Following the shooting of an African American man in Minnesota, protests arose across the country including Dallas, Texas where five police officers were shot by a sniper. The gunman was reported to say that he wanted “kill white officers.” Initially, the protests were peaceful but when twenty-five year old Micah Johnson, a former army reversit, started to fire into the crowd at police officers with a sniper rifle.
“Your Damn Emails”
The F.B.I. investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server concluded with Attorney General Loretta Lynch stating that “no charges be brought against any individuals within the scope of the investigation.” Prior to the announcement former President Bill Clinton met privately with Lynch on a tarmac, a decision that the former President regrets -- according to both the meeting was purely cordial and they only discussed family matter.
According to current polling averages, Hillary Clinton is still in the lead with 45% while Donald Trump is behind with 40%. Both candidates are currently narrowing down short-lists for potential Vice Presidential picks with Indiana Governor Mike Pence and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine topping the lists for Trump and Clinton, respectively. Bernie Sanders is expected to endorse Secretary Clinton on Tuesday.
Theresa May All the Way
Following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, David Cameron, the current Prime Minister of the UK, announced his decision to resign as PM in October. Soon a new leader of Mr. Cameron’s political party, the Conservative Party, will be picked -- and it’s between two female politicians. This would mean that the UK would have its second female Prime Minister following Margaret Thatcher's tenure nearly thirty years ago.
The candidate expected to pull-through with a victory is Theresa May, a woman who has devoted her entire life to politics and has been a powerfully active member of David Cameron’s government.
Nobel Peace Prize winning author and activist Elie Wiesel has died. As a child he survived the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps and used his horrifying tale of survival as a means of bring peace and understanding to a broken world. On announcing the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, the Norwegian Committee described Wiesel as “a messenger to mankind.” He published numerous books including Night, which chronicles his time at the concentration camps in Nazi Germany. He was 87.
In what is being called one of the worst attacks in Iraq’s capital in years, 292 people have died as a result of a blast that occurred early Sunday morning. The attack occurred when a truck, laced with explosive devices, ran into a building near a heavily crowded street as people broke their Ramadan fasts. ISIS took responsibility for the attack. This is the third incidence of violence to devastate a region during the holy month of Ramadan.
Takei, or not ok?
George Takei, a long time actor who played Lieutenant Sulu on the original Star Trek series, expressed his disappointment when it was announced that in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond film, Lt. Sulu would be gay. Takei is openly-gay and is a champion for LGBT rights, but he said it was “unfortunate” that the original character of Sulu was being changed after so many years. However, Takei remained “delighted that there’s a gay character” in the movie.
From the MT
Reflection on Ramadan.
“The Talk,” Doubt in Faith, and Pixar Magic.