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Trump now says 'Crooked Hillary' is 'very strong and very smart'

President-elect Donald Trump, in his first television interview since beating Hillary Clinton in a historic election, apparently no longer thinks Clinton is "crooked." After having immortalized the "Crooked Hillary" moniker he used to describe his Democratic opponent over more than a year of campaigning, Trump now says Clinton is a "very strong and very smart" woman.

Trump made the comments during a "60 Minutes" interview set to air on Sunday. He talked about the concession phone call he received from Clinton in the early hours of Wednesday morning, after it became clear that he would win the White House:

"It was a lovely call and it was a tough call for her," Trump said. "She couldn't have been nicer. She just said, 'Congratulations, Donald. Well done.'"

During the bitter election campaign, Trump auditioned several nicknames for Clinton, including "Heartless Hillary," "Unstable Hillary Clinton," and "Lyin' Hillary."At the end of the final debate, Trump said Clinton was "such a nasty woman."

The real-estate mogul had glowing praise for former president Bill Clinton, also, saying "He couldn't have been more gracious," in a phone call the two men had after Trump won. The Trump campaign targeted Bill in the heat of the election — serving up decades-old sexual misconduct allegations against him to damage Hillary.

After his conversation with the former president, Trump called him "Very, very, really very nice."

Since the election, Trump appeared to be polishing up his image. After tweeting on Thursday that the thousands of anti-Trump demonstrating nationwide were professionals "incited by the media," he followed that up hours later in another tweet: "Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country."

Supporters may not be pleased with all of the changes, however. Appearing to defy one campaign goal to "drain the swamp" in Washington, Trump stacked his White House transition team with Washington lobbyists and insiders.

 

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Meet Kamala Harris, Who Could Become The First Woman President

Kamala Harris.

One of the many, many consequences of Donald Trump’s victory Tuesday night is that the nation will have to wait at least four more years to see a woman elected president.  Hillary Clinton’s loss came as a devastating blow to many people across the country eager to see a woman take office. But among Tuesday’s winners is California’s new Democratic senator-elect, Kamala Harris, who may be the next best hope for shattering that glass ceiling. 

She’s drawn many comparisons to President Barack Obama, who famously ran for president during his first term in the Senate. Her background and her polished yet personable approach to politics embody what many think the Democratic Party should aim to look like going forward. And even before her Senate win, her name was floated for roles including California governor, Supreme Court justice and vice president.

Here are some things you should know about the woman who could very well challenge Trump in 2020.

She’s spent six years as California’s attorney general.

Harris, a San Francisco Bay Area native, spent years as a prosecutor and was elected twice as San Francisco’s district attorney before she won the California attorney general race in 2010. That election placed her at the top of the most populous state’s enormous law enforcement system and gave her a platform to fight for the issues she cared about.

Among her more high-profile efforts: waging a statewide campaign to reduce school truancy, eliminating the state’s backlog of untested rape kits, successfully suing the for-profit Corinthian Colleges to the tune of $1.1 billion and negotiating a mortgage relief settlement on behalf of California homeowners (which some critics said made a nice headline but didn’t accomplish much).

She’s also emerged as one of the leading attorneys general standing in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. During a pen-and-pad session with reporters at the Democratic National Convention in July, she spoke at length about police killings of black men and women, arguing that states should take steps like keeping track of the data on officer-involved shootings and increasing training to reduce police bias. 

Still, she’s been criticized by activists for not doing enough to investigate police shootings and for her opposition to statewide regulations on body cameras for police.

She’s campaigned on her criminal justice reform record.

Harris has run multiple races on the back of what she describes as her “smart on crime” approach to criminal justice. That approach is largely focused on keeping low-level offenders out of jail. As state attorney general, she has openly addressed the failures of the war on drugs and pointed to the importance of early childhood education in keeping kids out of trouble. In 2013, she launched an initiative to reduce recidivism via partnerships between the state’s Justice Department and local officials.

However, reform advocates have said Harris’ tenure as California’s top cop was too cautious, pointing out that many of the state’s strides over the last years toward reducing the prison population ― including the state’s prison realignment ― happened in the state legislature or via ballot initiative. She’s also been criticized for not taking a strong stand on prosecutorial misconduct, including her lukewarm response to a jailhouse informant scandal in Orange County.

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The celebration of Kamala Harris’ win in California’s Senate race was overshadowed by concerns over Donald Trump’s presidential victory.

She played a big role in the fight for marriage equality.

Harris refused to enforce California’s Proposition 8, a voter-passed initiative in 2008 that banned same-sex marriage in the state, and in 2011 she pressed a federal appeals court to allow weddings to continue as the court considered the constitutionality of the ban.

“I declined to defend Proposition 8 because it violates the Constitution,” Harris said in 2013, when the case against Prop. 8 made it to the U.S. Supreme Court, which set a process in motion that eventually ended the ban. “The time has come for this right to be afforded to every citizen.” 

She’s remained a champion of gay rights, and in 2015 she specifically called out Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for dismissing California as different from the rest of the country in his dissent of the court’s decision that legalized same-sex marriages nationwide.

Don’t hate the playa; hate the game,” she said. “Justice Scalia has caused many people to question the dignity of the court when he makes statements such as the statements he’s made in connection with this case. And that’s unfortunate.”

She’s already made history with her Senate win.

Harris is just the second black woman ever elected to the upper chamber. The first, Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.), was elected in 1992 and served one term. She’s also the first Indian-American ever elected to the Senate. (Harris’ mother immigrated to the U.S. from India.)

