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Here's what Donald Trump said about Hillary Clinton and racism

Here is the prepared text for Donald Trump's speech in New Hampshire on Thursday.

"It is so great to be back in New Hampshire. I have developed such deep affection for this state and for its people. My first victory took place here.

Over the next 74 days, we are all going to work very hard together to win this state – just like we did in the primaries – and to win the White House for the American people.

Our victory is going to be a victory for the great majority of Americans whose voice has not been heard.

Year after year, we live under a Washington regime that ignores your demands, rejects your cries for help, and that always puts your needs last.

The real divide in this election is not between left and right, but between everyday working people and a corrupt political establishment that works only for itself.

This election is a chance for the great majority of decent citizens to end the rule of a small group of special interests and to return that power to the voters.

Hillary Clinton believes only in government of, by and for the powerful.

I am promising government of, by and for the people.

In this fight, we are taking on some very entrenched and well-financed interests. These are the same people who pay Hillary $10,000 dollars a minute for a speech. These special interests are the same people who own the newspapers that cover-up her crimes. These are the Wall Street firms who paid Hillary Clinton a quarter of a million dollars each time she delivered her secret remarks. They are the same people who paid Bill and Hillary Clinton over $150 million dollars for speeches since Bill left the Oval Office – and who donated countless millions more to the Clinton Foundation.

But, you have the power, with your vote, to defeat those special interests and put the people back in charge once more.

This has been a historic week in American politics.

The voters have always known that our leadership in Washington D.C. is corrupt, and that the system is very badly rigged.

But this week the curtain was lifted. The corruption was revealed for all to see. The veil was pulled back on a vast criminal enterprise run out of the State Department by Hillary Clinton.

As the Associated Press documented, more than half of the meetings Hillary Clinton took as Secretary of State with people outside government were Foundation donors.

Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff received more messages from the Clinton Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer than just about anyone else.

85 donors alone that she met with as Secretary gave the Foundation $156 million dollars.

On top of that, Bill Clinton’s total speaking fees rose 44% while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State – often raking in money from people who had business or matters before the State Department.

As I said weeks ago, Hillary Clinton ran the State Department like a personal hedge fund.

It is hard to tell where the Clinton Foundation ended, and where the State Department began.

Access and favors were sold for cash. It’s called Pay-For-Play.

Over and over and over, people who donated to the Clinton Foundation – or who gave money to Bill Clinton – got favorable treatment from Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

The examples are too many to name here in full, and I’ve gone over some in recent days. They include the deal to sell 20% of U.S. Uranium to Russia, or the favorable treatment for UBS. It includes the exemption of Telecom Giant Ericsson from government sanctions. It includes efforts to put a Foundation donor – with no national security experience – onto a highly-sensitive national security panel with access to top secret information. It includes Foundation donors getting lucrative contracts in Haiti – all while the people of Haiti suffered horribly.

But these examples are only the tip of the Clinton Corruption iceberg.

Hillary Clinton’s actions constitute all of the elements of a major criminal enterprise.

She created a private illegal email server in order to hide her corrupt dealings. She did so knowing full well it would put American lives at risk by making classified information highly vulnerable to foreign hacking. But, she didn’t care – as long as it helped her get away with her crime, no risk to America was too great.

Then, to further cover-up her crime, she deleted 33,000 emails to keep them out of the hands of authorities and the American public.

As a further element of the criminal cover-up, she claimed under penalty of perjury that she turned over all of her work related emails. We now know this to be one more massive Clinton lie. The FBI found thousands of work-related emails she failed to turn over, including the new discovery this week of 15,000 more work-related emails she failed to disclose.

What is being uncovered now is one of the most shocking scandals in American political history.

A Secretary of State sold her office to corporations and foreign governments, betraying the public trust – putting innocent lives in danger – and then she went to great lengths to hide, delete, destroy and lie about the evidence. Just like her lie that she never sent any material marked classified.

Lie after lie after lie.

This is the corruption we expect to see in a Third World country – but not in America.

