Category: News Tracking

The Speechwriter Plagiarized by Team Trump

Lauren Gambino, The Guardian – December 20, 2016

Hurwitz has written speeches for every 21st-century Democratic presidential nominee. She started her career in 1998 as an intern for then-vice president Al Gore. She worked on John Kerry’s failed 2004 presidential campaign, and then in 2007, Hurwitz started the election cycle as the chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Hurwitz was behind Clinton’s famous 2008 concession speech, where she thanked her supporters for putting “18m cracks” in the “highest, hardest glass ceiling”.

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Madonna and Hillary: ‘Witch’ and ‘Nasty Woman’ as Sisters in Arms

Caryn Ganz and Patrick Healy, New York Times – December 11, 2016

Madonna and Mrs. Clinton: both trailblazers, both polarizing figures, and both attacked for actions, choices and behavior that are broadly accepted — even applauded — when done by their male peers. Madonna herself made a connection between the two women before her speech Friday, saying it was “really important to make a stand and speak my mind” about women’s rights after Mrs. Clinton’s loss in November.

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Are Black Women Too Critical of Pantsuit Nation?

Samara Lynn, Black Enterprise – December 9, 2016

The group dynamics have changed. What once was more of a political group has turned into mostly postings about random acts of kindness and deeds to offset racism, homophobia, and other ugliness group members witness on a daily basis.

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Women are Donating the Pantsuits they Wore on Election Day in Honor of Hillary Clinton

Rachel Lubitz, Mic – December 8, 2016

The pantsuits people might have worn while voting are now shrouded in different emotions than they expected. Yes, there’s historic weight because this was what they wore while voting for a female president for the first time, but things didn’t pan out as they had hoped. Now, as a way to give back to the community, one woman has suggested that people donate the pantsuits they wore when they voted for Clinton. Meena Harris, a Pantsuit Nation member, wrote in Lena Dunham’s newsletter Lenny Letter about the idea.

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Trump and the Changing Politics of the Marriage Gap

Rammesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg View – December 7, 2016

For all the attention to the gender gap in politics, the lesser-noticed marriage gap is bigger. Donald Trump did better among male voters than female ones by 11 points, his support among married voters was 15 points higher than it was with unmarried voters. Married America voted for Trump by a solid margin (52 to 44 percent), while single America voted for Hillary Clinton in a landslide (55 to 37 percent).

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Quote from Hillary Clinton’s Concession Speech was Top Political Tweet of 2016

Women in the World, New York Times – December 6, 2016

Popularity was a contest she really won this year. Clinton can also take satisfaction that a quote from her concession speech and tweeted by her official account turned out to be the most popular political tweet of the year, and the third most popular tweet on any topic of the year, according to data released by Twitter on Tuesday. “To all the little girls watching … never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world,” Clinton said in her speech the day after the election.

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The Winner of the Popular Vote Leaves a Complicated Legacy

Charlotte Alter, TIME – December 6, 2016

Winners get to write history. Losers, if they are lucky, get a ballad. Hillary Clinton made history for three decades as an advocate, a First Lady, a Senator, and a Secretary of State, but she will now be remembered as much for what she didn’t do as what she did. A female candidate in an election that didn’t hinge on gender after all, she became a symbol in a fight that was about much more than symbolism. She’s the woman who was almost President, she is what might have been and what will yet be.

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Andrea Mitchell: Voters Saw Hillary as ‘Man,’ ‘Did Not See Humanity in Her’

Kyle Drennen, MRC TV – December 2, 2016

On her MSNBC show on Friday, anchor Andrea Mitchell decried the fact that the usual liberal identity politics did not work with voters in November’s election. Talking to Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd, she fretted over the revelation that campaign focus groups “showed that people related to Hillary Clinton as a man.”

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A Photo of a 4-year-old with Hillary Clinton was Used as a Disgusting Meme. Her Mom Fought Back.

Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post – December 1, 2016

Early in the campaign, a 4-year-old girl dressed as Hillary Clinton for Halloween, wearing a blazer and carrying a briefcase, met her idol. The candidate, then vying for the Democratic nomination, posed for a picture with her mini-me after an event in the girl’s home town of Charleston, S.C., in 2015. Clinton told her she looked like a future president.

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