Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Potential Presidents…

Yes, there are other things happening in the world. But sometimes you have to just take a breath and wonder what the hell is going on and why it won’t stop.

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(The Hollywood Reporter)

And of course, there’s this…

(WorldMusicCafe/’When You Sleep’ – My Bloody Valentine)

Meanwhile, on the other side of what passes for a political divide, this would be funny if it wasn’t so serious. No, on second thought, it wouldn’t be funny at all. Except to one person, I guess.

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Reporting, or enabling?

But hey, if you don’t like either of the options, there’s always this guy…

 

Thailand identifies Bangkok bombing ‘suspect’

The Thai government believes it is “clearer who the bombers are” who carried out the bomb attack at a shrine in central Bangkok on Monday which killed at least 20 people and injured more than a hundred.

NDTV reports:

Junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha on Tuesday branded the bombing the “worst ever attack” on Thailand, as he gave the first indications of who authorities believed were responsible.
“Today there is a suspect… we are looking for this guy,” Prayut told reporters, adding the man was seen on closed circuit television at the blast site.

Today(Today [Singapore])

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WORLD

More than 300,000 taxpayers are now thought to have been affected by a cyber breach of personal data held by the Internal Revenue Service.

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POLITICS

Donald Trump reported for jury duty in New York and so did most of the campaign reporters trailing him.

Meanwhile, Trump’s comments on immigration at the weekend left other Republican candidates trying to catch up.

On the Democratic side…

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BUSINESS

QVC’s parent company Liberty Media is buying Zulilly.

Wal-Mart and Home Depot report earnings on Tuesday.

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SPORTS

Reuters says that Domenico Scala, independent chairman of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee, has proposed replacing the executive committee in a bid to reform the organization’s governance structure.

But the proposed reforms are likely to face huge resistance from many within FIFA and from six regional soccer confederations, who currently wield a lot of influence because they nominate members of the executive committee. The move would remove the direct link between the continental confederations and FIFA’s power structure. A new Reform Committee, headed by former International Olympic Committee director general Francois Carrard, could take a different view, and although Scala is supposed to be overseeing its efforts he isn’t in a position to control it.

And, in the ongoing leadership contest,

Meanwhile, Reuters also reports:

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CULTURE

Finally, simply the saddest story of the day.

 

Pressure back on Dilma as protests again sweep Brazil

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is under renewed pressure after protesters returned to the streets demanding her removal from office.

The AP reports that some 135,000 people turned out in 16 towns and cities – and while the anger over a stalled economy and an ongoing corruption scandal is real, they were “relatively modest crowds, likely giving the president some breathing room. Huge numbers had come out for two earlier rounds of demonstrations this year.”

Agence France-Presse writes:

Less than a year into her second term, Rousseff is all but a lame duck, with the opposition considering controversial impeachment proceedings, and the country’s elite caught in a vast embezzlement scandal centered on state-oil company Petrobras.

“We can’t take this corruption any longer,” said Rogerio Chequer, leader of the Vem Pra Rua (Go on the Streets) group, which helped organize the protests.

“If Congress has even a minimum of sense, it will decide on impeachment,” he said at the Sao Paulo march, where many in the crowd wore the national football team’s famous yellow shirt.

But the FT says the President “should stay in office despite calls for her impeachment.”

A downgrade of Brazilian debt to junk status remains a real possibility. If that happened, even more investment would leave the country, and the economy would get worse still. In the meantime, there are no obvious ways to break the gridlock. Furthermore, even if Ms Rousseff is removed, it would likely only see another mediocre politician replace her — and then try to implement the same economic stabilisation that she is trying to do.

Some perspective is required. Brazil is far from being in the kind of mess that exists in Argentina or Venezuela, even if its fall from grace has been remarkable.

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WORLD

Sri Lankans  vote on Monday in national parliamentary elections.

Monday is the formal deadline for a peace deal in South Sudan, with the two sides attempting to negotiate an agreement before international sanctions are imposed.

In Greece, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras continues to face opposition over the bailout agreement from his own party and others in the Athens parliament.

Meanwhile the country’s migrant crisis continues to worsen.

The recovery mission gets fully under way for the Indonesian commuter plane with 54 people on board which went missing in Papua on Sunday.

AFP reports that

Trigana Air is a small airline established in 1991 that operates domestic services to around 40 destinations in Indonesia. It has suffered 14 serious incidents since it began operations, according to the Aviation Safety Network, which monitors air accidents.

