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FBI investigating if stabbing was hate crime
UPDATE: The FBI is helping to investigate the stabbing at the University of Maryland to determine whether it was a hate crime.
University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said at a press conference Sunday that he sought the FBI's help after finding
that 22-year-old Sean Urbanski is a member of a Facebook group called "Alt Reich: Nation,"
where members post racially charged material.
Urbanski has been charged with first- and second-degree murder as well as first-degree assault in the death of Richard Collins III.
Urbanski is white and Collins was black.
Mitchell said Collins was a senior, who was set to graduate on Tuesday. He was recently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
A black congressman called for Trump’s impeachment. Lynching threats followed, he said.
“Hey, Al Green, we got an impeachment for you.
It’s going to be yours,” one caller said.
“Was actually gonna give you a short prop trial before we hang your n—– ass.”
“You’re not going to impeach anybody, you f—— n—– … You’ll be hanging from a tree,” another one said.
“I didn’t see anybody calling for the impeachment of your n—– Obama when he was born in Kenya. He’s not even an American. So f— you, n—–.”
“Hey, Al Green, we got an impeachment for you. It’s going to be yours,” one caller said. “Was actually gonna give you a short prop trial before we hang your n—– ass.” “You’re not going to impeach anybody, you f—— n—– … You’ll be hanging from a tree,” another one said. “I didn’t see anybody calling for the impeachment of your n—– Obama when he was born in Kenya. He’s not even an American. So f— you, n—–.”
Republicans fearing for their safety as anger, threats mount
In the last few weeks alone, the FBI arrested a man threatening Rep. Martha McSally's (Ariz.) life; a woman pursued Rep. David Kustoff (Tenn.)
with her car, and Rep. Thomas Garrett (Va.) heightened security at a recent town hall in response to death threats.
Other Republicans still holding town halls say they haven't felt physically threatened by protesters, but they worry about the depth of anger from some constituents in the polarized environment and what it means for political civility.
Scores of GOP lawmakers have experienced going viral this year with video of constituents shouting their
disagreement on support for President Trump and policies like the GOP's healthcare bill.
Lately, though, Republicans have observed some furious constituents who appear to be going too far. Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) described attendees at a town hall in his district last week who booed him down after he said people's rights are God-given.
Venezuela protests: Man set alight as death toll rises
Orlando José Figuera suffered burns
to 80% of his body after he was engulfed in flames. Officials said he was also stabbed in Saturday's protests.
Witnesses said the crowd had accused the man of being a thief.
On the same day, an opposition activist was shot dead, bringing the total number killed
protests to 48.
The attorney general's office said gunmen
fire on the
demonstrators in the western city of Valera.
Edy Alejandro Teran Aguilar died from a gunshot wound to the chest,
while two others were wounded.
Protesters demanding President Maduro step down and hold
elections took to the streets across the
country on Saturday to mark the 50th day of the increasingly violent demonstrations which have overwhelmed the country in recent weeks.
"A person was set on fire, beaten up, stabbed...
They nearly lynched him, just because he
shouted out that he was a 'Chavista',"
President Maduro said, referring to the
ruling Socialist movement set up by his
Speaking on his weekly TV programme,
Mr Maduro described it as "a hate crime and a crime against humanity".
It is thought 46 people were injured in the demonstration in eastern Caracas where Mr Figuera, 21, was hurt.
Iran election: Hassan Rouhani says voters rejected extremism
After avoiding a run-off with a 57% outright victory over his main rival, Mr Rouhani said he respected his opponents' right to criticise him.
Mr Rouhani, 68, supports the landmark deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme.
The decisive victory gives him a strong mandate to seek reforms and revive the country's ailing economy, analysts say.
"The Iranian nation has chosen the path of interaction with the world, a path which is distant from extremism and violence," Mr Rouhani said in his first speech after the victory, broadcast on state television.
"The election is now over. I am the president of the nation and need assistance from every single Iranian, even those who oppose me and my policies."
Mr Rouhani also thanked former reformist President Mohammad Khatami, apparently defying a media ban on citing the ex-leader's name.
Turnout in the election was unexpectedly high, at about 70%.
And this is thought to have helped Mr Rouhani, who received close to 23 million votes out of the 40 million that were cast.
