Who Says The New York Times Is Biased?

by TODD GITLIN – Public editor Liz Spayd’s inaugural column misses the mark by not explaining how the media really works — and offers little proof that the paper’s critics can support their perceptions with evidence Liz Spayd’s launch column as The New York Times’ newest public editor is depressingly muddled. Her going-in premise is that the Times is alienating conservative “and even many moderate” readers, and her second is that this alienation is bad news for the Times as a business. Unfortunately, Spayd “set aside for now the core of their criticism” — namely, “that the coverage is in fact biased.” If the perception of liberal bias were wildly wrong, it would seem necessary to establish it first. But Spayd promises to look into the question later, as “I settle in the job. My focus here is only on the perceptions.” Except that, later on, she goes on to...

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Trump Responds to Khizr Khan With Insults. Republican Party, This is Your Last Jumping-off Point

by Hunter – Donald Trump weighs in on the powerful testimony of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son was killed by a car bomb while serving in Iraq. It was, as has become normal for the Republican candidate, repulsive. “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.” And has Trump sacrificed, as the Kahn family has? “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.” He is, of course, completely unfit for the presidency. More than that, he is a monster. A sociopath. A man who is so consumed with his needs and with the political convenience of denying the very humanity of the other, in...

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Six More Charged in Flint Water Crisis, but Still no Accountability for Snyder

by Deirdre Fulton – ‘Most of the questions involving the Flint water crisis and Gov. Snyder are still unanswered,’ says Common Cause Six additional state employees now face criminal charges for hiding unsafe lead levels leading up to the Flint water crisis—but Gov. Rick Snyder and his top officials continue to evade accountability. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the charges in a press conference on Friday, in which he vowed that “the families of Flint will not be forgotten; we will provide the justice they deserve.” Of those charged, Schuette said: “Their offenses vary but there is an overall theme and repeated pattern. Each of these individuals attempted to bury, or cover up, to downplay or hide information that contradicted their own narrative, their story. Their story was there was nothing wrong with Flint water and it was perfectly safe to use.” “These individuals concealed the truth,” he said. “They...

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Texas Cop Says He Was Threatened For Trying To Tell The Truth About Sandra Bland

by ALAN PYKE – Over a year after Sandra Bland died in police custody, an officer involved in the case is giving the world a glimpse into how the “blue wall of silence” works inside the law enforcement industry. Prairie View, TX, police officer Michael Kelley says that a local prosecutor and police officials suppressed facts about Bland’s initial arrest while investigating Brian Encinia, the man who actually cuffed and booked Bland. Encinia was eventually charged, but only with perjury — a decision that sparked further outrage. Kelley got to the scene too late to see exactly what happened between Encinia and Bland during the key moments off a dash-cam video where the two are out of frame and Bland says he’s knocked her head against the pavement. But Encinia said he didn’t know what he was arresting Bland for but would come up with something, Kelley says. “She had...

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Possible War Crime: Syrian Maternity Hospital Bombed

by Andrea Germanos – All such attacks must be investigated and those responsible for serious violations of the laws of war must be brought to justice’ A maternity hospital in Syria’s northwestern, rebel-held province of Idlib was bombed on Friday, the U.K.-based charity Save the Children said. The number of casualties is unclear at this point. According to human rights organization Amnesty International, it “appears to be part of a despicable pattern of unlawful attacks deliberately targeting medical facilities.” Save the Children posted the news of the strike on the hospital, which it supports, on Twitter, and included video footage of the aftermath: According to reporting by Reuters, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the hit on the medical facility, as well as “a civil defense building.” “The bomb hit the entrance of the hospital, which sees 1,300 women monthly and carries out over 300 deliveries a month,” Save...

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Dan Rather – “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

by smaylone – Khizr Khan speech at the Democratic Convention last night has resonated throughout our country.  There are few times we are privileged enough to hear such poignant words spoken by an ordinary person sharing an extraordinary message.  One of the best recaps I’ve read about Mr. Khans speech was written today by journalist, Dan Rather.  It’s well worth the read. Dan Rather Journalist “For all the artifice surrounding politics, for all the self-conscious messaging from politicians, it’s sometimes too easy to forget that this is the manner in which we as a people govern ourselves. But every so often all of this stagecraft falls away and we are left with a pure and singular American moment. The speech last night by Khizr Khan, a Muslim-American whose son – Army Capt Humayun Khan – died serving in Iraq, was perhaps the most chilling of the Convention. More immediately, this elegant act...

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Donald Trump, Who Promised Repeatedly to Release His Tax Returns, Definitely Won’t Release His Tax Returns

by Peter Suderman – Even Nixon released his taxes while under audit More than a year ago, in February of 2015, Donald Trump—who was not yet running for president—said he would “certainly” release his personal tax returns. “I would release tax returns,” he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, reiterating later in the interview that, “I have no objection to certainly showing tax returns.” In January of this year, as Trump was leading in the GOP primary polls, he again said that the returns were forthcoming. “We’re working on that now. I have big returns, as you know, and I have everything all approved and very beautiful and we’ll be working that over in the next period of time,” he said on MSNBC. In May, after he had effectively locked up the nomination, he said once again that he planned to release them—though perhaps not until after the election. “So, the answer is,...

