US Spelling Bee's 8 Winners, ALL Kids of Color, Challenge Trump's White Nationalism Beliefs

America had a first-ever, dramatic end to the National Spelling Bee. They ran out of words, and eight kids were still standing. The winners are Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao, and Rohan Raja.

With all Trump's hateful anti-immigration rhetoric, I note publicly the absence of a majority of white kids in the final rounds. In fact, they are hard to find in this inspiring group of young people.

What's up? Are white kids not making the cut -- or are they too "good" to undertake a mental challenge like the National Spelling Bee?

What I know is that the mental rigor of these kids represents America's future. American kids academic test scores are in the toilet internationally. We must nurture our best minds, as well-educated kids are no longer a given in America. It's costs too much money, say Republicans. Parents can do it better.

Trump would have you believe that white kids are doing just great. But ARE THEY? I propose that without the finest minds of kids of color -- and their determination to excel and make America great -- America's fall from grace will be even worse than the trajectory we are currently seeing play out before the whole world.

THIS is America's future and I pray that white people just take a reality check on what's REALLY made America great. It takes all colors.~ Anne via Buzzfeed

SC Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Votes Against Trump Immigration Rules After Cancer Surgery

Ruth Bader Ginsberg poses for official Supreme Court Justice photo.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg poses for official Supreme Court Justice photo.

As the Trump wrecking machine increasingly rattles much of America, progressives, Democrats and centrists alike got an unexpected blow in the gut on Friday with news that beloved Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, was in surgery at Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. Notorious RBG, as the pop icon Justice is called, is recovering from her third bout with cancer with the removal of two nodules from her left lung.

Sloan Kettering doctors insist that Ginsburg’s lung cancer did not spread to other areas of her body, leaving weeping Americans believing that she will make a full recovery.

Weeks ago, Ginsburg fell in her office, fracturing several ribs. During her treatment, scans revealed the cancerous growths. Even cancer surgery didn’t get in the Supreme’s way, as Her Honor cast a deciding vote from her hospital bed against US President Donald Trump’s attempts to place new restrictions on migrants seeking asylum in the US.

With her vote, and that of Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. joining the four-person liberal wing, the highest court refused to overturn a lower-court decision that the Trump administration can’t enforce its new policy of denying asylum to migrants who illegally cross the Mexican border.

“Whatever the scope of the president’s authority,” Judge Tigar wrote in the earlier ruling appealed to the Supreme Court, “he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden.”

Trump slammed the decision as the work of an Obama-appointed judge. There is concern that Trump is increasingly at odds with Chief Justice Roberts, who responded to Trump’s tweet about Judge Tigar with the statement: “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” the chief justice said, adding that an “independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.”

Marie Claire US September 2018 Issue Devoted To Immigration In America & Women Immigrants

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Since I was a little girl old enough to weep when I heard 'America the Beautiful' and old enough to go to the Statue of Liberty for comfort in the days after Sept. 11, my flawed America welcomed the world's tired, poor and huddled masses yearning to breathe free. My America was on a continuum to be even better in this commitment , as I luxuriated in the beauty of our American experiment as a melting pot 'Immigration Nation'.  A global traveler myself, and an adventurous spirit for sure, I've always thrived on diversity and fusion culture. 

The September 2018 issue of Marie Claire US devotes its entire issue to the talents and contributions "of female authors, executives, actresses, athletes, designers (all of whom have become activists)—including Priyanka Chopra, Constance Wu, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Maria Cornejo, among other equally formidable women—with roots in foreign lands."

After a huge dose of womanly inspiration, Marie Claire gets down to business with these timely articles:

1)The Women Fixing How the US Treats Immigrants; 2)True Stories from the Border and 3) Easy Ways to Help Immigrant Kids Right Now

Flipping on Marie Claire's first story, in walks Laurene Powell Jobs and her Emerson Collective.

Known for their focus on education and publishing (They now own The Atlantic), the Emerson Collective is developing a major arm to help immigrants and asylum seekers. In the image at the top, I'm pretty sure that's JR with Jobs.

Emerson Collective employees Monica Barrera, Anya McMurray, Tyler Moran, Beatriz Lopez, Cristina Moreno, and Sara Gomez Horta at the Families Belong Together March on June 30 in D.C. Image by Ralph Alswang

Emerson Collective employees Monica Barrera, Anya McMurray, Tyler Moran, Beatriz Lopez, Cristina Moreno, and Sara Gomez Horta at the Families Belong Together March on June 30 in D.C. Image by Ralph Alswang