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Here is some unsolicited advice to people who want folks to vote for Hillary Clinton. Instead of shaming someone into voting for Hillary, I suggest having a conversation like this:

"Thanks to the millions of people across the country who got involved in the political process--many for the first time--we now have the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party." These were the triumphant words of Bernie Sanders as he prepared to endorse the candidate who beat him, Hillary Clinton, for president.

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.