Just imagine the damage to our security, to our integrity, to our standing in the world, if Hillary Clinton is allowed to sell the Oval Office the same way she sold her office as Secretary of State.

We cannot let this happen.

We must vote on November 8th to keep the American government from being sold to the highest bidder.

Vote to save your country. Vote to protect your family. Vote for honesty, integrity and accountability.

Now, as all of these revelations have been discovered this week, Hillary Clinton has been in hiding.

But today, she emerges. However, she is emerging not to take responsibility for her unethical and criminal conduct, but instead to make one of the most brazen attempts at distraction in the history of politics.

Now, I have not seen Hillary Clinton’s remarks. And, in a sense, I don’t want to dignify them by dwelling on them too much, but a response is required for the sake of all decent voters she is trying to smear.

The news reports are that Hillary Clinton is going to try to accuse this campaign, and the millions of decent Americans who support this campaign, of being racists.

It’s the oldest play in the Democratic playbook.

When Democratic policies fail, they are left with only this one tired argument. It’s the last refuge of the discredited politician.

They keep going back to this same well, but the well has run dry.

This is the year that the people who have been betrayed by Democratic policies, including millions of African-American and Hispanic-American citizens, reject the politicians who have failed them and vote for change.

As I’ve discussed for many days now, Democratic politicians have run nearly every inner city in America for fifty or sixty years or more. Their policies have produced only more poverty, joblessness, and failing schools.

Every policy Hillary Clinton supports is a policy that has failed and betrayed communities of color in this country. But she just doesn’t care – she’s too busy raking in cash from the people rigging the system.

Nearly 4 in 10 African-American children live in poverty. 58% of African-American youth are not working. More than 2,700 people have been shot in Chicago this year alone.

These are the consequences of Hillary Clinton’s policies. She has brought nothing but pain and heartache to our inner cities.

On top of that, she wants to raise taxes on African-American owned businesses to as much as nearly 50 percent. We should be helping these businesses to grow and expand – but Hillary Clinton is trying to shut them down.

She opposes school choice.

She supports open borders that violate the civil rights of African-Americans by giving their jobs to people here unlawfully.

She supports trade policies that have closed factories in African-American communities and put millions of African-Americans out of work.

She supports radical regulations that put Americans out of work and raise the price of their energy bills.

She supports policies on crime that make communities less safe, and that make it harder to raise your children in security and peace.

I believe every single parent in this country – and especially in the inner cities – has the right to raise their kids in safety. This is one of the great civil rights issues of our time.

But Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to talk about any of this. She can’t defend her record. She doesn’t have one single proposal that hasn’t been tried and failed. She doesn’t have one idea that does anything but destroy jobs for African-American and Hispanic citizens – and all citizens – in our country.

So what does she do when she can’t defend her record?

She lies, she smears, she paints decent Americans as racists. She bullies voters, who only want a better future, and tries to intimidate them out of voting for change.

As I discussed yesterday, these are the same tactics the establishment powers used to try to scare the British people out of voting for change too.

It didn’t work there. It won’t work here.

The American people are ready to vote for freedom, opportunity and justice. They are ready to take back control of their own futures.

It’s time the Clintons were held accountable for their inappropriate conduct. According to the book Game Change, Bill Clinton said about President Barack Obama that “a few years ago this guy would have been getting us coffee.” And we’ve all seen the cringe-worthy comments from Hillary Clinton, which I won’t get into here but we all know what they are.

Here’s the important point though that I want to get across today. Hillary Clinton isn’t just attacking me, she’s attacking all the people who support our movement.

We can’t let that stand. Voters are used to the old game where failed politicians like Hillary Clinton falsely smear Republicans with charges of racism. Republicans then back down. Democrats then continue to push policies that are devastating to communities of color.

We must break this corrupt cycle. And we are going to break it beginning today.

So let me make some very clear statements before this whole country.

