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In VP Debate, Mike Pence Goes on 90-Minute Shaggy ‘It Wasn’t Me’ Defense

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Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate featured Tim Kaine peppering Mike Pence with questions about Donald Trump’s past statements and Pence employing the Shaggy defense, denying everything Trump ever said. Unless you’re one of those people whose Pandora/iTunes/Tidal service features no music that dropped before “Trap Queen,” you might remember a pop-reggae song called “It Wasn’t Me” from one-hit wonder and ...

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Join The Root as we #RiseUpAsOne Through Music

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We’re celebrating America’s ability to connect as one people live in San Diego! The Root is heading to San Diego Oct. 15 for Univision and Fusion Media Group’s “RiseUp AS ONE” concert. This show is a celebration of music, diversity and unity. All of this awesomeness will be staged along the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego and will feature a ...

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Atlantic Coast Prepares for Evacuations as Hurricane Matthew Approaches

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The powerful hurricane was just south of the Bahamas and headed for Florida as of Wednesday afternoon. The Atlantic coast is braced for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, a deadly storm with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour expected to make landfall on Thursday. The NY Times reports that the governors of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South ...

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Black Lives Matter makes list of demands after police shooting of Carnell Snell, Jr.

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After 18-year-old Carnell Snell, Jr. was killed by LA police, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors announced that the movement would be putting increased pressure on city and police leadership to change the broken system that allowed Snell to be killed. In particular, Cullors said the movement would be focused on Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Police Department, with ...

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White mom has major meltdown over hip-hop song on the radio

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A White Christian mother of four posted an 11-minute meltdown to YouTube after she and her children accidentally heard the song “Norf Norf” on the radio. As the woman explains it, she usually has her radio tuned to a Christian station but allowed her 11-year-old daughter to switch the radio to a Top 40 station, where they heard the hip-hop ...

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Michelle Obama lets Trump have it during Charlotte rally

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While campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Charlotte, North Carolina, First Lady Michelle Obama tore into Donald Trump not only for his late-night tweeting but his claims that his poor debate performance was due to microphone issues. “When it comes to the qualifications that we should demand of our president, to start with we need someone who will take the job ...

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Criming While White: Why Would Trump Change a Tax System That Made Him Rich?

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The Republican presidential candidate ran up almost a billion dollars in losses and debts in 1995, but the likelihood that Donald Trump hasn’t paid any federal taxes in almost 20 years isn’t the problem. What is the problem is that Trump is running on the promise of ending the very system that made him rich, and nobody in his or ...

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LAPD Releases Surveillance Video in Carnell Snell Jr. Shooting

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Surveillance video from a shopping center near the shooting briefly shows a suspect holding what is believed to be a gun in his hand before running from police. The Los Angeles Police Department released surveillance video Tuesday that shows the moments before police shot and killed an 18-year-old teen in South Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon. The 45-second clip, which ...

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Flint, Mich., Residents Hit With Bacterial Illness as Water Crisis Continues

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After a year of dealing with lead-contaminated water, residents of Flint now face a gastrointestinal illness that spreads when people don’t wash their hands. Residents of Flint, Mich., have spent the last year finding creative ways to avoid using the city’s contaminated water supplies in their daily lives, but now a new threat adds an additional complication to an already ...

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French top court to rule on racial profiling for first time

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PARIS (AP) — A lawyer who claims French police carried out unjustified identity checks on 13 black and Arab men based only on their racial profiles asked the country’s highest court Tuesday to “make history” and rule for the first time that officers acted illegally. Activist groups hope the much-awaited decision will end what they call routine discrimination by police ...

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