Keep fighting the GOOD fight!

X-Post: Hillary Clinton gets big celebrity boost with new Shonda Rhimes ad

Per special request from Number23, I am cross-posting this here.

Leading ladies such as Viola Davis offer heartfelt endorsements in a video that compares the Democratic frontrunner to the characters from Rhimes’ hit shows

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/mar/10/hillary-clinton-shonda-rhimes-kerry-washington-viola-davis-endorsement

Shonda Rhimes, the high-profile TV executive behind Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, has given a big celebrity boost to Hillary Clinton with a new endorsement ad featuring the three leading ladies from her mega-hit shows.

Rhimes – along with Kerry Washington from Scandal, Ellen Pompeo from Grey’s Anatomy and Viola Davis from How to Get Away With Murder – all offer heartfelt endorsements for Clinton in a dramatic video that compares the Democratic frontrunner to the strong female characters Rhimes has created on her shows.

“I make television filled with the kind of characters I imagine we all can be,” Rhimes says in the new ad.

“Our characters are on television,” Washington says.

“But the real world has Hillary Clinton,” Rhimes says.


Make more room UTB for some great females - in and out of their TV roles!

Hill's Group: What really shaped Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

This is, on balance, a good article about BOTH candidates. But I will only post in this group because I will not put up with the mud-slinging against HRC that is the rule in GD-P or risk having it characterized as a "hit piece" against Bernie (it's not). Some of you are better persons than I and dare to do such things.

For me, life is just too short to put up with the cr** even though I still probably wouldn't see much because I already have most of the worst offenders on Ignore.

http://theweek.com/articles/611892/what-really-shaped-hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders

Let's start with Sanders. He grew up and came of age in Brooklyn, and was a student activist in college. But the most important decision he made in his political life was his move to Vermont in his 20s. A state that is both firmly liberal and almost entirely white allowed Sanders to build a political career without having to alter the radical politics he came to as a young man. He stayed an independent until his run for president, and was able to become mayor of Burlington, a member of the House, and then a senator, without being too concerned about the kind of coalitional, transactional politics that characterize the Democratic Party in most other places.

That's why the Bernie Sanders of today isn't that different from the Bernie Sanders of 20 or 30 years ago. And it's why he has stumbled from time to time in dealing with some of the party's main constituency groups, like African-Americans and Latinos, sometimes saying the wrong thing at the wrong time — not because he doesn't sympathize with them and share their goals, but because he isn't practiced at working with them.
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Clinton, on the other hand, began her career in her husband's home state of Arkansas, which contains lots of African-Americans and lots of conservative whites, both of whom Bill was adept at appealing to. From the beginning, she was deeply embedded in the Democratic Party and had national ambitions. At what point they became ambitions for herself as well as for her husband, I really can't say, but they were both always aware of where the party as a whole was and where it was headed. She then spent eight years as the wife of the party's leader and another eight representing New York, which is both incredibly diverse and a place where the party is a complex collection of characters, groups, and interests that have to be balanced.

That means that Clinton has had a lot more practice at handling the Democratic Party's constituencies than Sanders has, coming from his rather bucolic northern home. It also means that unlike Sanders, Clinton had to move as the party's consensus moved, sometimes in small ways but sometimes in larger ways.

Hill's Group: Why Donald Trump Is Hillary Clinton’s Dream Opponent

https://newrepublic.com/article/131336/donald-trump-hillary-clintons-dream-opponent

Trump vs. Clinton will be the boys vs. girls election—and that's scary news for the GOP frontrunner.

This is on balance a good article. From the last three paras:

During the primaries, Clinton has been pitching herself as a candidate whose traditionally feminine traits are exactly what the country needs. After the South Carolina primary, she said, “I know it sometimes seems a little odd for someone running for President these days, in this time, to say we need more love and kindness in America. But I’m telling you from the bottom of my heart, we do. We do.” She has said repeatedly that “instead of building walls we’re going to break down barriers.” And on Super Tuesday, she said: “You know whether we like it or not, we’re all in this together, my friends, and we all have to do our part.” She’s pitching her pragmatism, her ability to get stuff done, as a feminine trait—playing on the stereotype that women are problem-solvers whose egos don’t get in the way. This could appeal to men, too.

It’s hard to imagine how Trump will combat this narrative. Picture a Trump vs. Hillary debate. What makes Trump so thrilling on stage is the way he picks on guys like Rubio and Ted Cruz with schoolyard taunts. It’s funny to see powerful, pompous men deflated by being called sissies, and the insult has a kernel of truth, since they do talk for a living. But what are the classic schoolyard taunts against girls? Ugly, bossy, bitchy, slut—these would not be refreshing “emperor has no clothes” insults, but more of the same sexist garbage women hear all the time. Trump called one-time Republican foe Carly Fiorina ugly in a Rolling Stone article, and when he had to share a debate stage with her, he just awkwardly said she was beautiful. If Trump used an insult like that against Clinton, he wouldn’t seem like a rude truth-teller, but another gross old man who can’t handle working with women as equals.

