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Person of the Day

Please watch Jesse Williams’ BET Awards speech

"Grey's Anatomy" actor Jesse Williams received the BET Humanitarian Award Sunday and gave a powerful acceptance speech.

Williams spoke about racism, social justice, and Black Lives Matter.

Here's the full speech:

And here are some reactions:

Though, of course, not everyone agrees:

And then Justin Timberlake drew ire for commenting:

Timberlake apologized with the following statement:

Quote of the Day

Elizabeth Warren teamed up with Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump

Elizabeth Warren

Here they are. (GIPHY)

Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren appeared together yesterday--and Warren wasted no time blasting Donald Trump. (Again.)

Of course, Trump was ready for them:

Warren shot back:

"Now, Donald Trump says he'll make America great again ... It's stamped on the front of his goofy hats. You want to see goofy? Look at him in that hat."

She also called him "a small, insecure money-grubber," saying:

"You have to watch out for him, because he'll crush you into the dirt to get whatever he wants."

Since Clinton and Warren appeared together--in matching outfits, no less--Monday's speech fuels speculation Clinton might select Warren as her running mate.

Image of the Day

The Red Cross apologized for this ‘not cool’ racist poster

The Red Cross apologized for a poster some found offensive because it labeled white children with "cool" and children of color with "not cool."

The Red Cross said it was all a "misunderstanding":

"Once again, we apologize for any inadvertent misunderstanding with regard to the production of this poster, and believe we have taken every step to address the situation."

Number of the Day

Donald Trump gave barely anything to charity compared to his rivals

Donald Trump

This doesn't look good. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Remember the controversy last month surrounding Donald Trump's promise to donate $6 million to veterans?

Well, a new investigation shows--not including that donation--he gave less than $10,000 to charity in the last 7 years.

Over the last 15 years, Trump made promises adding up to $8.5 million for charity. But it doesn't look like many of those were kept.

The foundation Trump set up to give his money to charity donated $2.8 million until 2001. Before 2009, most of the donations halted.

Trump insists he's donated millions privately without using his foundation. So journalists checked the donation lists of Trump-affiliated charities. These were organizations he's given to in the past, appeared at events for, or talked about.

They found only a single donation in the last 7 years.

In 2009, Trump gave between $5,000 and $9,999 to the Police Athletic League of New York City.

Including the $1 million he donated to veterans after people started asking where the money from his $6 million fundraiser went, Trump gave $3.8 million to charity in the last 15 years. He's promised much more, but says he gave money quietly--so quietly there's apparently no public record or evidence of it.

How does Trump's philanthropy compare to other 2016 rivals?

The Clintons' tax returns show they gave almost $15 million between 2007 and 2014.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has donated at least $10,000 to charity in the last year, his spokesman said. And it's worth noting Sanders made only roughly $200,000 last year, putting the Democratic socialist's income on a different scale than Trump's or the Clintons'.

Former Republican candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz faced criticism a few months ago for giving less than 1% of his income to charity.

Oh, and records from the '80s and '90s show a lot of Trump's charitable givings have gone to causes that actually benefit Trump: like his own high school and college alma maters, his daughter's ballet school, his son's private school, etc.

Place of the Day

Another terrorist attack has shaken Istanbul, Turkey


Istanbul's Ataturk airport is the largest airport in Turkey. (A. Currell/Flickr)

At least 36 people have died in an attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport and around 60 people have been injured. The Turkish government is blaming ISIS for the attack.

The attack is so recent that details are still very uncertain. We do know explosions and gunfire rocked the airport during the assault.

Ataturk is Turkey's largest airport.

According to police, one person shot at police outside the airport, then set off a bomb, probably a suicide bomb, at the entry to the international terminal. Other reports say there were two or three attackers, and there are reports of another detonation elsewhere in the airport. Turkey's justice minister said that the attackers used AK-47's.

No organization has taken credit for this attack, yet:

United Nations Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon was one of the first world leaders to forcefully condemn the terrorist attack:

"The Secretary-General hopes that the perpetrators of this crime will be identified and brought to justice. He stands firmly by Turkey as it confronts this threat and stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism."

Pakistanis also shared their sympathies:

This is hardly the first deadly terrorist attack Turkey has experienced.

Word of the Day

What is Article 50 and what does it have to do with Brexit?


Here's Prime Minister David Cameron shaking hands with European Parliament President Martin Schulz in February. (European Parliament/Flickr)

The UK is leaving the EU. Only ... not yet, not officially. Soon-to-resign PM David Cameron said yesterday Britain hasn't yet launched the official process of leaving the EU--which requires the activation of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Cameron says Article 50 shouldn't be "started too soon":

"I think it’s right not to trigger Article 50 because that starts a process that within two years has to result in an exit and it might be an unmanaged exit if it started too soon."

