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How Ben Carson Will Presumably Govern

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

He knows that his nutty quips will be spreadeagled over every media outlet and roil legions on Facebook and social media. He’s at or near the top of the heap in some polls as a top GOP presidential candidate and that show him even more implausibly actually beating Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical head-to-head showdown. But beyond his endless milking of his rags-to-successful-neurosurgeon story and the inane quips about President Obama and Democrats before packs of ultraconservative fawners and groupies, what makes him real political timber, let alone presidential stuff?

How Bad is California’s Drought?

Allyson Escobar

Impelled by severe drought conditions, residents have been seriously saving water in the last few months of summer. Californians cut water use by 27 percent in August, according to the Associated Press. That’s compared to August 2013, state regulators announced on Thursday, Oct. 1. The reduction was slightly less than the 31 percent decline in July, but stable with the 27 percent conservation effort made in June.

Get Stopped by the Police? There’s an App for That

Sharee Silerio

This year the ACLU of California, the joint branch of the ACLU of Southern California and the two other ACLU affiliates in the state, launched an app to make it safe and easy for citizens to exercise their right to record police interactions. The free app, Mobile Justice CA, allows Android and iPhone users to record and automatically send video of police encounters to ACLU servers, preserving the footage even if officers try to destroy the phone or delete the video. 

South Carolina Grapples With Damage Wrought by Deadly Flood

Colleen Jenkins

South Carolina grappled with the damage wrought by record rainfall, as the death toll from widespread flooding rose to 14 on Tuesday and residents braced for more evacuations in areas near swollen waterways and dams across the state. Predictions of sunny skies in coming days provided only small comfort. More than 800 people were living in shelters after floodwater forced them from their homes.

Why Hillary Clinton Will Succeed

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The reasons for Clinton’s steady lead aren’t hard to find. While the chatter about outlier inflammatory curiosities such as Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and the politically radical Sanders, awes, fascinates, and titillates the media and a wide body of the public, they are far from electable. Polls do show that the overwhelming majority of Americans are sick of and disgusted with the dysfunctionality, deal-making, and big money manipulation of American politics. Yet there is no evidence that this has now, or in the past, ever translated into a repudiation of traditional party politicians at the polls.

Kelly Gissendaner Execution Again Exposes Gender Quirk in Death Penalty

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Just about the only time that an execution will raise more than eyebrow is when a woman is scheduled to be put to death. This was certainly the case with condemned Georgia murderer Kelly Gissendaner. Pope Francis chimed in and pleaded for Georgia to spare her life. Tens of thousands signed a petition pleading for mercy. Gissendaner's daughters, who also happened to be the daughters of the man whom she was complicit in his murder in 1997, also pleaded for her life. 

House Republicans to Vote October 8 for New Leaders

Susan Cornwell

With Boehner planning to leave Congress at the end of next month, many Republicans have indicated they would like a quick end to the uncertainty about who will lead them. But neither the right wing nor moderates in the divided caucus appeared satisfied with leadership candidates that have emerged so far. Boehner himself met privately Tuesday with South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy in an unsuccessful attempt to convince him to run for House majority leader.

Feted in China, Xi's U.S. Profile Dims in Shadow of Pope

Ben Blanchard and David Brunstromm

Xi's U.S. trip has - at least in terms of U.S. media coverage - been firmly overshadowed by the wildly popular pontiff, raising questions over its timing and contrasting sharply with the wall-to-wall coverage of Xi by Chinese media. China's tightly controlled state media has focused heavily on the pomp, ceremony and shows of respect Xi has been treated to in Seattle and then Washington.

Dolce & Gabbana Debut Love for Italy Line in Milan

Marie-Louise Gumuchian

From Venice's gondoliers to gelato stands, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana decorated dresses with all things Italian to make them look like postcards, some with messages reading "Kisses from Rome" and "Greetings from Naples. Under a banner reading "Italia is Love", a mock fruit stand, restaurant and ceramics shop decorated the catwalk before the Milan Fashion Week show began.

At White House, Pope Focuses on Environment, Poverty and Immigration

Philip Pullella and Jeff Mason

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged the United States to help tackle climate change and touched on other divisive U.S. political issues such as immigration and economic inequality on his first visit to the world's richest nation. In a speech on the White House South Lawn, the Argentine pontiff lauded President Barack Obama's efforts to reduce air pollution, months after Francis made the environment one of his top issues by issuing a landmark encyclical letter to the church.


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