His main challenger, former prosecutor Ebrahim Raisi received 38.5%, or 15.7 million votes, which was not enough to take the election to a second round.
Alabama lawmakers approve Confederate monument protections
monuments or markers. With a vote of 69-29, the House accepted
final revisions Friday and sent the bill to Gov. Kay Ivey.
vote was 25-8.
The bill would prohibit the removal of monuments installed more
than 40 years ago.
A new state commission
would grant or deny
permission for changes
to monuments, markers,
streets and school names
standing for at least
Black lawmakers objected
throughout the session.
Sen. Hank Sanders,
a Selma Democrat, says
the monuments represent
"oppression to a large part
of the people in the state."
Rep. Mack Butler asked opposed lawmakers if they support "sanitizing" history.
First on CNN: Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence Trump, sources say
Michael Flynn and believed they could use him to influence
Donald Trump and his team,
sources told CNN.
The conversations deeply concerned US intelligence officials,
some of whom acted on their own to limit how much sensitive information they shared with Flynn,
who was tapped to become Trump's national security adviser,
current and former governments officials said.
"This was a five-alarm fire from early on," one former Obama administration official said,
"the way the Russians were talking about him."
Another former administration official said Flynn was viewed as a potential national security problem.
The conversations picked up by US intelligence officials
indicated the Russians regarded Flynn as an ally, sources said.
That relationship developed throughout 2016, months before
Flynn was caught on an intercepted call in December
speaking with Russia's ambassador in Washington, Sergey Kislyak.
That call, and Flynn's changing story about it, ultimately led to his firing as Trump's first national security adviser.
Kushner called Lockheed CEO about $100B Saudi arms deal
Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson
and asked if she would cut the price of a sophisticated missile detection
system, according to a source with knowledge of the call.
Pressured to finalize a massive $100-plus billion arms deal in the two weeks leading up to
Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia, Kushner hoped to maneuver a discount on Lockheed's Terminal High Altitude
Area Defense (THAAD) system during the Saudis' visit to the White House on May 1 -- a request that Hewson said she would look into at the time.
first reported the exchange between Kushner and Hewson.
The White House declined to comment for this story.
Ultimately, the two sides were able to reach an agreement on a weapons package that amounts to
$110 billion in tanks, fighter jets, combat ships and the THAAD missile defense system, according to the White House.
Ex-U.S. Congressman Weiner pleads guilty in teen 'sexting' case
NEW YORK - Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner wept on Friday as he pleaded guilty in federal court to sending sexually explicit messages to a teenage girl, ending an investigation into a "sexting"
scandal that played a role in last year's U.S. presidential election.
Wearing a navy-colored suit,
maroon tie and his wedding band, a tearful Weiner, 52, described his conduct before U.S.
District Judge Loretta Preska in New York City.
"I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse," Weiner said, apologizing to the 15-year-old girl to whom he sent sexually
explicit images and messages last year.
The charge of transferring obscene material to a minor carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, but Weiner is likely to get less. As part of his plea agreement, federal prosecutors
said they would consider a term between 21 months and 27 months "fair and appropriate."
U.S. District Judge Denise Cote will determine Weiner's punishment at his sentencing on Sept. 8.
The former Democratic congressman's promising political career imploded
after a series of scandals involving inappropriate sexual exchanges with women online.
The probe into his exchanges with the teenage girl, however,
also helped upend the final days of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
Family of man killed by Tulsa police officer plans to sue city
Survivors of infamous 1921 Tulsa race riot still hope for justice
TULSA, Okla. — They called it Black Wall Street. It was only a 1-square-mile area on the north side of Tulsa, but for blacks in the 1900s, Greenwood was everything the South was not. Filled with black lawyers, doctors and business owners, flush with prosperity, here was an area where African-Americans finally had a chance to make something of themselves, escaping the harsh racism of a nation that deprived them of even the most basic dignities. A dollar would circulate 19 times before leaving Greenwood, a byproduct of the segregation laws, which kept blacks from shopping anywhere else but also united the community financially. There was affluence and education in Greenwood not seen anywhere else in the country for African-Americans, and each day more people were coming to carve out a piece of the dream for themselves, adding to the prosperity of the neighborhood.
