3:10 PM- Stocks are up across the board about 1%. Dow up around 190 points (+1.17%), NASDAQ up around 70 points (1.52%).
9:35 AM- The Dow Jones Industrial Average sits over 200 points above where it started as trading got off to a hot start on Wall Street. The rebound comes right after a rough Tuesday on the street where stocks lost over 400 points.
The NASDAQ is also up this morning- around 60 points (a 1.30 percent positive change).
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By Andrew Feinberg
President Teddy Roosevelt put a portrait of Lincoln in the oval office and, when confronted with a problem, would ask, “What would Lincoln do?”
Today, the answer, I’m afraid, would be roll over in his grave. There are ten reasons for this and only some contain the words Donald Trump.
1. Donald Trump—In Lincoln’s day, the best people often ran for office. Today, well, maybe not. Being a lying, narcissistic, racist, misogynistic know-nothing does not seem to be an impediment to seeking the highest office in the land. Not yet, anyway. If the sixteenth president heard Trump say he was proud to belong to the party of Lincoln, he would wonder if his name had become a joke while he was away.
2. The new social civil war—Lincoln would be thrilled that we elected a black president but dismayed this milestone has enraged and emboldened racists. When Fox News ran an online story about Malia Obama deciding to attend Harvard, the piece drew so many racist responses—some with full names attached—that Fox had to shut down its Comments section.
3. Voter cynicism—In Lincoln’s day, citizens were passionate about politics. They flocked to political speeches as if they were sporting events. In 1860, the year Lincoln was first elected president, 81.2% of eligible voters cast ballots. In 2012, the number was a pathetic 57.5%. Lincoln considered politics a noble pursuit and he would be horrified to find that only 11% of Americans hold a favorable view of Congress.
4. The Internet—Lincoln would love the Internet—in theory. After all, it could spread detailed knowledge to every corner of the nation and create a more enlightened electorate. In theory. Alas, Lincoln would find it has become a wondrous mechanism for spreading lies. It has Balkanized the country at least as much as it has informed it.
5. Science denial—Lincoln was extraordinarily rational and curious. The only president to receive a patent, he signed legislation creating the National Academy of Sciences in 1863. If he came back and learned that, as the French ambassador to the U.S. put it, the only group of people in the world who do not believe in human-caused climate change are the Republicans in the U.S. Congress, he would not be amused.
6. Income inequality—Lincoln believed in a strong and growing middle class. He hated slavery partly because he believed it depressed wages for the average worker. He was a capitalist, but a somewhat unusual one by today’s standards. “Labor is the superior of capital,” he declared. If he learned that real wages for the middle-class had been falling in recent decades and that CEOs now out-earned the average employees in their companies by over 300 to one, he would be heartsick.
7. Crumbling infrastructure—Both the left and right agree that we have “third world” infrastructure. Lincoln wouldn’t know what “third world” meant—unless he landed at LaGuardia—but he would recognize underspending when he saw it. From his days as a state legislator in Illinois, he was passionate about government spending on “internal improvements,” as infrastructure was known back then.
8. Political purity—An irony of history is that Lincoln—the Great Emancipator—spent much of his political life battling abolitionists. He thought abolishing slavery was unconstitutional and believed that whites would never support a war whose primary objective was to end slavery. (The Emancipation Proclamation was permissible because it was enacted as a wartime measure.) Seldom an absolutist, Lincoln said the issue with a law “was not whether it has any evil in it; but whether it has more of evil than of good.” Our current inability to reach compromise solutions would dismay him.
9. Return of nativism—Donald Trump is stirring up, and profiting from, anti-immigrant feelings—much as the Know-Nothing party did in the late 1840s and early 1850s. Lincoln, who saw America as a haven of opportunity for everyone, would deplore such prejudice and might remind us that many male immigrants in the 1850s and 1860s joined the army and helped preserve the union.
10. Belief in government incompetence—Lincoln thought part of the federal government’s job was to do things for people they could not do themselves. He was an activist president. Under his leadership, the government established land-grant colleges (the forerunners of today’s great state universities) and passed the Homestead Act, which gave settlers 160 acres of federal land for a small filing fee. He knew from experience that government could do some things more effectively than the private sector. But times were different then. Oh, were they different.