The airline is on a blacklist of carriers banned from European Union airspace.

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BUSINESS

A piece in the New York Times created something of a stir this weekend, looking at work practices at Amazon and how the company is “conducting an experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers to get them to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions.”

“..workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.” The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another’s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others. (The tool offers sample texts, including this: “I felt concerned about his inflexibility and openly complaining about minor tasks.”)”

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POLITICS

Civil rights leader Julian Bond died aged 75.

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SPORTS

Australian Jason Day won the PGA championship – his first major – with a history-making score.

Jordan Speith was second, a finish that was enough to take him above Rory McIlroy to #1 in the world rankings.

Defending Premier League champions Chelsea have had a rocky start to this year’s campaign. An emphatic defeat to Manchester City on Sunday meant the Blues are the second reigning Premiership champions to fail to win either of their first two games the next season.

The other, though, was a Manchester United side that in 2007 went on to retain the title and win the Champions League, so all might not be lost for Jose Mourinho just yet, although you’d be forgiven for thinking so from Monday’s papers.

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(montage – Tomorrow’s Papers Today)

 

 

From Buddy Holly to The Beatles

In the same Clear Lake theater where Buddy Holly played his final show before his ill-fated plane ride, the Democratic candidates for President gathered for a relatively new Iowa political tradition, the ‘Wing Ding’ fundraiser.

For some, it was Rave On. But for most of them, it will eventually be a case of Crying, Waiting, Hoping, or even That’ll Be The Day.

Meanwhile, on the GOP side…

Candidates of both parties are set to descend on the Iowa State Fair on Saturday – quite literally in the case of Mr Trump, who has promised to give rides in his helicopter to visiting children…

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WORLD

Seems like the Tony Blair strategy to “save” the Labour party wasn’t enough.

Finally, Saturday is the anniversary of VJ Day.

 

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BUSINESS

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MEDIA

In ‘headlines from anytime in the past 25 years…’

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CULTURE

Fifty years ago on Saturday…

(The Beatles)

 

 

Return to Havana

On Friday in the Cuban capital Havana, the three US Marines who removed the American flag at the closure of the US Embassy in 1961, will raise it again 54 years later.

Nahal Toosi writes at Politico that the “cold war lingers.”

As John Kerry raises the U.S. flag above America’s newly re-established embassy … many hope his historic visit — the first by a secretary of state since 1945 — will help lead to a post-Cold War mentality on the island.

But despite major changes in the relationship, the U.S. still won’t have unfettered access to the communist-led country and its people, and it will have to balance its ties to the Cuban government with those to dissidents seeking faster change.

(VOA News)

Meanwhile, Thursday was Fidel Castro’s birthday.

And ahead of Friday’s big day, he has a good idea what he wants as a gift.

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WORLD

Chinese authorities are investigating the cause of yesterday’s explosions in the port city of Tianjin, but are also trying as best they can to keep a lid on anyone else’s investigations. 

In Baghdad, more than 70 people were killed and 200 injured in a massive suicide bomb attack in a market.

With this weekend marking the anniversary of Japan’s surrender to end World War Two, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will on Friday release an official statement which will be closely scrutinized for their degree of remorse. The Economist writes:

Mr Abe does not think imperial Japan did much wrong that other warring nations did not do, and he believes that a gruel of Japanese guilt and apologies has been a poor diet for Japanese now lacking a sense of pride and patriotism.

And so a lot of people, from Chinese and South Korean leaders to Western academics, have been worried sick about what he might say. Yet as one of his people puts it, rather condescendingly, Mr Abe has recently grown up as a politician—that is, his political head has overridden his heart.

There are now five weeks until the deadline for a congressional vote on the Iran nuclear deal, and the White House got a boost on Thursday when Minnesota Sen Al Franken and Montana Sen John Tester threw their support behind the agreement.

Franken wrote in an op-ed at CNN:

Diplomacy requires cooperation and compromise. You don’t negotiate with your friends; you negotiate with your enemies. Indeed, no one who’s for this deal has any delusions about the nature of the Iranian regime, any more than American presidents who made nuclear arms agreements with the Soviet Union had delusions about the nature of the communist regime there.

For a long time, it has looked like our only options when it came to Iran would be allowing it to have a nuclear bomb or having to bomb the country ourselves. This agreement represents a chance to break out of that no-win scenario.

