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U.S. troops sent to South Sudan to evacuate embassy

Troops in South SudanAbout 40 U.S. military troops were rushed to Juba, South Sudan, to speed the evacuation of embassy personnel caught in resumed fighting, the U.S. State Department announced Wednesday.

The troops, from the U.S. Africa Command's Crisis Response Force, will protect the U.S. Embassy and help evacuate non-essential embassy staff, said Samantha Reho, spokeswoman of the U.S. Africa Command.


UK: Cameron leaves prime minister job as May takes over

May takes over as Cameron leaves UK leadershipDavid Cameron has made his final appearance in parliament as Britain's leader, turning the normally raucous prime minister's questions session into a time for praise, thanks, gentle ribbing and cheers.

Cameron's appearance on Wednesday culminated in a standing ovation for the 49-year old leader, who is leaving office after voters rejected his advice and decided to leave the European Union.


'Hundreds abducted, abused' in Egypt dissent crackdown

Egypt abuses dissidentsHundreds of Egyptians have been abducted and tortured by the country's security services as part of a clampdown on dissent since early 2015, according to Amnesty International.

A report released on Wednesday by the UK-based rights watchdog revealed a trend of disappearances at the hands of the state, targeting students, political activists and protesters, including children as young as 14.


EU says new Israeli law risks undermining democracy

NetanyahuThe European Union on Tuesday criticized a new Israeli law that increases regulation of many human rights organizations, saying it risks "undermining" Israel's democratic ideals.

The law, passed late Monday, imposes new reporting requirements on nonprofit groups that receive more than half of their funding from foreign governments.


Obama lauds Dallas police, city at memorial service

Dallas memorial to dead policePresident Obama hailed as heroes Tuesday the Dallas Police Department and the five officers slain last week in a gunman's rampage that rocked this city and the nation.

"When bullets started to fly, they did not flinch," Obama said at an emotional interfaith memorial service honoring the officers killed Thursday during a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration. "In some cases, helped by protesters, they ... saved more lives than we will ever know."


Rudy Giuliani’s law firm paid big money to lobby for major prison corporation

GuilianiAs Rudy Giuliani rails against Black Lives Matter, his law firm reaps tens of thousands of dollars lobbying Congress for the biggest operator of private prisons in America.

In January, the former law-and-order mayor left his longtime firm, Giuliani & Bracewell, and jumped to Greenberg Traurig, a major lobbyist law firm with dozens of deep pocket clients.


Police walk off job after Minnesota Lynx players wear Black Lives Matter shirts

Mennesota Lynx A police union official says four off-duty Minneapolis officers working a WNBA game walked off the job at the city’s Target Center arena Saturday after Minnesota Lynx players wore pregame warm-up jerseys supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

The shirts listed the names of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, both fatally shot by police officers last week. Castile was killed by a police officer in suburban St Paul during a traffic stop. The shirt also showed the Dallas police shield above the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”


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).


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