Hillary makes history | Narendra Modi makes a speech | Trump makes a vow | and more
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the US again--for the fourth time in two years--working on strengthening the relationship between the two countries. After decades of efforts, it looks like the world's two biggest democracies are buddies.
Though he has visited the US before, this time, he was asked to speak to Congress. This is kind of a big deal because only a few world leaders are invited to address a Joint Meeting of Congress every year. It's also a big deal because it shows the major shift in his reputation (he wasn't allowed in the US for over a decade because of his role in deadly riots).
Before Modi addressed Congress, he and President Obama sat down for lunch. They talked about growing economic partnerships, solidified commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement, and discussed how to prevent nuclear proliferation. It was a pretty solid lunch.
During his speech, Modi made lots of jokes to keep the lengthy address lighthearted:
"I’m informed that the working of the US congress is harmonious. I am also told that you are well-known for your bipartisanship."
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 8, 2016
His overall message, though, all jokes aside, was the strength of the US and India in fighting terrorism, increasing trade cooperation, and ultimately marking a major shift in the growing relationship between the nations.
Presumptive GOP-nominee Donald Trump wants to be softer and more serious. Well, maybe not, but he wants voters (and Republicans) to like him. So much so, that he used two teleprompters to give a scripted version of himself to the Republican party.
At a speech at his golf club in New York, he gave a speech portraying him as the ideal GOP candidate the party had long hoped for.
He promised to make Republicans proud:
"I understand the responsibility of carrying the mantle and I will never ever let you down. I will make you proud of your party and our movement."
And he promised to be their champion:
"I'm not a politician fighting, I'm me. You're going to see some really good things happen. Just remember this: I'm going to be your champion. I'm going to be America's champion."
The thing is, he had to turn to teleprompters in order to do so. This made the whole thing seem kind of insincere and scripted. Especially considering the week of chaos prior to the speech (you know, he claimed a Mexican federal judge was biased against him).
Teleprompter trump is funny because he reads a couple lines then he ad libs to emphasize what he just read, but this time in his own voice.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 8, 2016
Will Trump's change of pace make a difference to weary Republican voters, or has he dug himself too deep into a hole already?
Hillary Clinton is the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate. After winning big in Cali and New Jersey, she basically secured the nomination, making her the FIRST WOMAN to do so since ... EVER.
In other words, this is historic, no matter how you feel about her.
Newspapers everywhere are embracing the monumental feat and Clinton's face can be seen on the front page of prominent papers all over the USA.
Here's a glimpse into what you'll see at your local news stand:
— New York Post (@nypost) June 8, 2016
— Andrew Peng (@TheAPJournalist) June 8, 2016
The front page of The New York Times for Wednesday, June 8. pic.twitter.com/QcrbmwnaP3
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 8, 2016
— michael whitley (@michaelwhitley) June 8, 2016
— SFChronicle (@sfchronicle) June 8, 2016
— Greg Mees (@meesgreg) June 8, 2016
— Philly Inquirer (@PhillyInquirer) June 8, 2016
New York Daily News literally switched their cover last minute from Ryan calling Trump a racist to Clinton making history.
No matter if you're pro-Clinton, pro-Trump, Bernie or bust, or just politically apathetic, this is a BIG deal and will be a day that is marked in history books.
Sharapova tested positive for meldonium, a performance enhancing drug (also known as mildronate), at the Australian Open back in January. She had been taking the drug since 2006 for a magnesium deficiency.
If she was taking it for a deficiency, why is it now a problem?
The ITF changed up the rules on banned substances, and she tested positive for the newly banned drug.
The ruling came from an independent three-person tribunal appointed by the ITF after a two-day hearing. She originally faced a four-year suspension, but the panel unanimously agreed it was an unintentional violation. So, instead, they shrunk the sentence down to two years.
The ITF are pretty big on following the rules, but Sharapova has already vowed to appeal the sentence. She said the suspension was "unfairly harsh."
The question is: Will Sharapova be able to come back from a two-year suspension, or is this a career-ender?
At least three people were killed in a vicious attack in a popular market in Tel Aviv, Israel. Two attackers have been captured and are in custody, with one of them in the hospital, but many questions remain.
— Conflict News (@Conflicts) June 8, 2016
The shooting broke out at Sarona Market, home to many shops and restaurants. There were at least two terrorists, but a third is still suspected. One was shot down at the scene, and the other was neutralized and taken to custody. The three dead are Israelis and the identities of those injured haven't been released.
Here's Sarona Market, where the attackers opened fire:
As soon as shots were heard the entire scene became extremely chaotic, with people flipping tables and chairs to run away. As of now, police are inspecting the area to make sure there are no other attackers or explosives of any kind.
— Conflict News (@Conflicts) June 8, 2016
The attackers identities have not been revealed, but it's worth noting Israel has been struggling for almost a year with Palestinian attacks. There have been shootings, stabbings, among other attacks, though the amount has dropped in recent months.
No one has claimed responsibilty, but the leader of Hamas, a militant anti-Israel Palestinian organization, praised the attackers:
— Conflict News (@Conflicts) June 8, 2016
Obesity in the US is out of control, especially among women. Obesity rates among females have been continuously rising for decades--and they're now at 40%.
Yes, almost half of American women are obese.
For almost 30 years, obesity rates among men and women in the US were steadily going up. But the men have finally plateaued. Women, on the other hand, are getting fatter faster.
What exactly does "obese" mean? Basically, having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. For a visual, a woman who is 5'9" weighing over 203 pounds is considered obese. BMI isn't a 100% accurate measure of health and doesn't show a person's amount of body fat, but the numbers are still staggering. So 40% of women being obese is an epidemic.
