News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, July 8, 2016

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka wants to hear police leadership – and for “the good and righteous police officers” to stand up against the killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. And he’s disappointed with the Democratic platform now being planned, saying it doesn’t “speak to real issues.” He applauds the minimum wage, and economics and class issues he sees there, but isn’t seeing things that “would go to the heart of it, including ways to address over-policing, pumice murders in the community and deep poverty. If those things don’t get in there, it will mean that we’re fighting for a party that is not fighting for us. Bernie’s run pushed the party farther to the left, but we are obviously still shaping the platform.“ [Quote in the graphic, from PBS Frontline].

This was Philadelphia last night - before the Dallas shootings - shutting down center city for Philando Castile & Alton Sterling

Philadelphia last night, before Dallas shootings, out for Philando Castile & Alton Sterling

“But when we see data that indicates disparities in how African Americans and Latinos may be treated in various jurisdictions around the country, then it’s incumbent on all of us to say, we can do better than this; we are better than this — and to not have it degenerate into the usual political scrum. We should be able to step back, reflect, and ask ourselves, what can we do better so that everybody feels as if they’re equal under the law?”   Barack Obama

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump

  • Since the beginning of the Dem primary, PolitickerNJ has checked in with an early Bernie Sanders advocate, David Robinson. Is he with Hillary now? 
  • Bernie Sanders is expected to endorse Hillary Clinton next week in New Hampshire, say Dems involved in the planning.

Christie

Bridgegate

Guns

Cuba

New Jersey history I did not know

113 years ago, Mother Jones walked across New Jersey with a ragtag group of child laborers to see Teddy Roosevelt. He shut the door on them.

Comments (3)

  1. deciminyan

    It’s not implausible that an unstable and unconventional guy like Trump would walk away from the presidency if he’s elected, as the NY Times reports. He is greedy enough to do this shortly AFTER he is inaugurated in order to reap the trappings of ex-Presidents like Secret Service protection and a lifetime pension. The only question is where the Trump Presidential Library would be built and what it would contain.

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    1. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

      I think Trump is playing people with this. It does, however, give one pause to think that within months some yahoo like Newt Gingrich or Christie could be running the show. Or Trump, the yuugest yahoo of all.

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