Today’s Buzz features Facebook’s new teen social network, a consideration that the Democrats may now be the conservative party, pre-crime in Rio, and the planning of martian cities. Yesterday, Brazil won the country’s first ever Olympic Gold medal in Football before a home crowd and in honor of their historic win today’s buzz is adorned with their well-earned celebration.




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Trump’s Empire: A Maze of Debts and Opaque Ties: A review of the Republican presidential nominee’s holdings uncovered more debt than what is apparent on his federal election filing, and partnerships with even more liabilities.

How Democrats Become the Conservative Party: By any reasonable definition, Democrats are now the more conservative of America’s two parties. They are more interested than Republicans in conserving America’s international relationships, cultural norms, and political and economic institutions as they are. This is evident among the party’s leaders. On Thursday, The New York Times profiled Steve Bannon, the new chief executive of Donald Trump’s campaign. “As the American financial system collapsed in the fall of 2008,” the Times explained, “Stephen K. Bannon began to fantasize about destroying something else: the elite economic and political establishment.” Essentially, Bannon entered the political arena to blow it up. Which makes sense given that he’s working for a candidate who has suggested scrapping NATO, defaulting on America’s debt, imposing massive tariffs on China, and using nuclear weapons. Trump’s election would immediately create more turmoil than the election of any president in modern American history.

More of Kremlin’s Opponents Are Ending Up Dead Mysterious deaths and close calls have some opposition figures worried that political murder is resurgent in Russian foreign policy.


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Republicans prep ‘break glass’ emergency plan as Trump tumbles: Republicans, worried about preserving their House and Senate majorities in the face of fierce headwinds, are accelerating their plans to distance themselves from Donald Trump – and may soon concede, if only implicitly, his defeat.

A Brief History of Cheating at the Olympics: The ancient Olympic Games didn’t travel from city to city as they do now. Starting in 776 B.C., the Olympics were held quadrennially in Olympia, the sanctuary city of Zeus. Statues of the god were everywhere, and one in particular, a bronze icon holding two thunderbolts, was named “Zeus the Oath Giver.” Before competing, athletes from as far away as modern-day Spain and the Black Sea stood before this icon and swore an oath to the god of thunder vowing they would follow the regulations of the Olympics and play fair.

Usain Bolt caps Olympic triple trifecta; U.S. women’s relay runs to 4×100 gold:  Usain Bolt crossed the Olympic finish line and went through the motions for a ninth and final time. It began at the starting blocks in Beijing eight years ago and ended in front of an adoring crowd in Rio de Janeiro. He posed; he kissed the track; he danced; and he waved the green and yellow flag. All the things track fans had seen before and all the things they’d loved.

Facebook just launched Lifestage: a social-media network by teens, for teens: Facebook just launched Lifestage: a social – media network by teens, for teens. Gone are the days when it was the hippest social media network; the 16-year-olds that were on Facebook when it first launched are well into their 20s. Ancient! But that doesn’t mean Facebook is giving up on the youth of today.


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How Did Justice Scalia Shape American Policing? Donald Trump has repeatedly declared himself the “law and order candidate.” He’s also promised to place conservative justices on the Supreme Court, in the mold of Antonin Scalia. But would Scalia himself have supported Trump’s views on policing? Antonin Scalia, the hero of conservatives, was known more for the force of his pen than the law that he made. He often chose to write alone, to make a point, or say things in his own indomitable way. As a consequence, Scalia was rarely a powerbroker among the justices, which requires compromise and suppressing one’s own views in order to put together the five votes needed to form a majority. That was not Scalia.

Joe Arpaio’s Contempt of Court A federal judge in Arizona referred Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and three associates to federal prosecutors on Friday for allegedly ignoring a federal court’s orders to stop racially profiling Hispanics, compounding the controversial lawman’s legal woes. In his formal order, U.S. District Judge Murray Snow assigned the U.S. Attorney’s office in Arizona to prosecute Arpaio, Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan, Captain Steve Bailey, and Arpaio’s former defense attorney Michele Iafrate for criminal contempt of court.

Proposal Would Add Another Deck to Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park: The Dallas News reviews a proposal that would extend the reach of one of the most successful public spaces in Dallas.

Mapping ‘Pre-Crime’ in Rio: Crime, both real and imagined , has been the subject of intense scrutiny during the Rio 2016 Summer Games. The intense security theater surrounding this Olympics may be unrivaled. When the event winds down, crime may return to high levels across Rio. What that means, though, is poorly understood by city residents and the Olympics-watching world alike.

How Do We Plan For Cities on Mars? Planning for the first hhuman-occupiedmartian cities is taking its next big step with three 3D-printed test colonies planned to be erected in the Mojave Desert.