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News articles selected, political and otherwise, reflect my own personal interests, not those of institutions I am affiliated with.
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Wealth Inequality in America

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actua...
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George Will Leaves The GOP Because Of Trump: "This Is Not My Party Anymore"

George Will Leaves The GOP Because Of Trump: "This Is Not My Party Anymore" | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

From the June 26 edition of Fox Broadcasting Company's Fox News Sunday: "GEORGE WILL: I left it for the same reason I joined it in 1964 when I voted for Barry Goldwater. I joined it because I was a conservative. I leave for the same reason, that I'm a conservative."

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An astute online comment has some wondering whether Brexit may ever happen

An astute online comment has some wondering whether Brexit may ever happen | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
David Cameron's likely successors have been oddly quiet about following through on Brexit.
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Excellent possibility, well explained, as to why Brexit may never happen.
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The Awkward Love Story of Trump and American Evangelicals

The Awkward Love Story of Trump and American Evangelicals | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Donald Trump is no dummy.  He knows his audience better than they know themselves. Evangelicals are acutely aware of their waning cultural influence and shrinking share of the population. These religious leaders care about their principles, yes. But they care about something else even more: power. While not every evangelical leader is enthusiastic about Trump, many are starting to express warm feelings toward the candidate. Expect the cascade to continue. Their fawning, fumbling efforts to push Trump into the White House prove that many of them will risk everything to reclaim cultural and political control—even if that means defying their own beliefs.
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Corey Lewandowski to join CNN

Corey Lewandowski to join CNN | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is joining CNN as a political commentator, according to a source familiar with the arrangement.
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Smart move on Corey's part, but not so much for CNN. I watched Out Front tonight and the man spoke like a strong Trump campaign supporter and not at all like a political analyst. It came across as if he was getting two paychecks, one from CNN (who was hoping he'd dish on Trump) and another from Trump (who was paying him to say nothing but praise for him and the Trump campaign).
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The NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius

The NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg already had the gun lobby in his sights. Now Bill Gates is donating $1 million for universal background checks—and there’s more where that came from.
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‘He’s coming … I’m gonna die’: Heartbreaking final texts from Orlando victim to his mom

‘He’s coming … I’m gonna die’: Heartbreaking final texts from Orlando victim to his mom | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

"Hurry," Eddie Justice desperately texted his mom as a gunman terrorized the club. "He's in the bathroom with us."... 

"Eddie was handsome and athletic with tattoos that peeked out of his shirt, and he had a penchant for flashy jewelry, according to Facebook photos. He liked to make others laugh. His work as an accountant afforded him a condo in downtown Orlando, his mother told the AP..."

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I am so so so heartbroken. Oh God! To have your son text you like this. It's heart breaking. So so sad for the needless and terrible loss all these families are going through.
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Donald Trump’s Exploitation of Orlando - The New Yorker

Donald Trump’s Exploitation of Orlando - The New Yorker | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Donald Remnick on Donald Trump’s inflammatory and false comments following the attack by a domestic terrorist at a gay night club in Florida.
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How Clinton aims to trump Trump on Twitter

How Clinton aims to trump Trump on Twitter | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Her newly aggressive social media strategy aims to turn the presumptive GOP nominee's own words against him.
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Hugh Hewitt: GOP should change convention rules to stop Trump

Hugh Hewitt: GOP should change convention rules to stop Trump | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
“And right now the Republican Party is facing — the plane is headed towards the mountain after the last 72 hours," he said.
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The tear-jerking open letter Joe Biden wrote to the Stanford rape survivor.

The tear-jerking open letter Joe Biden wrote to the Stanford rape survivor. | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
"I do not know your name — but your words are forever seared on my soul."
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Dump the G.O.P. for a Grand New Party

Dump the G.O.P. for a Grand New Party | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
After much selling out, the Republican Party has become morally bankrupt. We need a New Republican Party to support a healthy two-party system.
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"If a party could declare moral bankruptcy, today’s Republican Party would be in Chapter 11," Thomas Friedman writes in The New York Times Opinion Section.
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Evangelical Leaders Continue to Prove that there's a Sucker Born Every Minute | RedState

Evangelical Leaders Continue to Prove that there's a Sucker Born Every Minute | RedState | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

"Nothing about Trump's persona, his platform, or his policy is even remotely Christian but he tells Evangelicals he is one of them and some of them feel content to throw aside their critical thinking skills altogether and believe him..."

