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"Nina Turner on Why Ossoff Lost in Georgia Special Election" | The Real News | 06/22/2017

"Nina Turner on Why Ossoff Lost in Georgia Special Election" | The Real News | 06/22/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
Nina Turner and Paul Jay discuss the major funding by the Democratic Party in a race held in a Republican district with a median income of $84000
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"Nina Turner on Why Ossoff Lost in Georgia Special Election" | The Real News | 06/22/2017

 

MY INSIGHT: To be a professor, Nina Turner is not a good student of "politics" or "history". Between Bernie Sanders not rallying his Far Left Followers and the Dems not putting dollars into Black Community early, we lost races in GA and SC that was winnable in the "Trump Era".  Below is an quote from this blog post that confirms what I already knew -- "Why Did Democrats Ossoff And Parnell Lose Their Congressional Races In Georgia And South Carolina?" -  http://loghim.com/home/2017/06/why-did-democrats-ossoff-and-parnell-lose-their-congressional-races-in-georgia-and-south-carolina/ 

"But another dynamic was a work in both contests. A few days ago the Los Angeles Times described Ossoff’s last-minute effort to drive up the Black vote. Ossoff’s campaign, the Times reported, “are scrambling to engage with black voters, who make up 13% of the district’s electorate,” but a much smaller percentage of those who actually vote. Ossoff’s campaign probably made some inroads in increasing Black turnout since the April primary, but fell short of the number needed to prevail.

The Wall Street Journal described a similar dynamic in South Carolina. On Tuesday morning, before the polls had opened, it reported, “South Carolina Democrats have spent recent weeks trying to build a machine to turn out the districts black voters.” In that district, Blacks represent 28 percent of the potential voters but a much smaller percentage of actual voters.

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Trump-Comey Feud Eclipses a Warning on Russia: ‘They Will Be Back’ | New York Times - U.  S. Politics | 06/11/2017

Trump-Comey Feud Eclipses a Warning on Russia: ‘They Will Be Back’ | New York Times - U.  S. Politics | 06/11/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
Security experts worry that the focus on the battle between the president and the former F.B.I. director will divert attention from Russian intervention.
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INSIGHT: Lost in the showdown between President Trump and James B. Comey that played out this past week was a chilling threat to the United States. Mr. Comey, the former director of the F.B.I., testified that the Russians had not only intervened in last year’s election, but would try to do it again.

 

“It’s not a Republican thing or Democratic thing — it really is an American thing,” Mr. Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee. “They’re going to come for whatever party they choose to try and work on behalf of. And they’re not devoted to either, in my experience. They’re just about their own advantage. And they will be back.”

 

What started out as a counterintelligence investigation to guard the United States against a hostile foreign power has morphed into a political scandal about what Mr. Trump did, what he said and what he meant by it. Lawmakers have focused mainly on the gripping conflict between the president and the F.B.I. director he fired with cascading requests for documents, recordings and hearings.

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SIGN UP TODAY: "Onward Together" | Hillary Clinton | 05/15/2017

SIGN UP TODAY: "Onward Together" | Hillary Clinton | 05/15/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
Onward Together will encourage people to organize, get involved, and run for office.
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"Onward Together will encourage people to organize, get involved, and run for office." --- Hillary Rodham Clinton

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"The Secret Weapon Democrats Don’t Know How to Use" | Politico | 05/12/2017

"The Secret Weapon Democrats Don’t Know How to Use" | Politico | 05/12/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
Cheri Bustos of Illinois has lessons for her party about how to win in Trump territory. Are Democratic leaders listening?
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INSIGHT:  Remember Democrats... "All Politics Are Local"!! We need a "District By District National Strategy" not a "National Strategy Imposed On Districts"

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ADD YOUR NAME: "They're still trying - Let's Keep Up The Fight" | Organizing For America | 05/08/2017

ADD YOUR NAME: "They're still trying - Let's Keep Up The Fight" | Organizing For America | 05/08/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
OFA works to ensure the voices of ordinary Americans are heard in Washington, while training the next generation of grassroots organizers who will keep fighting for change.
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INSIGHT: For months, we sent a strong message to Obamacare opponents in Washington that repealing the law would be cruel and irresponsible. 

