"There's a typical story that plays out in the aftermath of police shootings. One side, critical of police, comes out pointing to the excesses of police brutality, particularly in cases in which officers killed black men and boys. The other side, supportive of police, comes out pointing to the nuances of the cases and perhaps the ways that the victims are to blame for their deaths -- he had a criminal record, he didn't listen to the police, and so on.
This didn't really happen after Justine Damond, a white woman, was shot and killed by a black police officer. While many people, including Black Lives Matter activists, criticized the shooting, very few defended Noor in the same way they have stood up for police officers in previous incidents. Not many articles focused on nitpicking the lack of information we have to try to weaken the case against the police. There's been little to no victim blaming." read more
At rallies, in speeches and on Twitter, [President] Trump repeatedly boasts of the bills he has signed -- 42 as of this week. ... On Monday, he went even further, claiming to have bested all of his predecessors in turning bills into law. "We've signed more bills -- and I'm talking about through the legislature -- than any president, ever," Trump said at a "Made in America" event at the White House. "For a while, Harry Truman had us. And now, I think, we have everybody." ... President Jimmy Carter signed 70 bills in the first six months, according to an analysis of bills signed by previous White House occupants. Bill Clinton signed 50. George W. Bush signed 20 bills into law. Barack Obama signed 39 bills during the period, including an $800 billion stimulus program to confront an economic disaster, legislation to make it easier for women to sue for equal pay, a bill to give the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco and an expansion of the federal health insurance program for children. Mr. Truman and Franklin Delano Roosevelt both had signed more bills into law by their 100-day mark than Mr. Trump did in almost twice that time. Truman had signed 55 bills and Roosevelt had signed 76 during their first 100 days. read more
The Election Integrity Commission which has been facing criticism and refusal of cooperation from states over concerns of legality and voter privacy concerns posted emails from critics on the White House website. In doing so they exposed the email addresses, names, phone numbers and mailing addresses of those who have commented on the commission.
While the commission's new webpage does state that contact information may be published, the information that was published was collected before the webpage was created. read more
We know Conman Donnie and his handful of remain supporters don't believe these numbers but the US economy added 222K jobs in June and the unemployment rate bumped up a notch to 4.4% as more people have entered the job market.
After some contention over the wording of the resolution, Southern Baptists, the second largest religious denomination in the US, condemned the alt-right movement and white supremacy at their recent annual convention. The denomination was originally founded by pro-slavery southerners in 1845. The resolution states the following: "Be it resolved, that the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, June 13-14, 2017, decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and be it further resolved, that we denounce and repudiate white supremacy and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as a scheme of the devil intended to bring suffering and division to our society." read more