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11th Dec '17 2:08:16 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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* On the election of September 7, 2013, the Liberal-National Coalition won government in Australia in a landslide majority, granting conservative Tony Abbott both the position of Prime Minister and a majority government, and ending six years of government by the Australian Labor Party. Abbott would go on to be one of the most disliked PMs in modern Australian history. He was scorned many for his staunch social conservatism, his government's austere budgets and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking his tendency to put his foot in his mouth]], something seemingly very common within his cabinet. In fact, he wound up winning the 2013 election largely because of Labor infighting (the aforementioned Rudd/Gillard fiasco), which he capitalized on. This campaign tactic proved ironic - just two years into the job and facing a loss by Labor at the next election, Mr. Abbott lost a leadership contest to the more moderate communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull. ''He'' had a brief honeymoon period, called an early election as it began to wear off (partially because he appeased the more conservative members of his party), and wound up winning a razor-thin majority (read: one seat) in the House of Representatives. Mr. Turnbull is currently walking a tightrope with the party's centrists and conservatives, for fear of getting removed from office, especially as economic growth has begun to taper off (the country hasn't slipped into recession since 1991).

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* On the election of September 7, 2013, the Liberal-National Coalition won government in Australia in a landslide majority, granting conservative Tony Abbott both the position of Prime Minister and a majority government, and ending six years of government by the Australian Labor Party. Abbott would go on to be one of the most disliked PMs [=PMs=] in modern Australian history. He was scorned many for his staunch social conservatism, his government's austere budgets and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking his tendency to put his foot in his mouth]], something seemingly very common within his cabinet. In fact, he wound up winning the 2013 election largely because of Labor infighting (the aforementioned Rudd/Gillard fiasco), which he capitalized on. This campaign tactic proved ironic - just two years into the job and facing a loss by Labor at the next election, Mr. Abbott lost a leadership contest to the more moderate communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull. ''He'' had a brief honeymoon period, called an early election as it began to wear off (partially because he appeased the more conservative members of his party), and wound up winning a razor-thin majority (read: one seat) in the House of Representatives. Mr. Turnbull is currently walking a tightrope with the party's centrists and conservatives, for fear of getting removed from office, especially as economic growth has begun to taper off (the country hasn't slipped into recession since 1991).
10th Dec '17 6:36:02 PM Matt620
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* Faith in the press has taken a nosedive throughout the decade. While American trust for the media had been steadily declining throughout the previous decade, it took a serious hit in credibility during the 2016 election cycle, often polling at less than half the country believing the American news media will tell them news accurately. Among other things, reporters are often perceived as uninterested in problems outside of their cities, and having a far too cozy relationship with Democratic lawmakers. This was bolstered by hacked emails released from [=WikiLeaks=], which showed news anchor John Harwood[[note]]who infamously lied on-camera repeatedly during the much-pilloried CNBC primary debate[[/note]] engaging in opposition research against candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson, describing NYT reporter Maggie Haberman as "friendly" to the Democratic campaign, and then-Politico reporter Glenn Thrush declaring himself a "hack" and submitting full articles to Hillary Clinton adviser John Podesta in advance of publication, something against his employer's policies. After Trump's victory, viral images of ABC anchor Martha Raddatz crying over the victory were circulated among conservative sites [[note]]For the record, Raddatz has denied crying over Trump's victory, blaming the incident on being awake for a very long period of time.[[/note]]. After the election, several high-profile failures of poorly-sourced and uncorroborated anonymous leaks, coupled with a repeated insistence by Trump about "fake news", has tanked the media's credibility, often polling at less approval than his own historically low ratings. The media's push to "rededicate" itself to fact-checking and speaking truth to power after the election rang hollow among listeners, as they wondered why they felt the need to claim so when that has always been their purview. It fueled many suspicions that the media was not as interested or rigorous in fact-checking the Obama administration, which even some reporters admit they didn't their due diligence.

