Democrats set to pick leader in Trump era

first_imgHillary Clinton and Donald TrumpUS Democrats, licking their wounds from last year’s election debacle, will pick a new leader Saturday to take the fight to President Donald Trump and his Republicans.With opposition Democrats preparing for crucial 2018 midterm elections and the nation’s next presidential race on the distant 2020 horizon, nothing less than the future of the party is at stake.The race to chair the Democratic National Committee (DNC) features front-runners Tom Perez, a Hispanic-American and former secretary of labor under Barack Obama who is the establishment pick, and Keith Ellison, a black Muslim congressman from the party’s progressive wing who has left open the prospect of pushing to impeach Trump.The race is narrowing — one of the second-tier challengers, South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jamie Harrison dropped out of the race Thursday and supported Perez — and culminates in a vote Saturday at a DNC meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.During a debate with several DNC candidates Wednesday night, Perez and Ellison expressed similar views about how they would run the party.They acknowledged that it needs to take a solid economic message to working-class and middle-class Americans, many of whom said during last year’s campaign that they felt abandoned by Democrats.Perez, 55, said Democrats need to “get back to basics” by making house calls in all 50 states and establishing a year-round organizing presence to remind American workers that the Democratic Party represents their values and interests.”When we lead with our message, our message of economic opportunity, that’s how we win,” he said during the debate broadcast on CNN.- Crisis of confidence -Perez also warned that Democrats must reform their party’s presidential primary system, which he said has created “a crisis of confidence” because of its lack of transparency.The current system includes the use of several hundred so-called “super-delegates” — DNC members, party grandees and lawmakers who can vote for whomever they choose in the primary, regardless of how citizens vote in the states.Ellison, 53, is the insurgent in the race, a supporter of liberal Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primaries who, like Perez, has pledged to reclaim the party’s reputation of standing for fair trade, jobs, infrastructure investment and the preservation of Social Security.”That’s what we do,” said Ellison, who was endorsed by Sanders. Trump “stole a Democratic message” by constantly reminding working-class and middle-class voters during the campaign that he was the candidate who listened to their concerns.Trump no doubt is watching the DNC race closely. Earlier this week he tweeted that Ellison’s bid is notable because “he was the one who predicted early that I would win!”Beyond Perez and Ellison, a dark horse has emerged: Pete Buttigieg, the charismatic 35-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana.He has earned support from former presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, former DNC chair Steve Grossman, and Vermont ex-governor Howard Dean, himself a onetime presidential candidate and DNC chair.”The wolf is through the gates and eating our sheep right now. We’ve got to take it to the real opposition, which is the Republicans,” Buttigieg said in the debate.The falsehoods peddled by the Trump White House must be “met with fact and outrage,” he added. But at the same time, the focus has to return to struggling Americans.”We’ve got to get back to talking to people and about people in terms of their everyday lives.”The three candidates pledged to remain neutral should sitting Democrats be challenged by more liberal candidates in the 2018 midterm elections in the Republican-controlled Congress.And they portrayed the Democrats as a party desperate for a reenergizing from the ground up.Grossman, one of the former DNC chairs, said Trump was far more adept than Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate he defeated, at showing Americans that he could feel their pain.”He did, and she didn’t, and that was the difference,” Grossman told CBS radio earlier this month, as he said the new DNC chair will be tasked with bringing that message home to voters.Saturday’s winner needs a majority of the DNC’s 447 members. Roll Call newspaper reported a number of ballots would likely be needed for a candidate to emerge victorious.last_img read more

