Joe Arpaio, the anti-immigrant sheriff that Trump wants to save from prison, explained

The rise, fall, and nearly-assured resurrection of “America’s toughest sheriff.”

President Donald Trump has all but promised to pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He just hasn’t done it yet.

“I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy,” Trump said at a rally in Phoenix in August. “But Sheriff Joe can feel good.”

Pardoning Arpaio — who was convicted of contempt of court in July for continuing to engage in aggressive immigration enforcement in defiance of a 2011 court order — before he is even sentenced would be an unusual move, to say the least. But it would make a tremendous amount of sense for Trump. read more

Vox Sentences: Instant divorce is no longer a thing in India

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The US Navy searches for answers after another fatal warship crash; Missouri puts off the execution of Marcellus Williams; India’s highest court bans the practice of instant divorce.

Navy ships keep crashing in the Pacific

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  • Sailors’ bodies are starting to be recovered after a fresh tragedy for the US Navy on Monday, when the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore. Ten sailors were missing initially. [Vox / Kelly Swanson]
  • Beyond Monday’s accident, though, a lot of US ships have been crashing in the Pacific this year. [CNN / Joe Sterling]
  • Seven US sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald hit a container ship near the coast of Japan. An investigation found the ship’s crew members weren’t at their posts on the ship’s bridge, watching for other vessels, as they should have been. [Washington Post / Dan Lamothe]
  • There have been two other crashes involving Navy ships in South Pacific waters this year — in May and January — although neither resulted in injuries. [CNN / Joe Sterling]
  • Each crash has had different circumstances, but some experts are pointing to deeper problems in the Navy, including lag times for needed maintenance on ships and less training for sailors, combined with longer deployments. [CNN / Jeremy Herb]
  • There have also been questions of whether hackers have played a part in the spate of crashes. Top Navy officials said there’s no indication right now that’s the case, but added they’ll be looking into the possibility during a full investigation. [Adm. John Richardson via Twitter]
  • In the meantime, the Navy announced it was pausing day-to-day operations temporarily to examine what went wrong and focus on improving communication among ship crews. [NYT / Eric Schmitt and Keith Bradsher]

Missouri will hold off on its latest execution

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  • After an eleventh-hour stay by Missouri’s Republican governor, death row inmate Marcellus Williams won’t be executed, for now. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch / John Bohler] Gov. Eric Greitens relented after intense pressure not to put Williams to death as scheduled on Tuesday, after his defense attorneys presented new DNA evidence that they say exonerates him. [Washington Post / Mark Berman and Wesley Lowery] Williams was convicted of killing former St. Louis Dispatch reporter Lisha Gayle in 1998. But many questions have persisted about Williams’s role in Gayle’s murder, especially after his attorneys said newer DNA technology showed that cells found on the murder weapon and hairs found on Gayle’s body belonged to another man. [Reuters / Chris Kenning] His attorneys also want to take the case to the US Supreme Court, to either get a new trial to consider the new evidence or commute Williams’s sentence. [The Independent / Mythili Sampathkumar] Before he decides whether to grant Williams a full pardon, Greitens said he would form a panel to examine the new DNA evidence. [Washington Post / Mark Berman and Wesley Lowery] This is all playing out in a state that executes a lot of people each year. In 2015, Missouri surpassed Texas for the most lethal injections per capita. This was in part due to their ability to get pentobarbital, the pharmaceutical drug most often used to kill people on death row. [The Marshall Project / Maurice Cammeh] Pentobarbital is in short supply right now because European pharmaceutical companies are refusing to sell it to US prisons. [WNYC / More Perfect Podcast] Missouri had been keeping quiet about the source of its drugs, but a sealed courtroom document showed the state was able to get pentobarbital from a supplier, even after that supplier said it wouldn’t allow the drug to be sold for executions. [BuzzFeed / Chris McDaniel]

    Indian men can no longer divorce their wives with a text message

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    • Women’s rights advocates in India scored a huge win today, as that country’s Supreme Court outlawed the practice of “triple talaq,” or instant divorce, among its Muslim residents. [The Guardian / Michael Safi]
    • “Triple talaq” is more or less what it sounds like: Muslim men who wanted to divorce their wives just had to say the word “talaq,” Arabic for divorce, three times and their marriage was instantly dissolved. [Washington Post / Vidhi Doshi]
    • The outcome was much more difficult for women (who could not do the same). After a few years — or a few decades — of marriage, women were left to fend for themselves while their husband disappeared with no legal obligation to them or their children. [BBC]
    • The judges ruled that triple talaq violated women’s equality in India and also was not a necessary part of Islam. [Hindustan Times / Ashok Bagriya and Bhadra Sinha]
    • The practice isn’t mentioned in the Quran; as a matter of fact, the Islamic holy book says divorce should happen over a period of three months to allow both husband and wife to think it over.
    • Triple talaq has also been banned in more than 20 Muslim countries, including India’s neighbors Pakistan and Bangladesh. But it’s persisted among India’s Muslim population; the religion is the second most prevalent in the country. [BBC / Geeta Pandey]
    • The legal challenge was brought by five women whose husbands instantly divorced them in various ways, whether it was verbal, in writing, or in a text message. [HuffPost / Betwa Sharma]


