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Obama said this about journalism:


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/29/us/obama-urges-journalists-to-cover-the-substance-of-the-campaign.html?_r=0
https://twitter.com/jswatz/status/714637252111044608

Party of "NO"

“The cool cat wept!” King told me later. “I loved that.”


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Before the show, I was talking with people in the aisles. More than a few said they hadn’t seen Franklin or paid much attention to her recordings for years. It was an older crowd, but they hadn’t come to see an oldies show. What reawakened them, they said, was precisely what had reawakened me: a video, gone viral, of Franklin singing “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at last December’s Kennedy Center Honors. Watch it if you haven’t: in under five minutes, your life will improve by a minimum of forty-seven per cent.

Aretha comes out onstage looking like the fanciest church lady in Christendom: fierce red lipstick, floor-length mink, a brocaded pink-and-gold dress that Bessie Smith would have worn if she’d sold tens of millions of records. Aretha sits down at the piano. She adjusts the mike. Then she proceeds to punch out a series of gospel chords in 12/8 time, and, if you have an ounce of sap left in you, you are overcome. A huge orchestra wells up beneath her, and four crack backup singers sliver their perfectly timed accents (“Ah-hoo!”) in front of her lines. Aretha is singing with a power that rivals her own self of three or four decades ago.

Up in the first tier, sitting next to the Obamas, Carole King is about to fall over the rail. She is an honoree, and wrote “A Natural Woman” with her first husband, Gerry Goffin. From the moment Franklin starts the first verse—“Looking out on the morning rain, / I used to feel . . . so uninspired”—King is rolling her eyes back in her head and waving on the music as if in a kind of ecstatic possession. She soon spots Obama wiping a tear from his cheek. (“The cool cat wept!” King told me later. “I loved that.”)


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http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/04/04/aretha-franklins-american-soul

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/04/04/aretha-franklins-american-soul

Trump's Excuse For Sexist Statements: 'I Didn't Know I'd Run ...

Trump On Nasty Remarks About Women:

Confronted with an ad attacking him on his past comments about women, Donald Trump dismissed his previous remarks by explaining he "never thought I would run for office.”

“Many people, you know, Howard Stern would interview me and everybody would be having fun and the women would be laughing," Donald Trump said while calling into Wisconsin radio host Charlie Sykes’ show Monday morning.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-women-comments-came-before-running-for-office

Baby Honks POTUS ' nose at the Easter Egg roll



https://twitter.com/Jduckham/status/714466666919419904/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

CIA photographed detainees naked before sending them to be tortured - Classified pictures show

The CIA took naked photographs of people it sent to its foreign partners for torture, the Guardian can reveal.

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In some of the photos, which remain classified, CIA captives are blindfolded, bound and show visible bruises. Some photographs also show people believed to be CIA officials or contractors alongside the naked detainees.

It is not publicly known how many people, overwhelmingly but not exclusively men, were caught in the CIA’s web of so-called “extraordinary renditions”, extra-judicial transfers of detainees to foreign countries, many of which practiced even more brutal forms of torture than the US came to adopt. Human rights groups over the years have identified at least 50 people the CIA rendered, going back to Bill Clinton’s presidency.

It is also unclear how many of those rendition targets the CIA photographed naked.

The rationale for the naked photography, described by knowledgeable sources, was to insulate the CIA from legal or political ramifications stemming from their brutal treatment in the hands of its partner intelligence agencies.


http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/mar/28/cia-photographed-naked-detainees?CMP=share_btn_tw

Sen. Lindsey Graham: "I had to swallow my pride to endorse Ted Cruz."

“They’re afraid of Trump’s voters and they hate Cruz,” explained Senator Lindsey Graham, who has tried to rally his colleagues behind Mr. Cruz. “But if I can swallow my pride, they can, too.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/28/us/politics/ted-cruz-names-friends-but-silence-from-gop-brass-deafens.html

Well, halle-freakin-lujah. Long time coming, this admission.



https://twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu/status/714148317945532416
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/can-paul-ryan-and-donald-trump-coexist-within-the-republican-party/2016/03/26/7a0f4d3a-f35f-11e5-89c3-a647fcce95e0_story.html

TRUMP: "I don't think America is a safe place for Americans"


http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trump-america-safe-place-americans/story?id=37961151

"Humanity hanging on a cross of iron"

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