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Events In DC Leading Up To Election Day: From Comedy To Debates

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Updated: 28 October 2016
As the world prepares for the impending doom of America’s election day, stay up-to-date with the latest drama. Catch debates across the nation and attend speaking events in DC focused on crucial topics in nominees’ platforms. November 8th is rapidly approaching, even if no one wants it to…


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Happy Hour With Tim Kaine & DJ Cassidy

Fundraiser on September 10th at Town Dance Boutique, 2009 8th St NW, Washington DC.

Hillary Victory Fund, a fundraising committee that has procured over $61 million in donations, is hosting a happy hour with an appearance from vice presidential nominee, Tim Kaine. The event will be held at the rowdy gay club, Town Dance Boutique. There’s a limited number of young professional tickets available at $45 each, but the majority of attendees will pay anywhere from $100 to $2500. Get a moment with Kaine to provide your two cents about the Democratic ticket and platform, while sipping on Clinton-inspired cocktails.

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How Do Clinton and Trump Shape Politics & The Media?

Panel on September 12th at George Washington University, 2121 I Street NW, Washington DC.

Join Meet the Press’s Chuck Todd for an interactive discussion on the 2016 presidential race and its lasting impact on American politics as a whole. What does this mean going forward and for future presidential races? How can Republican party insiders recover? Is a new party in the works? Challenge your views and think critically.

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Palestine & The Democratic Platform

Discussion on September 14th at The Jerusalem Fund,

Former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders highlighted the Palestinian struggle in mainstream media. After conceding to Hillary Clinton, Sander’s team worked tirelessly to shape the democratic platform with Clinton’s camp, using significantly progressive language on an issue dominated by the pro-Israel right. Clinton’s team ultimately removed all language that recognized Palestine sovereignty and expunged every criticism of Israel, further alienating her own liberal constituents. Where does that leave the issue of Israel/Palestine in the Democratic Party? Dr. James J. Zogby, the founder and president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), will discuss the future of Palestine in the Democratic platform at The Jerusalem Fund’s event.

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Ralph Nader: Breaking Through Power

Conference on September 28th at Daughters of the American Revolution, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC.

Ralph Nader has been propelled back into the spotlight with the upcoming election. Since Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have the lowest favorability ratings of any presidential candidates ever, many Americans are considering voting third party. But resorting to voting for a third party is dubbed Nadering – by running as a Green Party candidate, Nader split the liberal vote between himself and democratic nominee Al Gore, allowing George Bush to win the 2000 presidential election (kind of). Many fear third party contenders Gary Johnson and Jill Stein will have a similar impact as Nader. See what he says about the merits of third parties at the DAR’s four-day conference, which focuses on democracy and insider politics.

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Mock The Vote Stand-Up Comedy

Comedy Show on Oct. 29th, 600 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The comedy showcase will, as suggested in the title, mock U.S. politics and the absurdity of the current election. Comedians Andrew Knox, Brian Parise, and Leah Bonnema will give their best shot to draw laughs, and not tears, from the audience while joking about the sad, sad state of American government. Tickets are $20 in advance.

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Asian American Rally For Trump

Rally on Oct. 29th,

Hosted by Asian Communities in North Virginia and the Korean Republican Party of Virginia, the rally is intended as a gathering for ‘like-minded individuals who share the same values.’ GOP politicians and Trump delegates will be in attendance. The event promises to be a day of solidarity for Asian Americans with conservative leanings.

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Rally To Keep Trump Away From Nukes

Political Rally on Oct. 29th,

A Trump Hotel opened its doors in downtown DC last week, and it’s already the sight of controversial protests. The ‘Keep Trump Away From Nukes’ rally advocates for just that – ensuring the Donald never reaches the Oval Office, where some worry he’ll use nuclear weapons with the same leniency as a remote-controlled toy airplane. Trump has repeatedly publicly inquired, ‘If we have nuclear weapons, why can’t we use them?’

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Hillary Vs Trump Cartoon Debate

Political Cartoon Show on November 4th, The Ritz Carleton,

Renowned editorial illustrators, from the likes of The New Yorker and The Atlantic, will participate in a politically themed, cartoon art exhibition. The artists popularize political commentary with their illustrations, as political satire increasingly becomes a way of engaging the American public. Explore the art on display and chat with its creators.

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National Black Convention

Political Rally, November 5th & 6th, 2400 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The event reads, ‘The time has come for black people to take our future into our own black hands. The parties of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both made it clear that they do not represent the interests of our people.’ The convention, the first of its kind, promises to discuss black self-determination and creating their own political agenda. The rally will commence at Malcolm X Park, a staple of the District’s black history and the sight of many famed racial protests. The next day the convention will move to Howard University for academic talks and panel discussions.


Trump recently announced that, despite speculation otherwise, he will definitely attend all three presidential debates. Or maybe. Likely. Yeah totally. Who said that? Mexico needs to build a wall.

Trump Vs Clinton @ Hofstra University, September 26th

Lester Holt of NBC news will moderate the initial presidential debate. Enjoy a watch party at Penn Social as Clinton and Trump come head-to-head for the first time. There will be plenty of liquor to ease the bickering.

Pence Vs Kaine @ Longwood University, October 4th

Battle of the bands vice presidents. This is the only time the vice president nominees will get to shine on primetime, which is fitting seeing as the office of the vice president is where political careers go to die.

Trump Vs Clinton @ Washington University, October 9th

The second presidential debate is modeled after a town hall meeting. Moderator Anderson Cooper will propose half the questions, and the other half will come directly, raw and unedited, from attendees in the audience. Better be prepared with popcorn.

Trump Vs Clinton @ University of Nevada, October 19th

The only way to make debates between Trump and Clinton more explosive would be to drop them in Vegas – so, Vegas it is. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace will moderate.