Obama talks crime with ‘Wire’ creator

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama has talked about crime and policing while heaping praise on the creator of the cult television series “The Wire”.Sitting side-by-side with former police reporter David Simon, Obama declared that the Baltimore-based series that focused on the drug ...

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