Famous middleweight boxing contender, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, died in Toronto of complications from prostate cancer. He was 76-years-old. Carter, who spent 19 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of a triple murder, became an activist for the wrongly convicted after his release and was the first executive director of the Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted from 1993 to 2004. Read about Carter’s journey to freedom here…[CNN]

New York Times columnist David Brooks did the absolute most during Sunday’s “Meet The Press” when he “went there” and questioned President Obama’s manhood during a conversation on foreign policy in the Middle East. “And let’s face it, Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have a — I’ll say it crudely — but a manhood problem in the Middle East. Is he tough enough to stand up to somebody like Assad or somebody like Putin? I think a lot of the rap is unfair, but certainly in the Middle East there is an assumption that he’s not tough enough.” Because flexing your muscles and military is the only way to show you’re “tough.” Apparently. Read about it here…[HuffPost]

It’s been one week since a Ku Klux Klan member shot three people dead at Jewish institutions in Kansas and CNN, always finding the sliver of good in bad people, wants to know if the KKK, an organization known for burning and hanging bodies, can rebrand itself. No, seriously. That’s their actual question. Read the foolishness here…[ThinkProgress]

Weekend shootings in Chicago have left nine dead and 36 wounded, including six children ranging in age from 11 to 15. The youngest, 11-year-old Tymisha Washington, was the most seriously wounded and was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition. Read about it here…[ChicagoTribune]


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