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Trump denies he told the White House counsel to fire Mueller
News ImagePresident Trump on Thursday claimed that he never told former White House counsel Don McGahn to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, directly contradicting what Mueller said in his report.
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:42:53 -0400
Sri Lanka toll revision grim sign of bombings force
News ImageThe dramatic revision of the death toll in Sri Lanka's Easter bombings, which has been cut by more than 100, is a grim indicator of the power of the deadly blasts. The force of the explosions so badly mutilated bodies that parts of victims were wrongly collated and identified in the initial confusion, officials said. "Many of the victims were badly mutilated... There was double counting," the health ministry said in explaining the new death toll of 253, down from 359 announced on Wednesday.
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:04:48 -0400
13-year-old Houston girl dies after fight at middle school
News ImageA 13-year-old girl who was placed on life support after being attacked bythree other girls has died, according to ABC 13
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:14:53 -0400
Heather Heyers Mom Breaks Silence on Joe Biden Invoking Charlottesville for 2020
News ImagePoolJoe Biden did not tell Susan Bro, Heather Heyers mother, that he would be invoking her daughters murder in Charlottesville in August 2017 in his presidential campaign launch video focusing on the battle for the soul of America.But I wasnt surprised, Bro, co-founder of the Heather Heyer Foundation set up in her daughters memory, told The Daily Beast. Most people do that sort of thing. They capitalize on whatever situation is handy. He didnt reach out to me, and didnt mention her by name specifically, and he probably knew we dont endorse candidates.In the launch video for his presidential campaign, Biden said, We are in the battle for the soul of this nation. American democracy was at stake under Trump, he added.As The Daily Beast reported, the video included footage of men with tiki torches shouting Jews will not replace us,and images of swastikas and Confederate flags at the right-wing marches that took place in Charlottesville in 2017.We saw Klansmen and white supremacists and neo-Nazis come out in the open, Biden said. Their crazed faces illuminated by torches, veins bulging and baring the fangs of racism, chanting the same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the 30s.Thats when we heard the words of the president of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation. He said there were quote some very fine people on both sides. Very fine people on both sides? Biden condemned Trump for assigning the same moral equivalence to those spreading hate as well as those with the courage to stand against it.James Alex Fields Jr. was convicted last year of the first-degree murder of Heyer and multiple further counts of malicious wounding. A jury recommended he serve life in prison. Last month he also pleaded guilty to 29 of 30 federal hate-crime charges in exchange for the prosecutors not seeking the death penalty. He will be formally sentenced in July.Asked if she had found Bidens video exploitative, Bro said, Since we had not spoken, Im glad he (Biden) didnt specifically mention Heather. Its not all about her.Bro added, Its been almost two years since Heather died. Im moving forward. I still grieve for my daughter. But I have a realistic understanding that this was a public event, and people will use it however it suits them. Its just a fact of life.Of Biden, she said, For me, what he did this morning was that he told me where he stands on one issue. Now tell us the rest of your platform. Thats what Im waiting to hear.Ive seen that footage a lot lately for other reasons, said Bro. It was like, Here we go again. I am told by other reporters those who were there at the time have been traumatized by seeing it again. Ive not spoken to them personally. Of President Trump, Bro told The Daily Beast, He should apply the same thought process as I try to apply for myself: think before you speak, always tell the truth, and be accountable for your actions. I still hold those things out for everyone pretty much. I used to teach my fourth graders that.Bro would not be drawn on whether she wanted Trump to remain or be ejected from office. Everybody needs to be informed and make their own decision about who to vote for, Bro said, adding, Im the public face of a 501(c)(3)[non profit]. I cant do that. I have to make it very clear to the public that the Heather Heyer Foundation does not endorse or support any candidates.What we as a Foundation and I personally say, is Pay very close attention to what the candidates are saying and also doing. Do the two match up? Find a candidate who believes in what you believe in. Make an informed decision. Dont just vote on party lines. Make sure you truly support that candidate. And vote. Too many people still dont vote.Bidens video didnt surprise or trigger Bro. It was more like, Oh yeah, OK, here we go. At least twice a week, theres a news story, documentary, or magazine article mentioning Charlottesville and Heather. Its not an uncommon thing. It was a defining moment in white history in many waysa moment when white people finally paid attention. White people say Charlottesville was such a major thing. But murders of people of color in the name of civil rights have gone on for decades, centuries.Bidens video had, Bro said, shifted my day into high gear very suddenly. It was a little annoying to be woken at 7.20 a.m. to start dealing with it. It reminded me of the press turning up at my home at 9am after Heather died. This was not as intense as that.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 17:43:19 -0400
Texts between the FBI's Strzok and Page draw investigator focus
News ImageNine days after the presidential election, FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page exchanged texts that Fox News has learned are under new scrutiny by congressional investigators reviewing the genesis of the Russia probe; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 18:16:02 -0400
Jenna Bush Hager reveals she had suffered an ectopic pregnancy: It was 'very isolating'
News ImageJenna Bush Hager is overjoyed to be expecting her third child, but says she's all too familiar with the "pain" that comes with pregnancy complications.
