In his long career as an accomplished journalist working across the American South, Steve Crump has come face-to-face with hatred and bigotry.
The Emmy-winning journalist spent time reporting on the Ku Klux Klan in which he, a black man, interviewed members of the organization, people who by their very membership profess to hate him due to the color of his skin.
For all that, though, Crump, 59, told The Washington Post that he's never felt the blunt hatred he did in Charleston, S.C., on Oct. 8. read more
At the third presidential debate, Donald Trump invoked a video that says supporters of Hillary Clinton were paid to incite violence at one of his rallies in Chicago. It was an attack thread to emphasize that her campaign was "sleazy."
But what Trump didn't say is that he has paid the filmmaker who he says uncovered the story.
The video, which was just released earlier this week and made by conservative activist James O'Keefe of Project Veritas, was paid $10,000 by the Trump Foundation in May of 2015 - one month before Trump's announcement of candidacy. read more
Justin Levitt, Washington Post: I've been tracking allegations of fraud for years now, including the fraud ID laws are designed to stop. In 2008, when the Supreme Court weighed in on voter ID, I looked at every single allegation put before the court. And since then, I've been following reports wherever they crop up. ... To be clear, I'm not just talking about prosecutions. I track any specific, credible allegation that someone may have pretended to be someone else at the polls, in any way that an ID law could fix. So far, I've found about 31 different incidents (some of which involve multiple ballots) since 2000, anywhere in the country. If you want to check my work, you can read a comprehensive list of the incidents below. To put this in perspective, the 31 incidents below come in the context of general, primary, special, and municipal elections from 2000 through 2014. In general and primary elections alone, more than 1 billion ballots were cast in that period. read more
"Iraqis report that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS leader, is in Mosul fighting a coup. Guess he didnt get Trump's memo he was supposed to leave"
Newsweek's Kurt Eichenwald had some fun at Donald Trump's expense last night, but there is a sting to his words. Eichenwald alludes to Trump's constant harping about the threat of ISIS. Trump once said, "We don't even really know who the leader [of ISIS] is," but we do and he's in Mosul. read more
Moving into the White House would be a "step down" for his father, Donald Trump Jr. told a Fox News reporter after the third presidential debate Wednesday. Trump Jr. made the remark while explaining why he thought his father won the final debate. "He hasn't spent his whole life to be up on a debate stage like a career politician," Trump Jr. said. "He's spent his life creating jobs, building things, doing things that would benefit American workers in this country. He's done that for his whole career. So you know what? He's learning. He's learning as he goes. If he was doing this his whole life he'd be the greatest politician in the history of the world." read more