Daft Hale for Congress; Claims of prosecutor’s conflicts follow coercion allegations at Fair Oaks Farms; and Trump, dumb as always

Daft Hale for Congress; Claims of prosecutor’s conflicts follow coercion allegations at Fair Oaks Farms; and Trump, dumb as always

Pete Buttigieg says he failed to recruit a diverse police force in South Bend. Now what?
Twice in the past week, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg publicly acknowledged his administration failed to change the lopsided racial makeup of the city’s police force, as he confronts fallout over the fatal shooting of a black man by a white officer. (South Bend Tribune)

Conservative Court Scolds Trump For ‘Contrived’ Reasoning
Being “authentic” is the buzz these days. Spin has gotten so out of control in our politics that it now takes special training to just be real. “Fake news” and “fact checks” are also new staples used so often they are losing their sting. But when the leader of the Judicial branch of our government describes the reasoning of the Executive branch as “contrived,” that is important. It’s a slightly more dignified way for the court to call the administration liars. (The Statehouse File)

Fair Oaks Farms animal abuse: Claims of prosecutor’s conflicts follow coercion allegations
If Newton County Prosecutor Jeff Drinski was feeling heat to hand off the investigation into abuse of calves at the Fair Oaks Farms – as the founder of animal rights group that released a series of graphic, undercover videos shot at the agri-tourism hot spot was demanding last week – he wasn’t letting on. (Indystar)

Renters lived ‘horrible.’ Their landlord lived large. The government helped him do it.
State lawmakers have repeatedly killed efforts to hold landlords accountable. County tax collectors continue offering shabby properties to bad landlords dirt cheap. And a city registry is so incomplete it is virtually useless. (Indystar)

Draft Hale for Congress Facebook page appears
So I get up and take my dogs out like I do every morning. I sit down and drink my coffee and start scrolling through social media for any stories I may have missed for my newsletter and what to my wondering eyes appear? A Draft Hale for Congress Facebook page. I can’t say it was unexpected but I was still a little surprised at the same time. (Indiana Talks Network)

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Trump joking with Putin over eliminating journalists is a betrayal of America. So is ignoring it.
According to Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Jacobs, who was traveling with the president to the G-20 summit in Osaka, Trump “bonded with Putin” over his scorn for journalists. She quoted their exchange in a tweet: “Get rid of them. Fake news is a great term, isn’t it?” Trump said. “You don’t have this problem in Russia, but we do.” (Washington Post)

Judge bars Trump from using $2.5B to build border wall
A federal judge on Friday prohibited President Donald Trump from tapping $2.5 billion in military funding to build high-priority segments of his prized border wall in California, Arizona and New Mexico. (AP)

Trump, Dumb as Always, Thinks Busing is About Transportation
“Well, [busing is] something that they’ve done for a long period of time. You know, there aren’t that many ways you’re going to get people to schools… It is certainly a primary method of getting people to schools,” Trump said. (Rolling Stone)

A New Racist Campaign Against Kamala Harris Is Taking Shape
Last night’s tweets, some of which were amplified by bots and in one case by Trump Jr., gave a new level of exposure to earlier claims propagated by fringe websites and discredited figures such as Jacob Wohl and the virulent neo-Nazi Anglin. (BuzzFeed)

Indiana Pacer Darren Collison, 31, announces retirement from NBA to focus on faith: ‘I am one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses’
Collison, 31, said in a letter published by The Undefeated that after a 10-year career in the NBA, he had decided to retire from the NBA to pursue his faith as a “Jehovah’s Witness.” (Fox News)

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