FROM Jason A. Johnson
Barack Obama and race in America As President Obama prepares tonight's farewell speech, his approval ratings are well above many ex-presidents and much higher than Donald Trump's. He's bound to go down in history as the first black president of a nation with a legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and other forms of racial discrimination. We ask activists and historians about the example he and his family have set during the past eight years. Are millions of black people better off because of his policies? What's the state of race relations after Barack Obama's two terms in the White House?
The highs and lows of the first presidential debate More than 80 million viewers tuned in for Monday night’s historic debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – the most-watched debate ever. The highlights and lowlights include squabbles over who started the birther conspiracy, whether Clinton opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership before or after Donald Trump already had, and whether police stop and frisk tactics were actually found unconstitutional. Trump claimed to have a more “winning temperament” and questioned whether Clinton has enough stamina to hold the highest office. Plus, Clinton called Trump out for his treatment of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, whom he reportedly called “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” in the past. What important topics – like immigration – were left out?
Trump drops 'Birther' theory, but says Clinton started it It took a while for Donald Trump to drop the debunked theory that President Obama was not born in America. Trump told reporters Friday , “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it. You know what I mean. President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period.” The reemergence of the “Birther” story was just one in a crazy week on the presidential campaign trail, which also included Hillary’s pneumonia, Donald on Dr. Oz, the frenzy over polling numbers, and Colin Powell’s email hack.
Presidential candidates accuse each other of racism Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded accusations of racism in speeches yesterday. As the election enters the final trimester the presidential race is dominated not by talk of policy, but which candidate is the real racist. While Clinton has a slight lead in most recent polls, both candidates have low favorability ratings. It’s not clear yet how much either is benefitting from calling the other racist.
Where Will All the Angry Voters Go? Voters are angry. One way to channel anger is by attending political rallies and demonstrating support for a presidential candidate. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are attracting record-breaking crowds at rallies across the country. Tonight, Sanders and Clinton are debating in Brooklyn. It’s their last televised debate before the New York primary on Tuesday. Despite the tremendous enthusiasm both Trump and Sanders enjoy, it may not be enough to secure their party’s nomination. So what will their supporters do if their preferred candidate doesn’t win? Does the movement dissipate?
New Campus Activism Strikes Many Nerves In the 1960's, non-violent student protesters required an entire semester to force UC Berkeley to guarantee free speech on campus. This week, at the University of Missouri, it took just 48 hours for a strike by the football team to force the president's resignation. Around the country, there's new round of campus activism aimed at systemic racism that black students say makes their lives intolerable. But critics say some protesters won't tolerate the opinions of others — compromising that right to free speech won 50 years ago.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein faces an angry town hall crowd Senator Dianne Feinstein faced an angry crowd at her town hall in Los Angeles Thursday. The anger came from her would-be supporters -- people on the left. Also, a new bill wants to make it illegal for local police to cooperate with the feds who are targeting marijuana growers.
Trump cuts protections for ICE detainees, and Alaska saves Obamacare With the crackdown on illegal immigration, jail space is becoming harder to find. So the Trump administration is cutting back some of the regulations on immigrant detention centers. Also, when it comes to healthcare, Alaska’s insurance marketplace was on the brink of implosion until the state came up with a plan to save Obamacare.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.