 

Last week, despite the tidal wave of outrage from Americans who support and depend on this law, congressional leaders passed a disastrous repeal bill. We need to do everything in our power to make sure this doesn't become law. We have to keep speaking out, and hold them accountable for this dangerous bill. 

 

Add your name to keep fighting.

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"Why doesn’t anyone know we’re incredibly close to replacing the Electoral College with the popular vote?" | Salon - Politics | 05/07/2017

"Why doesn’t anyone know we’re incredibly close to replacing the Electoral College with the popular vote?" | Salon - Politics | 05/07/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact has passed a total of 35 state legislative chambers in 23 states
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INSIGHT: So far 165 electoral votes from 11 states have been secured. Of the remaining 105 required, 82 are seriously in play, having passed at least one legislative chamber in 10 states. Optimistically, we’re 23 new electoral votes away from ridding ourselves of the Electoral College. It’s something that could be managed through strategically pressuring a handful of state representatives.

For any cynic who thinks the people can’t course-correct our own disenfranchisement, this is about as feasible as it gets.

#PopularVoteIn2020 #LetTheVotersDecide #EliminateElectoralCollege

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VIDEO: "Streisand Gives Hillary Clinton Big Shout-Out During Barclays Center Concert" | MSN Music News | 05/07/2017

VIDEO: "Streisand Gives Hillary Clinton Big Shout-Out During Barclays Center Concert" | MSN Music News | 05/07/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
Barbra Streisand paused during her standing-room-only concert in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center tonight to shine a spotlight on an audience member seated near the stage: Hillary Clinton.
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INSIGHT: "Barbra Streisand paused during her standing-room-only concert in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center tonight to shine a spotlight on an audience member seated near the stage: Hillary Clinton.

 

According to a video tweeted by one nearby concertgoer (see below), Streisand gave a full-throated introduction to “our groundbreaking First Lady, senator from New York, Secretary of State, and the winner of our country’s popular vote, Hillary Rodham Clinton!” With husband Bill Clinton next to her, Clinton smiled and briefly stood to wave in acknowledgement of the crowd’s loud ovation."

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Women's March Pledge of Liberation Demonstrations

Women's March Pledge of Liberation Demonstrations | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
Find a Women's March Pledge of Liberation demonstration or register your own event on 5/8.
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"The Comey Letter Probably Cost Clinton The Election" | Five Thirty Eight | 05/03/2017

"The Comey Letter Probably Cost Clinton The Election" | Five Thirty Eight | 05/03/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
So why won’t the media admit as much?
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INSIGHT:  "That Comey’s decision to issue the letter had been so unorthodox and that the contents of the letter were so ambiguous helped fuel the story. The Times’s print lead on Oct. 30 was about Clinton’s pushback against Comey, and a story it published two days later explained that Comey had broken with precedent in releasing the letter. It covered all sides of the controversy. But the controversy was an unwelcome one for Clinton, since it involved voters seeing words like “Clinton,” “email,” “FBI” and “investigation” together in headlines. Within a day of the Comey letter, Google searches for “Clinton FBI” had increased 50-fold and searches for “Clinton email” almost tenfold.

 

Clinton’s standing in the polls fell sharply. She’d led Trump by 5.9 percentage points in FiveThirtyEight’s popular vote projection at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 28. A week later — after polls had time to fully reflect the letter — her lead had declined to 2.9 percentage points. That is to say, there was a shift of about 3 percentage points against Clinton. And it was an especially pernicious shift for Clinton because (at least according to the FiveThirtyEight model) Clinton was underperforming in swing states as compared to the country overall. In the average swing state,3  As weighted by the state’s likelihood of being the tipping-point state. Clinton’s lead declined from 4.5 percentage points at the start of Oct. 28 to just 1.7 percentage points on Nov. 4. If the polls were off even slightly, Trump could be headed to the White House."

