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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ditch The Trump Double Standard For The Debates

Published with permission from Media Matters for America.

Like cigarette smokers who have admitted they have a nicotine problem but can’t stop puffing, can journalists who have already admitted they use a weaker standard to score Republican nominee Donald Trump make a clean break while grading the Republican’s debate performance next week?

By all indications, reporters know using the double standard is wrong, and that it’s not okay to demand Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton regularly clear higher hurdles than her opponent. They know adopting different standards to grade presidential candidates disregards rules of campaign fair play for the press.

Yet even though the double standard has been widely acknowledged in recent weeks, there’s still a likelihood it will be employed for debate analysis. …

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Jay-Z Narrates Video About Decades-Long ‘Epic Fail’ Drug War

The New York Times released a collaboration Thursday between hip-hop icon Jay-Z and illustrator Molly Crabapple about the effects of decades of a failed drug war on black and brown youth in cities.

In the video, which was produced by activist Dream Hampton, Jay Z traces the history of Richard Nixon’s oiginal “War on Drugs,” through its evolution during the Reagan years, the explosion of the American prison population in the 90s, and the present day discrimination by the legal marijuana industry against entrepreneurs with prior drug felonies.

That last point increasingly appears to be one of the great ironies of the movement to legalize marijuana: America may be changing its mind about drugs, but it hasn’t changed its mind about criminals.…

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Samantha Bee Hilariously Warns Clinton Camp Not to Alienate the ‘Basket of Deplorables’

Published with permission from AlterNet

“You can’t win a four-way race with just ‘plorables!”

Samantha Bee’s show “Full Frontal” has been on hiatus for the past five weeks. The big story that’s escalated in that time? Hillary Clinton’s health crisis.

“I mean, who ever thought that someone with the body of a weak and feeble woman could ever lead a great nation?” Bee asked, flashing to a slide of Elizabeth I of England (September 1533–March 1603).

Clinton’s team announced Sunday that the Democratic candidate has been battling pneumonia, as if she wasn’t having a hard enough time in the polls already.…

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