Trump jabs ‘Wacky Jacky and Pocahontas’ while campaigning for Dean Heller in Nevada

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In a visit to boost one of the nation’s most vulnerable Republican senators ahead of this fall’s November election, President Donald Trump unveiled a new nickname for the Democrat running to unseat Sen. Dean Heller.

“Wacky Jacky,” Trump said at the Nevada GOP convention, in reference to Rep. Jacky Rosen. “You don’t want her as your senator.”
Trump’s short Saturday swing through Las Vegas was aimed largely at bolstering Heller, who is running for re-election in a state Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Just before his speech to the state GOP, he held a backstage fundraiser for Heller.
During the speech, Trump listed off several of his administration’s accomplishments, notably the passage of tax cuts and repealing the individual mandate under Obamacare.
As controversy still rages over his administration’s handling of immigrant families at the Southern border, Trump said he sees the issue as immigration as a winner for Republicans in the midterms.
“I think I got elected largely because we are strong on the border,” Trump said.
Of undocumented immigrants, he said, “if they see any weakness, they will come by the millions.”
Trump also noted that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a potential 2020 challenger, was in the state Saturday speaking at the state Democratic convention, again using the “Pocahontas” slur to describe the Massachusetts Democrat.
“Wacky Jacky is campaigning with Pocahontas, you believe this? In your state! Can you believe this?” Trump said at the Nevada GOP convention. “When you see that, that’s not the senator you want.”
The President also mocked calls for an apology for using the term.
“To the memory of Pocahontas, I apologize,” he said.
After the speech, Trump was headed to a roundtable with Heller, gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt, labor secretary Alex Acosta and local business leaders focused on the GOP’s tax bill, for which Heller claimed credit.
The trip shows the extent to which Trump and Heller have repaired their relationship.
Heller was a Trump critic during the 2016 election. Last summer, he famously stood with Brian Sandoval, Nevada’s popular outgoing moderate Republican governor, and declared his opposition to Trump’s bill repealing parts of Obamacare.
The two broke the ice on an October flight to Las Vegas after the mass shooting there. Heller, meanwhile, has been a staunch advocate for Trump’s other policies — particularly tax reform.
Trump prodded Heller — who famously helped tank Trump’s effort to repeal Obamacare last summer — saying his re-election bid was “a little bit shaky at the beginning.”
That was, in part, because of the presence of conservative challenger Danny Tarkanian in the race.
At the urging of Trump and Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale, Tarkanian dropped out of that campaign to run for the 3rd District House seat instead.
“He’s a great team player, Danny. He’s a really great team player. And Dean and myself, we really appreciate what he did,” Trump said of Tarkanian.
During the speech, President also returned to his familiar criticism of Arizona Sen. John McCain, saying “a little early-morning surprise by one of our own” — referring to McCain’s dramatic thumbs-down vote on an Obamacare repeal bill — tanked the effort to undo former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation.
Since then, the tax bill repealed Obamacare’s individual mandate, and the Trump administration is rolling back the law’s other protections.
“We’ve essentially gutted it anyway,” Trump said.
Trump repeatedly claimed that electing Rosen to the Senate amounts to backing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
He promised to return to the state to campaign for Heller, Laxalt and Tarkanian.
“I will be back a lot because we’re going to be fighting real hard for Danny, and for Adam, and for Dean,” Trump said.
At one point, after jabbing at “Wacky Jacky and Pocahontas,” Trump claimed that Rosen and Warren “don’t know how to say Nevada.” The two say “Nev-ah-da,” a pet peeve for the state’s residents, rather than the correct “Nev-AD-a,” Trump claimed.
However, as he finished his speech, it was Trump who made the mistake.
“Thank you very much, Nevada,” he said — pronouncing it “Nev-ah-da.”

Zimbabwe blast rocks stadium in apparent assassination attempt on President

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Zimbabwe’s government is calling an explosion Saturday an assassination attempt on President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was holding a campaign rally at a stadium.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa at Saturday's rally.

