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Baltimore elementary school replaces detention with meditation

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Students at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore aren’t sent to detention when they misbehave. Instead, they go to the Mindful Moment Room. Kids who are sent to the Mindful Moment Room are encouraged to practice deep breathing and meditation practices while surrounded by purple pillows, lamps and other decorations. What’s more, while they are there, they are encouraged to talk about why they were sent there in the first place. The…

Montana students rock ‘Trump 2016 White Pride’ t-shirts to homecoming

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Two Montana high school students attended a homecoming event on Thursday wearing tee shirts that read “Trump 2016 White Pride” and “White Power.” While the Polson High School students were immediately called to superintendent Rex Weltz’ office and asked to change their clothes, the image of the two of them went viral after someone snapped a picture of them before they were asked to change. “Those pictures have circulated far past Polson,”…

Hillary Clinton gives Mary J. Blige ‘The 411’ on black issues

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This past week, Mary J. Blige made headlines when the teaser for her new talk show The 411 featured an interview with Hillary Clinton. The most noteworthy (and cringe worthy) moment of the clip released by Apple Music showed the R&B legend belting out Bruce Springsteen’s American Skin (41 Shots). You’ve got to understand the rules If an officer stops you, promise me you’ll always be polite And that you’ll never ever run…

Police union: No security escorts for Dolphins players because of anthem protests

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If some Miami Dolphins players continue to protest the national anthem by kneeling, they may have to look for team security elsewhere. That’s because the head of the Broward County’s Sheriff’s union has called for all police escorts end for the team until they opt to stand during the National Anthem. In a letter sent Friday Jeffery Bell demanded that there be an “immediate” end of all team-sponsored escorts and that the…

President Obama says he will take it as ‘personal insult’ if African-Americans don’t vote

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday night he will take it as a “personal insult” if the African-American community fails to turn out for the presidential election and encouraged black voters to support Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. @POTUS: “I will consider it a personal insult…to my legacy” if black voters don’t turn out to vote in 2016. https://t.co/kPDeIa734f — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 18, 2016 Obama delivered…

What fans burning jerseys really says about black freedom in Ameica

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“If you don’t love our country, get the f—k out of it,” a man in an Instagram video says as he grabbed a long-nosed lighter and a bottle from his cargo shorts. He pours a clear liquid in small circles and then ignites. As the red jersey burned, charred, and melted into the grass, the man yells that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick no longer deserves to play in the…

Trump punks the media

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Donald Trump on Friday morning dangled an enticing offer — he would be making a “big statement” in just a few hours about the Barack Obama birther conspiracy that helped launch his political career. The media took the bait. The cable networks offered wall-to-wall coverage of Trump’s plane taxiing at Reagan National Airport (cozying near Hillary Clinton’s own “Stronger Together” jet). With Trump running late for the 10 a.m. news…

5 political numbers to watch

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Donald Trump closed to within a hair of Hillary Clinton in the race for president this week, and younger voters are a major reason why the GOP nominee’s prospects are rising. That’s not because young voters like Trump: On the contrary, they are poised to reject him in record numbers. But millennial voters aren’t getting behind Clinton to the extent she needs to put the race away, instead choosing one…

Trump’s suburban struggles

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It’s no coincidence Donald Trump rolled out his child care proposal this week in suburban Philadelphia, with his daughter Ivanka by his side. To win Pennsylvania, the GOP nominee must remain competitive in the populous suburbs that ring the state’s largest city. Recent polls suggest he’s not even close. And unless Trump can boost his performance on the outskirts of cities like Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Detroit and Columbus, Ohio — particularly…

Report finds that 90 percent of people sitting in New Orleans prison are ‘waiting for day in court’

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According to a recent report released by Vera Institute of Justice, 90 percent of people sitting in Orleans Parish Prison in New Orleans are “not serving a sentence but waiting for their day in court.” The institute’s findings signal a court backlog appears to be one of many reasons Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in United States. Although New Orleans specifically has cut its prison population 54 percent in the last seven years,…

Gay man gets 9 years in prison for chair assault on gay couple in restaurant

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On Thursday, a gay man was sentenced to up to 9 years in prison for assaulting a gay couple with a chair at a restaurant in New York City. Bayna-Lehkeim El-Amin, a longtime advocate for LGBTQ rights, said that his race was a factor in the attack and that the couple were the aggressors in that situation. “They walked up to me, pulled out a weapon and struck me,” El-Amin said. The weapon…

Judge rules Nick Gordon ‘legally responsible’ for Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death

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ATLANTA (AP) — A judge in Atlanta on Friday ruled against Bobbi Kristina Brown’s partner, Nick Gordon, in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her estate. Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford signed an order saying Gordon repeatedly failed to meet court deadlines in the case and, therefore, the conservator of her estate wins by default. The judge’s order says a jury trial will be set to determine…

Bill Clinton is no longer the closer

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Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, was home working Sunday evening when Huma Abedin called with an urgent request: Could the former president drop his upcoming meetings in Washington, and take over for his pneumonia-felled wife on the campaign trail. The answer was, of course, yes: The former president filled in at three fundraisers in California on Tuesday and at a rally in northern Las Vegas on Wednesday. While…

Glenn Beck’s bad bet on Ted Cruz

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Glenn Beck’s dreams of building a dominant conservative media empire are faltering amid a tangle of lawsuits, financial challenges, plunging on-line readership, firings and political feuds. Beck, who in his days as Fox News host was among the leading voices of the anti-establishment right, invested heavily to parlay that influence into a wide-ranging media enterprise including not just a syndicated radio show, but also his own television network, news website,…

GOP hopes of keeping Senate brighten with Trump

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After a summer of doom-and-gloom predictions that the Senate was all but lost, Republicans are in the midst of an upswing that’s put them in better position to hang on than at any point since the 2014 midterms. The GOP has hit a gusher of money from outside groups, forcing Democrats to shift their campaign tactics in difficult races. A spate of recent polls show Republicans gaining or even jumping…