<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Philadelphia Political News and Philadelphia Politics]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usWed, 24 Aug 2016 21:11:01 -0400Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:11:01 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[UK's Nigel Farage to Appear at Trump Rally in Mississippi]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:55:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/farage-trump-split.jpg

Nigel Farage, the former head of the UK Independence Party, will accompany Donald Trump when the Republican presidential candidate continues to court African-American voters Wednesday night in Mississippi, NBC News reported. 

Farage confirmed a Sky News report that he’ll appear at the Trump event in Jackson, Mississippi, where he plans on telling the “story of Brexit.” 

Even though he’ll appear with Trump, he won’t be endorsing the candidate. Farage said in an interview that would be hypocritical, since he condemned President Barack Obama for wading into the Brexit campaign during his visit to London. 

Trump’s spokeswoman Hope Hicks did not respond to NBC News’ request for comment about Farage’s appearance.



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<![CDATA[Trump: Perry Will 'Do Well' If He Challenges Cruz for Senate]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:46:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trump43.jpg

Donald Trump is applauding the prospect of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry mounting a possible primary challenge against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, saying, "Boy, will he do well." 

At a fundraiser in downtown Austin, Trump was standing next to Perry when he was asked about the Texan's chance to unseat his state's junior senator. Cruz, who unsuccessfully fought Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, notably declined to endorse him at last month's GOP national convention and faces re-election in 2018. 

In a recording of the event first posted online by a Democratic group, the Lone Star Project, Trump answers that he's been "hearing a lot about that." 

"I don't know if he wants to do it, but boy, will he do well," Trump says of Perry. "People love him in Texas. And he was one great governor." 

Two fundraiser attendees verified the recording on Wednesday on the condition that their names not be published. The fundraiser occurred Tuesday. 

Trump hasn't been shy about criticizing fellow Republicans — even those up for re-election. He initially declined to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan's re-election bid earlier this summer, then formally threw his support behind it before Ryan crushed a primary challenger in his Wisconsin district. 

Cruz sparked an outcry at the GOP convention in Cleveland last month by refusing to endorse Trump during his prime-time speech — rebuffing calls for Republican Party unity behind its nominee. 

Perry left office last year and was a harsh Trump critic as he briefly ran for the Republican presidential nomination, even calling the billionaire businessman a cancer on conservatism. Perry has since endorsed Trump and become a surrogate who has praised him on national television. 

The former governor has kept a low profile since dropping out of the 2016 presidential race last fall. Recent polls suggest Cruz's popularity in Texas has suffered since his convention speech, and one even indicated that Perry would top Cruz in a hypothetical matchup. 

Those close to Perry say he's laughed off the idea of a Senate run, but Perry hasn't publicly ruled it out. 

While running for president, Cruz originally said he'd endorse whoever the eventual Republican nominee was. He said later he'd changed his mind because Trump insulted his family during the bitter White House campaign. 

Mica Mosbacher, an Austin resident and former finance co-chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, was a vocal supporter of Cruz's presidential run but is now is backing Trump. 

"I am deeply disappointed in our senator that he did not honor his pledge," Mosbacher said by phone Wednesday, referring to Cruz's reneging support for Trump. "And I, along with a lot of other donors, are very upset." 



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<![CDATA[Chicago Police Dismiss Trump's Claim That Violence Could Be Stopped in a Week]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:14:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/chicago+police+GettyImages-500346628.jpg

The Chicago Police Department denied Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's claim this week that he met with a "top" Chicago officer and argued the city's violence would not be solved with "tough police tactics."

"We've discredited this claim months ago," CPD spokesperson Frank Giancamilli said Tuesday in a statement. "No one in the senior command at CPD has ever met with Donald Trump or a member of his campaign."

Trump said in an interview Monday that he believed Chicago's violence could be stopped using "tough police tactics," telling Fox News' Bill O'Reilly that he met a "top" Chicago officer who reportedly said he could "stop much of this horror show that’s going on" within a single week. 

Trump added that he knows officers in Chicago who would put an end to violent crime "if they were given the authority to do it," a claim that Giancamilli refuted. 

"Beyond that, the best way to address crime is through a commitment to community policing and a commitment to stronger laws to keep illegal guns and repeat violent offenders off the street," Giancamilli added.

Trump told O'Reilly he didn’t ask the officer for specifics on the plan because he isn’t the mayor of Chicago, but added that police would be "much tougher than they are right now."

