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Ahead of the debate, designer Stella McCartney wrote an open letter in support of the cause.
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Chris Pine Tries To Settle ‘Hollywood Chris’ Debate Once And For All

Unless you’re a really dedicated fan of the Chrises in Hollywood, you have to admit it’s hard to keep them all straight. 

There’s Captain America, Chris Evans; Thor, Chris Hemsworth; Star-Lord, Chris Pratt; and Captain Kirk/Steve Trevor, Chris Pine

Got that? No? OK. Well, let Chris Pine help you out. 

During his opening monologue on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, Pine performed a musical number set to Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” in hopes of helping viewers finally figure out which superhero Chris he is.

Pine sang, “I’m not that Chris / I look just like him, but I’m not that Chris / Not Pratt or Hemsworth / I’m a different guy / Not Evans either / I’m my own cool vibe.” (Nope, he’s not Ryan Reynolds, either.) 

Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon made cameos in the bit to keep the joke going before Pine finally belted out, “I’mmmmmmm Chris Pine!” 

Watch the full segment above.

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People line-up to see the Broadway play "Hamilton," Saturday Nov. 19, 2016, in New York. President-elect Donald Trump demanded an apology from the cast of the hit musical a day after an actor lectured Vice President-elect Mike Pence about equality, prompting angry responses from liberals and conservatives. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump demanded an apology from the cast of the Broadway musical "Hamilton" a day after an actor in the hit show delivered a pointed message about diversity to his running mate who was in attendance. The speech aimed at Mike Pence prompted angry responses from liberals and conservatives alike — underscoring yet again the fractious aftermath of the 2016 election.



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Republican Pre-Debate Excuses for Why The Fox Business Network Debate Was a Fiasco

– Candidates repeatedly got lost in Maria Bartiromo’s eyes

– You know–the media. Am I right? Huh? Who’s with me?

– Unfair questions pertaining to business, economy, jobs, taxes, trade, Wall Street, median wages, oil prices, retail sales, Social Security

– Distracted by Cindy Brady being distracted by red light

– Didn’t realize they would be talking specifically about the American economy

– Cookies and milk promised, no cookies and milk provided

– Podiums built by biased, liberal bastard carpenters at half an inch below stipulated height specifications, causing vertigo, headaches, nose bleeds, rambling and incoherent answers

– Unfair questions containing words with vowels in them

– Ben Carson deliberately given less air time after unsuccessful attempt to stab Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker

– No substantive discussions about Kirk vs. Picard

– During commercial/bathroom breaks, toilet paper in stalls was folded incorrectly in “under” fashion

– Random cutaways from Rand Paul to grasscloth wallpaper

– Weren’t aware that the presence of television cameras meant the debate was actually going to be televised

– Candidates still haunted by traumatic flashbacks from previous debates

– Unseen by viewing audience, Neil Cavuto kept threatening to drown a basket of kittens

– Opportunity to bet all money on the “Daily Double” never occurred

– Did we mention the media?

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Here Is An Elegant Solution To The GOP’s Debate Mess

Dear Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus,

It has come to the attention of basically everybody that the Republican presidential candidates and the RNC are displeased with how the primary debates have gone. On Sunday, a meeting will take place amongst representatives of the campaigns to figure out a new system that is less unwieldy and adversarial and more equitable.

In the spirit of finding a solution that could satisfy all parties involved – including the media – let me offer the following proposal that I came up with in between drinks last night:

PICK-UP DEBATE BALL.

What the f**k is that, you ask? It is a debate process that simultaneously rewards the front-runners while not disadvantaging the low-polling horde. It creates equity of time among candidates while allowing them more leverage in choosing a moderator. It keeps the debates at a reasonable length while simultaneously adding elements of drama.

In short, it’s perfect.

Here is how it works. 

  1. You hold two debates, back to back, each for an hour and a half.
  2. There is a different moderator for each debate.
  3. The top two polling candidates, in terms of national polling averages, are split up into different debates.
  4. The top polling candidate is given a choice: choose the time and moderator for their debate or get first selection on one fellow candidate to have in their debate.
  5. Once that choice is made, the top two candidates alternate picks to select their debate competitors.
  6. Selections continue until all candidates are chosen.
  7. And then, you debate!

Pick-Up Debate Ball alleviates many of the concerns campaigns currently have about the debate structure. It would result in more debate time for the candidates. Instead of 120 minutes (two hours) divided between 10 candidates (12 minutes per candidate) you will have 90 minutes divided between seven candidates (12.9 minutes per candidate). And unlike a current proposal to have the field draw straws as a way to break into two equal-sized groups, Pick-Up Debate Ball ensures that each of those equal-sized groups will have at least one major candidate to help draw an audience.

