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I wish people would focus less on (a) who they are voting for in November and (b) Bernie Sanders' endorsement of Clinton and more on how the Left seizes the moment of the Sanders campaign and figures out how to pivot forward. So here are some small observations:

A serious and wide-ranging debate has been taking place among Sandernistas in the two weeks since Bernie endorsed Hillary. And now with the Democratic Convention underway, the unresolved questions become more pressing by the day.

Just after Bernie Sanders lost the California Democratic primary to Hillary Clinton last month, the New York Times editorial board referred to universal health care and free public higher education—two of Sanders’ most prominent campaign themes—as "feel-good but economically unsustainable."

“News media could either be our ally or our enemy—we wanted them as an ally,” Laurie Pritchett said in a 1985 interview about his strategy as police chief in Albany, Georgia, during Martin Luther King, Jr.’s desegregation efforts in 1962.

The Gettysburg address, it wasn’t. Donald Trump’s acceptance speech clocked in at one hour and 15 minutes, and that’s not counting the time dilation effect demagoguery can produce in some observers.

Lincoln’s speech lasted less than two minutes.

This article first appeared at Waging Nonviolence | If you happen to have been living under a rock this past week, there’s a good chance someone turned it over looking for Pokémon. Pokémon Go, Nintendo’s free augmented reality app, has been as ubiquitous in the news as the presidential election.

Update, July 20, 2016, 2:01 p.m. ET:

Ten activists were arrested at the action in New York City. Their charges and bond amounts have not yet been released, but a bail fund has been set up here.

For those still wondering why Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are so popular, one needs look no further than Chicago’s West Side, where, as the Chicago Tribune reported recently, the last American-made Oreo rolled off the production line, as the cookie and 600 good-paying jobs left for their new home in Salinas, Mexico.

“It’s been too damn long,” said Erica Garner, using a bullhorn to address the 150 demonstrators assembled in front of the Staten Island convenience store where police killed her father. As she spoke on Sunday, supporters patted sweat and the occasional tear from her cheeks.