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Texas Is About To Execute A Man Who Claims He Was Framed For A Prison Guard’s Murder

Robert Pruett, 38, is scheduled to be executed Thursday night for the 1999 murder of a Texas corrections officer, Daniel Nagle, while Pruett was serving a life sentence for another crime. At the time of Nagle’s murder, Pruett was serving a 99-year sentence after being convicted as a party to a murder committed by his father, when Pruett was 15-years-old. His father remains incarcerated for that crime. In December 1999, Nagle wrote a disciplinary charge against Pruett for trying to take his lunch to the recreation center in violating of…

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Association of Women in Sports Media Silent On Jemele Hill

An organization that “supports the advancement and growth of women” in sports media is silent after one of its own, ESPN’s Jemele Hill, was disciplined for violations to the company’s social media policy and then targeted and personally attacked by the president of the United States. After an email inquiry about the national attention around Hill, to a generic organization email account, BuzzFeed News received an unsigned response: “AWSM has not released a statement on Jemele Hill.” Hill was warned by ESPN after tweeting that President Trump was a white…

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Hillary Clinton And The Obamas Respond To Harvey Weinstein Allegations. Clinton Says She’ll Donate Funds To Charity

Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she was “shocked and appalled” by allegations that movie producer Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted numerous women — five days after they were made public by the New York Times. Former President Obama followed up later in the day, issuing a joint statement with his wife that said they were “disgusted” with the allegations. But neither Clinton nor Obama initially mentioned the money raised by Weinstein, a longtime Democratic campaign donor and fundraiser, to support their respective presidential campaigns. On Wednesday, Clinton told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria she…

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Black Sports Journalists Group Says ESPN Relationship Has No Bearing On Their Feelings On Jemele Hill

The leader of a group advocating for black sports journalists says he disagrees with ESPN’s decision to suspend Jemele Hill for two weeks. Sherrod Blakely, a Boston-based basketball writer and president of the National Association of Black Journalists Sports Task Force, told BuzzFeed News in an email that he disagreed with ESPN’s decision to suspend Hill. He said that NABJ’s relationship with ESPN — the network was, for instance, is listed as a partner to NABJ’s conference this year, and the network and organization co-sponsor an internship — have no…

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Without Addressing His Political Donations, Hillary Clinton Says She’s “Appalled” By Weinstein Allegations

In a statement released five days after news broke about sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the film producer and one of her longtime donors and fundraisers, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she was “shocked and appalled by the revelations.” “The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior,” read the statement, released in a tweet by press secretary Nick Merrill. Last Thursday, a New York Times report detailed multiple allegations of sexual…

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Women’s March: ESPN Jemele Hill Suspension “A Despicable Attempt” To Silence Her

The organizers of the Women’s March called ESPN’s suspension of Jemele Hill the silencing of a black woman speaking out against systemic oppression in America and “proof of how deeply entrenched racism is within our institutions.” ESPN suspended Hill for two weeks on Monday, saying that she had violated the company’s social media guidelines. Hill had tweeted that if fans didn’t like Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ decision to bench players that kneel during the national anthem, they should boycott team advertisers. “If you feel strongly, about [Jones’] statement, boycott…

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The Trump (Alternate) Reality Show

Ahn Young-joon / AP President Trump would like you to believe he’s about to score his first major legislative victory by passing tax reform before the year ends. He’ll then pass a bipartisan deal to protect DREAMers, convince Democrats to help repeal Obamacare, all while decertifying the Iran deal and playing good cop, bad cop with American diplomacy toward North Korea. But the actual reality — and severity of the situation — is becoming clear: one where the president blasts an influential senator he’ll need on tax reform and is…

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Virgin Islands Delegate: Pence’s Visit Was Good, So Donald Trump Doesn’t Need To Visit

US Virgin Islands Delegate Stacey Plaskett doesn’t believe it’s essential to the US Virgin Islands recovery efforts that Donald Trump visit the island territory devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Plaskett a week ago, amid a crisis of a lack of media and attention on the extensive damage of her territory, expressed alarm that the aftermath of Puerto Rico’s had warranted a visit from President Trump, but that the US Virgin Islands seemed like an apparent afterthought. She made her concerns known in an national appearance with MSNBC’s Joy Ann…

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The Campus Free Speech Wars Are Dramatically Changing What It Means To Be A College Republican

A new generation of Republicans is being raised on the terms of a debate set by Milo Yiannopoulos. Here’s how it’s happened the last few years: Some campus group, often a College Republican organization, will invite the right-wing provocateur — known by his first name and for his racist stunts and social media trolling — to campus. Offended classmates will plan protests. Wary administrators, citing security concerns, will roll out the red tape. And Milo will become a rallying cause for young conservatives eager to paint their liberal counterparts as…

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New Group Promises Real Money For Local Candidates Who Commit To Sweeping National Progressive Goals

A leading development economist, a former Democratic state senator from New York, and a young entrepreneur and scion of the Pritzker family are converging to form a national network of state legislators committed to a package of far-sweeping goals for 2030. The organization, a nonprofit set to launch Monday under the name Future Now, is one its cofounders describe as an antidote to a moment where fraught partisan battles shape political debate, where lawmakers often resist the center, and special interests steer policy outcomes. The group’s first investment, totaling $160,000,…

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