Archives for July 2016
The state title holders of this year’s Miss America pageant took DC by storm this week as each of the girls went to visit their respective members of Congress to push for college affordability on the Hill. The contestants are entering a weeklong orientation that included a speech by Senator John McCain and a tour of the White House. They were also hosted by owner Hankin Ilhan (in the white shirt) at the new L’Hommage Bistro Francais in Mt. Vernon Triangle.
This year’s Miss America pageant will be held on September 11 in Atlantic City and will be hosted by Chris Harrison, star of ABC’s “The Bachelor”, who is returning for his eighth year as host.
You can find out more about the contestants’ visit and their advocacy for college affordability here.
Rachel Greenberg, host of the Volta Insider podcast, attended the first-ever United State of Women Summit, which took place June 14th, 2016. The event took place in Washington, DC’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center just days after Hillary Clinton became the nation’s first woman to become a major party’s presumptive nominee. The summit featured some of the most high-profile speakers from Washington to Hollywood including President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Actress Kerry Washington, and Oprah Winfrey. Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair, White House Council on Women and Girls and Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Executive Director, White House Council on Women and Girls organized and hosted the day-long event.
Greenberg interviewed a number of A-list women including:
Patricia Arquette, actress and women’s advocate, winner of the Academy Award, Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood
Sophia Bush, actress, star of Chicago PD
Erin Cutraro, Co-founder and CEO of “She Should Run”
Romy Newman, CEO of FairyGodBoss
Kristen Avery, “It’s On Us” Campaign
Jessica Davidson, “It’s On Us” Campaign
Christina Hammock Koch, NASA Astronaut
The hosts of Bloomberg Masters in Politics caught up with Stuart Stevens, author and top strategist on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign to discuss his new book The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear, a fictional depiction of a contested convention set in 2020, and get his thoughts on Donald Trump’s general election strategy, including making a prediction about his Vice Presidential pick.
According to Stevens, “If I had to bet, I would bet on Newt for all kinds of reasons. He’s been through this process and it’s something that’s unique to the process of running. He’s a known quantity. He can be a formidable debater and I think that the relationship between Trump and he would be a comfortable one.”
Stevens had some harsh words for the Republican presidential nominee saying, “I don’t think Donald Trump thinks, I think he feels. He just emotes. He literally is just incapable of expressing coherent thoughts unaided by a script. He can’t argue a case in 5 logical sentences. Everything is about him. He reacts to everything. It’s one of the reasons I thought he would be so easy to beat, and I think he’s going to go down to historic defeat. He responds to everything. If I was in a campaign against Donald Trump I’d have three or four teams of people who are competing with each other to get Donald Trump to react to whatever they do. Every weekend I’d take the group that won the most out to dinner.”
You can check out the full interview here.
Trevor Noah, the South African comedian who replaced Jon Stewart as host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”, gave a wide ranging interview with Bloomberg Masters in Politics hosts Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer Martin. The 32-year-old comedian who landed the most coveted job in comedy has some pointed words for cable news media and addressed the “strange” American political landscape and the high unfavorables of both major candidates.
Noah finds that young people are hungry for news that isn’t simply comedic, but truthful. “I find there is a ravenous appetite for the truth right now. When I say that I don’t mean fact vs. fiction. It almost feels at times as if people almost don’t want jokes, they just want a place where they can find the truth.”
For Noah, the reason behind this is that young people, including himself, have become disenchanted with traditional news sources. “I’ve come to realize it is partly due to the fact that so many other sources that are supposed to be providing that truth are not. So the news has become this world of opinion now. For most news corporations to call themselves news is a stretch because it’s really not completely news. It’s opinion with a few news bites here and there.”
As a native South African raised during the apartheid era, Trevor has a unique view of American politics, and has no trouble calling the state of the country’s politics out. “Everyday I’m perplexed at how America, a country founded on ideals and a country that really is based on an idea, is so behind in its politics. It’s a very strange thing for me. This was a country that had the most advanced Constitution, and at some point it stopped getting updated. It’s very strange. It’s like launching the first iPhone and then never updating the software.”
Noah finds that South Africa’s politics have advanced farther than America’s, and takes issue with the idea that Americans should “settle” with candidates that the majority of Americans view unfavorably. “Even the presidential election itself, to see two political parties, I mean one more than the other with the Republicans, but to see two political parties basically settling to a certain extent and saying, “Okay, this is our candidate. This is what we’re doing. We have to do it like this,” is very strange because where I’m from, the party would have no qualms replacing that person because the party and the voters and the ideals are more important than the individual.”
Asked whether he would have Donald Trump on the show Noah said, “I don’t think he would ever come. I think Donald Trump purposefully stays away from places where he feels like he’ll be tested so I don’t think that would ever happen,” while adding “We’d have him on the show, I don’t know what he would say. We’d have anyone on the show.”
The Daily Show show under Trevor Noah is the #1 daily late night talk show among adults ages 18-24, men 18-34 and men 18-34, and is also the #2 rated late night talk show with adults ages 18-34, with a growing young, millennial audience.
You can listen to Trevor’s full interview here.