Now more time to probe puppy killings

first_imgKolkata: State Health department has extended the duration of the probe into the killing of puppies in the NRS Medical College and Hospital by one month.The Health department had earlier in January instructed to complete the probe within 60 days but it has not been done so far. As a result the department is forced to extend the duration of the probe by a month. A senior official of the health department said that they could not arrive in a consensual decision on the basis of the probe. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThose who are conducting a probe have sought some more time. On the basis of the request by the investigating team, the health department officials agreed to provide them another one month for the completion of the probe. According to the official, the decision will be taken against the accused on the basis of the report submitted by the investigation team. NRS Medical College and Hospital authorities assured stringent action against the accused involved in the killing of 16 puppies. The autopsy report suggested the puppies were beaten to death. A video corroborated the fact and showed two women hitting the puppies with an iron rod. The incident had taken place on hospital campus. A separate probe has been initiated by the city police and a case against some unknown persons has been lodged. Hospital authorities formed a three-member committee to probe into the incident. They earlier assured that action will be taken against the guilty. Two nursing students were arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident and they were later released on bail.last_img read more

Upgrade your beauty regime to be Monsoon ready

first_imgThe monsoon is undoubtedly a time for fun and freshness. But while the season can conjure a pretty picture, the humidity is known to cause your skin and hair to misbehave so make sure you are prepared well in advance for a hassle-free rainy season.Beauty Experts share tips to keep you looking flawless amidst the rains.Tips for skin care and makeup-During the rains, your skin really needs to breathe without feeling oily and greasy. It requires care that is nourishing and also protects from constant dampness and pollution. Using the aloe aqua gel moisturizes your skin, removes dryness and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNo matter how cloudy it gets, your skin always needs to be protected from the sun. Using the ultra-matte gel gives your skin a non-sticky, lightweight and ultra-matte finish while also protecting it from the sun.Using an everyday skin stylist like a CC cream infused with natural ingredients like aloe vera can give you the dual benefit of makeup and nourishment that it requires.Monsoon is not the time to go heavy on your makeup regime. Create a ‘no makeup’ – makeup look by pairing a matte, poppy lipstick with winged eye created using a waterproof gel kajal. Choose a foundation enriched with a light formula or give your foundation some rest by going for a loose face powder. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFocus on bringing out your natural and fresh glow rather than overloading your skin with products. Opt for products which are infused with natural ingredients like aloe vera and honey as they are multi-beneficial and work mildly on your skin.A special tip for all nine to five women: Your skin goes through a sudden shock when you leave your cool air-conditioned office and step outside. So, use products which are non- greasy and non- oily for your skin to stay as fresh as possible. Tips for haircare-During the long monsoon month there is high oil secretion on the scalp which makes the hair looks flat at the roots, to combat this it is essential to wash your hair regularly.Anti-bacterial hair shampoos and cleansers are essential for the scalp as they help fight fungal and bacterial infections. Rainwater is usually acidic and dirty, so if you get wet in the rain use a protective leave-in product and dry your hair using a hairdryer. The product will form a protective layer on your hair and shield it from the damage rainwater can causeOpt for a deodorizer that suits your hair to ensure it smells good always.Towel drying your hair while dabbing it is recommended over rubbing it. Rubbing wet hair might cause it to break due to the friction.Use a wide tooth comb in your hair, this will ensure that your hair doesn’t break or gets damaged.Tips for hairstyling-Boxer braids – This favorite elementary school hairstyle is fierce yet fuss-free and perfect for the humid weather. Prepare your hair using an anti-frizz serum and create a center part down to the nape of your neck, and clip one side away. Braid the unclipped side by taking some hair at the top and separating it into 3 equal sections. Next, take the left section and cross it under the middle one. Now take the right section and cross it under the middle too. Now start adding more hair into the braid. Take a small section of the hair that’s already down on the left side and combine it with the current left section. Repeat the process with the hair down the right side, until you reach the ends of your hair and secure with a hair elastic. Repeat the process on the other side.Half Up Half Down Space Buns- Prepare your hair with a volumising dry shampoo to give your hair volume for days! Brush your hair, creating a messy center part. Put an index finger on the arch of each eyebrow, trace back into your hair and hold. Split the hair you gathered into two halves, creating ponytails and secure them with hair elastics. Twist the first ponytail around the hair elastic, creating a bun. Repeat the process on the other side. Apply some curling mousse to the loose hair, for boho-inspired beachy waves.last_img read more