First, on the border. People who want their laws enforced and respected, and who want their border secured, are not racists. They are patriotic Americans of all backgrounds who want their jobs protected and their country kept safe. I will never apologize for pledging to enforce and uphold every single law of the United States, and to make my immigration priority defending and protecting American citizens above every other single consideration. We will end illegal immigration and we will restore the Constitutional rule of law.

Next, on national security. People who speak out against Radical Islam, and who warn about refugees, are not Islamophobes. They are decent American citizens who want to uphold our values as a tolerant society, and who want to keep the terrorists out of our country. If the choice is between saving lives – or appeasing politically-correct censors in Washington D.C., that is the easiest choice I will ever have to make. I will always choose saving American lives.

Now, on crime. People who support the police, and who want crime reduced, are not prejudiced. They are concerned and loving citizens whose hearts break every time an innocent child is lost to preventable violence. There is no compassion in tolerating crime, and poisonous drug dealing, and the killings in our streets. I will work to dismantle the criminal gangs and cartels and to liberate our poorest citizens from crime and violence and poverty and fear.

To Hillary Clinton, and to her donors and advisors, pushing her to spread her smears and her lies about decent people, I have three words. I want you to hear these words, and remember these words: Shame On You.

When you are like the Clintons, getting $69 million dollars in political contributions from Wall Street and Big Banks, it is easy to look down on the so-called little people. It’s easy to ignore the devastation caused by our open borders when you spend all your time with wealthy donors and Hollywood celebrities. It is easy to ignore the heartfelt concerns of communities about Radical Islam entering our country, when you spend your time hanging out with foreign dictators in their lavish palaces. And it is easy, no doubt, for Hillary Clinton to turn a blind eye to the ravages of crime, when she has her own personal armed security force.

This is how the system is rigged.

For decades, the American people have demanded that their immigration laws be enforced and that their jobs be protected from out-of-control immigration. But the special interests, who only want cheap labor, have stopped it from happening.

For years, the American people have worried about letting Radical Islam spread within our shores, but the elites – who only want to raise more money from global corporations – ignore the concerns of the American voters.

For fifty years, people living in our inner cities have suffered under a failed policy regime. But the Democratic politicians – who only want to please media executives and Wall Street donors – do nothing but expand the hurt and the suffering.

It is time for a new day to dawn in America.

On November 8th, we will end the rule of special interests – and we will begin the rule of the people.

I am asking for your vote so that we can break free from the failures of the past and create a New American Future.

I am asking for your vote so that we can achieve amazing things for the American people.

I am asking for the vote of every African-American, and Hispanic-American, who wants a better future – a future that begins with jobs, jobs and more jobs.

We will fix our disastrous trade deals and stand up to countries that cheat.

We will lower taxes and create millions of new jobs as a result.

We will unleash an American energy revolution.

We will eliminate job-killing regulations.

We will repeal and replace job-killing Obamacare.

We will enforce our immigration laws, and we will put rules in place that hire American workers first.

We will end the era of nation-building, and instead work in partnership with our allies to crush and destroy ISIS.

We will keep Radical Islamic Terrorism out of our country.

We will promote the values of tolerance, justice and acceptance.

We will steadfastly reject bigotry and hatred and oppression in all of its forms.

America will be one nation – united in common purpose and common dreams. Our citizens will proudly promote our values and our system of government as the best in the world – and we will do so without apology.

Together, We Will Make America Prosperous Again.

We Will Make America Proud Again.

We Will Make America Safe Again.

Friends, citizens and fellow Americans: We Will Make America Great Again.

Thank you, and God Bless!"

Canadian city might have to pay after rescuing stranded Americans

It cost over $6,000 to rescue roughly 1,500 Americans who unexpectedly floated into Canadian territory Sunday, and the city of Sarnia, Ontario, is likely going to have to pay police, firefighters and transit workers.

In all, 10 city buses made 19 trips to help the stranded American floaters get back to the border. 

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A lot of the rescuers had to work overtime, and even after the Americans were gone, a lot of trash needed to be picked up.  

