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After a year of high-profile killings, the time is ripe for police reform, and departments around the country are in search of a model. We hear about racial profiling, "broken windows" and "community policing." 

Also, a Kentucky clerk defies a judge's order and turns away a gay couple seeking a marriage license. On today's Talking Point, Democrats call Donald Trump versus Megyn Kelly another battle in the Republican War against Women. Is Carly Fiorina the one who could turn it around? 

Photo: LAPD Chief William Bratton confers with John Mack, president of the Los Angeles Urban League, at a community meeting. (Eric Richardson)

Kentucky Clerk Defies Orders, Turns Gay Couples Away 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Yesterday, a federal judge ordered clerks in Kentucky to issue licenses for same-sex marriage.  This morning, two gay couples were turned down by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. Mark Joseph Stern covers law and the courts for Slate.

Mark Joseph Stern, Slate (@mjs_DC)

ACLU on judge's ruling to Rowan County clerk to issue same-sex marriage licenses
LIberty Counsel on Kim Davis and the fight for religious liberty

Police Repression and Police Reform 33 MIN, 3 SEC

For the past year, videos of police shootings have saturated the media, giving urgency to calls for police reform -- especially in poor, black neighborhoods. But what does "reform" mean in practice? For example, is so called "broken windows" a form of community policing or an excuse for racial profiling? After decades of racism and brutality, Los Angeles has been called a model for police reform, but now it’s embroiled in a familiar controversy. Is it time to look beyond the police force and deal with social and economic issues that cops will never be able to resolve?

Joe Domanick, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (@JohnJayCollege)
Edward Flynn, Milwaukee Police Department (@MilwaukeePolice)
Janai Nelson, NAACP Legal Defense Fund (@JNelsonLDF)
George Kelling, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (@gkelling)

Kelling on broken windows, police and neighborhood safety (The Atlantic)
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency (July issue)


Joe Domanick

When GOP Headlines Read Like Punch Lines 10 MIN, 17 SEC

During the week since the first two debates between Republican candidates for president, there's been saturation news coverage of Donald Trump's comment about Megyn Kelly of Fox News, saying, "There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her… whatever." On CNN, GOP candidate Carly Forina commented, "I've had lots of men imply that I was unfit for decision-making because maybe I was having my period… The point is, women understood that comment and yes, it was offensive."

Megyn Kelly questions a candidate during Fox TV's first Republican presidential debate

Writer, producer and co-creator of The Daily Show, Lizz Winstead heads the nonprofit Lady Parts Justice, which uses comedy and digital media to provide perspective on American politics. She helps us separate the headlines from the punchlines.

Lizz Winstead, Lady Parts Justice (@lizzwinstead)

Fox News Backs Trump Against Megyn Kelly In Perfect Ratings Victory (Forbes)
Carly Fiorina as GOP weapon against 'War on Women' charge

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