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Republican Mostly Willing To Say Something Nice About Hillary Clinton If It Entails The Planet Won’t Explode

CLEVELAND Republican have some tough decisions to make this week at their party’s convention. Do they have to defend Donald Trump every time he goes off script or Melania Trump, when she’s on someone else’s script? Do they actually have to endorse their party’s new platform, which declares pornography a “public health crisis”?

The Huffington Post posed another difficult question to GOP delegates: If you had to say one nice thing about Hillary Clinton, what would it be? To keep the pressure on, we told them if they couldn’t come up with anything, the planet would explode.

For some, that wasn’t enough pressure.

“The planet will have to explode, ” said Chris Calcagno, an alternate delegate from New Jersey. “Then we could start over fresh. I can’t say anything, I genuinely can’t.”

“Earth merely explosion, ” said Kat Gates-Skipper, the Florida chairwoman of Veterans for Donald Trump. “How can I say anything good? ”

But for the majority of the dozen delegates who talked to HuffPost, it wasn’t that hard to come up with something. In fact, some were willing to elaborate.

“I genuinely think she cares, ” said Rick Green, a Massachusetts delegate. “I just think to dedicate your life to something, I do believe she truly believes in the causes, specifically women’s issues and children.”

Green said he may not agree with her policies, but thinks they both “want to get to the same place. We want to make things better for everybody.”

Donna Turk, an alternate delegate from Missouri, praised Clinton’s drive.

“She’s tenacious and persistent, ” she said. “She doesn’t give up.”

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Kat Gates-Skipper, a Florida delegate at the Republican National Convention, couldn’t think of a single compliment for Hillary Clinton. In this test case, planet Earth just lost.

Susan Williams, a former chair of the Tennessee Republican Party, said it’s hard to dispute that the former secretary of state and U.S. senator has gained critical skills from her past work.

“She has experience, ” said Williams. “Some of that experience, I question. But she does have experience.”

“She’s consistent, ” said Bill Knowles, an alternate delegate from Georgia.

National legislators on the scene praised Clinton for her accomplishments outside of politics.

“She expends time with her grandkids, ” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn( Tenn .).

“She’s a good mother, ” said former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who, like Clinton, ran for president in 2008. “I like Chelsea.”

“She married well, ” added Robert Yates, a Pennsylvania delegate. “Her husband is exceedingly intelligent and talented.”

Torn between blowing up the planet and saying something nice about a candidate she genuinely doesn’t like, Jennifer Winfree, an alternate delegate from Tennessee, mulled the question for a long time. She finally came up with just enough of a compliment to avoid humankind from being wiped out.

“She’s an advocate for women, I guess, ” she said.

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There’s Absolutely No Evidence That Pesticides Are To Blame For The Rise In Microcephaly

A group the coming week has announcedthat the thousands of cases of microcephaly reported this yeararent down to the Zika virus, but are instead due to pesticides.

The report, compiled by an Argentinian organisation calledPhysicians in the Crop-Sprayed Villages, highlights the fact that some areas hit hard by the epidemic have not reported any cases of microcephaly. For instance, more than 5,000 pregnant women have been infected in Colombia, but there has been an apparent absence of this birth defect, which causes newborns to be born with abnormally small heads. Yet in Brazil, there have been more than 460 suits corroborated since the outbreak came under investigation last year, and more than 3,800 suspected cases.

The link between microcephaly and Zika has yet to be confirmed, but is strongly suspected by health professionals. The report however proposes an alternative explanation: a larvicide called pyriproxyfen, which has been added to drinking water supplies in some regions of Brazil since 2014 with the aim of reducing mosquito numbers. And of course, simply to stimulate the tale sound more convincing, the document points out that pyriproxyfen is produced by a subsidiary of Monsanto, Sumimoto Chemical. However, Monsanto has been quick to point out to Tech Times that it does not own the company.