During the annual float trip, participants travel down the St. Clair River. The plan is always to stay on the Michigan side of the river, but this time, strong winds blew many floaters into an illegal border crossing. 

The Port Huron Float Down event is unsponsored, and without a sponsor, the city's mayor doesn't have a clear organization or person to charge

Charging the people who needed to be rescued could've been one option, but most arrived on shore without any money or identification.

But Sarnia may get help after all. A Michigan man, who didn't need to be rescued, started a GoFundMe account to supplement the costs. So far, the effort has raised more than $4,000


Heroin being laced with elephant tranquilizer, officials say

With the nation already in the grips of an opioid epidemic, officials have a new warning about heroin.

Reports of heroin laced with the potent commercial opioid carfentanil have come from across the country, according to CNN.

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Carfentanil is used commercially to sedate large animals like elephants. It is 10,000 times stronger than morphine, and approximately two milligrams can sedate a 2,000-pound elephant, according to the CNN report.

Dealers often cut heroin with another substance to stretch supplies, and a user may not be aware. The deadly potency of carfentanil may be linked to recent heroin overdose outbreaks in Ohio, Indiana and Florida.

Why is the EpiPen so expensive now? Can consumers get any help?

Outrage over a price increase for a life-saving medicine continues to grow, despite a promise Thursday from the manufacturer that "immediate action" is being taken to ensure that everyone who needs the drug will get it.

The uproar began when the pharmaceutical company Mylan raised the price of the EpiPen, a device that administers epinephrine to people suffering from allergic reactions to food or insect stings. Those who use the device are questioning the reasoning behind the latest price hike which equals a 400 percent increase in the cost of the drug over the last 10 years.  

Mylan's CEO, Heather Bresch, who prior to Thursday said the increase in the price of the device was part of the cost of doing business, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that she will make sure that, “everyone who needs an EpiPen will get one.”

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Why did the cost of the device go up? What was the company’s reasoning and is there any help you can get with the cost of the medication?

Here’s a quick look at the controversy over the EpiPen.

What is the EpiPen and how does it work?

The EpiPen is an injection device that contains a measured dose of the chemical epinephrine. Epinephrine narrows blood vessels and opens airways in the lungs which can reversed the effects of a severe allergic reaction to food or animal bites.

Did Mylan come up with the idea for the pen?

No, Mylan purchased Merck’s generic drug division – which included the EpiPen – in 2007 for $6 billion. By then the EpiPen had been around for about 10 years. The technology used to produce the pen alone was genereating around $200 million a year for Merck.  Likewise, the profit from the device has been substantial for Mylan. According to NBC, Mylan’s profits from selling EpiPens was $1.2 billion by 2015, accounting for 40 percent of Mylan’s operating profits.

Why did the cost go up?

Mylan, along with its president, Heather Bresch, have said that the cost of the EpiPen "has changed over time to better reflect important product features and the value the product provides," and that the company has "made a significant investment to support the device over the past years." However, according to some analysts, the reason that people have become alarmed over the cost of the device is because insurance plans are requiring  customers to pay higher deductibles. In other words, the person who is insured is required to pay more money out of pocket before the insurance payments kick in.  Bresch echoed that reasoning in an interview with CNBC Thursday morning, and a statement from the company references the Affordable Care Act as a part of the problem.

What kind of price hikes have there been with EpiPen?

EpiPen has had a series of price hikes in the past decade since Mylan purchased the device from its original maker. In April 2001, the device cost  $75.80 per pen. According to David Maris, an analyst for Wells Fargo, that price went up by 3 or 4 percent on several occasions before Mylan bought the device in 2007. The injector had price increases of 5 percent in 2008 and again in 2009, then, later that year, the price went up by 20  percent. On eight occasions during the next four years, the cost of EpiPen was increased by 10 percent each time. According to Maris, the price of the EpiPen went up yet again in November of 2013 by 15 percent. Between that time and May 2016, the pen’s cost increased five more times, each by 15 percent.

What does it cost now?

