Story highlightsHillary Clinton and Donald Trump pointed to different problems behind two police shootingsClinton and Trump are both courting African-American votersWhen asked how he would stop violence in the black community, Trump said he would take the controversial stop-and-frisk practice nationwide. "I think you have to," the Republican nominee said at a town hall with Fox News host and Trump supporter Sean Hannity. "We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well and you have to be proactive and, you know, you really help people sort of change their mind automatically." Civil liberties groups have blasted the practice as targeting minorities and some investigators have questioned its effectiveness.Trump touts stop-and-frisk practice amid black outreachMeanwhile, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said the Democratic nominee plans to develop national standards for police intended to "prevent situations like this." Speaking on CNN's "New Day," Mook said Clinton wants to "restore bonds between communities and law enforcement." That, he said, would involve "investing in community policing and making sure that local police have the resources to build the relationships in the community to prevent something like this from happening."The candidates -- just days away from their first in-person clash on the debate stage -- were also far apart on the underlying causes of the shootings. Clinton connected police shootings to "systemic racism" while Trump suggested the officer in Oklahoma "choked."Comments carry weight This is not the first time Trump or Clinton have addressed police shootings during this lengthy campaign season. But as the race nears its conclusion in less than two months, their comments carry even more weight. And the stakes are especially high since one of the shootings occurred in North Carolina, a critical swing state with a sizable African-American population that both campaigns are working hard to reach. Trump and Clinton hit the campaign trail following an evening of protests and occasional violence in Charlotte after police killed Keith Lamont Scott in an apartment complex parking lot as officers looked for another man named in a warrant they were trying to serve. That followed the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last week after his car was found abandoned in the middle of the road.Trump 'very troubled' by Oklahoma fatal police shootingClinton addressed the shootings in a speech in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon. "There is still much we don't know yet about what happened in both incidents. But we do know that we have two more names to add to a list of African-Americans killed by police officers in these encounters," Clinton said. "It's unbearable. And it needs to become intolerable."She said she's spoken with law enforcement leaders "who are as deeply concerned as I am, and as deeply committed as I am to reform." And, she said, she's spoken with mothers whose children have been killed, "and young people who feel that, as far as their country's concerned, their lives seem disposable." "We've got to do better. And I know we can. And if I'm elected president, we will. And we will do it exactly together, which is the only way it can be done," Clinton said. Trump tweeted calls for unity following the violence in Charlotte. His comment during the Fox town hall that the female officer involved in the Tulsa shooting might have "choked" was notable considering he typically emphasizes support for law enforcement officers. But Trump said he'd seen the widely circulated video of the incident in Tulsa. "That man went to the car, hands up -- put his hands on the car," Trump said. "To me it looked like he did everything you're supposed to do. And he looked like a really good man."Christie vs. ClintonMeanwhile, one of Trump's top supporters -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie -- lambasted Clinton for her response on conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham's show. In a radio interview Tuesday, Clinton had cited the need to address "systemic racism" and "implicit bias" in police forces -- while praising "honorable, cool-headed police officers." 2016: Last call for working class whites?Christie labeled those remarks a "disgrace" Wednesday."She's a disgrace. She's a disgrace and those comments are a disgrace," Christie said Wednesday on "The Laura Ingraham Show." "It's typical of Hillary Clinton. She knows nothing but the mouth never stops."Trump, however, has also displayed a tendency to speak about events before all the facts are made clear. He notably called the explosion in New York City over the weekend a "bomb" 30 minutes after the incident, despite a lack of official confirmation.African-American outreachThe shootings come as Trump and Clinton confront unique challenges with African-American voters. Clinton's weakness is among millennial voters across the board -- many of whom have told pollsters they are gravitating toward Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein. Trump, meanwhile, is attempting to chip into Clinton's commanding lead among African-American voters overall while also appealing to white voters who tend to support the GOP but have been turned off by his rhetoric. That effort hit turbulence Wednesday when Trump campaigned alongside long-time boxing promoter Don King Wednesday in Ohio. King, who is black, used the N-word while introducing Trump, arguing that African-Americans cannot achieve success while emulating whites because they will remain "negroes." "If you're poor, you are a poor negro -- I would use the n-word -- but if you're rich, you are a rich negro. If you are intelligent, intellectual, you are intellectual negro. If you are a dancing and sliding and gliding n***** -- I mean negro -- you are a dancing and sliding and gliding negro," King said, laughing along with the crowd after the slip-up. "You're going to be a negro 'til you die."The political history of Don KingTrump also caused controversy Tuesday night when he told a nearly all-white crowd in North Carolina that "we're going to rebuild our inner cities because our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape that they've ever been in before. Ever. Ever. Ever."His remark -- ignoring the nation's deeply flawed history of slavery, Jim Crow laws, segregation and more -- drew a stern rebuke Wednesday from Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and hero of the civil rights movement. "Is he saying that the conditions are worse than slavery? Is he saying that the conditions are worse than the signs that I that saw when I was growing up that said 'white men,' 'colored men,' 'white women,' 'colored women?'" Lewis said. "Where is he coming from?"
