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Here Are Your Key Takeaways From The Vice Presidential Debate

The vice presidential debate was, well, an actual debate. Both Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence spoke on several real issues impacting American families. Unlike President Donald Trump’s performance at the presidential debate, the two vice presidential candidates maintained some civility and decorum while tackling the issues.

One of the biggest moments of the debate was Sen. Kamala Harris confronting Vice President Mike Pence about interrupting her.

Vice President Pence seemed to want to take a page out of President Trump’s playbook during the debate. VP Pence tried to interrupt the senator as she answered questions but Sen. Harris was not going to let him steamroll over her. Instead, she turned to him as he tried mansplaining things and let him know that, “I’m speaking.”

Women are celebrating Sen. Harris’ assertiveness when being talked over by a white man.

Sen. Harris arguably had one of the most difficult jobs on the debate stage. She has to be poised and assertive without falling into a perceived angry Black woman stereotype. Like most women in politics, and most other aspects of life, Sen. Harris’ job on the debate stage was more than debating and offering facts. This moment of her asserting herself and not letting VP Pence bulldoze her is something young girls need to see.

VP Pence tried to mislead the American people about the administration’s failed Covid response.

VP Pence was asked by the moderator about the staggering death toll of Covid-19 in the U.S. According to the numbers, more people have died in the U.S. per capita than in any other wealthy nation. VP Pence was unable to explain the disastrous outcome of the federal response that he led.

Instead of answering the question, VP Pence tried to shift the focus claiming that Sen. Harris was disparaging the American people who had sacrificed so much. Sen. Harris shot back that the American people have sacrificed more than they should have after the Trump administration lied about the seriousness of Covid-19 and let more than 210,000 people die.

Political opponents pointed out Pence’s urgency in dodging the questions.

Throughout the debate, Pence did little to sway American voters and distract from the Covid crisis. At times, Pence would use his time to speak on previous questions and disregarded the questions asked by Susan Page. At other times Pence tried to speak over Sen. Harris to deny her claims while adding little substance of his own.

Of course, the fly was the fan-favorite during the debate.

People were excited and distracted when a fly landed on VP Pence’s head during the debate. The fly stuck around to Pence’s head for a solid two minutes, which was the time limit for answering questions. Some people have pointed out that the fly showed a better adherence to the time limit rule than Pence did.

The common consensus is that Sen. Harris came out of the debate the winner.

The fact that Pence was unsuccessful in distracting or even remotely explaining the Covid crisis is a loss for the Trump/Pence campaign. Pence had a lot of work to do to overcome Trump’s poor debate performance on Sept. 29. Trump’s attacks on Biden’s family, especially Beau Biden’s drug addiction struggle, pushed uncertain voters farther away from the Trump/Pence ticket.

Oh, and Sen. Harris’ facial expressions have gone viral because they say so much more than words can.

We have all been given these faces when we acted up or lied to our moms. Tbh, seeing Sen. Harris’ faces was a kind of representation we didn’t know could even exist. It was subtle, poignant, and chilling.

READ: The First Presidential Debate Went Off The Rails Fast And The Internet Had Fun With It

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Eva Mendes Sparks Discussion About Spanking After Comparing It To Spousal Abuse

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Eva Mendes Sparks Discussion About Spanking After Comparing It To Spousal Abuse

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Eva Mendes has always been honest about her home life and her ongoing parenting journey. The 47-year-old Cuban-American actress is mother to 6-year-old Esmeralda and 4-year-old Amada with husband, Ryan Gosling.

On Monday, Eva Mendes posted a controversial Instagram post where she compared spanking a child to spousal abuse.

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“I’m often asked what my favorite red carpet dress is. This @versace is definitely up there,” she wrote, along with a beautiful picture of her on the red carpet. “I’m not often asked what my favorite parenting quote is, but I’ll post it anyway. Please slide if you care.”

The quote was as follows: “Spanking does for a child’s development what hitting a spouse does for a marriage.” The quote is credited to children’s rights advocate and parenting blogger, Racheous.

Especially in Latino communities where chanclas are a common form of punishment, corporal punishment like spanking is a hot-button topic.

Eva Mendes’s followers quickly took to the comments section to debate over whether they agreed with the spanking comparison.

“That quote is so true. I love how you are so protective of your family and so thoughtful about what you post. It’s refreshing,” wrote one follower.

Another wrote: “Love you but completely disagree. The goal in raising kids is not to have to spank, but it’s correcting before they can reason behavior out with you. Completely different than hitting someone. That’s not correcting behavior. We raised 5 respectful loving kind kids that were a joy to be around. Good fruit shows from loving correction.”

Spanking has long been a controversial topic in parenting circles, and it seems like Eva Mendes touched a nerve with the quote she posted.

Parents–and especially mothers–are extremely sensitive about being judged as “bad” parents. And contrary to laws banning child abuse, there are no laws that ban “spanking” (which is defined by Merriam-Webster as “to strike especially on the buttocks with the open hand”).

Mendes, for her part, was quick to de-escalate the conversations happening on her Instagram page. “I totally respect you. Thank you for a respectful comment,” she wrote to one of the commenters that didn’t like her quote. “So nice to disagree with respect. I found the quote powerful and wanted to pass it on. Lotsa love to you and yours [heart emoji].”

“This didn’t come with a manual,” Mendes wrote. “So when there’s something that resonates with me, I pass it on. Lotsa love [heart emoji].”

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Kamala Harris Has Moved Into One Observatory Circle – Her New Home As Vice President

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Kamala Harris Has Moved Into One Observatory Circle – Her New Home As Vice President

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Vice President Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff have officailly moved into their new home in Washington, D.C. – One Observatory Circle. Many people don’t realize that the VP doesn’t just live in a section of the White House alongside the sitting president.

As the family settles into their new home, many are wondering what the veep’s residence is really like and where it’s at. Well, thankfully we’re getting a special look inside the home thanks to social media.

The Vice President has her own official home not far from the White House.

Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff have moved into Number One Observatory Circle in Washington, D.C., making them the eighth vice-presidential family in American history to do so.

The official residence of the veep — often referred to as the Superintendent’s House, the Admiral’s House, or simply VPR (vice president’s residence) — the property has been home to every vice president since Walter Mondale (who served under Jimmy Carter) in 1977.

The house is known as Number One Observatory Circle and is located on a naval compound.

Built in 1893, the home is located on 12 of the 72 acres of land that comprise the U.S. Naval Observatory, a government agency where scientists work on providing astronomy-related insights for the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense. It’s located approximately two-and-a-half miles north of the White House, the President’s official residence. 

Before it housed American vice presidents, Number One Observatory Circle first served as a home for U.S. Naval Observatory superintendents. 

Today, the home measures approximately 9,150 square feet of living space. The second floor is where the main suite, office and den are located, while the other bedrooms — typically used for guests and family members — can be found on the third floor.

Unlike the White House, the veep’s residence has its own pool.

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In 2010, now-President Biden told reporters that Quayle was his “favorite vice president” because he put in the pool, noting, “my granddaughters love it.” The Bidens welcomed many guests and even made it a tradition to host Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny on St. Patrick’s Day for all eight years they were in the home.

Pence and his wife, Karen, used it to hold yearly pool parties for military families. 

Before 1974, the Vice President was often put up in hotels.

Prior to 1974, vice presidents lived in their own homes, and those who did not own properties in or around Washington were put up in hotels, according to the New York Times

“The cost of securing these private residences grew substantially over the years,” according to the White House. This cost — plus the challenges the Secret Service faced by having to learn how to properly secure all the different locations — led Congress to come up with a more permanent solution.

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