"I’m sure he’s got a strategy," Trump added. "I didn’t ask him his strategy."

Trump also claimed that he submitted the officer’s name for some sort of job.

"I sent his name in and I said, 'you probably should hire this guy because you have nothing to lose,'" Trump said. "Look at what’s going on in Chicago, it’s horrible. This guy felt totally confident that he could stop it in a very short period of time."

Trump's campaign told the Chicago Tribune Tuesday that he did not specifically say the officer he spoke with was in senior command, but rather he "spoke with some talented and dedicated police officers on a prior visit."

It's not the first time Chicago police have disagreed with Trump's claims.

During Trump's failed Chicago rally, which was canceled due to violence concerns, the candidate said he met with law enforcement before canceling his appearance. CPD said in a statement, however, the department had not advised Trump's campaign to cancel the rally and did not issue any public safety threats or safety risks.



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<![CDATA[Clinton’s Pa. Millennial Strategy: All About Social Networks]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:14:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hillary+Clinton+Smartphone+Selfie.jpg

When it comes to winning the race for the White House, Marlon Marshall, a top staffer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, believes young people’s social networks are key to success.

“If I’m a millennial and I have my friend circle, for lack of a better word, I am a more powerful messenger to them than a TV ad,” Marshall, director of state campaigns and political engagement, said Tuesday during a visit to Clinton’s Pennsylvania headquarters on Market Street in Center City.

But it’s not the Facebook posts or Snapchats about why they support the former Secretary of State that he’s most interested in; rather, their impassioned, in-person chats with friends, family and neighbors.

“To have them be able to say why they personally support the secretary is something that’s just really powerful and meaningful,” he adds.

Millennials, those born between 1980 and the early 2000s, basically match Baby Boomers for their share of the electorate this year. That means the bloc can make or break a candidate’s bid for office.

Recent polling shows Clinton is enjoying healthy support among young people in Pennsylvania. According to a survey by Franklin & Marshall college earlier this month, 49 percent of those under 35 years old supported Clinton. Trump garnered 25 percent, third-party candidates like the Green Party’s Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson got support from 19 percent while 7 percent were undecided.

Nationally, Clinton’s youth support grows even larger. A recent USA Today/Rock the Vote poll found Clinton trouncing Trump 56 percent to 20 percent.

“Young people right now very much support the secretary and we want to turn that support into votes,” Marshall said.

But historically, getting Millennials to the voting booths has been a challenge.

The Pew Research Center found that only 50 percent of the eligible Millennial voters cast a ballot in the 2008 presidential election. In 2012, the tally dropped to 46 percent even though the number of Millennials who were eligible to vote had grown.

So Clinton’s campaign is heavily investing in recruiting young voters to join her ranks by growing their local operation. The ramp-up is happening as the number of days until November 8th dwindles into the 70s.

Twenty outreach staffers have been deployed college campuses across the state, with a heavy focus in college-rich Philadelphia, to interact with students as they move back for the new school year, the campaign says. They will also help first-time voters get registered to vote.

This week, three new campaign outposts will open their doors bringing the statewide total to more than three dozen.

The campaign is hiring young people from the communities they’re canvassing who can identify neighborhood businesses where potential Millennial supporters, including those who’ve chosen not to go to college or couldn’t afford it, can be found.

“Every community is different and the key is that we know those spots in each community and that we do that direct contact,” Marshall said.

All the ground game talk doesn’t mean the campaign is avoiding the digital connections.

Clinton’s campaign has begun buying digital ads targeted to young people living in Pennsylvania and heavily uses Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. They post everything from policy briefs to memes about her and opponent Donald Trump.

With Millennials being the most digitally-savvy and connected generation in history, Marshall says, “you gotta do both.”

As for the issue that the campaign believes resonates most with younger voters, it always comes back to the economy.

“We’ve come a long way from the recession since President Obama took office, but making sure we continue to bring jobs into America and then also reduce that income inequality, we’re finding are big issues,” he said.

Marshall said the biggest challenge will be to help young people understand where Clinton stands on the issues and turn that into actual votes.



