As VP Debate Nears, Ryan Makes Headlines With Remarks on “Inner Cities”

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Jean Marie Brown
October 9, 2012

There’s plenty of activity on the campaign trail as attention shifts to Thursday’s vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. Other topics up for consideration today include, Ryan’s remarks on preventing crime, biased campaign ads, bigotry and last week’s presidential debate . . .

. . . Before cutting short an interview in Flint, Mich., Republican Congressman Paul Ryan argued that “character” and “discipline” are needed to “prevent violent crime in inner cities”

. . . A display urging the President to return to Kenya is getting attention.

. . . Actress Stacey Dash talks about the backlash she’s experienced since endorsing Mitt Romney for president.

. . . The Root links to the Washington Post’s coverage of Dash’s remarks.

. . . The Root also links to a New Yorker piece on race and the presidency.

. . . The President tells  “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” he was too polite during last week’s debate:

. . . Romney’s position on abortion is now under scrutiny:

. . . Bigotry’s influence on the campaign is considered.

. . . Salon takes another look at the polls:

. . . La Raza officials are wondering if their voter registration efforts have made the  civil rights group a target of Florida authorities.

. . . Some transgender voters could have a tough time voting in states requiring state-issued IDs.

. . . And, the Koch Brothers are backing two Arkansas legislators who have written about the upside of slavery.

The mainstream is also posting about the National Book Awards, affirmative action and a community that recognizes a third gender 

. . . Junot Díaz is a finalist for a National Book Award in fiction.

. . . Díaz talks about where he gets his inspiration.

. . . The Supreme Court is considering affirmative action during the fall term.

. . . Stevie Nicks was appalled by Nick Minaj’s tirade on “American Idol.”

. . . There’s a profile of a community in Mexico that accepts a third gender.

Another point of view . . .

The ethnic sites take another look at last week’s employment numbers, George Zimmerman’s mother is defending him, and Rihanna and Nicki Minaj each claimed four nominations for American Music Awards. . .

The unemployment picture for black women improved more than for black men in September:

. . . George Zimmerman’s mother says her son is not a racist.

. . . Rihanna and Nicki Minaj are the top nominees for this year’s American Music Awards:

. . . Beyoncé has dropped out of Clint Eastwood’s production of  “A Star is Born.”



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