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Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down The Worst Voter Suppression Law In The Nation

by IAN MILLHISER – Let’s summarize a federal appeals court’s decision striking down much of North Carolina’s omnibus voter suppression law in a single gif: The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s opinion in North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP v. McCrory is nothing short of a beat down. The court does not simply tear apart major provisions of the law, it catches state lawmakers at the center of a conspiracy to disenfranchise black voters, and it calls them out onto the carpet for it. By the time the court is done scraping the bloody mass of what was once North Carolina’s attempts to justify this law off the floor, the state’s leadership has been thoroughly shamed. The court’s opinion — primarily written by Judge Diana Gribbon Motz, a Clinton appointee — is rooted in an important understanding of how race and partisanship interact in states like...

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Convention Indicates Democrats Appear Ready to Step up Push for Gun-law Reform

by Meteor Blades – For three decades the extremist leaders of the modern National Rifle Association have focused on making it tough for politicians, almost all of them Democrats, who dare to argue in favor of perfectly reasonable gun-law reforms. They have demonized state legislators, governors, congresspersons, senators, and presidents, which has in turn intimidated other such leaders into silence and policy paralysis—or, worse, spurred them into loosening gun-related restrictions on carrying firearms openly or concealed just about anywhere the carriers wish. They have attacked Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as “gun-grabbers,” and incited racist and sexist rhetoric from some gun-owners about those two and other reform politicians. For the first two days of the Democratic National Convention, not much was said about gun-related violence. But on Wednesday, you could see from the line-up of speakers that the leadership of the Democratic Party has had its fill of this lethal and lucrative nonsense from the gun lobby. One of the speakers, Erica Smegielski, said she wished she could be with her mother this...

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MUST SEE: The Most Terrifying Trump Video Yet

by Louise – If this is an indication of the attacks on Trump that we are going to see tonight, viewers are going to be quaking in their boots. Not as many feel-good vibes tonight. Kudos to the production team behind this — you nailed it. Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

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On This Day, July 29, 1588 – England Defeats the Spanish Armada

1588 – Off the coast of Gravelines, France, Spain’s so-called “Invincible Armada” is defeated by an English naval force under the command of Lord Charles Howard and Sir Francis Drake. After eight hours of furious fighting, a change in wind direction prompted the Spanish to break off from the battle and retreat toward the North Sea. Its hopes of invasion crushed, the remnants of the Spanish Armada began a long and difficult journey back to Spain. In the late 1580s, English raids against Spanish commerce and Queen Elizabeth I’s support of the Dutch rebels in the Spanish Netherlands led King Philip II of Spain to plan the conquest of England. Pope Sixtus V gave his blessing to what was called “The Enterprise of England,” which he hoped would bring the Protestant isle back into the fold of Rome. A giant Spanish invasion fleet was completed by 1587, but Sir...

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Obama Explains Why A Changing America Terrifies Donald Trump (Full DNC Speech)

by AVIVA SHEN – President Barack Obama closed out Wednesday night of the Democratic National Convention with a rousing speech that hearkened back to his breakout moment at the 2004 convention. Obama detailed a very different vision of a changing America than the xenophobia that characterizes Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign. Obama noted that Trump and other Republicans have argued the U.S. has lost a vital quality, which they suggest has been stolen by Mexican “criminal” immigrants, liberal elitists, and Muslim terrorists. “They tell voters there’s a real America out there that must be restored,” he said. “This isn’t an idea that started with Donald Trump. It’s been peddled by politicians for a long time – probably from the start of our Republic.” The first black president rejected that idea, instead painting a picture of a tolerant nation that recognizes it’s richer for its growing diversity. He illustrated...

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Does Hillary Get It?

by Robert Reich – If Clinton and the Democratic Party don’t recognize the nation’s political realignment, they’re in for a rude shock Does Hillary Clinton understand that the biggest divide in American politics is no longer between the right and the left, but between the anti-establishment and the establishment? I worry she doesn’t – at least not yet. A Democratic operative I’ve known since the Bill Clinton administration told me “now that she’s won the nomination, Hillary is moving to the middle. She’s going after moderate swing voters.” Presumably that’s why she tapped Tim Kaine to be her vice president. Kaine is as vanilla middle as you can get. In fairness, Hillary is only doing what she knows best. Moving to the putative center is what Bill Clinton did after the Democrats lost the House and Senate in 1994 – signing legislation on welfare reform, crime, trade, and financial deregulation that...

