Wiretap: Finding Michael Phelps’ human side; biased policing, and, yes, Trump

Wiretap: Finding Michael Phelps’ human side; biased policing, and, yes, Trump

It doesn’t seem to matter which city’s police force is investigated. The answer is always the same. This time the city is Baltimore,  and in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death, the Department of Justice found that the police there routinely violated the constitutional rights of citizens, used excessive force, and discriminated against African Americans. Via the Atlantic.
http://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2016/08/the-horror-of-the-baltimore-police-department/495329/

The New York Times reports that the FBI is saying that the alleged Russian cyber-attack on Democratic groups is much wider than anyone knew. So it’s safe to guess that more leaks are coming.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/11/us/politics/democratic-party-russia-hack-cyberattack.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

It’s one thing for Hillary Clinton to reach out to Republicans. It’s another thing for her to reach out to Henry Kissinger. Is that a reach too far for liberals? Via the Washington Post.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/clintons-republican-outreach-a-step-too-far-for-already-suspicious-liberals/2016/08/10/df58b3b2-5f0b-11e6-8e45-477372e89d78_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_angryliberals636pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

It will not surprise you to know which powerful Republican-friendly group is not offended by Trump’s reference to “Second Amendment people” and what they might do if Hillary Clinton is elected president. That’s right, his friends over at the NRA. Via the New York Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/11/books/review-in-hillbilly-elegy-a-compassionate-analysis-of-the-poor-who-love-trump.html?mabReward=CTM&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&region=CColumn&module=Recommendation&src=rechp&WT.nav=RecEngine

Trump apparently told the Secret Service that he didn’t intend to incite violence. But it’s not exactly what he’s telling everyone else. Via the New Republic.https://newrepublic.com/minutes/135970/trump-tells-secret-service-but-not-supporters-didnt-intend-incite-violence-clinton

Meet Trump’s team of economic advisers. It’s not just six guys named Steve. It’s a bunch of guys who made a lot of money in real estate and one guy who plays professional poker. Via Politico.
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/08/donald-trump-2016-rich-economic-advisers-214157

If you’re looking for insight into Trump’s attraction for some poor white voters, try reading J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.” Via the New York Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/11/books/review-in-hillbilly-elegy-a-compassionate-analysis-of-the-poor-who-love-trump.html?mabReward=CTM&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&region=CColumn&module=Recommendation&src=rechp&WT.nav=RecEngine

Will this year mark the return of the ticket splitter? Republicans are sure hoping so. Via New York magazine.
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/08/if-trump-bombs-will-ticket-splitting-save-gop.html

How Paul Ryan avoided being Eric Cantored in three easy steps — including how to be ambitious without looking power hungry. Via the National Review.
http://www.vox.com/2016/8/9/12404704/trump-clinton-polls-today

Michael Phelps came to the Rio Olympics looking, he said, to just be human. It looks like finding Phelps’ human side may take a little longer than anyone expected. Via the New Yorker.
http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/michael-phelps-and-his-swim-cap?intcid=mod-most-popular

 

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Mike Littwin

He has covered Dr. J, four presidential inaugurations, six national conventions and countless brain-numbing speeches in the New Hampshire and Iowa snow.
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