Joan Walsh: What will be fatal to [Bernie] Sanders's future as a mass-movement leader -- as opposed to the messiah of an angry, heavily white and male cult -- is his continued insistence that his enemy now is not so much the corporate overlords, or income inequality, or the big banks, but a corrupt Democratic Party, epitomized by Wall Street flunkie Hillary Clinton, that has "rigged" the election to thwart him -- as he raged in a tone-deaf speech Tuesday night, as cable news was showing the texted death threats to Roberta Lange in the background (which Sanders did not even mention). This is starting to get delusional, and dangerous to the American movement for social justice. read more
A former marathon runner has spent 24 hours on a giant hamster wheel to raise money for charity.
Dean Ovel, 40, from Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, completed the challenge in Southend High Street from midday on Saturday to midday on Sunday.
Mr Ovel designed and built the 8ft (2.4m) tall wheel himself, and only escaped it for "short comfort breaks" during the challenge.
His efforts are part of a £100,000 dementia appeal at Southend Hospital.
Mr Ovel fell to his knees as he ran through the finish time, saying he was "glad it is over". read more
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stumbled to clarify his stance on guns in classrooms, contradicting his position on the issue in one breath.
"I don't want to have guns in classrooms. Although, in some cases, teachers should have guns in classrooms," Trump said Sunday on "Fox & Friends."
The real estate mogul doubled down on his contradictory stance as the phone interview continued. "I'm not advocating guns in classrooms," he reiterated. "In some cases -- and a lot of people have made this case -- teachers should be able to have guns, trained teachers should be able to have guns in classrooms."
Trump's comments came in response to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who accused him of pandering to the gun lobby after he spoke at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting on Friday and pledged to abolish gun-free zones. read more
Kevin Mattson, Democracy Journal: For Donald Trump, narcissism takes precedence over fascism. Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here is set during the time it was written, the 1930s, and traces the rise of an authoritarian leader named Buzz Windrip (love that name). The book's hero, Doremus Jessup, is a newspaperman who ponders how "there could be a dictator seemingly so different from the fervent Hitlers and gesticulating Fascists" arising at the time. This American dictator, Jessup imagined, would possess "something of earthy American sense of humor of a Mark Twain" and could "be ever so funny about solemn jaw-drooping opponents." I think that starts to get the Donald right better than simplistic comparisons to European figures like Mussolini, Hitler, or Franco ... It's Trump's narcissism that makes him a few nachos short of a fascist taco platter. read more
Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor has been killed in a US strike in Pakistan, according to multiple sources, a year after he was appointed leader of the group.
US officials said the strike happened at about 1000 GMT, which would have put it late on Friday night in the target area. Several drones targeted the men as they travelled in a vehicle in a remote part of Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan, southwest of the town of Ahmad Wal, one US official said. The Pentagon confirmed the US army had tried to kill Mansoor, but gave no information about his condition. "We are still assessing the results of the strike and will provide more information as it becomes available," spokesman Peter Cook said read more