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Today we start with a new prison sentencing measure Gov. Jerry Brown is putting on the November ballot. How would it work? Then, a look at the ongoing fight between Donald Trump and Fox News. Also in politics, how are political campaigns mining voter data? Then, Madeleine speaks with filmmaker Nate Parker about his new movie “The Birth of a Nation,” which was the hit of Sundance. And finally, in our weekly Web roundup, Facebook is expanding its emotions so you can do more than “like” posts.

Image: Prison Cell. Photo credit: Martin via Flickr.

Brown’s Sentencing Reform 10 MIN, 17 SEC

Gov. Jerry Brown announced he’s putting a new measure on the November ballot. The measure will undo aspects of a tough sentencing law that Brown himself signed back in 1977. That law marked the beginning of the tough-on-crime era, which also saw an explosion in the state’s prison population.

Joan Petersilia, Stanford Criminal Justice Center

Trump vs. Fox News 9 MIN, 8 SEC

Tonight’s Fox News GOP debate may have less drama than the lead-up to it has had. Donald Trump will be a no-show because, he says, it’s being moderated by Megyn Kelly. At a debate in August, Trump sparred with Kelly when she pushed him on disparaging comments he’s made about women. Trump claims Kelly cannot be an objective debate moderator. A real heavyweight fight is taking place behind the scenes, between Trump and Fox News President Roger Ailes.

Gabriel Sherman, New York Magazine (@gabrielsherman)

Political Campaigns and Big Data 7 MIN, 26 SEC

Well, the presidential candidates are in hyper mode this week, making their last pitches to the voters of Iowa. And those pitches have become highly specialized in the era of big data. The L.A. Times has a story on the candidates’ use of data mining with this example: People who buy Chevy trucks and who also like Starbucks are likely to be in favor of cracking down on immigration. And it turns out, political campaigns are not subject to the same laws as companies are when it comes to using this data. What are they doing with it?

Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times (@evanhalper)

Think Target and Home Depot invade your privacy? Political campaigns might be worse

'The Birth of a Nation' 10 MIN, 22 SEC

“The Birth of a Nation” was the Sundance sensation this year. Fox Searchlight bought the movie for $17.5 million, a record for the festival. The film’s about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion in 1831. It was written, produced and directed by Nate Parker, who’s never made a movie before. He also stars in it as Nat Turner. Parker took the title from the 1915 silent film about the civil war that made history for its racism as much as its cinematic innovations. Madeleine spoke with Turner at the Sundance Film Festival this week.

Nate Parker, The Birth of a Nation (@NateParker)

Web: The Social Media Edition 8 MIN, 44 SEC

It’s that time of the week when Xeni Jardin shines a light on all things tech and Web. She’s here most Thursdays, and today we focus on Facebook and Instagram news.

Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

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