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Indiana Clears Planned Parenthood of Wrongdoing After Videos (abcnews.com)
Mike Pence / Embryos
> Hoosier’s health agency said it was “unable to find any non-compliance with state regulations. Therefore, no deficiencies were cited.” Meaning, there’s nothing to the allegations suggested in the videos.
GOP support grows for hardline Planned Parenthood strategy (politico.com)
Budget / Women’s Health
>While Republican voices are rising to tie defunding the health organization to a must-pass budget bill, Dems warn doing that will cause another GOP induced government shutdown.
University cop indicted for murder in shooting of motorist Samuel DuBose (cnn.com)
Civil Rights / Police Brutality
>Ray Tensing’s own body camera casts enough doubt on his story of being dragged by the car that grand jury returned indictment. Prosecutor called it “a purposeful killing,” following a “chicken crap” stop.
Jonathan Pollard was one of the worst traitors of the 20th century. He deserved to languish as long as he did. (salon.com)
Israel / Crime
>Why Pollard is being released when his parole comes up, and what put him in prison in the first place.
After historic vote lifting ban, idea of gay Boy Scout leaders still divides (csmonitor.com)
LGBT Rights / Religion
>While the national organization has lifted the ban, it doesn’t require individual units to do so. Leaves everyone unsatisfied.

FRESH CUTS

Huckabee’s monolithic view will get him shoved to the exit door

Auschwitz oven door

Outrageous does buy you news cycles, and the media is all too happy to cover a practiced politician like Huckabee instead of a blowhard buffoon like Trump. They’re likely relieved. The asshat with the comb-over is exhausting.

The main difference between Huckabee and Trump is that what the Donald’s minions mistake for authenticity is actually salesmanship, flim-flam, telling them what they want to hear. The Huckster, on the other hand is actually being sincere. Earnestly sincere.

Huckabee thinks he knows he’s on the right track with the Jewish community. After all, he was at an event, Monday night, where, he told Matt Lauer on the Today Show, Tuesday, “I was probably one of four gentiles in the entire event — it was a Jewish event. People were overwhelmingly supportive.”

I’d hate to burst his bubble, but if he was invited to an event like that, chances are he wasn’t going to find a valid cross-section of American Jewry. It’s like going to a strip club and thinking the women there are representative of their entire gender. We are monotheistic, not monolithic. That may be where he’s confused.

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Bernie Sanders heats up record crowd in Phoenix

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Dying in custody – a most necessary conversation

truth to power

OTHER RECENT ESSAYS

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Yes, losing the Confederate flag really means something to South Carolina

Photo credit: Janice McDonald

Rightfully suppressing the toys and the tantrums of the unreasonable

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Of heroes and liars – from Atticus Finch to Rachel Dolezal

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The surveillance state is on hiatus, sort of, except not really

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On the Video

From @storycorps, a young man recounts to his mom about the night he was nearly murdered by police: “Traffic Stop” (Story Corps)

Sandra Bland arrest video (IBT)

Love, Tolerance and Redemption in South Carolina (Prose and Thorn)

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