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Colin Kaepernick:

I did not know this!

Also, a link found in the comments section:

Directed by Louie Psihoyos and executive produced by James Cameron, The Game Changers tells the story of James Wilks — elite special forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter — as he travels the world on a quest for the truth behind the world's most dangerous myth: that meat is necessary for protein, strength and optimal health. Meeting elite athletes, special ops soldiers, visionary scientists, cultural icons, and everyday heroes, what James discovers permanently changes his relationship with food and his definition of true strength.

Separated Parent's Removal Form:

Natasha Bertrand
‏Verified account @NatashaBertrand

"Separated Parent's Removal Form"

"I am requesting to reunite with my child for the purpose of repatriation to my country of citizenship"
"I am affirmatively, knowingly, and voluntarily requesting to return to my country of citizenship without my minor child..." via @NBCNews

2:02 PM - 3 Jul 2018


Pro-Immigrant Republicans are running this ad on Fox News...


The Trump administration is forcing children as young as toddlers to represent themselves...


Trump Administration Reverses Obama on Affirmative Action

Source: NYT

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will encourage the nation’s school superintendents and college presidents to adopt race-blind admissions standards, abandoning an Obama administration policy that called on universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying their campuses, Trump administration officials said.

The reversal would restore the policy set during President George W. Bush’s administration, when officials told schools that it “strongly encourages the use of race-neutral methods” for admitting students to college or assigning them to elementary and secondary schools.

Last November, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked the Justice Department to re-evaluate past policies that he believed pushed the department to act beyond what the law, the Constitution and the Supreme Court had required, Devin M. O’Malley, a Justice Department spokesman said. As part of that process, the Justice Department rescinded seven policy guidances from the Education Department’s civil rights division on Tuesday.

“The executive branch cannot circumvent Congress or the courts by creating guidance that goes beyond the law and — in some instances — stays on the books for decades,” said Devin M. O’Malley, a spokesman for the Justice Department.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/03/us/politics/trump-affirmative-action-race-schools.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

'The Handmaid's Tale' Is Way Too Real -- and Watching It Has Become Masochistic

Separated families. A newsroom massacre. Forced pregnancies. The parallels between Hulu’s Emmy-winning series and present-day America are shocking.

The current season of The Handmaid’s Tale has been brutal. And so has America as of late. When the show, based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, premiered on Hulu last year, critics and viewers discussed its relevance during that political climate. This could happen in America—to America. That was the general consensus of much of its viewership, failing to recognize the long history of abuses portrayed on the show committed in real life—in America—against Black, Latinx, indigenous and other women of color.

Even so, the election of Donald Trump felt like a precursor to the menaces, dehumanization and persecutions of the most vulnerable people in America, and the show was playing out the what-if’s that were well on their way to being realities. Spoilers ahead.

As this country continues to slide down a slippery slope into chaos, watching The Handmaid’s Tale has become masochistic as the main character, Offred/June, and other women are raped, abused and heavily oppressed by the fictional government of Gilead. I imagine this is what Stephen Miller’s dream journal looks like.


Now with Justice Anthony Kennedy, a vital swing vote for the left, announcing his retirement, Trump has an opening to make another lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. This creates a very real threat to the repeal of Roe v. Wade, further risks to women’s reproductive rights and an attack on LGBTQ+ rights. On top of this, one of the leading judicial nominees, Amy Coney Barrett, is a fervent opponent of abortion rights and belongs to a religious sect that literally refers to women as “handmaids.” Basically, if you value a moral and just world and are petrified of a real-life Handmaid’s Tale situation, we’re fucked.


The Baltimore Museum Sold Art to Acquire Work by Underrepresented Artists. Here's What It Bought--

It’s rare for an announcement about traditionally dry museum policy to generate international press attention in outlets as diverse as the Guardian and the Drudge Report. But the Baltimore Museum of Art‘s decision to sell off seven works by white male artists to create a war chest to fund acquisitions of art by women and artists of color drove a traditionally hermetic discussion about museum practices into the mainstream.

Now, the museum’s closely watched decision is beginning to bear fruit. The Baltimore institution is announcing today the first round of acquisitions purchased in full or in part with the more than $7.5 million generated from its sale of works by Andy Warhol, Franz Kline, and other 20th-century masters at Sotheby’s in May.

The new additions to the museum’s collection include Jack Whitten‘s monumental mosaic 9.11.01 (2006), a response to 9/11 that incorporates ash and molten materials from the site of the tragedy. The Baltimore Museum’s director Christopher Bedford describes the work, which Whitten created over the course of five years after witnessing the attack on the World Trade Center from his studio, as “the most significant acquisition I’ll ever make for a museum.”

He thinks so much of the work that he predicts that in 100 years, it will regarded as highly as Matisse’s Blue Nude (1907), which is currently considered to be the crown jewel of the BMA’s collection. Bedford says he has been trying to acquire it for more than a decade, but Whitten only agreed to part with it shortly before he died, when the museum was planning a retrospective of his sculpture.


Bevin cuts dental, vision benefits to nearly 500K Medicaid recipients

Source: Courier Journal/USA Today

Gov. Matt Bevin's administration has abruptly cut Medicaid dental and vision benefits to nearly half a million Kentuckians, prompting an outcry from Democrats who called the Republican governor's decision "rash."

Louisville Democrats will hold a press conference Monday to denounce the decision over the weekend to cut benefits after Bevin's Medicaid overhaul plan was rejected Friday by a federal judge in Washington D.C.

"We are concerned about rash decisions made in response to the court ruling," said state Rep. Joni Jenkins, who will be among those speaking at the 10 a.m. event at 712 East Muhammad Ali Blvd. "We call for thoughtful discussions involving the administration and the many statewide stakeholders in the path forward in assuring Kentucky's working families have healthcare."

Others to appear at Monday's event include U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, state Sen. Gerald Neal and Louisville Metro Council President David James.

Read more: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2018/07/02/dempcrats-blast-matt-bevin-cuts-medicaid-rash/749974002/

Elizabeth Warren welcomes a new member of the family:

Elizabeth Warren
‏Verified account @elizabethforma

When I got back from Washington on Thursday night, Bruce had someone new waiting for me. There's a lot of pain and chaos in the world right now -- we decided to bring a little gentleness and normalcy into our lives. Meet our new puppy (name TBD). He's a sweetie.

7:29 PM - 1 Jul 2018


EU warns U.S. of major hit if car tariffs imposed

Source: Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has warned the United States that imposing import tariffs on cars and car parts would harm its own automotive industry and likely lead to counter-measures by its trading partners on $294 billion of U.S. exports.

In a 10-page submission to the United States Commerce Department sent last Friday, the European Union said tariffs on cars and car parts were unjustifiable and did not make economic sense.

The Commerce Department launched its investigation, on grounds of national security, on May 23 under instruction from President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the EU over its trade surplus with the United States and for having higher import duties on cars. The EU has a 10 percent levy, compared to 2.5 percent for cars entering the United States.

Trump said last week that the government was completing its study and suggested the United States would take action soon, having earlier threatened to impose a 20 percent tariff on all EU-assembled cars.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-eu/eu-warns-u-s-of-major-hit-if-car-tariffs-imposed-idUSKBN1JS0R9?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5b39ef7104d301393b664d87&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook
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