Some afflicted countries have advisedwomen to delay becoming pregnant because of the Zika epidemic. Mario Tama/ Getty

Regardless of the relationship with the much-hated biotech giant, there are scientific reasons as to why this theory isnt plausible. Pyriproxyfen runs by mimicking a hormone present in numerous insect pests, which has the effect of interfering with the process of metamorphosis and preventing them from reaching reproductive stages. As Dr. Ian Musgrave from the University of Adelaide points out to the Science Media Centre, this hormone isnt present in vertebrates and thus has extremely low toxicity to mammals.

In terms of how much is present in water reservoirs that have been sprayed with pyriproxyfen to control mosquito larvae, a person had a duty to drink well over 1,000 litres of water a day, every day, to achieve the threshold toxicity levels seen in animals, he adds.

A number of studies have been conducted in several mammals, exploring both the potential short- and long-term effects of pyriproxyfen exposure, and none of them identified evidence of developmental problems or neurotoxicity. In contrast, the Zika virus has now been identified in the brains of babies and a fetus with microcephaly, and is also linked with another neurological condition called Guillain-Barr. And while it is difficult to prove cause and consequence, the overwhelming evidence points to Zika as the likely driver behind this surge in microcephaly cases.

Alongside being incredibly frustrating to researchers and public health experts, unscientific reports such as this have the potential to be extremely damaging. If this pesticide has the potential to safely reduce the burden of mosquitoes, which are carriers of more than simply Zika, then it can also reduce the burden of disease.

As Professor Andrew Batholomaeus from the University of Queensland stresses: The potential human health consequences of deterring the use of pyriproxyfen in drinking water storage and other mosquito-reduction programs is catastrophic with potential deaths and serious cancer from otherwise avoidable malaria, dengue and other mosquito-borne illness numbered in at least the hundreds of thousands. If these reports and suggestions are motivated by anything other than ignorance and poor scholarship they are deserving of the most strident condemnation.

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Guns, terror, and LGBT rights: Orlando shooting creates stakes for next president

Following the worst mass shooting in modern American history, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have built their ideological divisions clear

Gun control, homegrown extremism, homophobic violence and the war against Islamic State have all been highlighted by the Orlando nightclub carnage, but deadlock in Washington entails major legislation will probably have to wait until after the November election.

Whoever wins the US presidency knows where to find an in-tray where the risk of being terrorism at home, and its pledge to wars abroad, grinds on 15 years after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Senate Democrat went on the front foot on Monday, calling for statutes that would make it harder for terrorists to get their hands on firearms, in particular assault rifles.

In a vivid illustration of ideological division, however, Republican flag-bearer Donald Trump opposed gun control measures, lambasted the immigration system as dysfunctional and claimed vindication in his call for a ban on foreign-born Muslims entering the US.

A landslide victory for Clinton or Trump, with reflected gains in Congress, could give one or the other a mandate for change lacking during the Obama years. In the meantime there is realpolitik. With Obama facing a Republican-led House and Senate, the prospects for action are remote even after the killing of 49 people in the worst mass shooting in American history.

Even so, Senate Democrat lost little time on Monday in advising quick passageway of the regulations defeated last year to impose additional gun controls. The bill would prevent people on terror watch lists and other suspected terrorists from buying firearms or explosives.

The killer in Orlando has been identified as Omar Mateen, a 29 -year-old American-born Muslim, whose weapons included an AR-1 5 semi-automatic rifle. FBI officials said they had investigated him in 2013 and 2014 on suspicion of terrorist sympathies but could not make a suit against him.

Obama himself weighed in on Monday. The fact that we make it this challenging for law enforcement, for example, even to get alerted that somebody who they are watching has purchased a handgun and if they do get alerted, sometimes its hard for them to stop them from getting a firearm is crazy. Its a problem. And we have to, I believe, do some soul-searching.

But again, the peril here is, is that then it aims up being the usual political debate. And the NRA and the gun control folks say that, oh, Obama doesnt want to talk about terrorism. And if “were talking about” terrorism, then people say: why arent you looking at issues of gun control?

At the start of his second word, Obama pushed legislation to expand background checks, banning certain assault-style weapons and cap the size of ammunition clips. That measure collapsed in the Senate and there has been little movement since.

