A police officer in Greensboro, North Carolina, was stripped of law enforcement credentials this week by the city council, which released body camera footage showing him violently arresting a man sitting on his porch. City council voted unanimously Monday to permanently sanction Officer Travis Cole for using excessive force during the June arrest. The body camera footage shows Cole roughly throwing Dejuan Yourse to the floor of the porch and punching him as Cole waited for his mom to come home and let him into the house, according to local news WREG. The mayor of Greensboro called Yourse's mistreatment "ugly," "brutal" and "completely unnecessary." She apologized to Yourse on behalf of city council, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. Yourse told the News & Record that he knew he was "wrongfully messed up." He wasn't seriously hurt during the incident. read more
Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson's vice presidential running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, said Friday he thinks Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is likely the most-qualified candidate in the 2016 race. "I'm not sure anybody's more qualified than Hillary Clinton to be president of the United States," Weld said in an interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd. "I mean, that's not the end of the inquiry, though. We were two-term governors, and I think Gary is very solid." Weld said he doesn't believe the Libertarian ticket will be a spoiler in the race, siphoning votes from Clinton. But he said he's concerned about the prospect of electing Trump. "I think he's just in the wrong place trying to be president of the United States," Weld said. "Our ambition at a very minimum is to have Mr. Trump in third place among the three major tickets." read more
Donald J. Trump unleashed a slashing new attack on Hillary Clinton over Bill Clinton's sexual indiscretions on Friday as he sought to put the Clintons' relationship at the center of his political argument against her before their next debate. Mr. Trump, aiming to unnerve Mrs. Clinton, even indicated that he was rethinking his statement at their last debate that he would "absolutely" support her if she won in November, saying: "We're going to have to see. We're going to see what happens. We're going to have to see." He also contended that infidelity was "never a problem" during his three marriages, though his first ended in an ugly divorce after Mr. Trump began a relationship with the woman who became his second wife. He said he was bringing up Mr. Clinton's infidelities because he thought they would repulse female voters and turn them away from the Clintons, and because he was eager to unsettle Mrs. Clinton in their next two debates and on the campaign trail. read more
No one payed much attention when candidate Barack Obama made some promises to Native Americans back in 2008. Obama said he would host an annual White House Tribal Nations Conference in order to give Native Americans a seat at the table, and he said this: "We're going to end nearly a century of mismanagement of Indian trusts. We're going to work together to settle unresolved cases, figure out how the trusts ought to operate, and ensure that they are begin managed responsibly." This week the White House held its 8th and final Tribal Nations Conference, while the Attorney General and Secretary of the Interior made an historic announcement: The United States has reached settlement with 17 additional tribal governments who alleged that the Department of the Interior and the Department of the Treasury had mismanaged monetary assets and natural resources held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the tribes. read more
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has offered a litany of racist comments, which it turns out may be rooted in his deeper belief in the inherent superiority of some people ― and not others. The Frontline documentary "The Choice," which premiered this week on PBS, reveals that Trump agrees with the dangerous and abusive theory of eugenics. Trump's father instilled in him the idea that their family's success was genetic, according to Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio. "The family subscribes to a racehorse theory of human development," D'Antonio says in the documentary. "They believe that there are superior people and that if you put together the genes of a superior woman and a superior man, you get a superior offspring."