British Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned after the public took the momentous decision to leave the European Union, voting in a referendum 52% to exit and 48% to remain. "I was absolutely clear about my belief that Britain is stronger, safer and better off inside the EU," he said. "But the British people made a different decision to take a different path. As such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction." read more
House Republicans capped a partisan, two-year investigation of the Benghazi terror attacks Tuesday with a report that contains no significant revelations about the events that led to the deaths of four Americans but faults the Obama administration for security lapses. The more than 800-page report paints a picture of a perfect storm of bureaucratic inertia, rapidly worsening security in Libya and inadequate resources in the months that led up to the killings of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three colleagues on September 11, 2012. The House Benghazi Committee report doesn't directly blame Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time and is now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, for the attacks. But it does suggest she and other administration officials did not adequately address the risks involved.
Bernie Sanders may not be quite ready to formally end his Democratic presidential bid, but he says he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November. Speaking on MSNBC Friday morning, he was asked if he planned to vote for Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in the fall election. "Yes. Yeah, I think the issue right here is, I'm going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump," he said. "I think Trump, in so many ways, will be a disaster for this country if he were to be elected president."
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are within 2 percent in a Quinnipiac University national poll of registered voters released Wednesday. While Clinton leads Trump 42 percent to 40 percent, her advantage is half of what it was in a Quinnipiac poll conducted at the end of May that found her with a lead of 45 percent to 41 percent. The latest survey comes on the heels of two national polls, one an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey that showed Clinton with a 5-point lead of 46 percent to 41 percent, and another, an ABC News/Washington post poll that showed the former secretary of state leading by 12 points, 51 percent to 39 percent.
A new Marketplace-Edison Research poll published Tuesday found that 71 percent of respondents believe the economy is rigged, affirming the rhetoric of the current presidential campaign season. The majority opinion held across ethnicity, class, age and gender differences. The poll found that nearly one-quarter of respondents hadn't taken a single vacation for over five years, while nearly 50 percent also confirmed fearing that they might lose their job within the next 12 months.
In the beginning, Ken Ham made the Creation Museum in northern Kentucky. And he saw that it was good at spreading his belief that the Bible is a book of history, the universe is only 6,000 years old, and evolution is wrong and is leading to our moral downfall. And Ham said, let us build a gargantuan Noah's ark only 45 minutes away to draw millions more visitors. And let it be constructed by Amish woodworkers, and financed with donations, junk bonds and tax rebates from the state of Kentucky. And let it hold an animatronic Noah and lifelike models of some of the creatures that came on board two-by-two, such as bears, short-necked giraffes -- and juvenile Tyrannosaurus rexes. And it was so. Science has established that the earth is billions of years old, and no worldwide flood occurred in the last 6,000 years. "Humans and ancient dinosaurs did not live at the same time. It's completely unreasonable. We're going to raise a generation of kids who are scientifically illiterate," said Bill Nye, who debated Ham at the Creation Museum in 2014. read more
The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a Texas abortion access law that would have shuttered all but a handful of clinics in the state. The 5-3 ruling, the most significant decision from the court on abortion in two decades, could serve to deter other states from passing so-called "clinic shutdown" laws. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the majority, "There was no significant health-related problem that the new law helped to cure. We agree with the District Court that the surgical-center requirement, like the admitting-privileges requirement, provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions, and constitutes an "undue burden" on their constitutional right to do so." read more
A majority of white Evangelical Protestants -- 59 percent -- say the United States has lost its Christian identity, according to a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute and Brookings Institution. This represents an 11-point jump from 48 percent in 2012. "[They] miss the Reagan era or even the Eisenhower years when, in their view, a more masculine and Christian nation commanded greater respect abroad and reflected their own white Evangelical political and cultural attitudes," said R. Andrew Chesnut, a professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight: Our polls-only model has [Donald] Trump with a 19 percent chance of beating [Hillary] Clinton as of early Wednesday afternoon. (The forecasts will continually update as new polls are added.) Our polls-plus model, which considers economic conditions along with the polls, is more optimistic about Trump, giving him a 26 percent chance. Still, Trump faces longer odds and a bigger polling deficit than John McCain and Mitt Romney did at the same point in their respective races. He needs to look back to 1988 for comfort, when George H.W. Bush overcame a similar deficit against Michael Dukakis to win. ... Giving Clinton a 70 percent or 75 percent chance of winning might seem bold. It's actually fairly cautious, however, compared with what the model would normally say about a candidate with a 7-point lead. read more
Bernie Sanders: Surprise, surprise. Workers in Britain, many of whom have seen a decline in their standard of living while the very rich in their country have become much richer, have turned their backs on the European Union and a globalized economy that is failing them and their children. And it's not just the British who are suffering. That increasingly globalized economy, established and maintained by the world's economic elite, is failing people everywhere. Incredibly, the wealthiest 62 people on this planet own as much wealth as the bottom half of the world's population -- around 3.6 billion people. The top 1 percent now owns more wealth than the whole of the bottom 99 percent. The very, very rich enjoy unimaginable luxury while billions of people endure abject poverty, unemployment, and inadequate health care, education, housing and drinking water. read more