But the issue remains divisive and continues to mobilize powerful advocates on both sides.

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POLITICS

NBC News reported that Vice-President Joe Biden is understood to be getting increasingly serious about entering the Democratic primary race.

On the GOP side, candidates flocked to the Iowa State Fair to eat food on sticks and pay homage to the iconic Butter Cow.

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MEDIA

Major League Baseball authorized the establishment of a new media entity, with, interestingly the NHL as an investor.

Ben Popper writes at The Verge on how baseball’s tech team “built the future of television.” 

The idea of spinning BAM [Baseball Advanced Media] out to create a new company has been floated for years, but in the last few months it has hardened into a certainty. Today’s announcement that the NHL will invest in this new venture makes it a fact. Lawyers and bankers are finalizing the details, and [CEO Bob] Bowman is in active discussions with other potential investors, poised to run a new company with a valuation north of $5 billion.

“As everyone thinks about going over the top, about building out a global business, we are looking for a partner to help us double or triple this business,” says Bowman. “Things have been going fine, but to not move on this now, we lose the opportunity to get really, really big.”

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CULTURE 

The Edinburgh Festival is under way.

Stephen Lewis, who played one of British TV comedy’s most recognizable characters, Blakey from On The Buses, died aged 88.

And talking of iconic British TV comedy, the first trailer emerged for the Dad’s Army movie. The Guardian thinks it “might not be completely terrible.”

(Universal Pictures)

For real?

berniejeremyTransatlantic Authenticity – Sanders and Corbyn

Seven Presidential election cycles ago, Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau and movie director Robert Altman (Nashville, The Player) teamed up to make the brilliant political satire miniseries Tanner ’88, featuring Michael Murphy as a photogenic idealist on a quest for the Democratic nomination.

The fake Congressman’s slogan was “For real”.

A modern-day Tanner, Jack Kimble, uses social media to highlight the absurdity of the current GOP primary race, and politics in general.

Kimble(Jack Kimble)

But now there are a couple of really real candidates, on either side of the Atlantic, whose wave of popularity has tapped into a widespread yearning for politicians to not be, primarily,  politicians, but to speak their minds with candor and consistency and to, above all, appear to be on the side of the – increasingly pissed-off – people.

The latest poll in New Hampshire shows Bernie Sanders leading Hillary Clinton for the first time – doubtless assisted by Hillary’s ongoing problems over her email server and by extension perceptions of her trustworthiness – as the Vermont Independent continues to attract ever-larger grassroots audiences to his campaign stops.

Here’s – partly – why (although just the wealth aspect of her unpopularity doesn’t explain the Donald Trump phenomenon).

In Britain, the opposition Labour Party, still reeling from defeat in May’s General Election, is set to elect a new leader. And the current front-runner is a man the New York Times describes as a “soft-spoken 66-year-old of the hard left,” the MP for Islington North, Jeremy Corbyn.

Labour has been taken aback by “Corbynmania,” with large crowds, passionate social media involvement and news coverage of a trim, bearded vegetarian teetotaler who says what he has believed for the last four decades with a disarming clarity.

His views, which were hard-left Labour in the 1970s and ’80s, are finding new supporters among younger Britons who like his anticapitalist, anti-austerity stance — much like those who support Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain — and who dislike rivals’ poll-driven wobble.

But Corbyn’s popularity among the populace isn’t shared within his party.

And as the registration window for party members to vote in the leadership contest closed on Wednesday – the vote begins on Friday and runs until Sept 10th, with the result announced on the 12th – there were stories of prominent left-wingers being barred from voting.

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WORLD

Former US President Jimmy Carter announced that he had cancer. At 90, Carter is the second-oldest former Commander-in-chief, after George H.W. Bush.

As the Greek parliament prepares to vote on Thursday on the terms of the latest bailout agreement, Reuters reports on details of the “stress test” required by the country’s  creditors. 

US warplanes began manned bombing raids against ISIS targets in Syria from Incirlik airbase in Turkey.

The Environmental Protection Agency took “full responsibility” for the pollution in the Animas River in Colorado

Two huge explosions rocked the Chinese port city of Tianjin, killing at least 17 people – including nine firefighters – and injuring about 400. The blasts reportedly happened at a warehouse for storing hazardous materials.