Andrew Feinberg is the author of Four Score and Seven, a novel that imagines that Abe Lincoln comes back to life for two weeks during the 2016 campaign and encounters a candidate who resembles Donald Trump. Learn more about the book and author at www.MissingLincoln.com.
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There are only 104 women in the whole of the Congress, making up only 19.4% of the 535 combined members of both houses.
That dizzying gender-gap in politics was what inspired Dr. Anne Moses to create IGNITE, a non-profit organization that helps empower young women who want to run for public office.
Moses, the founder and president of IGNITE has been determined to fight for women’s equal political representation from a young age.
When she was 23 years old Moses watched as Anita Hill got attacked by scores of Senators on national television after she claimed that future Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her. All the while, Moses noticed that there was not a single woman on the Senate Judiciary committee.
Moses realized that to reach political equity, young women had to be trained to be leaders who are ready to run for office.
She started IGNITE in 2009 with the purpose of training young women to think critically about policy and to become civically engaged.
“Young women deserve the most amount of support and mentorship to walk the path to politics,” Sara Guillermo, the Chief Program Officer for IGNITE said in an interview with RISE NEWS.
The founding states of IGNITE are California, Texas and Colorado but the organization has been expanding over the years.
Young women from high schools, colleges and universities receive training via high school curriculum, college chapters, annual conferences, and elected officials events.
Guillermo is thankful to these pioneering young women who have taken the opportunity to develop professionally and digest policy topics that they care about.
IGNITE trains young women between the ages of 14 and 22.
“When we get them younger, we get them to stay with us and the impact we create for them is incredible and valuable,” Guillermo said.
The issue of gender equality has been present in the world for several decades and yet the rate of progress has been painfully slow.
Thus, the question still remains, why do we have so few women running for elected office?
Guillermo’s answer to this is that they are not asked to, “they [women] are not socialized enough” in the idea of running for office.
IGNITE is an outlet were young women can see that they have the capacity to lead and make a change.
The response so far has been extremely positive as the organization has trained over 5,000 young women in their own communities from various backgrounds.
Over the years of teaching the curriculum, Guillermo has had some beautiful success stories.
One of them is of an undocumented young woman that had the leadership and drive to get involved in politics, but also had many other barriers in her life.
As an undocumented person she was prevented from studying abroad or when applying to college she had limited opportunities. She could not apply for FAFSA for example.
Thanks to IGNITE she had the opportunity to take her first plane ride and what a ride it was.
She flew to Washington D.C. and met with some of President Obama’s advisors.
According to Guillermo, she is currently attending college and starting an IGNITE chapter there.
In the future the founders of the group are thinking of expanding.
They will host seven conferences in seven cities and will launch fellowships programs to lead national college work.
Guillermo has advice for young people who have a passion for making a change in their communities or for being involved in politics.
“Try everything at least once, find a mentor to talk to, don’t be scared to try something different, we walk around with fear and not wanting to do certain things, just do it,” Guillermo said.
To learn more you can visit the group’s website: http://www.IGNITEnational.org
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Apple Apologizes After Australian Store Asks Black Kids To Leave Over Fear They Would Steal Something
”These guys are … just a bit worried you might steal something…I need to ask you to leave our store.”
Those were the words of a manager of an Apple store in Melbourne, Australia as he was asking a group of six black schoolboys to leave the premises of the tech store.
According to the BBC, the schoolboys believed that the incident was racially motivated and the American tech giant even issued an apology after a video of the encounter was released.
“Inclusion and diversity are among Apple’s core values. We believe in equality for everyone, regardless of race, age, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation,” Apple said in a statement obtained by the BBC. “That applies throughout our company, around the world with no exceptions. We’ve looked into the details of the situation and we apologise to the customers involved. We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure all our customers are treated the way they should be.”
The local manager of the Australian also apologized.
The apologies seemed to be enough for at least one of the boys wrongly targeted.
“They apologised, so we’re chilling, no need to take it further,” Mohamed Semra wrote on Facebook according to the Daily Record.
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