7 very serious suggestions for Donald Trump’s ‘First Pet’

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As deliberations over presidential cabinet positions rage on, let’s not forget the very important appointment of a “First Dog.” Nearly every U.S. president has had a pet, and although Donald Trump currently doesn’t have one, he reportedly has a deal in the works.

As reported by the The Washington Post, philanthropist Lois Pope, a longtime friend of Trump, has a Goldendoodle puppy she is convinced Trump will take to the White House. Trump reportedly told Pope, “Barron will want him” over the Thanksgiving holiday, but the decision is not yet final, according to a Trump spokesperson.

In case the Goldendoodle doesn’t get hired, we came up with a few suggestions for the First Pet in Trump’s America. All are adoptable animals from Petfinder and would settle into the Oval Office nicely. Read more…

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This NBA coach had an inspiring response to a question about winning championships

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Gregg Popovich has five NBA Championship rings to his name, but the San Antonio Spurs head coach considers something else even more important than winning. 

Popovich, along with Harvard professor and civil-rights activist Dr. Cornel West, took questions about social issues from 250 high school students in San Antonio last month, per The Nation. One of those students asked if the Spurs would win a championship this year, a feat they accomplished in 2014. 

Popovich’s answer was priceless.

“Win the championship?” he said. “I don’t know, but it’s not a priority in my life. I’d be much happier if I knew that my players were going to make society better, who had good families and who took care of the people around them. I’d get more satisfaction out of that than a title.”  Read more…

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These former Clinton staffers are looking to disrupt local politics with their new startup

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As a handful of Hillary Clinton’s Ohio campaign staffers watched the results come in on election night, they had the same thought as many other Americans: Time for a drink.

The group made their way to the Local Cantina in Columbus for what was supposed to be a final goodbye between people who had spent 18 hours a day together for the past several months. 

Instead, they left the bar with a new startup—Flippable, an organization focused on identifying local political positions that could turn from Republican to Democratic, and figuring out how to provide the resources to flip them.

“We started really brainstorming how could we turn this into a tool or a platform on November 9th,”  said Catherine Vaughan, co-founder of Flippable. “We’re trying to really capture the energy and the tension and the national fervor around this issue right now.” Read more…

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People want to elect Hillary so bad, they created the biggest Change.org petition ever

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More than 4.6 million people are calling for the Electoral College to make Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States — in the biggest Change.org petition ever.

The site has been around for nine years and has seen hundreds of thousands of petitions created in dozens of countries involving millions people. But the one for Clinton is now officially the most popular of all time.

Donald Trump’s election came as a shocking blow to many Americans. However, the petition on Change.org shows just how committed millions are to still making Clinton the next president. Read more…

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You’re blocked! How to get The Donald to block you on Twitter

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Common life goals include starting a business, living on a beach or atop a mountain, obtaining a college degree, and, if a recent Twitter search is to be believed, getting President-elect Donald Trump to block you on Twitter. 

A lot of people have taken it upon themselves to poke the orange-tinged bear until he decides he no longer wants to see you in his mentions.

We’re not here to comment on whether this is a worthy life goal, so we’ll just leave you with a bit or evidence to show we’re not making it up. 

New life goal: try to get trump to block me on twitter

— LC (@LCONZZZZ) November 20, 2016 Read more…

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How it felt to not know Trump won the election for 2 whole weeks

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Joe Chandler’s “bubble of ignorance” popped last week and there’s no going back.

The 65-year-old calendar artist from coastal Georgia managed to stay in the dark about the election results for two full weeks. After a deluge of publicity about the “last man in America to know who won the election,” the country’s next president was revealed to him last week at a political take on a “gender reveal party” on an Atlanta radio show.

“I was crestfallen,” Chandler said to Mashable. “It was like stab in the heart with a knife when those red balloons came out of the box.”  Read more…

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These online maps are tracking the outbreak of violence and harassment in America

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It has only been three weeks since Donald Trump won the election, but in that time, harassment and hate-related incidents across the country have increased. To fight the outbreak of violence and intimidation, some organizations are turning to digital maps. 

The wave of horrible acts prompted even Trump himself — when pressed by 60 Minutes reporter Leslie Stahl — to tell supporters allegedly perpetrating the crimes, “Don’t do it, it’s terrible.” He added, “Stop it.”

In a report published on Tuesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization based in Alabama that has been tracking hate groups for 45 years, published an article that looked at the spike in hateful harassment and intimidation incidents across the U.S. in the first 10 days following the election, reporting nearly 900 in all. Read more…

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Bernie Sanders: Donald Trump’s illegal vote tweets are ‘delusional’

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Bernie Sanders didn’t hold back when it came to Donald Trump’s recent conspiracy-laden tweets, which show no signs of abating.

Sanders made an appearance on Conan Tuesday night, where the discussion steered toward the President-elect and the ensuing debate over so-called illegal voters having an influence in the election.

“I tell you what my take is, first of all it’s delusional. It’s totally insane,” he said. “Nobody believes that who studies elections, or election patterns.”

“This is what is scary about it: When he says that, he’s really sending a signal to Republican [leaders] all over the country. What he’s saying is, we’ve got to suppress the vote.” Read more…

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7 extremely useful sites and apps to help you organize in Trump’s America

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It’s been less than a month since President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, and everywhere you look, people are struggling to organize.

You can see a lot of it happening on our favorite social platforms. On Facebook, it comes in the form of repetitive pleas to “Call your legislator!” On Twitter, people retweet every 140-character nugget of pseudo-profundity they can find.

It can be confusing to know what to do when so much of our democracy is at stake, but a few new sites and apps (and even a couple of old ones) can help activists and concerned Americans pave a manageable path forward. Read more…

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Pro-Trump ranter banned for life by Delta because flying is bad enough without this guy

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If you were planning on abusing a plane full of passengers with your excited about a presidential victory anytime soon, bad news: Delta Air Lines doesn’t want any part of it.  

The news comes from the airline after a video of a Trump supporter yelling at other passengers on a Delta flight went viral over the weekend. The spontaneous orator in question opted to share some uniquely poetic, philosophical nuggets, such as “Donald Trump, baby!” and “We got some Hillary bitches on here.” 

Needless to say, because anyone doing anything on a plane is a base-level of annoying, his fellow passengers weren’t exactly crazy about this: Read more…

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