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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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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?
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