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How The Bernie Protesters Are Undermining Their Own Movement

by IAN MILLHISER – Much of the Democratic Party nearly had a heart attack Monday afternoon, when they discovered that a small but very vocal group of angry Bernie Sanders holdouts were among the credentialed delegates at the Democratic National Convention. The holdouts loudly booed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during the convention’s opening prayer. For a while, the jeering continued every single time Clinton’s name was mentioned. By the evening, possibly because Sanders himself emphatically urged this group of delegates to knock it the hell off, the booing largely subsided, but a handful of loud voices still remained: Christopher Hayes ✔@chrislhayes There are basically like 30 Bernie supporters in the CA delegation who are the only one’s doing any booing at this point but they’re loud! 9:33 PM – 25 Jul 2016 Despite the hecklers’ small numbers, one outlet that ignored this observation by MSNBC host Chris Hayes —...

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Cecile Richards to Trump: ‘Women are going to be the reason you’re not elected president’ (VIDEO)

by Leslie Salzillo – The much-respected and admired president of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards gave her endorsement to the Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton last spring. It was one of the first major endorsements for Hillary and a very important one, given most of this country, men and women, support Planned Parenthood and a women’s right reproductive choice. Like Hillary Clinton, Richards is no stranger to harsh criticism and attacks from the religious right and Republican extremists. She’s no stranger to sexism and misogyny and has withstood hearings in front of Congress meant to discredit her and defund Planned Parenthood. And she also knows what it’s like to triumph from such vicious attacks after they find nothing to substantiate false claims. On Tuesday, Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention, Cecile Richards once again offers her support to Hillary Rodham Clinton to become the next president of the United States. Here is her speech followed...

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Blasting “McCarthy-Like Overreach,” State AGs, Climate Groups Won’t Comply With GOP Subpoenas

by Andrea Germanos – ‘During the hottest year on record, Congress should be going after the polluters, not the people’ The House Science Committee’s effort to obtain documents and information related to the ExxonKnew investigations was met with a brick wall on Wednesday after state attorneys general and nonprofit organizations refused to comply with the subpoenas, calling them an “intimidation tactic” with “McCarthy-like overreach” that violates the First Amendment. The “requests to attorneys general and non-profit organizations are as meritless as his position on climate change,” said Annie Leonard, executive director of Greenpeace USA—one of the groups targeted by the committee—of chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas). “The American people know this Congressional subpoena is Rep. Smith’s signature move to turn attention away from the real issue at stake, which is the investigations into Exxon’s climate denial,” she said. As Common Dreams reported, when Smith’s committee two weeks ago issued the subpoenas—with a deadline...

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All Remaining Charges Dropped in ‘Infuriating’ Freddie Gray Case

by Nadia Prupis – Baltimore prosecutors have dropped all remaining charges against the police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing an end to the case that has spurred mass protests throughout the country for seven months. The sudden decision on Wednesday means there is unlikely to be any accountability in Gray’s death, as it follows several acquittals for three other officers charged in the case. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Wednesday that the decision to drop the charges against Officer Garrett Miller—who physically arrested Gray—Officer William Porter, and Sgt. Alicia White was “agonizing,” but that there was a “dismal likelihood” of securing a conviction. “After much thought and prayer it has become clear that without being able to work with an independent investigatory agency from the very start, without having a say in the election of whether cases proceed in front of a judge or jury, without...

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Trump Basically Encourages Russia to Hack Clinton Emails

by Andrea Germanos – ‘Russia , if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,’ Trump said Wednesday Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday said he “would love to have the power” to have been behind the recently leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and invited Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. In making the latter statement, the New York Times reports, Trump was “essentially encouraging an adversarial foreign power’s cyberspying on a secretary of state’s correspondence.” Speaking at press conference in Doral, Florida, Trump said if Russia was behind the DNC leaks, “they probably have her 33,000 emails. I hope they do … because you’d see some beauties there. So let’s see.” He then references an interview Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook gave in which he asserted—and was challenged—that Russia was behind the hack and did so to help Trump’s campaign....

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In Memoriam: The VCR, 1956 – 2016

by JESSICA GOLDSTEIN – The Videocassette Recorder, a piece of technology already so obsolete you would be forgiven for not realizing it hadn’t died long ago, finally kicked it for good last Thursday, when Funai Corporation of Japan, the last known VCR manufacturer on the face of the Earth, announced it would cease production by the end of July. According to the New York Times, a company spokesperson said Funai will keep on selling VCRs “though its subsidiary until inventory runs out and will provide maintenance services as long as it can.” The VCR is survived by the technologies that fueled its demise, which rule for now (the DVD), the foreseeable future (the DVR, streaming video) and probably forever (piracy). It was 60 years old. It was a player and it crushed a lot (of the competition) The Ampex Electric and Manufacturing Company introduced “the world’s first economically and technically...