The President escaped injuries, but others were injured and hospitalized. The blast occurred at White City Stadium in Bulawayo.
“Investigations are underway and more details will be given to the public,” presidential spokesman George Charamba said, according to the state-run newspaper The Herald.
“There have been multiple attempts on the President’s life over the past five years.”
The country’s two vice presidents were among at least eight people injured, The Herald reported. Kembo Mohadi suffered leg injuries, and Constantino Chiwenga had slight facial bruises, state media said.
Injured people receive help after Saturday's blast in Bulawayo. CNN has blurred the faces of the injured.

Other injured officials included Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, minister of water, environment and climate, and Engelbert Rugeje, party secretary of the ruling ZANU-PF.
The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp. said three of its crew members were hurt and taken to Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo
The US Embassy in Harare condemned the attack.
“Political violence in any form is unacceptable & contrary (to the) positive progress required (to) move Zim forward as it seeks (to) take its place on the global stage,” the embassy said on Twitter. “Our thoughts & prayers go out (to the) victims & their families.”
Next month’s presidential elections will be the first since the country’s military forced Robert Mugabe out of office in an apparent coup in November.

Exclusive: Trump admin thought family separations would deter immigrants. They haven’t.

The Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations at the border hasn’t deterred immigrants from trying to enter the country illegally, despite the administration’s predictions that it would, internal Department of Homeland Security documents obtained.