But if Trump elicits an electoral backlash, handing sweeping victories to Democrats, there could be new opportunities for Clinton, who has been more outspoken on such issues than candidates in previous years.

On Monday, she told a rally in Cleveland, Ohio: If the FBI is watching you for suspected terrorist connections, you should not be able to got to go buy a firearm with no questions asked. And you shouldnt be allowed to exploit loopholes and escape criminal background checks by buying online or at a gun indicate. And yes, if youre too dangerous to get on a plane, you are too dangerous to buy a handgun in America.

Yet the watchlist argument is less simple than fulfills the eye. The no-fly list, for example, has come under flame from left and right. Drawn up by the FBI in the wake of the 9/11 assaults, it contains 700,000 names, according to one estimate, and has erroneously included infants, US military veterans and politicians, including Edward Kennedy and John Lewis. Analysts describe it as an unfocused and unwieldy blunt instrument.

This is one reason why a Congress that blocked gun control measures after the shooting of 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut, seems unlikely to transformation gear now. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, acknowledged: I dont know whether this profound tragedy will have more of an effect on the minds of members of Congress. Hopefully it will.

But Senator Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the Senate committee on homeland security and governmental affairs, disagreed that stricter handgun laws were the solution. I think theres other root causes in play, he told the Associated Press. I think mental health is a huge issue.

These are the tangibles, more readily quantified. What the White House and Congress should do to promote harmony with both the Muslim and LGBT communities is a more textured long-term challenge, where tone is crucial.

With characteristic bombast, Trump charged straight-out in on Monday. When I am elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we understand how to end these threats, he said.

We cannot continue to allow thousands upon thousands of people to pour into our country, many of whom using the same thought process as this barbarian killer.

He added: The Muslim communitys so important. They have to work with us and turn in the people who are bad.

At Clintons rally, the tone was very different. We should avoid eroding trust in that community inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric and threatening to ban the family and friends of Muslim Americans, and millions of Muslim business people, hurts the vast majority of Muslims, who love freedom and detest terror.

It is no coincidence, she added, that hate crimes against American Muslims and mosques have tripled since the Paris and San Bernardino attacks.

She called on local leaders, teachers and communities to develop education to recognize signs of radicalisation. And in contrast to Trumps proposed banning on someones, she instead took aim at foreign governments, implying she would take a tougher stand than Obama. It is long past hour for Saudis, Qataris, Kuwaitis and others to stop their citizens from funding extremist organisations.

The Orlando attack has also focused attention on hate crimes against gay men and lesbians in America. The Obama administration has overseen great strides, including the legalisation of lesbian wedding, but, activists note, this can conceal ongoing aggression and racism in many communities. The recent political debate over transgender bathroom utilize is seen as one example that contributes to a hostile climate.

It was reported on Monday that members of Congress plan to ask the White House to end a decades-old policy that prohibits many homosexuals men from donating blood. Senators including Elizabeth Warren have long criticised the rule as discriminatory.

Using the alternative word Isil, Obama recognise the targeting of LGBT people by Islamic State but dedicated little clue of new concrete measures. Regardless of the particular motivations of this murderer, there are the linkages between this vicious, bankrupt ideology and general attitudes of gays and lesbians. And unfortunately, thats something that the LGBT community is subject to not just by Isil but by a lot of groups that purport to speak on behalf of God around the world.

Trump, meanwhile, set himself up as an unlikely champion of the LGBT community. Ask yourself: who is really the friend of women and the LBGT[ sic] community Donald Trump, with his actions, or Hillary Clinton, with her words? Clinton wants to allow radical Islamic terrorists to pour into our country they enslave women, and slaying gays. I dont want them in our country.

But Trumps remarks met with scepticism from homosexual rights activists, who argue that he has vowed to appoint supreme court justices who would roll back nationwide wedding equality.

Jay Brown, communications director of the Human Rights Campaign, said: Lets be clear: LGBTQ people are Muslims.

