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October 7, 2016

Trump blows off debate tune-up

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This was not the debate tune-up that jittery Republicans were hoping for. Only days before Donald Trump must face Hillary Clinton in a town-hall style presidential debate, the GOP nominee added just such an event in New Hampshire. It was seemingly a concession to anxious allies and advisers hoping he might hone his skills in what can be a difficult format even for the most dexterous of politicians. Trump had…

Clinton preps final-stage blitz against Trump

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Hillary Clinton is walking into the final stretch of this 2016 presidential contest with as much cash at her direct disposal as any White House contender in history. And her operatives expect her to use it to blanket the battleground states with both organizers and a heavy dose of anti-Donald Trump ads. In-state Democratic operatives are planning for a significant tranche of the money — coming…

Lobbyist advised Trump campaign while promoting Russian pipeline

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A Republican lobbyist was earning hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote one of Vladimir Putin’s top geopolitical priorities at the same time he was helping to shape Donald Trump’s first major foreign policy speech. In the first two quarters of 2016, the firm of former Reagan administration official Richard Burt received $365,000 for work he and a colleague did to lobby for a proposed natural-gas pipeline owned by a…

Morehouse College alumni launch petition to ‘purge’ current president

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Morehouse College alumni have joined together to call for the ouster of its current president, John Silvanus Wilson. “As the premier moral compass for countless African-American men, leaders, and U.S. Presidents, the president of Morehouse College must stand as the breathing example of opportunities, steadiness, and vision,” the Change.org petition reads. “These characteristics, and countless others, are not descriptive of President Wilson.” The petition goes on to list several complaints against…

Jay Z to bring the heartbreaking story of Kalief Browder to TV

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Jay Z is bringing the heartbreaking story of a young man who spent three years on Riker’s Island without ever being convicted of a crime to television with a six-part series called “Time: The Kalief Browder Story.” Spike and Weinstein Co. are teaming up with Jay Z to bring the tragic tale to life, with interviews, first-person accounts, archival footage and recreations featured in telling the story of the 16-year-old who…

President Obama has commuted more sentences of inmates than past 11 presidents combined

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama offered 102 federal inmates the chance to leave prison early, wielding his clemency powers Thursday as part of his end-of-term push to spur action on criminal justice reform. The latest round of commutations brings to 774 the number of sentences Obama has shortened, including 590 this year. The White House said it’s more than the previous 11 presidents put together. Thirty-four of the new…