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"Democrats say they now know exactly why Clinton lost" | MSN News - Politics | 04/30-2017

"Democrats say they now know exactly why Clinton lost" | MSN News - Politics | 04/30-2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it

A group of top Democratic Party strategists have used new data about last year's presidential election to reach a startling conclusion about why Hillary Clinton lost. Now they just need to persuade the rest of the party they're right.

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INSIGHT: One slice of the "Obama Voters" that voted for the Trump that is not talked about here are the African-American and other Minority Republicans and Independents who a=wanted to vote for the  "First American-American President".   Many of these voters, my own family and friends included, have little or no commitment to the Democratic Party or the "Obama/Clinton Vision for America".   Not all problems stemming from the Obama Presidency can be fixed by us Democrats other than building upon what the 65,000,000 voters that the Clinton/Kaine Ticket Turned Out! .,

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"Trump Tax Plan Would Shift Trillions From U.S. Coffers to the Richest" | New York Times - Politics | 04/28/2017

"Trump Tax Plan Would Shift Trillions From U.S. Coffers to the Richest" | New York Times - Politics | 04/28/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
The vast majority of benefits would go to the highest earners and largest holders of wealth, analysts said, setting up a battle over the government’s strained resources.
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INSIGHT: "President Trump’s proposal to slash individual and business taxes and erase a surtax that funds the Affordable Care Act would amount to a multitrillion-dollar shift from federal coffers to America’s richest families and their heirs, setting up a politically fraught battle over how best to use the government’s already strained resources.

The outline that Mr. Trump offered on Wednesday — less a tax overhaul plan than a list of costly cuts with no price tags attached, rushed out by a president staring down his 100-day mark in office — calls for tax reductions for individuals of every income level as well as businesses large and small.

But the vast majority of benefits would accrue to the highest earners and largest holders of wealth, according to economists and analysts, accounting for a lopsided portion of the proposal’s costs."

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"New Orleans' Confederate monuments 'aberration ... denial of our history,' Mitch Landrieu says" | The New Orleans Advocate | 04/24/2017

"New Orleans' Confederate monuments 'aberration ... denial of our history,' Mitch Landrieu says" | The New Orleans Advocate | 04/24/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
New Orleans planned to begin removing the first of four prominent Confederate monuments early Monday, the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation
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INSIGHT:  New Orleans planned to begin removing the first of four prominent Confederate monuments early Monday, the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy.

Workers were to begin removing the first memorial, one that commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans, overnight in an attempt to avoid disruption from supporters who want the monuments to stay, some of whom city officials said have made death threats.

Three other statues to Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard and Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis will be removed in later days now that legal challenges have been overcome.

 

"There's a better way to use the property these monuments are on and a way that better reflects who we are," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in an interview Sunday with The Associated Press

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"Trump threatens DEMS: In order to avoid gov shutdown agree to $$ for wall or I withhold ACA funds" | Daily Kos | 04/21/2017

"Trump threatens DEMS: In order to avoid gov shutdown agree to $$ for wall or I withhold ACA funds" | Daily Kos | 04/21/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
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INSIGHT: Trump is "The Art Of The Threat" not the Deal!!

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"Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game."  | NYT - U. S. Politics | 06/11/2017

"Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game."  | NYT - U. S. Politics | 06/11/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
Faith leaders whose politics fall to the left of center are getting more involved in politics to fight against President Trump’s policies.
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INSIGHT: In Nashville, a crowd of ministers carrying palm fronds occupied the governor’s office during Holy Week, demanding the expansion of Medicaid to cover more of the uninsured. In California and 16 other states, an interfaith network has organized thousands of volunteers to swoop into action when immigrants are arrested or houses of worship are vandalized.

