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Jul 8, 2016

NYT | First Draft on Politics - July 8, 2016: Trump and Clinton Visit Swing States as Police Shootings Hang Over Trail, by Maggie Haberman

Friday, July 8, 2016

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Protesters in Baton Rouge, La., on Wednesday night to protest the killing of Alton B. Sterling by the police.
Protesters in Baton Rouge, La., on Wednesday night to protest the killing of Alton B. Sterling by the police. William Widmer for The New York Times
Trump and Clinton Visit Swing States as Police Shootings Hang Over Trail
By MAGGIE HABERMAN
Good Friday morning. 
Amid renewed racial tensions after a deadly, and apparently unprovoked, shooting of a black man in Minnesota and another in Louisiana, events capped by an attack on police officers in Dallas during protests, the focus of the presidential race will move to Florida and Pennsylvania on Friday.
In Miami, Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, will give a speech — the topic had not been revealed by Thursday evening — and he will appear with Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, one of his vice-presidential prospects.
It will be his first trip in a month to a battleground state, one with a large Hispanic population. And he has tried with deeply mixed levels of success to sustain a case against Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, over admonitions from the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, about her “extremely careless” use of a private email server.
Mrs. Clinton will be in Pennsylvania, with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., at events that will touch on the police-related deaths of Alton B. Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, as protests raged in Chicago and New York.
Mrs. Clinton, who is seeking to reassemble President Obama’s winning coalition amid the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, has made criminal justice overhaul a hallmark of her campaign.
The graphic and disturbing Facebook Live video filmed by Mr. Castile’s girlfriend immediately after the shooting was among the most visceral portrayals of a police interaction in modern memory. It played on cable news throughout Thursday.
Mr. Trump, whose poll numbers with African-American voters are low, has not addressed Mr. Castile’s and Mr. Sterling’s shooting deaths. And the landscape changed instantly Thursday night from videos of shootings of black men by the police that have become painfully familiar, to the horror of a major mass shooting of officers. How Mr. Trump handles the events of the last three days will say a great deal about the remaining four months of the 2016 campaign.
Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press
By PATRICK MCGEE, MANNY FERNANDEZ AND JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH
Six other officers were also shot during a demonstration protesting the shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana this week, the police chief said.
Protesters chanted “Hands up, don’t shoot” outside of the governor’s mansion in St. Paul on Thursday after the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile.
Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
By MATT FURBER AND RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
An emotional president asked Americans to try to understand that many people in the country think they are being treated unfairly.
Donald J. Trump arrived to meet with other Republicans at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington on Thursday.
Cliff Owen/Associated Press
By ALAN RAPPEPORT, JENNIFER STEINHAUER AND MAGGIE HABERMAN
Mr. Trump was in Washington for meetings with congressional members, including one with Ted Cruz, the Texas senator who came closest to toppling him this year.
James B. Comey, the director of the F.B.I., testified before Congress on Thursday about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email network as secretary of state.
Al Drago/The New York Times
By ERIC LICHTBLAU AND MICHAEL D. SHEAR
Republican lawmakers used blunt testimony on Thursday from the director, James B. Comey, to try to build a case that Hillary Clinton repeatedly lied to the public.
Senator Bernie Sanders in Washington on Wednesday.
Zach Gibson for The New York Times
By PATRICK HEALY
The senator and candidate are expected to appear together in New Hampshire on Tuesday, three Democrats involved in the planning said.
Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, at a campaign rally in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Ty Wright for The New York Times
By JASON HOROWITZ
Some in political circles still feel Mr. Trump could decline to be president if elected. “I’ll let you know how I feel about it after it happens,” he told us.
James B. Comey, the director of the F.B.I., testified before Congress on Thursday about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email network as secretary of state.
Joe Biden to Join Hillary Clinton at Pennsylvania Rally
By CARL HULSE
Mr. Biden, a native son of Scranton, is hitting the presidential campaign trail, who is hoping his popularity there pays dividends.
Hillary Clinton in Atlantic City on Wednesday.
Email Issue Only Hardens Political Views in Philadelphia Suburbs
By TRIP GABRIEL
While a parade of Republicans said this week they could not vote for Donald J. Trump, many also said the same about Hillary Clinton after the F.B.I.’s rebuke.
 
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