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Sacramento police fire 20 rounds, killing unarmed black man

Stephon Clark
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Sacramento resident Stephon Clark was shot and killed by police on Sunday after he was allegedly identified as a person breaking car windows, reports the Sacramento Bee. Officers were led to Clark's backyard where he was holding an item officers thought was a gun. After asking him to show his hands, officers fired 20 rounds at Clark, killing him. Upon searching him they found he did not have a weapon, but a cellphone.

Why you'll hear about this again: Clark's shooting is gaining national traction and could lead to more public outcry bringing attention to police shootings.

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Trump’s electricity solution in search of a problem

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President Trump is directing his administration to prop up financially struggling coal and nuclear power plants to ensure the electricity grid is resilient and reliable, but government data and most objective experts say there is no such problem.

Why it matters: America’s electricity fuel mix is undergoing significant change, which does present challenges. But Trump’s laser focus on coal and nuclear power — and companies seizing on that — distracts the debate from more substantive issues.

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How to lower prescription drug costs

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President Trump's upcoming speech on drug prices will probably stick to small-ball ideas. But small-ball doesn't necessarily mean no impact.

Reality check: There are a lot of legitimate ways to bring down drug costs; there are also a lot of empty gestures masquerading as real change. Here's a guide to the kinds of ideas and the odds that they'll actually happen.