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Cancel your plans – this Friday's Late Late Show is too good to miss.

In an Irish television exclusive, Ryan Tubridy will sit the down with the former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

In what promises to be a “very engaging interview,” viewers will gain an interesting insight into the mind of the presidential candidate.

The wide-ranging interview touches on many topics including Hillary's love of Ireland, her presidential campaign, and of course, how it felt to lose the US presidency to businessman and reality TV star, Donald Trump.

“I would have been really unhappy if I had lost to a normal Republican. But to lose to someone who I believed profoundly was not ready for the job, was temperamentally unqualified for the job, was such a burden. I just thought 'I’ve just let everybody down, I’ve let my country down, I’ve let the world down. How did this happen?'”

Hillary will also discuss the potential dangers the Trump presidency presents to the world as well as the double standards faced by women in politics.

This unmissable interview airs on The Late Late Show, this Friday, September 29,  at 9.35pm on RTÉ One.

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It's been an interesting year – from Brexit to Trump and numerous terrorist atrocities, globally we face increasing uncertainty.

But it hasn't all been bad news. In fact, we've crowned eight celebrities our 'heroines of the year' for being shining lights in a lot of darkness…

 

Michelle Obama, 52:

From speeches that captivated the world to her head-turning fashion, the First Lady will be sorely missed from the White House. No wonder there's already a campaign underway to have her run for US president in 2020.

The Duchess Of Cambridge, 34:

Sure she's privileged, but being married to a royal means a life in the harshest of spotlights. Arguably the world's most photographed – and thus, critiqued – woman, we applaud Kate for just getting on with it. She has evidently embraced being a mum too: far from being royal brats, George and Charlotte are impeccably behaved in public. 

Annalise Murphy, 26:

The Rathfarnham sailor nabbed a silver medal for Ireland at the Olympics – but in the two years prior to that incredible achievement she struggled to perform at her best. She finished a frustrating fourth in London 2012 and in the aftermath her confidence took a knock. For getting back in the saddle and not giving up, we salute you, Annalise.

Iskra Lawrence, 26:

A plus-sized model with A LOT to say on the fashion industry, Iskra is also an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association in the UK. And a time when a lot of social media stars feel compelled to edit their posts, we (and her 3m followers) love that Ms Lawrence refuses to do so.

Hillary Clinton, 69:

Agree or disagree with her policies – there's no doubt that she's broken down a lot of boundaries for women in politics, still very much an industry where women struggle to be heard. That and her concession speech was nothing short of inspirational. 

Alicia Keys, 35:

We love her for her no-nonsense attitude; during the summer she announced in a letter that she had reconsidered her approach to cosmetics. Since then, she's turned up at a load of high-profile events and appearances entirely fresh-faced and makeup free. 

Saoirse Ronan, 22:

Being nominated for an Oscar aged 13 would set a lot of actors up for tabloid-infused, wild-child future. Not so Saoirse – who earlier this year nabbed her second Oscar nomination for Brooklyn. Still just 22, she continues to change the way Hollywood considers young female actors. 

Winnie Harlow, 22:

Winnie hasn't allowed her vitiligo to dampen her dreams. Indeed, the Canadian model is now one of the industry's most recognisable faces. She's also a valuable contributor to discussion on the self-esteems issues young people today face.  

 

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Earlier this week, Kanye West surprised fans in San Jose by admitting during a 40 minute rant that he supported Donald Trump in the US presidential election.

Unfortunately Ye’s ramblings didn’t end there, as last night the rapper criticised Hollywood’s most untouchable power couple before storming off his own stage in Sacramento, California.

After arriving one and a half hours late and performing just three songs, the Famous creator interrupted his Saint Pablo tour to condemn Beyoncé and Jay Z in another bizarre speech.

“This is a moment in the Matrix, bro,” he began.  “Beyoncé, I was hurt! ‘Cause I heard that you said you wouldn't perform unless you won Video of the Year over me, and over Hotline Bling.”

“In my opinion – now, don't go tryin’ to diss Beyoncé, she is great.  Taylor Swift is great.  We are all great people, we are all equal.  But sometimes, we be playin’ the politics too much and forgettin’ who we are – just to win.  F*ck winning!  F*ck lookin’ cool!”

“I've been sent here to give y’all my truth,” he continued.  “Even at the risk of my own life, even at the risk of my own success, my own career.  I've been sent here to give y’all the truth.”

“Jay Z, call me, bruh!  You still ain’t call me!  Jay Z, call me!  Jay Z, I know you got killers, please don't send them at my head.  Just call me!  Talk to me like a man!”

The father of two then turned on Hillary Clinton and the radio industry before declaring “I’m on my Trump sh*t tonight”.

Don’t worry, it makes no sense to us either!

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Like a great many Americans, Margot Gerster has spent much of the week feeling pretty disillusioned by the result of the presidential campaign which saw Donald Trump elected 45th president of the United States.

And while countless Americans found their spirits momentarily lifted by Hillary Clinton's inspirational concession speech, Margot was fortunate enough to have a one-on-one with her in the wake of her shock defeat.

