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July 20, 2016 at 5:25 am

Tonight, from the drop of the gavel, catch the highlights of yesterday’s GOP convention and what to look forward to tonight as the focus shifts to the economy. This morning, Melania Trump is in the midst of a plagiarism controversy after giving a speech that was very similar to one Michelle Obama gave in 2008. Tonight, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Kentucky Senator and majority leader Mitch McConnell, Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr, and more are set to speak as Donald Trump tries to unite the Republican party. We have the latest, and you won’t want to miss it. We’ll speak with Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore, who is a lead GOP fundraiser in New Jersey and an official fundraiser for the Trump campaign.

Next, the 2016 Election is said to be the most polarizing Presidential race in over 20 years. In the end, it will be up to the people to decide who gets to move into the White House, but who are American voters, and what issues are they concerned about? VICE reporter Abdullah Saeed and two co-workers, Martina de Alba and Wibert Cooper, set out on a road trip across the country to find out. They documented their journey in an ongoing series called “VICE DOES AMERICA.” Abdullah and Martina join us to talk about their trip and what they learned from it.

Then finally, Motown was a sensational genre of music during the 1960’s and 70’s that produced an impressive roster of stars from Stevie Wonder, to Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Supremes, and more. All these artists had a hand in creating the musical soundtrack that played an important role in the racial integration of pop music. Behind all that, was a legendary label named Motown Records, founded by Berry Gordy Jr., who would go on to produce song after song that would top charts and be featured in the four time Tony nominated Motown the Musical, which recently returned to Broadway for a limited run. Gordy joins us with the musical’s director, Charles Randolph-Wright, to talk about the show and why it’s still relevant today.

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July 19, 2016 at 6:29 pm

From the drop of the gavel, catch the highlights of yesterday’s GOP convention and what to look forward to tonight as the focus shifts to the economy. This morning, Melania Trump is in the midst of a plagiarism controversy after giving a speech that was very similar to one Michelle Obama gave in 2008. Tonight, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Kentucky Senator and majority leader Mitch McConnell, Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr, and more are set to speak as Donald Trump tries to unite the Republican party. We have the latest, and you won’t want to miss it. We’ll speak with Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore, who is a lead GOP fundraiser in New Jersey and an official fundraiser for the Trump campaign.

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July 19, 2016 at 6:28 pm

The 2016 Election is said to be the most polarizing Presidential race in over 20 years. In the end, it will be up to the people to decide who gets to move into the White House, but who are American voters, and what issues are they concerned about? VICE reporter Abdullah Saeed and two co-workers, Martina de Alba and Wibert Cooper, set out on a road trip across the country to find out. They documented their journey in an ongoing series called “VICE DOES AMERICA.” Abdullah and Martina join us to talk about their trip and what they learned from it.

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July 19, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, over the weekend, three more police officers were killed, this time in Baton Rouge. Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald, and Brad Garafola lost their lives in a shootout with retired Marine, Gavin Eugene. This comes barely two weeks after the death of Alton Sterling, who was a citizen of the Louisiana capitol, who was shot by a cop outside of a convenience store. Days later, five police officers were gunned down by a black man in Dallas, Texas. With details still emerging about the police shooting in Baton Rouge, we sit down with CNN commentator and author of Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, Marc Lamont Hill. Next, we’ll be on the ground in Cleveland, Ohio with the New York Republican delegation as the GOP Convention kicks off. At-large delegate Wendy Long joins us for a discussion – she’s already pledged her support for Donald Trump and has been selected by the state Republican party to take on incumbent U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer this November. Then finally, the progressive issues of the 1960’s have become the forefront of our current political era, or at least that’s what Mark Green says. Between anti-war sentiments, gay rights, women’s rights and civil rights, Green says the things that were thought to be progressive in the 60’s are now the new norm and at the heart of political debate. Green, a former NYC Public Advocate joins us to talk about the progressive movement in the 1960’s, American politics of today, and his new book Bright, Infinite Future: A Generation Memoir on the Progressive Side. He also discusses his run for the Mayor of New York back in 2001. It was a race many believed he was likely to win but changing circumstances and a late surge from Michael Bloomberg led to defeat.

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July 18, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Over the weekend, three more police officers were killed, this time in Baton Rouge. Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald, and Brad Garafola lost their lives in a shootout with retired Marine, Gavin Eugene. This comes barely two weeks after the death of Alton Sterling, who was a citizen of the Louisiana capitol, who was shot by a cop outside of a convenience store. Days later, five police officers were gunned down by a black man in Dallas, Texas. With details still emerging about the police shooting in Baton Rouge, we sit down with CNN commentator and author of Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, Marc Lamont Hill.

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July 18, 2016 at 6:28 pm

We’ll be on the ground in Cleveland, Ohio with the New York Republican delegation as the GOP Convention kicks off. At-large delegate Wendy Long joins us for a discussion – she’s already pledged her support for Donald Trump and has been selected by the state Republican party to take on incumbent U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer this November.

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July 18, 2016 at 6:27 pm

The progressive issues of the 1960’s have become the forefront of our current political era, or at least that’s what Mark Green says. Between anti-war sentiments, gay rights, women’s rights and civil rights, Green says the things that were thought to be progressive in the 60’s are now the new norm and at the heart of political debate. Green, a former NYC Public Advocate joins us to talk about the progressive movement in the 1960’s, American politics of today, and his new book Bright, Infinite Future: A Generation Memoir on the Progressive Side. He also discusses his run for the Mayor of New York back in 2001. It was a race many believed he was likely to win but changing circumstances and a late surge from Michael Bloomberg led to defeat.

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July 16, 2016 at 5:27 am

Tonight, more than 100 people were rushed to emergency rooms this week after overdosing on K2, or synthetic marijuana. This number is a staggering increase, since it accounts for more than all K2 hospitalizations for the entire month of June. With synthetic marijuana affecting more and more lives in the Big Apple and throughout the state, Governor Cuomo has announced an aggressive plan to stop this epidemic in its tracks. MetroFocus contributor and NJTV News anchor Mary Alice Williams speaks with WPIX11’s chief correspondent, Mary Murphy about what exactly is in this drug. Next, 2,600 children and teenagers lose their lives to firearms every year according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. It’s an under-reported crisis but one church in the East Village has placed a powerful vigil in their yard, hoping to create awareness and tell the stories of these often forgotten young men and women. MetroFocus’ William Jones paid a visit to the church and met with a family to hear about their encounter with gun violence and the impact this crisis has had on them. Then finally, we continue our conversation with television producer Norman Lear, who is the latest subject in the new American Masters documentary depicting his life. The documentary, titled Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, takes a look at how he became the man behind the screen that shaped a new generation of sitcoms in the 1970’s. Tonight, we switch gears from his legendary career, to his heart for political activism, speaking on subjects such as organizations he has started and what his opinions are concerning this current Presidential election.

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July 15, 2016 at 6:29 pm

More than 100 people were rushed to emergency rooms this week after overdosing on K2, or synthetic marijuana. This number is a staggering increase, since it accounts for more than all K2 hospitalizations for the entire month of June. With synthetic marijuana affecting more and more lives in the Big Apple and throughout the state, Governor Cuomo has announced an aggressive plan to stop this epidemic in its tracks. MetroFocus contributor and NJTV News anchor Mary Alice Williams speaks with WPIX11’s chief correspondant, Mary Murphy about what exactly is in this drug.

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