August 17, 2015

Top Stories

Birthers Say These 4 GOP Candidates May Be Ineligible To Be President

The Gist: In some “strict constitutionalist” circles, people question whether Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, and even Rick Santorum qualify as "natural born citizens" who are eligible to be President.

Inmates Say They Worked Without Pay At Privately Run Nashville Jail

The Gist: Former inmates say they were ordered to build games and birdhouses for a private, "Christian-based" company run by prison employees.

Sanders: I Do Not Need To Apologize To Black Lives Matter (VIDEO)

The Gist: The Democratic presidential candidate insists he is dedicated to issues important to the group and the broader black community.

From The Reporter's Notebook

In an interview with HuffPost Live, former Donald Trump political adviser Roger Stone said one thing that gets to the crux of Trump's campaign: “There’s a difference between being a pop culture figure and running for president.” According to TPM newswriter Caitlin Cruz, the former reality television star still needs to learn how to balance running for president (state fair appearances) and the stunts of celebrity (releasing a sitting senator's cellphone number).

Agree or Disagree?

Noah Gittell thinks that the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” offers “the most complete portrayal of a white savior ever committed to film.”

Say What?!

"The conspiracy theories about Megyn Kelly’s vacation rank up there with UFO’s (sic), the moon landing and Elvis being alive."

- A Fox News spokesperson shut down theories that Megyn Kelly's recent vacation was related to the attacks she'd been receiving from Trump and his allies.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "I saw both maps. I'm not sure they catch all the changes in California. For one thing, there appears to be substantial vertical movement. I grew up in Southern California. When I first moved up to Northern California, I noticed immediately how much cooler and cloudier it was than Southern California. In the last 10-12 years, there's been a definite change. Flowers are frequently blooming in late January, for example or some as early as late December. It's crazy. One of the reasons I moved to Northern California was because of the deep blue sky on many summer days. That too has disappeared. The sun is bright but the sky is pale blue or even white sometimes, like a very thin haze. When I talk with friends and relatives from Southern California who have fished or camped in Baja, they say weather in Southern California is beginning to remind them of weather they've seen in Baja, including summer remnants of hurricanes. All anecdotal but not easy to ignore."

Related: Environmentalism doesn't have to be elite.

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What We're Reading

Dartmouth student and gun-rights poster girl Taylor Woolrich tells her story. (Buzzfeed)

How Brazil's elected officials avoid auditors and continue their corrupt activities. (Foreign Policy)

Amazon is conducting an experiment in how far it can push its employees. (The New York Times)