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4) HBCU campuses are busy — especially in the battlegrounds
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The final hours before the first 2016 presidential debate on Sunday seemed more like the eve of Super Bowl — with experts offering predictions and strategies, the Clinton and Trump campaigns posturing and Americans wondering who indeed has first-row tickets.
Arguments about whether Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump or Democratic rival Hillary Clinton would do better on substance or style were indeed largely overshadowed this weekend by Trump suggesting Saturday that hed invite Gennifer Flower, with whom Clintons husband, former President Bill Clinton, has acknowledged having a sexual encounter.
GOP vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence told Fox News Sunday that Trump was merely mocking the Clinton campaign for confirming that Trump nemesis-entrepreneur Mark Cuban was indeed invited to a front-row seat at the Hofstra University debate.
He argued the campaign was really trying to distract attention from where the American people are going to be focused, which is picking a president to chart the future of America.
However, the Indiana governors comments did little to end the debate sideshow.
Its legitimate to have a business person sitting there who’s been advocating for you because of your economic policies, Clinton campaign strategist Joel Benenson told Fox News Sunday.
Former Obama campaign official Stephanie Cutter later told NBCs Meet the Press” that Clinton and Trump are trying to throw each other off their game.
The difference is that Hillary Clinton is doing it with a legitimate businessman, also a celebrity, she said. Trump is just jumping right down in the sewer and swimming by inviting Gennifer Flowers.
Clinton, a former New York senator and secretary of state, and Trump, a first-time candidate and reality TV star, are essentially tied with Election Day about six weeks away, according to essentially every major poll.
And their debate preparations are reflective of their paths to success — with Clinton off the campaign trail to study briefing books at her Westchester, N.Y., home and participate in mock debates
Longtime Clinton aide Philippe Reines, a combative political operative, is purportedly playing Trump in the rehearsals. And President Clinton has sat in on some sessions, offering advice from his own White House debates.
Trump has eschewed traditional debate preparations but has held midflight policy discussions with a rotating cast of advisers. He’s also spent numerous Sundays batting around ideas with aides.
He remained on the campaign trail this weekend, with a stop Saturday in southwestern Virginia.
Trumps loose approach is potentially risky, considering he is new to the many policy issues expected to come up during the debate. But advisers contend he will compensate by being quick on his feet and point to his experience at performing under pressure.
“Imagine the practice and the training of 13 years of reality television on ‘The Apprentice’ and then imagine Hillary’s experience reading hundreds of papers,” said Newt Gingrich, the former GOP House speaker and a Trump adviser who has been talking through policy with the candidate in recent days.
The 90-minute debate in Long Island, N.Y., is expected to attract 75 million viewers — many of them disenchanted with both candidates, the least-popular presidential hopefuls in history.
On Sunday, Clinton campaign aides express concern about Trump’s habit of saying things that might be untrue and voters general distrust of Clinton.
Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, on ABCs This Week called on NBC debate moderator Lester Holt to correct inaccuracies made by the candidates. But Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said it’s not the job of debate moderators to fact check.
The Clinton aides also fear Trump will be judged more for his performance than his grasp of the numerous challenges that pass across a president’s desk.
Trump will likely need to prove to voters that he has the policy depth and gravitas to serve as commander in chief. Clinton will likely need to connect with Americans who question whether she can be trusted.
Clinton will be the first woman to take the stage in a presidential general election debate.
Trump emerged as the Republican nominee in an improbable primary run in which he gave an overall, solid debate performance amid a huge field of established politicians and debaters.
However, he will not likely be able to resort on Monday to the personal attacks that doomed such primary rivals as GOP Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
People familiar with Clinton’s preparations say she has been working on addressing possible questions about her lack of trustworthiness, a problem that has dogged her throughout the campaign.
Supporters cringed during a candidate forum earlier this month when Clinton was pressed about her use of a private server system while running the State Department and became defensive, rather than apologizing and trying to move on quickly.
Clinton has debated more than 30 times at the presidential level, including several one-on-one debates with Barack Obama in 2008 and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016.
But this will be her first presidential debate against a candidate from an opposing party.
“It’s a lot more comfortable running against people in the other party than it is debating in the primary,” said Anita Dunn, who worked on debate preparations with Obama. “The differences don’t have to be manufactured. The differences exist.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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The elephant in the room, is, well, in this case, the elephant in the room.
The room in question is National Statuary Hall, the old House chamber in the U.S. Capitol. The elephant is a dead circus pachyderm named Topsy. And the question centers on a loose connection between Topsy and the latest addition to the Capitols statuary collection: Thomas Alva Edison.
Known as the The Wizard of Menlo Park, historians credit Edison with developing the light bulb, the phonograph, the stock ticker and a camera to shoot movies. His prolific inventions earned Edison nearly 1,100 U.S. patents. And in a ceremony this week, congressional leaders dedicated the new Edison statue, representing Ohio.
When I heard we were unveiling a statue of Thomas Edison, my first thought was We dont have one already? House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said at the statue convocation.
Although Edison is closely associated with New Jersey, he was a native of Milan, Ohio. Congress permits each state to send two statues each to Capitol Hill. After years of debate, Ohio elected to scrap the statute of obscure Ohio Gov. William Allen (a vocal critic of Abraham Lincoln) in favor of someone else. Compared to other notable Ohioans, history simply bypassed Allen.
