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Anti-Muslim bigotry aids Islamist terrorists by David Petraeus: “Demonizing a religious faith and its adherents not only runs contrary to our most cherished and fundamental values as a country; it is also corrosive to our vital national security interests and, ultimately, to the United States’ success in this war.”

Trump and Ryan have ‘shared principles’ by Michael Sean Winters: “There is something strange about placing the words “Trump” and “principles” in the same sentence.  We all realize that the issue is not whether Trump will stick to his own principles or adopt those of Ryan, but whether or not this narcissist would recognize a principle if it bit him on the behind. He is an un-serious person seeking one of the most serious jobs in the world.”

Clinton Lays Out Agenda For Making Child Care Better — And More Affordable by Jonathan Cohn: “The most intriguing part of Tuesday’s proposal was Clinton’s call to make sure that no family ever pays more than 10 percent of its income on child-care expenses. To accomplish this, campaign aides said, Clinton would use a combination of subsidized child care and tax credits.”

Nothing Will Stop Reporters From Believing Paul Ryan’s Deficit Malarkey by Jonathan Chait: “It’s true that Ryan says he cares about reducing the deficit more than anything else. That is a better message for Ryan than saying he cares about reducing income transfers from rich to poor more than anything else. But claiming to care about reducing the deficit while mostly working to increase it is not the same thing as actually caring about reducing the deficit.”

600,000 refugees got caught up in Kenya’s electioneering by Simon Allison: “The Kenyan government has announced that it will attempt to close all of the country’s refugee camps, a move that could displace an estimated 600,000 vulnerable people.”

Make America empathetic again by EJ Dionne: “The hard political truth is that economic justice and empathy are the true alternatives to Trumpian divisiveness.”

In honoring Biden and Boehner, Notre Dame lives up to Pope Francis’ vision by John Gehring: “The Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, is sending a message in line with the pope’s vision. By recognizing two Catholics from different political parties, the university is offering a dignified rebuke to the toxicity and hyperpartisanship that pollute our political culture. It’s also a healthy attempt to heal wounds in the nation’s largest church that have festered for too long.”

Beating the Blob and Disentangling from Partners by Frederic Hof: “What is key here is the seeming belief that “Iraq 2003” epitomizes the sum total of what America stands for and what it brings to the table in the Middle East…..This is the official alibi for not having protected, over the course of five years, one single Syrian civilian from the murderous assaults of Bashar al-Assad.”

Global Warming Cited as Wildfires Increase in Fragile Boreal Forest by NY Times: “Scientists have been warning for decades that climate change is a threat to the immense tracts of forest that ring the Northern Hemisphere, with rising temperatures, drying trees and earlier melting of snow contributing to a growing number of wildfires.The near-destruction of a Canadian city last week by a fire that sent almost 90,000 people fleeing for their lives is grim proof that the threat to these vast stands of spruce and other resinous trees, collectively known as the boreal forest, is real.”

Venezuela Is Falling Apart by Moisés Naím and Francisco Toro: “The real culprit is chavismo, the ruling philosophy named for Chavez and carried forward by Maduro, and its truly breathtaking propensity for mismanagement (the government plowed state money arbitrarily into foolish investments); institutional destruction (as Chavez and then Maduro became more authoritarian and crippled the country’s democratic institutions); nonsense policy-making (like price and currency controls); and plain thievery (as corruption has proliferated among unaccountable officials and their friends and families).”

Anne-Marie Slaughter: ‘Care Is as Important as Career’: “So one more time, here are the three points, precepts, principles that I hope you will remember: Care is as important as career, heart is as important as head and family is as important as fame.”

‘I had to wear Pampers’: The cruel reality the people who bring you cheap chicken allegedly endure by Roberto Ferdman: “A new report by Oxfam America, an arm of the international anti- poverty and injustice group, alleges that poultry industry workers are “routinely denied breaks to use the bathroom” in order to optimize the speed of production.”

Air pollution in India is so bad that it kills half a million people every year by Chelsea Harvey: “The study, published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, suggests that outdoor air pollution in the country is contributing to more than half a million premature deaths each year at the cost of hundreds of billions of dollars.”

Study Links Recreational Marijuana Use To Alarming Increase In Fatal Crashes In States That Have Legalized Pot by CBSLA: “The AAA study revealed a surge in marijuana use in weekend, nighttime drivers surveyed nationally and a troubling increase in fatal car crashes linked to pot in Washington state in 2014, two years after recreational marijuana was legalized there.”