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Monday, August 31, 2015

John King, CNN: It's no secret the Republican establishment is unnerved by Donald Trump and his lead in national and key state polls. And now, after weeks of assuming his support would be fleeting, there is a debate about how to take aim at Trump -- and just who should finance such an effort. "There are a lot of donors out there who see it as much too dangerous, obviously, for the candidates, or their allied super PACs, to go after Trump," said Maeve Reston. "So they're looking to more establishment PACs to potentially take him down in post-Labor Day ads."


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Imagine for a moment you could go back in time. Knowing what you know now about work and life, what would you tell your 22-year-old self? LinkedIn Influencers weighed in on this idea in the last two weeks, writing about what they'd tell their younger selves -- or anyone just graduating from university and starting out in the work world.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Ronald Brownstein, National Journal: This rightward lurch [on birthright citizenship] -- behind an almost certainly hopeless cause of constitutional change -- captures the core GOP dilemma now unfolding in the party's nomination contest. The Republican electoral coalition now relies on preponderant majorities from the groups most unsettled by demographic and cultural change: older, non-college, and rural whites. There are no longer enough of those voters to guarantee Republicans a national majority; that's why Democrats have won the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections. Yet, as [Donald] Trump's rise shows, many of those voters militantly oppose the policies (like immigration reform) that might help the party expand its coalition. read more


One of the last survivors of World War Two's most famous prison break, known as the Great Escape, has died aged 101.

Australian Paul Royle was one of 76 airmen who escaped from notorious Nazi Stalag Luft III camp in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1944. Their courageous feat was immortalised in the 1963 film The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen. Mr. Royle died in a Perth hospital on Sunday after surgery for a fractured hip, local media reported on Friday. His son said his father lived his life to the fullest, but it was a fall that killed him. read more


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Justin Glawe, Daily Beast: It is now legal for law enforcement in North Dakota to fly drones armed with everything from Tasers to tear gas thanks to a last-minute push by a pro-police lobbyist. With all the concern over the militarization of police in the past year, no one noticed that the state became the first in the union to allow police to equip drones with "less than lethal" weapons. House Bill 1328 wasn't drafted that way, but then a lobbyist representing law enforcement -- tight with a booming drone industry -- got his hands on it.


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