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Congress returns with a spending standoff 6 MIN, 32 SEC

The summer recess is over. Congress returns tomorrow — and it has until the end of this month to complete a new spending plan. How likely is that with this year's election just a month later? Reid Wilson, national correspondent for The Hill, looks at what to expect.

How local cops are becoming tax collectors 32 MIN, 5 SEC

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.

Guests:
Stephen Loomis, Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association
Myron Orfield, University of Minnesota Law School (@MyronOrfield)
Lester Spence, Johns Hopkins University (@LesterSpence)
Alexes Harris, University of Washington (@AlexesHarris)

More:
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

The Jewish con man who hustled Hitler 11 MIN, 21 SEC

Hustling Hitler is subtitled "The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer." That’s accurate as far as it goes. But when he died, the obituary in Variety described Freeman Bernstein as a con man -- with a heart of gold. He was much more than a vaudevillian. That’s according to Walter Shapiro, Bernstein’s nephew, who’s writing about his ninth presidential campaign for Roll Call. He’s also the author of this intriguing story about his family.

Guests:
Walter Shapiro, Roll Call / Yale University (@MrWalterShapiro)

Hustling Hitler

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