 

Across the country, religious leaders whose politics fall to the left of center, and who used to shun the political arena, are getting involved — and even recruiting political candidates — to fight back against President Trump’s policies on immigration, health care, poverty and the environment.

 

Some are calling the holy ruckus a “religious resistance.” Others, mindful that periodic attempts at a resurgence on the religious left have all failed, point to an even loftier ambition than taking on the current White House: After 40 years in which the Christian right has dominated the influence of organized religion on American politics — souring some people on religion altogether, studies show — left-leaning faith leaders are hungry to break the right’s grip on setting the nation’s moral agenda.

 

Frustrated by Christian conservatives’ focus on reversing liberal successes in legalizing abortion and same-sex marriage, those on the religious left want to turn instead to what they see as truly fundamental biblical imperatives — caring for the poor, welcoming strangers and protecting the earth — and maybe even change some minds about what it means to be a believer.

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"Democrats are falling for fake news about Russia" | VOX Politics | 05/19/2017

"Democrats are falling for fake news about Russia" | VOX Politics | 05/19/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
Why liberal conspiracy theories are flourishing in the age of Trump.
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INSIGHT: "Why liberal conspiracy theories are flourishing in the age of Trump."----- Know your sources and verify wild claims.

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"What the Senate can give for Mother's Day" | CNN - Political Op-Ed, Social Commentary | 05/13/2017

"What the Senate can give for Mother's Day" | CNN - Political Op-Ed, Social Commentary | 05/13/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
Rita Henley Jensen: What new, expectant and future mothers want for Mother's Day is more attention paid to their health; the US has the highest maternal mortality rate of any developed country.

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"Bernie Fucks It Up Again" | Val Perry Rendel – Medium | 05/10/2017

"Bernie Fucks It Up Again" | Val Perry Rendel – Medium | 05/10/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
You have one candidate for mayor who’s a Democrat with a questionable record on reproductive choice, running against a Republican who’s also anti-choice, anti-union, anti-LGBT rights, anti-ethics…
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INSIGHT:  "All Politics Are Local"!! We Democrats must learn that in "Deep Red" and "Red/Purple" CD Districts/Cities we will only win with "moderate candidates" period!

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"French Annoyingly Retain Right to Claim Intellectual Superiority Over Americans" | The New Yorker | 05/07/2017

"French Annoyingly Retain Right to Claim Intellectual Superiority Over Americans" | The New Yorker | 05/07/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
Andy Borowitz jokes about how Emmanuel Macron’s Presidential victory, in France, has reinforced the country’s confidence in its superiority to the U.S.
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INSIGHT: PARIS (Satire From The Borowitz Report)—"On Sunday, the people of France annoyingly retained their traditional right to claim intellectual superiority over Americans, as millions of French citizens paused to enjoy just how much smarter they were than their allies across the Atlantic."

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"French election: live results" | Politico Live Blog | 05/07/2017

"French election: live results" | Politico Live Blog | 05/07/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
The latest numbers from the presidential vote as they come in from around the country.
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INSIGHT: French election: live results

The latest numbers from the presidential vote as they come in from around the country.

Follow live results from France’s presidential election runoff between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen — and check POLITICO’s live blog for the latest news and reaction. Polls close at 8 p.m. local time and results will update here throughout the evening.

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ACTION ALERT: "Women's March Pledge of Liberation" | Action Network | 05/05/2017

ACTION ALERT: "Women's March Pledge of Liberation" | Action Network | 05/05/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
Join Women's March in taking a Pledge of Liberation today.
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ACTION ALERT DETAILS: Please join the Women's March and partner organizations nationwide for a day-of-action on Monday, May 8th!

 

1: PLEDGE: Click Here to Sign the Pledge of Liberation (www.bit.ly/PledgeOfLiberation).  Encourage your friends, family, and community members to do the same.

 

2: PREPARE: Download the Pledge of Liberation Toolkit (www.bit.ly/PledgeToolkit) for action items, organizing, the dos and don'ts of civil disobedience and other FAQs.