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<![CDATA[School Leader Says Not to Call Students 'Boys and Girls']]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 03:51:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_students0823_1920x1080.jpg Teachers at Albuquerque's Carlos Rey Elementary School are in a tough situation after their assistant principal told them to stop calling their students as "boys and girls." Rev. Adelious D. Smith says the policy "makes no sense at all," while Adrien Lawyer at the Transgender Resource Center says the move helps address "all the gendered language we use all day, every day and whether or not we really have to do that."

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<![CDATA[Justin Timberlake Hosts HRC in LA]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:56:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/08-23-2016-timberlake-clinton.jpg

On the narrow street leading to the home of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, there are orders for no parking and no stopping.

Unless you're invited, there is no way to reach the house serving as backdrop for the third Hillary Clinton campaign fundraiser in SoCal in just two days.

The Democratic presidential nominee will wrap her a two-day visit to Los Angeles and Orange counties Tuesday with a star-studded fundraiser at the Timberlake-Biel Hollywood Hills abode before heading on to two fundraisers in Laguna Beach.

It's at the home of the iconic pop singer where a luncheon running at $33,400 per person will be held.

Everyone from actors Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Aniston to TV producer Shonda Rhimes are expected. 

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The event was punctuated by a tweet from the super-star couple with Clinton sandwiched in the middle, featuring the hashtag "I'm with her."

The event was originally scheduled to be hosted by actor Leonardo DiCaprio. A change in the production schedule for DiCaprio's upcoming climate change documentary meant the Oscar winner could not attend, according to People magazine, which cited a source close to the event. 

Clinton will then hold another $33,400 per person lunch fundraiser in Laguna Beach, which includes a photo with Clinton. Couples paying $100,000 are also admitted to a host reception with Clinton, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.

Clinton will conclude her Southland visit with another Laguna Beach fundraiser, with tickets priced at $2,700, the maximum individual contribution to a presidential candidate in the general election under federal law. Guests raising $27,000 are admitted to a host reception with Clinton.

The $33,400 figure is the maximum amount an individual can contribute to a national party committee in a year.

Clinton began the visit Monday by taping an appearance on the ABC late- night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and holding two fundraisers. In her appearance with Kimmel, Clinton made light of both the revelation that the FBI collected nearly 15,000 new emails in its investigation of her and Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani questioning her health.

Clinton told Kimmel "my emails are so boring and I'm embarrassed about that."

When Kimmel asked 68-year-old Clinton about the questions about her health, she offered up her hand and said "take my pulse," explaining "to make sure I'm still alive."

Kimmel then took her hand and gasped, telling the audience, "Oh my god, there's nothing there."

Clinton implied that the stories are baseless, saying sarcastically, "With every breath I take, I feel like it's a new lease on life."

Much of the speculation stems from a concussion Clinton sustained in December 2012 after fainting, an episode her doctor has attributed to a stomach virus and dehydration. Giuliani urged voters to "go online and put down `Hillary Clinton illness,"' in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, saying the next morning that she "looks sick." Trump has questioned her stamina at campaign rallies and speeches, saying in a foreign policy address earlier this month that she "lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS".

When Kimmel asked about her preparations for the three debates with Trump, Clinton said she's taking the match-up seriously but is getting ready for "wacky stuff."

Her first fundraiser Monday was at the home of Basketball Hall of Fame member Earvin "Magic" Johnson near Beverly Hills, with co-hosts including actors Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. The second fundraiser at the Beverly Hills home of Haim Saban, the chairman and CEO of the Saban Capital Group, Inc., whose assets include the Spanish-language television network Univision.

Tickets began at $2,700 per person, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.

Like nearly all fundraisers for presidential candidates, the events were closed to reporters.

Clinton's visit began one day after the Republican National Committee released a 19-second paid web ad critical of "Hillary Clinton's liberal elite summer tour with frequent stops in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Cape Cod."



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<![CDATA[Pence To Visit Non-Union Bucks Co. Company, Agitating Labor]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:11:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mike+Pence+Wisconsin.jpg

For the second time in three presidential elections, a Republican in the running is visiting Worth & Co., a non-union Bucks County manufacturer in Pipersville whose president and CEO has given tens of thousands to Republican campaigns over the last two decades.

Donald Trump's running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, is following in the footsteps of Sen. John McCain, who visited the company headquarters in 2008.

The AFL-CIO, a national labor organization representing 12.5 million workers, said the campaign stop for Pence "falls in line with his anti-worker legacy as Governor of Indiana, where he worked hard to repeal the state's 80-year-old law that ensured fair wages for construction workers."