Taking to Facebook to share the moment with the public, Margot explained that she had been hiking with her baby daughter in New York when she bumped into Bill and Hillary Clinton walking their dogs.

"I've been feeling so heartbroken since yesterday's election and decided what better way to relax than take my girls hiking," Margot wrote in a post which has been liked a staggering 107,000 times in just 13 hours.

"We were the only ones there and it was so beautiful and relaxing. As we were leaving, I heard a bit of rustling coming towards me and as I stepped into the clearing there she was, Hillary Clinton and Bill with their dogs doing exactly the same thing as I was."

Explaining the impact Hillary's campaign has had on her as a mother, Margot added: "I got to hug her and talk to her and tell her that one of my most proudest moments as a mother was taking Phoebe with me to vote for her."

"She hugged me and thanked me and we exchanged some sweet pleasantries and then I let them continue their walk. Now, I'm not one for signs but I think ill definitely take this one. So proud."

Unsurprisingly, Margot has been inundated with comments from people all over the world who were touched by her impromptu meeting with Hillary.

"This is amazing!!! Can't wait for the shot 30 years from now when your daughter gets the chance to run for president because of the work Hillary did!' wrote one."That's gonna be an incredible before and after shot."

We're with them on that one.

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It's safe to say it was a major shock yesterday when Donald Trump was named president elect, and understandably, many Americans had to revise their expectations of what's going to happen over the next four years.

And South Park writers were no different. In an episode which aired over night, the show created an entire skit for Hillary Clinton, after initially believing she would be the winner… which they swiftly had to change when she conceded to Trump.

'We've learned that women can be anything...except for president': In the wake of the result, the episode has been re-titled Oh, Jeez

In the clip, long-time fave Randy is sitting at the dinner table with his wife and daughter, Shelly, who is absolutely fuming.

"Well, I don't know about you guys, but I sure am excited…" Randy says with a shocked face.

'This country's gonna suck for four years!': The original episode was meant to be called The Very First Gentlemen, and would have seen Bill Clinton commemorate his wife's victory by giving a speech at South Park Elementary

He then slightly changes Trump's slogan with, "America's going to be great again. Aren't you excited gang?"

Shelly then screams, "No, I'm not excited! It sucks, Dad! This country is going to suck for four years!"

You can watch the clip on Comedy Central.

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A little after 11.30am local time from the New Yorker Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, a clearly deflated but nevertheless resolute Hillary Clinton delivered her concession speech.

And it was tinged with heartfelt words of passion which moved many around her to tears.

In the aftermath of a defeat that shocked the world, her address marked the first time that the 69-year-old politician publicly reached out to her supporters.

Walking out onto the stage in the last hour, Ms Clinton was surrounded by continued applause and warm shouts of support.

As she called her Democratic nomination, “one of the greatest honours of my life,” her voice faltered with emotion.

“I am sorry that we did not win this election for the values we hold and the vision we share for this country,” she stated.

And though she admitted that “our nation is more deeply divided than we thought,” she reiterated that “the American dream is big enough for all of us”.

She furthermore highlighted America’s “cherished” peaceful transferral of power, and said that President-elect Trump should be afforded “an open mind and a chance to lead”.

Indeed, drawing on the reality TV star’s own wording during his victory speech, early in her address she had stated that she hoped Donald would indeed “be a successful president for all Americans”.

“We poured our hearts into this campaign,” Clinton uttered, adding that she had spent her "entire adult life fighting for what I believe in".

Turning her attentions to the younger people of America – a group which had overwhelmingly leant its support to her campaign – she said: "I’ve had successes and I’ve had set backs – many really painful ones.

"You will have successes and set backs too but never stop believing that fighting for what is right is worth it."

Before her arrival on stage, a tearful-looking former vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, 58, emerged alongside his wife, Anne.

Talking to the crowd, he spoke of how Hillary “has been and is a history maker in everything she has done.”

“I’m proud of Hillary because she loves this country,” Kaine stated, highlighting that she had been “in battles before”.

“She’ll be in battles again,” he said, later adding: “Til her very last breath she’s going to be battling for the values that she believes in.”

Ms Clinton had planned to speak to the crowd at the Jacob Javits Center during the night.

However, when it became clear that her loss was all but inevitable only her animated campaign manager, John Podesta, appeared telling the shocked and dismayed gathering that there would be no comment until the morning.

Still, he managed to be positive. "We will be back, and we will have more to say," he announced. "Let's get those votes counted, and let's bring this home."

President-elect Donald Trump, who himself seemed surprised at the convincing nature of his win (a win which defied almost every poll published in advance of voting) had addressed his own supporters at around 3am at the city's Hilton hotel.

An hour later he called on his presidential rival to concede defeat – although he did say that America owed her "a major debt of gratitude for her debt to our country".

Clinton had secured 228 electoral votes compared to Trumps’ victorious 279. She did nab important swing states such as Virginia, Nevada, and Colorado, but the former Apprentice boss locked down Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida to storm to victory. 

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Lady Gaga has made her way to Trump Tower in New York to protest against the new president.

Only mere moments ago, Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump to concede, and he subsequently made his victory speech.

