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’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

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

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

Trump’s aides urge him to keep DREAMers as he deports their parents

President Donald Trump’s aides are urging him to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the country as kids, McClatchy DC reported Tuesday, in exchange for harsher policies that aim to make life difficult for immigrants.

Trump’s aides are hoping the president could offer a legal pathway to citizenship to so-called DREAMers, as he negotiates with Congress for an immigration plan that would provide border wall funding, add more detention centers, cut legal immigration, and enforce E-Verify, a tool used by employers to check for legal status, according to a half-dozen people who spoke with McClatchy DC Bureau reporter Anita Kumar. 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

The America First president just announced he’s escalating the Afghanistan war

And Trump’s Afghanistan plan looks a lot like Obama’s.

President Donald Trump has just unveiled his plan for turning around the 16-year war in Afghanistan that he and others in his administration admit the US is losing. And it turns out his new strategy looks a lot like President Obama’s old one.

Obama had sent tens of thousands more American troops to Afghanistan in the hopes of hammering the Taliban hard enough that the militants would be open to negotiating a peace agreement. He also pressured Pakistan to help the US in the fight by cracking down on the terrorist safe havens inside its lawless border regions and doing more to prevent weapons and fighters from flowing into Afghanistan. read more

The case against Trump’s decision to keep fighting in Afghanistan, explained by Trump

“Afghanistan is a complete waste.”

President Donald Trump used a rare primetime speech Monday night to tell the American people that the Afghan war — already the longest conflict in US history — was going to continue into the indefinite future.

“The consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable,” the president said in the speech. “A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill.”

Perhaps the most striking thing about the speech, which was deliberately light on policy specifics like how many more troops would be deployed to Afghanistan, was that Trump had vocally and repeatedly criticized the war in Afghanistan in the harshest possible terms for years before taking office. read more

Paul Ryan says Trump ‘messed up,’ opposes any action to hold him accountable

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) ducked a question from a constituent at a town hall Monday evening who asked Ryan what specific steps he would take to hold President Trump accountable after he praised participants in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. 

The woman was a rabbi and longtime family friend of Ryan’s, and she told the speaker she has seen an uptick in brazen public expressions of white supremacy and anti-semitism since Trump’s election.

“I’d like to ask you what concrete steps that you will take to hold the president accountable when his words and executive actions either implicitly or explicitly condone, if not champion, racism and xenophobia,” the woman, Dina Feingold, said. “For example, will you support the resolution for censure?” read more

Angry Charlottesville residents take over city council meeting

Hundreds of angry residents of Charlottesville, Virginia, swarmed a city council meeting on Monday night to express their outrage at the city’s response to the violent white nationalist rallies a week ago.

After members of the the community unfurled a large banner with the words “blood on your hands” and shouted down the scheduled meeting — the first since white nationalists descended on the city — the city council agreed to drop its planned agenda and let the people speak in town hall-style. The council then began hearing from speaker after speaker, each telling horror stories of the violence, harassment, and hate they witnessed; excoriating the police force for failing to protect counter-protesters; and demanding that the council remove confederate statues immediately (in defiance of a state law that may prevent them from doing so). Some chanted “overnight,” urging the city to follow the lead of Baltimore and other cities that removed Confederate memorials. Several warned council members and Mayor Mike Signor (D), “your political career is over.” read more

Live photos: watch the total solar eclipse unfold across the country

On Monday, millions of Americans will catch a glimpse of the total solar eclipse that will hurtle across America at about 2,000 miles per hour. It’s a tremendous visual spectacle that everyone from kids on iPhones to NASA’s top scientists will be documenting with photos and video. (For more on what scientists can learn about the sun by photographing an eclipse, read this piece by Vox’s Brian Resnick.)

For the towns and cities along the 70-mile-wide path of totality, which stretches from Oregon to South Carolina, the eclipse has also been a rare opportunity to attract thousands of visitors from around the world. Many communities have planned eclipse festivals, astronomy talks, science education, and special musical events (like Close Encounters of the Symphonic Kind in Casper, Wyoming, for instance) to celebrate. read more

Trump’s new attack on the Chinese economy, explained

Bannon is out, but Trump is still willing to risk a trade war with China.

President Donald Trump is pursuing an unconventional and controversial strategy for pressuring China to open up its doors wider to American business. It’s a sign that the Trump administration is still willing to risk a trade war with China despite its ouster of strategist Steve Bannon, the most prominent economic nationalist in the administration.

The move involves launching an investigation into whether China is violating international trade law by systematically stealing intellectual property. China forces many foreign businesses to hand over their most prized technology in exchange for access to their market. read more

Sexual harassment of graduate students by faculty is a national problem

University of Wisconsin-Madison’s anonymous complaints of sexual harassment often rest on “institutional memory” and there is no actual requirement in place to document them, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

There are two channels for sexual harassment reports at the university. Students and employees can file formal complaints, which results in an investigation by the Title IX coordinator’s office, or they can report through an informal resolution that lets accusers remain anonymous but does not allow the university to mete out more severe penalties. read more

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