8 Things You Need To Know This AM — Aug 19 2015

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A 19-year-old man brought knives and a homemade bomb to a Wichita abortion clinic on Monday. Police haven’t said whether he intended to do harm — but there's plenty of reason to think he did; the clinic operates in the same location where Dr. George Tiller worked before he was murdered by an anti-abortion terrorist in 2009. (KSN.com)
There's a glaring omission from Straight Outta Compton: Dre's history of violence against women. The movie's won accolades for depicting a group that was often vilified at the time, but critics are rushing to point out that a darker side of the story deserves to be told. (Gawker)
Another big step for trans rights: Raffi Freedman-Gurspan is the first openly trans person hired by the White House, where she'll work in the Office of Personnel. Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett praised "her commitment to bettering the lives of transgender Americans, particularly transgender people of color and those in poverty," in an statement emailed to R29. (CNN)
Are rescue horses the next big trend in celebrity adoptions? Magic Mike XXL star Channing Tatum could definitely make it happen. Insert Ginuwine lyrics here. (People)
Marco Rubio wanted a fun, wholesome, Midwestern moment tossing a football to a kid. Now the world has this Vine of a presidential candidate hitting a kid in the face. (No serious injuries have been reported.) (Vine)
Next week is the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Lots will be said about the city's recovery, but this sobering long-read points out that, in lots of ways, things have gotten worse — especially for New Orleans' poor black residents. (New York Times)
A 93-year-old WWII vet was robbed this weekend — and then when the Tuskegee Airman was pursuing the thieves, his car was stolen. (USA Today)
And if that last story leaves you in need of a little cheering up, here's a great GIF of a cat eating a popsicle. Happy Wednesday. (Reddit)

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