The documents, which refer to the effort as the “Prosecution Initiative,” demonstrate that in early April, days after President Donald Trump announced he would send the National Guard to the border and after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his offices would prosecute all illegal crossings referred to the Justice Department, Homeland Security staff predicted that the deterrent effects of the policies would be visible quickly.
“The full impact of policy initiatives are not fully realized for 2-3 weeks following public messaging — however, some migrants already underway may temporarily halt to determine the effects of the new policy,” the document states.
Instead, publicly released data showed a roughly 5% uptick in the number of people caught crossing the border illegally when compared to figures from April, including a big jump in unaccompanied children.
While the documents don’t speak to the conceptualization of the policy or the internal deliberations that preceded it, they call into question the administration’s justification for the policy. The lack of measurable impact on immigration lends weight to questions about the policy’s effectiveness, going beyond moral issues raised by the policy’s critics.
So far, the policy has resulted in the separations of least 2,000 children from their families.
The administration’s decision this spring to begin referring all people caught crossing the border illegally for prosecution — including those that come with children — has resulted in those families being separated when the adults are sent to face criminal charges, without clear procedures for reuniting them with their children afterward.
Trump himself has framed the issue by falsely blaming Democrats for family separations, while also suggesting it is mainly a negotiating tactic to force Democrats to accept other hardline measures the administration is seeking.
“Why don’t the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world’s worst immigration laws? Where is the outcry for the killings and crime being caused by gangs and thugs, including MS-13, coming into our country illegally?” Trump tweeted Monday morning.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also defended the policy on Monday amid rising criticism. She told “those who have complained” that they should work with the administration to “fix” the laws they take issue with.
“We will not apologize for the job we do or for the job law enforcement does for doing the job that the American people expect us to do,” she said, speaking in front of a friendly audience of the National Sheriffs’ Association. “Illegal actions have and must have consequences. No more free passes, no more get-out-of-jail-free cards.”
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But a month after the administration started generating headlines about family separation, the Homeland Security Department’s own data showed the policy did not yet have the desired and predicted effect on the number of people trying to cross the border illegally or the number who show up at a legal crossing without paperwork, but may be claiming asylum.
Government officials repeatedly encouraged would-be border crossers seeking asylum protections to show up at legal ports of entry to claim their protections, touting it as a way to avoid being separated from children.
Stories on the policy have generated outrage, including articles transmitting the anguish of a mother separated from her toddler, a father who took his life while separated from his family and a distraught five-year-old boy separated from his father, among others.
Meanwhile, in addition to the number of people crossing illegally increasing, the number of people showing up at legal border crossings decreased by 9% that month despite that statistic usually increasing in the month of May, based on historic trends.
While Sessions made the announcement in early April, the issue of family separations did not gain attention until a month later, in May, when the Department of Homeland Security followed suit and said it would refer 100% of the adults it catches crossing the border illegally to the Justice Department for prosecution — including those coming with children.
“If you’re smuggling a child, we’re going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you probably, as required by law,” Sessions said on May 7, when the DHS policy was announced. “If you don’t want your child to be separated, then don’t bring them across the border illegally.”
“Our policy is if you break the law, we will prosecute you,” Nielsen testified before Congress a week later. “You have an option to go to a port of entry and not illegally cross into our country.”
But weeks later, in a document from late May, staff noted that the policy had not yet had its desired effect, saying it could happen by the end of the month.
“CBP continues to asses that the deterrent effect of the Prosecution Initiative is not yet fully realized and apprehensions may still begin to decline before the end of the month,” the document states.
It also said that another predicted outcome of the policy — that there would be clear statistical evidence that migrants were opting to show up at legal border crossings instead of crossing illegally — also did not happen, and in fact the opposite seemed to occur.
“There is no evidence of deflection from apprehensions between the ports of entry to the ports (one potential side effect of the Prosecution Initiative),” the document reads.
But the documents and publicly released data showed that nothing changed in the trends before the end of the month: illegal crossings continued to increase each week, and the number of people showing up at legal entries decreased each week.
Experts question if the Trump administration is taking a realistic approach to border security, both in terms of its characterization of the situation at the border currently and what its policies could achieve.
Doris Meissner, a senior fellow and director at the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute and former high-ranking immigration official across multiple administrations in the Justice Department, said the flows of migrants in North America are affected by a variety of factors pushing them out of their homes and pulling them toward the US.
“Of course these are intended to be deterrent measures,” she said of the administration’s moves at the border. “The question is, are these kinds of changes in policy, will they really function as a deterrent? And they may, for a while. … Sometimes there is a pause. But when the underlying conditions continue, the pause will end, just as it did last year after the initial reduced apprehensions that happened once the new administration came into office.”
DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman downplayed the idea the department was expecting sooner results and said the agency “expect(s) the strong message of zero tolerance to take time to reach Central American countries.”
“Of course we expect the 100% prosecution policy at the border to have a deterrent effect. The application of consequences for breaking our nation’s immigration laws and violating our nation’s sovereignty will be effective,” Waldman said.
“However, we do not expect those seeking to enter the country illegally to miraculously turn back weeks into their dangerous, illegal journey just because they have heard of a new enforcement policy,” she added.
Meissner said the administration should take a “longer view” of the issue and realize that addressing migration requires multi-layered policy that both has a fair but efficient system for handling claims in the US and a policy that seeks to improve conditions in the Central American countries they are fleeing — countries Meissner points out are US allies and developing democracies. She said it took months to address the child migrant crisis of 2014, when numbers of crossings far outpaced what the US is currently seeing, and that the key wasn’t messaging, but rather recruiting the Mexican government to turn back migrants within its borders — something it continues to do at paces exceeding the US.
“There have to be changes in each dimension of what makes up the issue,” Meissner said. But, she added, “We really are in unknown territory on this, because these sorts of measures are well beyond what we ever tolerated as a country or thought to do as a country.”

US preparing in DMZ for return of troop remains from North Korea

About 100 wooden transport cases are being sent to the Demilitarized Zone, starting Saturday, to prepare for receiving US troop remains from North Korea, a representative for US Forces Korea said.

The Trump administration is expecting North Korea to return up to 200 sets of remains believed to be US service members who died during the Korean War, four administration officials said earlier this week. The transfer date and location have not been finalized, the officials said, but they said the administration is ready to receive the remains if the North Koreans decide to move quickly.
The transport cases are headed to the DMZ’s Joint Security Area — the border village of Panmunjom — “for the repatriation of the remains,” said Sung Ho-jung, an information officer for US Forces Korea.
“In addition, UN flags and coffin-support bases were sent. Aside from this, 158 metal coffins were transported from Yongsan US military base in Seoul to Osan Air Base for use when the remains will be sent to the US.”
President Donald Trump has pointed to North Korea’s agreement to return the remains as one of the successes of his July 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
As many as 5,300 sets of US service member remains are still somewhere in North Korea, the US Defense Department has said.