At the same time, there's also a robust fat acceptance movement.
‘Just because we’re plus size, doesn’t mean we have to prove that we’re healthy, just as someone who is smaller than us or average size doesn’t have to prove they are healthy. We should be able to exist in our bodies. I am technically healthy but my body is no more valid than someone’s who isn’t." Shot by @alexcayleystudio for @telegraph out now ? I was 7 months pregnant in these photos & loved every moment ?? Grab your copy or check it is online ?? #effyourbeautystandards
A photo posted by Plus Model | Mom | Feminist? (@tessholliday) on
Hillary Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee. Love her or hate her, it's a big deal.
— Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) June 8, 2016
Don’t let anyone tell you that great things can’t happen in America. pic.twitter.com/dtgjwmcfMm
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 8, 2016
She has emerged with the most votes and highest delegate count overall, which means she is the first woman ever to make it this far in the race for President.
She has released a new video to celebrate the win. The video is titled with two simple words: "History Made."
Watch it below:
After Tuesday's major primaries led to the historic naming of Hillary Clinton as the presumptive Democratic nominee, Twitter users got all up in their feelings.
Clinton clinched, but Sanders didn't throw in the towel. The passionate Vermont Senator vowed to keep fighting all the way to the end (although the math is nearly impossible to overcome).
His supporters sent him a message with the hashtag #ThankYouBernie, to let him know that no matter what happens, his campaign was profoundly impactful.
#ThankYouBernie for proving that a true progressive agenda just needs to get a bit of media coverage to catch on like wildfire.
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) June 8, 2016
— Millennials 4 Bernie (@Bernlennials) June 8, 2016
— Mickey D (@Urza83) June 8, 2016
#ThankYouBernie is the perfect way to begin this day. There is much more that unites us, than divides us.
— (((Amy Siskind))) (@Amy_Siskind) June 8, 2016
— Windy Dane (@WindyDane) June 8, 2016
— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) June 8, 2016
— Carolyn Hyppolite (@CKHyppolite) June 8, 2016
— Sheikh Ebad (@eSHEIKH_) June 8, 2016
Sanders supporters weren't the only ones showing political passion. Clinton supporters managed to keep #ImWithHer trending for 12+ hours, keeping the historical feat in front of everyone's minds.
Speaking is hard for me. But come January, I want to say these two words: "Madam President." #ImWithHer
— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) June 8, 2016
— Bobby Hall (@BobbyTBD) June 8, 2016
— Glennon Doyle Melton (@Momastery) June 8, 2016
— Val Kappa (@ValKappa) June 8, 2016
— Constance Zimmer (@ConstanceZimmer) June 8, 2016
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 8, 2016
— Liesel Burks (@lburks226) June 8, 2016
Then there were the Bernie supporters who--very hesitantly--decided to switch over to #ImWithHer. Why? Because they strongly hate Trump.
— Mayflowerperson (@mayflowerperson) June 8, 2016
— jessika (@jessikalyssa) June 8, 2016
— @MADBLACKTHOT (@MADBLACKTHOT) June 8, 2016
— @MADBLACKTHOT (@MADBLACKTHOT) June 8, 2016
— Annie Parker (@tweetinannie) June 8, 2016
— Jill Danielle Fisher (@JillDanielle) June 8, 2016
— Gabriela Rodriguez (@teendream30) June 8, 2016
While everyone patiently waits to see what will happen in the months ahead, it's safe to say political Twitter is only going to get more passionate.
The GOP is in a bit of a predicament. A lot of Republicans are realizing they don't want to vote for Donald Trump. But he's the presumptive nominee. So, where do they go from here?
Some Republicans are giving Trump an ultimatum--basically saying "change your tune or lose our support." Senator Bob Corker basically said he has two to three weeks to flip the script.
Others have already retracted their endorsement of the real estate mogul. Republican Senator Mark Kirk flat out said he isn't voting for Trump, after previously endorsing him:
"I cannot and will not support my party’s nominee for President."
Conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt just wants Trump to quit. Or he wants the RNC to change the convention rules so they can #DumpTrump:
"The Republican National Committee needs to step in and step up and talk to him about getting out of the race."
The problem is ... the GOP has practically already dug its own grave. The chances of the party being able to dump the Trump now is slim. And by slim--practically inexistent.
So, Republicans will likely have to hope and pray that Trump changes his tune, or they'll have to change their party.
The Brock Turner rape case outraged society after the judge's verdict of only six short months (really 3 months for "good behavior) in county jail. Since the verdict, even more issues have come to light.
First, there was Turner's victim blaming in court. Then, there was his binge-drinking justification. Then, there was his own father justifying his behavior and ultimately blaming college party culture. Do any of these things justify rape? (No. The answer is no.)
A post today from one father, John Pavlovitz, to Turner's father explains that no matter how much you love someone, if they rape someone, it is their fault. There is no justification. It quickly went viral:
"Brock is not the victim here. His victim is the victim. She is the wounded one. He is the damager."
Pavlovitz also explained that as parents, and as a culture in general, we need to do better:
"You love your son and you should. But love him enough to teach him to own the terrible decisions he’s made, to pay the debt to society as prescribed, and then to find a redemptive path to walk, doing the great work in the world that you say he will. For now though, as one father to another: help us teach our children to do better — by letting them see us do better."
Stanford University has finally released a statement as well:
"This was a horrible incident, and we understand the anger and deep emotion it has generated. There is still much work to be done, not just here, but everywhere, to create a culture that does not tolerate sexual violence in any form and a judicial system that deals appropriately with sexual assault cases."
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Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.