Ohio considered a robust catalogue of luminaries for representation at the capitol. During his remarks at the ceremony, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, mentioned Neil Armstrong and 23 other astronauts. He discussed Ohios eight presidents — though a statue of President James Garfield already graces the Capitol Rotunda.
We also had a couple of guys named Orville and Wilbur who were in the running, Portman said. So this was not easy.
Ohio also considered Harriet Beecher Stowe. Jesse Owens. Even Barberton, Ohio native Bo Schembechler who became the legendary University of Michigan football coach.
Did someone really think they could hornswoggle Ohio into letting the University of Michigan football coach represent the Buckeye State in the U.S. Capitol for time immemorial?
Were a state with a lot to be proud of. But I think we got it right, said Portman of Ohio settling on Edison.
In the statue, Edison stands tall, proudly hoisting in his right hand toward the sky what is thought to be his most prominent invention: the incandescent light bulb.
More than 20 inventors engineered versions of incandescent lamps prior to Edison. But Edison perfected the bulb and coupled the idea of a singular lamp to a system of lighting an entire room or street.
Of course, a matrix of lamps requires power. Historians believe Edison rose above his rivals by connecting the incandescent bulb with the development of mass power generation and distribution systems.
This brings us to what is known as the War of Currents.
A race ensued in the late 19th Century between Edison, George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla to electrify the world.
Tesla crafted something called an induction motor, which helped boost the use of alternating current (AC.) But Edison preferred direct current (DC.)
In 1885, Tesla came to work for Edison with the opportunity to redesign his direct current generators.
Tesla says Edison offered him $50,000 for the gig, though Edison didnt have that sort of cash. Tesla completed the task, and Edison never coughed up the $50,000. Edison offered Tesla a significant raise, telling him you dont understand our American humor.
Tesla quit on the spot and went back to perfecting his alternating current system.
Edison saw the advantages of alternating current power but was reluctant to switch. It was expensive. Plus, Edison didnt want to torpedo his DC work and lose out to Westinghouse and Tesla.
So what do you do if youre working with Edison? Demonstrate that AC isnt safe.
Edisons team tried to taint AC and its development by Tesla to reveal its dangers.
Edison loyalists helped supply New York an electric chair system that ran on AC. Edison opposed capital punishment himself. But by making sure the device used Westinghouse generators, Edison thought he might scare people into never wanting AC brought into their home or business if it was used in the first execution via electric chair.
News reports characterized the exercise as grotesque. Reporters described horrific stenches, burning bone and singed flesh.
They would have done better using an ax, declared Westinghouse of the gruesome affair.
In other words, Edisons team played Westinghouse and Tesla. Edisons aides managed to orchestrate a well-publicized event to sully the reputations of his rivals and turn the public against the use of AC.
This is where Topsy the elephant comes in.
Topsy was a performer in the Forepaugh Circus and wound up at Coney Island in New York in 1903. There was a plan to execute Topsy for a variety of violent incidents. Edisons movie cameras were on hand to film Topsys execution in another highly-publicized episode to demonstrate the problems with AC.
Edison didnt appear at Topsys execution. And theres nothing that directly links Edison to the film company or the power industry at that point. But news accounts of the time said Topsy was electrocuted by electricians of the Edison Power Company.
The film was also credited on screen to Thomas A. Edison.
But it didnt matter. Alternating current killed Topsy. And if AC is really so powerful to fell an elephant, shouldnt people consider something else like direct current?
The 74-second Electrocuting an Elephant was one of the first films available for the public to watch on Edisons kinetescopes, a device he crafted to show the earliest movies.
Edison may have a statue in the U.S. Capitol today. But since the mid-1950s, power companies distribute most electricity via alternating current rather than Edisons direct current.
But who do we think of when it comes to power? Edison, not Tesla. After all, the power company in the New York region is known as ConEdison, not ConTesla.
The brand Westinghouse certainly remains in the vernacular of the American consumer. But theres no statue of George Westinghouse at the U.S. Capitol. And there certainly isnt a statue of Nikola Tesla on Capitol Hill, either.
Edison clearly possessed better marketing. Despite Edisons minimal involvement, PR disasters for alternating current with the electric chair and Topsy helped propel his electricity inventions to the forefront at the time, leaving rivals behind.
The Sacramento-based, 1980s hair band Tesla indirectly helped propel Nikola Tesla back into the public consciousness as it opened for acts like David Lee Roth and Def Leppard. Elon Musks Tesla Motors didnt hurt either. However, in a bizarre twist, it was Edison who invented the first electric car battery. Tesla is virtually synonymous today with electric vehicles.
The focal point of the Capitols Edison statue is unquestionably the incandescent light bulb he thrusts above his head. The light bulb is symbolic. Its as if to say Edisons gotten another idea. Come up with a new invention. Developed a new device.
The statute by artist Alan Cottrill virtually declares Let there be light!
The light of ideas, invention and progress.
Of course the bulb Edisons statue wields is an incandescent one — like the ones he perfected.
But in 2007, Congress passed a law mandating the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs in favor of fluorescent ones. Brazil, the European Union, Canada and a host of other countries also voted to ban incandescent bulbs, too.
And who developed the first practical fluorescent bulb? Nikola Tesla.