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The Morning Roundup: Clinton-Trump Round One

Posted by on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 8:30 AM

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Good morning, here's what you missed over the weekend.

1. What the hell is going on in Charlotte?

Charlotte has had a pretty rough week. After Charlotte police shot and killed Keith Scott on Tuesday, seemingly for having a blunt and a gun in an open carry state, a shooting at the protest on Wednesday night eventually claimed the life of 26-year old Justin Carr. Thursday night's protests, which we covered, were peaceful - and the protests throughout the weekend were peaceful as well.

On the city of Charlotte's end, however, this weekend was nothing short of a disaster.

After police chief Kerr Putney trotted out the world-class line "Transparency is in the eye of the beholder," video taken by the widow of Keith Scott was released on Friday. The next day, after even Phil Berger said the city should release the body camera footage, they finally did, along with pictures of what's purported to be Scott's gun, holster, and a blunt. (Durham, by the way, is considering marijuana deprioritization right now. 

And yesterday, the city manager declared the Panthers-Vikings game an "extraordinary event," and riot cops were dispatched

During all of this? No riots, no looting, and mostly peaceful protests scarred by Carr's death, which may or may not have had anything to do with the protest itself. Charlotte police union spokesman Todd Walther cited a statistic, which he later admitted was total bullshit, that 70 percent of the protesters arrested on Wednesday night were from out-of-state; at least eighty percent of those arrested on Wednesday and Thursday were from Charlotte, according to a Charlotte Observer investigation. 

Last night, mayor Jennifer Roberts lifted the city's curfew, put in place on Thursday night. It's worth pointing out again that the protests have mostly been peaceful, contrary to the Breitbart version of reality

We'll keep you updated on the situation throughout the week.

2. Tonight is the first presidential debate, tomorrow Hillary Clinton makes a stop in Raleigh.

It's hard to believe it's only been fourteen years since Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump announced they were running for president, but tonight is the first presidential debate at Hofstra University. If you have cable you can watch it live on, uh, basically any channel that's not ESPN, and on the internet, it'll be livestreamed on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. So basically, you have no excuse not to watch, unless you're a Saints or Falcons fan. The debate starts at 9 p.m.

The race is essentially tied right now, and already, the debates are looking bleak:

Hillary Clinton campaign aides are being outspoken about it: If moderators "close their ears to Donald Trump's lies, it will extend an unfair bias to Donald Trump. It will be the equivalent of giving him more time to speak," Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon said Sunday.

But Janet Brown, executive director of the commission, which organizes the debates every four years, said on CNN's "Reliable Sources" that "I don't think it's a good idea to get the moderator into essentially serving as the Encyclopedia Britannica."

Once the fact-checking door is open, "I'm not sure, what is the big fact, and what is a little fact?" She added, "Does your source about the unemployment rate agree with my source?"

Trump campaign aides have staked out a similar position. Some of them say a pro-fact-checking stance is really an anti-Trump stance.

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway responded to the Clinton camp's call for aggressive moderating by saying on ABC, "I really don't appreciate the campaigns thinking it is the job of the media to go and be these virtual fact-checkers."

So, I guess we can look forward to ninety minutes of Trump regurgitating memes he saw posted on Twitter by @PepeMussolini and Clinton being forced to refute positions like, "They're not sending their best people," or "I will be the greatest jobs president God ever created," and "I think it's a terrible situation," while the rest of us watching at home stare blankly into the void.

Oh, also, there was a thing about Gennifer Flowers, but honestly, who cares?

After the debate, Clinton will hit Raleigh for a campaign stop at Wake Tech's Physical Education Building. It's open to the public, doors open at 11 a.m., and Clinton hits the stage at 1 p.m. In a release, the Clinton campaign says she'll "outline her vision for an America that is stronger together and puts families first, as well as her plan for building an economy that works for everyone - not just those at the top."

Clinton planned to visit Charlotte yesterday, but postponed her trip after mayor Jennifer Roberts asked her to.

3. Wake County Board of Commissioners change course, will hear presentations from Hibernian and CAP Sports.

Last week, we reported that the Wake County Board of Commissioners left Morgan Street Foodhall and the Capital Athletic Pavillon off of a list to present their cases for a grant from the county in front of the board in October, despite both projects receiving high marks from a nine-person review team.

On Friday, the county told us that there had been a change. 

"Commissioner [John] Burns submitted a request to add the Morgan Street project and the CAP that met the seven-day notice in the board's rules of procedure," county communications director Dara Demi said. "After a discussion with the county manager, Chairman West and Vice-Chair Hutchinson agreed it was appropriate to add both projects to the Oct. 10 agenda."

The six projects that the county manager recommended for funding include renovations at Cary Tennis Park and WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary and Marbles Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

4. The weekend in sadness.
That's all for today. Have a good week, or at least a better one.

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