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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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