In the News

Here are a couple of links of interest from the news today:


Video clip of Hillary Clinton speaking at the Black Women's Agenda symposium today: "I'm thrilled to be with you. I'm thrilled to be associated with you. I'm also thrilled to be back on the campaign trail! [audience cheers] As the world knows, I was a little under the weather recently. The good news is: My pneumonia finally got some Republicans interested in women's health."

[Content Note: Racism] Over at Shareblue, we've got the lowdown on Donald Trump's "birther" sideshow today. "It is reprehensible that the Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency would treat as 'suspenseful' his position on a racist conspiracy theory designed to delegitimize the nation's first Black president. Cable nets played along with this ruse and got humiliated. As they waited for him to appear, he forced them to play an extended campaign commercial with a series of speakers who lauded his 'leadership.'" More at the link.

The WaPo's Greg Sargent, who has been great at pushing back on the media's obsequeience to Trump, summed it up pretty well:

[CN: Terrorism; death; self-harm] Fucking hell: "A suicide bomber shouted 'Allahu akbar' and blew himself up in a packed mosque in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 25 people and wounding 30 during Friday prayers, a local official said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing in Payee Khan, a village in Mohmand Agency that is part of the lawless Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) bordering Afghanistan." My thoughts are with the people of Peshawar.

[CN: Police brutality; death; racism] "The family of a black Virginia teen who was fatally shot by a white police officer last year has agreed to settle a lawsuit for $1 million, the Associated Press reports. Earl Lewis Jr., the spokesman for the family of William Chapman II, told AP that although Chapman's mother has agreed verbally to the figure, she believes that her son's life was worth more." Blub. Yes it was.

In good news: "A federal appellate court on Wednesday rejected Louisiana's attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, marking a victory for thousands of Medicaid patients and reproductive health access in the state."

I love this picture of a caiman wearing a crown of butterflies.

What have you been reading?

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