And induce no mistake, Donald Trump is no friend of the LGBTQ community. Donald Trump has vowed to roll back matrimony equality, pass Kim Davis-style discrimination and allow governors from coast to coast to pass laws like North Carolinas HB2. Trumps rhetoric today isnt fooling anyone and what he is peddling isnt protection. Its poison.

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There’s A New Bob Marley Brand Trying To Construct Cannabis Upscale

Glance into a stoner’s lair — or any college dormitory room — and odds are good you’ll find a Bob Marley poster on the wall.

Since Bob Marley’s 1981 death, the musician’s image has become a shorthand for weed culture. Now Marley’s family, in partnership with a cannabis-oriented private equity firm, hope to channels that association into a higher-end lifestyle brand, Marley Natural.

The brand, which launches Friday( one day shy of Marley’s 71 st birthday ), has ambitious plans to shape mainstream America’s evolving relationship with cannabis.

“We are fortunate to be living during a promising period of positive change, especially with regard to cannabis and how people understand it, ” Marley’s daughter Cedella Marley said in a statement. “My dad would be so happy to see so many people appreciating the natural, mending power of the herb.”

Courtesy of Marley Natural
Marley Natural cannabis flowers come in five different strains with varying degrees of potency whose consequences range from anti-inflammatory to relaxing.

The inaugural product line includes about a dozen items, including cannabis petroleums, edible and smokable marijuana, body products and “preparation and storage” accessories. The consumable products will be available only in California at first, and later in other nations where recreational marijuana is legal, said spokesman Zach Hutson. The other items — which must be made with imported ingredients — will go on sale subsequently this year.

“Americans eat about $600 million worth of hemp-based product a year, ” said Hutson, a spokesman for Privateer Holding, the cannabis-focused private equity firm that partnered with Marley’s estate on the product line. “And they’re all imported from abroad, especially from Canada, China and Germany.”

The U.S. has the distinction of being the world’s No. 1 hemp consumer while also being the only major industrialized country that bans domestic hemp production.

Both hemp and marijuana are derived from the cannabis plant. Unlike marijuana, hemp contains little to none of the psychoactive ingredient THC that creates the sensation of being high.

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Accessories from the Marley Natural line.

The brains behind Marley Natural, sharply aware they could be pigeonholed, are trying hard to push beyond the “stoner” stereotype.

“We’re truly constructing a lifestyle brand , not a cannabis brand, ” said Hutson. The brand aims for a sleek, upscale look, which it achieved partly by hiring decorators and product developers from outside the cannabis industries.

It’s also trying to appeal to people who are not( or not yet) cannabis consumers. Each product underscores its natural , no-pesticide , no-additive, sustainable composition. Everything from the smoking paraphernalia to the label is designed to be display-worthy.

Having a body care line available in retail stores allows the company to “introduce it and show people what it can definitely sounds like even if they’re not looking for a cannabis product, ” Hutson said.

“People race toward the cliches in this industry. I hope we begin to see less and less of that over time, ” he added.

The brand even has a magazine.

“We’ll have a story about juicing cannabis, or narratives about Bob, ” said Tahira Rehmatullah, general manager of Marley Natural. “We want to be the brand that they are able teach and has become a trusted resource for patients and customers for life.”

The company’s business strategy is indicative of how the market has ripened, said Taylor West, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association.

“There is an increasing emphasis on developing a brand identity for your product, ” West said. “Marley Natural is appealing to people who haven’t inevitably been cannabis customers for a long time, and are looking for customers who aren’t just the pop culture stereotypes.”

While Marley Natural isn’t the first brand to try such an approach, “they have the potential to be very influential in that space, ” West said.

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Marley Natural body products.

The Marley family approached Privateer a few years ago with the idea of a cannabis brand that fused Marley’s passion for social justice and environmentalism, Rehmatullah explained.

“It was important to the family that Marley Natural operated with a strong social consciousness, ” Rehmatullah said. “That applies not only to sourcing but how we positively impact communities.”