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A Brief History of the “War on Cops”: The False Allegation That Enables Police Violence

by Dan Berger, Truthout | Op-Ed – As part of a global action proclaiming “Freedom Now,” Black Lives Matter groups shut down police operations around the country on July 20. From Oakland to Washington, DC, New York City to Chicago and Detroit, these bold and creative acts of civil disobedience issued a demand to “Fund Black Futures.” Protests in New York shut down the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association while those in DC closed the National Fraternal Order of Police office for the day. These protests, which promise to continue, call attention to the routine police murders of Black women, men, and children. Further, especially in targeting the police unions, these protests challenge the false idea that there is a “war on cops.” Numerous sources confirm that there is no such war. Last year was one of the safest on record for police officers, and even with the targeted killings in Dallas and...

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Kaine Is Not “Safe” Pick – Hillary Is Going For A Rout

by Reinvented Daddy – The auto-correct on every article/post/tweet on the choice by Next President Hillary Clinton of Senator Tim Kaine to be her Veep has been “safe choice who will work well with her”… BALDERDASH !!  (said with a “harrumph”) Sen. Kaine was chosen because Hillary is throwing the long bomb.  Madame Badass is going for the North Carolina Strategy.  Donald Trump has not pivoted and proved Thursday night that he will be as insanely vitriolic as ever throughout the general election.  This means Clinton doesn’t need to shore up her Left… The Donald will keep doing that for her up to election day.  After his convention is there any doubt that ALL progressives will rally against Trump?  Hells no. Heck, after this week many Reds will be rallying against Trump. This guy is threatening the sitting Republican governor of a swing state he desperately needs to win this fall, knowing that he’s...

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The Three Biggest Moments of Tuesday Night’s DNC Convention Festivities

by kos – In chronological order, the three moments that made tonight: 1. Bernie Sanders moves to nominate Hillary Clinton by acclamation  By the end of the primary process, my frustration with Bernie Sanders was clear. “From now on,” I thought, “I’m going to call every sore loser a ‘Bernie Sanders’!” It’s amazing how so much ill-will and frustration can be washed away with a simple, classy gesture. I watched that clip so many times I lost count. All of it was awesome. And even the impotent protests of a tiny minority of his delegates couldn’t mar that incredible, indelible moment. 2. The mothers This was a moment everyone wishes didn’t need to be a moment. Trayvon Martin’s mother said, “I am an unwilling participant in this movement.” None of them wanted to be on that stage, but their poise and eloquence in the face of unspeakable grief … I’m tearing up just thinking about...

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Hillary Clinton Is Officially The Democratic Nominee For President Of The United States

by Ryan Denson – History has been made (once again) in the United States. Hillary Rodham Clinton after decades in public service, has been officially nominated as the first female candidate for President of the United States from a major political party. Sending Secretary Clinton over the 2,383 vote necessary was South Dakota, which awarded 15 delegates to Clinton and 10 to Senator Bernie Sanders, who delivered the acclamation that officially cemented Clinton’s nomination. Clinton walked away with 2,838 to Sanders 1,843. Vermont, which had passed, allowed a final tribute to Sanders, before walking off the convention floor. Just 96 years ago, women (some of them) were given the right to vote. It wasn’t until 1965 when ALL women were truly given the right to vote, freely and democratically. And today, July 26th 2016, a woman has been nominated to take on a rampant sexist and misogynist. Today is a...

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That Darned Russia Thing Again… Growing Pressure for Trump’s Tax Returns

by GraciesMom – Just when I think that maybe this story really is going to die down, along comes several major news outlets or pundits expressing concerns about the secret tax returns of Donald Trump.  Most telling is that the renew interest in tax returns is coming from conservatives as well as progressives. Who knows if they really will prove or disprove connections to Russian oligarchs?  Given how much he owes these Russian financiers, likely to have some smoke in that dumpster! Thus, the pressure is once again building for Trump to release the tax returns to show one way or the other that he is not that closely tied to Russian money. First up, George Will (who left the GOP dramatically a few weeks ago) telling Fox News that: Fox News contributor George Will says GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will not release his tax returns because they may show “he is deeply...

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Inside Fox News’ Culture Of Intimidation

by BRYCE COVERT – Roger Ailes has been officially ousted from his longtime role as CEO of Fox after former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against him alleging sexual harassment. But before he went, reports say that he led a campaign to get Fox employees to speak out on his behalf in order to intimidate any women who might come forward with their own stories of harassment. According to an anonymous source briefed on the situation who spoke to the New York Times, Ailes had been discovered to be leading an effort to get high-profile hosts to speak out against those who are cooperating with Fox’s internal investigation of Carlson’s allegations. It had come to be viewed as a “loyalty test,” according to staff members, as to whether people would publicly support him. One of those hosts was Megyn Kelly, who felt pressure to publicly support Ailes,...

