Oh for God's sake! And on his birthday too?! I don't know what else to say except my condolences to his loved ones and I hope he didn't suffer. P&G won't even put up some clear episodes of Edge of Night and GL online, so that...oh nevermind.
ETA Suddenly, I have an urge to hear the Edge of Night theme.
Samantha Bee gives a wrap up of Monday night's Presidential Debate as only she can.
By the way, did anyone see the interview Chris Matthews did with Gary Johnson and his running mate? Johnson again draws a total blank after being asked a question. My. God. This man wants to be POTUS? Except for HRC, the bar seems pretty low for these men!
Reading through this thread, I am coming to the realization that this really feels like the end of an era.
For some reason, it bothers me that there was no one 'meeting place' where fans around the country (perhaps the world) could 'tune in' collectively and reflect on her legacy and watch episodes together. If SoapNet were still on the air, surely they would've had an AMC marathon?
The blogs and soap themed podcasts are great but it can't really offer the prestige of an official site or TV channel ( even a dedicated website) where fans of the show, fans of the genre can gather together.
Howard Dean was far from the only one commenting on whether Trump was on a controlled substance. Lots of people were. Anyone who watched the debate and was on social media would've seen the flood of tweets about it. I was watching the NBC NY broadcast and they announced the results of some up the moment poll done by survey monkey and it was about the same as CNN's results proclaiming that Clinton outperformed Trump by a wide margin. Of course, debate results are not election results and Trump has vowed to come back at Hillary hard but many are already proposing that it will be difficult for Trump to do this in a Town Hall style debate with people asking questions.
I'm not going to speculate about what will happen in the next debate but what I can see is that with HRC mostly being pleased with her debate performance, I see more confidence and ease in HRC which perhaps may carry over into the rallies and the Town Hall debate.
And Ms. Machado (who Trump called Miss Piggy) is making appearances all over Spanish language TV. They actually showed footage from the 90s of her at a gym exercising and trying to jump rope with a herd of media filming her while Trump leers at her in the background. I swear on one news show on Univision it must've been playing on a loop. According to her account, Trump made it seem as though he wanted to meet with her personally and then ambushed with the media, cameras rolling and photogs clicking. She said she was utterly humiliated. I also read an article where a few Republican women and independents expressed disgust with how Trump was talked over and interrupted HRC during the debate. One woman used the word bullying.
The narrative once was that HRC had a 'Woman Problem'. Now that this is no longer the case, now it's HRC has a 'Millenial Problem'.
Did anyone see the Frontline special The Choice on PBS? I watched it last night. It's up on their website. Despite all the years of watching and reading about the personal histories of each of the two candidates (although I have a visceral reaction to calling one of them an actual, serious candidate), there were still some illuminating aspects presented in the program. Frontline also laid out a timeline that made the narrative fascinating.
Unfortunately many politicians on both sides have oversimplified the nature and the value of trade. Now many Americans do not have much of an understanding about the complexity of trade, simply parroting talking points heard on the cable news shows and heard in rallies. Trade is much more nuanced than we're hearing in most media and sadly, during several election cycles now.
No sovereign nation can expect to have a healthy economy or GDP without trade. A protectionist dictum will not make for a successful economy. Venezuela employed this type of tactic in their economy over several generations. Has anyone read about Venezuela's economy lately? I have, it's quite sad. Let's just put it this way...they are now forced to import oil from the U.S., one of Venezuela's long-time enemies. Think on that for a moment.
like @JaneAusten stated, there were some positives as well as negatives on NAFTA. In trade, no one side gets everything they want. The key is to get more of what you want/need for your side and yes, there were definite missteps but the U.S. had some key benefits as well, probably a bit more than the drawbacks. It wasn't all terrible as some want to describe.