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Hillary Clinton: Reading Fiction Builds Empathy, Compassion Toward Immigrants And Refugees


Hillary Clinton speaks at the American Library Conference on Tuesday: CLINTON: Years of data suggest that reading fiction builds empathy. It helps us put ourselves in others' shoes. One study even found that young people who read the Harry Potter books, which first came out 20 years ago this week, were more compassionate toward immigrants, refugees, and members of the LGBT community. Watch the full speech:

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: Stopping Senate Health Bill Should Be “A Call To Arms”


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told the United States Conference of Mayors that the Republican health plan will lead to the closing of hospitals and the deaths of patients. ""But it's not a foregone collusion, and this is my call to arms, and it's bipartisan," he said. "Fully 1.6 million New Yorkers could lose their health insurance," he said. "We've all heard the numbers nationally — 24 million could lose their health insurance. Every mayor in this room… some of those people are going to be in our city." "When families fall apart? Who catches them when they fall?" the mayor asked. "We do. Every one of us, that is what we do." (Via NTK Network)

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Rand Paul: “Looks Like We’re Keeping Obamacare, Not Repealing It”


MSNBC's Kasie Hunt catches up with Sen. Rand Paul in a Senate office hallway to ask about his reaction to the new GOP health care bill. Sen. Paul gave a more detailed statement later in the day: Paul also appeared with Fox News Channel's Neil Cavuto for an in-depth interview on the health care reform: RAND PAUL: I keep reading this and it sounds like Obamacare — not even Obamacare-lite. It might even be Obamacare-plus on the subsidies side. We can't have a buill that spends more than Obamacare in the first couple years and call that a repeal bill… We have to have sufficient confidence in capitalism, competition, and free markets. And I don't think we do. I think we're replacing them with [little Obamacares]. We don't really believe the market will work, because what we're doing is: The death spirals we've talked about so much. We're just dumping a bunch of money into the individual markets and saying the prices will be lower. You know what else we could do that with? New cars. Why don't we have a new car stabilzation fund? Or a college stabilization fund? Or an iPhone stabilization fund. Those would not be Republican ideas, and they woudl be laughed out of Congress. The same should happen for a stabilization fund where we dump taxpayer dollars into insurance company's coffers, who are already making billions per year.

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Racial Tensions At Evergreen State College: Students Attack Free Speech And “White Supremacy”


Evergreen State College professor Bret Weistein has been at the center of a deate over free speech and 'systemic racism' on campus. As graduation day approaches, racial tensions bubble over, resulting in protests. "They're simply shutting down someone that they don't want to hear from," Weinstein said about calls for him to resign. His infraction: Opposing an imposed 'day of absence' for non-minority students on campus. Weinstein has taught at Evergreen State for 16 years and has a reputation as "deeply progressive," but now he is labeled a leader of the "alt right." By virtue of the way they constructed this, you are making a statement by being on campus that you are not an ally, and I feel like I am an ally to people of color in their attempt to gain equity," he explained. "They think that I am a racist, because if you stand up to one of these things, you will be branded as a racist." Weinstein appeared on Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson Tonight (in related videos), which spurred claims that his appearance is the cause of the problem. Weisntein explains the 'Day of Absence' situation in detail on the 'Joe Rogan Podcast':

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Trump: “Steve Scalise, In His Own Way, May Have Brought Some Unity To Our Long Divided Country”


