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Justice Department slams Baltimore police for bias, abuses 6 MIN, 31 SEC

The Justice Department has released a scathing 163-page finding about the Baltimore Police Department. Begun in the aftermath of the highly publicized death of Freddie Gray, it documents inadequate training, abusive discrimination and a lack of accountability. While Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ, said that "the city’s African American residents and neighborhood bore the brunt of this activity," Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said that "change" and "growth" are painful, and that he’s already fired some officers as a result of the investigation. Ryan Reilly, senior justice reporter for the Huffington Post, has more on the findings.

Ryan Reilly, Huffington Post (@ryanjreilly)

Third parties: voting your conscience or wasting your vote? 35 MIN, 34 SEC

For millions of voters, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton present an agonizing choice between the lesser of two evils.  Libertarian Gary Johnson offers an alternative for fiscal conservatives who won't vote for Trump but can't stand Hillary. The Green Party's Jill Stein speaks to disappointed and angry supporters of Bernie Sanders.  But third-party candidates always pose a moral quandary: can they be anything but spoilers?  Do they take votes away from the least of the perceived "evils" and help to elect the worst? We look at this year's competition for the Republicans and the Democrats.

Brian Ertz, environmental attorney (@ertzbe)
Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg BusinessWeek (@josheidelson)
Melissa Byrne, political progressive (@mcbyrne)
Patrick Murray, Monmouth Polling Institute (@PollsterPatrick)
Nick Gillespie, Reason.com and Reason TV (@nickgillespie)

Eidelson on 2016 as the best, worst year to be Jill Stein
Monmouth Polling Institute on the case for including Third Party candidates in presidential polls
Gillespie on Gary Johnson and William Weld on why you should vote Libertarian
Bernie Sanders urging those who support him to vote for Clinton

Trump's Second Amendment comment and recent Israeli history 7 MIN, 58 SEC

Donald Trump and his campaign have been trying to explain what he really meant by statements he made at a rally this week.

Hillary Clinton's campaign and others are insisting that Trump's comment could incite a deranged supporter to take potentially deadly action. Trump and his aides insist that all he meant was that Second Amendment supporters will be unified against Clinton when they go to the polls.

At Republican convention in Cleveland, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie whipped up the audience into a frenzy when he tried Clinton.

Columnist Chemi Shalev, who's based in the US for the liberal Israeli paper Ha'aretz, covered the RNC. He says both speeches remind him of a tragic event in his own country.

Chemi Shalev, Haaretz (@ChemiShalev)

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