The EpiPen auto-injectors, which come in a package of two, cost $633.66 at Walgreens when you use a coupon (free) from Mylan.  

Is EpiPen the only Mylan medicine that has seen such a hike in prices?

No, it isn’t. The company has also increased prices on other drugs. According to David Maris, Mylan has hiked prices for ursodiol, a generic medication to treat gallstones, by 542 percent; metoclopramide, which treats gastroesophageal reflux, by 444 percent; dicyclomine, used to treat irritable bowel syndrome by 400 percent, and tolterodine, which treats overactive bladders by 56 percent.

So how does the average patient afford the medicine they may one day need to save their life?

Bresch announced a new plan on Thursday that she says is meant to help with the cost of the medication. Mylan is expanding its patient-assistance program by providing certain patients with a savings card worth up to $300 per prescription. The company is also doubling eligibility to households earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level, or $97,200 for a family of four. Using that criteria, many of families would pay nothing out-of-pocket for the device.

In addition to expanding cost-cutting programs, Mylan is also continuing its “EpiPen4Schools” program. The program provides free EpiPen auto-injectors to schools nationwide. 

Is Congress doing anything about it?             

According to Politico, a bipartisan group of senators have asked the FDA, in a letter, to explain why there are no generic alternatives to the EpiPen available in the United States. In other parts of the world, EpiPen has competition and those device cost significantly less, the letter points out. See the letter here.

The enquiry from members of Congress hits a little close to home for at least one senator – Mylan’s CEO, Heather Bresch, is the daughter of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.)

What would other things cost if they had a similar price hike?

What does a 400 percent increase in a price look like?  Imagine a $3 loaf of bread costing around $15; a $7 movie ticket costing $35; and a $2 gallon of gas setting you back $10 instead.

Job recruiter says women should hide engagement ring during interviews

A job recruiter started waves after he posted an article on LinkedIn last week detailing why a woman should avoid wearing her engagement ring to job interviews. The post sparked rebuttals from female users on the site.

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The post was made on LinkedIn by Bruce Hurwitz, who said that women should avoid wearing engagement rings to interviews because it "sends the message that she's high maintenance," according to Mashable.

"When a man sees that ring he immediately assumes you are high maintenance," he wrote in the post. "When the woman at the office who has the largest diamond on her finger, sees that ring, she will realize that if you are hired she will fall to second place and will, therefore, not like you.  Lose the ring!"

Many LinkedIn users took offense to Hurwitz's advice with one user calling it "misguided, petty, and misogynistic" and another saying it is "ridiculous and it makes women sound petty and small," according to Mashable.

Hurwitz published a follow-up post that related the engagement ring advice to having men avoid wearing expensive watches and made a final post titled, "How to Watch a Viral Article on LinkedIn," Mashable reports.

"In a perfect world we would be judged solely on our professional qualifications.  It is not a perfect world.  And our behavior is relevant in a job interview," he stated in the final post. "Behavior includes what you wear to an interview and, whether you like it or not, how you behave on-line.  Except if it is for religious or health purposes, or a consequence of sexual orientation, an employer can reject an employee based on what they are wearing.  They can always be rejected based on how they act."

Police: Florida man threatens to kill woman using a spider

A Florida man is being sought by police after a woman said that he threatened to tie up her family and kill them using a spider.

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The Panama City News-Herald reports the woman said she had been hanging out with the man recently and that he has multiple personalities and was recently released from prison. Police said the woman told them he threatened to kill her family with a brown recluse spider.

The woman said he might be armed and was parking in her driveway, but police were unable to find a vehicle or the man when they arrived. Police said they attempted to contact the man, but to no avail.

Read more at the Panama City News-Herald.

Cancer patient sent to 'debtors' prison' for bounced checks

Lee Robertson is one of many people suffering the consequences of ailing health and legal woes.

The 44-year-old began chemotherapy in 2009 to combat pancreatic cancer.

He couldn't work, wrote checks to pay for goods and services, and before long, he was in debt for owing a few stores about $200, The Huffington Post reported.