Worth & Co.'s president and CEO, Stephen Worth, touts his business as "the largest merit shop mechanical systems provider in the tri-state area." 

Pence will tour the facility on Applebutter Road in the afternoon and give a short speech, according to the Trump campaign. Earlier in the afternoon, Pence will take a private tour of Tech Tube, a Montgomery County manufacturer of specialty tubing and fabricated parts for industries like aerospace and medical supply.

Tickets for 4 p.m. public event at Worth & Co. are still available. They are on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to the campaign.

In June 2008, McCain came as the Republican presidential nominee to the Pipersville business, which employs more than 600 people in Bucks County and Delaware. 

Worth, a longtime donor to GOP candidates according to federal campaign finance records, has also given thousands to a political action committee called Associated Builders and Contractors, also known as the ABC PAC. The PAC advocates for a "free enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation." Worth has also given occasionally to Bucks County Democrats running for office. In total, Worth has given $73,000 to federal candidates and PACs since 1997.

In welcoming Pence, Worth said in a press release, "We look forward to hosting Gov. Mike Pence tomorrow and are privileged to have the opportunity to showcase our company (the largest merit shop mechanical systems provider in the tri-state area), promote the power of free enterprise, highlight career opportunities in the construction trade and support our local community.”

You can WATCH Pence's town hall meeting LIVE on this page at 4 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Trump's History Undermines New Outreach to Black Voters]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:45:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trump40.jpg

Donald Trump began to reach out to African-American voters over the past week and boasted that he would win 95 percent of the black vote in a theoretical re-election bid in 2020. Don't count on it. 

Right now the Republican presidential nominee receives the support of just 8 percent of black voters, according to the latest NBC News Survey Monkey weekly election tracking poll.

Allegations of racism have rocked Trump's campaign from the beginning. NBC News has broken down several reasons why black voters appear cool to the candidate.

Among the reasons: Trump and his father were accused in the past of systematically discriminating against black tenants seeking rentals in their buildings; his past support of the so-called Central Park Five, a group of wrongfully convicted black and Latino teens accused of beating and raping a white female jogger; More recently, Trump retweeted an image of a gun toting, unidentified African-American next to bogus crime statistics; and Trump's break with precedent by ignoring or turning down invitations from predominately black groups.



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<![CDATA[Hero's Welcome as Olympic Medalist Nia Ali Returns to Philly]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:22:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Nia+Ali+Philly+Airport+Homecoming.JPG Olympic silver medalist Nia Ali got a warm welcome early Tuesday at Philadelphia International Airport. Ali, a Philly native, was part of an American sweep in the 100-meter hurdles at the Rio Olympics.

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<![CDATA[Philly Pre-K Expansion]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:59:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016784513_1200x675_749026883660.jpg 85 providers have applied to expand Pre-K in Philadelphia, this could benefit more than 4,000 students.]]> <![CDATA[Funeral for Former Philly Police Commish John Timoney]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:06:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Timoney.JPG Funeral services for the former Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney will take place in New York City Tuesday morning. Philly officials are expected to attend.

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<![CDATA[Bridgegate: Christie Under Fire]]> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:06:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/christie+gwb+scandal+inset.jpg

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<![CDATA[African American Voters Respond to Donald Trump Comments]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:40:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016780522_1200x675_748891203541.jpg Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump made a pitch to African American voters during a rally in Akron, Ohio. NBC10's Lauren Mayk spoke to black voters in our area to hear their thoughts on Trump's recent push.]]> <![CDATA[Third Party Candidates Make Their Push for PA, NJ and Del. Ballot]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:44:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016778293_1200x675_748800579871.jpg Third Party Candidates from the Green and Libertarian parties are making last minutes pushes toward the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware ballot. NBC10’s Lauren Mayk spoke with supporters for both candidates.]]> <![CDATA[Thousands More Clinton Emails to Be Released]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:03:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clinton-AP_16233409737100.jpg

The State Department said Monday it is reviewing nearly 15,000 previously undisclosed emails recovered as part of the FBI's now-closed investigation into the handling of sensitive information that flowed through Hillary Clinton's private home server.

Lawyers for the department told U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg on Monday that they anticipate processing and releasing the first batch of these new emails in mid-October, raising the prospect new messages sent or received by Democratic nominee could become public just before November's presidential election. The judge is overseeing production of the emails as part of a federal public-records lawsuit filed by the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch.

