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Trump defends inflammatory comments, asks 'Who is doing the raping?'

(CNN) "Well if you look at the statistics of people coming, you look at the statistics on rape, on crime, on everything coming in illegally into this country it's mind-boggling!" he told Lemon, in a clip previewed on CNN's "Situation Room."

"Well, somebody's doing the raping, Don! I mean somebody's doing it! Who's doing the raping? Who's doing the raping?" he asked


The GOP Base Loves Trump

(Slate) There’s no world in which Donald Trump is a serious candidate for president. Republican elites don’t want him, Republican donors don’t want him, and if—through some cosmic fluke—he managed to win a major primary, every strategist and activist in the Republican Party would turn their aim toward him and his candidacy.

But just because Trump is an unqualified vanity candidate doesn’t mean he’s unimportant in the story of the 2016 GOP presidential primary. Unlike Chris Christie or Mike Huckabee—two vastly more legitimate candidates—Trump is popular with Republican voters. A new CNN national poll puts him in second place in the GOP field at 12 percent support—seven points behind the leader, Jeb Bush—while recent polls from Iowa and New Hampshire also show him with a second place spot in those crucial early contests.


Poll: 62% Approve of Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare

(NBC News) A majority of Americans approve of the Supreme Court decision to continue allowing Affordable Care Act health insurance subsidies in all states, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

The poll found that 62 percent of Americans support the King v. Burwell decision, while 32 percent disapprove.


Obama Administration rebuffs D.C.’s efforts to bring back the Redskins

(Washington Post) Efforts to lure the Washington Redskins back to the District have come up against a potentially insurmountable challenge: the Obama Administration’s objections to the team’s name.


Ted Cruz defends Donald Trump over controversial immigration comments about drug dealers and rapists

(SFGate) Major corporations are dumping partnerships with Donald Trump over his allegation that Mexico is sending drug dealers and rapists to the United States—but Texas' Ted Cruz is standing up for the controversial real estate tycoon.


Chris Christie Loses Control Of #TellingItLikeItIs Hashtag On Twitter During 2016 Campaign Launch

(IBTimes) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced his U.S. presidential run Tuesday, taking the message not only to the stage at his old high school but also to digital media with his campaign hashtag #TellingItLikeItIs. However, it was the governor's critics who flooded Twitter, using the hashtag to express their opposition to his candidacy and their disdain for his record.

More than 3,000 tweets with the hashtag #TellingItLikeItIs were sent via Twitter in the first few hours after Christie made his announcement, according to data compiled by the social-analytics firm Topsy. The sentiment score, measuring the mood of the tweets, was listed as 17 and therefore skewed toward negativity and away from positivity.


African American Church In South Carolina, Previously Burned Down By The KKK, Is On Fire

The prominent African American church was burned down by the KKK in 1995. The cause of this latest fire is unknown.
There have been a string of fires at African American churches throughout the south since 9 people were gunned down at Emanuel A.ME. Church in Charleston, allegedly by a 21-year-old tied to white supremicists. At least three of the incidents have been determined to be the result of arson.


Misty Copeland makes history as first black principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre

(Mashable) The African-American ballerina has been promoted to the rank of principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. She is the first black female principal dancer in the company's 75-year history.


I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery.

(Vox) The site I worked at most frequently had more than 100 enslaved workers associated with it— 27 people serving the household alone, outnumbering the home's three white residents by a factor of nine. Yet many guests who visited the house and took the tour reacted with hostility to hearing a presentation that focused more on the slaves than on the owners.

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