Over the course of six years, Robertson was arrested seven times, and was ultimately sentenced to 90 days in jail for owing the Sherwood District Court in Arkansas $3,054.51.

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This week, Sherwood District Court Judge Milas "Butch" Hale is the subject of a lawsuit claiming the judge has been running a "modern-day debtors' prison." The class action federal civil rights lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Robertson is one of the plaintiffs.

"This is a broken court system that disregards due process rights at every turn. People are doomed for failure when they appear before the court, and most significantly trapped in this never-ending cycle of expanding debt," said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. "With the resurgence of debtors' prisons, we will continue to see people cycle in and out of jails and prisons across our country merely because of their inability to pay fines and fees tied to low-level, nonviolent offenses."

The suit lawsuit describes a "lucrative" system in Sherwood that "only barely resembles an actual court or independent judicial process," The Post reported.

The suit alleges that defendants, including Robertson and three other plaintiffs, unknowingly forfeit their right to an attorney by signing a "waiver of counsel" that is required to be let into the courtroom and that the court bars defendants' family and friends from witnessing the proceedings. 

The suit also claims that the Sherwood Police Department acts as an "extension" of the court's "collections scheme," arresting hundreds of people on "failure to pay" or "failure to appear" charges.

"A single bounced check written 10 years ago for $15 can be leveraged into a debt of thousands and thousands of dollars in fines and fees for inability to pay the original check and then inability to pay the payments that were set up," state ACLU executive director Rita Sklar told KATV-TV.

"Each overdrawn check, no matter how small, can bring in $400 in fines and fees, plus restitution for the amount of the check," The Post reported, adding that the city's budget benefits from paid fines and fees.

"We do not run a so called 'debtor's prison' in Sherwood," Halle told KATV. "If a defendant pleads guilty, or is found guilty, of writing a hot check we set up a payment plan. It is only after the third or fourth time that they fail to comply with a court order that we incarcerate."

Read more at The Huffington Post.

Must read article on our new debtors' prison lawsuit in Sherwood, Arkansas by Ryan J. Reilly at The Huffington Post.Posted by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on Thursday, August 25, 2016

Army veteran gets Purple Heart 66 years after injury

It took almost 66 years, but Joe Hutchinson finally got his Purple Heart.

In late 1950, the Army veteran was wounded by shrapnel from an artillery shell during battles in and around the Chosin Reservoir in Korea.

"But he continued to fight," U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham said in a release.

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The belated recognition came Wednesday, thanks to the efforts George Nepereny, who lives near Hutchinson in the Florida Panhandle.

Nepereny learned that Hutchinson's records were destroyed in a 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis.

The infamous fire destroyed as many as 18 million Army and Air Force personnel files.

But Nepereny got to work and helped Hutchinson sort out his military records.

Nepereny said that Hutchinson, now in his 80s, is a "real patriot."

Hutchinson said he's honored.

For his service, he received receive three battle stars and a Combat Infantry Badge. His unit was also awarded a Presidential Unit Citation.

For more than six decades, Hutchinson went without the Purple Heart that he earned.

"Until today," Graham said Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this story. 

University of Chicago won't support 'trigger warnings,' 'intellectual safe spaces'

A letter sent out by University of Chicago officials warned incoming students that they won't find any "intellectual safe spaces" on the school's campus.

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The letter goes on to acknowledge that the university is committed to "freedom of inquiry and expression" and encourages each student to challenge and broaden their perspectives on issues.

"You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion and even disagreement," the letter read. "At times, this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.

"Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called 'trigger warnings,' we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual 'safe spaces' where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own."

The letter pointed students to more information on freedom of expression and quotes a former president of the university, Hanna Holborn Gray, as saying that "education should not be intended to make people comfortable, it is meant to make them think."

The University of Chicago is ranked as one of the top and most selective universities in the country. Less than 8 percent of the more than 31,000 people who applied to enter the class of 2020 were accepted by the school, according to The Chicago Maroon.

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