It’s been 91 days since nearly 300 Nigerian girls were forced out of their beds at gunpoint and loaded onto trucks by members of the terrorist group Boko Haram. And, honestly, there hasn’t been much news to report since last month. But that’s the point.
This is going the way of Kony 2012 — a hashtag, flash-in-the-pan international coverage, then radio silence anywhere outside of the country. Boko Haram continues to openly taunt the Nigerian government’s about its inaction. Aside from the U.S. pledge to send advisory troops, the only congressional support it’s gotten is a stray tweet here and there.
However, there has been some good news. Last week, Agence France-Presse reported that 63 of the girls were able to escape their captors and return home. And the girls’ families have found an ally in Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who survived being shot in the head by Taliban terrorists. Malala visited Nigeria over the weekend to draw attention to the kidnappings and ask Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to take action. “They are my sisters, and I’m going to speak up for them until they are released,” she told the girls’ families.
Of course, Jonathan’s government has claimed it’s doing as much as it can to bring back the girls. An anonymous source told CBS that “backdoor channels remain open,” and said rescue efforts were aborted at the last second on three separate occasions. A Boko Haram leader has also offered to negotiate a prisoner swap, but the Nigerian government has been unreceptive to the idea.
All these promises for action have failed to console Nigeria’s citizens. In the three months since the girls’ abduction, Jonathan did not met with their families — though he is expected to do so later on Monday. But, for now, as the days, weeks, and months tick on, the Nigerian government is telling these girls and their families that if they want to regain their freedom from violent extremists, they’ll have to go it alone.
What We're Following See More »
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz "will not have a major speaking role or preside over daily convention proceedings this week," and is under increasing pressure to resign. The DNC Rules Committee on Saturday named Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge as "permanent chair of the convention." At issue: internal DNC emails leaked by Wikileaks that show how "the DNC favored Clinton during the primary and tried to take down Bernie Sanders by questioning his religion."
- A Rasmussen Reports poll shows Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton, 43%-42%, the fourth week in a row he's led the poll (one of the few poll in which he's led consistently of late).
- A Reuters/Ipsos survey shows Clinton leading 40%-36%. In a four-way race, she maintains her four-point lead, 39%-35%, with Gary Johnson and Jill Stein pulling 7% and 3%, respectively.
- And the LA Times/USC daily tracking poll shows a dead heat, with Trump ahead by about half a percentage point.
In an election between two candidates around 70 years of age, millennials strongly prefer one over the other. Hillary Clinton has a 47%-30% edge among votes 18 to 29. She also leads 46%-36% among voters aged 30 to 44.
According to an online tracking poll released by New Latino Voice, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump among Latino voters, attracting support from 81 percent of Latino voters, to just 12 percent support for Trump. The results of this poll are consistent with those from a series of other surveys conducted by various organizations. With Pew Research predicting the 2016 electorate will be 12 percent Hispanic, which would be the highest ever, Trump could be in serious trouble if he can't close the gap.