NBA teaches North Carolina a lesson: Gov. Pat McCrory learns that bigotry has consequences

It’s pretty hilarious — in a horrible, repulsive, you-remain-a-human-disaster way — when an arrogant bully boo-hoo-hoos upon the discovery that actions have consequences. It’s poetic when those who actively work to hurt others and rail... Read More
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Censored Thoughts on the Fate of Turkish Democracy

via The Conversation Written several days ago, the following thoughts on the unfolding crisis in Turkey began their strange life as a tweet. It read: ‘failed Turkish coup shows that in the age of communicative... Read More
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SRSLY: The Female Viagra: 0.5 Satisfying Sexual Events Per Month if You Don’t Pass Out

Your three-minute read on the best reporting you probably missed. by David Epstein ProPublica Plato tells us that the philosopher Sophocles was once asked if he was upset at being too old to make love.... Read More
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Two Middle East locations hit 129 degrees, hottest ever in Eastern Hemisphere, maybe the world

The temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait, surged Thursday to a blistering 129.2 degrees (54 Celsius). And on Friday in Basra, Iraq, the mercury soared to 129.0 degrees (53.9 Celsius). If confirmed, these incredible measurements would represent the... Read More

Anatomy of a Trump voter: How racism propelled Trump to the Republican nomination

This week, Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination, and many narratives have emerged about what led to his victory and what his supporters demand. But current polling makes that difficult: by now, Republicans are... Read More

Trump promises America law and order — but he is a dire threat to both

Donald Trump is not a normal American presidential nominee, and there has been very little normal about the Republican convention that has now officially confirmed his nomination.   Trump’s defining attributes have always been intemperance,... Read More

GOP senator who bashed RNC convention parts ways with party again — and lauds Kaine pick

Along with having a reputation for being “boring,” another portrait of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine — Hillary Clinton’s VP choice — has emerged from those who have covered him and those who have worked him.... Read More
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Welsh civil servants spent public money at Toys R Us and Ikea

Items from Toys R Us, rooms at luxury hotels, entrance to the prestigious Plage Goéland in Cannes and payments to a company specialising in luxury yacht equipment have been charged to cards held by members... Read More

More Republicans Favor Path to Citizenship Than Wall

PRINCETON, N.J. — Two-thirds of Americans oppose immigration plans advocated by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump — building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. In contrast, 84%... Read More
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Labour won’t rule out second referendum on European Union

The 10-page document, prepared by the shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, and Barry Gardiner, the shadow minister for Europe, also lays out how Labour hopes to have a say in Brexit negotiations.   On the... Read More
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Why Warren Masters Trump

by Brent Budowsky As Democrats gather in Philadelphia for the purpose of nominating America’s first woman president, the heir to a legacy of leadership that began when Jefferson and Madison formed the Democratic-Republican Party to... Read More

People have written brilliant responses to Brexit in suggestion boxes that have popped up in a Welsh town – Wales Online

Mysterious “ballot boxes” placed around a Welsh town have seen people express their regret – and at times anger – about Britain choosing to leave the European Union.   Named a ‘Regreterendum’, six of the... Read More

The U.S. Has Made It Nearly Impossible For Low-Income Women To Have An Abortion | ThinkProgress

The majority of countries with liberal abortion laws rely on public funding to help patients afford the cost of an abortion, according to a new report published in the journal Contraception. This makes the United... Read More

Your Tim Kaine VP primer: 7 things you should know about Hillary Clinton’s running mate

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Friday announced #Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate. Kaine is a more traditional (read: less progressive) politician than some of the other top picks, but also significantly less... Read More

UN research says it’s getting too hot to work, and it could cost the global economy $2 trillion by 2030

The researchers, led by Tord Kjellstrom of the Health and Environment International Trust in New Zealand, projected the GDP losses due to heat stress for 43 countries using environmental data and computer models. Their results... Read More
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Boris Johnson distinguishes Brexit from Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ policy