President Donald Trump continued to send "thoughts and prayers" Thursday to the critically wounded top GOP leader, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, and others injured in a shooting over 24 hours ago. TRUMP: Hello, everybody. Thank you. Good morning. Thank you for all being here. Before beginning today, I'd like to take a moment to again send our thoughts and prayers to my friend and the friend of most of us in this room Steve Scalise and his great family, as he continues his very brave fight. It's been much more difficult than people even thought at the time. It's been — he's in some trouble, but he's a great fighter and he's going to be OK, we hope. I visited Steve and his family at the hospital last night. And I reassured them that the entire country is pulling for them, praying for them, and that we are here for them every single step of the way. America's hearts — and we mean this in the truest sense — sends its love. We got a lot of hearts in this country, great hearts, and they're all sending their love and support to the Scalise family. And Steve, in his own way, may have brought some unity to our long-divided country. We've had a very, very divided country for many years. And I have a feeling that Steve has made a great sacrifice, but there could be some unity being brought to our country. Let's hope so. While at the hospital, I also visited with Special Agent Crystal Griner — terrific young woman — of the Capitol Police, and her family. Crystal is one of the two Capitol Police officers who saved so many lives through her heroism, along with Special Agent David Bailey. They ran right into the fire. They ran right into those guns and the bullets. And they saved a lot of lives. America salutes both of their courage. They have great, great courage. We all salute them. We also salute the men and women of the Alexandria Police, Fire and Rescue, and all of the first responders. The timing and the speed and the professionalism was incredible. They performed with bravery and with skill. Finally, our heartfelt prayers go out to Matt Mika, who was badly wounded in the assault. To Matt's family, anything you need, we are here for you. Hopefully, Matt will be OK. In these difficult hours, it's more important than ever to help each other, care for each other and remind each other that we are all united by our love of our great and beautiful country.

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Hillary: “I Get the Nomination, I’m Now The Nominee of the Democratic Party. I Inherit Nothing From The Democratic Party”


Hillary Clinton pins some of the blame for her 2016 election loss on the DNC, which she described as: "bankrupt… on the verge of insolvency." "Its data was mediocre to poor, nonexistent, wrong," she continued. "I had to inject money into… the DNC to keep it going." The former first lady spoke at Recode 2016 on Wednesday, a tech conference in Silicon Valley. HILLARY CLINTON: I set up my campaign and we have our own data operation. I get the nomination. So I'm now the nominee of the Democratic Party. I inherit nothing from the Democratic Party. Mossberg: What do you mean nothing? I mean it was bankrupt, it was on the verge of insolvency, its data was mediocre to poor, nonexistent, wrong. I had to inject money into it… Mossberg: This is the DNC you're talking about. The DNC to keep it going. Okay. Donald Trump who did nothing about really setting up any kind of data operation, inherits an RNC data foundation that after the Republicans lost in 2012, and they thought they had a very good operation with the setup that Romney did called ORCA, they thought that was really state of the art, they lose. So they raised – best estimates are close to a hundred million dollars, they brought in their main vendors, they basically said, "We will never be behind the Democrats again,†and they invested between 2012 and 2016 this hundred million dollars to build this data foundation. They beta tested it. They ran it… somebody was able to determine about 227,000 surveys to double check, triple check, quadruple check, the information. So Trump becomes the nominee and he is basically handed this tried and trued, effective foundation. Watch Clinton's full Recode 2016 interview: RECODE CONFERENCE: There's no better person to talk about our fractured political landscape than someone who has spent 40 years in public service, including as First Lady, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State and the Democratic presidential candidate in 2016. Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first woman to be nominated for president by a major U.S. political party and is a longtime advocate on gender equality issues.

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Hillary Clinton: “I’m Not Going Anywhere”; “Unbowed And Unbroken”


Hillary Clinton said at the Recode convention that she is not going anywhere and promised to support those who are on the "front lines of the resistance." The 2016 Democratic nominee for president said she is "unbowed and unbroken." Clinton spoke about her loss to President Trump and more at a question and answer session held at the Rancho Palos Verdes, California conference. "I'm not going anywhere," Clinton said. "I have a big stake in what happens with this country. I am very unbowed and unbroken about what happened because I don't want it to happen to anyone else. I don't want it to happen to the values and the institutions that I care about in America. And I think that we are at a really pivotal point. And I'm going to keep writing and keep talking about keep supporting people who are on the front lines of the resistance." Watch the full interview here:

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