09.30.16

In today’s Morning Buzz Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte compares his campaign to kill drug addicts to the Holocaust, updates from yesterday’s commuter train crash in New Jersey, and the Rosetta spacecraft ends its cosmic journey with a crash.

The Morning Buzz is brought to you by Gary Johnson.  Over the summer Johnson had been creating buzz as a third party candidate unseen since the days of Ross Perot.  Over the past few weeks the one time media darling has now become every late night host and news anchors favorite punching bag. I believe District Attorney Harvey Dent said it best, “You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

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What I Want to Know from You – Have you ever voted for a third party in a major election?

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Hoboken Train Crash Leaves at Least One Dead and Dozens Injured  A careening commuter train plowed through the barrier at the end of the tracks and crashed into a wall at a terminal here during the morning rush on Thursday, killing one person, injuring more than 100 others and unleashing chaos as part of the station’s roof came tumbling down in a jumble of metal.

WATCH: Rosetta Crashes Into Comet, Bringing Historic Mission To End This is the way the Rosetta ends: Not with a bang, but a slow-motion crash. The historic spacecraft has transformed scientists’ understanding of comets over the last two years, as it orbited the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet and sent a stream of images and data back to earth.

Duterte: Hitler killed millions of Jews, I will kill millions of drug addicts Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday compared his campaign to kill criminals to the Holocaust, saying he would like to “slaughter” millions of addicts just like Adolf Hitler “massacred” millions of Jewish people. “Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now, there are 3 million drug addicts. … I’d be happy to slaughter them,” he told reporters early Friday, according to GMA News.

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Texas may have made it through the worst of oil bust  The Texas economy may be set to bounce back after weathering the worst of the plunge in oil prices, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas economist.

Austin transportation bond opponents find ally in Ora Houston  City Council Member Ora Houston promised to help lead the campaign against Mayor Steve Alder’s $720 million transportation bond — and she began to make good on that Thursday night, hosting a forum that was highly critical of the proposal.

Hurricane Matthew strengthens into Category 2 storm  Hurricane Matthew rapidly strengthened overnight into a Category 2 storm and forecasters say it’s only going to get stronger.

A Resignation at Yosemite Amid Sexual Harassment Reports  he superintendent of Yosemite National Park has stepped down amid reports of rampant sexual harassment and bullying of female employees.

All guns in U.S. should be dumped in ocean, judge says  Multnomah County Circuit Judge Kenneth Walker says it devastating to see all the deaths caused by guns in the U.S. Walker made his comments this week at the sentencing of a drive by killer, Marcell Lee Daniel Jr.

Conflict of Interest? City lawmaker accused of ethics violation  Alderman Cara Spencer said she never tried to hide her job at a nonprofit.

Detroit’s Lodge Freeway still flooded with poop water  “It smelled pretty bad,” the Michigan State Police spokesman said.

Inside the Chicago Police Department’s secret budget  Every year, police take millions of dollars from ordinary Chicagoans and spend it behind closed doors. When the clerk called Willie Mae Swansey’s case in a crowded courtroom last February, the 72-year-old approached the judge slowly, supporting herself with a four-pronged cane.…

The cost of slavery reparations is now within the boundaries of the politically acceptable  A U.N. panel has declared the United States owes reparations to African Americans, as compensation for “the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality.”

Flint Wins Funding in the Latest Congressional Budget Standoff  After a tense negotiation over a spending bill to keep the government fully funded and operating, leaders in Congress came to an agreement this week to avoid a government shutdown.

Video security setup shielded Cleveland during Republican National Convention  Cleveland officials selected Vidsys, a provider of enterprise Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, to implement video security citywide leading up to and during the Republican National Convention.

Obama Administration announces $80 million in smart cities funding  The Obama Administration announced on Sept. 26 that it will invest $80 million in new funding for its Smart Cities Initiative, while doubling the list of participating communities.

Independent presidential candidate Ross Perot speaks at the University of South Florida 31 October 1992 in Tampa, FL. Perot said members of Congress should have their ears enlarged so they can hear the needs of the people. US elections will be held 03 November 1992. (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Local Government Confidential

Bastrop taps search firm to find fourth city manager this year 

3 Louisiana towns collect more in speeding fines than taxes  Local governments in Louisiana rely more on police fines and forfeitures for revenue than any other state, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data.

Appellate court rules that local government does not have the authority to regulate rental scooter industry  The battle between the rental scooter industry and local government continues. On Wednesday a court ruled in California Cycle’s favor, saying local government does not have the power to regulate the rental scooter industry.