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3 Stories You Should Read 8/25/2020: Suburban Women, Republican Non-platform, Hamas

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In the category of:  Independent thinkers??

Trump’s Scare Tactics Aren’t Working on Women in the Suburbs

North of Charlotte, N.C., voters of both parties can see through the GOP’s strategy of frightening them about an urban crime wave.

It was a prominent and recurring theme on the opening night of the mostly virtual RNC. “They want,” said Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple from St. Louis who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters marching past their house earlier this summer, referring to Democrats and echoing language used repeatedly by Trump himself, “to abolish the suburbs.”

The response I got from actual suburban women here on Monday, though, was a mixture of eye-rolls, laughter and confusion. “It’s not something I’m afraid of,” said Connie Searle, 61, retired from a human resources job at a bank.



In the category of:  Why bother? 

166-year-Old Republican Party Becomes The Newest Trump Property

Four years after a floor fight to strip Trump of the nomination, the GOP doesn’t even attempt to draft a platform, announcing that whatever Trump does is fine.
But for longtime Republican officials and activists, the decision not to pursue a platform under Trump ― who has operated a White House with little discernable political philosophy ― is the most remarkable. A platform contains the philosophical underpinnings of a party and its policy goals, and the lack of interest in having one is a clear sign, they said. 

The Republican National Committee on Sunday instead put out a statement attacking the news media, stating that it would not ratify a new 2020 platform but that “the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda.”

“The platform was always a big deal. I served on county, state and national GOP platforms. We always prided ourselves on how specific we were with all the relevant topics that impacted our lives,” Unruh said. “It is the vision of a party. This is a bigger deal than they even know.”



In the category of:  In other news…

Hamas: Gaza will not ‘remain silent’ as Israel escalates siege

Fire balloons and air raids ratchet up tension as Hamas pushes for the complete removal of Israel’s devastating siege.

The current escalation between Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip and Israel was caused by the launching of incendiary balloons by Palestinians into southern Israel in the past two weeks as a way to pressure Israel to lift its crippling blockade imposed in 2007. The rigged balloons and kites often start blazes on farms in Israel.

Over the past two years, following the momentum of the Great March of Return protests, multiple deals were reached between Palestinian factions in Gaza and Israel with the mediation of Egypt, Qatar, and the United Nations.



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