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V.25 No.33 | 08/18/2016

The Daily Word in #LochteGate, South Korean war games, and transgender restrooms

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Swimwear company Speedo is dropping their sponsorship of US Olympic swimmer and national embarrassment Ryan Lochte after he vandalized a gas station in Rio and then made up some lie about getting mugged at gunpoint. The company is also donating $50,000 to Save the Children, a global charity partner of Speedo USA’s parent company, for children in Brazil.

The US-South Korean 12-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian Games began today in South Korea. The 'games,' which are intended to enhance the "readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula," have further increased the tension between North and South Korea. KCNA, North Korea's state-run media outlet, has said that if the games show the slightest sign of aggression towards North Korea, they would turn the South into a 'heap of ashes through a Korean-style pre-emptive nuclear strike.'" Sounds like fun games.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made statements about immigration today that seem at odds with his previous promises to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. When asked about his new immigration policies on Fox News, he said “We want to come up with a really fair, but firm, answer.” This apparent flip-flopping on immigration comes as Trump brings on a new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway and attempts to sway more moderate republican voters.

The Philippines and communist rebels are opening up peace talks in Norway this week. These talks come after nearly five decades of fighting that has killed tens of thousands. Negotiators have declared that they hope to reach a peace deal within a year.

US District Judge Reed O'Connor has blocked the White House's injunction that schools allow their students to use the bathrooms that align with their gender identity. This injunction is filed several months after a dozen states sued the federal government over this injunction. This means that the federal government's guidelines for school restrooms won't go into effect—for now.

V.25 No.32 | 08/11/2016

The Daily Word in Gabby Douglas, Milwaukee protests, and flooding in Louisiana

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After days of fighting, the Taliban has taken a district in the northern Baghalan province of Afghanistan. The importance of Baghalan province is that the main highway linking nine other districts passes through it. Which means that if the Taliban takes over neighboring districts, they will have complete control over travel into and out of those nine districts.

Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas has been the target of severe social media and press attacks the last few days. She's being criticized for not putting her hand over her heart during the national anthem, and for not having straight enough hair. Y'all. We're better than this.

Protests began in Milwaukee on Saturday, just a few hours after police shot and killed Sylville Smith, a 23-year-old Black man, who was apparently armed and running away from police. The protests continued into the early hours of Monday morning, with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declaring a state of emergency and calling in the National Guard on Sunday. Some protestors claim that Smith was shot in the back while running away, which police deny happened. It would all be a lot clearer if the police would just release the body camera footage...

Days of heavy rain have flooded Southern Louisiana, wreaking homes and submerging roads and highways. Five have died, and 20,000 have had to be rescued. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has called it an "historic, unprecedented flooding event."

Chinese diver He Zi won a silver medal on Sunday, and got another surprise: as she was standing on the medal podium, her boyfriend of six years, fellow diver Qin Kai, pulled out a ring and proposed. The photo pretty much says everything you need to know about this. Love is cool.

V.25 No.31 | 08/04/2016

The Daily Word in Birds, Tim Curry and Hate

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The Olympics are getting better, right? Right???

From the mouth of the Doctor himself, Tim Curry is going to be in the new Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Which came first, the corndog or death?

Donald Trump thinks he's not violent at all.

Do you really know what birds look like when they fly?

The last liberal newspaper in China is fighting for it's life.

Who do you hate, you dummy?

The Daily Word in the Rio Olympics, a new Republican candidate, and suicide bombings

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Republican Evan McMullin is throwing his hat in the presidential ring as a conservative alternative to Donald Trump. McMullin was previously a CIA operative and the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference. He is running as an independent.

The Olympics began this weekend in Rio, Brazil. Our favorite Olympian is fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first female Muslim Olympian on the US team. She told the BBC "If I can be a source of inspiration to not just Muslim youth, but to other kids who have been told they don't belong because they were different... if I can encourage women to be active, then that is a positive thing."

Another Olympics first: two male Olympic torch-bearers shared a kiss as they passed the torch in the streets of Rio. Also, Laerte Coutinho became the first openly transgender Olympic torch-bearer. I'm not crying, you're crying.

A suicide bombing in Quetta, Pakistan killed more than 60 people on Monday. The bomb was set off in the emergency ward of a hospital, killing mostly lawyers, journalists, and civilians. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

50 protesters were shot and killed by security forces in the Oromia region of Ethiopia over the weekend. These protests came after government attempts to commandeer public land. The state-owned Ethiopian News Agency said that "illegal protests" had been quelled, but mentioned no casualties.