Overnight Dispatches

Idyllic farm scene from IowaFollowing the news has been like drinking from a fire hose. What the corporate media doles out to us is only a small fraction of the story. Here are some events that happened in the last 12 hours.

The Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greelyville, S.C. went up in flames last night. The cause of the fire is unknown as officials investigate. This is the seventh burning of an African American church in the South since the June 17 shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Three of the seven fires have been identified as arson. Read Melissa Boughton’s coverage here.

The White House set the formal announcement of re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba this morning at 11 a.m. EDT. The plan is for each country to open an embassy in the other.

The State Department released more than 3,600 pages of Hillary Clinton emails purportedly related to Benghazi, Libya. Already Bloomberg made a cursory pass, pointing out the banalities of life as HRC. Read Jennifer Epstein’s post here. Even though Clinton has explained what happened in her book Hard Choices… well just keep your sanity and view this as an extension of the Whitewater investigation.

Political consultant and campaign manager for Howard Dean’s campaign Joe Trippi apologized for creating the hailstorm of political contribution requests many received yesterday as the second quarter financial reporting period closed at midnight. As John Deeth pointed out, it’s about the bat.


The Associated Press story on slavery in the fishing industry continued as they featured the homecoming of a man who was held captive as a slave for 22 years on an Indonesian fishing boat. These ships produce seafood for U.S. markets. Margie Mason and Robin McDowell’s stories about slavery represent amazing work as journalists. BFIA posted about it here. Here’s last night’s story:

What else, BFIA readers?

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