The ACLU has a roadmap for defeating President Donald Trump's signature initiatives

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In The Trump Memos, a new 27-page document published by the American Civil Liberties Union, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization lays out its constitutional analysis of Trump's signature campaign promises, from mass deportations to a religious test for passing America's borders to torture to mass surveillance to abortion to "opening up libel laws." Read the rest

The long, racist history of Brexiteer Boris Johnson, the new UK Foreign Secretary

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The BBC rounds up some of Boris Johnson's on-the-record "gaffes" (which is to say, unforgivable racist garbage), from calling African people "piccaninnies" to praising Bashar Al-Assad. Read the rest

'Classic intimidation'—Black Lives Matter activists targeted by FBI ahead of RNC

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The Republican National Convention kicks off this Sunday in Cleveland, Ohio. Most of the highest-profile activists associated with the Black Lives Matter movement are not planning to attend, but that didn't stop FBI agents from contacting them by phone, and showing up at their homes to interrogate them and their grandmothers.

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Minuteman co-founder gets 19½ years for sexually abusing 5-year-old. All 3 of his daughters say they're also victims.

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Christopher Simcox, who co-founded the now-disbanded Minuteman Civil Defense Corps white supremacist militia group, received a prison sentence of over 19 years today from an Arizona court. Read the rest

Bernie Sanders concedes Democratic race, endorses Hillary Clinton

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Talking Points Memo:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) gave an impassioned speech endorsing Hillary Clinton on Tuesday at a joint rally in New Hampshire, saying “she must become our next president.”

Sanders officially conceded the race, saying Clinton fairly “won the Democratic nominating process” with far more pledged ...

“Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here today,” he concluded, as they embraced one another.

Bernie's participation was successful beyond expectations and had serious, positive results that counterbalance all the Trump bullshit. He forced Hillary to a more progressive manifesto—and hopefully convinced her for good that the smarmy centrism that comes naturally to mainstream Democrats is cooked. Cheers, Bernie! Read the rest

America's biggest health crisis? Not gun violence but porn and gays, GOP says

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The Republican party platform is veering to the right as GOP delegates descend on Cleveland to produce the party’s principles document. Several positions about same-sex marriage and scientifically debunked “gay conversion therapy” passed preliminary votes today.

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An update on Chelsea Manning's health, from her legal team

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Today, Chelsea Manning spoke with her attorneys for the first time since her hospitalization last week. Attorneys Chase Strangio, Vincent Ward and Nancy Hollander released the following statement on the imprisoned whistleblower's behalf.

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#BlackLivesMatter: 10 iconic photos from a week of protests throughout the U.S.

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Photographers covering the black human rights protests throughout the U.S. this weekend produced powerful and iconic images that are now spreading worldwide on social media, often without credit. Here are 10 photos from photograpers with the Reuters news agency over the past few days of demonstrations against the killing of people of color by police.

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How can the media regain its credibility in reporting on race in America?

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Farai Chideya -- a reporter and journalism professor at NYU -- describes the lessons she's learned in reporting from the "Heart of Whiteness" (Klansmen; Sheriff Joe Arpaio's plans for a war with Mexico; a white church that wanted to "disinter the body of a dead mixed-race infant"), and how the media has failed to learn those lessons -- to report on the systemic racism in American life -- for decades. Read the rest

Five questions every journalist should be asking would-be UK Labour leader Angela Eagle

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UK politics are in disarray: the leaders of the Conservative and UK Independence Parties have both quit; the Tory leadership race is a neverending night of the long knives and the Blairite wing of the Labour Party can't figure out which dice-lawyers to trust on their roll for initiative. Read the rest

Theresa May all but certain to become Prime Minister after foe quits

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In the confusing but exciting battle over who will become Lord Protector of Albion during its difficult negotiations to leave the Continental Breakfast, all but one of the challengers has dropped out.

Minister of Hot Messes Andrea Leadsom bungled a Smarm Charm over the weekend so badly that her credibility as a candidate collapsed. This means that Secretary of Secrets (Other People's) Theresa May is running unopposed to lead the ruling Conservators faction and thereby become the next Premium Minister.