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From Nice to the Middle East: Only One Way to Challenge ISIS

by Ramzy Baroud – I visited Iraq in 1999. At the time, there were no so-called ‘jihadis’ espousing the principles of ‘jihadism’, whatever the interpretation may be. On the outskirts of Baghdad was a military training camp, not for ‘al-Qaeda’, but for ‘Mojahedin-e-Khalq’, an Iranian militant exile group that worked, with foreign funding and arms, to overthrow the Iranian Republic. At the time, the late Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein, used the exiled organization to settle scores with his rivals in Tehran, just as they, too, espoused anti-Iraqi government militias to achieve the exact same purpose. Iraq was hardly peaceful then. But most of the bombs that exploded in that country were American. In fact, when Iraqis spoke of ‘terrorism’, they only referred to ‘Al-Irhab al-Amriki’ – American terrorism. Suicide bombings were hardly a daily occurrence; in fact, never an occurrence at all, anywhere in Iraq. As soon as the US invaded...

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It was Bernie’s Night

by Karikalan – Bernie’s Night … Democratic National Convention started off rocky.  Early in the evening, some Bernie supporters booed loudly.  Al Franken, disarmed the crowd with his trademark humor.  Sarah Silverman, called out the ‘Bernie or Bust’ crowd with a friendly but firm rebuke, “You are being ridiculous”, that only a strong Bernie supporter could deliver.  Paul Simon serenaded the crowd.  This is the first time that I have seen Corey Booker speak.  He gave an impassioned speech with memorable lines such as “If you want to go fast go alone, but if you want to go far you have to go together”.  By the time he was finished, the mood in the stadium changed from petulant to forward looking.  Then Michelle Obama gave a fantastic, forward looking, uplifting speech that implicitly condemned the divisiveness of the Republican nominee.  Elizabeth Warren, needled Trump with characteristic precision, and passion.  Between all...

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Politifact’s Scorecards For Clinton, Kaine Versus Trump, Pence Should Make Every Republican Cry

by Rika Christensen – Following all the idiotic drama of Donald Trump’s choosing Mike Pence of Indiana for his running mate, Hillary Clinton’s choice of Senator Tim Kaine may have seemed a little lackluster to some. However, Kaine compliments Hillary in a way that many people probably haven’t thought of, and their pairing makes Trump and Pence look far worse now than before. Politifact, which Republicans revile because they think facts are pesky, annoying things to be ignored, put out a scorecard with the ratings of 27 statements Tim Kaine has made. It turns out that he has more statements rated True and Mostly True than he does Half True, Mostly False, and False put together. He has no Pants On Fire ratings at all. Compare that to Mike Pence. Politifact has rated 20 statements Pence has made, and of those 20, only four are True or Mostly True. Four! He...

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Michael Jordan ‘Can No Longer Stay Silent’ On Police Shootings And Is Taking Action

by April Hamlin – Michael Jordan is quite possibly the best basketball player to ever live. Now, he is using both his fame and fortune to fight against the killings of unarmed black men by law enforcement as well as violent attacks against police officers. Jordan made his powerful statements in an essay posted at The Undefeated. He began by condemning the violence against both American-Americans and law enforcement. “As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers,” he began. The famed athlete continued, saying that he is “saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late.” ” I know...

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Mom Of Benghazi Victim Just Demande Trump Stop Using Her Son’s Name In His Propaganda

by John Prager – Donald Trump regularly references slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, but the victim of the 2012 terrorist attack wouldn’t want it that way, says Stevens’ mother. On Saturday, the New York Times ran an open letter from Mary Commanday explaining that her son was not the sort of person who would want his name to be disgraced by its inclusion in right-wing propaganda. The letter was short and not-so-sweet, serving as two paragraphs of ‘f*ck you’ for Trump and the rest of the Republican Party, who have spent years reducing Commanday’s son to a political talking point: To the Editor:  As Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s mother, I am writing to object to any mention of his name and death in Benghazi, Libya, by Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party. I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that...

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Gonorrhea Could One Day Be Untreatable, Doctors Say

by ANNA SCANLON – Gonorrhea has long been a sexually transmitted disease that is treated with a strong dose of antibiotics. However, it may soon become untreatable as it develops resistance to the two antibiotics left that can treat it: azithromycin and ceftriaxon. CBS News reports that antibiotic resistant strains of this STD have more than quadrupled in the United States. Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of the Center for Disease Control’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention, stated: “The confluence of emerging drug resistance and very limited alternative options for treatment creates a perfect storm for future gonorrhea treatment failure in the U.S.” However, the rates of antibiotic resistant strains are still low, despite the fourfold increase in gonorrhea that is resistant to azithromycin. The rate recently rose from 0.6 percent to 2.5 percent. For the other drug used to treat the disease, ceftriaxon, antibiotic resistance has doubled from 0.4 percent to...

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Obama Astonishes Sean Hannity by Noting the World Is Less Violent Than It Used to Be

by Jacob Sullum – It’s the Fox News host, not the president, who inhabits “an alternate reality.” “If you had to choose a moment in history to be born, and you didn’t know ahead of time who you were going to be, you’d choose now,” President Obama remarked in a speech last week, “because the world has never been less violent, healthier, better educated, more tolerant, with more opportunity for more people, and more connected than it is today.” Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity, an avid Donald Trump supporter, was astounded: Less violent? Never been—are you kidding me?… What do you make, Dr. Gorka, about Obama the world has never been less violent? What alternate reality is he living in? What Alice in Wonderland fantasy is he in as of right now because it’s almost on a daily basis, sadly, we have to report this…. The world has never...

