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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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Study: Minority children fear Trump presidency

Though they are not yet old enough to vote, some children are acutely aware of what could be at stake in the upcoming November presidential election, and it’s had an impact on classrooms across the country.

A recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) — a nonprofit, nonpartisan civil rights organization — says many minority students are concerned about how life could change for them and their families if presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wins the presidency.

The trend, which the report dubs the “Trump Effect,” was found in survey responses gathered from 2,000 K–12 teachers across the country. More than two-thirds (67 percent) of survey respondents said students in their schools — most often immigrants, children of immigrants, Muslims, African-Americans and other students of color — have expressed concern about a Trump presidency.
Comments from the educators shine light on the children’s concerns, and though Trump has been outspoken about plans to police immigration and has openly shared his less-than-positive views about Hispanics and Muslims, Black students have also expressed concern.

“My students are terrified of Donald Trump,” one teacher from a middle school with a large population of African-American Muslims said. “They think that if he’s elected, all Black people will get sent back to Africa.”


Blunt, Kander locked in close Senate race

WASHINGTON • Missouri’s U.S. Senate race is very close, with incumbent Republican Roy Blunt holding a 4-percentage-point lead over his likely Democratic Party opponent in November, Secretary of State Jason Kander, according to a Post-Dispatch poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.

Blunt’s edge was just within the poll’s margin of error.

Both candidates have opponents in Tuesday’s primary, but each is heavily favored to win there.

In a potential general election matchup, Blunt was favored by 47 percent of poll respondents, Kander by 43 percent. The poll of 625 likely voters was taken between the two national political conventions and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The poll shows Blunt leading among middle-age and older voters and among those living in rural areas of the state. Kander leads among those in the 18-34 age range, and he draws the most support in the St. Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas.


Trump, Clinton in virtual tie in Missouri

WASHINGTON • Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a virtual tie in Missouri, according to a new Post-Dispatch poll.

A survey of 625 likely voters conducted last weekend shows the Democrat Clinton with 41 percent to the Republican Trump’s 40 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 9 percent. The telephone poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker said the results suggest Missouri may be returning to the national barometer status it held before 2008.

Starting in 1960, the Show-Me state voted for the national winner in 12 straight presidential elections, switching between Democrat and Republican choices that mirrored the nation’s preference. But the last Democratic presidential candidate to win Missouri was Bill Clinton in 1996.

Coker said doubts about both major candidates’ characters overlay the 2016 campaign in Missouri, and that the support for Johnson hurts Trump more than Clinton. Those factors make the race hard to predict, he said, but the underlying numbers suggest it will be a closer race than in 2012, when Republican Mitt Romney scored a 9-plus-point win in Missouri over President Barack Obama.


Could Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow Be Joining ‘The Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Cast?

The cast list seems to continue to grow as the days come and go for Spider-Man: Homecoming. We got to see the majority of the cast together at San Diego Comic-Con last week, minus actors such as Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Keaton. The news of Iron Man appearing in this new Spidey flick got all of us fans roaring in hype, there has also been rumors of even Captain America himself making an appearance. I’d love to see Parker get a tour of Brooklyn by Cap or Cap get a tour of Queens by Parker personally. Though all that may be speculation we got some more news to speculate on.

It seems another Avenger may be popping by to support our webslinger. According to a tweet from Atlanta Filming (@atlantafilming) a very ominous tip was given to us.

“Well, well…hi Scarlett. What’cha doing here.”

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This twitter account has been posting many photos of the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming recently and although there is no photo proof to support this it could be safe to assume Scarlett did indeed show up on set. That being said, it still doesn’t mean she will actually be in the film. She could just be dropping by for a ??Hello” for all we know. This wouldn’t be the first time other Marvel Universe cast members dropped by on sets to films they’re not in. Although, you can’t deny a cameo would be great of Black Widow showing Peter a few new moves and I think everyone at Marvel Studios knows that.


TPM: Understanding the Trump-Khan War

You will never win a fight savaging the parents of a dead soldier. So it's a fight you simply don't engage in. A smart terrible person would get this and say something along the lines of the quote I noted above. Trump doesn't seem terribly bright. But this isn't about intelligence as we test it with logic puzzles. Realizing that this would be the only way to respond requires a level of self-awareness a narcissist lacks and a degree of impulse control Trump simply does not have. Empathy or any moral consciousness would get you there too. But remember, we're focusing here on the difference between a smart terrible person and a dumb terrible person both of which lack those qualities.

When Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala appeared at the Democratic convention they attacked and shamed Trump. He no doubt experienced it that way and the chorus of approbation the Khans received from virtually every part of the political spectrum deepened his sense of humiliation and loss of status and standing. As I've noted in so many contexts, the need to assert dominance is at the root of all of Trump's actions. His whole way of understanding the world is one made up of dominators and the dominated. There's no infinite grey middle ground, where most of us live the vast majority of our human relationships. That's why even those who are conspicuously loyal are routinely humiliated in public. In that schema, Trump simply had no choice but to lash out, to rebalance the equation of dominance in his favor. It's an impulse that goes beyond reason or any deliberation. That's what left so many would-be or maybe allies flabbergasted at how or why he would have walked straight into such a buzzsaw of outrage.

For a narcissist like Trump, the rage and emotional disequilibrium of being dominated, humiliated is simply too much to bear. He must lash out. What he said in one of his tweets responding to the Khans is perhaps the most telling. "I was viciously attacked by Mr. Khan at the Democratic Convention. Am I not allowed to respond?" The use of the adverb "viciously" is a good tell that Trump is a narcissist. But setting that aside, most people would know that the answer is "No, you're not." Certainly you're not allowed to respond in the sense of attacking back. Their son died serving the country. You don't get to attack them. Someone with a moral consciousness who is capable to empathy would understand this through a moral prism. A smart terrible person would understand it as a matter of pragmatism. Smart terrible people spend time to understand human behavior, even if the moral dimension of it is invisible to them or a matter of indifference. Just as importantly, they have impulse control.

A smart terrible person can be an effective, even a good leader, if the interests of the country line up with his or her personal interests. I'm not advising it. But it's possible. Indeed, history shows various examples of it. But a dumb terrible person is almost always dangerous. Trump's mix of rage and insecurity are so unbridled that it is not simply that he is unable to protect others from their impact. He cannot even protect himself from the damage they create.


Democratic Unity? Ok, I'll take it.

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