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Obama: once out of office, I’m gonna stop being polite and start getting real

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has a great new interview with President Obama in Vanity Fair. In the wide-ranging interview, they discuss Abraham Lincoln, Obama’s biggest regrets from his time in office, and how a visit to the pyramids reminded Obama that cable news doesn’t really matter.

But perhaps the most intriguing bit was when, in a brief discussion of Obama’s plans for his post-presidency, Obama hinted that he planned to start speaking out more like an activist than a president.

There are “things,” he told Goodwin, “that in some ways I suspect I’m able to do better out of this office.” He elaborated that because of the “institutional constraints” of the presidency, “there are things I cannot say.”

He went on to essentially say he wanted to use his post-presidential bully pulpit more like an activist than a venerable elder statesman. “There are institutional obligations I have to carry out that are important for a president of the United States to carry out, but may not always align with what I think would move the ball down the field on the issues that I care most deeply about,” he said.

And while vague, this is an intriguing hint that Obama is thinking about being a very different ex-president than we’ve been used to.

In interviews, Warrant Unit officers explained to me that this violence represents official (if unpublicized) policy, rather than a few cops taking things too far.  The Philadelphia police I  interviewed have a liberal understanding of what constitutes reasonable force, and a number of officers told me that they have orders from their captains that any person who so much as touches a cop ‘better be going to the hospital.’
—  Alice Goffman, On The Run: Fugitive Life In An American City

Cannot recommend this book enough if you want to truly understand how black men are victimized by the “justice system.”
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Bill Clinton's unfinished business in Israel
Mourning his friend Shimon Peres, the former president returns to the scene of his greatest disappointment. By MICHAEL CROWLEY

In January 2003, Bill Clinton attended the 80th birthday of former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, his friend and partner in pursuit of Middle East peace during the 1990s.

Onstage at a gala celebration in Israel, a twinkly-eyed Clinton sang along with a teenage pop star to John Lennon’s homage to world peace, “Imagine.”

Clinton may have stumbled his way through Lennon’s inspiring lyrics—"You may say I’m a dreamer….“—but his heart was in it. In the closing months of his presidency, Clinton came closer than any other president to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Associates say he has long been haunted by his inability to finish a process that Peres helped to start in the early 1990s, one that led Clinton to pronounce himself “a failure.”

Moreover, many believe that Clinton hasn’t given up his idealistic dream for peace, despite a growing global consensus that the peace broken is broken—perhaps beyond repair.

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Israeli settlements, explained in 8 minutes

Settlers are Israeli Jews who live in the disputed lands of the

West Bank

. In this video, we look at how they got there and what their presence means for the Israel-Palestine conflict.


The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is often more a war of narratives than of weapons (though there are plenty of weapons). Both sides claim the West Bank as legitimately belonging to them. And both sides list a wide spectrum of reasons for their claims, including international law, biblical history, and family heritage.

The settler narrative is one of return, not conquest. The settlers believe they are returning to the ancient lands of Judea and Samaria where many of the events in the Jewish Bible took place.

But in addition to the biblical overtones to their mission, the settlers also have a political mission: to possess the West Bank and prevent a Palestinian state there. As the settler population swells, any scenario of a Palestinian state that encompasses the entire West Bank dwindles. It’s simply not plausible to remove more than 400,000 residents from their established communities.

Early settlers referred to their mission as “creating facts on the ground,” meaning creating a real-life Jewish presence in the West Bank such that any negotiations would have to take them into account.

“Creating facts” was originally the work of zealous activists who moved onto hilltop outposts, unsanctioned by even the Israeli government. But the settlers later began to receive institutional support from the government.

Over time, and especially as Israeli politics has shifted rightward, the settler movement has become an institutionalized part of Israeli society. Support comes in the form of building permits, public investment, and even incentives for Israelis to move into the West Bank.

While peace talks remain frozen, the settlements continue to grow, making any possibility of a Palestinian state in the West Bank faint. Watch the video above for an overview of the history of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Confused?

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As Secretary of State, Hillary Admits to Deporting Orphaned Refugees to Send Message to Warlords Not to Let Them Flee

Hillary Clinton’s Child-Deportation Flip-Flop

     “’We have to send a clear message: Just because your child gets across            the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay,’ she said.”

     “’We don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws, or we’ll               encourage more children to make that dangerous journey,’ she added.”

Hillary Clinton Defends Call To Deport Child Migrants

Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Latino Vote

For the first time ever, networks are promising to consider the 30 most up-voted questions submitted by Americans.

Currently, it seems like FWD:FWD:Re: style conservatives are submitting and voting the most,as the top questions are more like accusations aimed at specifically Hillary, or prompts for Trump to regurgitate his favorite buzzwords.

We have the Internet too. We have a voice: let’s use it in venues outside tumblr so Trump doesn’t get more advantages.

Vote on and submit meaningful questions that challenge both candidates to talk policy.

Please vote on my first question, linked here and above, which challenges both candidates to offer their opinion on LGBT and suggest real solutions that can work against the “religious freedom” arguments of the Alt-Right.

My second question focuses on how at-risk (poor, often minority) students and students with disabilities fare under high-stakes testing. Please vote for it here.

Please Reblog. Tweet. Facebook. We can do this.

New York City to provide free tampons and pads in public schools, jails, and shelters

After a unanimous vote by the city council (49-0) Tuesday, the city will soon provide free tampons and pads in all public schools, jails, and homeless shelters, making it the first in the United States to do so.

Though it will not become law until enacted by Mayor Bill de Blasio, he has voiced his support, saying “tampons and pads aren’t luxuries — they’re necessities.”

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Confidence in Hillary Clinton to handle world affairs is generally high in the European and Asian countries we surveyed this spring. By comparison, few trust Donald Trump to do the right thing when it comes to foreign policy.

Clinton finds support in Europe, while Trump inspires little to no confidence in Europe or Asia

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“If there had been a machine in the room that buzzed every time Trump said something untrue, the thing would have caught fire by the time the candidate wrapped up his remarks.” - Steve Benen, MSNBC

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We Don't Own Our Art: A Warning to Artist on DA
On my Tumblr feed today, there was a discussion about thief of artwork due to Hot Topic. They often take designs that people have drawn and put them on shirts, but never pay the artis...

ATTENTION ALL ARTISTS ON DEVIANTART

PLEASE READ THIS JOURNAL, AS IT IS HIGHLY IMPORTANT TO YOU AND YOUR ART. 

DEVIANTART HAS PUT A SECTION IN THEIR SUBMISSION POLICY THAT ALLOWS THEM TO SELL AND PROFIT OFF OF YOUR ART WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION AND REMOVES YOUR RIGHTS AS THE ARTIST TO YOUR ART. 

PLEASE SEARCH FOR ANOTHER ART SITE THAT DOESN’T DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS AND PROTECTS YOUR RIGHTS AS THE ARTIST, AND WARN EVERYONE YOU KNOW. 

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Samantha Bee on fact-checking Trump’s campaign: “Calling a liar a liar isn’t an opinion if you can prove it”

When faced with a candidate like Donald Trump — who lies as instinctively as he breathes — it’s natural to be confused about how, exactly, to handle the constant stream of misinformation emanating from his campaign. But as has become increasingly clear in recent months, many reporters simply aren’t doing their jobs when it comes to fact-checking Trump, and it’s adding up.

So when Samantha Bee’s late-night show, Full Frontal, came back from hiatus, the host had some choice words for the media — especially Commander-in-Chief Forum moderator Matt Lauer — that keeps letting Trump’s lies skate by.

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