Most importantly, Pick-Up Debate Ball would add a layer of strategic decision-making that could give voters insights into how the candidate’s mind operate. Imagine the mental gymnastics Donald Trump will undergo deciding if he prefers ABC’s Jonathan Karl questioning him or the opportunity to whack into George Pataki for an hour and a half? You could air it on television. People would tune in from around the globe.

Chairman Priebus, I can sense you warming up to the proposal. But you’re not quite sold. It seems risky; perhaps a bit sophomoric for a political party. Well, let me provide you a mock draft to illustrate the wonderful possibilities.

Trump (Round 1 pick): George Pataki.
He is the political equivalent of what Adrian Peterson is to fantasy football leagues, only in the inverse.

Carson (Round 1 pick): Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.)

He is the Le’Veon Bell to Pataki’s Peterson.

Trump (Round 2 pick): Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

Trump would make this selection either to reveal Graham’s cell phone number to an even larger audience or to have a foreign policy contrast.

Carson (Round 2 pick): Jim Gilmore.

Then, after being told that Gilmore still hasn’t qualified for the debates, Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Trump (Round 3 pick): Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

This is a natural selection for Trump, who loves having Paul as a foil.

Carson (Round 3 pick): Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.)

Upset that a fellow doctor – Paul — is off the board, Carson picks Jeb to have someone with roughly the same energy level on stage with him.

Trump (Round 4 pick): Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio).

Trump wants to once more tell him that fracking rescued his state and his political future.

Carson (Round 4 pick): Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)

It’s a dangerous pick, for sure. Jindal’s relegation to the undercard debates has hid the potential danger he poses for fellow candidates on the big stage.

Trump (Round 5 pick): Carly Fiorina

Trump risks being accused, once more, of being a crass sexist during a debate. But he decides that if his business record is going to come up in the debate, he’d like to deflect criticism down the podium to the former Hewlett-Packard CEO.

Carson (Round 5 pick): Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

Having chosen Jeb Bush, Carson decides to bring Rubio to his debate, too. They’ll go at each other, he reasons, leaving him unscathed and above the fray.

Trump (Round 6 pick): Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

Trump is no dummy. Cruz has been playing nice to him for months now. He’s shocked the senator fell into his lap in Round 6. But he’ll gladly take him.

Carson (Round 6 pick): Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.).

Unlike playground basketball, there is glory, not shame, in being the last pick in Pick-Up Debate Ball. Congrats, governor.

Final debate groupings:

Group 1: Carson, Santorum, Huckabee, Bush, Jindal, Rubio, Christie.

Group 2: Trump, Pataki, Paul, Graham, Kaisch, Fiorina, Cruz.

Now, Chairman Priebus, I know what you’re thinking. Why did you pay lawyers and aides at the RNC the thousands upon thousands of dollars to come up with a debate structure that failed, when this brilliant idea was right there?

I don’t know the answer to that.

All I know is that, I’m happy to give you Pick-Up Debate Ball for a fee much smaller than anything you paid to put together the current system. Just have The Huffington Post moderate one round. What a steal!

Sincerely yours,

Sam Stein

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Petition Calls For Jon Stewart To Moderate A Presidential Debate

Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” retirement is barely two weeks old, but there’s already a push to bring him back to the airwaves next year — this time as moderator of one of the upcoming presidential debates

“Over the last 16 years, Jon Stewart has played an influential and iconic role in covering U.S. politics and media,” the petition on Change.org reads. “We believe he should continue that tradition as a moderator at one of the 2016 Presidential Debates.”

The petition notes that Stewart has interviewed 15 heads of state, 22 members of the Cabinet, 32 U.S. Senators and seven members of the House of Representatives, as well as “scores of other political leaders from this country and around the world while establishing himself as the most trusted person in (satirical) news.”

In addition, the petition points out that with Stewart serving as host, “The Daily Show” won Peabody Awards for its coverage of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. 

So far, more than 120,000 people have signed the petition addressed to the Commission on Presidential Debates, the nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that sets the locations and chooses the moderators for each debate. 