Sessions isn’t the first to ‘textjack’ the Bible. Here are five of the most misused scriptures

The game was tied and there was no time left on the clock when Dina Disney stepped to the foul line. Tears welling in her eyes, the college senior sank two free throws to seal her school’s first NCAA basketball championship.

Asked how she stayed so calm, Disney didn’t get philosophical, she got biblical. She cited a popular New Testament verse often invoked by athletes and inspirational speakers.
“The only thing that was going through my mind was that verse, ‘I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,” Disney said after the game sportswriters dubbed, “The Miracle on Eighth Street.”
If Robert E. Van Voorst had been there, though, he might have rushed onto the court to whistle her for a foul. The infraction, he’d say: “textjacking” a biblical verse by robbing it of its original meaning.
Many athletes love the biblical verse on Stephen Curry's  sneakers, but scholars say they often draw the wrong meaning from it.

Van Voorst, a biblical scholar, says people have long been turning that passage from Philippians 4:13 into a Rocky Balboa-like affirmation without knowing its true meaning.
When the Apostle Paul wrote that line, he was referring to a Christian’s ability to withstand suffering. It wasn’t about winning; it was about enduring loss. Paul wasn’t taking a victory lap; he was in prison contemplating his execution, says Van Voorst, a professor at Western Theological Seminary in Michigan.
“When people in a very heated situation quote the Bible, watch out, because on the right and left it’s often not going to be too reflective,” says Van Voorst, who tells the story of Dina Disney’s 1990 victory in his book, “Commonly Misunderstood Verses of the Bible: What They Really Mean.”
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was condemned recently when he cited a passage in Romans 13 to justify the Trump administration’s policy of separating parents from children at the border.
But plenty of ordinary people have been misstating the true meaning of that and other popular New Testament passages for ages, biblical scholars say. Romans 13 has been used to justify everything from slavery to apartheid. Ephesians 5:22 — “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord” — has been cited to support the abuse of women.
Then there are those verses even some of the most literal readers of the Bible ignore because they are just too inconvenient. Take Luke 18:22: “Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Biblical scholars and pastors even keep an unofficial list of the most misunderstood scriptures, the ones people keep quoting and getting wrong.
Here are five of the most textjacked passages in the New Testament:

A Polyanna gospel

Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Romans 13 isn’t the only passage in Paul’s letter to the Romans that people keep getting wrong. Romans 8:28 is often invoked like a spiritual lucky charm, some scholars say: No matter what kind of glorious mess you found yourself in, God will bail you out like a cosmic 911 operator.
“This verse is used to comfort people going through tough times with the idea that these bad things are happening for a reason and eventually everything will work out for the best,” says Marc Pugliese, associate professor of religion and theology at Saint Leo University Florida.
The Apostle Paul wrote much of the New Testament, but people keep misusing some of his most famous passages, scholars say.

Pugliese gives some examples of this type of thinking:
“If you lose your job it’s because God has a better one for you. Falling off a ladder and breaking your leg was part of God’s plan to get you to meet your future partner when you were at the hospital.”
But Paul was actually talking about something more than God bailing out people in tough situations when he wrote those words, Pugliese says. He was talking about God bailing out all of creation in a future age. Paul was explaining his apocalyptic theology, which is foreign to many 21st century ears. But if you read the rest of the chapter, he says, the context becomes clear.
“What he means is the future when Christ comes back,” Pugliese says. “Even though we’re suffering now, things are going to work out, but not like ‘I’m going to get that job’ or ‘I’ve lost this loved one and I’m going to meet someone new.’ It’s not a thing in this life or a specific event in your own life. It’s bigger.”
Nor does Romans 8:28 promise a happy ending for every Christian in every situation, says Van Voorst. In his book, he writes: “It is a blessed ending for the whole universe, the renewal of all things.”
Paul knew in a fallen world that bad things, “left on their own, generally go from bad to worse,” Van Voortst writes. To those who still insist Romans 8:28 is about things having a way of working out, Van Voorst says:
“This is the gospel according to Pollyanna, not the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

What would Jesus cut?