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An Extraordinary GOP Resignation Letter

by Brainwrap – According to his “About” page… Chris Ladd is a Texan in exile. After growing up in Beaumont and working for more than a decade in Houston, he moved to suburban Chicago, where he is a Republican precinct committeeman. He has a day job that he loves in the software industry. In his free time he has written for David Frum’s blog, the Washington Times Communities, the Houston Chronicle, and the Huffington Post. Back in Texas he interned at the Legislature, worked on numerous state and local Republican campaigns, and volunteered for a statewide PAC. Chris graduated from Beaumont’s Central High, earned a degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas (the Harvard of Williamson County) and received his JD from the University of Houston. Today he posted the following: Chairman Cuzzone: We come together in political parties to magnify our influence. An organized representative institution can give weight to...

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Trump Calls It “Sad” Women Harassed by Roger Ailes Not More Appreciative

by Jon Queally – “It’s very sad. Because he’s a very good person. I’ve always found him to be just a very, very good person.” Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday morning described the numerous female employees at Fox News who accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment in the workplace as “complaining” and explained how that makes him “sad” because really the company’s top executive actually “helped” “some of those women” and he’s a “very good person” and a close personal friend. Ailes was ushered out the door of Fox late last week with a resignation tied to $40 million buyout after former news anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a suit against him for lewd behavior and abuse of power. Even though dozens of other women also came forward against Ailes with similar stories of harassment, Trump defended Ailes and would not deny rumors that he may even have him work...

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The Movement for Black Lives Will Not Be Criminalized

by JANAÉ BONSU – Under the guise of protecting police, laws are being enacted that are nothing more than attempts to censor and criminalize political resistance and protests of police violence There is a particular impact on the psyche that consistent exposure to the extrajudicial executions of Black bodies has, which is that it leaves me either traumatized or numb. Neither is okay. I’ve been trying to make sense of the implications of the past week’s chain of events for the movement, particularly when it comes to criminalizing resistance. One thing that the murders of the past week have reaffirmed is everyday community members’ right to capture and share executions by police through their own mobile devices without questionable interference or tampering from police departments. In addition to Black women’s survival instincts, Diamond Reynold’s quick thinking to livestream the interaction in Minnesota on Facebook points to this ability. It demonstrates an understanding...

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CNN’s Revolving Door of Political Hackery

by Michael Corcoran, Truthout | News Analysis – Widespread outrage erupted in late June over CNN’s hiring of Corey Lewandowski, just four days after he was fired as Donald Trump’s chief of staff. Lewandowski is a controversial figure, and not merely because he was heading up a campaign fueled by bigotry and fear. In March he was charged with simple battery for making physical contact with a reporter (though these charges were later dropped). Moreover, his utility as a CNN contributor is clearly limited — if not worthless —  since he is reported to have signed a non-disclosure agreement that bars him from saying anything disparaging about Trump or discussing anything he did during the campaign. CNN staffers were said to be enraged — but within a week, CNN’s newest contributor was on television using his soapbox to explain away another one of Trump’s very public and obvious appeals to bigotry. That CNN felt it needed to hire an election commentator who can’t say anything critical...

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These Two Pictures Tell You Everything You Need To Know About The Difference Between Republicans And Democrats

by Ryan Denson – Paul Ryan is in a little bit of hot water. Not because he’s establishment, not because he’s proposing a giant cut to Medicare or Medicaid, and not because he’s thwarting the RNC. No, he’s in hot water because he seems to think that lack of diversity is a good thing! The Speaker recently posted a picture on his Instagram page celebrating the new interns for the Republican Party on Capitol Hill. The picture, taken with a selfie stick, shows the smiling Speaker with an entire whites-only workforce, with the majority of them being men. No diversity, no color, nothing but lily-white college kids. The Speaker wrote, “I think this sets a record for the most number of #CapitolHill interns in a single selfie. #SpeakerSelfie.”  Needless to say, Speaker Ryan and the Republicans faced backlash. But it was the Democrats who had the best response. Everyone knows the Democratic Party...

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This Video Of The GOP’S Convention Horror Show Should Terrify Everyone Who Sees It

by Oliver Willis – The recently concluded Republican National Convention in Cleveland was a four-day never-ending cavalcade of dystopian nightmares, racism, fascism, sexism, and all the worst of America rolled into one. This video, produced by Blue Nation Review, compiles bits and pieces from the convention floor and the people assembled outside of the event to paint a picture of what has become of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. Not only does it show the convention speakers – people like Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani – leading the crowd in bloodcurdling chants to “lock up” Hillary Clinton, but it also showcases some of the bizarre comments speakers made while speaking about why they attended. Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. points out to a shocked TV crew that he thinks Obama is a Muslim working against America, while Newt Gingrich gives Melania Trump a pass for stealing Michelle Obama’s speech because...