Meanwhile, the sinister yet plucky Shadow Cabinet is itself embroiled in intrigue, as a former member, Angela Eagle, announced her intention to replace Jeremy Corbyn upon the Rust Throne, still standing thanks to augmentation with Bankers' Plastic by the mad king Tony but beginning to glow strangely, as if about to melt or explode. Read the rest

Donald Trump pitches tantrum at "peace meeting" with GOP senators

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Donald Trump's long-awaited reconciliation meeting with Republican senators went so badly that several attendees anonymously leaked details of Trump's tantrum and namecalling to the New York Times. Read the rest

Wordy, incendiary Trump tees

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Stallion Mancakes is kickstarting these wordy Donald Trump tees, reading, "I VOTED FOR DONALD TRUMP AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS STUPID RACIST SEXIST FRAUDULENT OPPORTUNISTIC DIMWITTED EAR-GRATING EGOTISTICAL SOLIPSISTIC PANDERING SHYSTERING CHEAP-O MONEY-GRUBBING SCAPEGOATING HATEMONGERING ISOLATIONIST FASCIST POW-BASHING DRAFT-DODGING UNHINGED VACUOUS BILIOUS HYPERBOLIC DELUSIONAL MANIPULATIVE UNDIGNIFIED MERITLESS HOT-TEMPERED DANGEROUS SLEAZY SLIPPERY SILVER-TONGUED SILVER-SPOONED INSECURE VAMPING THUMB-SUCKING BODY-SHAMING SMALL-MINDED SHORT-FINGERED SHORT-SIGHTED UNDERBAKED OVERHYPED ARTLESS SHALLOW HOLLOW CRASS UNJUST TWO-FACED IRRESPONSIBLE UNETHICAL MANIACAL HYPOCRITICAL CERTIFIABLE LOUSY...T-SHIRT." Read the rest

UK Tory leadership race: "a sort of X Factor for choosing the antichrist"

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The Guardian's Frankie Boyle is on fire in his new column on the post-Brexit machinations in the UK Conservative Party, where the hardline, ultra-authoritarian elements of the party are splitting their time between knifing each other in the back and planning to eliminate the few remaining environmental, safety and finance regulations that have not been shredded since the first David Cameron government in 2010. Read the rest

Evangelicals "rationalizing" their support of Trump

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At The New York Times, Peter Wehner is angry at evangelical leaders who rationalize their support of Donald Trump, a faithless huckster who talks of "Two Corinthians" and mocks the disabled.

This fulsome embrace of Mr. Trump is rather problematic, since he embodies a worldview that is incompatible with Christianity. If you trace that worldview to its source, Christ would not be anywhere in the vicinity.

Time and again Mr. Trump has shown contempt for those he perceives as weak and vulnerable — “losers,” in his vernacular. They include P.O.W.s, people with disabilities, those he deems physically unattractive and those he considers politically powerless. He bullies and threatens people he believes are obstacles to his ambitions. He disdains compassion and empathy, to the point where his instinctive response to the largest mass shooting in American history was to congratulate himself: “Appreciate the congrats for being right.”

What Mr. Trump admires is strength. For him, a person’s intrinsic worth is tied to worldly success and above all to power.

But that is evangelical Christianity in practice, isn't it? Dobson and Falwell and co., stripping naked at the slightest promise of money or political influence, is what they always do.

Whether or not he has read a word of Nietzsche (I’m guessing not), Mr. Trump embodies a Nietzschean morality rather than a Christian one. ... It celebrates the “Übermensch,” or Superman, who rejects Christian morality in favor of his own. For Nietzsche, strength was intrinsically good and weakness was intrinsically bad.
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Sanders supporters are the least racist

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Reuters' largest poll of 2016 on the racial attitudes of supporters of various political candidates found that Trump supporters are seriously racist, Clinton supporters are a little less racist than the average respondent, but Sanders supporters are less racist than the supporters of any other candidate. Read the rest

Poll: Trump at 1% among black voters

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As this poll has it, with the margin of error taken into account, Trump may receive minus 1.4% of the black vote. [via] Read the rest

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