The foreign secretary also claimed European countries had shown a willingness to move quickly to reach a settlement on the terms of Britain’s exit from the trade block and insisted that a “balance can be... Read More

Virginia high court throws out order restoring felons’ voting rights

The Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Friday against Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe’s order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 felons who completed their sentences, court documents show.   The court in a 4-3 ruling... Read More
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Cameron ‘made last-ditch plea to Merkel over free movement before EU vote’

The former prime minister called the German chancellor in the days before last month’s referendum vote as opinion polls showed voters moving towards leave, after the government again missed its target for cutting net migration,... Read More
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Veepstakes Decided: Hillary’s Post-January Pick, Trump’s Relatively Sane Pick

This is The Monday Line by Denis G. Campbell According to pundits, here is what a US Vice Presidential pick means for the November election. Nothing. Smart money says voters select the top of the... Read More
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Turkey’s president orders closure of 1,000 private schools linked to Gülen

According to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s office, the decree will close 1,043 private schools, 1,229 foundations and associations, 35 medical institutions, 19 unions, and 15 universities. Their assets will be seized by the treasury. The presidency... Read More
WATCH: Maher panel goes off the rails after ex-GOP lawmaker insists no one is kept from voting

WATCH: Maher panel goes off the rails after ex-GOP lawmaker insists no one is kept from voting   While panels on HBO’s Real Time can become contentious, Fridays night’s discussion about voting rights went completely out of control as a former GOP lawmaker went to war with columnist Ana Marie... Read More

Ex-Fed Official, Worried About Bubbles, Warns of U.S. Downturn – Bloomberg

Americans are about as wealthy as they’ve ever been—and that’s a worry?   Yup, say veteran economists Daniel Thornton and Joe Carson. They’re concerned that the swelling of wealth could prove unsustainable because it’s far outstripped the... Read More

Donald Trump shatters the Reagan consensus

America has traditions that are ingrained. Every power ballad since 1973 is a direct descendant of “Free Bird.” Every summer blockbuster is a riff on “Jaws.” And every Republican presidential nominee since 1988 has run on an... Read More
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Families stuck on roads into Dover told chaos will last until Monday

Kent police used helicopters and motorcyclists to provide 11,000 bottles of water to stranded motorists as temperatures hit 20C, while families and lorry drivers abandoned their vehicles to play football and walk along the road... Read More
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Trump’s hop-scotching speech offers the perfect end to a bizarre race

“The system is rigged; Bernie Sanders never had a chance.”   No, that wasn’t a Bernie bro protesting outside the Democratic National Convention, it was #Donald #Trump finally officially accepting his party’s nomination on the... Read More
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Munich gunman lured victims on Facebook with ‘free McDonald’s food’

The lone teenager who shot dead nine people and injured 27 others in Munich had researched school killing sprees and attempted to lure victims to the scene of his rampage with an offer of free... Read More
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A Short Note to Bernie Supporters Who Equate Hillary Clinton With Donald Trump

by Robert Reich May I have a word with those of you Bernie supporters who consider Donald Trump to be no worse than Hillary Clinton? You’re dead wrong. As I said when I endorsed Bernie... Read More
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Cleveland’s finest hour was Donald Trump’s darkest

CLEVELAND — What happened outside Quicken Loans Arena the past few days represented one of Cleveland’s finest hours.   What happened inside was the Republican Party’s darkest.   History will recoil in horror over the... Read More

NC GOP Chair Hayes to Cruz backers: Find your own way home

CLEVELAND — When North Carolina Republican Chairman Robin Hayes asked fellow delegate Ted Hicks on Thursday what he thought of the convention speech by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Hicks was candid.   An online service... Read More

Obama rejects Trump depiction of US in crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama fiercely rejected Donald Trump’s depiction of an America in crisis on Friday, arguing that violent crime and #illegal immigration have plunged under his leadership to their lowest rates in... Read More