With Democrats gathering in Minneapolis for the Democratic National Committee's summer confab, Hillary Clinton is quietly trying to kill off chatter about a potential White House run by Vice President Joe Biden. Clinton has been personally lobbying donors believed to be leaning toward Biden, and her campaign has been talking up its organizational and financial strength in a bid to discourage Biden from throwing his hat into the ring.
Sen. Bernie Sanders has been trying to fire up his supporters by reminding them that Adolf Hitler won an election in 1932, and that "politics is, in fact, very important." Only one problem: Hitler actually lost the 1932 election, and only achieved power because he was appointed to office by the German president. "He mostly gained power not through the voting booth but through violence, intimidation and deceit," writes Glenn Kessler.
Jimmy Kimmel wants Donald Trump to start explaining what, exactly, he'd do if he were elected to public office -- but in the meantime, he's created a spoof campaign ad for the GOP front-runner that offers exaggerated platitudes in place of tangible ideas. "Donald Trump: A man with a vision for America. Not a specific vision, a great vision, the best vision," the video declares.
A federal court this morning upheld the National Security Agency's bulk data-gathering program, reversing a lower court that had called the spy program "almost Orwellian." The court threw out the original challenge on a technicality and did not rule directly on the legality of the surveillance program, which was curtailed this summer by the passage of the USA Freedom Act.
The Mormon Church has decided to maintain its association with the Boy Scouts of America despite the nonprofit's decision to permit gay leadership. In an effort to accommodate various religious groups, the Boy Scouts' board said it would let local chapters select their own volunteer leaders. The Mormon Church, which is the largest sponsor of Boy Scout units, lauded "the positive contributions scouting has made over the years to thousands of its young men and boys."
The United Nations international inquiry into Syrian chemical-weapons attacks will require cooperation from all parties involved in the Syrian conflict, says Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general. Ban has yet to name the UN assistant secretary-general and two deputies to lead the inquiry.
Humanitarian aid is traditionally, and mistakenly, handled separately in times of crisis from economic development, writes Antonio Guterres, United Nations high commissioner for refugees. "It is clear that we need -- both for the support of those communities, but also as an instrument to create the conditions for solutions -- to have development actors side-by-side with humanitarian actors from the beginning of a crisis," he argues.
Women in polygamous marriages in Africa, especially in Kenya, are more at risk from domestic violence than in one-wife marriages, a study says.
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