Cynthia Nixon Would Work For “Maybe A Dollar” But No More

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But that’s actually not such a great idea

Last night's debate between gubernatorial candidates Cynthia Nixon and current New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo was anything but boring. Though Cuomo worked hard to frame Nixon as a "corporation," and thus a member of the establishment, rather than an outsider, Nixon was having none of it. Instead, she focused on the fact that Cuomo, despite being a Democrat, is not so different than President Trump, saying: "When it comes to opposing Trump in New York State, we already have a corrupt corporate Republican in the White House—we don’t need a corrupt corporate Democrat in Albany as his main opposition."

And yet, even though Nixon is a political outsider, there's no doubt that she is a member of one elite class: the 1 percent. When asked by moderator Maurice DuBois of CBS New York whether Nixon would accept a salary should she be elected to take Cuomo's seat, Nixon declined. DuBois pressed further, asking if she would accept a single dollar, to which she replied, "Sure, maybe a dollar."

Nixon's entire reported wealth comes out at around $60 million, and so there's little doubt that she could afford to decline the New York gubernatorial salary of $137,415 per year. However, should she? Is this a good precedent to set? While we love the idea of a self-proclaimed democratic socialist like Nixon taking the reigns from Cuomo (who last year proudly declared that New Yorkers should simply drive to work rather than rely on the crumbling public transit infrastructure he has neglected for so long), Nixon's offer to work for free is a stark reminder that the political system in this country is rigged for wealthy candidates who can afford to campaign on their own dime. That isn't something that should be celebrated at all. It should be fought against in the same way campaign finance reform should be fought for. Otherwise, we will wind up with a government filled only with people for whom money doesn't matter—and how will they truly understand the plight of the economically disadvantaged then?

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.