“Julian Castro has dropped out of the presidential race” links

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Julian Castro dropped out of the presidential race, which means the primary is almost all-white (where is Cory Booker?). I can’t believe this is happening in 2020. [Pajiba]
Wilmer Valderrama is engaged to Amanda Pacheco. [Just Jared]
Joshua Jackson & Jodie Turner-Smith were babymooning. [LaineyGossip]
Kim Kardashian is tacky, but not that tacky. [Dlisted]
The best fashion moments of 2019. [Go Fug Yourself]
Marilyn Monroe’s 1955 New Year’s resolutions were hardcore. [Jezebel]
Rapper YG apologized for his previous homophobia. [Towleroad]
Ricki Lake shaved her head. [Seriously OMG]
A day in the life of Nick Jonas. [OMG Blog]
Trailer for A Quiet Place Part II. [The Blemish]

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  1. The Recluse says:

    Damn. First Kamala Harris and now Castro.
    I hate how money is determining our selection process before we even get to hold a primary. And I suspect that the DNC’s requirements this time around is also a factor. It makes me angry.
    I like Warren but she has been ‘cancelled ‘ by various groups for reasons I get, but that leaves us with Biden and Sanders as well. Geezers.
    And I was really hoping for a younger candidate this time around, like Obama was younger.
    We need to reform this whole process.

    • Oui oki says:

      Also Buttigieg is still in there, seems to get more headlines than Bernie

      • Flamingo says:

        I like Buttigeig. I actually knew him years ago. He is incredibly bright, but also a bit dull. It is a shame that we pick our candidates based on having an exciting backstory, but I don’t see him going anywhere with the Mayo Pete nickname. That and he has a huge issue with African American voters. I could see Biden or Sanders selecting him or Castro as their young VP.

      • Dani says:

        Mayo Pete will not be the saving grace. He doesn’t have ‘it’ and he will never get the vote from minorities.

    • Cars says:

      Andrew Yang is still in the race and raised over $16M in Q4 fundraising alone – approaching over 400k individuals donating. He’s young, progressive, practical, innovative and a person of color. There are still good ones in the race.

  2. Modiglia says:

    The DNC isn’t kicking people out. They’re polling low because there isn’t enthusiasm.

    From any race/age/education level group.

    • Mac says:

      It takes money to build enthusiasm. Refusing to hold fundraisers with big dollar donors and declining corporate PAC money appears to only be sustainable for white candidates.

  3. Tash says:

    I’ll probably get slammed for saying this but Ricki Lake felt suicidal over hair loss? 🙄 A woman in her position who has access and can afford the best of everything? I wish I have her life if that drove her almost over the edge. I know, I know…I’m being judgy.

    • lisa says:

      I feel the same. She made this big announcement as if she was going through something actually important.

      • Rando says:

        This is a really crappy thing to say. Ricki Lake is allowed to mourn her hair loss without being chastised for it, because some small minded people don’t think it’s a big deal.

        Would you tell a cancer patient sad about their hair falling out that it wasn’t a big deal? Have some empathy.

        My mom is schizophrenic and stabbed me, humiliated me in public, abused me, I worked 3 jobs, I isolated myself from friends and family in a misguided attempt to protect her.. and you want to know what upset me the most? Having my hair fall out due to stress and not being able to find a solution. I associated my hair with my femininity and attractiveness and losing that was really hard.

        Don’t be so judgemental over what people find traumatizing. Everyone’s struggles are different, but they are all valid.

      • Tash says:

        Did she lose hair because of cancer? No, she did due to her time starring in Hairspray where her hair was over processed, teased, etc. So yes, rich, vain lady moaning all over the media needs to stfu when there are people (such as yourself, sorry to hear) who have to deal with real problems.
        Anyway, wish you peace and health in 2020.

    • bakes says:

      Hair loss for women is a hugely distressing to anyone that has experienced it. Roughly 1 in 100 women experience female baldness, however no one talks about it and it creates feelings of shame and insecurity. There are numerous treatment options, however as she mentioned in her post you may experience some success\regrowth only to have loss again. Many of them are also expensive with barriers to access and uncovered by insurance. Unlike weight loss, there is no support system for this. And unlike with weight gain, there is no movement for acceptance for bald women. I think admitting she experienced this was a brave thing to do, similar to admitting to a mental health issue. It is not socially acceptable for a women to be bald and I don’t think the struggle associated with hair loss should be minimized. I hope that more people start to discuss this openly, although reactions like this will likely stifle the conversation.

