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Saturday, August 19, 2017

NRA Double Standard On Terror On Display Following Barcelona, Charlottesville

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

 

The National Rifle Association’s live news show Stinchfield issued a “terror alert” following terrorist van attacks in Spain, in which ISIS supporters drove vans into crowds at two locations, killing 14 and injuring more than 100 people. But the show has yet to mention the events of August 12 in Charlottesville, VA, where a neo-Nazi plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, killing activist Heather Heyer and wounding 19 others.

Since the terror in Charlottesville, Stinchfield — which consists of five daily updates at the top of the hour on weekdays starting at 9 a.m.…

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The Joe Arpaio I Knew

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

 

For most of Joe Arpaio’s two-plus decades as Maricopa County sheriff, he directed operations from the top floor of a downtown Phoenix tower, worlds away from the jails overseen by rank and-file deputies. The executive offices wrapped around an expansive conference room, where I spent weeks in early 2008 with banker boxes full of arrest records, and hanging out with Arpaio himself, a politician who built his career on bashing immigrants long before the rise of Donald Trump.

Back then, I was working for the East Valley Tribune, then a daily newspaper in the Phoenix area.…

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