Wiretap: Killed for looking “bad,” panic in ISIS, and Donald Trump’s misguided attempt to win black votes

Again — and again

His car broke down. A cop said he looked “bad.” And now Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, is dead. That was in Tulsa, where Vox explains what Black Lives Matter has come to mean. Meanwhile, in Charlotte, there is debate about what happened in the fatal police shooting of Keith Scott, but The New York Times reports on the unrest in the city streets as another man was gravely injured.

Nice try, Donald

Donald Trump apparently thinks he can win over the black vote by teaming up with Donald King — who let slip the N-word in his introduction — and by advocating stop-and-frisk policing. Via The New York Times.

ISIS panic

There are signs of panic and rebellion in the heart of ISIS’s self-proclaimed caliphate as it faces the prospect of losing Mosul, the largest city under ISIS control, to Iraqi troops. Via The Washington Post.

Out of left field

This election season has something for everyone, but no one could have expected this. Writing for Politico, a Robert Kennedy speechwriter tells why he’s voting for — wait for it — Donald Trump.

Guilty by association

David Frum interviews Rob Glaser, who is funding a website called PutinTrump.org, which is dedicated to defeating Trump in November by warning of the dangers he sees presented by Putin-Trump connections. Via The Atlantic.

Jumping ship

If you don’t think Trump is bad for the Jews, check out the many Republican Jewish donors who have abandoned the GOP in the Year of the Donald. Via fivethirtyeight.com

TV tussle

Ross Douthat: The Democrats’ problem isn’t Jimmy Fallon mussing Donald Trump’s comb-over. It’s Samantha Bee and the cultural shift to the left in late-night TV. Via The New York Times.

Hard at work

Dana Milbank and the GOP’s kangaroo court: You can say all you want about the do-nothing Congress, but many House Republicans are busying themselves in the last weeks before the November elections trying to impeach the IRS commissioner. Via The Washington Post.

Warren’s court

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren is keeping the heat on John Stumpf, the CEO of Wells Fargo, telling him during a Senate Banking Committee hearing that in the wake of the latest banking scandal, he should resign and should also be criminally investigated. Via The New Yorker.

Take a knee

You can credit (or blame, depending) Colin Kaepernick with starting the taking-a-knee protests during the National Anthem in the National Football League. But when the NBA season starts, you can expect to see much more widespread action. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, getting out in front of the protests, says whatever your politics, you should be “disgusted” by the fatal police shooting of unarmed Terence Crutcher in Tulsa. Via Politico.

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