Here is some stuff in the news today...
[Content Note: Police brutality; racism] Yesterday's primary saw two big wins for the Black Lives Matter movement in key prosecutor's races. In Chicago, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez "lost her bid for a third term to Kim Foxx, a former assistant state's attorney and a candidate backed by activists from the Black Lives Matter movement. Activists turned the local race into a crucial battle to unseat the controversial top prosecutor who has mishandled cases involving police brutality and allowed miscarriages of justice against men and women of color in Chicago." And in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County District Attorney Tim McGinty "lost his bid for re-election on Tuesday night, less than three months after Cleveland activists began calling for him to be voted out for his handling of the case of 12-year-old Tamir Rice's shooting death at the hands of police." Bye, Anita. Bye, Tim.
[CN: Video may autoplay at link] Donald Trump says he will skip the next Republican debate: "'I think we have had enough debates,' he said. 'We have had 11 or 12 debates. I did really well on the last one. I think I have done well in all the debates...But I think we've had enough. How many times can the same people ask you the same question? Nobody told me about it,' he added. 'And I won't be there, no.' Instead, Trump said, 'I'm making a very major speech in front of a very important group of people.' When pressed on what group he would be talking with, the billionaire confirmed that it was the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which is holding its annual policy conference from Mar. 20-22 in Washington, D.C."
After first declining to rule out accepting his party's nomination at a possible brokered convention this summer, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's spokesperson AshLee Strong now says he would not accept it: "The speaker is grateful for the support, but he is not interested. He will not accept a nomination and believes our nominee should be someone who ran this year."
[CN: Violence] Meanwhile, Trump says that if he doesn't win the nomination, "I think you would have riots." Another totally responsible bit of rhetoric from the worst candidate ever. RNC chief strategist and spokesperson Sean Spicer says: "I assume he's speaking figuratively." Why would anyone assume that, looking at what's happening at his rallies? Hope there's a great view under all that sand.
In other Trump news (I am so sorry to have to bring you so much Trump news!), Trump says he's his own number one foreign policy advisor, "because I have a very good brain and I've said a lot of things." I have a piece on this garbage at Blue Nation Review: "The office of the presidency confers too much power to be inhabited by a person who prefers to be his own advisor."
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[CN: Homophobia] Sally Field continues to be awesome: "What horrifies me is that there are parents who so disapprove, who are so brainwashed to think that [being gay or bi] is something out of the Bible or ungodly or against nature. ...Some people actually shut their children out of the house when they're young, they're teenagers—they're having a hard enough time trying to be teenagers and own any part of sexuality. I'm still trying to figure it out!"
"Indiana Jones is swinging back into theaters. Steven Spielberg will direct Harrison Ford in the untitled fifth installment in the action-adventure franchise, which will open July 19, 2019, Disney announced Tuesday." Okay.
Are you excited for the Oculus Rift? I am excited for the Oculus Rift! If you are also excited: "Here are the 30 VR games you can play on day one."
And finally! BABY MEERKATS. ♥