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After weeks of declining poll numbers, Donald Trump's top campaign staff has been telling him to moderate his chaotic, confrontational style. Today, he announced he's changing the staff. Will voters notice a difference? Paul Singer, who's reporting for USA Today, says the Trump campaign insists this is not a shake-up but an expansion.
So-called "zero tolerance" policing has been embraced as a way of reducing major crimes by focusing on minor ones. But there's another reason: fines and fees for low-level violations are now major sources of revenue for cities that have reduced taxation. When poor people can't pay, they're assessed with penalties — often increased until jails become debtors' prisons, especially for blacks and other minorities. That's led to anger, resentment and sometimes to violent confrontations with the police. We hear how back-door municipal finance causes social chaos.
Stephen Loomis, Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association
Myron Orfield, University of Minnesota Law School (@MyronOrfield)
Alexes Harris, University of Washington (@AlexesHarris)
Lester Spence, Johns Hopkins University (@LesterSpence)
DOJ report on Baltimore Police Department
Orfield on opportunity, challenges in America's racially diverse suburbs
Priceonomics on the fining of Black America
Spence on repressive policing not being just about racism, but also about class
Sonia Nazario won a Pulitzer Prize and other awards for Enrique’s Journey, a book that alerted Americans to the plight of children fleeing from Central America. She went along as they were exposed to terror and life-threatening danger — riding through Mexico on the tops of trains. In this week’s New York Times' Sunday Opinion Section, she tells a different story. In the Rivera Hernandez neighborhood of a town in Honduras called San Pedro Sula, 194 people were "killed or hacked to death in 2013." Now, homicides have dropped by 62% -- and the US has actually helped reduce the deadly violence.
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US elections: How far have we come since Bush v. Gore? This program began in the year 2000 with coverage of the contested election of President George W. Bush. Changes in the following 17 years were supposed to improve the integrity of the electoral process. Is the "guarantee" that every American has the right to vote more — or less — a reality?
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