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Nepal Quake: How you can help the victims (abcnews.com)
Nepal / Aid
>If you’ve ever been to Nepal, you know how devastating this is for a people whose dharma is to help you on your journey. Let’s help them on theirs.
Mourners for Freddie Gray Also Grieve “Corrosion of Justice” (nbcnews.com)
Police brutality / Race relations
>Ultimately, it’s not how many civil rights personalities showed up at the young man’s funeral. It’s how united we show up for the “too many Freddies” out there.
U.S. Maps Pinpoint Earthquakes Linked to Quest for Oil and Gas (nytimes.com)
Geology / Fracking
>U.S. Geological Survey agrees with Oklahoma the there is a correlation between fracking activities and the dramatic increase in earthquakes all over the country.
Martin O’Malley is getting bolder and bolder. That’s a problem for Hillary. (washingtonpost.com)
2016 / Democrats
>Chris Cillizza notes that Gov. O’Malley’s decidedly more liberal stand on things like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement brings up issues that are bad for HRC’s primary campaign.
Poll Finds Most Americans Don’t Trust Iran on Nuclear Deal (nbcnews.com)
Iran / Obama vs Republicans
>Despite their wariness, poll says they prefer president’s approach to Republicans in Congress, not only on Iran and foreign policy but also on the economy.

FRESH CUTS

Bottoms up – starting a conversation for change in the rural South

Jeana Brown, Dawn Collins, Haley Shank, Sharon Hill

It’s a little bit ironic… that when the red states in the Old South take a bottom-up approach that appears to gain some traction in getting us out of the socio-political wilderness, the national party – seeing the potential for dollars and power – sweeps in to scoop us up, as if to say, “Thanks for all you’ve done. We’re professionals. We’ll take it from here.”

That is exactly what happened in the 2014 midterms, according to a small group of rural progressives gathered in the coastal town of Brunswick, Georgia, Saturday, to lament about last year’s elections and the overall attitude state and national party officials have toward the folks who have a lot of passion about the direction of our communities but not enough money to be heard.

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Tom doesn’t cotton to Iran, Obama or the rest of the world

CottonIranLetterComp

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Israel, Iran and the chutzpah of Netanyahu

Netanyahu campaign posters in Jerusalem

OTHER RECENT ESSAYS

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Satire, rhetoric, war and truth

AtlantaEstCharlie

Je suis…en silence

JeSuisCharlie

Freedom and the assertion of the true self

Southernmost Point, Key West

Have a Havana again, maybe

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On the Video

San Bernardino sheriff’s deputies, punch and kick a suspect who appears to be surrendering (NBC-LA)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “The lobbyists are there…to make sure that the tender fannies of the rich and the powerful are always protected.” (The Daily Show)

Edward Snowden explains surveillance to John Oliver, using dick pics as exemplar (HBO)

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ChallengingTheRhetoric

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