The philanthropic portion of Marley Natural is central to the brand, Hutson said.

“We had heard a tale from Stephen Marley, one of Bob’s sons. People would line up outside of Bob’s house on 56 Hope Road in Kingston and ask for favors large and small: Car loans, small pays, ” Hutson said. “That inspired us to want to fuel projects both in Jamaica and in the other communities we work in.”

Planned collaborations include helping local women in Jamaica start up apiaries so they can harvest honey and wax products to sell. Another, Farm Up Jamaica, aims to support local farming in the country. In the U.S ., Hutson said the business is concentrated in former captives in California who have been harmed by prohibition statutes.

“We’re concentrates on people re-entering society from being incarcerated. Whether that’s job training, getting their records expunged, getting help with their resume, ” Hutson said.

While philanthropic attempts can add a sheen to a business’ image, they’re an essential part of being in the cannabis industry, West noted.

“More than other industries, this is built on a motion. A lot of the industry pioneers started on the advocacy side, so it’s important to a lot of people in this industry that we don’t lose sight of that.”

West called Marley Natural’s RiseUp initiative a “smart move.”

“Depending on where you live, you can still be arrested for being part of this industry, ” West said. Buying and cultivating marijuanas is still illegal in many U.S. states and under federal law. “There are still a lot of people in jail or with criminal records because of this plant, ” she said. “It’s important that this business not forget that.”

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The Resistance Now: marchers across US to demand Trump’s tax returns

Tens of thousands of people expected to take part in marchings Saturday; Democrat attempt to flip a House seat; Sanders launches his own talk show

#showusyourtaxes

It may be the biggest national demo since the womens marches in January.

Tens of thousands of people from across the country are expected to take part in a mass procession on Saturday, to demand that Donald Trump release his tax returns and raise awareness about economic justice.

Since tax wonks rarely get their own mass protests, expect some creative signs. One proposed motto circulating on Facebook: Grab them by the net operating loss carry function .

The march was triggered by a single tweet by the law professor Julie Taub, after she watched a video of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway declaring that Trump was not going to release his tax returns and that voters didnt care.

That annoyed me … people do care, said Taub, whose research focuses on corruption and the links between politics and money.

Buoyed by the huge turnout at the womens march, she posted on Twitter.

Jennifer Taub (@ jentaub)

Let’s plan a nationwide #DivestDonald and #showusyourtaxes protest for Saturday, April 15 https :// t.co/ Wo9DY9eEGP

January 22, 2017

Her idea ran viral and became Tax March .

Now, more than 130 demoes are schemed on Saturday, including events in New Zealand in Tokyo. The largest will be in Washington DC, where 50, 000 people have expressed interest in attending.

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No return policy. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/ AFP/ Getty Images

Can Dems flip a house seat to blue?

Democrat Jon Ossoff is polling well ahead of a special election in Georgias sixth congressional district on Tuesday. The 30 -year-old has raised $8.3 m much of it in gifts from out of state as he tries to win the seat vacated by Tom Price, who left to become Donald Trumps secretary of health and human services.

Ossoff is no Sanders-esque progressive theres no mention of single-payer healthcare on his website, or of free university education but a victory could be encouraging for liberals ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

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Jon Ossoff. Photo: Erik S Lesser/ EPA

Bernie Sanders: the activists Oprah

Bernie Sanders has launched a new Facebook Live reveal specifically, The Bernie Sanders Show which is already attracting millions of viewers.

Early episodes have find Sanders interview Bill Nye and the documentary film-maker Josh Fox, and the Vermont senator plans to take the depict on the road in the future.

Josh Miller-Lewis, a Sanders staffer, told the Guardian that Sanders get ideas for his interviews from reading advocates commentaries on his Facebook page.

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Hes listening. Photograph: Joe Raedle/ Getty Images

Trumps Tower targeted over traveling ban

Twenty-five people were arrested at Trump Tower on Thursday after infiltrating the foyer in a protest against Trumps immigration policies.

