HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will face off for the first time on Monday in a presidential debate that could rank as one of the most watched, highly anticipated political showdowns in U.S. history.
The tight race for the White House and the unpredictable clash in styles between well-known but polarizing opponents has generated wide interest in the potentially pivotal debate, which comes six weeks before the Nov. 8 election after a campaign that has stretched over more than a year.
The gap between the two candidates in recent national opinion polls has narrowed in the past week, with the latest Reuters/Ipsos polling showing Clinton ahead by 4 percentage points, with 41 percent of likely voters. more >>
Christian Hip-hop artist Amisho Baraka, popularly known as Sho Baraka revealed last weekend that he will protest both Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in November by voting for a third party candidate.
"I am going to vote. I'm especially going to vote in my state and local elections. I will definitely cast a ballot for someone in the presidential election; it will not be Trump or Clinton," the son of a former Black Panther who currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia told NPR.
Baraka who first shared his decision to go against the nominees of the nation's two major political parties in an op-ed for Christianity Today, said he struggles because of his race when it comes to Republicans and is challenged by the progressive values of Democrats. However, he did not say whether he would be casting his vote for either Libertarian Gary Johnson, independent Evan McMullin or Green Party candidate Jill Stein. more >>
Officials from the U.N., the United States, Russia, and other nations are pointing fingers and accusing each other of "barbarism" after the latest round of bombings by Syrian forces killed at least 85 people on Sunday in the besieged city of Aleppo.
Matthew Rycroft, British ambassador to the U.N., said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies have been carrying out war crimes against Syrian civilians in the continued bombings aimed at taking out rebel forces in the civil war.
"After five years of conflict, you might think that the regime has had its fill of barbarity — that its sick bloodlust against its own people has finally run its course," Rycroft said, according to CNN. more >>
Recently longtime evangelical leader James Dobson, now venerably age 80, warned of irreversible consequences if Hillary Clinton is elected.
"… We won't ever recover from it!" Dobson said, "We will go down in flames, maybe literally, if we put the wrong person in power."
Maybe Dobson, who's justifiably concerned about growing assaults on religious liberty and conscience rights, is right. Others sound similar warnings about Trump, whose authoritarian rhetoric they fear foreshadows collapsing confidence in democracy and constitutionalism in favor of strong man rule. Maybe they're right. more >>
During the worst moment of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, between 800,000 to 1 million people were killed in 100 days. Most were hacked to death with machetes. Neighbor turned on neighbor. Villages lay strewn with bodies. The massacre, ignited by ethnic division and carried out by the Hutu majority, mostly against the Tutsi minority, rocked this tiny nation and sent shockwaves across the world.
The global community — as it did when the Holocaust first ushered the word "genocide" into our vocabulary — vowed, one more time, to "never again" let something like this happen.
Yet, today, once again, we find ourselves watching genocide unfold on our TV screens. Earlier this year, Secretary of State John Kerry admitted ISIS is committing genocide against Yazidis, Christians, and minority groups in Iraq (and Syria). He was joined by unanimous votes by members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, as wells as the British parliament. more >>
I once read a story … a surgeon, an engineer, and a politician were debating which of their professions was the oldest.
The surgeon said, "Eve was made from Adam's rib, and that of course was a surgical procedure. So obviously surgery is the oldest profession."
The engineer countered with, "Yes, but before that, order was created out of chaos, and that most certainly was an engineering job." more >>