    • Fabric dye flowing into a Mumbai river is turning some of the Indian city’s stray dogs bright blue.[Hindustan Times / Badri Chatterjee]
    • The most prolific and nasty internet trolls that populate comment sections apparently live in … wait for it … Vermont, according to new survey data. Neighboring New Hampshire, meanwhile, takes the prize for being the least toxic state. [Wired / Lo Bénichou]
    • Donald Trump’s face has been stamped onto thousands of ecstasy pills seized by German police. Guess what color they are? [Associated Press]
    • A group of black women are demanding a statue honoring J. Marion Sims, known as “the father of modern gynecology,” be taken down, due to Sims using female slaves for medical experiments in the 1800s. [HuffPost / Jenavieve Hatch]
    • The Democratic governor of Colorado and the Republican governor of Ohio both think health care should be a right, and have been working on a bipartisan health care proposal that they plan to unveil in the coming weeks. [Colorado Public Radio / Rachel Estabrook]


    • “You can put all the risk assessments in place but you really don’t expect people to try to get into the artefacts.” [Museum director Claire Reed to the Guardian / Mattha Busby]
    • “It rarely — but not never — occurred to my younger self that, as a descendant of persons just like those, I built my body in a trinity of places built upon the brokenness of theirs.” [The Atlantic / Vann Newkirk]
    • “All you have to do is take your cookie pods (available via a subscription) out of the fridge, scan a QR code on the pod packaging via the accompanying CHiP app to set the correct baking settings, pop the dough pods (a maximum of four at a time) onto the baking surface, and wait 10-or-so minutes until your cookies ready.” [Thrillist / Tony Merevick]
    • “In Angola, they call Portugal the laundromat. It’s because it is.” [Portuguese lawmaker Ana Gomes to NYT / Norimitsu Onishi]
    • “He said, ‘It must’ve been really easy for you to get your job because you’re an Asian woman and people assume you’re good at math.’ It was absolutely stunning. I remember me just emotionally shutting down.” [Qichen Zhang to the Guardian / Sam Levin]

    Watch this: Trump’s plan to cut his own taxes

    The proposed budgets in Congress will make Trump even richer. [YouTube / Alvin Chang, Javier Zarracina, Mallory Brangan, and Liz Scheltens] read more

Trump tells Phoenix crowd Joe Arpaio will be ‘just fine’

President Donald Trump suggested to the crowd gathered for a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona Tuesday night that he may pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a former anti-immigrant law enforcement official who was found guilty of racially profiling Latinos and other immigrants during his tenure.

“Was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job?” Trump teasingly asked his audience at the Phoenix Convention Center. “He should have had a jury, but you know what? I’ll make a prediction. I think he’ll be just fine. Okay? But, but I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy, is that alright? But Sheriff Joe can feel good.” read more

Trump’s revisionist Charlottesville history omits infamous ‘many sides’ remark

Much of President Donald Trump’s speech at a rally Tuesday in Phoenix, Arizona seemed to be off script, but he edited at least one thing.

At the rally, Trump rehashed his response to the Unite the Right rally that brought together white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and KKK members two weekends ago in Charlottesville. The rally resulted in the death of one woman who was killed when a white supremacist drove his car into a group of counter-protesters.

In his original remarks the day of the United the Right rally, Trump said there was violence “on many sides,” a comment that drew swift condemnation from across the political spectrum. read more

Mo. Governor Stays Execution of Convicted Inmate Amid New DNA Evidence That May Prove His Innocence

Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017; 3:30 p.m. EDT: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has issued a stay of execution in the case of Marcellus Williams, who was scheduled to to die Tuesday, possibly saving the life of an innocent man, for now.

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12 Browns Players Took a Knee During the National Anthem and Colin Kaepernick Still Doesn’t Have a Job

The protest started by Colin Kaepernick to bring awareness and concern to the killing of unarmed black men, women and children by police has continued even though the free agent quarterback still doesn’t have an NFL home.

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Critics: Remove Statue of Doctor Who Experimented On Slaves

Melissa Mark-Viverito (center) called the doctor’s work a “stain on our nation’s history” that should not be honored. (Jeff Bachner/New York Daily News)

NEW YORK (AP) — Critics want New York City to remove a statue in Central Park that honors a doctor who used slaves in developing a pioneering approach to treating physical problems women can develop after childbirth.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is among those calling for the removal of the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims.

Sims was a 19th-century physician who used slave women to develop his surgical technique to repair fistulas and operated on these women without anesthesia.

The removal of Confederate statues sparked a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., this month. An anti-racism demonstrator was killed when a car drove into a crowd protesting the rally. read more

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Short of the Day: Sandman Gets Another Fan-Film Treatment in ‘Black Sand’

By H. Perry Horton

Finders aren’t keepers.

