Thursday Open Thread |Just Because I Love Them: Dionne Warwick

Today enjoy the music of Dionne Warwick.

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Wednesday Open Thread |Just Because I Love Them: Diana Ross

Today, we will be entertained by MISS Ross.

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Media Plans to Call Democratic Primary for Hillary Clinton Before California Polls Close

Chris Matthews 22Chris Matthews sat down with Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, and confirmed that MSNBC and several other media networks intend to call the Democratic primary race for Hillary Clinton before polls close in California on June 7.

Matthews said that the plan is to call the race at 8 p.m. Eastern time, three hours before the polls close in California on the West Coast.

Weaver argues passionately that the superdelegates totals should not be included in the reporting that night, as superdelegates do not vote until the convention. Until that time, he states that the numbers are essentially only a “poll,” and do not reflect an official tally that should be reported by the media.

Weaver also expressed dismay at the prospect that this might affect the voters of California, who should be given a chance to voice themselves without being discounted.

The media has had a history of misreporting superdelegate totals throughout this primary race. Even after public statements from Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz that the superdelegate totals should not be included in articles and press releases, numerous articles still included misleading information for months, without separating pledged and unpledged delegates in their totals.

Even today, MSNBC continues to report delegate totals that include superdelegates.

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Importantly, research has proven that polls and forecasts can actually influence voters’ choices through the “bandwagon effect,” which suggests people will back the choice or candidate they think is mostly likely to win.

Recently, some Democratic figures and Clinton surrogates have urged Bernie Sanders to drop out of the race, arguing that his continuing campaign only hurts Clinton’s bid against Donald Trump. However, Bernie Sanders insists that his voters’ concerns must be heard and intends to carry those issues to the national convention in Philadelphia and argue for his candidacy to the superdelegates before the final vote.

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Tuesday Open Thread |Just Because I Love Them: Patti LaBelle

Today, we love Patti LaBelle.

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Freddie Gray case | State vs Officer Edward Nero | Not Guilty

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Judge Barry G. Williams is scheduled to issue a ruling Monday in the case of Officer Edward Nero, one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Nero, 30, is charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office, all related to his role in Gray’s initial detention and arrest on April 12, 2015.

Nero has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Gray, 25, suffered severe spinal cord injuries while in the back of a Baltimore police van, prosecutors say. He died a week later.

Williams is expected to hand down his ruling at 10:30 a.m.

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Monday Open Thread |Just Because I Love Them: Gladys Knight

I couldn’t think of a theme for this week. So, I’m gonna give you a week of women that I simply love.

Today is Gladys Knight.

 

 

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Sunday Open Thread | Praise & Worship | Jonathan Butler

Photo Credit:R. Andrew LepleyJonathan Butler (born October 10, 1961, Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa) is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music is often classified as R&B, jazz fusion or worship music.

Born and raised in Cape Town during Apartheid, Butler started singing and playing acoustic guitar as a child. Racial segregation and poverty during Apartheid has been the subject of many of his records.[1] His first single was the first by a black artist played by white radio stations in the racially segregated South Africa and earned a Sarie Award, South Africa’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards.

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