Let the Republicans rant – after all, they’re going to be the ultimate losers in all this. Like Mexicans, most of the Muslims I know seem natural for that party: fiscally and socially conservative, with a particular affinity for family values. Yet Republicans push us to the Democratic side because they’re so obnoxious and clueless and really think we don’t belong to this country.
—  Gustavo Arellano, a Mexican, on why Muslims are America’s new public enemy number one 
PSA

I can’t get with the people who tell Bernie supporters to vote for Hillary if she gets the nomination.

I can’t get with those people because this is precisely why the Party system fails us.

Your party candidate didn’t get enough superdelegates to be endorsed by the party platform? You know what you can do?

Write in. On your ballet you have the option of writting in your candidate’s name and voting for the candidate of your choice. Write in candidates usually don’t get nominated because there is not enough 3rd party support. But if there is enough support for a single write in candidate, it would effectively collapse the entire 2 party system. It would make them recognize a President voted by the majority as a giant “Fuck you!” to those thinking it HAS to be a Democrat, or it HAS to be a Republican, JUST because those are your only two options.

Stop telling people to vote Party to beat the other Party. Stop forcing us to conform to a system that pits us all against each other. Its gotten so bad that we resort to namecalling at the drop of a hat. How many times do you hear “Libtards” as a part of normal conversation? How many times do you see people jumping down throats simply because we disagree? And that’s the way we solve our problems in this country?

There is no COMPROMISE anymore. There is no COMMON GROUND. There is no HUMANITY in our politics, and that is exactly the way your politicians want it. So that while you’re arguing amongst yourselves they can continue to reap the benefits of a nation divided.

Stop playing into their hands and make them play to yours- LIKE IT SHOULD BE. You hold the power of your vote. Don’t waste it just because there is pressure to vote one way or the other. We have always had other options.

Thank you.

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  • Across Africa, international election monitors are failing.
  • Uganda has banned coverage of election protests. 
  • The first British troops arrived in Somalia as part of their UN mission.
  • The US is seeking to approve the sale of 12 light attack aircraft to Nigeria to help in the fight against Boko Haram.
  • Militants carried out an attack on the Chevron platform in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.
  • Burundi’s police say 450 people have been killed in violence over the past year. 
  • Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davotoglu announced his resignation Thursday amid reports of disagreements and differences with President Erdogan. With this resignation, America loses a friend in the Turkish government.
  • Violence picked up between Israel and Gaza.
  • Some disputes arose in negotiations over US defense aid to Israel.
  • Human Rights Watch reports that the Saudi-led coalition has used American cluster munitions near civilian areas in Yemen.
  • A new ceasefire is in place for Aleppo.
  • “In Aleppo, we are running out of coffins.”
  • Islamist rebel forces overtook Khan Touman, a village close to Aleppo, from government forces. 73 people died in the battle. 
  • The Al Qaeda affiliated Al Nusra Front has big plans in Syria.
  • Video: Syrian refugee children work long, hard days to avoid the desperation of returning to civil war. 
  • Long read: A generation of Syrian children who don’t count. 
  • 75 Syrian refugee women were forced into sexual slavery in Lebanon, the country’s largest uncovered human trafficking operation.
  • An airstrike near the Turkish border in northern Syria killed 28 civilians in a refugee camp. 
  • Video: Cellist and close friend of Putin Sergei Roldugin performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra in the same Roman amphitheatre in Palmyra where the Islamic State carried out executions. (Bonus: ancient ruins make great backdrops for propaganda.) 
  • The Islamic State claimed control of the Shaer gas field in Homs.
  • Special Warfare Operator First Class Charles Keating IV is the third American combat death in Iraq since the start of the campaign against the Islamic State.  
  • An Australian fighting for the Islamic State was killed in an air strike in Iraq.
  • A state of emergency was declared in Baghdad this week after protesters entered the protected Green Zone and took over parliament. The protesters, who support Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, have since left.
  • Long read: The Green Zone is emblematic of the “symbiotic relationship between terrorists and corrupt politicians.”
  • Al Qaeda is reportedly working more closely with the Afghan Taliban.
  • It has been a profitable year in the Helmand province poppy fields. 
  • Shoddy footwear is a big problem for Afghan forces. 
  • The Pentagon argues that the 2015 strikes on an MSF hospital in Kunduz are not a war crime because they were unintentional.
  • Analysis: Is recklessness sufficient for war crimes?
  • Two months after the bin Laden raid, the CIA station chief in Islamabad went home in failing health, with no clear cause. Both he and the agency grew to believe Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency had poisoned him. (There are skeptics.)
  • North Korea is staging its first party congress since 1980.
  • As NATO plans to boost its Eastern European presence, Russia plans to reinforce its western and southern flanks.
  • Long read: The historian whitewashing Ukraine’s bloody past.
  • House Republicans are using the 2017 defense authorization bill to go after LGBTQ rights. 
  • When Donald Trump officially becomes the Republican nominee, he’ll receive classified intelligence briefings and some people are a little worried about that.

Photo: Tel Asqof, northern Iraq. Kurdish Peshmerga fighter searches a house. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters. 

Conservatives created a version of Obama that never existed. The fact-free right wing world of low political intelligence was ideal for Trump’s ‘monster truck fan intellect’ to step in and takeover the GOP with little pushback.

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Unprecedented number of people register for Oregon primary

A whopping 111,000 Oregonians gave themselves a voice by changing their voter registrations to Democrat and Republican this year ahead of the state’s presidential primary.

That figure dwarfs registration change numbers during President Barack Obama’s 2008 primary campaign more than threefold.

The bulk of these voters — who previously weren’t registered with either party and wouldn’t have been able to cast a presidential ballot this month — made the switch in the weeks before the April 26 primary deadline, when excitement was building over the state’s potentially key role in deciding the nominees.

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Tow truck driver leaves woman stranded after seeing Bernie Sanders sticker
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A tow truck driver refused to help a woman stranded on a North Carolina interstate because she had a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker on her car. It happened Monday in Asheville when…

“Something came over me, I think the Lord came to me, and he just said get in the truck and leave,” Shupe said. “And when I got in my truck, you know, I was so proud, because I felt like I finally drew a line in the sand and stood up for what I believed.”

Shupe told FOX Carolina that he couldn’t tow her car because she was “obviously a socialist” and advised her to “call the government” for a tow.

Stuff like this still makes me wonder whether we are really in the middle of the world’s scariest, most elaborate practical joke and that Trump is just fucking with us about everything.

And then I remember that the person who thought that this tweet was a good idea (and a totally appropriate message to send) is actually going to be the 2016 Republican Presidential nominee. That realization and the fact that millions of Americans have voted for him is definitely not a joke. It’s not funny. It’s an indictment of the American people and it’s the most dangerous mistake American voters have ever made.