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October 9, 2016

Turmoil reigns inside Trump Tower

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ST. LOUIS – No candidate has entered a presidential debate so cloaked in disgrace or deeper in a hole than Donald Trump – and no candidate has ever been less prepared to face the most searing trial of his public life than the shaken Republican nominee. The walls were already closing around Trump before the Friday release of a video showing him blithely describing, in lurid and demeaning language, his…

Clinton team girds for all-out assault

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The bombshell Donald Trump video that surfaced Friday has so dramatically altered expectations for Sunday’s town hall debate that one Democrat close to Bill and Hillary Clinton had a new view of what may unfold in St. Louis: “Expect Armageddon.” Hillary Clinton will arrive at the Washington University debate stage Sunday prepped for battle against an opponent many of her allies believe has already lost the election. Trump, in contrast,…

Exclusive poll: GOP voters want the party to stand by Trump

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A wave of Republican officials abandoned Donald Trump on Saturday, but, at least for now, rank-and-file Republicans are standing by the party’s presidential candidate, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted immediately after audio was unearthed Friday that had the GOP nominee crudely bragging about groping women and trying to lure a married woman into an affair. Overall, fewer than four-in-10 voters — 39 percent — think Trump should…

A profile in power: Activist Tasha Viets-VanLear fights for black freedom in Chicago

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An aura of serenity and peace permeates the room when Tasha Viets-VanLear enters. Clad in all black with a gray scarf, she sips green tea with her legs crossed in a black swivel chair as we speak. Her hair is cut to wave length, and a silver ring shines from under her nose when the sunlight touches it. With a smile on her face, she says: My name is Tasha…

Are black folks not allowed to dislike ‘Luke Cage’?

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Look, y’all. Netflix’s newest original Marvel series “Luke Cage” isn’t on my list of things I’ll watch again. I tried not to admit that, or at least not publicly share my thoughts. But after spending 13 hours of my life watching Mike Colter try to convince me this series was good, I figured I earned the right to speak my piece. So, why do I feel so much shame for…

Los Angeles police say teen fatally shot was suicidal, left farewell note

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 16-year-old boy shot dead last weekend as he pointed a fake gun at police wanted to kill himself, Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday. Before an officer shot him Sunday, Daniel Enrique Perez used his cellphone to call 911 to report “a man with a gun matching his own description” in South Los Angeles, Beck told reporters. Twenty minutes later, officers found a man matching the description…