Instead, Cameron's cabinet will set up an "EU unit" to manage Britain's departure. Cameron says his successors will have to decide vital issues, such as whether Britain remains in the EU's single market.

So, Article 50 details how a country can leave the EU. But it's pretty vague--probably because the drafters didn't really expect it to actually happen.

One of the reasons Britain is hesitating to activating Article 50 is because once it officially declares its intentions of leaving, it no longer has access to the European Council and can't be involved in EU decision-making.

Even some of those who voted to leave don't want to trigger Article 50 too soon since it gives the departing state only two years to conclude negotiations--which others are saying might take as long as a decade.

On the other hand, many European leaders want the UK out as soon as possible to reduce uncertainty and avoid setting an example for other countries to leave the EU.

But they can't do much because Article 50 only provides for a country to leave of its own choice. (Unless they activate Article 7, which allows the EU to suspend a member if breaches the union's basic principles, but Britain hasn't actually done that.)

Basically, Britain and Europe are looking at a long, messy series of divorce talks.

Video of the Day

YouTube’s pride month video got so much hate

pride month

Here's one of the transgender people featured in the video. (YouTube)

June was Pride Month, so YouTube celebrated with a #ProudToBe campaign showcasing LGBTQ people in videos like this:

Which, of course, got a massive outpouring ... of hate.

There was so much hate speech that YouTube had to disable comments on the video, which is currently the most disliked video on the official YouTube spotlight channel.

pride month

The likes and dislikes of the #ProudToBe video as of June 28th, 2016. (YouTube)

But it's far from the most disliked video on YouTube. That honor goes to a Justin Bieber's "Baby."

Tweet of the Day

Donald Trump’s lawyer accused Hillary Clinton of murder … in a tweet

Hillary Clinton

Do you think she takes the accusation seriously? (GIPHY)

Michael Cohen, special counsel for the Trump Organization, tweeted this today:

Yep, that's a murder accusation. (Specifically, the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens, who died in the 2012 Benghazi attacks.)

And it might also be defamatory. Yes, this means Donald Trump's lawyer could face a lawsuit.

Oh, and people are also pointing out that Cohen praised Clinton back in 2014:

Controversy of the Day

2 political parties released 2 different reports on Benghazi


Clinton wants us "move on" after the latest Benghazi report came out. (GIPHY)

The House committee on Benghazi has released its final report.

Refresh: In 2012, terrorists attacked the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Ever since, there have been a lot of questions about how this was allowed to happen and especially how much Hillary Clinton was involved.

So, here's the verdict: The government--including then-Secretary of State Clinton--had intelligence the consulate was in danger and should have acted to protect the Americans present. Plus, troops didn't mobilize well and officials made some poor decisions during the attack. Also, the administration falsely blamed the attacks on an anti-Muslim YouTube video.

And here's where it gets political: Republicans exclusively authored the report--the Democrats on the committee say they were shut out and released their own report condemning the Republican version.

The Democratic Party's spokesman called the House committee report a "conspiracy theory":

"Based on press reports, the Republican Benghazi report seems like a conspiracy theory on steroids, bringing back long-debuked allegations with no credible evidence whatsoever."

BTW, this is the 8th congressional committee created to investigate Benghazi and the 12th investigation overall. And Congress has spent $7 million alone on the latest committee. So no wonder Clinton and her allies are responding like this:

And on the other side:

Issue of the Day

Why did Democrats just block a $1.1 billion Zika virus bill?


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid leads the Senate Democrats. (Center for American Progress Action Fund/Flickr)

A bill that would've provided $1.1 billion in funding to fight the Zika virus has failed in the Senate. And it was the Democrats who blocked it--two months after President Barack Obama asked Congress to put more money into fighting Zika.


Senate Democrats say the Zika bill was a "poison pill" full of amendments that would take funding from Planned Parenthood, allow the Confederate flag to be flown at US military cemeteries, and damage clean water laws, among other things. It also would've took a lot of the money from other health programs.

This legislation was an attempt at compromise between bills previously passed by the Senate and House. The Senate provided $1.1 billion and the House allocated $622 million.

So, what now?

The Republicans plan to bring the bill to a vote again next week, while Democrats hope there'll be more negotiating and compromise.

Whatever Congress does, they have to do it soon. In two weeks, they're breaking for the summer, and won't be back for almost two months.

BTW, a baby with Zika-caused microcephaly was born in Florida--one of at least five children in the US who the disease has affected.

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Dana Brown

Dana is a freelance writer from Florida, the state that winter forgot. She likes video games, cats, fantasy novels, and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter for intermittent whining about the First Amendment.

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