Matthew 26:11: “The poor you will always have with you.”
The midterms are this year, so you may hear a politician or two mangle the meaning of Matthew 26:11. Some conservatives cite it as a reason to weaken the social safety net or discourage spending on programs for the poor. The implication is that Jesus would have thought such programs were a waste.
Jesus said the poor will always be with us, but that doesn't necessarily mean he would ignore the homeless.

Nothing could be further from the truth, says David B. Gowler, author of “The Parables of Jesus.”
“Left out of their misinterpretation of that saying is the fact that Jesus is actually quoting a passage from Jewish scripture that makes the opposite point,” Gowler says.
The passage Gowler refers to is from Deuteronomy 15:7-11, where God declares, “Do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted towards your needy neighbor.”
Specifically, Gowler says, Jesus was alluding to the 11th verse: “Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, ‘Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.'”
“The continual existence of the poor serves as the fundamental reason for God’s command to assist them, to give ‘liberally and ungrudgingly,'” says Gowler, a senior faculty fellow at the Center for Ethics at Emory University in Atlanta.
A reader doesn’t even have to flip to Deuteronomy to figure out that Jesus isn’t saying it’s a waste to give to the poor, says Saint Leo’s Pugliese. Just read the version of the same story in the gospel of Mark.
“The parallel verse in Mark 14:7 clearly has Jesus approving of giving to the poor, as it immediately adds: ‘And whenever you wish you can do good to them,'” he says.

A scripture that scapegoats

Matthew 27:24-25: “And all the people answered and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.”
This scripture has been called the most inflammatory passage in the New Testament. It comes from one of the most dramatic moments in the New Testament.
According to the gospel of Matthew, when Jesus is put on trial, Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, asks a crowd of Jews what he should do with Jesus. The text said the crowd replied, “Crucify him,” and afterward Pilate declared that he was innocent of Jesus’ blood. That’s when the Jewish mob cried out that Jesus’ blood shall be on “us and on our children.”
The words are clear in the passage, but the way they’ve been misinterpreted — to blame Jews for killing Jesus — has caused countless deaths over the centuries.
That misuse of Matthew 27:24-25 has led to everything from the Crusades and the Inquisition to pogroms and the Holocaust. But Christians aren’t the only ones who’ve misused scriptures for violence. All religious texts can be victims of “textjacking,” from Muslim terrorists to Hindu nationalists to violent Buddhist monks in Myanmar.
If people knew their history, they would know that Jews did not kill Jesus, says David Lincicum, associate professor of theology at University of Notre Dame
“The Romans are the ones who actually put Jesus to death, but the Jews are being blamed for the death of Jesus,” Lincicum says. “You have this long tradition of Christian anti-Semitism which finds its justification in texts like that.”
That justification has since been repudiated by Popes and scholars.
J. Carl Laney, a teacher in the Israel Study Program at Western Seminary in Oregon, wrote an essay explaining how people can get the words right but the meaning of a passage wrong.
The crowd in Matthew did not represent all the Jewish people of that day, Laney wrote. Jewish leaders had no authority to bring guilt on their descendants.
“Rather than blaming the Jews for the crucifixion of Christ, the New Testament teaches that Jesus died for the sins of the world. In a very real sense, the sin of each and every person was a factor in sending Jesus to the cross.”

A subversive on slavery

Ephesians 6:5: “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.”
The late mystic and theologian Howard Thurman was raised by his grandmother, who was born a slave and couldn’t read. It fell to him to read her the Bible. But she would not allow him to read anything from Paul.
For centuries, Paul's letter to the Ephesians was used to justify slavery.

