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Monday, September 26, 2016

In a normal election year this would be extraordinary. On Sunday editors and reporters at the newsrooms used another word: necessary.

The New York Times story -- "A Week of Whoppers" -- came out first on Saturday. Politico, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times all followed within hours.

Several of the editors who were involved said the timing was a coincidence. But there was clearly a desire to publish stories before Monday's debate, when Trump and Clinton's truthfulness will surely be at issue.

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Permit us to dissent from this conventional wisdom, vigorously. Yes, Monday night's clash, and two additional debates to follow, will add drama to the election, and a bit more data to the massive pile of it already available to voters. In a fundamental sense, however, there is nothing much at stake, or shouldn't be, because there is not much more to learn: Mr. Trump has amply demonstrated his unworthiness to occupy the Oval Office.

It's beyond his capacity in the upcoming 90-minute question-and-answer sessions to reverse or even substantially modify that conclusion.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

A report from the Argentine doctors' organisation, Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns, challenges the theory that the Zika virus epidemic in Brazil is the cause of the increase in the birth defect microcephaly among newborns.
The increase in this birth defect, in which the baby is born with an abnormally small head and often has brain damage, was quickly linked to the Zika virus by the Brazilian Ministry of Health.
However, according to the Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns, the Ministry failed to recognise that in the area where most sick people live, a chemical larvicide that produces malformations in mosquitoes was introduced into the drinking water supply in 2014. This poison, Pyriproxyfen, is used in a State-controlled programme aimed at eradicating disease-carrying mosquitoes.


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Over 9000 jurisdictions (counties and states) in the U.S. run elections with a variety of voting machines: optical scanners for paper ballots, and direct-recording "touchscreen" machines. Which ones of them can be hacked to make them cheat, to transfer votes from one candidate to another?

The answer: all of them. An attacker with physical access to a voting machine can install fraudulent vote-miscounting software. ... Read more


In a stunning reversal, a large majority of Republicans are repudiating their party's traditional support for free trade, and falling sharply in line with nominee Donald Trump's insistence that trade costs Americans more jobs than it creates.

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Local officials in Colorado acknowledged "very serious" voter fraud after learning of votes cast in multiple elections under the named of recently-deceased residents. Read more


As part of an effort to manage expectations for the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton's campaign suggested on Sunday that foul play will give Donald Trump an unfair advantage over the former secretary of state. Read more


From giving aid to Osama bin Laden to organizing the 1953 coup that made the eventual revolution and radicalization of Iran, the CIA has spent decades engendering crisis around the world.


Director and activist Rob Reiner unloaded on GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday morning, comparing his campaign to the last gasp of the Confederacy fighting for white nationalism.

Appearing on MSNBC's AM Joy with host Joy Reid, the two watched a mash-up of clips from Trump's speeches interspersed with the bigoted ramblings of All in the Family's Archie Bunker, before noting the almost word-for-word similarities between the presidential nominee and television racist.

Pointing out that racial issues that flared up in the '60s and '70s had become "submerged" since that time, Reiner took Trump to task for "giving a bullhorn to this racist idea."

"I believe that what we've done, what we've seen, is the last throes of the Civil War," Reiner explained. "We're fighting the last battles, and Donald Trump is leading the way for white nationalism.


Our institutions were not designed to protect us from the kind of character possessed by Donald Trump. This is a fact every voter should take on board. Read more


Colleges, cities, small towns, and even states are changing the name of the controversial holiday, and if the trend continues it may be gone completely. Read more


Bill Nunn, a versatile actor best known for playing the role of Radio Raheem, the boombox-toting neighborhood philosopher killed by police officers in Spike Lee's 1989 film "Do the Right Thing," died of cancer on Saturday in Pittsburgh. He was 63.

The first major acting role for Nunn, son of a well-known professional football scout, was in "School Daze" (1988), written and directed by Lee. The next year brought "Do the Right Thing," in which he played the iconic Radio Raheem, who carries a boombox blaring Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" through the streets of the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn on the hottest day of summer.

Radio Raheem sits at the moral heart of the film, delivering a soliloquy directly to the camera on the ceaseless contest between love and hate, symbolized by the four-finger rings he wears on each hand. The character's choking death at the hands of police officers in front of a crowd of his neighbors incites the film's wrenching final scenes.

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Just how intense has Islamophobia become in some parts of America? Earlier this week, a community in Pennsylvania was practically brought to a standstill over a box of cookies, simply because it had a bit of Arabic writing on it.

On Monday morning, police were called to the Marshalls Creek Gulf station in Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania, after someone reported seeing an apparently suspicious looking box that had been left at a gas pump. The station was closed down, as well as a nearby nursery, and at least three police cars blocked off the station while a bomb unit out of Scranton came to investigate. Read more


Writer killed for posting anti-Daesh cartoon on his Facebook page.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new study that examines some major health care proposals from the presidential candidates finds that Donald Trump would cause about 20 million to lose coverage while Hillary Clinton would provide coverage for an additional 9 million people.

The 2016 presidential campaign has brought voters to a crossroads on health care yet again. The U.S. uninsured rate stands at a historically low 8.6 percent, mainly because of President Barack Obama's health care law, which expanded government and private coverage. Yet it's uncertain if the nation's newest social program will survive the election.

Republican candidate Trump would repeal "Obamacare" and replace it with a new tax deduction, insurance market changes, and a Medicaid overhaul. Democrat Clinton would increase financial assistance for people with private insurance and expand government coverage as well.

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Video footage released Saturday shows Keith Lamont Scott taking four steps slowly backward with his arms at his sides when he is hit in a burst of four gunshots from police, then crumples to the pavement.

From neither vantage point – a police dashboard camera and a body camera worn by one of the officers on the scene – can it be determined whether Scott is holding a gun.

But police can be heard repeatedly shouting "Drop the gun!" at the 43-year-old Scott, who died from his wounds Tuesday as his wife stood nearby. Read more


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