Breaking down these kind of barriers is nothing new to Harris. She was the first woman, the first African-American and the first Indian-American to become California’s top cop.

“My mother had a saying ― ‘you may be the first to do many things, make sure you aren’t the last,’” Harris told CQ Roll Call in June. “We need to work to ensure the leaders reflect the people they are supposed to represent, and until we achieve that full representation, I think we should understand we are falling short of the ideals of this country.”

She’s got friends in high places.

Chiefly, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who are on track to leave office with very strong approval ratings and who endorsed Harris over U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a fellow Democrat, in this Senate race. Obama is a longtime ally of Harris ― he also endorsed her in her first bid for attorney general in 2010. (He also praised her as the nation’s “best-looking” attorney general, a statement he later had to apologize for.) 

She also has support from a deep bench of prominent and popular Democrats, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer (whom she’ll replace), New York Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, California Gov. Jerry Brown, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and many House members. 

These alliances could help boost Harris’ profile across the country should she choose to run for president in 2020.  

Her first move as senator-elect? Denouncing Trumpism.

Harris’ Tuesday night victory party was overshadowed by Trump’s victory, giving what would typically be a jubilant event a rather somber tone. She took the opportunity to make a full-throated case against embracing the racist, xenophobic values espoused by Trump throughout his campaign, urging her supporters to continue to fight inequality. 

“It is the very nature of this fight for civil rights and justice and equality that whatever gains we make, they will not be permanent. So we must be vigilant,” Harris said. “Do not despair. Do not be overwhelmed. Do not throw up our hands when it is time to roll up our sleeves and fight for who we are.”

 

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Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, on the results of the 2016 presidential election.

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Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, on the results of the 2016 presidential election.

Ms. Ifill speaks directly to all Americans regarding the responsibility of LDF and what the future holds for the organization.

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Donald Trump's victory sparked protests across the country

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Donald Trump's victory on election night sent people across the country out onto the streets in protest.

"Not our president! Not our president!" demonstrators in Berkeley, California, shouted.

Anti-Trump marches sprung up in several California cities after the election results rolled in. There were some reports of vandalism and at least one serious injury in Oakland.

Students in several California schools also organized mass walkouts Wednesday to protest Trump's victory. An official for Berkeley's school districts told the Los Angeles Times, "It's not the first time we've had a walkout. We know what to expect. We know what we need to do ... Our primary concern is to make sure they are safe during the school day."

Protesters in Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, also blocked off several streets in protest. One activist told KING, "We are making noise. We are telling Donald Trump that we don't like that he's here. I feel like we're doomed. This can't be real."

In Washington, D.C., people for and against Trump crowded around the gates of the White House to demonstrate.

And demonstrators gathered outside of Trump Tower in Chicago for an "emergency protest" against the president-elect.

One protester told Newsy, "I just want people to be aware that the fight's not over just because we have someone like Donald Trump in office."

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Some Are Expecting Us To Stay Home On Election Day...Let’s Prove Them Wrong

With a day left until Election Day some are speculating what the overall turnout will be among Black women.

Black women were among the most active voters in the 2008 and 2012 elections. In fact, Black women make up 6.3% of the total U.S. voting age population, but represented 9% of the 2012 and 2014 electorate due to their higher voter turnout.

Over the past several election cycles, Black women have demonstrated that their robust involvement is an absolutely essential foundation of any winning coalition.

Black women’s participation in the last two Presidential elections transcended just showing up at the polls and voting. A closer look at our involvement reveals that voting was just the beginning. The Obama for America strategy provided meaningful tools of engagement — from hosting house parties to organizing virtual phone banks and door-knocking opportunities. The effectiveness of the campaign’s engagement, investment and tailored messaging resulted in a surge in Black women’s overall engagement. That participation has not only expanded the electorate of first-time voters, but it has also mobilized a record number of first-time political donors and bundlers.

This crucial post-Obama bridge election presents a movement-building opportunity designed for and by Black women, independent of any particular candidate.

The 2016 election provides an opportunity to harness Black women’s power by turning out the vote. Furthermore, it gives us the opportunity to leverage that voting strength into the power to shape and inform political debates from equal pay and affordable health care to reproductive rights and community safety.

This November’s election results will be determined in large part by the turnout rates among Black women. There are several factors to consider this cycle: Will Black women voters, many who voted for the first time in 2008 and 2012 return to the polls? Is there an enthusiasm gap among Black women voters? What strategies and messages will motivate Black women’s engagement?

Can we activate this critical 2008 and 2012 voting bloc, turn them out to the polls and motivate them to organize their communities? The answer is yes!

The late Shirley Chisholm, once said, “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” This statement rings true today and Black women have a pivotal role to play in helping to move the country forward. But, we must activate our networks.

History has demonstrated that when you fire up a Black woman she does not go to the polls alone. She brings her house, her block, her church, her sorority and her water cooler.

According to Nielson, Black women are one of the largest users of social media. The #BlackWomenVote campaign is tapping into the organizing power of Black women, encouraging them to raise their voices, cast their votes and show their power.

The campaign is engaging Black women vote this election and to mobilize their networks to the polls. The campaign has tools and resources to help everyday Black women organize their networks from shareable graphics and videos, FaceBook Live events and ‘Share Your Vote Story’ opportunities.

We need you to flex your power and help us move hundreds of thousands of voters to the polls by November 8th. Join the campaign and help to register your folks to vote, take them to the polls, and discuss the issues and candidates that matter.

Go to www.blackwomenvote.com, where you will find all of the tools, information and planning guides you need to educate yourself and mobilize your network.

Some are expecting us to stay home, let’s prove them wrong.

 

 

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