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#EndorseThis: Taylor Swift's Anti-Trump Anthem Scores Bold New Biden Ad

This bold new music video from Eleven Films opens with Kamala Harris asking, "Why are so many powerful people trying to make it so difficult for us to vote?"

Then footage of the past four tormented years unrolls, from family separations to mass shootings, demonstrations against racism, and a maskless Trump unrolls, juxtaposed with hopeful images of Harris, Joe Biden, and ordinary Americans. And behind the montage swells Only the Young, Taylor Swift's protest anthem, recorded for her Netflix documentary Miss Americana. (In that film she declared, "I want to be on the right side of history.")

Released by California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell's re-election campaign, the video was posted today in his tweet and marks the first time that the singer has licensed her work for an election message.

In her verses, that message couldn't be more plain: Young people must stand up and vote as a matter of survival:

They aren't gonna help us

Too busy helping themselves

They aren't gonna change this

We gotta do it ourselves







#EndorseThis: Samantha Bee Skewers Trump’s Loyal Lap Dog

In this week’s episode of Full Frontal, Samantha Bee delves deeper into the one quality that President Trump values above all else — blind and unwavering loyalty.

Nobody has adapted to this new reality better than the current Speaker of the House — and trained lap dog —Paul Ryan, who this week praised President Trump for his “decisive” action in dealing with the Flynn scandal. “You should see him do that while balancing a milk bone on his nose,” Bee mocks.

Once described by conservatives as the intellectual leader and conscience of the Republican Party, the Full Frontal host skewers Paul Ryan for his contradicting views on Trump’s policies and wonders how a “once principled social and fiscal conservative winds up in bed with a bigoted, adulterous grope machine?” 

Ryan’s motives make a lot more sense when Bee uncovers his past high school superlatives. Yes, Paul Ryan was once voted the biggest brown-noser by his classmates. Never one to miss a comedic moment, Bee rightfully points out that his nose is probably a lot more orange these days. Speaker Ryan clearly decided that proximity to power was more important than morals or principles, and made a backroom deal with the devil — or Steve Bannon — for a seat at the table.

Don’t miss the montage of an outraged Paul Ryan side by side with a surprised and humbled Taylor Swift. As Bee jokes, “Watching Ryan play moral watchdog is like watching Taylor Swift pretend to be surprised at an awards show — bland and fake, but weirdly compelling.” 

In the end, Bee offers this final piece of advice, “Take another cue from Taylor Swift, Mr. Speaker: know when to dump the guy you’ve only been pretending to like to help your career.”

Endorse This: Martin O’Malley Sings Taylor Swift

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Martin O’Malley is continuing his effort to get some public exposure — this time with a memorable appearance on daytime TV.

Watch as the underdog former Maryland governor breaks out his guitar, and plays some pop music from that Taylor Swift woman the young voters are listening to these days.

The ladies of The View certainly liked it — and probably so will the late night comedians.

Video via The View/ABC.

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‘The Ebola fighters’ Honored By ‘Time’ As Person Of The Year

By Julie Westfall, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

Time magazine, as is its yearly tradition, has named a person of the year, and this year it chose multiple persons: those who are helping to fight the spread of Ebola around the world.

“The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight. For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving,” Time’s editor wrote.

Nina Pham, an American nurse from Dallas who caught the disease after treating the man who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola on American soil, said she was proud to be a part of Time’s coverage.

It’s not the first time Time has chosen to honor a group rather than an individual: The Protester, the Peacemakers and the Good Samaritans, among others, have been chosen in past years.

The other 2014 finalists for Time’s Person of the Year were Roger Goodell, Taylor Swift, the Ferguson protesters, Vladimir Putin, Jack Ma, Tim Cook and Masoud Barzani.

AFP Photo/Chip Somodevilla