The online firestorm in response to a letter to entering freshmen at the University of Chicago, warning them not to expect to be shielded from ideas and words that might make them uncomfortable, does not surprise the man who touched it off. In fact, says, John W. Boyer, Dean of the College, that response was somewhat the point. Boyer is also a professor of history at U of C, and specializes in the push and pull of intellectual speech.
BASHIR, Iraq — A group of Kurdish men arrive at sunrise, at an undisclosed location in Kirkuk Province, just steps behind the front lines of battle. Explosives are carefully piled in trenches and tied together so they will all blow up at once. An Iraqi official checks in on progress made by the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action in its efforts to demolish explosives left by ISIS.
Hillary Clinton on Thursday laid out a comprehensive critique of Donald Trump’s worldview as full of “racially tinged” conspiracy theories outside of mainstream Republicanism. The speech is part of a sustained effort by the Clinton campaign to delegitimize Trump as unfit for the presidency in the eyes of mainstream voters. Clinton’s speech in Reno, Nev., came about a week after Trump shook up his campaign team and started making direct pitches to black and Latino voters. The Democratic nominee told her supporters that Trump has peddled “a constant stream of bigotry” during his campaign.
A protester wearing a mask outside the French Embassy during a “wear what you want beach party” in London; a child playing at a fountain in front of the Old Opera in Frankfurt, Germany; and Orthodox Christian nuns taking part in an annual procession along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem’s Old City are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.
Donald Trump’s campaign insists that he hasn’t flip-flopped on illegal immigration despite backing down on his promise to deport all the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the United States. The Republican presidential nominee’s hard-line immigration stance and incendiary rhetoric swayed primary voters. Trump even cited President Obama’s approach to deportation as one he would also embrace.
One of the many ways that Donald Trump has weakened the Republican Party is by doing little in his presidential campaign to target voters through the use of data, analytics and digital tools, a group of Republicans said Thursday. “I don’t think there’s anyone who’s going to look at the Trump campaign and think that they ran a strong data operation,” said Chris Wilson, who oversaw data analytics for Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign.
Donald Trump responded to Hillary Clinton’s attempt to tie his campaign to hate groups by comparing her email scandal to one of the most infamous scandals in American political history. “A secretary of state sold her office to corporations and foreign governments, betraying the public trust— putting innocent lives in danger — and then she went to great lengths to hide, delete, destroy and lie about the evidence. “Just imagine the damage to our security, to our integrity, to our standing in the world, if Hillary Clinton is allowed to sell the Oval Office the same way she sold her office as secretary of state.
The National Park Service is inviting people to take part in the celebration of its 100th anniversary on Thursday. Since 1916, the federal agency has been entrusted with the conservation of the United States' national parks, national monuments and other protected areas. More than 275 million people visit these breathtaking preserved places every year. (Read more by Michael Walsh/Yahoo News) Here’s a look at a few vintage postcards of some of our national parks.
Down Ticket is Yahoo News’ complete guide to the most fascinating House, Senate and governors’ races of 2016. On Tuesday, we took a breather from cataloging the many Donald Trump-related problems facing down-ballot Republicans in order to point out that, hey, maybe not everything is doom and gloom for the GOP right now.
Indian Hindu devotees across the world celebrated the Krishna Janmashtami festival, which marks the birth of Hindu deity Lord Krishna. Also known as Saatam Aatham, Gokulashami or simply Janmashtami, the festival is celebrated on the eighth day of the Krishna Pasha of the month of Shravana, which, in the Hindu calendar, runs from August until September. Hindus celebrate Janmashtami by fasting, worshipping Lord Krishna and offering prayers at the time he is believed to have been born.
The National Park Service is inviting people to take part in the celebration of its 100th anniversary on Thursday. Since 1916, the federal agency has been entrusted with the conservation of the United States’ national parks, national monuments and other protected areas. “One hundred years ago today, Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, which essentially established the National Park Service, and he did that explicitly to preserve and protect the natural resources of the country to make sure that future generations would be able to enjoy them,” Tom Crosson, a spokesman for the National Park Service, said in a phone interview with Yahoo News.
