More politics than you ever wanted
"My latest: Blacks are counting down the 10 last months of @BarackObama’s term with pride & sadness & looming despair," shares NYT's Yamiche Alcindor, tweeting her piece that's resonated so much as to collect 38,000+ shares so far. "Was wondering which one of us was gonna write this one first. @Yamiche wins," admits AP's urban affairs writer Errin Haines Whack. “'A miracle.' There are black children who don’t think we’ll have a black President again in their lifetimes," notes freelance journalist Tim Carmody. "'They won't allow us to have the reins again,' said the shoe-shine man at President Obama's Chicago barbershop," MTV's Jamil Smith shares another detail. Not everyone was so nostalgic, of course. "Obama's genius is in creating the perception that he's been critical in supporting an African-American agenda," points out analyst and broadcaster Lionel.
On the other hand, there's someone who arguably isn't so great at creating that perception. Also at the Times, Ashley Parker chronicles what it's like covering Donald Trump, and "witnessing the danger up close." Parker tweets, "The first time I felt unsafe at a Trump event was a week ago in New Orleans." Sharing this example, Anna Mehler Paperny asks, "Serious question, America: when does the 1st Amendment's incitement exemption kick in?" Another journalist, this one from CBS News, shares his first-hand account of being caught in the turmoil of Friday's canceled Donald Trump rally while Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall takes it quite a few shades darker with his headline "Someone Will Die." NYT's Maggie Haberman and Alex Burns are also on the Trump beat, explaining that his entire campaign can be traced back to one evening, when the bid began in an effort to gain stature. "Trump is running for president, ripping apart a political party, all because: a) of revenge; b) he can't take a joke," concludes NBC's Josh Sternberg. "Trump 'loved that dinner?' Complete liar. I watched him from next table," insists former Washington Post columnist Al Kamen. But at least that one photo of the Trump supporter who made the Nazi salute might not be as bad as it seemed at first glance. "When you actually call the subjects of viral photos, its not always what you expect," argues NYT's Michael Barbaro.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is offering an apology and a correction on who really started the conversation on HIV and AIDS -- namely, she backtracked on crediting the Reagans at Nancy Reagan's funeral last week. "This Hillary statement on her AIDS comments has everything you'd want...except any explanation for why she made them," protests freelancer Jack Mirkinson. Politico tears into the myth of Ohio's economic miracle that John Kasich has been touting. And abroad, we learn that ISIS has been pushing birth control to maintain its supply of sex slaves. "Such courage, these 'men' of the Caliphate," sneers The Australian's Paul Maley.