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* Faith in the press has taken a nosedive throughout the decade. While American trust for the media had been steadily declining throughout the previous decade, it took a serious hit in credibility during the 2016 election cycle, often polling at less than half the country believing the American news media will tell them news accurately. Among other things, reporters are often perceived as uninterested in problems outside of their cities, and having a far too cozy relationship with Democratic lawmakers. This was bolstered by hacked emails released from [=WikiLeaks=], which showed news anchor John Harwood[[note]]who infamously lied on-camera repeatedly during the much-pilloried CNBC primary debate[[/note]] engaging in opposition research against candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson, describing NYT reporter Maggie Haberman as "friendly" to the Democratic campaign, and then-Politico reporter Glenn Thrush declaring himself a "hack" and submitting full articles to Hillary Clinton adviser John Podesta in advance of publication, something against his employer's policies. After Trump's victory, viral images of ABC anchor Martha Raddatz crying over the victory were circulated among conservative sites [[note]]For the record, Raddatz has denied crying over Trump's victory, blaming the incident on being awake for a very long period of time.[[/note]]. After the election, several high-profile failures of poorly-sourced and uncorroborated anonymous leaks, coupled with a repeated insistence by Trump about "fake news", has tanked the media's credibility, often polling at less approval than his own historically low ratings. The media's push to "rededicate" itself to fact-checking and speaking truth to power after the election rang hollow among listeners, as they wondered why they felt the need to claim so when that has always been their purview. It fueled many suspicions that the media was not as interested or rigorous in fact-checking the Obama administration, which even some reporters admit they didn't their due diligence. Came to a fever pitch in early December 2017, when several major news networks, along with CNN, ran many false anti-Trump stories in one week.[[note]]CNN and CBS ran a false story claiming that Donald Trump Jr. was collaborating with [=WikiLeaks=] on document production during the campaign, when he was actually being told about publicly available documents. ABC's Brian Ross reported that Flynn was going to testify that candidate Trump directed him to collaborate with Russians, when it was actual after the election. Reuters claimed that Trump's financial records were being subpoenaed, only for it to belong to someone else. And finally, a reporter claimed an arena for a Trump rally was empty, however, the picture was taken before the event occurred. [[/note]] The networks were blasted for their errors, and many critics question why all of these "errors" are anti-Trump in nature.
3rd Dec '17 1:57:08 PM KizunaTallis
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* After two decades' worth of AlternativeRock, HipHop and Adult-contemporary {{Idol Singer}}s, ElectronicMusic has become a hot spot in the American public eye, after years of mild-to-moderate popularity in the club scene (it's been popular in Europe much longer). Music/{{deadmau5}}, Creator/DavidGuetta, and Music/{{Skrillex}} among others have become global celebrities. The latter has become particularly notorious for popularizing Main/{{Dubstep}}, an [[MoodWhiplash aggressive, melodic variant]] [[FollowTheLeader copied]] by other producers, spreading many subgenres like "deep house" and "electroswing" (which became popular a little earlier than its parent genre with 2010's "We No Speak Americano"). Although deadmau5 doesn't consider himself to be and dislikes being called a DJ, he is known as an {{electro house}} producer known best for wearing an iconic mouse-head mask. Guetta is a French house artist who released his obscure debut album in 2002 and hit worldwide fame with 2009's "When Love Takes Over". The ponderous success of Music/LadyGaga ended up becoming the crucial piece in the puzzle[[note]][[CreatorBacklash But don't remind her about that]]; [[GenreShift she has herself shifted to soul music]][[/note]].\\

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* After two decades' worth of AlternativeRock, HipHop and Adult-contemporary {{Idol Singer}}s, ElectronicMusic has become a hot spot in the American public eye, after years of mild-to-moderate popularity in the club scene (it's been popular around the rest of the world, especially in Europe Europe, much longer). Music/{{deadmau5}}, Creator/DavidGuetta, and Music/{{Skrillex}} Music/{{Skrillex}}, among others others, have become global celebrities. The latter has become particularly notorious for popularizing [[GenrePopularizer popularizing]] Main/{{Dubstep}}, an a [[MoodWhiplash aggressive, melodic variant]] part-aggressive/part-melodic]] genre [[FollowTheLeader copied]] by other producers, spreading many subgenres like "deep house" and "electroswing" (which became popular a little earlier than its parent genre with 2010's "We No Speak Americano"). Although deadmau5 doesn't consider himself to be and dislikes being called a DJ, he is known as an {{electro house}} producer known best for wearing an iconic mouse-head mask. Guetta is a French house {{house music}} artist who released his obscure debut album in 2002 and hit worldwide fame with 2009's "When Love Takes Over". The ponderous success of Music/LadyGaga ended up becoming the crucial piece in the puzzle[[note]][[CreatorBacklash But don't remind her about that]]; [[GenreShift she has herself shifted to soul music]][[/note]].\\



