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GOP Platform Identifies Pornography As A National Public Health Crisis

GOP platform: porn national threatThis week, Republican delegates are meeting in committee to lay out the 2016 version of their party’s platform document ― a non-binding declaration of #squadgoals that will generate a few days of stories like this one before being largely forgotten.

This year’s platform committee has taken dead aim at one of the few successful industries left in America, besides drone warfare and hot takes about Kevin Durant’s free agency decisions. I refer, of course, to pornography.

TVNL Comment: These repressed, frightened politicians would be funny if they weren't so serious about this.  Geez.


Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton

Sanders endorses ClintonBernie Sanders has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, lining up behind the presumptive Democratic nominee after a bruising primary.

The Vermont senator gave Clinton his blessing at a Tuesday rally in Portsmouth, N.H.; their first joint appearance comes less than two weeks ahead of the Democratic National Convention (DNC).


Suicide bombing at outdoor market in Baghdad kills 11

Suicide bombing in BaghdadAt least 11 people died and 32 were injured Tuesday when a suicide attacker detonated a bomb in a pickup truck during morning rush hour at an outdoor market in Baghdad's predominantly Shiite al-Rashidiya district.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but the Islamic State has a history of carrying out similar attacks in the region. The Islamic State is predominantly a Sunni militant group, which considers Shiites to be heretics.


Italy train crash: Deaths in head-on collision

Italy train crash - at least 20 deadAt least 20 people died and dozens were injured when two passenger trains collided head-on in southern Italy on Tuesday, according to fire service officials.

The crash on Tuesday happened on a single stretch of track in countryside between the towns of Corato and Andria.


Court rules against Beijing in South China Sea row

China Seas rulingAn arbitration tribunal in The Hague has rejected China's claims to economic rights across large swaths of the South China Sea, in a ruling that will be claimed as a victory by the Philippines.

"There was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the 'nine-dash line'," the Permanent Court of Arbitration said on Tuesday, referring to a demarcation line on a 1947 map of the sea.


Hundreds protest police brutality, gnarling Chicago traffic

Chicago protestsFor the fifth consecutive day, crowds of demonstrators gathered downtown Monday to protest police violence against African-Americans.

A sit-in in Millennium Park organized by Chicago high school students was followed by a rally in Federal Plaza and a march that clogged traffic into the early evening as hundreds of protesters wound their way through sweltering downtown streets.


Israel NGO bill, seen as targeting left-wing groups, becomes law

Israel NGO billIsrael adopted a law on Monday that critics say targets Israeli rights groups critical of the right-wing government's policies and which supporters see as a blow against foreign interference in their country's affairs.

Called a "transparency bill" by its sponsor, far-right Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, it will require NGOs to give details of overseas donations if more than half their funding comes from foreign governments or bodies such as the European Union.


Politicians, diplomats pen letter urging stronger ties with Iran

Burton Richter a signatoryWith the one year anniversary of the Iran nuclear deal fast approaching, a bipartisan group of politicians, diplomats, military leaders and academics is calling for even closer relations between the U.S. and the Islamic Republic.

In a letter to President Barack Obama shared with POLITICO, more than 75 high-profile signatories praise the controversial nuclear accord and urge the president to bring the U.S. and Iran even closer together.


Death, Abuse and Sexual Assault: The Horrific and Unregulated Private Prison Extradition Industry

private prison industry horrorsAs protests against police brutality spread across the United States, a shocking new joint investigation by the New York Times and the Marshall Project looks at a little-examined part of the criminal justice system: the horrific, and sometimes fatal, private prison extradition industry.

Each year, tens of thousands of fugitives and suspects — many who have never been convicted of a crime — are entrusted to a handful of small private companies that specialize in transferring the men and women across the country.

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