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‘Not going to ask permission’: Angela Rye says it’s time for black women to assume power in the Democratic Party

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As primary season bears swiftly upon the nation in the lead-up to November’s midterm elections, a fresh slate of black women candidates are making waves — and their ascension couldn’t be more timely.

Discussing the rise of women like Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, political commentator and advocacy executive Angela Rye told the Washington Post that after the 2016 election, the time for black women running for (and winning) elected seats is now.

“What I am banking on at this point is supporting people who I know have always supported me and my community,” the CNN and NPR commentator said. “That does not mean that there are not wonderful candidates who are white allies. But what I am saying is I’m not waiting around. I’m not going to ask permission.”

“I’m going to do what I know is the right thing to do and support the leader that has supported these people,” Rye said of Abrams, who she campaigned for ahead of today’s Democratic primary. If she wins the primary and the general election, Abrams would become the first black woman governor in American history.

“I reject the notion that we can make special exceptions for some people,” Rye told the Post. “The times are challenging and we need to grow our political power, and we need to ensure that we are putting people in office that are bold and brave and pushing our agenda and unafraid and work hard.”

Black women have already made significant wins in earlier primaries, the Post report noted.

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“Linda Coleman, the Democratic candidate for North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District; Dee Thornton, the Democratic candidate for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District seat; and Vanessa Enoch, the Democratic candidate for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District” have all made gains in their primaries, though their elections are likely to be won by GOP opponents.

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‘White woman problems’: Twitter stomps ‘lifestyle guru’ after she goes berserk over checkout glitch at Target

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A self-described "lifestyle guru" and TV host is coming under fire after she raged on Twitter about problems purchasing items at Target.

In a tweet on Saturday, Meaghan Mooney demanded Target "make good" after she was not able to immediately purchase a cart filled with goods.

"I just filled my l cart w/ hundreds of $ of merch I need TODAY, but REGISTERS ARE DOWN GLOBALLY???" Mooney wrote. "And NOW after I begging your staff to put my items on hold, I only have till EOD?? 1 inconvenience after the next. How will you be making good w us consumers?!"

Hey @Target — I just filled my l cart w/ hundreds of $ of merch I need TODAY, but REGISTERS ARE DOWN GLOBALLY??? And NOW after I begging your staff to put my items on hold, I only have till EOD?? 1 inconvenience after the next. How will you be making good w us consumers?! #Target pic.twitter.com/4KQTtdNv0M

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MSNBC guest ridicules Trump-fan Steve Cortes as possible Sarah Sanders replacement: ‘He’s a nut — have you seen him on TV?’

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Discussing the departure of Donald Trump's spokesperson Sarah Sanders from the White House, an MSNBC panel surveyed her possible replacements with one ridiculed for his appearances on TV defending the president.

Speaking with "AM Joy" fill-in host Jonathan Capehart, The Beat DC editor Tiffany Cross shot former Trump associate Stever Cortes -- a regular on CNN -- down as a possible candidate.

"There are names that are out there," Capehart suggested. "[Meliania Trump spokesperson] Stephanie Grisham and Hogan Gidley and Steve Cortes."

Pointing out that Grisham is the most likely contender, and the Trump would probably prefer a woman, Cross called out Cortes for his TV appearances.

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Can at least half the 2020 Democrats please quit right now?

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OK, Democrats — you’ve had your fun. You grew up being told that everybody could run for president, and then everybody did. Except that this mad anthill scramble of presidential candidates, which resembles a bunch of kindergarteners descending on not enough cookies, really hasn’t been fun so far. All you’ve managed to do is put the fear of God — or the fear of the other guy, more like — into the voters, provoking widespread PTSD flashbacks to November 2016.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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