* Urban music has remained popular in spite of the fact GlamRap and other popular genres of the 2000s have become DeaderThanDisco and replaced with the renascent West Coast style. Newer takes on hip-hop now come in three different flavors: a) Revisiting R&B and other genres, often with some social commentary, b) Crossing over with EDM, with some "featured" performances alongside pop artists. Some artists, like Music/KendrickLamar have managed to do both however, c) "mumble rap/Trap Music consisting of indecipherable mumbled lyrics, coupled with painfully simplistic lyricism. And like the Rock example below, Hip-Hop fans argue about whether or not all of the above is actual Hip-Hop or "[[InNameOnly gentrified Hip-Hop]]". With some fans saying traditional Hip-Hop/Rap is dead in the mainstream.

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* Urban music has remained popular in spite of the fact GlamRap and other popular genres of the 2000s have become DeaderThanDisco and replaced with the renascent West Coast style. Newer takes on hip-hop now come in three different flavors: a) Revisiting R&B and other genres, often with some social commentary, b) Crossing over with EDM, with some "featured" performances alongside pop artists. Some artists (some artists, like Music/KendrickLamar have managed to do both however, however), or c) "mumble rap/Trap Music rap/{{Trap Music}} consisting of indecipherable mumbled lyrics, coupled with painfully simplistic lyricism. And Much like the Rock rock example below, Hip-Hop hip-hop fans argue about whether or not all of the above is actual Hip-Hop hip-hop or "[[InNameOnly gentrified Hip-Hop]]". With Hip-Hop]]", with some fans saying traditional Hip-Hop/Rap is dead in the mainstream.
3rd Dec '17 10:16:08 AM nombretomado
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* {{Creator/HBO}}'s venture into Asia, HBO Asia, released its first ever original series, ''Series/SerangoonRoad'', a fast-paced crime fiction drama co-produced with [[TheABC the Australian Broadcasting Corporation]], set in 1960s Singapore.

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* {{Creator/HBO}}'s venture into Asia, HBO Asia, released its first ever original series, ''Series/SerangoonRoad'', a fast-paced crime fiction drama co-produced with [[TheABC [[Creator/TheABC the Australian Broadcasting Corporation]], set in 1960s Singapore.
29th Nov '17 1:17:05 PM Eagal
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** These scandals had a domino effect, with people now [[WitchHunt unfairly]] or [[ProperlyParanoid not]] scrutinizing other powerful entertainment and/or political figures because of suspicion or [[MaliciousSlander vague rumors]] as more and more men were revealed to have sordid pasts via victims coming forward. Among those disgraced were actors Creator/GeorgeTakei and Jeremy Piven, journalist Charlie Rose, ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'' creator Garrison Keillor, ''Today'' anchor Matt Lauer, comedian/U.S. Senator Al Franken, and co-founder and chief creative officer of Creator/{{Pixar}} John Lasseter.

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** These scandals had a domino effect, with people now [[WitchHunt unfairly]] or [[ProperlyParanoid not]] scrutinizing other powerful entertainment and/or political figures because of suspicion or [[MaliciousSlander vague rumors]] as more and more men were revealed to have sordid pasts via victims coming forward. Among those disgraced accused were actors Creator/GeorgeTakei and Jeremy Piven, journalist Charlie Rose, ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'' creator Garrison Keillor, ''Today'' anchor Matt Lauer, comedian/U.S. Senator Al Franken, and co-founder and chief creative officer of Creator/{{Pixar}} John Lasseter.
29th Nov '17 12:00:46 PM Sapphirea2
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* ScienceFiction is thriving in the film world with ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' and the like, [[SciFiGhetto but struggles on television]] with only ''Series/FallingSkies'' and ''Series/DoctorWho'' winning people over. Additionally, the long-running world-building sci-fi series of yesteryear (''Series/TheXFiles'', and the ''Stargate'' franchise) are all off the air, without new series to replace them. In the span of a few months, Creator/{{Syfy}} cancelled many ScienceFiction shows such as ''Series/StargateUniverse'' and Creator/{{ABC}} gave up on a ''Series/{{V|2009}}'' revival. Some blame this on [[FollowTheLeader trying to grab]] new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'''s fans.

