Here is some stuff in the news today...
Donald Trump went on an incredible tweetstorm this morning (even by his standards) and I am very excited about his cool new strategy of hastening the implosion of the Republican Party! 6:05am: "Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty." 7:00am: "It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to." (SHACKLES?! JFC.) 7:15am: "With the exception of cheating Bernie out of the nom the Dems have always proven to be far more loyal to each other than the Republicans!" 7:48am: "Disloyal R's are far more difficult than Crooked Hillary. They come at you from all sides. They don’t know how to win - I will teach them!" 9:52am: "The very foul mouthed Sen. John McCain begged for my support during his primary (I gave, he won), then dropped me over locker room remarks!" Wowwwwww.
[Content Note: Extreme weather; displacement; death; police killing] "The death toll from Hurricane Matthew in the United States climbed again on Tuesday as officials warned of a continuing threat from floodwaters still rising in several areas of North Carolina. Overnight, four more people were reported killed in the state, Governor Pat McCrory announced at a morning briefing, bringing the tally in North Carolina to 14. One victim was shot dead late on Monday after a 'confrontation' involving a state trooper and two deputies assisting with rescue efforts, McCrory said. Details of the incident, which took place during a 'high water situation,' were still being investigated. The three others killed were motorists, one by a falling tree and two found in submerged vehicles. Hurricane Matthew, which has killed at least 1,000 people in Haiti, has now accounted for at least 33 deaths in the US, including 12 in Florida, three each in South Carolina and Georgia, and one in Virginia."
Another must-read piece from Newsweek's Kurt Eichenwald: "Dear Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, I Am Not Sidney Blumenthal."
Yesterday, Hillary Clinton had the largest rally of her campaign (so far) in Ohio. Low enthusiasm etc!
[CN: Racism; carcerality] Fucking hell: "Nearly 90% of New Jersey children tried as adults since 2011 were black or Latino."
[CN: Misogyny] Republican Illinois Senator Mark Kirk described the presidency as "kind of the national father," which is an extraordinary thing for a sitting U.S. Senator to say. No less a Senator who is running against a woman, speaking about a presidential candidate who is also running against a woman.
Aww! "Pluto gets a buddy: A new dwarf planet is discovered in our solar system."
What have you been reading?