Updates and fresh takes
"[T]his may be the best NYT kicker of all time," tweets The Verge's T.C. Sottek, sharing yesterday's late-breaking news on that clerk in Kentucky who chose jail over issuing marriage licenses to gay Americans (at dangerously close to 60,000 shares as of this moment). We won't give away the fun, but you should read it; it involves butts. "Thousands of New York Times readers commenting about #KimDavis right now, this might set another comments record!" marvels Marie Tae McDermott from the community desk. "Kim Davis is really making herself a martyr, huh? Why not let her deputies issue marriage licenses even if she won't?" asks writer Jill Filipovic, posing a reasonable question. The article also offered up another choice quote making the rounds on Twitter, as highlighted by NYT's Suzanne Spector (among many others): "Kentucky clerk is 'out George Wallace-ing George Wallace.'"
This week's simmering outrage over the little Syrian boy produced at least one tangible result so far: Britain's prime minister David Cameron has bowed to pressure to let in more refugees from Syria. "This, my friends, is why we must bear witness," points out First Look Media's Andy Carvin. At the Washington Post, Liz Sly concludes "If it takes pictures of dead children to make people realize children are dying, so be it." Anne Barnard reports that the exodus of Syrians only serves to further underscore the political failures of the West. "On flights from Beirut to Turkey, flight attendants plead with passengers not to take the life jackets," comes a telling observation from Marketplace's Noel King. Even looking to the East, the Arab world's wealthiest nations have done next to nothing for Syria’s refugees, as well. "We've lived in too many places since we left Syria," one family explains to the BBC.
Other publications spotlighted emotional details, such as in the Guardian's look at what Syrian refugees pack for the crossing to Europe. "A laser pen to attract passing boats–heartbreaking," notes multimedia journalist Zoe Flood. And if that's not enough to tug at your heart strings, the Wall Street Journal is up for that challenge with migrant children’s drawings from that Hungary train station. Andrea Thomas there describes it as "Dealing with war and dreaming of peace."
News you should also know: here's the NYT editorial you've been waiting for on the truth behind "Black Lives Matter."