It took him years, but one day he finally asked her why. She told him her master’s minister would occasionally hold services for the slaves and always quoted from Paul.
“At least three or four times a year he used as a text: ‘Slaves be obedient to them that are your masters.’ Then he would go on to show how it was God’s will that we were slaves and how, if we were good and happy slaves, God would bless us.”
Virtually no one misuses Paul’s letter to the Ephesians to justify slavery anymore, but for centuries it was used in America to justify the enslavement of African people. There are some Christians today who still feel ambivalent about Paul because of his words on slavery.
But biblical scholar Van Voorst says it would be inaccurate to say Paul justified or approved of slavery.
In Galatians 3:28, Paul says: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” In other passages of the Bible, Paul says slaves shouldn’t be threatened — a common practice at the time.
“Paul’s attitude toward slavery is much more an attitude of reform rather than revolt,” Van Voorst says. “He doesn’t want a social revolution against the Roman Empire. But what he does say tends to be very strong toward reform of the system, and it is going to eventually end it.”
Paul’s subversive attitude toward slavery could clearly be seen in his letter to Philemon, a rarely quoted book in the New Testament. Philemon was a slave-owner and a Christian who Paul befriended. Somehow Paul had come into contact with Onesimus, a slave who had escaped Philemon. Paul sent Onesimus back to Philemon with a letter requesting that his friend accept his former slave as a brother in Christ, Van Voorst says.
“Paul’s command to Philemon is written as a letter to his church,” he says. “This is a church letter to be read aloud to the congregation on a Sunday morning. Everybody hears it. Maybe even Onesimus is there. And Paul says, ‘This is what I expect you to do for your brother.'”

Going the extra mile to get it wrong

Matthew 5:41: “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Extra Mile Trucking. Extra Mile Marketing. Extra Mile Dentist.
A Google search reveals a glut of companies whose names are a play on Jesus’ famous saying from the Sermon on the Mount. These are companies that are promising to literally and figuratively go the extra mile for their clients.
The original meaning of that phrase, though, has nothing to do with improved customer service or making an extra effort for someone, Van Voorst says.
“The phrase in reality speaks about doing good to one’s enemies, not about love for one’s customers.”
What did Jesus really mean when he said go the extra mile? It's probably not what you think.

Again, it’s about context. Jesus was a member of an ethnic minority in a land that was under military occupation. Under Roman law, soldiers could force Jews to carry their backpacks for one mile. The law was just another in a series of humiliations for the Jewish people, who chafed under Roman occupation and often rose up in violence.
Jesus’ admonition was a form of nonviolent resistance that would later be adopted by Mohandas Gandhi and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
“It’s a love for the enemy thing. It’s getting your enemy’s attention and making them think you’re not so bad after all,” Van Voorst says.
There is a shrewd calculation in that kind of strategy. Pricking an enemy’s conscience would possibly lead to a change in their behavior, Van Voorst says. Jesus exhibited that attitude by the kindness he showed individual Romans throughout the Gospels.
“That kind of self-giving behavior would perhaps change some minds, and perhaps it’s why Jesus had some followers from the Roman Empire,” he says.

The invisible gorilla

Ask various scholars why people continue to misuse scripture and you’ll get fairly similar answers: declining biblical literacy; tricky biblical translations; and preachers who don’t do their homework.
But one scholar says it also comes down to something else:
The invisible gorilla in the room.
Emory’s Gowler cites a famous experiment that shows how people’s perceptions can be easily skewed.
Researchers asked participants to watch a brief video of six people passing basketballs to each other. Three of the people are wearing white shirts, and three are wearing black shirts. The white shirted people pass one ball among themselves; the black shirted people do the same.
Viewers were asked to count the number of passes the people in white shirts made to each other. In the middle of the video, a person in a gorilla suit walks slowly into the middle of the frame, faces the camera and beats his chest before walking off.
Almost half the viewers did not see the gorilla because they were focused on counting the number of passes made by the people in white shirts, Gowler says. He’s shown the video to his classes, and they miss the gorilla by a similar percentage. By focusing on the white shirts, their brains filter out the black shirts — and the gorilla along with them.
People say they want to know what the Bible means, but they often miss the meaning because they’re so focused on “what they expect — or want — to find,” he says.
Dina Disney, now Dina Hackert, says she was too exhausted to think about theology with the game on the line.

