New Zealand photographer Sam Kynman-Cole captured drone footage of a playful orca whale interacting with a kayaker in Army Bay, New Zealand.
John Oliver on Last Week Tonight, among other things, points out that the would-be strongman who is the Republican nominee for president wants to fill Guantánamo with prisoners and doesn't care about questions of constitutionality.
The world can be cruel, and the presidency carries many thankless tasks. President Obama performed one of them today. It is not popular to consider our strategic interests in such an instance, but the man responsible for sending our children off to war, including the special ops forces he sent to raid bin Laden's compound in 2011, must consider them. Before condemning him, let us imagine the weight of it that he must bear and we do not. Remember Churchill, who could not warn the people of Coventry of the Nazi bombing raid that he knew was coming because it would have tipped off the Germans that Britain had broken the Enigma code. Giving away that secret would almost certainly have led to many more deaths. Even when they do not have my agreement or understanding, those who take on that burden have my respect. And on November 8, we must not confer its terrible responsibility on an ignorant and reckless man.
My latest Blade column asks: With this con artist for a leader, who would need enemies?
It features a discussion on Trump and race by leadership and diversity consultant Robert Naylor Jr.
I appreciate Sen. Kaine's sentiments, but I think if you read what Pope Francis has written, you would be less optimistic. His Holiness has a great pastoral gift, the value of which I do not minimize. But he remains a conservative, and he has made quite clear that, his personal kindness and graciousness notwithstanding, he has no intention of changing Church doctrine regarding women or gay people. Indeed, he is appallingly uninformed on the science of gender identity. The Catholic Church is not about to budge any time soon.
The heartless and inhumane policy of the British Home Office toward LGBT asylum seekers continues unabated. If you pray, pray for this man's safety. We've much more work to do on the international front, even with purported allies.
Just a reminder that restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, which I applauded, does not mean that it is a democracy. Engagement is better than non-engagement, but we must do it with eyes open. Cuba remains a brutally repressive totalitarian state.
The world's leading brand includes a gay couple in its iPhone 7 rollout. But of course.
Oops. My favorite answers under the hashtag #WhatIsAleppo:
I was slack-jawed. Later in the "All In" broadcast on MSNBC, another guest compared Marco Gutierrez to Uncle Ruckus from "The Boondocks."
Trump called Mexico’s president “a friend” after they met. They discussed a border wall, but not payment, he said. https://t.co/pV5UfTDC2J— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 31, 2016
Here is my quick, five-point summary of President Trump's first foreign trip:
This is a good thing. The disgraceful hate-mongering over it by Donald Trump shames our nation. America has done much to worsen the situation in the Middle East. Taking in families fleeing the devastation and chaos is the very least we can do. When people so vehemently object to this humanitarian action, it is clear that American exceptionalism means never facing the consequences of America's projection of power around the world. If that is what greatness is all about, we should have no part of it.