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POLITICS

Wednesday was the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, with President Obama writing to the New York Times urging its restoration.

But as [Jim] Rutenberg chronicles, from the moment the ink was dry on the Voting Rights Act, there has been a concentrated effort to undermine this historic law and turn back the clock on its progress. His article puts the recent push to restrict Americans’ voting rights in its proper context. These efforts are not a sign that we have moved past the shameful history that led to the Voting Rights Act. Too often, they are rooted in that history. They remind us that progress does not come easy, but that it must be vigorously defended and built upon for ourselves and future generations.

It was also the anniversary of the Watts riots in Los Angeles. described as “the original Black Lives Matter” protest.”

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MEDIA

The Economist made a statement about changes to its ownership following Pearson’s sale of the Financial Times, which owned 50 per cent of the magazine.

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SPORTS

New England quarterback Tom Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell faced off in front of a federal judge in New York, over the Deflategate scandal.

 

FBI probes Clinton’s private email server

Hillary Clinton’s campaign said the former Secretary of State agreed to hand over to the FBI her private e-mail server and thumb drive containing correspondence from her time at the State department. The Washington Post’s Roz Helderman writes:

Clinton has said that she and her attorney examined the e-mails and turned over all those that dealt with public business. In her new declaration, she writes that she directed that all e-mails that “were or potentially were” federal records be provided to the State Department. She turned over more than 30,000 e-mails, which are now being vetted and gradually released publicly.

Clinton has said she chose not to keep the remaining e-mails, indicating they dealt exclusively with personal matters.

The Associated Press reported:

“All this means is that Hillary Clinton, in the face of FBI scrutiny, has decided she has run out of options,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus in a statement. “She knows she did something wrong and has run out of ways to cover it up.”

The story overshadowed the candidate’s announcement on her college affordability plan.

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POLITICS

AdWeek writes about the Twitter photoshop battle between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.

In a major foreign policy speech on Tuesday night, Jeb Bush laid out a plan for taking the fight to ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Eli Stokols at Politico calls the political strategy “a delicate tightrope walk” that could backfire.

Arguing that Clinton, as secretary of state, “stood by” while Iraq fell apart and as the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, took root across Iraq and Syria puts Bush on offense, shifting the conversation away from whether the war itself was a mistake. (Bush admits now, after stumbling on this question for four days in May, that the invasion was a bad idea.)

“ISIS grew while the United States disengaged from the Middle East and ignored the threat,” Bush said. “And where was Secretary of State Clinton in all of this? Like the president himself, she had opposed the surge … then joined in claiming credit for its success … then stood by as that hard-won victory by American and allied forces was thrown away.”

Elsewhere on the GOP side, Donald Trump held his first in-person press conference since last Thursday’s Cleveland debate, ahead of a Lincoln Day speech in Birch Run, Michigan. After keeping broadcasters waiting for the best part of an hour, during which they only talked on-air about, er, Trump, appropriately enough when the presser started, the only audio was from the answers, not from the media’s questions.

It was quite surreal. You had to listen to the response then guess what the question was about. Sort of like the Trump campaign in microcosm.

Trump appeared to suggest that if he were elected President he would put investor Carl Icahn in charge of US trade policy in Asia.

The Washington Post editorial board called Trump “an aimless, angry leader.”

A couple of points about Mr. Trump’s following and its anger: It does not represent a majority of the GOP, much less the country; 23 percent of Americans identify as Republicans, and Mr. Trump is the choice of about a quarter of them, for now. Furthermore, their anger is unfocused and, to the extent it’s rooted in racially tinged perceptions of illegal immigration or of the nation’s first black president, repellent. And finally, even the most justified political anger is not a political program.

Meanwhile, CNN invited all the GOP candidates but one to the next debate on Sept 16. Former Virginia Gov Jim Gilmore is the only one who didn’t get a save the date card from Nancy Reagan.

On the Democratic side, Harvard Prof Lawrence Lessig, who has been advising Bernie Sanders, hinted that he would explore a run of his own, on the issue of political corruption and “citizen equality”.

(Lessig2016)

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WORLD

One of the first things Donald Trump wanted to talk about in his speech on Tuesday was China‘s decision to devalue the Yuan.

After a marathon negotiating session, Greece appeared to have agreed a broad rescue package with its creditors, but, as the FT reports, concerns remain. The Athens parliament is set to vote on the package on Thursday.