Neither the CPD nor Stewart have commented on the petition. However, the organization spells out the qualifications on its website: 


“The moderators are selected by the CPD. The CPD uses three criteria to select its moderators: a) familiarity with the candidates and the major issues of the presidential campaign; b) extensive experience in live television broadcast news; and c) an understanding that the debate should focus maximum time and attention on the candidates and their views. The moderators alone select the questions to be asked, which are not known to the CPD or to the candidates. They do not meet with the campaigns, nor do the campaigns have a role in moderator selection.”

 

At least one presidential hopeful has signed the petition:

Stewart has said little about his post-“Daily Show” plans, but his next big public appearance will be as host of WWE’s SummerSlam on Sunday.

He also reportedly intends to be active in animal rescues. Earlier this year, Farm Sanctuary announced that Stewart and his wife, Tracey Stewart, “bought a farm in New Jersey with the intention of providing a home for farm animals rescued from cruelty.”

But the creators of the petition are hoping to bring him back to television at least one more time. 

“(S)orry for pestering you so early in your retirement, Mr. Stewart!” an update to the petition reads. “I hope you take all of this as a compliment and see how grateful these supporters are for your work.”

 

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Petition Calls For Jon Stewart To Moderate A Presidential Debate

Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” retirement is barely two weeks old, but there’s already a push to bring him back to the airwaves next year — this time as moderator of one of the upcoming presidential debates

“Over the last 16 years, Jon Stewart has played an influential and iconic role in covering U.S. politics and media,” the petition on Change.org reads. “We believe he should continue that tradition as a moderator at one of the 2016 Presidential Debates.”

The petition notes that Stewart has interviewed 15 heads of state, 22 members of the Cabinet, 32 U.S. Senators and seven members of the House of Representatives, as well as “scores of other political leaders from this country and around the world while establishing himself as the most trusted person in (satirical) news.”

In addition, the petition points out that with Stewart serving as host, “The Daily Show” won Peabody Awards for its coverage of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. 

So far, more than 120,000 people have signed the petition addressed to the Commission on Presidential Debates, the nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that sets the locations and chooses the moderators for each debate. 

Neither the CPD nor Stewart have commented on the petition. However, the organization spells out the qualifications on its website: 


“The moderators are selected by the CPD. The CPD uses three criteria to select its moderators: a) familiarity with the candidates and the major issues of the presidential campaign; b) extensive experience in live television broadcast news; and c) an understanding that the debate should focus maximum time and attention on the candidates and their views. The moderators alone select the questions to be asked, which are not known to the CPD or to the candidates. They do not meet with the campaigns, nor do the campaigns have a role in moderator selection.”

 

At least one presidential hopeful has signed the petition:

Stewart has said little about his post-“Daily Show” plans, but his next big public appearance will be as host of WWE’s SummerSlam on Sunday.

He also reportedly intends to be active in animal rescues. Earlier this year, Farm Sanctuary announced that Stewart and his wife, Tracey Stewart, “bought a farm in New Jersey with the intention of providing a home for farm animals rescued from cruelty.”

But the creators of the petition are hoping to bring him back to television at least one more time. 

“(S)orry for pestering you so early in your retirement, Mr. Stewart!” an update to the petition reads. “I hope you take all of this as a compliment and see how grateful these supporters are for your work.”

 

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Here’s All You Need to Know About the Candidates in Thursday’s GOP Debate

Ten of the Republican Party candidates for president will participate in the first debate of the 2016 Presidential Campaign on Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio.

Fox News, the official network of the GOP, has announced the names of nine of the candidates in the debate. The tenth will either be Ohio Gov. John Kasich or former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. What is it going to be, Fox, beets or liverwurst?

The GOP’s remaining candidates will sit on folding chairs at the back of the auditorium, with forlorn looks on their faces, wondering why they’re not one of the popular kids.

And we’re left to wonder: Why is there a debate in August 2015 for an election that’s 15 months way?

With so many candidates, where can you find the distinctive qualities of each one in a way that gives them the seriousness they deserve?

Right here:

Donald Trump said he would tab Sarah Palin for a top cabinet post if he was elected president. In response, Trump’s candidacy was immediately endorsed by the nation’s comedians, comedy writers, and editorial cartoonists.

Ben Carson said he doesn’t “really want to run” for president. We really don’t want you to run for president either.

Rand Paul said he supported his family’s opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act because it meant — and this was his quote — people couldn’t “have cigar bars anymore.” He really said that.

Rick Perry called the murders of nine blacks inside a Charleston, S.C., church an “accident.” This was a massacre. Perry is an accident.

Mike Huckabee does not accept evolution as a science. This is not surprising for someone who has spent so many years in GOP politics.

