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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.

Democratic Donors Urge Biden to Challenge Clinton in 2016 Race

Luciana Lopez and James Oliphant

A group of prominent Democratic Party fundraisers on Friday began circulating a letter to encourage a hesitant Vice President Joe Biden to enter the 2016 race for U.S. president. The letter, signed by nearly 50 people, calls the Obama-Biden administration a "spectacular success." It cites job creation, a lower unemployment rate, new health insurance policies for nearly 9 million Americans and the end of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cuba Seeks U.N. Vote to End U.S. Embargo

Daniel Trotta

Cuba on Wednesday launched its annual campaign for a United Nations resolution condemning the U.S. economic embargo while the White House and the Vatican added their own pressure on the U.S. Congress to end the 53-year-old sanctions. The Vatican has long opposed the Cold War-era embargo, saying ordinary Cubans suffer most from its effects, and Havana is counting on hearing that message when Pope Francis visits for three nights starting Saturday before continuing on to the United States.


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