      • Tash says:

        Losing hair sucks I’m sure, but offing yourself over it…especially when you have the means ($$) to help the issue?
        And admitting to hair loss is brave and similar to admitting to a mental health issue…you gotta be f@cking kidding me?!?!?! You’re reaching.

      • bakes says:

        To be clear, when I said that it is brave to talk about this, and similar to a mental health issue I meant that she would likely be judged in the same way in the public space. Meaning, people that had never experienced this, would openly judge and provide negative feedback. Similar to what we are seeing on this thread.

  4. Aang says:

    I want Medicare for all. Full stop. No more profit in healthcare. If it’s not part of your platform you won’t get my vote. If that means I have to choose between “geezers” Warren or Sanders I will do so. Obama was young sure but was so conscious of his legacy that I feel like he didn’t fight hard enough. 2016 was not a time to “go high”. It was a time to fight back and I feel like he, and the rest of the democratic leadership, let us down. He also dropped drones on children and at least one American citizen that did have due process before he was executed. So youth doesn’t equal progressive or bold.

    • Ann says:

      Yes to everything you said. If I were a single issue voter Medicare for all would he my issue and because of that Warren and Bernie are my candidates. I like Castro a lot. I also like Beto and Kamala. Just because they are out of the presidential race doesn’t mean they can’t continue to represent their states and by extension all Americans. Beto said he wouldn’t run for Senate again and he totally should. This isn’t the end of the road for all of the dropouts, save for Tulsi who will land herself a cushy role in fox when she gives up her crusade against democracy.

      • dollybee says:

        Medicare for all? Have you looked at your W2 or check stub? Medicare for all is going to send Americans from the poor house to the dog house.

    • Rando says:

      You obviously have absolutely no idea how healthcare works, the unspoken monopolies, the middlemen involved.

      Healthcare pricing isn’t going to change. The only question is if it will come directly from peoples’ pockets or via taxes.

      Unless a candidate has an actual clue of how to redirect federal funds earmarked for other things like the DOD, any type of Medicare for all is going to still come out of citizen wallets.

  5. Normades says:

    Anybody know how old Wilmer’s fiancé is (side eye)?

  6. Amanda says:

    I think my crush on Cillian Murphy has started up again from that trailer.

  7. lucy2 says:

    Julian Castro seems like a very smart, decent guy. I hope he runs again in the future.
    I’m for Warren, but resigning myself to the idea that it’s going to be Biden or Bernie. Sigh. I’ll vote for them, but I hope they look at it as a one term thing to beat Trump, and then step aside for the next generation.

  8. Lily says:

    A lot of people are worried about Demi’s mental health after Wilmer getting engaged

  9. Rando says:

    Wtf why are people complaining about Dems dropping out? It’s narrowing the field! This is a GREAT thing!

    Conservatives are going to be firmly behind one candidate, Trump.

    The more divided Dems are, the worse off they will fair against a united Republican base. Liberals need to narrow in on a candidate ASAP so they have as much time as possible to drum up support.

    • Hello says:


      • Anne Call says:

        The top tier are already evident and we’ll probably have a pretty good idea after Super Tuesday in March who will be in the lead. I think Bernie and Warren will probably divide up progressive vote and Biden will benefit. At this point I just want someone to beat trump and bring back smart people to the White House and cabinet, put us back into Paris accord, shore up NATO alliance, push back on Putin and just generally clean up the toxic treasonous mess trump and his minions have created. And if it’s Biden, he better pick a female VP or I will be pissed.

    • Mo says:

      Yes! The problem was too many people running. There were just too many candidates for anyone who didn’t already have name recognition to get onto the ballot.

      The DNC really needs to weed out candidates before they enter the race, especially those who have never held major elective office before. There needs to be full financial disclosure, including tax returns to a DNC vetting committee, with public disclosure before the primaries begin. And they have to have been Democrats for some significant time and pledge to run only as a Democrat in the future.

  10. Adrien says:

    If there is someone who should be dropping out, it’s Mayo Pete. He’s the Republican Manchurian candidate not Biden. As a gay person, I have dreamt of seeing a LGBTQ couple in the White House. I guess this is not yet the time.

  11. BendyWindy says:

    I’m a POC, and I’m not bothered by the mostly white field. I want qualified candidates. Beto and Julian aren’t qualified (anyone is more qualified than DT). Kamala couldn’t get people excited enough to donate and couldn’t sustain her campaign. That means people weren’t interested.

    I’m not a fan of Joe’s campaign. He’s phoning it in. I’m Team Warren. Pete is also not qualified and I’m over Bernie. Meh.