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:52:00 -0400
Iran's Zarif warns U.S. of 'consequences' over oil sanctions, offer prisoner swap
News ImageThe United States on Monday demanded buyers of Iranian oil stop purchases by May or face sanctions, ending six months of waivers which allowed Iran's eight biggest buyers, most of them in Asia, to continue importing limited volumes. "We believe that Iran will continue to sell its oil. Reinforcing Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's stance, Zarif warned: "If the United States takes the crazy measure of trying to prevent us from doing that, then it should be prepared for the consequences." He did not give specifics.
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:17:59 -0400
Kill a 'Raptor': How to Shoot Down an F-22 Stealth Fighter
News ImageThe Chineselike the Russianshave formidable electronic attack capabilities including DRFM jammers.The U.S. Air Force has as a tiny fleet of 186 Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighters. Thats all that survived out of 187 production aircraft (195 jets if developmental airframes are included) that were built out of the 750 that were originally planned. Of those 186 remaining Raptors, only 123 are combat-coded aircraft with another twenty that are classified as backup aircraft inventory machines. The rest are test and training assets.But even if 186 aircraft remain in the Air Forces inventorynot all of those fighters are operational. At least twopossibly morejets are not currently flyable. One test aircrafttail 91-4006at Edward Air Force Base (AFB) in California has avionics that are so old; its not worth bothering to fly it anymore. Another aircraft02-4037was badly damaged in a belly landing at Tyndall AFB, Fla. Its going to take at least four years and $98 million to repair the damage. The Air Force has also had trouble with repairing other F-22s due to snafus with retrieving improperly stored production tooling for the jet.This first appeared in October 2015.
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 21:00:00 -0400
Judge Slams Kim Foxx For Double Standard in Smollett Case: Your Office Created This Mess
News ImageA Cook County judge recently castigated State's Attorney Kim Foxx for upholding a double standard by prosecuting an anonymous woman for filing a false police report after dropping all charges againstEmpireactor Jussie Smollett, who was indicted for the same offense.Smollett was indicted by a grand jury on sixteen charges earlier this year following an extensive investigation that yielded substantial evidence that he paid two associates to attack him in the middle of the night in order to elevate his public profile.Foxx's office then dropped all charges without requiring that Smollett admit guilt, despite the strenuous objections of the Chicago Police Department and the mayor's office. Foxx's office, in explaining the decision, cited Smollett's record of community service and the fact that no one was physically harmed in the commission of his alleged crime.Cook County judge Marc Martin, while presiding over an unrelated case, chastised Foxx and her office for creating an untenable situation in which anyone charged with filing a false police report should expect to be granted the leniency afforded to Smollett.Well, Ms. Clark is not a movie star, she doesn't have a high-price lawyer, although, her lawyer's very good. And this smells, big time. I didn't create this mess, your office created this mess. And your explanation is unsatisfactory to this court. She's being treated differently, Martin said to Foxx during a recent court proceeding, according to a transcript obtained by a local Fox affiliate.There's no publicity on this case. She doesn't have Mark Geragos as her lawyer or Ron Safer or Judge Brown, Martin continued. It's not right. And [if] I proceed in this matter, you're just digging yourselves further in a hole. [If the] press gets a hold of this, it'll be in a newspaper. Why is Ms. Clark being treated differently than Mr. Smollett?&> Smollett double standard? Cook Co. Judge Marc Martin rips Kim Foxxs office for its handling of false police report case involving suburban woman. Wonders why theyre not giving her same consideration they gave @JussieSmollett. Exclusive story tonight @fox32news> &> -- Dane Placko FOX 32 (@dsplacko) April 24, 2019Foxx recused herself from the Smollett case in February but continued to oversee the investigation through her correspondence with her assistant, Joseph Magats. In a series of text messages sent in early March and obtained by theChicago Tribune, Foxx cautions Magats against appearing overzealous in their prosecution of Smollett.SoooIm recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases16 counts on a class 4 becomes exhibit A, Foxx wrote to Magats on March 8.Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think its indicative of something we should be looking at generally. Just because we can charge something doesnt mean we should, she added, referring to the case of disgraced pop singer R. Kelly.Smollett continues to maintain his innocence and has said he is considering suing the Chicago police for damages. The fate of Smollett's tenure on the hit showEmpireremains unclear, but his co-stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard are demanding that he appear on the show's next season.Together, as a united front, we stand with Jussie Smollett and ask that our co-star, brother and friend be brought back for our sixth season ofEmpire, the show's top cast said in a statement released this week.
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 12:12:41 -0400
Trump won't make immigration adviser available to Congress
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) The White House blocked adviser Stephen Miller from testifying before congressional committees on immigration and a staff shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security, prompting lawmakers on Thursday to demand internal communications on the topic from Homeland Security officials.
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 16:52:19 -0400
Ukraine anger as Russia eases citizenship rules in east Ukraine
News ImageRussia on Wednesday made it easier for people living in eastern Ukraine's separatist territories to obtain Russian passports, drawing swift condemnation from Kiev only three days after it elected a new president. President Vladimir Putin signed the decree aimed at residents of the unrecognised Donetsk and Lugansk republics that broke away from Kiev in 2014 and are governed by Moscow-backed rebels. The conflict between the Ukrainian government and breakaway rebels began after Moscow annexed Kiev's Crimea peninsula in 2014.