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What You Need To Know About Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s Vice President Pick

by EVAN POPP – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) as her running mate on Friday night in a text message to her supporters. Elected to the United States Senate in 2012, Kaine previously served as mayor of Richmond from 1998-2001, lieutenant governor of Virginia from 2002-2005, governor of Virginia from 2006-2010, and chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011. Kaine has a solid record on many core Democratic issues. He supports President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and has long been opposed to the use of the death penalty. Kaine is a strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, favoring a pathway to citizenship for immigrants. As governor, he pushed to offer universal pre-kindergarten and also signed a bill to ban smoking in Virginia bars and restaurants. Additionally, Kaine has spoken out strongly about the need to address global climate change. In 2012, he said...

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How Much Is Donald Trump Worth? An Examination Of The Evidence

by BRYCE COVERT – How much money does Donald Trump actually have? Trump’s image as a savvy, deal-making, and, most importantly, fabulously wealthy businessman isn’t just about his personal brand. He’s made it a key selling point for his presidential campaign as he’s run to be the Republican Party’s nominee. “I’m really rich,” he assured voters as he launched his run for president. That message was intended to convey not only that he doesn’t “need anybody’s money” to fuel his campaign but also that he will help create wealth for everyone. “We’re going to make America wealthy again,” he’s promised his supporters. “I will give you everything.” He pledges to Make America Great Again, but also explained that “you have to be wealthy in order to be great, I’m sorry to say.” Yet the nominee has also refused to release his tax returns, which would tell the public exactly how much...

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Riding The Trump Tide, Former KKK Leader Announces Bid For U.S. Senate

by LAUREL RAYMOND – David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and avid fan of Donald Trump, announced on Friday that he is running for U.S. Senate in Louisiana. Duke enthusiastically endorsed Donald Trump in February. Trump initially refused to disavow the endorsement from the former KKK leader, earning widespread condemnation across the political spectrum before caving to pressure from party establishment and distancing himself. At the time, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) made clear that he felt Duke, and anyone affiliated with him was not welcome in the Republican Party. “ must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry. This party does not prey on people’s prejudices,” Ryan told reporters. “We appeal to their highest ideals. This is the party of Lincoln. We believe all people are equal in the eyes of God and our government. This is fundamental, and if someone wants...

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Hillary’s Running Mate Tim Kaine: The NRA Hates Him, And He Kicked Their Butts (VIDEO)

by Oliver Willis – Virginia Senator Tim Kaine has been chosen by Hillary Clinton as her running mate in the 2016 presidential election. The decision was announced on Friday night on Clinton’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. Introducing Kaine, Clinton wrote: Tim is a lifelong fighter for progressive causes and one of the most qualified vice presidential candidates in our nation’s history. But his credentials alone aren’t why I asked him to run alongside me. Tim’s a man of relentless optimism who believes no problem is unsolvable if you’re willing to put in the work. That commitment to delivering results has stayed with him throughout his decades-long career as a public servant. She concluded, “So join me and Tim, and let’s get to work and go win this thing.” Kaine was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, the year President Obama was elected to the White House. In 2005, he...

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President Obama Smacks Down Trump’s Bullshit — Claims ‘Don’t Jive With The Facts’ (VIDEO)

by April Hamlin – Donald Trump made a lot of bullshit claims during his speech on the final night of the Republican National Convention. On Friday, President Obama fact-checked the GOP nominee and said that the fears he expressed at the RNC simply don’t “jive with the facts.” The president was answering questions during a press conference following a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. He was asked about his reaction to the RNC. Obama wasn’t about to let the lies and twisting of facts Trump tried to pass off as truth go unchecked. During his speech accepting the Republican nomination, Trump tried to claim that crimes rates, particularly homicides, had risen under Obama. The president took the opportunity on Monday to smack this down. “Some of the fears that were expressed throughout the week just don’t jive with the facts,” said President Obama. “When it comes to crime, the violent...

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North Carolina Governor Attacks NBA For Pulling 2017 All-Star Game

by ZACK FORD – The NBA announced Thursday that it will no longer hold its All-Star Game in Charlotte next year because North Carolina state lawmakers refused to backtrack on HB2, the anti-transgender law passed earlier this year. Though the event would have had a $100 million impact on the city, Gov. Pat McCrory (R) simply doesn’t care if that’s what it takes to keep HB2 on the books. In an interview Friday morning with Mike Collins of Charlotte Talks, McCrory seemed to shrug off the latest economic blow in response to the discriminatory law. “I’m disappointed, I strongly disagree with their decision, and to put it bluntly, I think it’s total PC BS,” he said. “It’s an insult to our city, it’s an insult to our state, and I think it sets a dangerous precedent of the corporate sports and entertainment elite basically asking for a quid pro quo...