Using brooms and their hands, soldiers and residents of an ancient Myanmar city famous for its historic Buddhist temples began cleaning up debris Thursday from a powerful earthquake that shook the region and damaged nearly 200 pagodas. At least four people were killed and at least 171 pagodas were damaged in Bagan after a 6.8 magnitude quake struck the area on Wednesday. The tremor was centered about 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of Chauk, just south of Bagan.
A political movement most Americans have never heard of is suddenly in the spotlight, thanks to Donald Trump — who has hired one of its leading spokesmen to run his campaign — and Hillary Clinton, whose speech planned for Thursday afternoon is expected to denounce it. It’s the “alt-right,” a loose aggregation of bloggers, radio hosts, think tanks and activists that emerged from the “white nationalist” movement of the 1980s and 1990s. Instead, it postulates that the culture of white America is under attack, and sees itself as its defender.
“He is taking a hate movement mainstream,” Clinton told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a phone interview shortly after Trump made the remark at a rally in Mississippi. Recently released emails showed a foundation official reaching out to the State Department on behalf of donors.
A powerful earthquake devastated a string of mountainous towns in central Italy on Wednesday, trapping residents under piles of rubble, killing at least 38 people and leaving thousands homeless. The quake struck in the early hours of the morning when most residents were asleep, razing homes and buckling roads in a cluster of communities some 140 km (85 miles) east of Rome. (Reuters) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr
As he seeks to make inroads with African-Americans and other minority voters, Donald Trump dramatically escalated his rhetoric against rival Hillary Clinton, accusing her of being a “bigot” who does not truly care about blacks and Hispanics. “Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future,” the GOP presidential nominee declared at a rally here Wednesday night. Beginning with a speech last week outside Milwaukee, the GOP nominee has repeatedly condemned “the bigotry of Hillary Clinton” while arguing that Democrats have failed minority voters and taken them for granted.
A recovered hedgehog is one of some forty previously injured and rehabilitated animals belonging to protected species that were released into the wild as a result of the joint efforts of Kecskemet Zoo and Kiskunsag National Park in Hungary; Congolese soldiers arrest a civilian protesting in the town of Butembo, in North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo; and a broken crucifix hangs inside the damaged church of Santa Maria della Misericordia in Accumoli, central Italy after an earthquake struck are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.
Donald Trump’s recent pivot on immigration should not have come as a surprise to anyone who knows about his career-long knack for giving the crowd what it wants, according to two Trump biographers. Washington Post investigative reporter Michael Kranish and Washington Post senior editor Marc Fisher, authors of “Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power,” discussed Trump’s evolving immigration stance in an appearance on Yahoo News Now with Stephanie Sy. The Republican presidential candidate who during the primary called for a deportation force to round up the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants has toned down his rhetoric over the past week.
Hillary Clinton will make the case in a speech Thursday that Donald Trump’s campaign is led by people who propagate extreme and racist viewpoints that belie Trump’s recent attempts to pivot to the center ahead of the election. “[Trump] is taking a hate movement mainstream,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN Wednesday. Ahead of the speech, the campaign released a video showing white supremacists and members of the KKK praising Trump.
An international charity on Wednesday removed 15 animals from a Gaza Strip zoo, freeing them from stifling conditions in what it called “the worst zoo in the world” and hoping to grant them a better life abroad. Most of the animals are destined for an animal sanctuary in Jordan while the tiger is headed to a refuge in South Africa. The animals’ removal effectively closed the long-troubled zoo.
24 years ago today, August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 storm made landfall in Homestead, Fla. The Hurricane Center measured a peak wind gust of 164 mph. Andrew continued into the Gulf of Mexico before reaching the central Louisiana coast as a Category 3 hurricane. Andrew was blamed for 26 deaths in the U.S. and three deaths in the Bahamas and caused an estimated $26 billion in damage in the United States and was marked as one of most destructive in U.S. history.
The U.S. Army has pulled a slide from a training presentation that described Hillary Clinton as an “insider” threat to national security. The slide, which was used in a PowerPoint presentation at Missouri’s Fort Leonard Wood, included the image of the Democratic nominee alongside pictures of disgraced retired Gen. David Petraeus, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan and Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis and described them as “insiders” who were “careless or disgruntled” government employees.
The American University of Afghanistan in Kabul is under assault, while security forces exchange gunfire with the attackers. The number of students and professors inside are unknown, as is the identity of the attackers. The U.S. State Department this morning acknowledged reports of the attack on an official Twitter account.