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* ScienceFiction is thriving in the film world with ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' and the like, [[SciFiGhetto but struggles on television]] with only ''Series/FallingSkies'' and the ''Series/DoctorWho'' revival winning people over. over -- even then, the latter show saw a significant drop-off in popularity after Creator/MattSmith departed the title role [[TheNthDoctor to be replaced by]] Creator/PeterCapaldi, who didn't have the youth appeal Smith and Creator/DavidTennant did. Additionally, the long-running world-building sci-fi series of yesteryear (''Series/TheXFiles'', (''Series/TheXFiles'' and the ''Stargate'' franchise) are all were off the air, air without new series to replace them. In the span of a few months, Creator/{{Syfy}} cancelled many ScienceFiction shows such as ''Series/StargateUniverse'' and Creator/{{ABC}} gave up on a ''Series/{{V|2009}}'' revival. Some blame this on [[FollowTheLeader trying to grab]] new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'''s fans.
29th Nov '17 11:54:27 AM Sapphirea2
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*** This also had a domino effect, with people now [[WitchHunt unfairly]] or [[ProperlyParanoid not]] scrutinizing other powerful entertainment "big wigs" because of suspicion or [[MaliciousSlander vague rumors]].


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** These scandals had a domino effect, with people now [[WitchHunt unfairly]] or [[ProperlyParanoid not]] scrutinizing other powerful entertainment and/or political figures because of suspicion or [[MaliciousSlander vague rumors]] as more and more men were revealed to have sordid pasts via victims coming forward. Among those disgraced were actors Creator/GeorgeTakei and Jeremy Piven, journalist Charlie Rose, ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'' creator Garrison Keillor, ''Today'' anchor Matt Lauer, comedian/U.S. Senator Al Franken, and co-founder and chief creative officer of Creator/{{Pixar}} John Lasseter.
24th Nov '17 2:58:42 PM Matt620
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* On October 1, 2017, a crazed gunman opened fire upon a crowd of concert goers at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip from the famed Mandala Bay hotel, killing 58 and wounding 546 people in what has become the deadliest mass shooting in the history of U.S to date. The perpetrator was one Stephen Paddock, a well-off retiree and an avid gambler. Curiously, after the police officers breached Paddock's hotel room, they found a veritable arsenal of weapons (7 various pieces in total) and a large number of ammunition, sparking concerns as to how he was able to bring in such an amount of guns and keep them without alerting anyone. Naturally, the gun debate was reignited with increased vigour once more, with focus now on two new aspects, silencers (which muffle gun sounds) and bump stocks (which are used to turn semi-automatic rifles into automatic ones). The incident also spawned controversy due to official statements routinely contradicting themselves as to the official timeline of events, leading far-right conspiracy theorists wild in desperate attempts to prove Paddock wasn't a conservative in hopes of reversing the damage done to the American right after the attacks in Charlottesville two months prior. The nastier side of the news also came out when a high-profile CBS news lawyer declared that she had no sympathy for the victims because country music fans were Republicans, leading to her immediate dismissal from the network.

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* On October 1, 2017, a crazed gunman opened fire upon a crowd of concert goers at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip from the famed Mandala Bay hotel, killing 58 and wounding 546 people in what has become the deadliest mass shooting in the history of U.S to date. The perpetrator was one Stephen Paddock, a well-off retiree and an avid gambler. Curiously, after the police officers breached Paddock's hotel room, they found a veritable arsenal of weapons (7 various pieces in total) and a large number amount of ammunition, sparking concerns as to how he was able to bring in such an amount of guns and keep them without alerting anyone. Naturally, the gun debate was reignited with increased vigour once more, with focus now on two new aspects, silencers (which muffle gun sounds) and bump stocks (which are used to turn semi-automatic rifles into automatic ones). The incident also spawned controversy due to official statements routinely contradicting themselves as to the official timeline of events, leading far-right conspiracy theorists wild in desperate attempts to prove Paddock wasn't a conservative in hopes of reversing the damage done to the American right after the attacks in Charlottesville two months prior.wild. The nastier side of the news also came out when a high-profile CBS news lawyer declared that she had no sympathy for the victims because country music fans were Republicans, leading to her immediate dismissal from the network.



