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U.S. Women Are Advancing In Politics At A Pleasantly Alarming Rate

Women in politics are making serious moves.

American politics can be a draining affair. With the perpetual controversy and head-scratching moments surrounding Donald Trump's presidency, every other day seems like a step backwards on the political playground. However, a recent observation in the landscape of politics as it pertains to a minority group offers a degree of encouragement.

There has been an uptick in success when it comes to women in the political arena, specifically when it comes to the primary elections. According to the Atlanta Tribune, this year, more women than ever before have been winning major party primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House.

For starters, there are reportedly close to 50 black women running for Congress this year, including Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) and Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah). If Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) wins—which is likely since there aren't any Republicans running for the primarily Democratic seat—she will become the United States' first Muslin-American woman to be in Congress. Paulette Jordan could become the first Native American governor in the country's history if she is victorious in Idaho. Christine Hallquist (D-Vt.) became the first transgender candidate to win a major-party gubernational nomination.

Down in Georgia, Stacey Abrams hope to become America's first black female governor. Additionally, Democrat Laura Kelly is running for governor in Kansas.

On November 6th – just 90 days from today – we are going to turn Georgia around. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Despite success for some families, and for some communities, too many Georgians still do not have the freedom and opportunity to thrive. They’ve been left out and left behind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But here’s the thing: our problems can be solved. We just need the political will and the right leaders to get the job done. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We must expand Medicaid, pursue plans for economic mobility, and fully fund K-12 public schools, so that EVERY Georgian can participate in our state’s path forward. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In November, we will elect leaders who hear our voices and reflect our values. But right now, it’s time for all of us to step up and give folks a reason to vote in 90 days. Will you sign up for a volunteer shift today?

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This all follows after Georgia Mayor Keisha Lawrence Bottoms' gratifying win and Bronx firecracker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's advancement in her Congressional pursuits.

In addition to possibly shifting power back to Democrats in the House, all this diverse representation has the likelihood to change the direction of conversations surrounding abortion rights, immigration, gun control, health care and education.

Best of luck, ladies, and readers, make sure you go out and vote on Election Day.

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El Chapo's Reportedly Deceived Suppliers To Buy Meth Ingredients

More tea is being spilled in the trial of pseudo-famous Mexican drug lord  Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera. On Monday (Dec. 17), it was revealed in court that El Chapo went to the sister of a Colombian drug trafficker to cop methamphetamine for his Sinaloa drug cartel.

According to the New York Daily News, Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa was one of the witnesses called to the stand during the 61-year-old's criminal preceding in the States. Chapo is being hit with a laundry list of charges including money laundering, conspiracy, firearms and international distribution of cocaine, meth, heroin, and marijuana.

Cifuentes confessed Chapo went behind his back and made a deal with his siblings who are also involved in their illegal activities to be a source for methamphetamine so that he can turn a profit in his business.

Cifuentes said that Chapo neglected the fact that meth is extremely addictive and can damage the physical and mental state of young people who consume it and purchased from his sister and brother, the drug's precursor ephedrine.

“Don Joaquín knows I (didn’t) like to f**k around with ephedrine,” Cifuentes said in the courtroom.

It wasn't until after a plane that carried Colombian-imported cocaine crashed on it's trip to Mexican that Cifuentes' siblings came clean and admitted they took a deal with Chapo as it the ephedrine was also in the cargo of the aircraft.

Cifuentes escaped to Venezuela in 2010 around the time these incidents were going down and changed his mind regarding meth out of desperation for money, saying that “Hunger made me change my mind."

Chapo faces life in prison if convicted of all charges.

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Barack Obama, Bill Clinton React To Death Of George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush has died, his office confirmed Friday (Nov. 30).  The 94-year-old former president, who had been battling health issues as of late, died in Houston. The cause of death was not specified.

Former President George W. Bush shared a statement on behalf of the Bush family calling their father “a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.” Bush Sr.’s wife, Barbara Bush, died earlier this year.

Barack Obama and Bill Clinton reacted to the death with lengthy messages pointing to Bush’s service to the country. “America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush,” Obama tweeted. “While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example.”

Clinton, who defeated Bush in the 1992 presidential election wrote, “Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H. W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love and friendship.” Clinton added that he was “grateful” for his moments with the elder Bush.

The World War II veteran born in Mitlon, Mass. in 1924, served as vice president to Ronald Regan from 1981 to 1989. The 41st president held office from 1989 to 1993. He advocated for a “kinder and gentler” nation but during his time in office, Bush Sr. fended off his share of criticism over the Gulf War, appointing Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court despite sexual harassment allegations, his speech on “restoring order” during the L.A. Riots, the failed “no new taxes” promise and more.

The Sr. Bush is one of two presidents in history whose sons also took office. He was also tied with Jimmy Carter as the oldest living former president.

Read Obama and Clinton's statement on Bush Sr. below.

America has lost a patriot and humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude. Our thoughts are with the entire Bush family tonight – and all who were inspired by George and Barbara’s example.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 1, 2018

Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H. W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love and friendship. I am grateful for every minute I spent with him and will always hold our friendship as one of my life’s greatest gifts.

— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) December 1, 2018

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Barack Obama Suggests Donald Trump Has "Mommy Issues"

Barack Obama may not have mentioned Donald Trump's name during a recent speech, but the critique of the president was no less obvious.

During the Obama Foundation's second annual summit in Chicago, the former president spoke to the crowd about why the country's problems haven't been solved, and what he thinks can be done to bring about needed change.

“We are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism, and mommy issues,” Obama said to a crowd that erupted in laughter. “We are fraught with stuff, and so if that is the case, then the single most important thing we have to invest in is … people. We have got to get people to figure out how they work together in a cooperative, thoughtful, constructive way.”

Now that the midterm elections are over and the Democrats have taken control of the House, Obama's jabs at Trump will remain nameless, but no less subliminal.

“You literally can remake the world right now, because it badly needs remaking,” Obama said making another critique at the Trump administration.

According to a Politico article examing Trump's relationship with his mother Mary Anne Trump, the author writes how the Scottish immigrant's inability to bond with her son had a profound effect on him and seeped its way into the many failed relationship he's had with women.

The article states Trump's mother sustained an unspecified life-threatening illness when he was a child, prohibiting them from developing a relationship. Trump's father Fred was absent from the home as he was building the Trump real estate empire. Young Donald was in awe of his father and was reportedly detached from his mother.

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