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In Detroit today, Donald Trump made what was billed as a "major economic address," promising again to cut taxes and put a hold on regulations. As to recent Labor Department reports that suggest a growing economy, he said, "One in five American households do not have a single member in the labor force. Not a single member in the labor force, not a single member of a household. These are the real unemployment numbers. The five percent figure is one of the biggest hoaxes in modern politics."
"Black Lives Matter" was a phrase used on Facebook after the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012. Then it became a hashtag that's become a nationwide network using social media, making race an unavoidable topic of conversation in the last days of the Obama Administration. Protesters show up on TV news: denouncing police shootings, interrupting speakers, and blocking streets and highways. There's still no particular leader, but now the network is one of 60 black-led organizations formally demanding specific changes in public policy. Some claim it's indirectly responsible for the killings of police. Others call it the latest phase in the civil rights movement.
Lowery on what's next for Black Lives Matter
Black Youth Project 100 on the agenda to build black futures
Kavin on the class politics of Black Lives Matter
Johnson on the disputed influence of Black Lives Matter
Civil rights pioneer, Congressman John Lewis on the 'The New York Radio Hour'
Year after year, NBC's coverage of the Olympics has been criticized by sports fans and others. The games in Rio are no exception. NBC has delayed broadcast of the Opening Ceremonies and major events, even though Brazil is only one hour ahead of the East Coast of the US. Some viewers there are angry, and those on the West Coast are feeling deprived and manipulated, as we hear from Johathan Tannenwald, a sportswriter for Philly.com.
Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira give viewers a taste of the beach in Ipanema
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