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Hillary Clinton: ‘I really tried to get out of going’ to Trump’s inauguration

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As British talk show host Graham Norton noted, it was “almost Shakespearean” that former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attended her opponent’s inauguration.

Nodding in agreement with the host, Clinton said she wasn’t too interested in attending herself.

“I really tried to get out of going,” Clinton said in a Friday episode of Norton’s BBC show.

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As per tradition, Clinton attended the inauguration with her husband, former President Bill Clinton “to show support [for the] continuity of our government.”

Nevertheless, she and Bill thought up a potential out.

“We thought, ‘Okay, maybe others aren’t going,'” she told the host. “So we called the Bushes and the elder Bushes were in the hospital, which I think was legitimate.”

But once they found out the Bushes and the Carters were attending, she knew the ruse was up.

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“Bill and I looked at each other and said, ‘Well, we gotta go,'” Clinton said.

Watch her discuss attending her former rival’s inauguration below, via BBC.

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Israeli president to meet Netanyahu, Gantz in bid to break deadlock

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Israel's president will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main opponent Benny Gantz together on Monday as he pressures their two parties to form a unity government after last week's election.

The key meeting comes as the deadlocked vote results threaten Netanyahu's long tenure in office, but he has shown no sign of willingly giving up his post.

President Reuven Rivlin announced in a statement he had invited the two to a meeting together in the evening as he considers whom to task with trying to form a government.

Rivlin made the announcement after he wrapped up consultations with political parties elected to parliament to hear their recommendations for who should form the next government.

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‘A threat to virtually everything that the United States should stand for’: Scathing NYT op-ed on Trump goes viral

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damning piece by New York Times Opinion Columnist David Leonhardt is going viral. “Donald Trump vs. the United States of America” says it’s “Just the facts, in 40 sentences.”

That’s all it is.

40 sentences, 40 facts chronicling President Donald Trump’s lawlessness, self-dealing, un-American behavior, attempts to do real damage to vital institutions, and grotesque acts. Some are impeachable offenses. Some are just not worthy – or are disqualifying – of a president of the United States.

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Mississippi: African American voters sue over election law rooted in the state’s racist past

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A lawsuit over a Mississippi election law, if successful, will change the way that state elects its governor.

Four African Americans filed the federal civil rights lawsuit in May 2019, charging that the way their state elects its statewide officials violates the Voting Rights Act, the 14th Amendment and the principle of “one-person, one-vote.”

To win election, a candidate for governor of Mississippi has to win an outright majority of the popular vote – and win a majority of the state’s 122 House districts.

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