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Spin Control: Can illegal immigrants convicted of crimes collect Social Security?

The claim: “In Hillary Clinton’s America, the system stays rigged against Americans. ... Illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay, collecting Social Security benefits, skipping the line. Our border open. It’s more of the same, but worse.”...

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Spin Control: Can illegal immigrants convicted of crimes collect Social Security?

The claim: “In Hillary Clinton’s America, the system stays rigged against Americans. ... Illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay, collecting Social Security benefits, skipping the line. Our border open. It’s more of the same, but worse.”...

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Clinton Foundation donors got face time with her at State

WASHINGTON — More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president....

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Pitt football practice report Aug. 23

Written by Jenn Menendez on .

Good morning. Coach Pat Narduzzi thinks double sessions are overrated, and talked this morning about getting quality practices in rather than a high quantity of them. The team was scheduled for a two-a-day on Monday, but Narduzzi gave them the afternoon off. 

Here are some highlights from his quick meeting with media:

**He expects anywhere from four to six freshmen to crack the lineup, but speaks about why this would be from a place of need. In a perfect world Narduzzi would love to redshirt every single freshman every year.

**There may be clarity on the offensive line, but they will keep rotating seven or eight players into the five starting spots so more players are prepared to take on that role should their number be called. 

**Narduzzi called Dorian Johnson a "super, super kid" who leads by example a day after he was named an All-American by ESPN.

 

Head coach Pat Narduzzi:

Q: Did you give them the night off?

“We gave them the afternoon off. Kind of told them we want quality over quantity. It’s not how many practices you get in, it’s how good the practices are. I think doubles are overrated to begin with. The NCAA as a whole has started to move away from a lot of doubles. I think it just beats up your kids. I think back even when I was in school. What were we doing? Shoot in high school we had triples. I’d rather the quality practices as opposed to the quantity. I think it keeps our guys fresh and lets them know that we care about them.”

Q: On what constitutes a quality practice?

“There’s a lot of focus. There’s attention to the little things. You can go out there and the offense can make  a play, but if the defense doesn’t respond? Or isn’t in position to make a play? You want the offense to be in position to make a play. We want them to catch the ball. Offense is execution. Defense is reaction to what they’re doing. But you’ve got to be in position to make a play. If guys are slopping around, or things are wide open defensively that’s not a very quality practice. You’re just wasting time. You’re out there just going through the motions. We’re looking for that focus. It’s hard for these kids to sit out here for two hours a day. They’re here in this building form 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 at night. It’s a long day for them. But there’s a lot of focus and attention we have to get.”

Q: On seeming positive, optimistic about this team?

“You know. (chuckles) Like coaches, you’re never satisfied. I feel good about this football team we have. I think they’re tight knit right now. I think there’s great chemistry. Does that equal wins? I don’t know. But I’m happy right now with where we are as a football team, not individuals. I’m happy about that, but that doesn’t equal wins either.”

Q: Does that stem from having, seniors, experience in key roles?

“Seniors are involved. There’s 20 of them. They also have to be mature about what they do and how they do it.”

Q: What about (defensive lineman) Ejuan Price? How’s he been as a vocal leader?

“Ejuan has been explosive. More explosive than he’s been in the past. He’s playing with a lot more confidence. A year ago, he hadn’t made a play. He’s confident, he’s explosive in what he’s doing. He causes havoc in the backfield every day in practice. It’s hard to get him out of the game. Even Saturday in the scrimmage, it’s like about 15 plays. OK, let’s get him out, we don’t need to see anymore. Let’s make sure we’re smart and see what those other guys have. But he’s the guy who didn’t want to come out of the game. He’ll limp around after a play then two plays later you’ll see him run a 4.5 down the sideline. So, he’s a guy that’s having a lot of fun playing this game and understands how he can affect the game.”

Q: How important is it to redshirt guys when you’re building a program?

“Every freshman wants to play, but I do think its important to redshirt those freshmen. If we could redshirt every guy, I’d love to do it. But if they’re ready to play we’re going to play ‘em. We’re not going to save them for that fifth year. Because they may be gone too. The landscape of college football and the NFL, is if you have a great year after your third year you take the money which I’m all for as long as you’re a fourth rounder. In an ideal world if you could redshirt every one of ‘em I think it’s better…I say to them, ‘Do you think you’ll be better next year at this time?’ and every one of them will say ‘Yes.’ ‘Then why wouldn’t you wait until next year, don’t be disappointed that you’re not playing.’ We’ve got a freshmen class that I think is outstanding. Are they all ready right now, no? There’s a lot of mental stuff that goes on.

Q: You played four freshmen last year, do you anticipate that number being higher?

“You know I’d say four to six. You might not know that until the third game. I don’t know if everybody is ready. There will be some will be ready Sept. 3 and some will be ready Sept. 24 or whatever it is. We’re just going to cram them to be ready to go and we’ll find out. There could be four to six, I think, I don’t know. Could be three?

Q: Is it a bonus to have some (freshmen) who are ready to contribute?

“I mean it’s a bonus, I guess. You could look at it as a bonus or a negative. Like I told them, it’s not the best players really playing, it’s where there’s weakness that some of those guys might be playing. So wherever freshmen are playing. You tell me? Is it because they’re that good, or maybe there’s a weakness there and they’ve got to play. I think an 18-year-old is better than a 23-year old. I think that’s a fact. It depends on your depth. Who’s making plays?”

Q: On whether or not the offensive line is somewhere you’d like to have some clarity by week 1?

“Not really. We’ve taught those guys they’ve got to play with each other.  Those I think it's great. It’s nice to say those guys are used to playing, they’re the guys. But what happens when one guy goes down? That’s reality. It didn’t happen until a bowl game last year, but reality is that doesn’t happen in a lot of places so our guys, I think, can mix together and play a lot of guys in different spots is a positive. You don’t want to be dealing with that third game of the year, this guy you’ve never seen run with the one’s. ‘Who’s this guy? He doesn’t even talk to us, make a call, doesn’t communicate. Now we’ve got to teach him.’ They’re used to knowing, oh he’s in. I remember him back Day 4, or whatever it was. That’s a good situation, not a bad.

Q: On offensive lineman Dorian Johnson getting preseason accolades and being named preseason All-American by ESPN? What does he bring to the line and locker room?

“You know he’s a super kid, a super, super kid. He’s a quiet guy. He’s not a guy that’s a vocal leader, but he’s a guy that leads by example. He won’t miss a practice. He doesn’t want to miss a thing. He’s a leader by example. Again, he’s got a lot of class. He’ll anchor that offensive line.”

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Toomey collects second endorsement in a week from gun-control advocates

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey seems to have found the sweet spot on gun policy....

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