Stop Trying to Ruin the Olympics For Us

Megan Kalmoe, OLY

Today we are one week away from departure for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.  Competition starts in eighteen days; and in twenty-two days I will have completed the final race of my career.  Rio will be my third Olympic Team after walking on to my college rowing team in 2002 with no knowledge or background in the sport.  Rio will be my first trip to South America. My family and friends are planning on being there to support me for my last-ever attempt to make the podium while representing the United States in rowing competition.  I will be traveling to Rio as part of one of the most talented and decorated women’s rowing squads in history.  I am incredibly excited for this trip, and this opportunity.  I have worked for ten years to get to this point and will continue to work as hard as I can over the…

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To the Polls! Four Takes on the US and UK Political Scenes

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Elections are dominating the headlines. The past few weeks have brought the one-two punch of the Brexit referendum in the UK and the Republican National Convention in the US, while the Democratic National Convention looms.

In a time of 24-hour news coverage we turn to blogs for personal perspectives and points of view not always seen in traditional media — these recent pieces from some of our recommended current events, culture, and political commentary sites shed new light on these now-ubiquitous stories.

The Sincerest Form of Flattery?

At The Kinfolk Kollective, blogger LaSha deconstructs the racist underpinnings of Melania Trump’s partially plagiarized GOP convention speech, in no uncertain terms:

Despite being caught with the smoking gun, any indictment of the character of this woman is preposterous. Despite Melania Trump initially taking credit for composing the speech with “as little help as possible,” somehow calling her a plagiarist is offensive. Despite Trump…

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