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News Briefs: Study finds prejudice down under Trump; No Taliban talks; China and 5G; Police union backs Trump

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Study says prejudice down under Trump

Contrary to media reports, new recent research by a leading university has found that hate crimes and prejudice against other races by white Americans has actually dropped under President Trump from levels reached under former President Barack Obama. The study by the University of Pennsylvania refutes a media narrative that rhetoric from Trump is having a negative impact on race relations. The study comes as some black Americans are questioning why Trump is now the subject of impeachment talk for supposedly racist statements while President Obama’s actions and statements were rarely scrutinized.

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Why did the US cancel talks with the Taliban?

The Trump administration nixed the meeting after a U.S. service member was killed last week.  That means the president’s plan to bring US troops home is up in the air as the war continues in its 18th year.

The president stated said Taliban and Afghan leaders were to visit Camp David Sunday but that plan was scrapped after the terrorist organization took responsibility for a recent bombing that claimed the life of a US serviceman.

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China’s 5G advancement lightyears ahead of U.S.

China is far ahead of the United States in developing fifth-generation (5G) digital communications technology and by 2025 could have a powerful intelligence window into the information and data that most of the world’s population depends upon in daily life.

That’s the warning of Hudson Institute senior fellow William Schneider Jr. in a Sept. 5 briefing memo made public by the Washington-based conservative think tank.

Schneider is an economist and defense analyst who is a former presidential appointee at the U.S. State Department and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

“5G technology will enable a worldwide transition to mobile telecommunication with nearly instantaneous transfer of data,” Schneider wrote in the memo. “Forecasters estimate that by 2025, three-quarters of the world’s population (6 billion people) will be interacting with data an average of once every 18 seconds.

The technology has come under criticism for possible negative health effects.

Major police union backs Trump for 2020

A police union that represents more than 100,000 officers has announced it will be endorsing President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, according to a press release (pdf).

The International Union of Police Associations’ (IUPA) President Sam A. Cabral said on Sept. 9 that it was backing the president’s re-election, saying that Trump had “done more for Law Enforcement in the past two and a half years than was accomplished in the eight years that preceded his election.”

Cabral said Trump had made the community safer for police officers and civilians by signing an order to provide law enforcement agencies with military equipment, directing the Attorney General to prosecute offenders who attack law enforcement, providing funding to help employ more law enforcement officers, improving police access to mental health services, and resuming federal capital punishment.

The president’s approval rating among the nation’s law enforcement is over 90%.

President has challengers and will release finances

President Trump traveled to North Carolina to campaign with Republican congressional candidate Dan Bishop ahead of a special vote today that is seen as a bellwether for the 2020 election.

The president dismissed a Republican primary challenge from former disgraced South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, describing him and two other long-shot GOP opponents as “The Three Stooges” and suggesting he wouldn’t debate them. Trump also said he would release a report on his personal finances before the election.