Your Morning Cup of Links

Oh wonderful. Just wonderful. This is all so wonderful. What a wonderful time to be alive.

You can keep trying, Rio Olympics, but the 2016 US presidential election is the greatest crime-ridden toxic sewer clusterfuck OF ALL TIME. You can’t win.

The moral collapse of the Republican Party

Pilot captures incredible nighttime thunderstorm photo over the Pacific

Good job by WaPo here. Must-read. The War on Drugs is such a disaster.

If this account is correct this cop should be put away for life. But I’m sure he’ll get away with it because we now live in a country in which there is one set of rules for the powerful and another for everyone else. It would be nice if we could move beyond the oversimplified “this shooting proves cops are racist!” and “second-guessing a cop’s decision is cop-bashing!” arguments this time but I know we won’t because, if the last year has taught me anything, it’s that having an intelligent, rational, fact-based conversation in this country is absolutely impossible. So we’ll continue to get nowhere. There are almost a million law enforcement officers in the U.S. Obviously many are good and some are bad. Charles C.W. Cooke echoes my thoughts exactly. Good points here about the impressive behavior of the girlfriend.

Great Leon Wolf post: “The uncomfortable reason why it came to this in Dallas”

Donald Trump has no clue what he’s talking about (shocking, I know) when it comes to Saddam Hussein.

Republicans got the FBI Director to call Hillary a moron last week, so I guess that’s something.

A real candidate would spend every waking moment hitting Hillary over the head with Comey’s statement. The GOP candidate is spending his time ignorantly praising one of the most evil dictators of the 20th century and using Disney cartoons to try and defend anti-Semitism. The Republican Party (and America) deserves whatever it gets. Hillary could machine gun a bunch of orphans to death on live TV tomorrow morning and Trump would find a way to push it out of the news by nightfall. It’s incredible.

Just kill me. Kill me now: “At one point, somebody asked about Article I powers: What will you do to protect them? I think his response was, ‘I want to protect Article I, Article II, Article XII,’ going down the list. There is no Article XII.”…”Sen Flake introduced himself as ‘The other senator from Arizona, the one who didn’t get captured’…Flake told Trump to stop attacking Mexicans. Trump predicted that Flake would lose his reelection, at which point Flake informed Trump that he was not on the ballot this year.” Dear. Lord.

“awash with Champagne, scores of bikini-clad women and costumed gun-toting midgets”
That sounds…awesome.

Why are the books of the former Donnell Library Center in the basement of a hotel? Nicole Gelinas tells the sad story.


The curious history of Mein Kampf in France

In Modern Age, Richard Harp argues that Shakespeare’s plays show us the “dynamic quality of virtue”

Roman-era mosaics have been discovered in Israel, including a rare depiction of the parting of the Red Sea.

How to address the problem of police shootings

The search for transcendence in modern music

Dante’s Divine Comedy is a great work of art and the product of “vicious factionalism.”

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