Mike Huckabee says that rapes, though “horrible tragedies,” have produced admirable human beings. He calls this “compassionate conservatism.”

Chris Christie puts the bully in bully pulpit.

Ted Cruz was not born in the United States. How can he run for president? Has anyone seen his birth certificate? What’s he hiding? He must be Kenyan and a Muslim. And a Socialist. And maybe even a Kardashian.

Marco Rubio gave up a promising career as a ventriloquist after learning while making a nationally televised speech that he could not talk and drink water at the same time.

Donald Trump says that global warming is real, but that it’s untouched by human hands. Like his hair.

As governor of Florida, Jeb Bush reportedly invested $ 1 million in state pension money to fund pornography films. Bush defended himself by saying he wanted to see people do to each other what his family has been doing to the American people for generations.

Rick Perry started wearing glasses to look smart. It hasn’t worked. He just looks like Rick Perry wearing glasses.

Jeb Bush told Fox News that, given the information he now has, he would have supported the invasion of Iraq. This means that George W. isn’t the dumbest Bush, and Rick Perry isn’t the dumbest person running for president.

Scott Walker is the only college dropout among the GOP candidates for president. Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee all graduated from college. How hard can it be?

John Kasich and Scott Walker hope to get elected president by attacking teachers. Why not? It worked so well in China, Iran, and Afghanistan.

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A Fair Way to Choose Candidates for Republican Debate: Learning From the Oscars

The Republican Party is holding its first presidential debate on August 6, to be televised on Fox News. Fox has decided against inviting all 17 declared presidential candidates to the main debate, and will limit inclusion to the 10 candidates with the highest average poll rating among five recent credible (if still undefined) national polls of Republican voters. The controversy over its decisions points to a better way: lessons from how the Oscars came to be nominated with the fair representation (or “proportional representation”) form of ranked choice voting.

With seven candidates to be relegated to a pre-debate forum in the afternoon — albeit an inclusive one for which Fox recently dropped its requirement of one percent standing in the polls — there is much controversy over criteria for inclusion. Some critics like Larry Sabato call for an expanded number of participants in at least this first debate, perhaps by randomly dividing the field into two debates to be held one after the other. Others suggest new standards to establish an even smaller field of the most credible candidates.

Cutting candidates certainly is not an easy call. Of the 17 Republicans, 14 are either a current or former governors or U.S. Senators, with two of the remaining three (Donald Trump and Ben Carson) sure to make Fox’s top 10. That leaves on the sidelines six prominent Republicans who have won statewide, along with the field’s only woman (businesswoman Carly Fiorina).

I’ll set aside the question of being as inclusive as possible and focus on a fairer way for Fox to pick its ten candidates. But first, let’s acknowledge the elephant in the living room. Even though the major parties go out of their way to be inclusive in debates during their nominating process, they have colluded to block any presidential candidates other than their own from general election debates.

With a board co-chaired by two prominent major party activists, the self-appointed Commission on Presidential Debates has established an indefensible debate inclusion rule for the general election that has kept all independents and minor parties out of the debates since Ross Perot’s first presidential run in 1992. It requires candidates to have an average of 15 percent in national polls despite the Catch-22 of such candidates being likely to be relegated to second-class media status in large part to the assumption they won’t be in the debates.

Applied to this year’s Republican field, the Commission’s 15-percent threshold would leave Fox’s stage with exactly one candidate: Donald Trump. The absurdity of that outcome underscores the case for broader debate inclusion, at least in the first Commission-sponsored debates. As a start, the call by Change the Rule for a process to guarantee a third voice in the debates, deserves strong support.

Anyone who thinks the Republican debate could be effective even when including just three of the current candidates as opposed to two of them should support Change the Rule’s call for changes for general election debates.

Let’s return to Fox’s Republican debate. As a start, consider a party’s goals for debates, such as:

• See how potential nominees articulate their policy proposals and hold up under pressure.

• Allow a full airing of the diversity of perspectives within the party.

• Attract as many potential voters to watch so that the party’s eventual nominee is stronger in the general election.

• Help identify the candidate best able to represent the party and win the general election.

Applying these criteria, it’s important not to have an overly majoritarian perspective in the early debates. While the ultimate nominee should reflect true majority support among party backers, these debates are a time to hear more voices within the party, not just echoes. Allowing the party’s diversity of views to have time on the stage means that those backing those views have more reason to watch — and ultimately care about and be invested in the eventual nominee.