The protesters, from Rise and Resist NYC, sat in front of the buildings elevators holding signs saying no wall and no banning in reference to Trumps now twice-thwarted travelling ban.

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Occupy Trump Tower. Photo: ErikMcG/ Pacific/ BarcroftImages

What were reading

The Democratic party is undermining its progressive candidates , writes Jamie Peck. The Berniecrat James Thompson came close to winning a traditionally Republican congressional seat in Kansas on Tuesday but did so without support from the Democratic National Committee or the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

There is hope for liberal Democrats, however. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Sanders influence is growing within the party. Sanders is touring swing nations with DNC chair Tom Perez next week and one expert believes the center of gravity has definitely moved to the left since the election.

Look at that!

This week watched the first protest in space , and it was directed at Donald Trump.

ASAN, which promotes independent, open source space exploration, sent a weather balloon carrying a tweet directed at Trump to 90,000 ft above earth.

ASAN (@ ASANspace)

. @realDonaldTrump:

LOOK AT THAT, YOU SON OF A BITCHhttps :// t.co/ Vu7q2j8g1t pic.twitter.com/ EU1obtes4q

April 12, 2017

The tweet echoes a comment made by the astronaut and sixth man on the moon Edgar Mitchell 😛 TAGEND

From out there on the moon, international politics appear so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a one-quarter of a million miles out and say, Appear at that, you son of a bitch.

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Hillary Clinton Battles Ghosts Of 2008 On Eve Of Iowa Caucuses

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — What is it with Hillary Clinton and the Hawkeye State?

Eight years after her disappointing third-place finish in Iowa, Clinton again find herself locked in a close race with a popular senator who is winning over the hearts of Democrats on the eve of the state’s caucuses. And like then-Sen. Barack Obama, who ultimately defeated Clinton during the 2008 Democratic primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is proving to be a astonishingly tenacious challenger to Clinton’s long-running presidential aspirations.

If Sanders’ surge in Iowa has Clinton and her campaign fretted, they haven’t demonstrated it — at least not publicly. But at least some of her advocates recognise the race has them on edge.

“I hope she does well. I might not have caucused, but since it got really close, I supposed I’d better merely get out there. I am worried, it’s that close, ” said Herb Folsom, a teacher at Drake University in Des Moines, while waiting to see Clinton at a Sunday evening rally.

The former secretary of state has projected an air of confidence in the final stretch to the Iowa caucuses. Her rallies are remarkably well organized and are by design smallest and more intimate in order to bring the candidate down to earth — sometimes turning away hundreds of people at the door due to safety concerns. Her campaign is quick to tout its ground game operation as being unmatched by that of any other presidential candidate, as well as being in place longer than that of Sanders, her chief competitor. And she has the backing of a large segment of the Democratic establishment, including a good chunk of “superdelegates” who are crucial to locking up the party’s nomination subsequently this summer.

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Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton

More than anything, Clinton has remained obstinately on message while on the stump. Long gone are the panicky days before the 2008 caucuses, in which Clinton, shaken by the late surge of Obama, addressed massive crowds with speeches that seemed to change haphazardly from event to event. Also gone is the drama, which spilled out into the open in 2008 when feuding consultants routinely attacked and undermined one another over strategy. This go-around, Clinton has surrounded herself with former Obama hands known for running a tight ship.

As she barnstorms the state before Iowans head to caucus on Monday, Clinton has framed her candidacy as one of sensible pragmatism rather than that of radical change — sometimes underwhelmingly so.

“I don’t want to over-promise and under-deliver. I’d instead under-promise and over-deliver, ” she told a crowd of approximately 1,000 people in Council Bluffs, who gathered to see Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, at a local high school. After the event, Chelsea Clinton stuck around to take photos with supporters for nearly a half hour, another way in which the campaign has strived to add a personal touch to its events.

Bringing her speech to a close, Clinton virtually seemed to be pleading with the attendees to pick the familiar over the new and untested.

“Stick with me. Stick with the experience; I have a plan, ” she said, voice rising over a steady crescendo of applause from the audience.