Donald Trumps campaign has begun formally vetting possible running mates, with former House speaker Newt Gingrich emerging as the leading candidate, followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. But there are more than a half dozen others being discussed as possibilities, according to several people with knowledge of the process.
Given Trumps unpredictability, campaign associates caution that the presumptive Republican nominee could still shake up his shortlist. But with little more than two weeks before the start of the Republican National Convention, Gingrich and Christie have been asked to submit documents and are being cast as favorites for the post inside the campaign. Gingrich in particular is the beneficiary of a drumbeat of support from Trump confidants such as Ben Carson.
A number of senators including Jeff Sessions (Ala.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.) are also being reviewed as viable picks, although the extent to which they are being vetted is unclear. A longer shot on Trumps radar is Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a heavyweight on the right who could bolster Trumps tepid support among some conservative activists.
But Pence is immersed in his reelection race and Trump is said to want a more electric politician at his side rather than a low-profile figure. Most of his primary rivals are reluctant to sign on, and tensions with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) remain raw.
Details of the running-mate search were provided by five people with knowledge of the process who requested anonymity to discuss private conversations with campaign officials.
We narrowed Trumps vice presidential possibilities to 35. Now you pick one. [Trump fires top aide in urgent move to reboot his floundering campaign]
Gingrich, who said on Fox News Sunday over the weekend that nobody has called me from the Trump campaign about the possibility of being vice president, declined to comment. Campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks also declined to comment. Christies office did not respond to an inquiry.
The contenders under the most serious consideration, such as Gingrich and Christie, have been asked by attorney Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. to answer more than 100 questions and to provide reams of personal and professional files that include tax records and any articles or books they have published.
Culvahouse, a former White House counsel who is managing the vetting for Trump, was the lawyer who vetted then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the GOP vice-presidential nomination during the 2008 campaign.
The narrowing list of running-mate possibilities comes at the end of a turbulent period for Trump, who has struggled to raise money since clinching the GOP nomination and has stumbled through a series of self-inflicted controversies, including a racially charged attack on a sitting federal judge and a continuing outcry over his rhetoric against Muslims and other minorities.
The presumptive Republican nominee continues to indicate that he will probably choose someone who could balance his brash populist persona with a political profile that includes deep experience in Washington or ties to the party establishment, the people familiar with the search said.
The timing of Trumps announcement was for months expected to happen close to the convention. But campaign aides are now discussing moving it up, perhaps to later next week so the ticket can generate headlines and coverage and win over party leaders ahead of the party gathering in Cleveland.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio accused Republicans on June 18 of giving Donald Trump halfhearted endorsements. Is he right? (Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post)
With Gingrich, 73, or Christie, 53, the 70-year-old mogul would be joined by a well-connected Republican who shares his combative style and his ease at being a ubiquitous media presence. Both men have won Trumps favor by actively supporting him Gingrich primarily through television appearances and Christie through behind-the-scenes talks with party leaders and leading GOP donors.
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Their experience facing down and cutting deals with Democrats has also drawn the interest of Trump, who has acknowledged that he would be a novice at working directly with lawmakers.
Gingrich would bring with him a history of battling with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, going back to their public fights over health care and Bill Clintons agenda and ultimate impeachment in the 1990s during her husbands presidency. For years, Gingrich was seen by Clinton allies not just as an opponent but a nemesis with a penchant for grandiose rhetoric and barbed attacks traits that Trump is said to welcome.
Trump himself has heavily turned to elements of the 1990s in recent weeks on the campaign, revisiting past Clinton-related scandals and issues as he builds his case against the former secretary of state.
Sessions and Corker are among the other names mentioned by people who have spoken with Trump officials. Sessions, a conservative populist who was the first senator to endorse Trump last year, has seen many of his trusted aides take on high-ranking roles in the Trump campaign. Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has voiced support for some of Trumps views.
Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.), Tom Cotton (Ark.) and John Thune (S.D.) have also been bandied about in Trump Tower as options. Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa) and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who previously served in the House, are two of the leading women in the mix.
But shortcomings for many of these candidates have made their chances seem less likely to Trump advisers.
Pence, Thune and Burr would bring heft and have held leadership positions, but they are focused on their reelection bids. Corker is well liked by campaign chairman Paul Manafort, but his recent public criticisms of Trumps tone and statements have not been welcomed by the candidate.
