- Heather Mac Donald on the police shootings in Baton Rouge:
But the overwhelming odds are that this most recent assault on law and order, taking the lives of three officers and wounding at least three more, is the direct outcome of the political and media frenzy that followed the police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, less than two weeks ago. That frenzy further amplified the dangerously false narrative that racist police officers are the greatest threat facing young black men today.
President Barack Obama bears direct responsibility for the lethal spread of that narrative.
But even if the cop murderers had not encountered Obama’s exact words, the influence of his rhetoric on the hatred in the streets is absolute. Obama’s imprimatur on the Black Lives Matter demagoguery gives it enormous additional thrust and legitimacy, echoing throughout public discourse into the most isolated corners of the inner city.
- The Baton Rouge shooter intentionally targeted police officers. He was killed by a single shot fired by a SWAT team member.
Rebecca Cusey on the debate over whether Donald Trump is a Christian:
In my opinion, Trump’s character and policies both often directly oppose the teachings of Christ. He mocks the weak, broken, and disabled, calling people made in the image of God losers and worse. He lies continually and, when caught in a lie, neither corrects it nor apologizes.
He scorns the weak, considering those who help others to be suckers. He courts worldly power above all else. We all know his familial failures, his divorces and affairs, as well as his allegedly epic sexual conquests. Redemption is available for all these things, but it must be embraced. Trump has publicly expressed no remorse or repentance for the harm he has caused his wives or family—indeed, has publicly bragged about his behavior.
- The method the Trump campaign uses to establish its foreign policy positions is what you’d expect:
How is Republican foreign policy being made in this election cycle? Inside the Trump campaign, a team of foreign policy and national security experts meets with the candidate on a regular basis, but they are not primarily engaged in devising positions for Trump to announce. The process, according to two advisers I spoke with, is this: Trump’s foreign policy aides wait for him to say something in public about an international issue and then craft a policy around whatever he said. The details of how Trump utterances fit into his overall international vision are worked out after the fact.
- The New Yorker interviewed Tony Schwartz, who ghostwrote The Art of the Deal for Donald Trump:
But Schwartz believes that Trump’s short attention span has left him with “a stunning level of superficial knowledge and plain ignorance.” He said, “That’s why he so prefers TV as his first news source—information comes in easily digestible sound bites.” He added, “I seriously doubt that Trump has ever read a book straight through in his adult life.” During the eighteen months that he observed Trump, Schwartz said, he never saw a book on Trump’s desk, or elsewhere in his office, or in his apartment.
Trump’s people stripped military assistance to Ukraine from the Republican platform. Trump seems to admire Vladimir Putin, and Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, used to work for the Russian-backed former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych.
A lawsuit alleges that the Department of Justice intentionally thwarts Freedom of Information Act requests by continuing to use 20+ year old software running on an IBM mainframe to process them.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel ruled that the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro, violated the Hatch Act during an interview with Katie Couric back in April.
A secret amendment to the Iranian nuclear deal allows Iran to replace its centrifuges with more advanced equipment in January 2027, which will enable it to crank out enough enriched uranium to build nuclear bombs.
Another Baltimore police officer, Lt. Brian Rice, was acquitted in the Freddie Gray case. Prosecutors are now 0 for 4.
Having purged the military and the judiciary, Erdogan started firing the police (nearly 8,000 of them) and other civil
Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr instructed his followers to attack the new American troops President Obama is sending to Iraq.
A 17 year old Afghan refugee used an axe to injure four people on a German train before police shot him dead.
The European Commission knew years ago that car companies were cheating on diesel engine emissions tests – well before the Volkswagon scandal erupted last year.