As for the college basketball player who recited Philippians when she stepped to the free throw line? She’s still invoking scripture today.
Disney is now Dina Hackert, and she speaks about her faith at conferences, retreats and athletic events. She started a ministry and a church in Kentucky with her husband, Jeff. They’ve been married 26 years and have four children.
Hackert says today that Philippians 4:13 “wasn’t just a championship moment verse; this was my life verse.” She said the verse carried her through her parents’ divorce, major knee surgeries and through the exhaustion she felt at the end of the game.
“This verse had been written on my shoestring from the first day of the season,” she says. “It wasn’t a mindless quote, and frankly theology wasn’t on my mind as a 21-year-old college athlete.”
That verse in Philippians recently helped her navigate a recent cancer diagnosis, she says. And she’s still involved in basketball, coaching the girls’ varsity team at Meade County High School in Kentucky.
“A faith journey with God is personal. Philippians 4:13 was personal to me,” she says. “God had proven to me that He was faithful in my weakness, so today my life verse remains: I can do all things through Christ.”

A child’s anguish meets America’s indifference on new TIME cover

(CNN)The Trump administration’s policy that effectively separated families crossing the US border has held up a big, glaring mirror to America’s moral character. In TIME magazine’s latest cover, the reflection is met with indifference in the face of human suffering.

In the stark photo illustration, the towering figure of Trump looms over a sobbing child, who is the subject of a now-iconic photograph taken recently by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Moore.
“Welcome to America,” the illustration reads.
Moore told the magazine he had to “stop and take deep breaths” after capturing the image of a two-year-old Honduran girl crying for her mother, who was being detained in McAllen, Texas.

The cover is for the July 2 edition of the magazine, which will appear on newsstands the week of Independence Day.
The Trump administration’s so-called “zero tolerance” policy has resulted in many people being taken into federal custody immediately after crossing the border. Children cannot follow their family members or guardians into custody, so US guidelines mandate that those children be separated — often from their parents.
This week, President Trump signed an executive order reversing the policy after days of double talk from administration officials and the President himself. However, the order did not specify any solution for the 2,300 children who are reportedly being detained or bounced around the country without the parents who crossed the border with them.

Richmond school drops Confederate name in favor of Barack Obama

(CNN)A Richmond, Virginia, elementary school will switch its name from that of a Confederate general to that of the nation’s first black President.

On Monday, the Richmond school board voted to rename J.E.B. Stuart Elementary as Barack Obama Elementary School, reported CNN affiliate WTVR.
Members of the school’s community submitted ideas for a new name and students at the Richmond school, which is 95% African-American according to WTVR, voted among seven choices. The top three finalists were: Barack Obama, Northside and Wishtree, the station reported.
Last year, a school board in Mississippi dropped the name Jefferson Davis, for the president of the Confederacy, in favor of naming an elementary school after America’s 44th president.
Also on Monday, the Tulsa, Oklahoma, school board voted to rename Columbus and Chouteau elementary schools, but delayed the vote on what to call another elementary school that is named for Confederate general Robert E. Lee, reported CNN affiliate KRJH.
Columbus Elementary, named for the now-controversial 15th century explorer, will become Dolores Huerta Elementary, named after the activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with Cesar Chavez.
Chouteau Elementary, named for trader and purported slave owner Jean-Pierre Chouteau, according to CNN affiliate KTUL, will become Wayman Tisdale Fine Arts Academy, named for a local basketball star who became an NBA player and later a successful jazz musician before his death in 2009.
The Tulsa school board approved a change for Robert E. Lee Elementary, but will decide on a new name at its next meeting in August, CNN affiliate KJRH reported.
A debate surrounding what to do with Confederate names, statues and symbols has been underway in recent years since Dylann Roof killed nine African-Americans in a Charleston, South Carolina, church in 2015. And it flared up again after white nationalists marched during the summer to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a counterprotester was killed.
The Southern Poverty Law Center estimates that 100 public schools in the US are named for Confederate leaders, with most of them clustered in the South.