The Iran nuclear deal gained some high profile military backing, in an open letter by 36 former US Generals and Admirals.

Sen Chuck Schumer, however, was reported to be lobbying against the agreement, apparently contrary to the White House’s understanding that he would not do so.

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BUSINESS

Nine people were charged over an alleged insider trading scheme which involved obtaining early access to corporate press announcements.

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SPORTS

The New York Jets’ pre-season preparations, er, took a hit…

On the other side of the Atlantic, more medical mayhem, this time at Stamford Bridge, where Premier League champions Chelsea’s team doctor has apparently fallen foul of manager Jose Mourinho.

 

 

Fears grow of instability in Turkey

A day of violence swept Turkey leaving nine people dead and several injured, in attacks by apparent Kurdish insurgents, amid fears of growing instability.  The Telegraph reports that two female gunmen attacked the US consulate in Istanbul. One was wounded and captured while the other escaped.

“I will never surrender to you. We’ve come here to take revenge for the Suruç [attack],” shouted one of the women, a reference to a deadly bombing on July 20th in the border town of Suruc that killed 32 Kurdish and Turkish Socialist activists en route to help rebuild the Syrian town of Kobani across the border.

Although it did not claim responsibility for the Suruc bombing, The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) was blamed by Turkish authorities, enraging Kurds in Turkey who accuse the government of giving Isil unfettered access along the 500-mile Turkish-Syrian border.

(Channel 4 News)

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WORLD

A state of emergency was in place in St Louis county following unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a second day of protests marked one year since the death of Michael Brown.

The worst outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in New York City‘s history has now claimed the lives of 12 people, with more than 100 sickened since the July 10 outbreak. Mayor Bill De Blasio said there had been no new cases reported since August 3rd.

Chinese hackers had access to the emails of top US officials since 2010, NBC reports, in an espionage operation the US named “Dancing Panda.”

Astronauts on board the International Space Station ate the first-ever vegetation grown in space, a variety of Romaine lettuce.

New Zealand is looking for a new flag. One that’s not as “Australian-y”. After 10,000 public submissions there will be a referendum to pick a new design from a shortlist of 40, or to keep the existing flag.

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POLITICS

Democratic Sen Chuck Schumer broke his silence on his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, saying that he believed the pact “fell short.”

“Some say the only answer to this is war. I don’t believe so,” Schumer said during a press conference in Rochester, N.Y. “I believe we should go back and try to get a better deal,” he added. “The nations of the world should join us in that.”

In the GOP race, after a weekend of publicity, none of it particularly good, Donald Trump may have settled his dispute with Fox, for now. The candidate tweeted:

and the network’s chairman later issued a statement:

Gov Jeb Bush is set to deliver a speech on Tuesday evening setting out his strategy for defeating ISIS.

Meanwhile, Gov Rick Perry’s campaign might be having money problems.

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BUSINESS

Google announced it was restructuring, with the birth of a new parent company, Alphabet.

Meanwhile, Apple supplier FoxConn announced plans for a major investment in India.

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SPORTS

NBC Sports is to extend its broadcast partnership with the Premier League for six years, in a deal worth about $1bn.

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CULTURE

Benedict Cumberbatch really doesn’t want members of the audience recording him playing Hamlet.

Finally, dancer Jonathan Ollivier was killed in a motorcycle accident in central London on Sunday. 

 

 

Soudelor slams Taiwan and China

Typhoon Soudelor, the biggest storm of the season, brought high winds and widespread  flooding to south-east China after pounding Taiwan, leaving at least 14 people dead and several missing over the weekend.

(YouTube/Daily News, Taiwan)

Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, the typhoon triggered the hottest day since records began 130 years ago, with air pollution levels pushing into the “very high risk” category.

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UPDATE, 8.40 AM ET MONDAY: There was gunfire overnight in Ferguson, Missouri after police say they shot a man who fired at them following a confrontation between rival groups. Police said a man was in critical condition after plain-clothes officers returned fire.

The incidents followed a day of peaceful demonstrations.

 

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Ferguson, Missouri to mark one year since the shooting of Michael Brown. Deray McKesson writes at The Guardian:

We did not discover injustice, nor did we invent resistance last August. Being black in America means that we exist in a legacy and tradition of protest, a legacy and tradition as old as this America. And, in many ways, August is the month of our discontent.

