In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...

[Content Note: Racism; xenophobia; hate crimes] Brexit has resulted in increased harassment and violence of POC in the UK: "Police believe there has been an increase in hate crimes and community tensions since last week's referendum. Initial figures show an increase of 57% in reported incidents between Thursday and Sunday compared with the same days four weeks earlier, the National Police Chiefs' Council said—85 incidents were reported compared with 54 during the earlier period. 'It's no coincidence this has come off the back of the EU vote,' said a police source." Anyone who wants to pretend that this wasn't inevitable following a campaign of fearmongering and race-baiting is a mendacious scoundrel.

[CN: War on agency] "Activists Celebrate Landmark Supreme Court Abortion Decision." This is another terrific piece on yesterday's SCOTUS decision, by my friend Katie Klabusich, and you should definitely read it!

Something something Benghazi. Just go read this piece by my colleague Peter Daou: "Once again, Republicans try to use the Benghazi tragedy to undermine Hillary's campaign. Once again, they play politics on the graves of American heroes. And once again, they fail. As they deserve to."

[CN: Death; gun violence] And here's a piece by me: "What if Congress Spent the Same Resources on Gun Violence as Benghazi? ...The latest report, after 782 days and over $7 million, has found 'no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton.' To be blunt: The House has wasted an enormous amount of time and resources investigating Benghazi for partisan politicking, while saying over and over this entire process has been necessitated by the four lives lost. Meanwhile, they flatly refuse to invest any time or resources to researching gun violence and prevention, despite the fact that 6,602 people have been killed by guns in the United States this year so far."

ICYMI: Hillary Clinton again made history over the weekend, when she marched in the NY Pride Parade: "Joining New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton stepped in to the NYC Pride March on Christopher Street, just steps from the recently designated Stonewall National Monument. Clinton marched for four blocks, waving and greeting onlookers. It was the first time a presumptive presidential nominee from any major party has marched in the parade." ♥

This interview Clinton did with LinkedIn is really great. It's just consistently a pleasure to read a presidential candidate who is so knowledgeable on the issues.

I just wish Jonathan Capehart would tell us what he really thinks about Bernie Sanders.

Not only does no one want to speak at the Republican convention; no one wants to work for Donald Trump. Which I guess is why he had to hire a communications director who had repeatedly tweeted about how he's awful. Cool campaign!

In other terrible Trumpery, care of the WaPo: "Trump promised millions to charity. We found less than $10,000 over 7 years." Is everyone so shocked? I bet everyone is so shocked.

RIP Pat Summitt: "In 1974...Pat Summitt was named the head basketball coach at the University of Tennessee. She was 22. She got the job because she'd just become a grad assistant, the previous coach quit and there really wasn't anyone else who wanted the position. The salary was $3,000 a year. Duties included driving the team van, washing uniforms, and sweeping the practice floor, which was available around men's intramural schedules. ...Eight NCAA championships, 1,098 victories and incalculable lives impacted later, Pat was still how she was referred. On Tuesday, Pat Summitt passed away at the age of 64. In August 2011, she announced she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. Pat Summitt is one of the greatest pioneers women's athletics will ever know, a force of will wrapped in Southern charm, a coach of such brilliance she did more to legitimize the sport of women's basketball—and, in turn, set a tone of seriousness for all other female sports—than perhaps any other person." My condolences to her family, friends, players, colleagues, and fans.

"Sherman Alexie on Creating Contemporary Native Characters for His New Children's Book."

Yikes: "Volkswagen's settlement with nearly 500,000 U.S. diesel owners and government regulators over polluting vehicles is valued at more than $15 billion cash, two sources briefed on the matter said on Monday. The settlement, to be announced on Tuesday in Washington, includes $10.033 billion to offer buybacks to owners of about 475,000 polluting vehicles and nearly $5 billion in funds to offset excess diesel emissions and boost zero emission vehicles, the sources said. A separate settlement with nearly all U.S. state attorneys general over excess diesel emissions will be announced on Tuesday and is expected to be more than $500 million and will push the total to over $15 billion, a separate source briefed on the matter said."

Who wants to put a Ghostbusters burger in their mouth?!

And finally! "Behold, the World's Officially Ugliest Dog." Never has the phrase "so ugly it's cute" been more apropos!

UPDATE: Also, Donald Trump just gave a speech in front of a wall of garbage. So that happened.

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