Cruz is seen as someone Trump would like to bring into the fold because of his political capital with the conservative movement. But their bitter clashes during the primary have left a mark, and Cruz has so far declined to endorse Trump. That has not stopped members of Trumps team from reaching out to members of Cruzs circle and trying for a reconciliation.
Trumps desire for a governing partner is not the only factor that has been mentioned in discussions among aides. Contenders rapport with the mogul and their ability to comfortably communicate and defend his nontraditional platform are also crucial, the people familiar with the process said.
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Less central have been the candidates home states or regional influence, given that Trump sees the campaign as a nationalized political war that is largely being fought on television.
Trumps inclination toward naming a seasoned player has been encouraged by Manafort, the longtime GOP insider who has taken full control of the process following Trumps firing of Corey Lewandowski, who had been campaign manager.
Yet even as Manafort steers the selection and as members of Trumps orbit especially his children and son-in-law Jared Kushner informally weigh in, there is a collective understanding within the campaign that Trumps voice is the only voice that matters. One person involved in the process suggested the ultimate decision will come down to a committee of one: Trump. This is in his head, the person said. Its up to him.
Robert Jeffress, a Dallas pastor who has become close with Trump during the campaign, said in an interview that while he has not spoken to Trump about the vice-presidential slot, Trump has made clear that he wants someone who can help get his legislative agenda through Congress.
I think that is how he is going, Jeffress said. Hed be coming in as an outsider, and that has fueled his popularity. But he is the first to admit that he doesnt know all the ways of Washington. So to actually push what he wants through, hes willing to reach out and get somebody to lend a hand.
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I have a great relationship with the blacks. Ive always had a great relationship with the blacks.
So Donald Trump claimed back in 2011. But his bravado induces renewed skepticism this week. Last Wednesday, Trump announced that hed hold a press conference on Monday to announce his endorsement by a coalition of about 100 black religious leaders. It turns out that wasnt quite what the black religious leaders had in mind. On Sunday, Trump abruptly canceled the press conference, though the meeting was still on.
Never one to avoid throwing gasoline on a fire when theres a jerrycan handy, Trump didnt just chalk the reversal up to a miscommunication, as Darrell Scott, an Ohio pastor who helped arrange the meeting, did. Instead, Trump suggested that the ministers had been subverted. Probably some of the Black Lives Matter folks called them up, said Oh, you shouldnt be meeting with Trump because he believes that all lives matter, he said.
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If that seems like an odd way to win over their support, its of a piece with Trumps general record with respect to black voters. He continues to say he plans to win the crucial demographic, even as he does little to court such voters on the issuesand on occasion goes out of his way to alienate them. The weekend before, when a Black Lives Matter activist was roughed up at a Trump rally in Birmingham, Alabama, the Republican frontrunner had strong words of condemnationfor the victim. Maybe he should have been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing, Trump said.
Despite all that, Trump does have some black support. The question is how much. It can be tough to tell, because some of the best pollsters on the primary race so far dont release crosstabs, but also because there are so few black Republican primary voters that the sample sizes are small and often weighted, creating some ambiguity. A Public Policy Polling survey in mid-November found that 75 percent of African Americans had an unfavorable opinion on Trump, versus just 9 who held favorable views. A Fox News poll in November found that in a head-to-head matchup against Hillary Clinton, only 13 percent of non-white respondents would pick Trumpthe lowest in the Republican field. (Ben Carson, at 24 percent, did best among non-white voters.) Only 10 percent of black respondents thought Trump was trustworthy. Going further back, an August Quinnipiac poll found substantial skepticism toward Trump among black voters.
There was at least one result that showed more positive outcomes for Trump. A SurveyUSA poll in September showed Trump taking a quarter of the black vote in a head-to-head matchup against Hillary Clinton. At the time, Philip Bump laid out some reasons to be skeptical about that figure. Among them is that if Trump truly won 25 percent of the black vote, it would be an incredible reversal of the general trend over the last few decades. The best any recent Republican has done with black voters was 17 percentand that was Gerald Ford in 1976, competing against a southern Democrat and helming a very different Republican Party. In 2008 and 2012, Barack Obama won 95 and 93 percent of the African American vote, respectively, and while that number is likely to go down with a white Democratic nominee, it probably wont go that far down. (Trump stressed his great relationship with the black community in 2011 to make the point that black support for Obama had produced very, very frightening numbers. He argued that voters were backing Obama on the basis of his race alone, and so might not be as open to supporting Trump on a hinted but never launched 2012 bid.)
The problem for Republicans who want to win the black vote is that African Americans just dont agree with them on that much. As true as that is for the mainstream GOP, its even more acute for Trump. Go back to the Fox News survey. Solid majorities of blacks opposed Trumps signature initiatives, like building a wall on the Mexican border and deporting all illegal immigrants. Seven in 10 did, however, support a path to legal status for unauthorized immigrants to the U.S. It cant help that Trump has become the favorite candidate of white supremacists. Trumps message of grievance and return to the mythical good old days plays well among working-class whites who have seen their status slip in society, but it doesnt have the same appeal for African Americans, for whom the good old days were rarely all that good.