Gaga has been a huge supporter of Hillary from the start, and was with her throughout the night, keeping her supporters in good spirits.

She is currently standing on a truck, with a sign held high which reads, "Love Trumps Hate."

The whole world is is shock over the news this morning, and you can see Twitter's reactions here.

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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are one of the most out-there celeb couples at the moment, and they certainly upped their Halloween game last night.

The pair attended Kate Hudson's Halloween party and went dressed as Hillary and Bill Clinton.

They were joined by a whole host of stars including, James Corden, Emma Roberts, Jessica Alba, and Isla Fisher, but by far they had the best costume of the night.

Before Katy left for the party she shared a hilarious photo of being pampered as Hillary on Instagram.

 

Having a little pre party before I take office #IMWITHME Cheers to @svedkavodka  #howtosvedka @hillaryclinton 

A photo posted by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on

She captioned the snap: "Having a little pre party before I take office #IMWITHME."

We don't think any couple can top this costume.

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If there's anything the US presidential campaign needs right now, it's a short, sharp shot of humour.

Against a backdrop of misogyny and racism, one member of the public decided to divert attention away from the reality of the situation, and instead offer the internet some light comic relief.

And by the looks of things, people are super grateful for it.

In footage, which has been viewed more than 730,000 since its upload last night, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton can be seen putting their differences aside in order to harmonise on one of the greatest love songs of all time.

Channelling their inner Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, those two really went for it on I've Had The Time of My Life, and let's be honest, they played an absolute blinder.
 

 

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A quick glance a Katy Perry’s Twitter profile confirms that the singer is well and truly “with her”, but it’s her ability to demolish Hillary Clinton’s opponent in two words that’s got everyone’s attention.

Amid the stream of ridiculous statements which flowed so naturally from Donald Trump’s mouth during Sunday night’s presidential debate was a boast about his 25 million strong social media following.

“Tweeting happens to be a modern day form of communication, you can like it or not like it,” said the potential president.  

“Between Facebook and Twitter, I happen to have almost 25 million people, it’s a very effective way of communication.”

Choosing to highlight Trump’s childishness, one NBC journalist tweeted: “They say the best way to appear Presidential is bragging about your Twitter follower count.”

To which Katy – who just happens to be the most popular person on Twitter with more than 93 million followers – responded: “Measly numbers.”

The Roar star polished off the now viral statement with a nail varnish emoji.

Bravo!

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From his hell raising guests to his close of show musings, we should have known Jerry Springer would have an interesting take on the first US Presidential debate of 2016.

On Monday night as Hillary and Donald battled it out over everything from nuclear weapons to Obama’s birth cert, the controversial talk show host set about constructing one of the best Trump tweets to hit the web this year.

The 72-year-old former soldier – who has made no secret of the fact he is avidly “with her” – wrote: “Hillary Clinton belongs in the White House.  Donald Trump belongs on my show.”

Naturally the Internet burst with applause for Jerry, with his tweet receiving more than a quarter of a million likes in just two days.

Is it too late to vote Springer?

 

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It was the first televised debate between US presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – so understandably tensions were high.

As Americans (along with curious bystanders around the world) watched-on intently, the two politicians bashed it out over an intense 90-minute discussion held at Hofstra University just outside New York. 

In the aftermath, numerous commentators agreed that while Trump started strongly, he quickly spiralled out of control – becoming increasingly defensive and chaotic in the face of Clinton's cool and controlled demeanour. 

With hardened moderator Lester Holt directing proceedings, the Republican nominee was forced to angrily defended himself against charges of racism, sexism and tax avoidance.

Trump saw his biggest hits come courtesy of trade deal issues and Hillary's own political record, but the former Apprentice star nevertheless appeared under-prepared for a stage of such magnitude.

Here are are some of the main issue that the candidates disagreed on… 

 

1) On being president of the United States

TRUMP: "She doesn't have the stamina."

CLINTON: "As soon as he travels to 112 different countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire… or even when he stands in front of a congressional committee for 11 hours straight, he can talk to me about stamina."

 

2) On creating and supporting jobs

TRUMP: "Our jobs are fleeing the country."

CLINTON: "We have to build an economy that works for everyone – not just those at the top."

 

3) On the economy

TRUMP: "Under my plan I will be reducing taxes tremendously – from 35 percent to 15 per cent for companies; small and big businesses. It's going to be a beautiful thing to watch."

CLINTON: "The kind of plan that Donald has put forth would be trickle-down economics all over again. I call it 'Trumped up; trickled down.'"

 

4) On the issue of Barack Obama's birth-cert

TRUMP: "I was the one who got him to produce the birth certificate – and I think I did a good job."

CLINTON: "He started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen."

 

5) On taxes:

TRUMP: "I will release my tax returns, against my lawyers' wishes, when she releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted. As soon as she releases them I will release my tax returns."

CLINTON: "Maybe he doesn't want the American people – all of you watching tonight – to know that he's paid nothing in federal taxes. That means zero for troops; zero for Vets. Because there's something he's hiding."

 

6) On track-records:

TRUMP: "Hillary has experience – but it's bad experience."

CLINTON: "This is a man who's called women pigs, slobs, and dogs."

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