Tropical storm Earl lashes Belize with wind, rain, heads for Mexico

BELIZE CITY (Reuters) – Tropical storm Earl whipped Belize and Mexico’s Caribbean coast with wind and heavy rain, battering cars, disrupting transportation and forcing hundreds of people into shelters as it moved through Guatemala toward southeastern Mexico on Thursday.

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When the Governor Is Your Lawyer

Missouri’s public-defender system is in crisis. Like many other systems throughout the U.S., it is underfunded, understaffed, and underappreciated. The state spends less than half of the national average in per-capita public-defense spending, placing it in 49th place out of 50, according to the National Legal Aid and Defense Association.Ensuring that Missouri carries out the Constitution’s command that all criminal defendants receive legal representation is the job of Michael Barrett, the director of the state’s public-defender system…

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South Africa’s ANC takes early lead in vote, battle for cities still on

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) was leading its rivals early on Thursday as vote counting proceeded in local government elections that could see it lose control of key cities for the first time since coming to power.

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Trump ally Christie calls criticisms of slain soldier’s family ‘inappropriate’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chris Christie, a close ally of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, distanced himself on Tuesday from Trump’s feud with the Muslim family of a slain U.S. Army captain, according to Politico.

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How the Sanders Campaign Got a Punk Sensibility

Last Thursday, a few hours before the end of the Democratic National Convention, two consultants to the Bernie Sanders campaign, Scott Goodstein and Arun Chaudhary, sat in the lobby of their Philadelphia hotel and considered what had become of the grassroots support for the candidate. Goodstein and Chaudhary ran the campaign’s digital operations, and so they had tracked the Sanders phenomenon from the beginning. Now, at the Wells Fargo Center, an angry core of Sanders holdouts was chanting through the speeches and staging periodic occupations of the media tent. Goodstein and Chaudhary believed that the outrage would subside. …

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