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September 27, 2016

Clinton set the trap and Trump walked in

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — The first 20 minutes of the long-awaited showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton appeared to be a draw. It was only later, when Clinton began a barrage of possible explanations for Trump’s failure to release his tax returns and then sat back as he squirmed his way through an explanation of his history of birtherism, that her victory became clear. But it was rooted in those…

5 takeaways from the first presidential debate

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There were a couple of not-so-very-subtle signals here inside of Hofstra University that Donald Trump lost Monday night’s highly-anticipated debate against Hillary Clinton, and badly. The first was the audible sound of groaning by some of his supporters (picked up by my attentive colleague Steve Shepard) inside the debate hall as Trump meandered self-defensively through a succession of answers against a very focused, very energized and very well-rehearsed Hillary Clinton….

Did Trump come off as sexist?

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Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton 25 times in the first 26 minutes. He claimed she lacked the “stamina” to serve as commander-in-chief. And when the question of his attitude towards women became an explicit topic of debate, he seemed to allude to resisting the urge to use her husband’s marital infidelity against her. Trump has been aggressive and crude with male debate opponents, too, and he addressed the former Cabinet…

United Nations group compares U.S. police killings to lynching

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A United Nations group leveled heavy criticism against the United States concerning the police killings of black people, stating that the recent killings were reminiscent of lynchings and that the U.S. government was not doing enough to protect its citizens. “Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching,” said the report by the U.N. Working Group of Experts on People…

Terence Crutcher’s parents and wife fight over his estate

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The parents of Terence Crutcher and the mother of three of his kids are fighting in court over who can file a wrongful death lawsuit on his behalf. Joey and Leanna Crutcher, the parents of the unarmed black man killed by a white Tulsa police officer, alleged in a court filings Monday that his wife, Frenchel Renae Johnson-Crutcher, is unqualified to serve as special administrator of Crutcher’s estate, according to…

Houston officer caught on video beating man excessively with baton

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A Houston officer has resigned after surveillance video caught him beating a man with a baton during an arrest. The video, which was released Monday, shows Officer Jairus Warren and his partner approaching a man slumped over on a bench at a train station around 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 14. Warren and the civilian, Darrell Giles, 31, are seen exchanging words just before Giles gets up. The officer then hits him at…