The urgency of the moment was evident in Clinton’s speeches on Sunday, wherein she attempted to convince undecided voters that they ought to choose an experienced and compassionate leader already tested by Republican naysayers. She touted the economic record of her husband’s presidency, highlighted President Barack Obama’s accomplishments and noted that she’s procured endorsements from former Rep. Gabby Giffords and billionaire investor Warren Buffett on the questions of gun control and taxing wealthy interests, respectively. She also noted how she represented the country of New York in the Senate during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, her early championing of equal pay and women’s rights, and how often she’s been attacked by the industrialist Koch brothers and GOP strategist Karl Rove.

“She definitely fell so many names today. Way more than I have heard in the past with her, ” said Mary Grudle, a teacher at Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs.

The point of all that name-dropping was to create a sharp contrast with Sanders, who, Clinton said, has a “different view , not a different goal” in his campaign for the White House.

The senator, she added, “wants to have contentious debate” on success Democrat already notched during the course of its Obama presidency, like health care. Clinton was contended that rather than starting over on health care with a proposal like single payer, Democrats ought to “protect[ Obamacare ], preserve it, and make it better.”

The 74 -year-old senator and his populist message, however, have clearly resonated in Iowa. According to a highly respected Iowa poll released by the Des Moines Register on Saturday, Sanders trails Clinton by only three points, 45 percent to 42 percent, among likely caucus-goers. More troubling for Clinton, the poll showed her trailing badly among voters under 45, a data point made accutely evident by the crowds who turn up at Clinton’s campaign rallies. In contrast, Sanders seems to be highly popular with college student, thousands of whom turned up at his rallies in the final weeks before the caucuses.

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Hillary Clinton at a rally in Des Moines

Clinton supporters who spoke with The Huffington Post at a pair of rallies on Saturday and Sunday seemed resigned to the fact that young people liked Sanders more than their preferred candidate. They agreed that the senator had good ideas, and said that they admired his passion. But they argued that young people backing Sanders were making a naive selection, one that would demonstrate disastrous if he won the nomination.

“I think he appeals on the issues, ” said Alan Lewis, nearby residents of Council Bluffs. “I think in a perfect world, you have a Congress who runs along with all his ideas, it would make sense. But merely from a practical standpoint, I don’t think that he would be able to do the things that he says that he wants to do.”

Dianne Mears, a retiree who lives in Cedar Rapids, took issue with Sanders’ education plan. She said young people liked the prospect of a free education, but that they were unaware of the costs associated with such a proposal.

“What they’re not looking at is that he’s going to taxation the middle class, and they think that he’s going to give free education, but you can’t, ” she said. “I have kids that go to the university, and they’re into him, but he wants to give it free. It’s not going to happen. It’s not going to happen.”

Cornelia Schmidt, another attendee at Clinton’s rally in Cedar Rapids, are recognizing that Sanders pulled at her heartstrings. But, she argued, the senator is “a little bit too liberal for the other part of America that’s old enough to vote.”

In an interview on Sunday, Sanders claimed his alliance was made up of more than simply young people. He also argued that voter turnout would be the biggest determining factor in whether he comes out on top on Monday.

“I think we have a real shot to win this, if there is a large voter turnout. And it’s not just young person. It is working-class people, it is middle-class people who are sick and tired of status-quo politics, ” he said.

At Clinton’s final pre-caucus rally on Sunday night in Des Moines, exhilaration was high as presidential candidates rallied with her husband, daughter and former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin. Clinton again asked attendees to caucus for her — ultimately dedicating her the victory in a state that has shunned her in the past.

One supporter in the crowd, however, didn’t quite feel the same urgency.

“I’m not fretted. I suppose either Hillary or Bernie would be wonderful presidents, ” said Charles Richards, nearby residents of Des Moines. “However the caucus comes out, the candidates are going to go on to many other primaries and other caucuses, and it’s a long ways from here to November. It’s a long road. I want Hillary to win. She’s my nominee. I’m for Hillary.”

Samantha Jo-Roth contributed reporting .

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