Arson Hits Southern Black Churches, Mexico Strikes Back at Trump, and Cruz Imitates the Simpsons

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July 2, 2015

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5 Points On The Fires At Southern Black Churches

The Gist: Arson is suspected in several fires that have broken out at churches across the South in the weeks after a shooting at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston left nine African Americans dead.

How GOP Candidates Are Coping With Last Week’s SCOTUS Losses

The Gist: Publicly, Republican leaders are distraught over last week’s SCOTUS cases. Privately, they’re breathing sighs of relief.

Jindal’s ‘Ask Bobby’ Hashtag Totally Backfires On Him

The Gist: Believe Again PAC’s Twitter Q&A with the Louisiana governor backfired in spectacular fashion, with users asking ridiculous questions about dinosaurs and “Duck Dynasty.”

From The Reporter’s Notebook

Jon Stewart panned BuzzFeed’s video of Ted Cruz’s Simpsons impersonations, possibly subtracting from the publication’s assumption that it was an epic win. As for whether Cruz knows how to go “viral,” TPM’s Brendan James points out that the post is doing modestly well by BuzzFeed standards with 400,000 shares on Facebook a couple of days after posting.

Agree or Disagree?

Ben Miller believes that for-profit colleges can serve a necessary function for low-income working adults who want to go back to college, but in order to function well they must remain relatively small-scale and selective, restricting admission to those with full-time jobs, some employment experience, and some college credit.

Say What?!

“Also, her statement to us was that she gave birth at her vehicle within the forest. We did not witness the birth.”

– A woman gave birth alone in the California woods and fought off bees for three days before she was rescued.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “And it kinda hit me how Robertson’s panic-attack reveals something hidden in plain sight. Those that believe as he does have no faith in their own convictions. He doesn’t think his faith, and the morals and values it espouses, can stand on their own merits. He clearly believes that his flock, and Christian believers in general, will easily abandon not only their faith, but their own personal sexual preferences, just because others who hold a different set of values and beliefs are allowed to go about their own private business without punishment or ostracization. By extension, we see that he believes his faith must be enforced by government in order to endure. That’s the opposite of freedom of religion.”

Related: Pat Robertson said gays deliberately spread AIDS using sharp jewelery.

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What We’re Reading

How Mexicans are striking back at Donald Trump. (Washington Post)

A history of racism at Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the fraternity that was caught singing the racist “hymn” a few months ago. (Buzzfeed)

Magic Mike and the real world of male strippers. (Grantland)

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