** The death of Freddie Gray in April 2015 after allegedly being "rough rided"[[note]]Unsecured suspects are cuffed and placed in the back of a police van that is then driven violently throwing the unbelted suspects around without being able to use their hands to steady themselves[[/note]] by the police sparked violent protests in Baltimore and led to Gray becoming the third high-profile black police victim. In a break with previous incidents six police officers faced charges up to second degree homicide. But keeping with the pattern of other cases, they were controversially acquitted. Even Creator/StephenKing weighed in on it with shocking disbelief.

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** The death of Freddie Gray in April 2015 after allegedly being "rough rided"[[note]]Unsecured suspects are cuffed and placed in the back of a police van that is then driven violently throwing the unbelted suspects around without being able to use their hands to steady themselves[[/note]] by the police sparked violent protests in Baltimore and led to Gray becoming the third high-profile black police victim. In a break with previous incidents six police officers faced charges up to second degree homicide. But keeping with the pattern of other cases, they The first cases ended in mistrial until eventually all cases were controversially acquitted.dismissed. Marilyn Mosby, the district attorney responsible, faced criticism from the left for dropping the case, and from the right for withholding evidence. Even Creator/StephenKing weighed in on it with shocking disbelief.



* After the GOP was defeated in the 2012 presidential election and saw its image plummet even more following the 2013 shutdown, the party's establishment devised a ''mea culpa'' analysis, with John Ellis ("Jeb") Bush aiming to update the party by burying the social conservatism and small-government concerns of the Tea Party. While this proved quite successful (with the GOP pummeling the Dems in the 2014 midterms), in the long run "21st Century Republicanism" increased tensions between the party elites and the base, leading to the overthrow of John Boehner as Leader of the House in favor of Paul Ryan (who was also Romney's running mate in 2012) after a migration debate turned ugly. In the meantime, real estate tycoon UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump promised to "Make America Great Again" while pledging to build a wall with Mexico (generalizing its people as "criminals") and ban the entry of Muslims to U.S. soil. His campaign's turnaround from a mere joke to becoming a political contender energized the "outsider" factions of the party, including political newbies like Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina as well as Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Chris Christie, crowding the primary campaign to ''seventeen'' candidates. The backlash against the "New Republicans" became apparent with the poor performance of Jeb Bush leading to his early drop out and Senator Marco Rubio's shift in tone to court discontented voters, which briefly worked, only to crater in his home state of Florida. Trump's flexibility compared to the dogmatism and social conservatism of Cruz (and that of relatively unknown candidate Governor John Kasich) mostly ended with any serious chance of an establishment "back-up plan" to stop Trump, with both remaining candidates making an unprecedented truce to prevent him from getting the nomination. This attempt backfired horribly, with Trump winning the following primaries way above polling results, becoming the presumptive nominee after the Indiana race (by that point, he was projected to get around two-thirds of delegates in line with polls in the remaining states). Trump finally became the GOP's standard-bearer in late July, after a somewhat contentious convention marked by the lack of Republican leaders (such as the Bushes, Romney and [=McCain=], not to mention former rival Kasich and Rob Portman, the state's Governor and GOP Senator respectively), tenuous support (to say the least) from almost anyone outside the Trump campaign, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and the presence of B-listers]] such as [[Series/HappyDays Scott Baio]] and [[Series/DuckDynasty Willie Robertson]].
* The 2016 Democratic primary was ''incredibly'' divisive and controversial, being essentially a repeat of what happened in 2008 with Clinton vs. Obama. Divisions between Clinton supporters and Sanders supporters ran deep, with Clinton supporters calling Sanders' supporters over-idealistic while Sanders supporters were sharply critical of Clinton's ties to "big money" interests. The 2016 Democratic National Committee email leak, which included emails from seven key DNC staff members and dated from January 2015 to May 2016, suggested the party's leadership had worked to sabotage Sanders' presidential campaign, prompting the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz before the Democratic National Convention. After the convention, DNC CEO Amy Dacey, CFO Brad Marshall, and Communications Director Luis Miranda also resigned in the wake of the controversy. On July 25, 2016, the DNC issued a formal apology to Bernie Sanders and his supporters, stating, "On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email," and that the emails did not reflect the DNC's "steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process." But the damage was done, likely resulting in Hillary Clinton's loss to Trump thanks to disgruntled Sanders supporters either voting for third party candidates, or sitting out the election altogether. Post election, the topic of the 2016 primaries is still a bitter hot-button issue, with both sides blaming each other for Trump's presidential victory. A lot of progressive critics of the Democratic party argue that they still refuse to acknowledge ''why'' Hillary lost.