So that means striking some ideas based on finding which 10 candidates comes closest to reflecting majority views within the party. For example, a poll could ask each respondent to select 10 candidates, and the top 10 would go to the debate. But this “winner-take-all” approach could block out important views within the party with passionate followers — for instance, a Rand Paul or Ben Carson.

For implications for rules for debate inclusion, let’s turn to people who know something about how to attract and hold an audience: the Academy of Motion Pictures, which organizes the Oscars every year to celebrate achievement in movies. Notably, eight decades ago the Academy adopted the practice for selecting all multiple nominees in all major categories with ranked choice voting (or, in wonk talk, “the single transferable vote”). Their goal was to have a system that maximized the number of Academy voters who felt they had a stake in the outcome on Oscar night – that is, the number who helped some person or movie get nominated.

Here’s how their ranked choice voting system works when selecting more than one winner:

• Academy voters rank potential nominees in a given category in order of preference. Every voter has one vote, but ranks backups to help ensure their vote counts. For voters’, it’s literally as easy as 1-2-3.

• The share of the vote necessary to earn a nomination is determined. That threshold is the lowest share of the vote that only the winning number of candidates can achieve. When the Oscars have five nominees for Best Actor, that means it takes about 17% of the vote to be sure of winning a nomination – that’s because once five actors have 17%, there’s only 15% left for the next highest vote-getter. With 10 candidates getting to the debates, that means that 9.1% would do it.

• Right now, of course, few candidates have at least 9.1% support in the polls. The tallying process essentially simulates what happens in presidential caucuses. First, imagine if every voter were standing behind their favorite candidate. If your favorite has more than 9.1% support, then that candidate has earned in the debate, and some of you can go to your second choice. (More precisely, an equal portion of each ballot goes to the first choice for a total of 9.1%, and the remaining value of each ballot is added to the totals of the second choice.) Once all the votes have been counted for next choices, we’re now left with some winners and mostly candidates still short of the threshold. At that point, the last-place candidate is eliminated, and all that candidate’s votes are counted for the next choice on each ballot at full value. This process of distributing votes continues until 10 have been selected.

• For the Oscars, ranked choice voting means that some 83% of Oscar voters typically help elect a “candidate” in their category — best actor, best director and so on. (For Best Picture, they modified this counting process a few years ago when allowing an undefined number of movies to be nominated – still using a ranked ballot and still generally trying to make sure that as many Academy voters have a hand in nominating a process, but changing the specific counting rule.) For picking 10 candidates to debate, you’d have more than nine in ten Republicans feeling directly represented on stage, with most of the rest happy with one or more of the candidates.

For Fox, this process would mean not relying on the mathematically-questionable task of averaging five polls that will leave some candidates out due to a tiny difference that will be far less than the polls’ margin of error. Instead, they would do a single poll in which they ask respondent to rank the candidates in order of preference – asking people to rank 10 should be fine, and something most Republican voters would be ready to do at this point. We already see plenty of use of “second choice polling,” as I wrote about last week with Molly Rocket. This poll would be a time to push poll respondents to think more about the candidates in a survey that was focused only on the task of identifying candidates for the debate.

This same ranked choice process could be used as debates proceed. If they decide to narrow who’s on stage after Iowa and New Hampshire, for example, they could have Republicans living in states holding the next contests to use ranked choice voting to five debates, for example, and later on reduce the field to three or even two.

Going forward, Republicans would also be wise to use a ranked choice voting ballot in each primary and caucus to determine that contest’s real winner. Guides to parliamentary procedure like Robert’s Rules of Order recommend ranked choice voting when people can’t vote repeatedly in person, and hundreds of significant organizations do so –including nearly every political party in Canada and the United Kingdom, such as the Labor Party’s leadership contest right now. That is, when you establish your number of winners as one, it takes getting a majority of the vote in the final “instant runoff” round of counting to win. If maintaining his frontrunner status in polls, for example, Donald Trump would need to show he wins one-on-one against his toughest opponent.

That’s what the Oscars have been doing for Best Picture ever since they allowed up to 10 nominations. Instructively, they still allow a “plurality vote” when there are only five nominees in categories because it can make for good television- e.g., the “upsets” that keep people watching are almost always by a person or movie that is benefiting from a split in the majority. For Best Picture, however, the Academy decided it was more important to get the outcome right. That same calculus should govern how we vote for president, starting with large field nomination contests.

There’s probably not time for Fox to change its rules for August 6, but let’s hope organizers of upcoming debates find a better way to determine who’s on stage. Ranked choice voting would be a good place to start.

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