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Mitch Perry Report for 11.11.16 — Whither the EPA?

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Some random thoughts at the end of one of the most epochal weeks in the history of our republic: Yesterday in this space we contemplated some of the first moves the Donald Trump administration might make when he inherits power in January. Lots of focus right now is on the fact that he could kill all of the efforts this nation has made in worldwide pacts on climate change, beginning with the historic agreement signed in Paris earlier this year. “I don’t…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.7.16 — Closing arguments

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In this space on Friday, we reminisced about October surprises in previous election cycles before referring to the dual bombshells that have rocked this year’s presidential election: First, the release of that 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape in which Donald Trump spoke lewdly about women, followed 10 days ago with the announcement of the discovery of hundreds of thousands of emails that could be related to the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton‘s potential violation of national security documents. We surmised the surprises were over, but…

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Fox’s Chris Wallace asks precise follow-up that makes news

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Fox News’ Chris Wallace worked hard to keep the final presidential debate substantive with tough questions to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but it was the simplest of queries that extracted the biggest headline. Noting Trump’s claims Wednesday night that the election was being rigged against him, Wallace asked the Republican whether he would accept the results win or lose, pointing out GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence had said that he would. When Trump answered that “we will look…

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Face to face one last time: Debate night for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump‘s long and acrimonious battle for the White House is speeding toward the end, with the candidates taking the debate stage Wednesday night for one final prime-time showdown. For Trump, the debate is perhaps his last opportunity to turn around a race that appears to be slipping away. His predatory comments about women and a flood of sexual assault accusations have deepened his unpopularity with women and limited his pathways to victory. Trump has denied the…

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Moderator Lester Holt under scrutiny during debate

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Everyone’s aware of the stakes for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the first presidential debate, but there’s a third person in the equation who faces a different pressure: Lester Holt. The NBC News veteran is moderating his first general election debate, making him solely responsible for the questions asked each candidate and for steering the conversation. His performance will be closely watched, particularly in light of a dispute over the extent to which he should call politicians out for…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.11.16 – Time for Obama to release those 28 pages in 9/11 report

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Happy Monday, y’all. I hope you had a good weekend. I’m feeling good this morning after my Golden State Warriors took care of the San Antonio Spurs last night with dispatch, and are only a victory away this Wednesday from capturing the greatest regular season record in NBA history.  The Masters also had some drama. But ltet’s talk about two other television programs of interest that aired yesterday: President Obama on Fox News Sunday and Bob Graham on 60 Minutes. It was Obama’s…

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Wrong number? Donald Trump’s TV telephone interviews in spotlight

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In television news, a telephone interview is typically frowned upon. Donald Trump‘s fondness for them is changing habits and causing consternation in newsrooms, while challenging political traditions. Two organizations are circulating petitions to encourage Sunday morning political shows to hang up on Trump. Some prominent holdouts, like Fox’s Chris Wallace, refuse to do on-air phoners. Others argue that a phone interview is better than no interview at all. Except in news emergencies, producers usually avoid phoners because television is a…

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