This was the town Olivia Hooker was born in, the place she called home as a little girl, an African-American child oblivious to the racism plaguing the country until the day in 1921 when all of her neighborhood would be wiped off the map in the space of a day: the bank, the elegant brick homes, the Red Wing Hotel, Mann’s Grocery, the Dreamland Theatre, even her father’s department store, the Sam D. Hooker Store at 124 Greenwood Avenue. On May 30, 1921, a young black man was accused of assaulting a white woman. That accusation was the tipping point for a town already reeling from racial tension, and would turn into the worst 24 hours in the city’s history, known as the Tulsa Race Riot. Hooker is 99 now, a retired teacher living in White Plains, New York. But when the riot happened, she was 6, exposed for the first time to the brutal realities of discrimination and hatred. She was devastated.
“And so when this terrible thing happened, it really destroyed my faith in humanity,” she said. “And it took a good long while for me to get over it.”
Interracial Marriage Highest It's Ever Been in the U.S.
Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled miscegenation laws--or laws preventing people of different races and ethnicities from getting married--unconstitutional. Decades later, interracial marriage is now the highest its ever been in the United States, up 14 percent compared to what it was in 1967 when the courts ruled in favor of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were thrown in jail in Virginia for violating the state’s rules against multicultural love.Only 3 percent of couples in the country had intermarried at the time of the ruling, but by 2015, 17 percent of newlyweds in the U.S. had a spouse from a different racial background, according to U.S. Census Bureau data reviewed by the Pew Research Center in a report released Wednesday. The increase is the highest it’s ever been, with interracial marriages of black people nearly tripling from 5 percent to 18 percent since 1980. White newlyweds with spouses of a different ethnicity have also increased, from 4 percent to 11 percent since 1980.
Interracial marriages aren’t just up for black and white love birds. About three-in-10, or 29 percent, of Asian newlyweds living in the U.S. entered an interracial marriage in 2015, according to the report. Of those marriages, 27 percent included spouses from Hispanic or Latino decent. As for American born Asians, 46 percent married someone from a different race in 2015 while 39 percent of American born Hispanics tied the knot with a person of a different ethnicity in 2015.
Rosenstein knew Comey was going to be fired before writing his memo, senators say
WASHINGTON — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein knew James B. Comey was about to be fired before writing his scathing memo to President Donald Trump about the FBI director, senators said Thursday.
Rosenstein was briefing senators at a closed-door meeting at the Capitol in the aftermath of Comey's firing and his own appointment of a special counsel to probe the
Trump campaign's possible connection with Russian interference in the 2016 election.
"He knew that Comey was going to be removed prior to him writing his memo," Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told reporters after emerging from the session.
"He knew the day before," said Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat.
"He learned on May 8."
However, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida did not come to the same conclusion.
However, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida did not come to the same conclusion. "I'm not sure he addressed that with a level of clarity," Rubio said.
"I will not resign.
I know what I have done," he said in a
Earlier, the Supreme Court approved an investigation into the allegations, but Mr Temer said he would prove his innocence.
Mr Temer took over office last year after the impeachment of his predecessor, Dilma Rousseff.
O Globo newspaper said Mr Temer had been recorded discussing payments to silence the
jailed former Speaker Eduardo Cunha.
The recording is of a conversation between the president and
Chairman Joesley Batista of meat giant JBS,
made by Mr Batista using a hidden device,
O Globo says.
When Mr Batista told Mr Temer he was paying Cunha to remain silent,
the president was recorded saying, "You need to keep that up, okay?" the newspaper reported.
Israelis on edge before Trump visit
Jerusalem (CNN)Only days before President Donald Trump visits Jerusalem, Israeli politicians describe an atmosphere of "nervousness" and "confusion." One politician put it more bluntly. "No one has any idea what the plan is." A changing schedule and shifting locations have made planning for the visit difficult. Trump was scheduled to give his keynote address at Masada, a desert fortress on a mountain. It would've been a dramatic background for a speech, but the location itself was puzzling. Masada's symbolism is controversial -- the story involves a mass Jewish self-sacrifice some 2000 years ago. And the ancient palace is a difficult place to reach, lacking the facilities to easily host a presidential speech with hundreds of attendees.
Special counsel appointed in Russia probe
Former U.S. Navy admiral sentenced to 18 months in bribery scandal
U.S. prosecutors said.