This August, we remember Mike Brown. But we also remember the Watts Rebellion, and the trauma of Katrina – three distinct periods of resistance prompted or exacerbated by police violence.

Resistance, for so many of us, is duty, not choice.

It was also another sad anniversary in Japan on Sunday, with the 70th anniversary of the second atomic bomb.

Singapore celebrated its 50th birthday.

Australia could be set to restrict sales of Vegemite after a government official called it a “precursor to misery”. Here’s why…

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POLITICS

The whirlwind that is Donald Trump shows no sign of blowing itself out, as fallout continues over his debate exchange with Megyn Kelly, as well as the disputed circumstances of the departure of a senior campaign adviser.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, there will likely be more negative buzz on Monday.

But a new NBC poll shows… well, you can guess.

(YouTube/LuntzGlobal)

But of course, he has these guys sticking up for him – or at least he did half an hour ago…

Purdue professor Kathryn Cramer Brownell writes at Reuters how Trump and Jon Stewart “aren’t so different after all.”

Over more than a half-century, television has essentially replaced the party as the modern political boss. Transforming political contests into an on-screen production has the democratic feeling of viewer participation — but it still maintains the reality of corporate control.

Stewart’s long successful run and Trump’s six-week surge demonstrate how American voters have come to expect political discussions and debates to mirror prime-time TV entertainment programming.

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SPORTS

Finally, Frank Gifford, NFL hall of fame player and broadcaster, died aged 84.

Obama faces test over Iran deal

As the President and first family arrive for their vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, the White House was on the back foot after Sen Chuck Schumer used the cover of the Republican debate to announce that he would vote against the Iran nuclear deal.

The Washington Post writes:

Although Schumer indicated that he would not actively encourage others to vote against the Iran deal, the White House moved to marginalize his position, citing his support for the Iraq war in 2003 as part of a long-standing tendency to disagree with Obama on foreign policy and the use of American power.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest dismissed Schumer’s stance, saying it is “not particularly surprising to anybody here at the White House, even if it was disappointing.”

But as the backlash grew, Mike DeBonis at the Washington Post writes that the decision by the presumptive Democratic leader in the Senate might not be as bad for the President as some analysts predict.

The decision generated immediate venom from liberal activists and from former aides to President Obama. MoveOn.org called it “outrageous and unacceptable that the Democrat who wants to be the party’s leader in the Senate is siding with the Republican partisans and neoconservative ideologues.” Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau tweeted, “This is our next Senate leader?” — to which former Obama aide Tommy Vietor added, “He just made that a lot less likely.”

But for a variety of reasons, Schumer’s decision is not that big of a deal. It’s not going to kill the Iran deal. It’s not going to swing many, if any, Senate votes. And it’s not going to keep Schumer from succeeding Reid as the Senate’s top Democrat.

Meanwhile, a group of 58 congress members from both parties are in Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on a trip paid for by the charitable arm of lobbyist AIPAC.

The deal did pick up one significant backer on Friday.

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POLITICS

Donald Trump was “disinvited” or even “blackballed” from the Red State gathering in Atlanta this weekend following his comments during Thursday night’s Republican debate.

Red State organizer Erick Erickson – later described by Trump as a “total loser” – explained the decision thus: “It is not political correctness. It’s common decency.”

Trump later pushed back and tried to clarify his remarks, but really, who cares?

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In the real world, this weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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WORLD

The migrant crisis in Greece is worsening, as more people arrived in the EU via its shores in July than in the whole of 2014.

As the search intensified for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the New York Times reports that a political and financial scandal involving the Malaysian Prime Minister has “shaken popular confidence in the government.”

Colorado theater shooter James Holmes will not face the death penalty for the murders of 12 people in 2012. The jury’s decision angered some of the victims’ families.

North Korea created its own time zone. it’s called 1971.

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BUSINESS

A solid US jobs report raised expectations that the Fed could hike interest rates soon.

But there are warning signs.

Saturday night is Wall Street’s “midnight madness” scavenger hunt to raise money for children’ charities. The event was first held in 2002  and this year there are 22 teams participating. The most recent one, in 2013, was organized by Goldman Sachs and raised nearly $3m.

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CULTURE

Blackhat and DefCon are happening in Las Vegas.

There’s a new Dr Dre album, coinciding with the new movie Straight Outta Compton. The groundbreaking NWA album was released 27 years ago this weekend.

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SPORTS

This is the opening weekend of the Premier League.