American-born Muslim harassed in line at supermarket: "I wish they didn't let you in the country"

Jeremy McLellan posted a video to twitter that he reports was taken by a Muslim friend of his being "harassed at a Trader Joe's in Reston, VA."

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What do South Koreans really think of America?

From the Statue of Liberty and Chipotle to big boobs, Trump and racism, South Koreans tell us what they think of America – and Americans – in this episode of "What Asians Think of America" series by Asian Boss. Read the rest

Boy Scouts of America to allow transgender boys to enroll

The Associated Press reports that Boy Scouts of America will allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in scouting programs.

Rebecca Rausch, a spokeswoman for the organization, emailed a statement Monday. She said the organization's leadership had considered a recent case in Secaucus, New Jersey, where an 8-year-old transgender child had been asked to leave his Scout troop after parents and leaders found out he is transgender, but the change was made because of the larger conversation about gender identity going on around the country.

"For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual's birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs," the statement said. "However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state."

In Britain, the home of scouting, it's just "The Scouts."

In fact, here's the list of countries with more than a handful of scout troops, where girls can't join:

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What Target's graphic designers know about America that you don't

I was in Target yesterday and spotted this remarkable work of art disguised as a marketing hoarding (it is in fact a tryptich with Darth Vader off to the left.) I'm hoping someone well-educated might explain to me what it means. Read the rest

"I Have A Dream" - Martin Luther King Jr.

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The Problem We Still Live With

A few things have changed since the 1960s. Read the rest

Go and vote

I recently became an American citizen. I just voted for the first time in my life. Ballot selfies are legal in PA, but it's all on computer and all you get printed for you is this wee receipt! I'm a sexy anarchist, but I voted for Hillary Clinton and recommend that you do too, because she's the second-best choice this system has ever given us and the best one's already got the job. Donald Trump, on the other hand, is a racist cheapjack, a gallon baggie of apricot pruno left to go rancid in the sun until it bursts like a beached whale.

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Beautifully color-coded watershed maps of America

You can buy high-res versions on Etsy, with Europe and other countries also on offer.

High resolution map of all the permanent and temporary streams and rivers of the contiguous 48 states in beautiful rainbow colours, divided into catchment areas. It shows Strahler Stream Order Classification. The higher the stream order, the thicker the line. Map made mostly with the open-source QGIS software.

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Muslim-American woman kicked out of Family Dollar store for wearing hijab and niqab

Sarah Safi of Gary, Indiana was kicked out of a Family Dollar store by an assistant store manager who cited the woman's traditional Muslim dress, a niqab and hijab, as being threatening. Ms. Safi, 32, recorded part of the manager's tirade on video.

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Paul Ryan selfie with congressional interns

This photo of congressional interns taken by House Speaker Paul Ryan struck me as lacking in diversity, but I eventually found a ginger.

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School shooting: Two dead in UCLA campus murder-suicide

A college campus shooting at UCLA left two men dead Wednesday morning. The murder-suicide sent thousands of students running for their lives, barricading themselves in classrooms.

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Colorado school district spends $12,000 on assault rifles for guards

Douglas County, Colorado, is to arm its security guards with Bushmaster rifles, reports the Denver Post, at a cost of more than $12,000 to the 67,000-student district.

"We want to make sure they have the same tools as law enforcement," Payne said Monday of his eight armed officers. The first few rifles should be ready for use within a month's time once officers have gone through a 20-hour training course, the same one that commissioned police officers take. The rest of the guns will be deployed in August, he said.

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Trump has already changed everything

Jeet Heer writes that Trump will probably lose the election, but he's already changed a GOP that generally controls all other levels of government and is a bellwether for America's political future.

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Fabio is American

Italian model and actor Fabio Lanzoni has become a United States citizen, reports NBC News.

"This is one of the happiest days of my life," Fabio said in a statement. "Over the course of my career I've had the opportunity to travel the globe and America is still the greatest country on earth. There is no such thing as an Italian dream or an English dream but the American dream is alive and well. Each day people look to come to this country to seek a better life for themselves and their family. That was my dream and my thanks to the USCIS for helping turn that dream into a reality. I am proud to be an American."

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Jeb Bush tweets picture of engraved gun with the title "America"

Please clap.

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Americans more likely to die younger than people in other developed nations

Americans are likely to die earlier than folks from other developed nations. What could it be?

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#BlackLivesMatter activists are monitored by U.S. Homeland Security and cybersecurity firms

In a Reddit AMA, activists DeRay McKesson, Johnetta Elzie and ACLU’s Nus Choudhury talked policing and police reform in America, and surveillance of activists.

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