Perhaps black evangelicals are one group with which Trump might do better. His support among evangelicals overall has been unexpectedly strong. Black churches tend to be conservative on social issues, and President Obamas backing for gay marriage in 2012 created worries that black voters would desert him in his quest for reelection. Instead, the opposite happened: The campaign heavily courted black pastors to keep them in the fold, the presidents share of the black vote barely budged, while African American support for marriage equality moved upward.
Trumps not much of a social-issues candidate, but courting black pastors is, if successful, an efficient way to improve outreach in the black community, because of the influence that ministers hold. On Saturday, Trump offered some black pastors VIP passes to his rally in Sarasota. One of them, Sheila Griffin, told Bloomberg she wasnt upset about Trumps comments about Black Lives Matter. Oh goodness. Donald Trump is not a racistthat's just the press looking for a story. What was it? A couple of knuckleheads in a crowd of thousands? It's a non-issue, she said.
Even if he can win over pastors like Griffin over, though, Trump faces plenty of hurdles to winning the black vote in the general electionsomething he has pledged to do. And the endorsement fracas suggests he may not even be able to win over the pastors.
To thank their fans, Will and Kate release a portrait of their new daughter. But the picture also serves to emphasise the Cambridges' in-touch modernity
Royal baby photos released to the public have, for many years, been informal and sought to telegraph one simple message: Were just like you, the only difference is that we brush our kids' hair.
And the photos released today of Princess Charlotte petting a toy dog follow in that long and venerable tradition. She's barely an inch of hair on her head, but not a hair of it is out of place.
Like mother like daughter, eh?
However, the Cambridges have gone one better than their forbears in their quest for authentic informality and these new photographs were actually taken by Mom herself.
This is not a first. Kate is a keen amateur photographer and took a joint portrait of George and Charlotte a few weeks after her daughter was born on May 2, which was also released to the masses.
This is no Mario Testino-engineered impression of informality. It's the real deal.
So even if Will and Kate wont post their pictures on instagram, the general public can be at least allowed to believe that they are sharing an intimate family moment with them.
To appease the traditionalists, the baby girl is wearing a pink cardigan and pink socks, while the dress underneath is almost certainly a Liberty print.
The palace said that the photographs were being released by Will and Kate to thank their fans for their good wishes since Charlotte was born. They were taken by Kate at their family home Anmer Hall in Norfolk early in November.
Kensington Palace said in a statement: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to be able to share two new photographs of Princess Charlotte. They were taken by The Duchess in early November at their home in Norfolk. The Duke and Duchess continue to receive warm messages about Princess Charlotte from all around the world and they hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as they do."
The big question now is whether or not the WHOLE FAMILY will appear together in the Cambridge Christmas card, for, incredible as it may seem, there has not yet been a photo actually showing the faces of all four members of the family.
Following nearly a week of violent shootings and stabbings in Jerusalem, two more attacks today stoked fears that the latest surge of unrest may have staying power.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled a scheduled trip on Thursday to Germany, advising citizens to be on "maximum alert" as the Israeli police beefed up security around the country.
Today, an Israeli man in his mid-30s shot an 18-year-old Palestinian after she stabbed him, according to Israeli police. Several hours later, down south in Kiryat Gat, a town rarely in the headlines, a 19-year-old Palestinian teen stabbed an Israel Defense Forces soldier after grabbing his gun.
Later, an Israeli woman was injured when Palestinians hurled rocks at her car, authorities said. Elsewhere today, in the West Bank, two Palestinian students were shot and injured by Israeli forces after throwing stones at settlers' cars. More than 1,000 Palestinians and fewer than a dozen Israelis have been injured since last Thursday. In total, four Israelis have been killed, according to the Israeli police, and five Palestinians have been shot dead.
Wednesday marks the sixth straight day of scattered incidents. Over the weekend, protests throughout the West Bank, Jerusalem and even in Jaffa, right next to Tel Aviv, erupted after both the Israeli and Palestinian death tolls increased within 48 hours.
Fueled by the ongoing confrontations around Jerusalem's al Aqsa mosque, Islam's third holiest shrine that Jews also claim as the site of two ancient temples, the recent wave kicked off in force last week.
Last Thursday, two Israeli settlers -- one of whom was an American citizen -- were shot to death in front of their four children.
Days later, the IDF rounded up five members of what the police called a Hamas terror cell. On Monday, the Israeli military demolished the homes in East Jerusalem of alleged Palestinian militants accused of attacks nearly a year ago.
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