At the beginning of this month I brought you a fan-made Sandman movie called 24-Hour Diner; it wasn’t official but it was canon, and it had a stamp of approval from Neil Gaiman himself, Sandman’s creator, so it was a close to official as we’ve ever gotten. You guys loved it, so when I found the following in my inbox, I knew I had to pass it along as well.

It’s called Black Sand and it comes from writer-director Bernhard Pucher, who’s adapted his story from issue #3 of the Sandman Vertigo series, “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” In it, our hero Morpheus (Dream) is on a quest to regain his pilferer pouch of magical sand. Like the previous film, Pucher’s manages to capture the exact feel and aesthetic of Gaiman’s realm without the aid of extravagant effects, just good old-fashioned storytelling prowess. read more

Freeze Frame: The “Locked Shots” of Guy Ritchie

By H. Perry Horton

A supercut of all the moments the director pauses to let us catch our breath.

Every action director has his or her trademark: Tony Scott likes color, Michael Bay likes explosions, James Cameron pushes the effects envelope, John Woo loves a good Mexican standoff gone haywire (and doves, many many doves), Kathryn Bigelow likes to use slow-motion in action sequences, and Guy Ritchie likes to freeze the action entirely in what video essayist Semih Okmen refers to as “locked shots.”

The purpose of such shots, besides a flourish of style, is to accentuate the action by pausing it, giving us in the audience an opportunity to catch our breath and process, even for just a moment, the hyperactivity we’ve witnessed before being flung right back into it. read more

Starz Developing Action Drama Black Samurai with Common and RZA

Starz Developing Action Drama Black Samurai with Common and RZA

Starz developing action drama Black Samurai with Common and RZA

Starz has announced today it is developing an action-drama series under the working title Black Samurai, starring Academy Award winner Common (John Wick 2, Suicide Squad, Selma) in the title role. The actor will also executive produce under his Freedom Road Productions banner with Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA (Kill Bill 1 & 2, American Gangster) and Mitchell Diggs will also executive produce for Wu Films. Jerry Bruckheimer Television will also executive produce the series.

Based on the Black Samurai novels written by Marc Olden, the series will follow the character of Robert Sand (Common), a highly-trained American Army Ranger whose life is transformed when he meets a legendary Japanese master who invites him to train as a samurai. After his beloved sensei and samurai brothers are killed by mercenaries, Sand is thrust on a worldwide journey of both revenge and self-discovery. read more

The Full American Horror Story: Cult Trailer is Here!

The Full American Horror Story: Cult Trailer is Here!

The full American Horror Story: Cult trailer is here!

FX has debuted the full American Horror Story: Cult trailer, which you can check out below before the new season debuts in September!

American Horror Story: Cult characters include Billy Eichner as Harrison Wilton, Alison Pill as Ivy Mayfair-Richards, Billie Lourd as Winter Anderson, Cheyenne Jackson as Dr. Rudy Vincent, and Colton Haynes as Detective Samuels. The season will also star Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, and Adina Porter. Ryan Murphy previously revealed that Twisty the Clown from American Horror Story: Freak Show will return, and that Lena Dunham will have a role in one episode of the season. read more

California has a climate problem, and its name is cars

Further decarbonization means wrestling with transportation.

In 2006, California passed its groundbreaking climate legislation AB 32, which put in place a target for greenhouse gas reductions and set in motion a cascade of regulations, subsidies, and performance standards that has continued unabated ever since.

Three years after that, in 2009, a nonprofit advocacy organization called Next 10 teamed up with the research firm Beacon Economics to track the state’s progress in a detailed annual report called the California Green Innovation Index. read more

Phoenix mayor warns Trump not to hold campaign rally in searing op-ed

This is Mayor Greg Stanton’s second public warning to Trump not to inflame racial tensions in his city.

In a sharply worded op-ed in the Washington Post, Phoenix’s Democratic mayor, Greg Stanton, repeated his request for President Trump to delay a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center planned for Tuesday night.

Stanton’s op-ed, published Monday afternoon online and Tuesday morning in print, reads in part: “America is hurting. And it is hurting largely because Trump has doused racial tensions with gasoline. With his planned visit to Phoenix on Tuesday, I fear the president may be looking to light a match.” read more

Bill Cosby has a new lawyer: The man who won Michael Jackson’s acquittal

For the retrial of his sexual assault case, Bill Cosby has a new lawyer and a new date. He will now be represented by Thomas Mesereau, the attorney best known for winning Michael Jackson’s acquittal in his 2005 child molestation trial. And the retrial, which was originally scheduled for November 6, will be postponed until next spring. Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill set the tentative start date for March 15 and expects it to run until April 1.

Cosby was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2005, when she was an administrator at Temple University. Though nearly 60 women have publicly accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, Constand is the first alleged victim to see her day in criminal court. The trial, which began on June 5, was expected to last two weeks but was completed in just eight days. The defense called only one witness; their case lasted all of six minutes. read more

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