 

3: DEMONSTRATE:  Hold a demonstration either inside or outside of your congressperson's in-district office. Collectively read the Pledge of Liberation and our unity principles out loud.  Find a Demonstration (https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/womens-march-pledge-of-liberation-demonstrations) near you.

 

4:  SOCIAL MEDIA: Get the word out!  SHARE ACROSS ALL YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES!!

 

 

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"High-risk pools: the newest proposal to fix the GOP’s health plan, explained" | MSN News via VOX | 05/03/2017

"High-risk pools: the newest proposal to fix the GOP’s health plan, explained" | MSN News via VOX | 05/03/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
The Republican solution to sick people who need health insurance in a post-Obamacare world is increasingly coming to center on three words: high-risk pools. 
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INSIGHT: High-risk pools are expensive. Really, really expensive.

 

Before the Affordable Care Act, there were 35 states with high-risk pools. In 2011, these pools covered 226,234 people, or 0.0007 percent of the American population.

 

But the small group generated a massive number of health care claims. They spent a collective $2.5 billion on health care in 2011. States lost a collective $1 billion on these bills. Even though high-risk pool members paid premiums — sometimes double those charged on the individual market — it just wasn’t enough to cover the really high medical bills.

 

“The costs continued to go up, and it started to become expensive for a lot of people,” says Lynn Blewett, director of the University of Minnesota’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center, who has studied Minnesota’s pools. “The premiums kept a lot of people from signing up.”

 

States usually funded their high-risk pools with a tax on health insurance companies. That could be hard to increase, so they would do things to tamp down on the actual cost of running the high-risk pool itself. Thirty-three states had lifetime limits on coverage, most between $1 and $2 million. Most had preexisting condition clauses, which excluded treatment for known medical conditions during the first six or 12 months of membership.

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"The Far Left Is Still Out Of Touch With Black Voters" | TheEstablishnent.co | 04/27/2017

"The Far Left Is Still Out Of Touch With Black Voters" | TheEstablishnent.co | 04/27/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
This week, the internet was set ablaze with hot takes relating to former President Obama’s decision to get paid to speak at a health-care conference. The conference was organized by Cantor Fitzgerald…
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INSIGHT: "In order to properly talk about the disconnect between people of color and the far left, we have to talk a bit about why Sanders lost in the primary. His message primarily targeted the white working class and focused on “economic” issues versus “racial” ones. He rejected identity politics and had virtually no political capital with minorities even after decades in Congress. As a result, he lost Black voters 75–25 and Latino voters 65–35. His backers will point to Sanders winning the youngest overall cohort of people of color, but his turnout rate with this demographic was so poor that it was ultimately irrelevant. The far left uses Clinton’s turnout rates in the general as evidence of her being a “poor” candidate. Why are Bernie’s horrible turnout rates among young people of color not used as evidence of him being a poor candidate that couldn’t connect with Black and Brown voters?"

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"Out of the woods: How Hillary Clinton spent the last 100 days" | NBC News | 04/25/2017

"Out of the woods: How Hillary Clinton spent the last 100 days" | NBC News | 04/25/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
The former Secretary of State and Democratic nominee's last hundred days — her first truly retired days in decades — aren't completely a mystery.
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INSIGHT:  "She’s Back: Hillary Clinton’s Last 100 Days -- The former Secretary of State and Democratic nominee's last hundred days — her first truly retired days in decades — aren't completely a mystery."

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MOVIE: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" | HBO FILMS | 04/24/2017

MOVIE: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" | HBO FILMS | 04/24/2017 | Politics From My Point Of View | Scoop.it
Learn more about the HBO Film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, starring Oprah on HBO.com.
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INSIGHT:  "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" -

Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne star in this adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. Told through the eyes of Henrietta Lacks’ daughter, Deborah Lacks, the film chronicles her search, along with journalist Rebecca Skloot (Byrne), to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks' cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.

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