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California GOP Assemblyman Travis Allen: Police justified in killing Stephon Clark because he ran away

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Conservative Orange County Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) lashed out at Stephon Clark, the unarmed black man who was fatally shot by Sacramento police in his backyard.

Assemblyman Allen, a controversial lawmaker, made the remarks on Sunday at a gubernatorial candidate forum co-hosted by The San Diego Union-Tribune and ABC 10 News.

Allen is seeking the Republican Party nomination in the June 5th primary.

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“As governor what would you do to help skeptical Californians, particularly people of color, have more faith in law enforcement?” the candidates were asked.

“Very simply, the man that was unfortunately shot in Sacramento, the reason this whole thing happened is he was breaking into cars. He had smashed a couple of car windows because he was stealing from those cars, apparently,” Assemblyman Allen claimed. “He was then chased by a helicopter and he ran from the police—”

“He was not breaking into cars,” former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa interrupted.

“I’m not sure that investigation has …” Matt Hall, the editorial and opinion page director of The U-T interjected.

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“Excuse you?” Allen replied.

“I’m not sure that investigation has concluded to prove he was doing that,” Hall fact-checked. Indeed, the family has disputed such claims.

“To the best of my understanding it is very clear that this individual was breaking into cars. When the police helicopter began to follow him, he then ran from police. When police finally apprehended him, he approached them with something in his hand,” Allen continued. “Listen, number one, this person should not have been breaking into cars and number two he should not have been running from the police.”

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“It had nothing to do with the color of his skin. There is no police officer that wakes up in the morning and wants to shoot someone,” Allen claimed. “We must back the badge, respect our law enforcement and understand that there are laws enforced by our police officers in California.”

Read the full transcript of the candidate forum.

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Sondland was going to testify Trump gave the impression they should coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine: report

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European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland is slated to give testimony Thursday to the House committees on President Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal.

Sondland was slated to tell investigators that Trump gave him the impression that he and two other officials should coordinate with the president's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, The New York Times said in an explosive report Wednesday.

"That command effectively created a foreign policy back channel that cut the State Department and National Security Council out of deliberations involving a pivotal ally against Russia," The Times reported.

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Trump’s lawyers are trying to tell Appeals Court they actually won the taxes lawsuit — but are still appealing

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President Donald Trump's lawyers sent out a bizarre letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, making the case that they actually won their case to keep the president's taxes a secret. It's an odd take given that they're filing for an appeal.

Oct. 7, a federal judge dismissed Trump's efforts in a 75-page opinion calling the White House claim "extraordinary."

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero explained that no occupant of the White House enjoys "absolute immunity from criminal process of any kind." Such a position "would constitute an overreach of executive power."

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Nate Silver claps back at right-wing pollster for accusing him of fraud

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One of the worst-performing national pollsters in the 2018 election cycle was Rasmussen Reports, a right-leaning outfit that is consistently the only one to show President Donald Trump with a net positive approval rating. In 2018, Rasmussen showed Republicans leading the generic congressional ballot by 1 point — but Democrats won the popular vote by 8.4 points.

Nonetheless, Rasmussen is proud of its methodology and particularly irritated when polling analyst and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver points out their inaccuracy. Over the past two weeks, they have twice accused him of "fraud" and characterized his analyses as "corrupt."

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