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Person of the Day

There’s a new presidential candidate in town: Evan McMullin

Attention #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary supporters: There's a new face in the presidential race. His name is Evan McMullin and he's launching an independent presidential bid.

Who the hell is Evan McMullin?

McMullin is an unlikely presidential candidate. First of all, he's never held elective office before. He's a CIA veteran and former chief policy director for the House Republican Conference. Oh, and he's virtually unknown.

No, really, he only had 135 Twitter followers before he announced his presidential ambitions. Now he has over 34,000.

So, why is he running for prez?

Well, like many Americans, he's disappointed in the current candidates in the two major parties, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. He thinks people should have an alternative to choosing between the lesser of two evils.

In his own words:

“Like millions of Americans, I had hoped this year would bring us better nominees who, despite party differences, could offer compelling visions of a better future. Instead, we have been left with two candidates who are fundamentally unfit for the profound responsibilities they seek.”

Where does he stand on the issues?

His take on the issues is a pretty straightforward Republican platform, although his new website doesn't expand too much on the details. He supports the military and the Second Amendment, wants to reform or replace Obamacare, expand domestic oil and gas production, and negotiate stronger trade deals.

McMullin seems to be gaining some traction, and has seen his measly 135 Twitter followers grow to nearly 33.9K already. Like other independent candidates, he will face struggles with gaining ballot access and fundraising. But, with many Republicans refusing to vote for Donald Trump, McMullin may, in fact, get backing from prominent GOP members.

Quote of the Day

Another Republican says she’s 100% #NeverTrump


That's her. Senator Susan Collins from Maine and the latest #NeverTrumper. (Medill DC/Flickr)

Susan Collins, Senator from Maine, is the newest lawmaker to join the list of anti-Trump Republicans. Her reason? Well, to be blunt, she thinks he is a disrespectful and all around reckless human being.

Collins wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post outlining her reasons for being #NeverTrump.

“I will not be voting for Donald Trump for president. This is not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican ... Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country.”

She calls Trump out for his “complete disregard for common decency” and “constant stream of cruel comments” throughout the campaign, citing three specific incidents to prove her point:

1. That time Trump mocked a reporter with disabilities.

2. That time he said Judge Gonzalo Curiel couldn't act fairly about Trump University because he is Mexican.

3. Most recently, that time he attacked the Khans, the parents of a Muslim-American soldier killed in the Iraq War, because they spoke out against him at the DNC.


Senator Susan Collins on a boat. (scriptingnews/Flickr)

Collins is a moderate Republican, and has even said that backing Hillary Clinton is a possibility. For now, though, all she knows is she is not voting for Donald Trump.

Image of the Day

The Pulse nightclub shooter’s dad was at Clinton’s rally

A rally for Hillary Clinton in Florida drew 3,000 people. Among those 3,000 was the father of Omar Mateen, the man who shot and killed 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando just a couple of months ago.

Seddique Mateen can be seen peeking over Clinton's shoulder at the rally in photos that, of course, started making their rounds on the web:

Clinton's campaign said they totally didn't even know that he was there:

"This individual wasn't invited as a guest, and the campaign was unaware of his attendance until after the event."

People immediately recognized Mateen because he was constantly on TV doing interviews after his son carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

He did another interview following the Clinton rally, mainly to speak out about his support for her:

"Hillary Clinton is good for United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions."

Though Donald Trump hasn't spoke out about Mateen's appearance yet, his supporters already have something to say.

Number of the Day

Now 50 GOP national security officials have condemned Trump

A group of 50 senior Republican national security officials signed a letter warning how a Donald Trump presidency is far too risky for America.

The group included many aides and cabinet members of the George W. Bush administration, many of which were responsible for the Iraq invasion plan.

The letter basically calls out Donald Trump as a major threat to national security:

“From a foreign policy perspective, Donald Trump is not qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief ... Indeed, we are convinced that he would be a dangerous President and would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.”

Trump brushed off the whole thing and accused them of being irrelevant attention-seekers. He also blamed them for the dangers the country now faces:

“Well, I respond by saying that I wasn’t using any of them and they would have loved to have been involved with the campaign ... Look where the country is now on national policy. Look what we are in defense. Look where we are. Look at the mess we are in. Whether it’s the Middle East or anyone else.”

These 50 officials are the most recent group of Republicans to come out as #NeverTrump supporters.

Place of the Day

A hospital bombing killed 74 in Pakistan on the anniversary of a terrorist attack

A hospital bombing in Quetta, Pakistan killed at least 74 people, mostly lawyers who had come to the hospital to mourn and condemn the murder of a prominent colleague.

The president of the region's bar association, Bilal Anwar Kasi, was murdered on his way to work earlier in the day, and lawyers and journalists gathered at the hospital to mourn and condemn his death. Before they could escort his body to the cemetery, a suicide bomber blasted the hospital.

This attack was the deadliest in a string of recent attacks against lawyers in Pakistan. Two groups have already claimed responsibility for the horrible attack: ISIS and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban. The claim by the Pakistani Taliban splinter group is likely more credible, though if the ISIS claim is legit, it would be the first time they've struck in the region.

Pakistani lawyers are now holding a nationwide protest outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad, calling for the government to do more to protect lawyers.

Ali Malik, a Lahore-based lawyer, says the attacks are unacceptable and undermining:

"An attack on lawyers makes a mockery of the law enforcement agencies, it undermines the promises of the state against terrorists and breeds fear among vulnerable citizens."

Three years ago to the day, a similar suicide bombing happened in Quetta. A police officer was murder, and a suicide bomber killed more than two dozen people at his funeral.

