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Monday, September 26, 2016

A year ago, racial incidents and lingering tensions on many campuses turned into protests in October that spread nationally in November.

This year, incidents have multiplied at the very beginning of the academic year. And so have protests. Some of the incidents are closely tied to campus issues. But many reflect the protest movement -- which extends well beyond campuses -- against police shootings of unarmed black men.

Many students are joining that movement, and in particular the calls of some not to stand during the playing of the national anthem before athletic events. And some of the racist incidents involve attacks on Black Lives Matter, frequently invoking the name of the movement along with racist images.

Here are some of the incidents.


More than half the country fears a Trump presidency. And only about a third of Americans believe he is at least somewhat qualified to serve in the White House. Trump undoubtedly has a passionate base of support, seen clearly among the thousands of backers who fill the stands at his signature rallies. But most people don't share that fervor. Only 29 percent of registered voters would be excited and just 24 percent would be proud should Trump prevail in November. Only one in four voters find him even somewhat civil or compassionate, and just a third say he's not at all racist. read more


Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic: Donald J. Trump has a cruel streak. He willfully causes pain and distress to others. And he repeats this public behavior so frequently that it's fair to call it a character trait. Any single example would be off-putting but forgivable. Being shown many examples across many years should make any decent person recoil in disgust. Judge for yourself if these examples qualify. In national politics, harsh attacks are to be expected. I certainly don't fault Trump for calling Hillary Clinton dishonest, or wrongheaded, or possessed of bad judgment, even if it's a jarring departure from the glowing compliments that he used to pay her. But even in a realm where the harshest critiques are part of the civic process, Trump crossed a line this week when he declared his intention to invite Gennifer Flowers to today's presidential debate. What kind of man invites a husband's former mistress to an event to taunt his wife? Trump managed to launch an attack that couldn't be less relevant to his opponent's qualifications or more personally cruel. read more


Saturday, September 24, 2016

After learning that billionaire business mogul Mark Cuban had been invited by Hillary Clinton's campaign to attend the first debate, Donald Trump personally invited Gennifer Flowers to be his guest -- and she accepted. Cuban has been a vocal critic of Trump, saying that Trump is greatly exaggerating how rich he is. Cuban offered Trump $10 million if he agreed to a four-hour interview where Cuban would question him about his policies. Cuban, whose net worth Forbes estimates at $3.3 billion, has raised doubts about Trump's net worth, writing on Twitter that the Republican nominee doesn't have the cash to support his campaign. "I'll add an option," Cuban tweeted to Trump. "If you need it, I'll write you the check and you can keep the money rather than give it to charity."


1. Trump Hammers Former President George W. Bush's Record On Iraq
2. Trump Talks Over Sen. Marco Rubio
3. ‘The Wall Just Got Higher'
4. Trump's Original Response About His Taxes


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