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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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Scott Pruitt and James Comey: In and out of the Trump Administration EPA Director Scott Pruitt is undergoing an ethics investigation, but his Obama-Era predecessor, Gina McCarthy, says the real scandal is that he “doesn’t know what he’s doing.” We’ll also tackle the backlash against fired FBI Director James Comey. Can his credibility survive angry public exchanges with President Trump?
The internet, privacy and data protection Mark Zuckerberg survived this week’s Congressional grilling. But Facebook still profits on free information: yours and mine. Three experts on big data explain how it works and lay out the risks as well as the benefits. Also, a veteran of Washington’s war games says President Trump is right to want U.S. troops out of Syria
Nuclear weapons in the 21st Century President Trump and Kim Jong Un have revived fears about weapons of mass destruction. But “tactical” nuclear weapons for use on the battlefield are still around, too. Is President Trump--like Barack Obama before him--relaying on a World War II technology ill-adapted to modern threats like cyber warfare? Would the use of low-level nukes inevitably escalate into an all-out atomic warfare? Also, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright on his new TV miniseries “The Looming Tower” about the FBI, the CIA and September 11th.
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