Perry Stein

Perry is a News Writer for Talking Points Memo based in Washington D.C. Prior to TPM, she was a reporter-research at The New Republic and worked for her hometown paper, The Miami Herald. Perry can be reached at perry@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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As President Barack Obama spoke in Phoenix Tuesday about responsible home ownership, hundreds of people stood outside protesting his policies, many shouting and carrying racially charged chants and signs.

"Bye Bye Black Sheep," the protestors shouted at one point, a reference to the president's skin color, according to the Arizona Republic.

Another protestor carried a sign that said "Impeach the Half-White Muslim!"

“He’s 47 percent Negro,” one protestor shouted.

“We have gone back so many years,” Judy Burris told the Republic. “He’s divided all the races. I hate him for that.”

Obama supporters were also rallying outside the high school where the president spoke.

“There’s so much extremism in Arizona,” said Jonathan Rines, a retired member of the U.S. Navy, of the 'Black Sheep' chant. “The people who are doing that are a vocal minority.”

Read more about the protest here.

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Civil Rights icon John Lewis, a Democratic congressman from Georgia, believes Edward Snowden's decision to leak classified information from the National Security Agency was an act of civil disobedience in-line with the non-violence teachings of figures like Henry David Thoreau and Gandhi.

"In keeping with the philosophy and the discipline of non-violence, in keeping with the teaching of Henry David Thoreau and people like Gandhi and others, if you believe something that is not right, something is unjust, and you are willing to defy customs, traditions, bad laws, then you have a conscience. You have a right to defy those laws and be willing to pay the price," Lewis sad in an interview with the Guardian published Wednesday. "I got arrested 40 times during the sixties. Since I've been in Congress I've been arrested four times. Sometimes you have to act by the dictates of your conscience. You have to do it.

"Some people say criminality or treason or whatever. He could say he was acting because he was appealing to a higher law," he added. "Many of us have some real, real, problems with how the government has been spying on people."

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Members of the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org are launching petitions Wednesday urging their hometowns to cut "sister-city" relationships with cities in Russia due to the country's recent wave of anti-gay laws that allow for violence and discrimination against LGBT people.

In petitions for 27 cities across the country, MoveOn members are saying, "We value and cherish our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents and will not tolerate discrimination against our LGBT brothers and sisters by a ‘sister city.’”


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New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd backed RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in her column Wednesday, agreeing that NBC's and CNN's plans to air productions on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could unfairly glorify the potential presidential candidiate.

"Reince Priebus says a lot of goofy things, but the chairman of the Republican National Committee has a point," Dowd wrote. "Films can dramatically alter the way famous people are viewed, making them cooler, more glamorous, more sympathetic — and the reverse. Clever filmmakers can offer up delicious soufflés of propaganda and storytelling, putting a new imprint on the historical record."

Priebus slammed NBC Entertainment and CNN in a letter Monday for their "thinly-veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election," threatening to pull the networks' partnerships for the 2016 presidential primary debates. Dowd stopped short of endorsing that demand, however.

"Of course, Priebus being Priebus, he went on to say something goofy, petulantly threatening to cut NBC and CNN out of Republican debates if they don’t cancel their Hillary shows by Aug. 14," she added.

The founder of the liberal non-profit Media Matters for America also backed the RNC chairman Tuesday.

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Workers demolished the Cleveland house of Ariel Castro on Wednesday, the residence where he tortured and kept three women captive for more than a decade.

Castro was spared a possible death sentence but sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison. Authorities did not want anything in the house to be sold online as "memorabilia."

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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The September issue of Ebony magazine pays a powerful tribute to Trayvon Martin, with three different covers featuring black celebrities and their sons wearing hoodies. The covers all say in large letters "WE ARE TRAYVON" and "SAVE OUR SONS."

The celebrities on the covers include Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and his sons Zaire and Zion; director Spike Lee and his son Jackson; and actor Boris Kodjoe and his son Nicolas.

A fourth cover features Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, father Tracy Martin and brother Jahvaris Fulton.

(Photo: Ebony Magazine)



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The founder of Media Matters for America, a liberal non-profit that works to monitor and correct conservative misinformation in the media, on Tuesday echoed the Republican National Committe in calling on NBC and CNN to cancel their scheduled programming on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In letters to the chairman of NBC Entertainment, Robert Greenblatt, and CNN President Jeff Zucker, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus slammed the networks' "thinly-veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election" as unfair to other potential candidates from both parties, threatening to pull the networks' partnerships for the 2016 presidential primary debates.

"Given that this project could coincide with a potential Clinton presidential campaign, the timing raises too many questions about fairness and conflicts of interest ahead of the 2016 election," Media Matters founder David Brock wrote in a letters to top network executives.

Read the letters in full here.

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Billionaire liberal financier George Soros endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio Tuesday for mayor of New Yory City.

"I am endorsing Bill de Blasio for Mayor because I believe he has the talent, vision and ability to lead New York City," Soros wrote in his endorsement, which de Blasio posted on his campaign website. “As Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio has promoted concrete policy changes that would mean far fewer innocent New Yorkers are subjected to demeaning police stops while at the same time maintaining reductions in crime."

Capt. Mark Kelly, the husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), issued a statement Tuesday comparing the shooting in Ross Township, Pa. with the 2011 Tucson shooting that left 6 dead and more than a dozen others injured, including Giffords.

"Gabby and I were saddened to hear about the terrible tragedy in Ross Township," Kelly wrote on the website of the couple's gun-control advocacy organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions. "The shooting bears a heartbreaking similarity to the Congress on Your Corner event in Tucson where a disturbed person fired dozens of rounds, wounding and killing Americans as they participated in one of the cornerstones of our democracy: a public meeting with elected officials. These horrific shootings have become all too frequent, and we’ve learned that they don’t discriminate. They can happen anytime, anywhere, from Tucson in the Southwest desert, to Aurora in the Rocky Mountains, to Oak Creek in suburban Wisconsin, now to Ross Township in rural Pennsylvania. We have to do more — all of us — to make sure future tragedies like last night’s aren’t visited upon other communities.”

Correction: This post has been updated to correct the spelling of Tucson.

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