Catching up on the morning’s news? Check out the stories making headlines here:
1. Due to a lack of funds, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is no longer paying his campaign staff at the national headquarters in Austin and in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, reports The Washington Post. Now, the campaign must decrease expenditures to include only what is essential as they wait for a campaign boost, perhaps from the Sept. 16 debate. However, the Perry-allied SuperPAC has $17 million and said it is ready to make up for the campaign’s shortcomings.
2. Despite the gunfire that erupted late Sunday night in St. Louis, Missouri, demonstrators carried out a series of peaceful acts of civil disobedience on Monday to honor Mike Brown, the teenager who was killed in Ferguson a year ago. The day’s events were known as “Moral Monday” and involved demonstrations that lasted throughout the day. Activists stormed the federal courthouse in St. Louis and blocked both directions of traffic on Interstate 70 by linking arms and creating a human chain. By midday, at least 56 people were arrested.
3. Megyn Kelly’s silence on her feud with Donald Trump broke last night during her Fox News show, “The Kelly File,” on Monday night. Kelly acknowledged that Trump thought her line of questioning was unfair but disagreed, saying she would not apologize “for doing good journalism.”
4. In the storm of all the back and forth on the Iran Deal, Hillary Clinton warned supporters on Monday that “all bets are off” if the agreement fails. “I’m hoping that the agreement is finally approved and I’m telling you if it’s not, all bets are off,” Clinton told supporters at a campaign stop in New Hampshire. “That’s a very bad signal to send in a quickly moving and oftentimes dangerous world.” While The White House struggles to secure votes for the deal, which they believe will curb ran’s nuclear program, critics, like prominent democrat, Charles Schumer, keep coming out saying the deal will allow Iran to attain nuclear weapons and that the deal allows them to fund terrorism.
5. Amnesty International will vote on whether or not to decriminalize sex work, a topic which has caused a major rift in progressive and feminist communities. If the vote to decriminalize goes through, then the group will call on governments to repeal laws that prohibit the sale and purchase of sex. On one hand, many feminists and groups, like the Coalition Against Trafficking Women (CATW), endorse the “Nordic Model” of decriminalization, which suspends criminal penalties for sex workers but maintains them for prospective clients. On the other hand, pro-decriminalization feminists think sex work is a legitimate job and should be treated as such.
In case you missed it:
- Ronda Rousey said she can beat Floyd Mayweather in a “no rules” fight.
- Stephen Colbert is praying that Donald Trump stays in the 2016 race so that he can use him for comedy material when his new CBS late night show debuts.
- Period shame didn’t stop Kiran Gandhi from running her very first marathon. (Huffington Post)
- John Oliver gathered a star-studded ensemble to deliver the honest sex ed explainer that America needs. (Variety)
- There’s a new trailer for the new “Star Wars” movie. (Entertainment Weekly)