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* After the GOP was defeated in the 2012 presidential election and saw its image plummet even more following the 2013 shutdown, the party's establishment devised a ''mea culpa'' analysis, with John Ellis ("Jeb") Bush aiming to update the party by burying the social conservatism and small-government concerns of the Tea Party. While this proved quite successful (with the GOP pummeling the Dems in the 2014 midterms), in the long run "21st Century Republicanism" increased tensions between the party elites and the base, leading to the overthrow of John Boehner as Leader of the House in favor of Paul Ryan (who was also Romney's running mate in 2012) after a migration debate turned ugly. In the meantime, real estate tycoon UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump promised to "Make America Great Again" while pledging to build a wall with Mexico (generalizing its people as "criminals") and ban the entry of Muslims to U.S. soil. His campaign's turnaround from a mere joke to becoming a political contender energized the "outsider" factions of the party, including political newbies like Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina as well as Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Chris Christie, crowding the primary campaign to ''seventeen'' candidates. The backlash against the "New Republicans" became apparent with the Jeb's poor debate performance of Jeb Bush leading to his early drop out and Senator Marco Rubio's shift in tone to court discontented voters, which briefly worked, only to crater in his home state of Florida. Trump's flexibility compared to the dogmatism and social conservatism of Cruz (and that of relatively unknown candidate Governor John Kasich) mostly ended with any serious chance of an establishment "back-up plan" to stop Trump, with both remaining candidates making an unprecedented truce to prevent him from getting the nomination. This attempt backfired horribly, with Trump winning the following primaries way above polling results, becoming the presumptive nominee after the Indiana race (by that point, he was projected to get around two-thirds of delegates in line with polls in the remaining states). Trump finally became the GOP's standard-bearer in late July, after a somewhat contentious convention marked by the lack of Republican leaders (such as the Bushes, Romney and [=McCain=], not to mention former rival Kasich and Rob Portman, the state's Governor and GOP Senator respectively), tenuous support (to say the least) from almost anyone outside the Trump campaign, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and the presence of B-listers]] such as [[Series/HappyDays Scott Baio]] and [[Series/DuckDynasty Willie Robertson]].
* The 2016 Democratic primary was ''incredibly'' divisive and controversial, being essentially a repeat of what happened in 2008 with Clinton vs. Obama. Divisions between Clinton supporters and Sanders supporters ran deep, with Clinton supporters calling Sanders' supporters over-idealistic while Sanders supporters were sharply critical of Clinton's ties to "big money" interests. The 2016 Democratic National Committee email leak, which included emails from seven key DNC staff members and dated from January 2015 to May 2016, suggested the party's leadership had worked to sabotage Sanders' presidential campaign, prompting the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz before the Democratic National Convention. After the convention, DNC CEO Amy Dacey, CFO Brad Marshall, and Communications Director Luis Miranda also resigned in the wake of the controversy. On July 25, 2016, the DNC issued a formal apology to Bernie Sanders and his supporters, stating, "On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email," and that the emails did not reflect the DNC's "steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process." Later revelations by the interim chair, Donna Brazile, allege that Clinton took control of the DNC due to bailing them out of a financial crunch, granting her campaign more control over how revenue was spend. This included withholding funds from House and Senate candidates to focus on Clinton's bid. But the damage was done, likely resulting in Hillary Clinton's loss to Trump thanks to disgruntled Sanders supporters either voting for third party candidates, or sitting out the election altogether. Post election, the topic of the 2016 primaries is still a bitter hot-button issue, with both sides blaming each other for Trump's presidential victory. A lot of progressive critics of the Democratic party argue that they still refuse to acknowledge ''why'' Hillary lost.



