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Some cities are banning teens from trick-or-treating: ‘They just want to put black kids in jail’

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A handful of U.S. cities are banning children older than 12 from trick-or-treating, although police insist they won’t actively seek out violators.

Chesapeake is among nine Virginia cities that set age limits to keep teenagers from taking part in the Halloween, and at least three other cities — Meridian, Mississippi; Bishopville, South Carolina; and Boonsboro, Maryland — also prohibit teens from trick-or-treating.

“If any person over the age of 12 years shall engage in the activity commonly known as ‘trick or treat’ or any other activity of similar character or nature under any name whatsoever,” reads the Chesapeake ordinance, “he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $25.00 nor more than $100.00 or by confinement in jail for not more than six months or both.”

The city’s website states that police won’t be “actively seeking out” violations, but many social media users suspected the ordinance would be used to harass black children.

Chesapeake officials say teens escorting younger siblings around shouldn’t expect any attention from police, but they cautioned that some Halloween hijinks won’t be tolerated.

“For example, a thirteen year old safely trick or treating with a younger sibling is not going to have any issues,” the city’s website says. “That same child taking pumpkins from porches and smashing them in the street more likely will.”

But some social media users fear those assurances may be meaningless for black teenagers, especially in a year when many older trick-or-treaters may be carrying toy weapons as part of a costume from the intensely popular Fortnite online game.

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Older trick-or-treaters have long been controversial — and there will never be clear agreement on what age is too old — but columnist Marion Franck once shared an insight about teenagers and Halloween she learned from her own son.

“When a crowd of under-costumed teens shows up on your doorstep, welcome them,” Franck wrote, in a classic 2013 column for the Davis Enterprise. “It’s a big group because they find strength in numbers. They’re not wearing costumes because they didn’t realize that they’d want to go – nor how badly.”

“Give them big bars,” she added. “Don’t tell them they’re too old. They already know that. Let them pretend it just isn’t so.”

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Internet destroys ‘opposite of a journalist’ Chuck Todd over his ‘vapid’ Trump interview

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While NBC might be happy with the ratings it got from a highly-touted interview with Donald Trump conducted by Meet The Press host Chuck Todd, the reviews of the NBC political director's performance were bad. Really bad.

Focusing on Todd's inability, or lack of desire, to push-back on any of the president's claims -- including particularly egregious claims Trump made about detaining immigrant children at the border that the president blamed on Barack Obama, -- one Twitter commenter called what Todd does for a living the "opposite" of journalism.

Particularly brutal was an assessment by NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen who tweeted: "Just watched @chucktodd 'interview' the president about kids and the border. I don't what that was. But it was not public discourse. Nothing to do with eliciting information, or accountability, or where do you stand? It was like feeding English sentences into a wood chipper."

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Is decency a weakness? Here’s what psychiatrist Carl Jung would say about the GOP’s embrace of the dark side

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Let’s talk about decency.

We are a nation that elected a man who in less than two and a half years has sullied our reputation across the world while here at home enabling our baser instincts to mug and molest our better angels.

The concept of decency is not one he knows or possesses within himself. His lack of it has helped reignite a contagion of hatred and intolerance, ratcheted up by Internet trollery, that largely lay dormant but now spreads once again like a toxin through the body politic.

Because of him this is not an America made great. It is instead a nation struggling with basic human decency, whether at the camps and cages of our southern border or along the corridors of Congress, where too many once rational members have succumbed to the siren call of cynical opportunism and demagoguery.

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White House to expand ‘immunity’ claim to cover McGahn aide and keep her from answering House Dem questions

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According to a report at Politico, the White House is expected to block former presidential counsel Don McGahn's top aide Annie Donaldson from providing information to the House Judiciary Committee.

The report states that White House lawyers plan assert its claims that former aides have “absolute immunity” from providing information to Congress about their time in the White House.

According to the report, Donaldson, who has already departed the White House, was expected to provide written answers to questions submitted by Democrats  -- but now that is on hold.

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