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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…

Is Trump’s campaign over?

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It’s fitting that the election of Hillary Clinton as the first female president might have been sealed by Donald Trump’s treatment of women as subordinate, interchangeable, pliable playthings. Trump — a compulsively public politician who has mouthed some of the most hilarious (intentionally or otherwise), offensive, fact-allergic and misogynistic statements by anyone competing in the public arena — might be ultimately undone by a private admission about a woman he…

Democrats condemn GOP for sticking by Trump

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The problem for Donald Trump’s supporters as they rush for the exit over that 2005 tape of him bragging about sexual harassment and assault: answering why this was what pushed them over the edge on him, or if it even did. Anyone who bails or rushes to condemn him now implicitly accepted everything that’s come before—his saying Mexicans are rapists, that Megyn Kelly must have been menstruating when she aggressively…

Why Trump won’t get dumped from the GOP ticket

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The leaked video of Donald Trump’s crude comments on women has prompted a handful of prominent Republicans to demand that the national party replace him as its presidential nominee. But their efforts are almost certainly in vain. While a never-before-invoked Republican National Committee rule gives party leaders the authority to choose a new nominee, committee members are so far showing no appetite for using it — despite calls to do…

Black man’s note to white passive-aggressive neighbors is epic

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Richard Scott Brookshire knows how to deal with passive-aggressive neighbors. When his white neighbors left a note on his door complaining about noise, claiming: “It’s extremely rude and inconsiderate to scream and stomp around your apartment until about 2 a.m,” he rightfully gathered them in what may be the greatest clap back of the year. The note then continued to say that because the couple had to “get up early for…

In tragedy and disaster, the world always exploits Haiti

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Once again, Haiti is hurting. And this time, Hurricane Matthew has left hundreds dead in the black island nation. There is no doubt that Haiti needs help, just as the nation has been in need after other natural disasters, other storms, and the 2010 earthquake, which measured at magnitude 7.0 and left more than 160,000 people dead and 1.5 million people displaced. In the aftermath of the earthquake and other…

Donald Trump still believes Central Park Five are guilty

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Donald Trump still believes that the Central Park Five were guilty. The group of five teenage boys were arrested in 1989 after a jogger was found tied up, stripped and suffering from both hypothermia and brain damage after having been raped and beaten with a rock. The five teens were in the park at the time and were questioned for over two days before police said that they confessed to…

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…