Word of the Day

Benghazi haunts Hillary Clinton as parents SUE her

Parents of two Americans killed in the 2012 terrorist attack on the US diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

They filed the lawsuit in federal court in Washington, DC, and it basically says the deaths of Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods were caused by Clinton's reckless behavior.

Of course, no lawsuit against Clinton would be complete without a mention of the private email server she used as Secretary of State. It also states the information sent and received through her private server was compromised:

"Islamic terrorists obtained the information sent and received by Defendant Clinton about the location of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and thus the U.S. Department of State and the covert CIA and other government operations in Benghazi and used it to plan, orchestrate, and carry out the horrific and devastating attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 (“Benghazi Attack”), resulting in the death of four Americans, including Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods."

For Smith, it feels very personal:

"I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son."

On top of that, Larry Klayman, a super right-wing lawyer, is representing Smith and Woods. He is not a fan of the Clintons and has been targeting them since the 1990s. Yikes.

The Clinton campaign has issued a response to the lawsuit, essentially saying that it's time to drop it:

"While no one can imagine the pain of the families of the brave Americans we lost at Benghazi, there have been nine different investigations into this attack and none found any evidence whatsoever of any wrongdoing on the part of Hillary Clinton.”

Hillary Clinton

Will she be able to brush Benghazi off? (GIPHY)

Video of the Day

Do these videos of police shooting Paul O’Neal and Jawari Porter support criminal charges?

Video footage of two recent police shootings of black men have been released, but are they enough to support criminal charges?

Warning: Graphic video footage below.

The first video shows the Chicago police shooting an unarmed 18-year-old black teenager, Paul O'Neal.

Police said a Jaguar was reported stolen earlier in the day, and as they were trying to stop him, they shot and killed him. While there is no footage of O'Neal being shot, the video does show the stolen car crashing into a police car, and officers chasing him on foot in between houses.

Watch the video below:

After viewing several clips from the body cam footage, legal experts say there may not be enough evidence to bring criminal charges to the officers.

There are discrepancies in the case that being investigated, though, like why the body cam was turned off during the actual shooting, then turned back on afterward. Hmmmm.

The second video shows two separate scenes of 25-year old Jawari Porter, a black man who was shot and killed by a white police officer in Cincinnati, Ohio after a "vicious, violent attack" against him. One scene shows Porter holding a knife to a security guard, and another shows him approaching a police officer in a car.

County prosecutors say the shooting is justified, as Porter threatened the lives of law enforcement. But others pointed out his history with mental illness and said there were other ways to subdue him.

Watch the video below:

Black Lives Matter and the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition actually sent a news release condemning the shooting and listing demands:

  • An indictment of the police officer who shot Porter.
  • The release of all public video from downtown cameras, surveillance, and police dashboards.
  • Public access to initial statements made on scene by police.
  • Public access to all witness interviews.
  • Suspension without pay for officers involved during the investigation.
  • Cincinnati pays for Porter’s funeral expenses.

Tweet of the Day

Michael Phelps ignited Twitter with a meme-worthy face

The 2016 Olympic games are underway, and the internet is doing what the internet does best: meme-ing EVERYTHING. Michael Phelps has given the most meme-worthy performance so far.

No, not while he was crushing the swimming game. It was actually his pre-race death stare game face that got Twitter all riled up.

That's right. It's that good of a face.

Before the men's 200-meter butterfly semifinals, Phelps was caught on candid camera making the most serious game face of all at one of his opponents: South African swimmer Chad Le Clos as he danced around in front of him.

Naturally, Twitter had a field day, and the results are amazing:

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian, finished second in the semifinal race, ahead of Le Clos, but will try to add to his collection of gold medals in the finals. Until then, tune into the hashtag #PhelpsFace on Twitter. You will not be disappointed.

Controversy of the Day

3 infuriating examples of sexist Olympic coverage

The Olympics are underway--yay!--and with only a few days in, the coverage has been deemed pretty sexist by many onlookers.

The competition began on Friday, and so far there have been many questionable incidents involving NBC and the Chicago Tribune.

Up first: NBC sportscaster Dan Hicks basically credited Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu's record-breaking win to her husband, Shane Tusup. Tusup is also Hosszu's coach, BTW, and immediately following her win, cameras panned to him and the commentator said, "There's the man responsible." Seriously.

Then, there was an incident with a tweet from The Chicago Tribune. When Corey Cogdell-Unrein won a bronze medal in women's trap shooting, they posted a tweet saying, "Wife of a Bears' lineman wins a bronze medal."

Then, there was the time when a commentator belittled the US women's gymnastics team after they completely crushed the competition in the qualifying round. He said they looked like they “might as well be standing in the middle of a mall” as they were talking, laughing, and celebrating their performances.

These incidents highlight just how tough it is for female athletes to be taken seriously.

Issue of the Day

Get ready: Donald Trump’s ‘Tax Revolution’ is here

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump just laid out his economic plan, which he insists will solve America's economy problems.

His speech was interrupted by protestors nearly 20 times, but he still managed to get his ideas for what he calls a "Tax Revolution" out to the public.

Here are some of the ideas included in his economic plan for the US:

  • Consolidate the seven tax brackets into three, reduce the top rate from 39.6% to 33%.
  • End the carried-interest loophole that allows hedge fund and private equity managers to pay lower taxes.
  • Eliminate the estate (“death”) tax that requires the wealthiest individuals to pay the 40% tax when they die.
  • Cut the corporate tax rate by more than half, from 35% to 15%.
  • Revive the Keystone pipeline and get rid of the Paris climate agreement.
  • Kill TPP and renegotiate NAFTA.
  • Repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Liberals, including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Senator Elizabeth Warren, say Trump's economic plan will benefit the mega-rich and the big banks:

But what do you think of Trump's new plan?

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Christina Buff

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.

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