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Islamic State conflict voted top news story of 2015

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The far-flung attacks claimed by Islamic State militants and the intensifying global effort to crush them added up to a grim, gripping yearlong saga that was voted the top news story of 2015, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. The No. 2 story was the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that led to legalization of same-sex marriage in all 50 states. But several of the other stories among the Top 10 reflected the impact…

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National Bar Association poll shows racial schism in attitudes on law enforcement

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A poll put out Wednesday by a group of African-American lawyers, judges, educators and law students revealed a gulf between how black Americans and white Americans believe black people are treated by police. The National Bar Association poll showed 88 percent of blacks believe police treat black people unfairly while just 59 percent of white Americans hold the same view. The gulf is wider still in Southern states, where 90 percent of blacks say there is unfair treatment compared to 55 percent of whites.…

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In Fort Lauderdale, Hillary Clinton slams Jeb Bush

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In the first event of 2015 where presidential candidates from both major political parties were present, Hillary Clinton blasted Jeb Bush during her speech at the National Urban League annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale. Clinton never mentioned Bush’s name. Instead she mocked the name of his political action committee, Right to Rise, that raised more than $100 million through the first six months of this year. “The real test of a candidate’s commitment is not whether we come to speak at your national conference,” Clinton…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.31.15 — Whose lives matter?

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Greetings from the Extended Stay America motel in Fort Lauderdale, just a few blocks from the Fort Lauderdale/Broward CountyConvention Center. That’s where three of the Democrats running for president: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley — will be addressing the thousands gathered at the National Urban League’s annual meeting. The event comes a couple of weeks after Sanders and O’Malley were bum-rushed by some #BlackLivesMatter activists at the NetRoots Nation conference in Phoenix, causing some tension between the establishment…

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Jeb Bush on Baltimore police charges: ‘The process works’

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday that he trusts the legal process that resulted in charges against six Baltimore officers in the death of a man from injuries sustained while in police custody. But a president, said the likely 2016 Republican candidate, could do more to address rising anger toward police in poor neighborhoods. “I think we need, as a nation, to have a conversation about why is it that we’re creating these big pockets of poverty,” he said.…

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Tampa town hall meeting on race brings out raw emotions

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Two nights after Baltimore burned in anger at the death of Freddie Gray, the young black man who died in police custody there, mass demonstrations were held in cities like Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Denver; New York City; and Minneapolis on Wednesday night. No such protests occurred in the Tampa Bay area, but Baltimore was very much on the minds of the overflow crowd that crammed into a conference room at the Ferguson Law Center in Tampa. The subject was the…

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