Photo: People line up to vote early outside the San Diego County Elections Office in San Diego, California, November 7, 2016. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
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Since the days of J. Edgar Hoover, FBI directors have clashed with presidents — even those who appointed them. But James Comey's involvement in this year's campaign is without precedent. Yesterday, Comey announced that a search of "new" emails he revealed a week ago has not changed his conclusion that there's no case to be made against Hillary Clinton. Tim Weiner was a Pulitzer-Prize winner with the New York Times. He's author of Enemies: A History of the FBI.
Some Red and Blue states may be turning purple in an increasingly polarized nation. Early voting and absentee ballots provide tea leaves for prognosticators, but there's still no consensus, despite what may be the largest turnout in history. It's not just the White House. Control of the Senate is also at stake. Incumbent Republicans have sent mixed messages about Donald Trump, while Democrats are working closely with Hillary Clinton's campaign. Massive turnout by Latinos could be crucial in several states. And the FBI is involved as never before. We have a round up.
Walter Shapiro, Roll Call / Yale University (@MrWalterShapiro)
Sam Wang, Princeton Election Consortium (@SamWangPhD)
Erica Werner, Associated Press (@ericawerner)
Adrian Pantoja, Latino Decisions / Pitzer College (@LatinoDecisions)
A guard escorts a condemned inmate down a corridor in the East Block
during a media tour of California's Death Row at San Quentin State Prison
in San Quentin, California December 29, 2015
Photo: Stephen Lam/Reuters
Nebraska and Oklahoma are voting on measures that would institutionalize capital punishment. In California, there's a proposition to abolish the death penalty… and another that supporters claim would make implementation easier. Robert Dunham is Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center, discusses the politics of capital punishment.
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
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