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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley made national news this week when she declared that the Confederate flag should be removed from the state’s capitol. And Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal intends to jump into the GOP presidential race tomorrow. What do they have in common? They’re both of Indian descent, belong to the Republican party and govern Southern states. Next, what do Latino voters want to hear presidential candidates? Then, a look at what books should definitely be in your beach bag this summer. Finally, a history of one of the most beloved desserts in Southern California: Disneyland’s Dole Whip.

Banner Image: Candidates: Bobby Jindal (right) and Nikki Haley (left)

Indian American Politicians 11 MIN, 17 SEC

South Carolina governor Nimrata Randhawa - better known as Nikki Haley - called for the Confederate flag to come down in Charleston yesterday. And Louisiana governor Piyush - or Bobby - Jindal is expected to announce his run for the Republican Presidential nomination tomorrow. Both are rising Indian-American stars of the Republican Party. And there’s been a renewed focus on Nikki Haley and her racial identity in the aftermath of the killings of nine black worshippers in a historic Charleston church last week. We take a look at the politics of Indian Americans in the GOP.

Mitra Kalita, Managing Editor at the L.A. Times (@mitrakalita)
J. David Woodard, Clemson University (@ClemsonNews)

Courting Latino Voters 14 MIN, 27 SEC

If you compare the field of Democratic and Republican presidential candidates - they couldn’t be more different. The Democrats have a clear front-runner. The Republicans have a dozen or so candidates fighting to distinguish themselves from the pack. One thing both parties do have in common - they’re aggressively courting the Latino vote. According to the Pew Research Center, 25 million Latinos were eligible to vote in the midterm elections. And that number is expected to be even higher in 2016.

Ruben Navarrette, Jr., Political Columnist (@RubenNavarrette)
Daniel Garza, LIBRE Initiative (@danielggarza)

Essential Summer Reading 12 MIN, 19 SEC

Summer officially began this week. So with all that extra daylight - why not stay inside and read a book? Pamela Paul, editor of the New York Times Book Review, offers her picks for the best reads of summer.

Photo: Ed Yourdon


Pamela Paul, New York Times Book Review (@pamelapaulnyt)

The History of Dole Whip 5 MIN, 28 SEC

It’s summer, peak season for Disneyland. That means it’s also peak season for the theme park’s strange, signature frozen dessert: Dole Whip. Dole Whip resembles pineapple-flavored soft serve ice cream. It’s one of the most popular snacks at Disneyland, with a cult-like following. And it’s the product of a long partnership between Disney and Dole, the world’s largest fruit and vegetable producer.

Katherine Spiers, LA Weekly; Producer of Smarth Mouth (@katherinespiers)

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