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'Battle of the Bums'


IN THE PAPERS – Thursday, July 23: We take a look at how the American press is reacting to Donald Trump's announcement that he's sending more federal agents to US cities. We also find out how Christian women are seeking more roles in the Catholic Church. Finally, we take a peek at a social media campaign that's done the opposite of bottoming out... it has all but(t) bounced us back to virtual art museums. 


We start off with Donald Trump's announcement that he's sending federal agents to Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico, to allegedly fight crime. This in addition to those that are already in Portland, Oregon.

This presence of federal agents in Portland – and soon in other Democrat-led cities – is all part of Donald Trump's re-election plan, according to an op-ed in the Atlantic. The article argues that Trump wants to "convince suburban white voters that he's the last line of defence between them and the chaos allegedly incubating cities".

But the Atlantic says there's a political risk here too. That voters in the suburbs may be turned off by Trump's "belligerent tone" and the very real, physical violence at the hand of federal agents in camouflage.

The Oregonian discusses this violence in its editorial, saying that the rule of law needs to be applied. That lawless behaviour, like federal agents throwing protesters into unmarked cars, needs to be investigated and punished. The Oregonian says that while "dealing with protesters can be difficult…that doesn't excuse or justify unlawful actions".  

There's a cartoon that sums up what's going on, according to some Americans. King Donald is sending in his army. That’s the depiction in USA Today. You have British soldiers standing guard and future Americans saying the king is occupying cities that oppose him. The caption though saves the day. It says "It won't work now, either".

On this point, people have been putting their foot down. Many elected officials have said they don't want the federal agents in their cities, exacerbating already tense protests.

Other people who want the Department of Homeland Security officers to leave town are mothers. As The Washington Post tells us, mothers have been standing arm in arm up at the Portland protests to form a protective line between the agents and the protesters. They've been chanting "Feds stay clear…The moms are here".

We turn now to France, where women are also standing together to say "things need to change". In this case, they want the Catholic Church to become more open to women in high-ranking positions. The French paper Libération tells us how seven women stood together before the Madeleine church in Paris after dropping off their candidacies to be priests, deacons or bishops. Roles that the Catholic Church reserves for men.

The seven women say the rules and perceptions in the church need to change. That they are devout and diverse: among them there's a divorcée, a single woman and a trans woman. A slew of profiles to say "we are your people… let us be your apostles too".

Be they female, or male… a number of papers, including the Guardian and the Huffington Post are talking about the backsides of humans. This "race to the bottom" is described in the Huffington Post. It tells us that a museum in Yorkshire has called on other museums to play a "battle of the butts", or to post online pictures of the best tushes of their collections. These curator battles have been going on since April. But the June theme of museum's best bum still has many tongues, or tails, wagging.   

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