Representing the State Department, Justice Department lawyer Lisa Olson told Boasberg that officials do not yet know what portion of the emails is work-related rather than personal. Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, served as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. She has claimed that she deleted only personal emails prior to returning over 55,000 pages of her work-related messages to the State Department last year.

The State Department has publicly released most of those work-related emails, although some have been withheld because they contain information considered sensitive to national security.

Republicans are pressing to keep the issue of Clinton's email use alive after the FBI closed its investigation last month without recommending criminal charges. GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump routinely criticizes Clinton for her handling of emails containing classified information.

Olson told the judge that State earlier this month received seven disks containing "tens of thousands" of emails Clinton sent or received during her tenure as the nation's top diplomat. The first disk, labeled by the FBI as containing non-classified emails not previously disclosed by Clinton, contains about 14,900 documents, Olson said. The second disk is labeled as emails containing classified information.

Olson told Boasberg she could not immediately say how many emails are contained on the rest of the disks or how many might be copies of emails Clinton already has provided.

Given the large volume of messages, Olson said it was "extremely ambitious" for the agency to complete its review and begin releasing the first batches of emails to Judicial Watch by Oct. 14.

Judicial Watch lawyer Lauren Burke told Boasberg that the proposed schedule is too slow and pressed for faster release of the emails from the first disk. The judge ordered the department to focus its efforts on processing the emails from the first disk and to report back to him on its progress by Sept. 22.

As part of proceedings in a separate Judicial Watch lawsuit, a federal judge on Friday ordered Clinton to answer written questions from the group about why she chose to rely on a private server located in the basement of her New York home, rather than use a government email account.

Clinton's spokesman Brian Fallon said Monday: "As we have always said, Hillary Clinton provided the State Department with all the work-related emails she had in her possession in 2014. We are not sure what additional materials the Justice Department may have located, but if the State Department determines any of them to be work-related, then obviously we support those documents being released publicly as well."



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<![CDATA[Giuliani Continues to Fuel Clinton Health Rumors]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:03:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-589923060.jpg

Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and now Donald Trump's adviser, continued to insist Monday that Hillary Clinton's physical and mental health is failing, citing debunked theories on the Internet, NBC News reported.

While on Fox News over the weekend, he urged people to look for videos on the Internet that support such theories. He continued the attack on Monday, saying on Fox News that the Democratic presidential candidate is "tired" and recently "looked sick."

Conservative media outlets have fueled speculation about Clinton's health in recent weeks, showing old photos and debunked reports, such as Clinton faking medical records or false accusations that she uses a defibrillator. Trump himself said last week that Clinton "lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS."

In response to the rumors, Clinton's physician, Lisa Bardack, said the candidate "is in excellent health and fit to serve as President of the United States."



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<![CDATA['Maybe They Will Kill Me': Runner Stages Protest in Rio]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:06:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-593225412.jpg

When Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa raised his hands at the marathon finish line in Rio on Sunday, he wasn't just celebrating his silver medal in the grueling race.

The long-distance runner crossed his wrists high above his head as a sign of protest against the killings and arrests that have been carried out by Ethiopia's government. 

The gesture, he said, could get him killed.

"If I go back to Ethiopia maybe they will kill me. If I am not killed maybe they will put me in prison," Lilesa said, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. "[If] they [do] not put me in prison they will block me at airport." 

"I have got a decision," he added. "Maybe I move to another country."

According to Human Rights Watch, the Ethiopian government has killed an estimated 400 people, and injured thousands more since November 2015 for participating in protests in the Oromo region. The demonstrators protested plans by the capital, Addis Ababa, to expand its territory into adjacent Oromia lands, which would displace farmers. The Oromo people are the country's largest ethnic group.

The government's proposal has since been retracted, but the protesters have remained jailed. 

Earlier in August, hundreds took the streets to demanded the release of those detained during the Oromo protests earlier this year.

In a statement, Amnesty International said at least 67 people were killed in the Oromia region alone when security forces fired on protesters, and that another at least 30 were shot and killed in the northern city of Bahir Dar in early August. The rights group cited "credible sources" and said hundreds of people were detained.

An opposition politician, Mulatu Gemechu of the Oromo Federalist Congress party, told The Associated Press that more than 70 people were killed across Oromia. "Many others were injured, and we have lost count of the number of those who were arrested," he said.

