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Sanders advice to Clinton: Keep to the issues

Sanders advice to Clinton: Keep to the issues

09/26/16 07:45PM

Former Democratic candidate for president, Senator Bernie Sanders, offers his advice on how Hillary Clinton should approach debating Donald Trump, and addresses the number of young voters moving to support third party candidates and his upcoming campaign schedule on behalf of Hillary Clinton. watch

Monday's Mini-Report, 9.26.16

09/26/16 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:

* Today's mass shooting: "At least nine people were injured when a gunman opened fire at a Houston shopping center Monday morning, officials said. Police fatally shot the suspect, who started 'firing actively' at officers once they located him, said Houston Police Chief Martha Montalvo. Montalvo said the suspect lived in the neighborhood and was a lawyer who was having 'issues with his law firm.'"

* Friday's mass shooting: "The accused Cascade Mall killer was hit by Washington state authorities Monday with five murder charges after he admitted being the rifle-toting man in a surveillance video. And some of the key information that led authorities to 20-year-old Arcan Cetin was provided by his parents, according to an arrest warrant obtained by NBC News."

* Iraq: "A triple suicide bombing against a security check point north of Baghdad on Saturday killed at least 11 members of the security forces, a police officer said."

* Voting rights: "A federal appeals court Monday blocked the move earlier this year by a federal election official to approve a proof-of-citizenship requirement on the federal voting registration forms in Kansas, Georgia and Alabama."

* That's quite a difference: "Mylan said on Monday the auto-injector EpiPen's pretax profits were 60 percent higher than it told Congress, according to sources close to the matter."

* The Justice Department announced today it's "awarding more than $20 million for law enforcement agencies around the country to establish or enhance their use of body cameras, a move that comes after several fatal shootings of black men by police that have prompted widespread protests."
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Paul LePage

Paul LePage's racially charged claims start to crumble

09/26/16 02:00PM

A month ago, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) touched off the latest in a series of racially charged controversies, and there's fresh evidence that he wasn't even honest about his offensive observations.

At a town-hall event, a businessman asked the Republican governor, "Given the rhetoric you put out there about people of color in Maine, calling them drug dealers et cetera, how can I bring a company here given the toxic environment you create?" LePage replied that he maintains "a three-ringed binder" featuring "every single drug dealer who has been arrested in our state." He added, "I will tell you that 90-plus percent of those pictures in my book ... are black and Hispanic people" from out of state.

Today, as the Portland Press Herald reported, the contents of LePage's three-ring binder were released to the public.
The 148-page document includes a variety of press releases, jail booking and courtroom photos of various individuals charged with trafficking crime in Maine since January. The photos in the book show men and women of a variety of races, and some pages of the binder include handwritten notes by LePage.

Of the 93 news and booking photos in the binder featuring people, 37 of them appear to be people who are either black or Hispanic, or about 40 percent of the photos in the binder, while 56, or about 60 percent, appear to be people who are white.
It's worth emphasizing that these numbers are imprecise. As the Press Herald article explained, pages from LePage's binder "were scanned or photocopied in black and white," which complicates the analysis.

That said, the newspaper's review of the governor's materials suggest LePage got it backwards: whereas he insisted that "90-plus percent of those pictures" showed people of color, it appears that a majority of the accused are white.

In other words, LePage wasn't just making an offensive argument; he was also wildly exaggerating the facts for reasons he has not yet explained.
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walks off his plane at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 17, 2016. (Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters)

Donald Trump's brazen dishonesty starts to catch up with him

09/26/16 12:27PM

By some measures, the most important aspect of the 2016 presidential election is also one of the least recognized: Donald Trump lies at an almost uncontrollable pace, but he's earned a reputation for racism and buffoonery, not dishonesty. Polls show Americans generally consider him more truthful than Hillary Clinton, which is a bizarre conclusion for any objective observer who's watched these candidates closely.

But as the race enters its home stretch, some are starting to take Trump's penchant for dishonesty more seriously. The New York Times published this striking piece on the Republican candidate's "week of whoppers" over the weekend:
All politicians bend the truth to fit their purposes, including Hillary Clinton. But Donald J. Trump has unleashed a blizzard of falsehoods, exaggerations and outright lies in the general election, peppering his speeches, interviews and Twitter posts with untruths so frequent that they can seem flighty or random -- even compulsive.

However, a closer examination, over the course of a week, revealed an unmistakable pattern: Virtually all of Mr. Trump's falsehoods directly bolstered a powerful and self-aggrandizing narrative depicting him as a heroic savior for a nation menaced from every direction. Mike Murphy, a Republican strategist, described the practice as creating "an unreality bubble that he surrounds himself with."
In this study, the paper chose a week seemingly at random -- Sept. 15 through 21 -- and singled out Trump's "biggest whoppers," many of which were "uttered repeatedly," leaving "dozens more" on the editing room floor for a variety of reasons.

And if it seems as if news outlets all stumbled upon this dynamic simultaneously, it's not your imagination. The Washington Post published a related piece the same day that reviewed one week's worth of Trump's speeches, tweets, and interviews. The analysis found a presidential hopeful "who at times seems uniquely undeterred by facts" and demonstrates a "disregard for the truth in numerous cases."

The L.A. Times ran a similar story of its own, explaining that the "scope" of Trump's falsehoods is "unprecedented for a modern presidential candidate," and adding, "Never in modern presidential politics has a major candidate made false statements as routinely as Trump has."

Politico published a related piece, too, fact-checking the major-party candidates over the course a week. It found, "Trump's mishandling of facts and propensity for exaggeration so greatly exceed Clinton's as to make the comparison almost ludicrous.... Trump averaged about one falsehood every three minutes and 15 seconds over nearly five hours of remarks. In raw numbers, that's 87 erroneous statements in five days."
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Monday's Campaign Round-Up, 9.26.16

09/26/16 12:00PM

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* The editorial board of the Washington Post believes it's "beyond debate that Donald Trump is unfit to be president."

* Four years ago, nearly a third of the CEOs from the nation's 100 largest companies contributed to Mitt Romney's campaign. This year, literally zero of them have extended support to Trump.

* Trump had previously said he would not accept an endorsement from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Friday, after the senator changed his mind about the candidate who went after his wife and father, Trump reversed course, too.

* In Pennsylvania's closely watched U.S. Senate race, CNN's new poll shows Katie McGinty (D) leading incumbent Pat Toomey (R), 49% to 46%, but a Morning Call/Muhlenberg poll shows Toomey narrowly ahead, 41% to 40%.

* Trump talks a lot about destroying ISIS, but his "scattered ideas" have often been "contradictory, impossible or even illegal."

* Donald P. Gregg, national security adviser to George H.W. Bush during his tenure as vice president, is the latest veteran of a Republican administration to throw his support to Hillary Clinton.

* The editorial board of the Cincinnati Enquirer has endorsed Republican presidential candidates in every U.S. election for nearly a century. This year, however, it believes "there is only one choice when we elect a president in November: Hillary Clinton."
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