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7 conservative Christians who are not supporting Trump

7 conservative Christians who are not supporting Trump | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
(RNS) Not all conservative Christians, or evangelicals, have lined up behind Donald Trump for president.
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Evangelical leader says Trump is ‘un-Christian,' endorses Clinton

Evangelical leader says Trump is ‘un-Christian,' endorses Clinton | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

“Mr. Trump’s proposals are not just un-Christian — they’re un-American and at odds with the values our country holds dearest,” said Deborah Fikes, executive advisor to the World Evangelical Alliance, a global ministry organization that works with churches in 129 countries around the world..."

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If you’re young and angry about the EU referendum, you’re right to be | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

If you’re young and angry about the EU referendum, you’re right to be | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
By all means feel bitter, but please take heart. What those of you who voted stood up for was noble and one day will be again
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Trump to top evangelicals: ‘I’m on your side’

Trump to top evangelicals: ‘I’m on your side’ | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
“tremendous believer” and that rather than praying for all the nation’s leaders they should “pray to get everybody out to vote for one specific person.”
Olgy Gary's insight:
Oh my word! You just can't make this stuff up!!! Wow. I'm speechless. First paragraph had me laughing out loud and then shaking my head as to how in God's green earth are millions of people voting for this man. Trump straight out asked these group of evangelical leaders to NOT pray for their leaders but to just pray that everyone would go out and vote for one specific person, i.e., him! Was there not a single person in that room that would tell him he was saying the opposite of what the Bible actually tells us to do? Tells us to pray for our leaders?!?!?
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Brent Scowcroft was the national security advisor for two Republican presidents. Now he's voting for Hillary Clinton.

Brent Scowcroft was the national security advisor for two Republican presidents. Now he's voting for Hillary Clinton. | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Official site of The Week Magazine, offering commentary and analysis of the day's breaking news and current events as well as arts, entertainment, people and gossip, and political cartoons.
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GOP Operative Lashes Out At Party, Calls Trump 'Cheeto Jesus' In Epic Tweetstorm

GOP Operative Lashes Out At Party, Calls Trump 'Cheeto Jesus' In Epic Tweetstorm | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

"He referred to the real estate mogul as a “cancer,” an “epic douche canoe” and a “statist” with “a little delicious hint of fascism in the mix” on CNN.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar,rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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Trump’s tragic victory lap | He failed to meet the moment after Orlando

Trump’s tragic victory lap | He failed to meet the moment after Orlando | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
The presumptive GOP nominee failed to meet the moment after Orlando.
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Thank You Notes with President Obama | Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy and President Obama write out Thank You Notes to Congress, Obama's birth certificate and Hillary Clinton. Subscribe NOW to The Tonight Show Starrin
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Trump support shrinking on Capitol Hill

Trump support shrinking on Capitol Hill | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Many elected Republicans were unimpressed with his attempt to walk back criticism of a judge because of his Mexican descent.
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Amid Stanford’s awful sex assault case, let’s hail the men who protect instead of prey

Amid Stanford’s awful sex assault case, let’s hail the men who protect instead of prey | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Two Swedes came to the aid of the woman being attacked by a Stanford student. There are plenty of men just like them.
Olgy Gary's insight:
It is heart breaking to read what happened to the young woman. It is heartening to read what Peter and Carl did to stop the violent act. Let's be like Peter. Let's be like Carl. 

Here are some of the words the young woman who was sexually assaulted by rapist Brock Turner wrote as part of the letter she read at Turner's sentencing: "I sleep with two bicycles that I drew taped above my bed,” the woman they rescued wrote in a searing letter to the judge, “to remind myself there are heroes in this story."
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Here's The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read To Her Attacker

Here's The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read To Her Attacker | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

"A former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in jail because a longer sentence would have 'a severe impact on him,' according to a judge. At his sentencing Thursday, his victim read him a letter describing the 'severe impact' the assault had on her."

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Oh, my... I just finished reading the letter written by the young woman who was sexually assaulted by rapist Brock Turner on January 2015. It's powerful. It's heart-wrenching. It's sobering. Please read it in its entirety. Please share it.
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Robert George: An open letter to Paul Ryan about Donald Trump

Robert George: An open letter to Paul Ryan about Donald Trump | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
"You have decency, sir: An open letter to Paul Ryan about Donald Trump's imminent threat to the Republican Party..."
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