The Obama administration's top official promoting democracy and human rights, Tom Malinowski, said in a column published by AllAfrica.com that the Ethiopian government's tactics in response to protests are "self-defeating." 

He said "security forces have continued to use excessive force to prevent Ethiopians from congregating peacefully, killing and injuring many people and arresting thousands. We believe thousands of Ethiopians remain in detention for alleged involvement in the protests - in most cases without having been brought before a court, provided access to legal counsel, or formally charged with a crime."

Lilesa told The Sydney Morning Herald that the government had removed people from their land and then jailed or killed them for protesting.

A video posted to YouTube in June showed protesters making the same gesture as Lilesa did on Sunday before some of them were gunned down.  

He said he wanted to express support for his family members who were illegally jailed.

"I was protesting for my people," Lilesa said.

He repeated his protest again on the medal podium. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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<![CDATA[GOP Kingmaker Sheldon Adelson Continues to Snub Donald Trump]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:39:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-456491900.jpg

With fewer than 80 days until election day, Republican kingmaker Sheldon Adelson still hasn't put any money toward Donald Trump's campaign for president, according to newly released filings from the Federal Election Commission.

The snub from Las Vegas casino magnate, who is one of the GOP's largest donors, is another example of the concerns some members of the Republican Party still has with its presidential nominee.

Adelson spent at least $100 million during the 2012 election, making him the biggest spender in that election.



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<![CDATA[Trump's Deportation Force 'To Be Determined': Conway]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:50:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/KellyanneConway-AP_16230629394268.jpg

Donald Trump’s new campaign manager said Sunday that the creation of a new “deportation force” for undocumented immigrants under a Trump administration was yet “to be determined,” NBC News reported. 

Trump supported the forcible removal of the 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be living in the U.S.

Last November, he called for a deportation force to do the job. 

When pressed by CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday, manager Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s new campaign manager, avoided the question, but responded “To be determined.”



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<![CDATA[Campaigns to Report Finances; Trump Starts to Buy Ads]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 11:16:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trump-AP_16232796760347.jpg

New data this weekend will show whether Donald Trump’s low-spending campaign has started to burn the cash it says it raised, according to CNBC, NBC News reports. 

The campaigns are expected to report their finance activity to the Federal Election Commission for July on Saturday.

Both campaigns announced initial fundraising numbers earlier this month. Clinton’s said it raised nearly $90 million — with about $63 million going to the campaign. Trump’s campaign reported raising in about $80 million, but it was unclear how much went to the campaign itself. 

Trump has relied on news coverage and social media to push his message, pushing back against traditional advertising — and he has only started to buy ad space in battlegrounds.

In June, Trump reported just over $1.6 million in expenses for "digital consulting/online advertising."         



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<![CDATA[How Long Did Castor Wait to Take Over as AG? 14 Minutes]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 11:05:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Castor1.jpg

Kathleen Kane resigned as Pennsylvania attorney general at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Fourteen minutes later, her first deputy Bruce Castor Jr. had his face on the AG's official Facebook page. The same headshot also adorns the AG's Twitter handle now, and the Twitter title is "AG Bruce Castor, Jr."

He is a quick operator -- and a confident one. In his first press conference Tuesday afternoon (before he even took over for the departing, convicted Kane), Castor declared he "has more experience and brings more knowledge" than anyone else could have to fill in after Kane's resignation.

Alas, one day later, on Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf decided there was someone more qualified to serve as the state's top law enforcement officer for the rest of the year. Wolf nominated a former deputy attorney general, Bruce Beemer, to fill the post until January, when one of two candidates up for election in November will take over for a new four-year term.

Leaders of the Pennsylvania Senate, which must approve Beemer, gave positive signs toward his nomination. But the Senate isn't scheduled to reconvene from summer recess until late September.

That presumably gives Castor a few more weeks as the social media face of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office.

After that, he can always go back to his old Twitter and Facebook pages.

Then again, that might not be such a great idea.


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<![CDATA[Trump, Clinton Would Bring Ethics Baggage to White House]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:43:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-encuestas.jpg

The financial entanglements of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump could pose significant conflicts of interest if either is elected to the White House — and there is no law regulating them, according to ethics efforts, NBC News reports. 