In Bridget Jones’s Diary, there’s a guy named Mr. Fitzherbert—an older and slightly full of himself boss-of-a-boss who can’t remember Bridget’s name and can’t stop staring at her chest. His character doesn’t get much explanation, as he’s familiar to any female who’s had a job anywhere. Bridget calls him Mr. Tits Pervert. A vote against Trump will be a vote against Tits Perverts everywhere.

Hill's Group: Hillary Clinton gets big celebrity boost with new Shonda Rhimes ad

Leading ladies such as Viola Davis offer heartfelt endorsements in a video that compares the Democratic frontrunner to the characters from Rhimes’ hit shows

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/mar/10/hillary-clinton-shonda-rhimes-kerry-washington-viola-davis-endorsement

Shonda Rhimes, the high-profile TV executive behind Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, has given a big celebrity boost to Hillary Clinton with a new endorsement ad featuring the three leading ladies from her mega-hit shows.

Rhimes – along with Kerry Washington from Scandal, Ellen Pompeo from Grey’s Anatomy and Viola Davis from How to Get Away With Murder – all offer heartfelt endorsements for Clinton in a dramatic video that compares the Democratic frontrunner to the strong female characters Rhimes has created on her shows.

“I make television filled with the kind of characters I imagine we all can be,” Rhimes says in the new ad.

“Our characters are on television,” Washington says.

“But the real world has Hillary Clinton,” Rhimes says.


Make more room UTB for some great females - in and out of their TV roles!

Hill's Group: Hillary Clinton Urges Effort to Improve Struggling Schools

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/03/11/hillary-clinton-urges-effort-to-improve-struggling-schools/?_r=0

For whatever reason, my browser won't let me copy and paste excerpts of this article. But it's one worth reading.

American Crime Makes Us Confront How We Judge Other People

http://www.vulture.com/2016/03/american-crime-makes-us-confront-how-we-judge-other-people.html

The second season showed how an athletic scandal at a private school tore apart its immediate community and inflicted collateral damage on a nearby public school. It wrapped up with a long, almost silent scene of a tormented and self-destructive gay basketball player standing on a road contemplating whether to advance toward a vehicle he’d just flagged down. It ended without definitively establishing who leaked the medical records of Taylor’s mother Anne. Taylor is asked to stand up in court and say how he pleads, but the show cuts away before we can hear his answer. And we all had to decide to be all right with this not-knowing, and decide not to resent the show as it gradually worked its way through ten densely plotted episodes, taking every opportunity to pull the sympathy rug out from under us.

TV has evolved a lot in the last 20 years, but it’s still rare to see a commercial network show as rigorously conceived and executed as this one. There’s a temptation to read TV series through an auteurist lens just because a showrunner has a big personality, even when the program is nothing to crow about in terms of picture, sound, and overall aesthetic. That’s not the case here. Ridley, whose screenwriting credits include U-Turn and 12 Years a Slave, has thought about how every cinematic choice expresses and fortifies what he’s trying to explore.
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The filmmaking fits perfectly with the show’s belief that the only absolute truth is whatever we happen to feel in the moment—and that we construct our own version of “objective reality” depending on our upbringing, our agenda, and our pathologies, and rarely allow anyone else to truly penetrate or challenge our perceptions. There is a sense in which both seasons of American Crime are about how tribes perpetuate their existences: by defending certain members and disciplining or expelling others. (A lot of characters got offered monetary settlements or severance packages in exchange for not making waves anymore.) But after a certain point even that interpretation breaks down, because the definition of “tribe” is so flexible. The private school and the public school are tribes, and so is the basketball team, and so is every family on the show. And there are times when characters express allegiance based not on bloodline, geographical proximity or professional affiliation, but on principle—like Sebastian, the vigilante hacker who decides to help Anne and Taylor by releasing unflattering emails from administrators and board members at Taylor’s school.


This was a thoroughly engrossing season, with societal insights and outstanding performances all round.

Good news locally ...

both the Ellicott City and Columbia Democratic Clubs in MD voted to endorse Hilary's candidacy for President this week. This may not mean headlines, but it means that a lot of people will be working on the ground here for her. Both believe that she is the BEST candidate running.

No real surprises there. But still ...

Hill's Group: Bev Perdue, Kay Hagan support Hillary Clinton

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article65056587.html

Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Wednesday announced that members of the statewide Women for Hillary network include former Gov. Bev Perdue and former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

Membership in Women for Hillary includes local government officials, businesspeople, abortion rights leaders and Democratic women in the legislature.

“There is no one better qualified or more capable of leveling the playing field for the women of North Carolina than Hillary Clinton,” Perdue said in a statement. “Women are now the primary or co-breadwinners in two-thirds of families with children, yet still face a pay gap that adds up to thousands of dollars every year in lost income.

“We can count on Hillary to finally deliver equal pay for the women of North Carolina and women across our nation.”


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