* The primary election also caused division among black voters, [[TheGenerationGap especially among black millennials who (like many others in their generational group) largely supported Sanders while older black voters were firmly behind Clinton]]. Millennial voters were polarized into three factions - those who supported Clinton, those who supported Sanders, and those who were disillusioned altogether thanks to all the candidates' flaky stance on African-American social issues such as criminal justice reform. Clinton supporters argued that there was too much at risk to support Sanders or third party candidates, saying that it was important to vote Clinton and keep mobilizing as Democrats as "harm reduction"[[note]]i.e. the belief that other black folks can rarely afford to vote for interests beyond trying to preserve very basic rights[[/note]], hence why any political discourse regarding criticism of Democrats almost always leads to push back. Sanders' supporters argued that supporting Clinton meant more of the same harsh criminal justice policies that effected black communities and have no interest in the notion that black people must keep voting in establishment Democrats as harm reduction, when they've done nothing beyond cause harm, or barely address their erosion of rights.

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* The primary election also caused division among black voters, [[TheGenerationGap especially among black millennials who (like many others in their generational group) largely supported Sanders while older black voters were firmly behind Clinton]]. Millennial voters were polarized into three factions - those who supported Clinton, those who supported Sanders, and those who were disillusioned altogether thanks to all the candidates' flaky stance on African-American social issues such as criminal justice reform. Clinton supporters argued that there was too much at risk to support Sanders or third party candidates, saying that it was important to vote Clinton and keep mobilizing as Democrats as "harm reduction"[[note]]i.e. the belief that other black folks can rarely afford to vote for interests beyond trying to preserve very basic rights[[/note]], hence why any political discourse regarding criticism of Democrats almost always leads to push back. Sanders' supporters argued that supporting Clinton meant more of the same harsh criminal justice policies that effected black communities and have no interest in the notion that black people must keep voting in establishment Democrats as harm reduction, when they've done nothing beyond cause harm, or barely address their erosion of rights. Trump also gained more of the black vote than any Republican candidate to date, attempting to tap into the large wave of African-American dissatisfaction with Democratic leadership.



* With stable economic data, President Obama's high personal popularity, a high organizational level and almost unanimous support from the media in addition to her political experience, Mrs. Clinton held a solid (if slim) lead in the polls, although both she and Mr. Trump were virtually tied by Election Day as the Donald recovered after the final televised debate at the same time Hillary's campaign was again facing FBI scrutiny. It was expected that the "Big Blue Wall" would provide a Democratic victory in the Electoral College. But the GOP claimed decisive swing states like Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan (some of them had not voted Republican in decades), giving Trump 276 votes by 3 a.m., November 9. Note that Clinton led Trump in the popular tally by two million votes, which led to suspicions about hackers tampering the voting machines in three states (Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania), with calls for a recount made by the Green Party. Recounts were only taken in Wisconsin, [[ShaggyDogStory and Trump ended up winning by one hundred more votes.]] The CIA also mentioned some suspicions about Russian involvement in the campaign, which were later referred to disinformation campaigns, rather than any actual tampering with the voting machines.

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* With stable economic data, President Obama's high personal popularity, a high organizational level and almost unanimous support from the media in addition to her political experience, Mrs. Clinton held a solid (if slim) lead in the polls, although both she and Mr. Trump were virtually tied by Election Day as the Donald recovered after the final televised debate at the same time Hillary's campaign was again facing FBI scrutiny. It was expected that the "Big Blue Wall" would provide a Democratic victory in the Electoral College. But the GOP claimed decisive swing states like Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan (some of them had not voted Republican in decades), giving Trump 276 votes by 3 a.m., Eastern time on November 9. Note that Clinton led Trump in the popular tally by two million votes, which led to suspicions about hackers tampering the voting machines in three states (Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania), with calls for a recount made by the Green Party. Recounts were only taken in Wisconsin, [[ShaggyDogStory and Trump ended up winning by one hundred more votes.]] The CIA also mentioned some suspicions about Russian involvement in the campaign, which were later referred to disinformation campaigns, rather than any actual tampering with the voting machines.
24th Nov '17 2:18:15 PM PresidentExpert
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** While Disney's attempt to bring back 2D animation to movie audiences became a failure, Pixar's shorts ''Paperman'' and ''Feast'' feature 2D aesthetics while being produced in CGI.