Since federal ethics rules don’t apply to the president, there is nothing stopping Bill Clinton from doing business with interested parties while his wife is in the Oval Office. Donald Trump may be able to demand a tax break for a new golf course from a country that wants U.S. aid. 

"Trump and Clinton are different" from recent past presidents in this regard, said Stephen Gillers, a professor and legal ethics scholar at New York University. "The last time I think we asked these questions might have been Kennedy." 

Experts say the law won’t be much help. That means the Clintons should transfer the assets and programs of the $2 billion Clinton Foundation to another charity. And Trump needs to, according to experts, sell his holdings overseas.



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<![CDATA[Trump to African-American Voters: What Do You Have to Lose?']]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:22:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trump-592220512.jpg

Citing poverty, high unemployment and broken education systems, Donald Trump on Friday continued to court African-American voters with the simple question: "What do you have to lose?"

"Look at how much African-American communities have suffered under Democratic control. To those hurting, I say: What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump?" he read from a teleprompter at a rally in the overwhelmingly white town of Diamondale, Michigan.

The Republican presidential nominee said he would be a better candidate for African American issues compared to Hillary Clinton, and that, if elected, he would win "over" 95 percent of black voters in a potential reelection campaign in 2020.

Most surveys now show Trump polling in the low single digits among African-American voters compared to Clinton. Mitt Romney earned the support of about six percent of black voters in 2012.



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<![CDATA[Judge: Hillary Clinton Must Answer Written Questions in Email Suit]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:45:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hillary-589997744.jpg

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled Friday that Hillary Clinton must answer written questions from a group that filed a lawsuit over her private email server, NBC News Reported.

Lawyers for Judicial Watch, a conservative government watchdog organization, asked to interview her under oath as part of their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department.

Judge Emmet Sullivan said Friday that the group "has failed to demonstrate that it cannot obtain the discovery it seeks through other, less burdensome or intrusive means such as interrogatories."

He gave the group until October 14 to give her the questions, and she has 30 days to answer them.

The group is seeking the details of Huma Abedin's relationship with the State Department that permitted her to do outside work while she was a top aide to Secretary Clinton.



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<![CDATA[The Man Behind 'Naked Trump' Statues]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:00:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_trumpartist0819_1920x1080.jpg Las Vegas artist Joshua "Ginger" Moore discusses the inspiration for his "Naked Trump" statues installed in cities across the country on Aug. 18, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Told FBI Colin Powell Recommended Private Email: Sources]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:39:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clinton+Powell-454548566.jpg

Hillary Clinton told the FBI that former Secretary of State Colin Powell recommended on two occasions that she use a private email account for unclassified communication, sources told NBC News early Friday.

According to the Democratic nominee, Powell made the suggestions at a small dinner party shortly after Clinton took over at the State Department in 2009 and in an email exchange around the same time, The New York Times first reported.

Two sources later confirmed to NBC News that Clinton gave that account to investigators in July.

Clinton's testimony was included in a report the FBI delivered to Congress Tuesday explaining Director James Comey's decision not to recommend charges against the former secretary of state over her use of a personal email server, the sources said.



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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Apologizes, But to Whom?]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:50:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DonaldTrump-AP_16232036197416.jpg

Donald Trump has insulted ethnic groups, entire nations, as well as public and private citizens since he launched his presidential bid in June of 2015. 

But on Thursday, the GOP nominee appeared to apologize for something. There was no indication as to whom he was apologizing — and for what. 

"Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing," Trump said at North Carolina rally. "I have done that. And believe it or not, I regret it." 

Click to read a full list of who Trump may regret offending, as compiled by NBC News. 



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<![CDATA[The World of 'Right Now' College Freshmen: USA Has Always Been at War]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:07:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/COLLEGE_GettyImages-539560367.jpg

The majority of students entering college this year have grown up in a world where the beloved cartoon sponge, the mobsters from "The Sopranos," and the cocktail-sipping women of "Sex in the City" were the biggest TV icons of their defining years, NBC News reported.

And because they've never known life without a DVR, they never had to miss an episode.

Most of this year's freshmen, The class of 2020, were born in 1998, according to the Beloit College "Mindset List," an annual project that analyzes the cultural influences on the lives of incoming college students. In their lifetime, the U.S. has always been at war, John Elway and Wayne Gretzky have always been retired, and a Bush or a Clinton has always been campaigning for the presidency.



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