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Syria War: ISIL Given ’48 Hours’ to Leave Manbij

Ultimatum by US-backed forces comes days after coalition strikes allegedly killed 56 civilians in the northern city US-backed Syrian rebels have given the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group 48 hours to leave their stronghold of Manbij in Syria. Thursday’s announcement comes two days after strikes launched by the US-led coalition fighting ISIL (also known as ISIS) reportedly killed at least 56 civilians in the Tokhar area in the northern city of Manbij of the Aleppo governate. “This initiative is the last remaining chance for besieged members of Da’esh to leave the town,” the Manbij Military Council, part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, said, according to AFP news agency. The SDF, an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters backed by the US, launched an offensive against ISIL to retake Manbij late last month. They have besieged the town and...

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On This Day, July 23, 1984 – Miss America Resigns

On this day in 1984, 21-year-old Vanessa Williams gives up her Miss America title, the first resignation in the pageant’s history, after Penthouse magazine announces plans to publish nude photos of the beauty queen in its September issue. Williams originally made history on September 17, 1983, when she became the first black woman to win the Miss America crown. Miss New Jersey, Suzette Charles, the first runner-up and also an African American, assumed Williams’ tiara for the two months that remained of her reign. Vanessa Lynn Williams was born March 18, 1963, in Millwood, New York, to music teacher parents. She attended Syracuse University and studied musical theater. In 1982, while working a summer job as a receptionist at a modeling agency in Mt. Kisco, New York, photographer Thomas Chiapel took the nude pictures of Williams, telling her they’d be shot in silhouette and that she wouldn’t be recognizable....

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9 Lies In Donald Trump’s Big Speech To The Republican Convention

by AARON RUPAR, AVIVA SHEN, JUDD LEGUM & RYAN KORONOWSKI – At the beginning of his big RNC-closing speech, Trump called for “a straightforward assessment of the state of our nation,” and said he would “present the facts plainly and honestly.” He didn’t follow through on that promise. Trump’s speech was much more scripted than his typically ad-libbed rally performances, which are riddled with falsehoods. But his formal acceptance of the nomination was also full of deception. Here’s a rundown of some of the misleading claims made by the man whose campaign statements were named the “lie of the year” by Politifact. “America is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world.” Trump has called the United States the “highest-taxed nation in the world” several times, but America is not even one of the highest-taxed nations in the world, as he said Thursday night. Politifact found Trump statements like this objectionable enough to...

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One Of The Worst Right-Wing Trolls Just Got Banned From Twitter Forever

by Oliver Willis – Right-wing super troll and Breitbart.com contributor Milo Yiannopoulos has been banned from Twitter forever. The announcement comes from the social network after years of Yiannopoulos using the service to direct his followers to hound and harass people with racist, bigoted, and sexist threats. That ended on Tuesday. But this week he went far. According to Twitter, it was Yiannopoulos who led the harassment campaign against Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones that inspired the SNL cast member’s decision to leave Twitter. The tweets, many of which targeted Jones for being black and a woman, were the final straw for Twitter, which is taking steps to try to solve its harassment problem. According to the company, the permanent suspension isn’t a matter of speech as much as a matter of behavior — specifically, a violation of Twitter’s rules regarding the targeted abuse of specific users. Yiannopoulos and his rabid...

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Hot Hot Heat: New Data Shows World is Baking in 2016

by Deirdre Fulton – Too bad the GOP thinks climate change is just a big joke As the party of climate science denial convenes in Cleveland this week—minus the few Republicans who care about global warming—new data further confirms that the world is on fire. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) announced Tuesday that June 2016 was 1.62° F above the 20th century average, breaking last year’s record for the warmest June on record by .04° F. This made June the 14th consecutive month to shatter records. What’s more, NOAA reported, the globally averaged sea surface temperature was at a record high for June as well as the year-to-date. The agency compiled an image marking several additional “climate anomalies” in June: (Image: NOAA) Furthermore, also on Tuesday, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) noted that the six-month period from January to June 2016 was also the planet’s warmest half-year on...

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That Time Newt Gingrich Tried To Take Kids Away From Welfare Recipients And Put Them in Orphanages

by BRYCE COVERT – After widespread speculation that Newt Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker of the House, would be picked as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s running mate, the country learned he had lost out to Mike Pence last week. But Gingrich is still getting a starring role in the Republican National Convention, giving a primetime speech on Wednesday evening. Gingrich will headline an evening under the theme “Make America First Again.” He has become famous (or notorious, depending on who’s asked) for proposing big, often outlandish ideas. He gained attention, for example, when he floated the idea of building a colony on the moon when running for president in 2012. But sometimes, those ideas actually stick. Perhaps the best example of Gingrich putting forward out-of-the-box ideas that had a real effect on the country’s discourse and policies was his involvement in welfare reform in the mid-90s. Former President Bill...

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