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The Root: Finding Carly: Whatever Happened to the Candidates of the 2016 Primary Season?

The political campaign season has a funny way of giving everyone long-term memory loss. Your friends at work can remember the latest Hillary Clinton gaffe or Donald Trump stumble that happened 48 hours (or, in Trump’s case, five minutes) ago because it circulates on Twitter and Facebook. 1,164 more words

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The Root: GOP Hires Black ‘Suicide Squad’ to Save It From Trump

Suicide Squad was a pretty terrible movie that a whole lot of people saw. A group of criminals, thugs and psychopaths are brought together by shadowy government operative Amanda Waller (played by Viola Davis) to take on the jobs that no one else would ever take. 1,130 more words

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The Root: How Both Hillary Clinton and Black and Latino Journalists Blew Their Big Shot

There are a few people that I would wait an entire day to see on stage. Chris Rock if he was doing a live set with new material. 928 more words

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The Root: How Donald Trump’s Self-Inflicted Wounds Let Hillary Clinton Off the Hook

“I’ve never seen anything like it.”

That was the response of Larry Sabato, my mentor and old professor from the University of Virginia, when I asked him during a radio interview to put the last week of the 2016 presidential campaign in context. 758 more words

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The Root: What Unity? Twitter Reveals a Great Divide Within Both Political Parties

Bernie Sanders dominates Snapchat, House Democrats just discovered Periscope and your grandma is starting to share her vacation on Facebook Live. Social media isn’t “mediating” life anymore; it is the primary mode of communication for Americans across class, race, gender and age. 893 more words

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The Root: Hillary Clinton Reminds America It’s Not About Qualifications

Qualified people get passed over for jobs all the time. Having the best résumé, doing the perfect interview and even providing the most stellar references (“Applicant saved me from a burning building once and makes a damn good cup of coffee; hire him!”) does not always guarantee that you’ll get the job. 959 more words

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The Root: Dear Michelle Obama, Never Leave. Sincerely, Everyone

I’m not unique when I say I have had a long and special relationship with First Lady Michelle Obama. It started way back in 2008 when I got so many robocalls from her to get out and vote that I thought Barack might get jealous. 959 more words

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