Former U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Robert Gilbeau, 56, of San Diego,
pleaded guilty last year to lying when he told federal agents he had not
received gifts from Malaysian businessman Leonard Francis, the owner of a Singapore-based defence contractor.
Gilbeau, who became the first active-duty admiral ever convicted of a federal crime, was subsequently
demoted to captain.
Gilbeau's case is part of a long-running criminal probe known as the Fat Leonard case, in reference to a nickname for Francis.
"It is truly a sombre day,” acting U.S. Attorney Alana Robinson said in a statement.
“When tempted by parties and prostitutes, one of our most respected leaders chose karaoke over character."
Gilbeau is free on bond and was ordered to report to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons on June 23. In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Gilbeau previously agreed to pay $50,000
Congressman calls for Trump's impeachment on
officially request leveling charges against the President from the House floor.
"This is about my position.
This is about what I believe.
And this is where I stand.
I will not be moved.
The President must be impeached,"
Green said on the floor.
"For those who do not know, impeachment does not mean that the President would be found guilty.
It simply means that the House of Representatives will bring charges against the President. It's similar to an indictment but no Green, who previewed his call with a tweet earlier, said it was the House of Representative's "duty" to take up impeachment.
The May 14-18 opinion poll found that 38 percent of adults approved of Trump while 56 percent disapproved. The remaining 6 percent had "mixed feelings." Among Republicans, 23 percent expressed disapproval of Trump in the latest poll, up from 16 percent in the same poll last week. The decline in support from Republicans appears to be a primary reason why Trump's overall approval rating is now at the lowest level since he took office.
U.K. Threatens to Quit Brexit Talks If It Faces Massive Bill
Trump: FBI inquiry into Russia links 'hurts US terribly'
OPEC to U.S.: Please don't pump so much oil!
OPEC has asked a favor of other major producers: Please stop pumping so much and help us balance the market. The unusual plea was issued Thursday in the cartel's closely-watched monthly report, which found that global markets are still suffering from too much supply. OPEC said that one producer in particular is to blame: The U.S., where shale producers have continued to ramp up their drilling despite lower crude prices.
Betty Shelby found not guilty of first-degree manslaughter in fatal shooting of unarmed black man 5/20/17
Defining American Racism:
The Facts are at your Finger Tips
Kick out & Keep out the poor
Sell U.S. Citizenship to the Rich
Florida state senator resigns over racial slurs in front of black lawmakers 4/25/17
Racism in the 21st Century
Totally Different Effects to the Racist
Example of how Poor Character Negatively Affect all
Rosenstein, not 1 week in the his new position, working directly with and for Trump, found himself "used as a pond" in an act that can be described as "Obstruction of Justice".
Hillary Clinton, another example of a person of poor character, and how working for her, and with her, caused others to be destroyed...
ask former Democratic National Committee Chair Person Debbie Wasserman Schultz and subsequent stand in DNC Chair Person,
both of whom..., bit the dust by embarrassing and humiliating themselves by lying or committing fraud for the extremely flawed Hillary Clinton..
Rosenstein, has only scratched the surface of what his negative life affects will be by choosing to work with and for a man of piss poor character.
Perfect Candidate for the
Busted and Disgraced Naval Admiral for accepting "Bribes",
has paid $millions in Fraud,
his first national
security officer is now under investigation for miss representation and possible spying for Turkey and Russia,
his most trusted advisor is a right wing racist,
he is surrounded by a legion of individual's who are
willing to lie for him at the drop of a dime, and he demands
loyalty from anyone and everyone who serves und
er his direction.
Perfect job for a former Naval Admiral willing to take Bribes, which suggests that he is a man of flawed character....
Perfect for the Trump Admin.
Character, Statesmanship, Convictions, Honor
when others would charge one of not having these qualities infused in their person.
Today..., these words are the words that I could not even imagine using when describing those elected and are sitting in the seats of power and authority, because they have sold their
souls to the highest bidder, and they work only for the next
gift, or lobbyist who would rub their ego.
We need people of substance to walk the halls of power, people who are in contact with the homeless man on the sidewalks of
City Hall, sleeping.
You walk past the homeless each day,
and our elected leaders walk past you each day when decisions on your behalf are required.
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