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** While Disney's attempt to bring back 2D animation to movie audiences became a failure, Pixar's their shorts ''Paperman'' and ''Feast'' feature 2D aesthetics while being produced in CGI.
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* [[IndieGame Indie gaming]] has garnered widespread popularity due in thanks to the proliferation of the internet, given most of these are [[DigitalDistribution distributed online]] and a majority of the industry's revenue comes from downloads, as with thatgamecompany's ''VideoGame/{{Flower}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Journey}}'', initially available on the UsefulNotes/PlayStationNetwork to strong digital sales and critical acclaim and, along with ''flOw'', [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition eventually rereleased on a one-BluRay disc compilation titled]] ''[[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition Journey Collector's Edition]]''. Creator/{{Sony}} and Creator/{{Nintendo}} show interest in indie video game developers, including thatgamecompany. Indie games, initially known in shareware circles during the 1990s, became increasingly profitable after the late 2000s saw numerous critically praised titles such as ''VideoGame/{{Braid}}''. They came to be characterized as relying on innovative gameplay mechanics and unusual art styles. ''VideoGame/{{Monaco}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Fez}}'', ''VideoGame/PapersPlease'', ''Outer Wilds'', ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', and ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'' won plenty of positive reviews and decent sales for such approaches, but a growing number of developers have also created horror games including ''VideoGame/{{Amnesia}}''. Perhaps the most successful of these games is the [[JustOneMoreLevel notorious(ly addictive)]] ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' created by a Swedish programmer named Markus "Notch" Persson. It uses pixellated graphics, the point is [[WideOpenSandbox you mine blocks and build any imaginable thing out of them]], and you have to defend yourself from hostile monsters by not just finding supplies, but using a shelter made from scratch. It even has been constantly updated by Mojang who ported it to iOS, UsefulNotes/Xbox360, Wii U, and the Google Android. Other notable indie games include the aforementioned ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' series, ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', and a pair of unlikely 2014 sleeper hits in ''VideoGame/FlappyBird'' and ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys''.

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* [[IndieGame Indie gaming]] has garnered widespread popularity due in thanks to the proliferation of the internet, given most of these are [[DigitalDistribution [[UsefulNotes/DigitalDistribution distributed online]] and a majority of the industry's revenue comes from downloads, as with thatgamecompany's ''VideoGame/{{Flower}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Journey}}'', initially available on the UsefulNotes/PlayStationNetwork to strong digital sales and critical acclaim and, along with ''flOw'', [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition eventually rereleased on a one-BluRay disc compilation titled]] ''[[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition Journey Collector's Edition]]''. Creator/{{Sony}} and Creator/{{Nintendo}} show interest in indie video game developers, including thatgamecompany. Indie games, initially known in shareware circles during the 1990s, became increasingly profitable after the late 2000s saw numerous critically praised titles such as ''VideoGame/{{Braid}}''. They came to be characterized as relying on innovative gameplay mechanics and unusual art styles. ''VideoGame/{{Monaco}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Fez}}'', ''VideoGame/PapersPlease'', ''Outer Wilds'', ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', and ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'' won plenty of positive reviews and decent sales for such approaches, but a growing number of developers have also created horror games including ''VideoGame/{{Amnesia}}''. Perhaps the most successful of these games is the [[JustOneMoreLevel notorious(ly addictive)]] ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' created by a Swedish programmer named Markus "Notch" Persson. It uses pixellated graphics, the point is [[WideOpenSandbox you mine blocks and build any imaginable thing out of them]], and you have to defend yourself from hostile monsters by not just finding supplies, but using a shelter made from scratch. It even has been constantly updated by Mojang who ported it to iOS, UsefulNotes/Xbox360, Wii U, and the Google Android. Other notable indie games include the aforementioned ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' series, ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', and a pair of unlikely 2014 sleeper hits in ''VideoGame/FlappyBird'' and ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys''.
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