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:54:32 -0400
'I smiled in the face of bigotry': A woman's response to anti-Islam protesters goes viral
News ImageA group of anti-Islam protesters gathered at a conference in Washington, D.C. One woman's reaction: 'I smiled in the face of bigotry.'
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:00:35 -0400
Frustration builds for Boeing Max plane crash families as they fight to have lawsuits heard in US courts
News ImageHuman remains and personal belongings were still scattered across the site of the Ethiopian Airlines crash a month after it happened, a relative of one of the victims has claimed. TheLondon-based relative, whose sisterdied in the crash, toldThe Telegraphshe was "horrified" to discover "what appeared to be an arm and a fragment of bone" when she visited the spot where 157 people lost their lives in March. She shared photographs showing children's shoes and other personal effects lying uncollected on the ground, taken 28 days after the tragedy, she said. The relative, who does not want to be identified, also claimed the site wasn't properly secured with gaps in the perimeter allowing people and animals to"freely pass by" where the tragedy took place. "We're still barely managing to believe what's happened but on top of the tragedy to have also no respect at all to the families and the victims and have those items left on the land... it's outrageous," she said. The photos shared with The Telegraph show clothes and other personal belongings at the crash site The claims raise serious questions about how the Ethiopian authorities have managed the aftermath ofthe tragedy and whether the investigation is as thorough as it could be. Contacted by this newspaper, the Ethiopian embassies in both the UK and the US declined to comment. The horror has added to a build up of frustration among victims' families following the two recent airlinetragedies involving the Boeing 737 Max plane. Victims of Indonesia's Lion Air crash, the first of the two involving the model, have launched legal action against the American aviation manufacturer for the wrongful death of their loved ones. Among them is Rini Soegiyono, whose younger sister Niar, 39, was killed along with her state prosecutor husband Andri Wiranofa, 41,on the flight on October 29. Ms Soegiyono, 52, who has been left to raise her nieces, aged just 11 and seven, believesBoeingowes her family and the others taking legal action an explanation for what went wrong. "The world is also waiting so it is important to know so that it will not happen again. We dont want any other family to have to go through what we are going through, she toldThe Telegraph. We screamed, we screamed to the world. We had no experience before, we never thought that it will happen to us, to our family because at that time,Boeingsaid that the plane is safe. The growing number of Indonesian litigants are now fighting for the right to have their cases heard in US courts, rather than in Indonesia, where victim compensation is likely to be much lower. A decision on whether that right will be granted is imminent. Divers recovered the black box from the wreckage of the Lion Air plane Credit: Adek Berry/AFP An apology issued earlier this month by Dennis Muilenburg,Boeings CEO, for the double tragedy, and his admission that a preliminary investigation into the Ethiopian crash revealed that both incidents involved similar errors in automated flight systems, gave victims families renewed hopes for justice. But Brian Kabateck, a high-profile California-based lawyer working on behalf of a dozen Indonesian families including Ms Soegiyonos, said thatBoeingowes the crash victims much more than sympathy, adding: They deserve their day in a United States courtroom. Lion Air flight 610 disappeared from the radar screens 12 minutes after take-off and all 189 passengers and crew were lost. Less than five months later, on March 10, a secondBoeing737 Max jet, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, nosedived into a field six minutes after take-offfrom Addis Ababa leaving no survivors. Even after the second crash,Boeinginsisted that the 737 MAX was safe, and was willing to continue to gamble with the lives of the flying public while furiously working behind the scenes on a software fix, Mr Kabateck alleged. Boeingdeclined to comment on the current litigation, referringThe Telegraphto general public statements on its website. For the families of the Ethiopian Airlines victims, the ordeal continues as they await reassurances that everything possible has been done to recover the personal belongings of their loved ones. More than 150 people were killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash Credit: Eduardo Soteras/AFP The relative said she travelled to the crash site on April 7, almost a month after the tragedy, to be put at ease that the site had been thoroughly excavated after seeing pictures of chaotic scenes in the media. But to her dismay, she claimed the area was not properly secured and victims' belongings hadbeen left unattended and exposed to the elements. She described the personal horror of flicking through the debris looking for a trace of her sister, a young aidworker. "I spent almost two hours looking for anything belonging to my sister and that's the last thing I would wish for anybody. I literally searched every single spot to find something pertaining to her," she toldThe Telegraph. "We found what we believe to be remains of human bones, which were then handed over to the guards in a military tent, just outside the site of the crash,"she said. She added that to her shock the guards simplyused a plastic bag lying on the ground to remove them, ignoring the "minimum standards and procedures" typically applied to the scene of a fatal accident. "I'm concerned that for them [the authorities] the search is finished. It is distressing to see that all the items that can mean the world to a suffering family are still on the ground, just waiting to be collected rather than being searched for," she said. "There's a risk for the families of not retrieving anything from their loved ones'belongings."
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 09:34:13 -0400
Border Militias Use Facebook Live to Turn Immigrant Confrontations Into Reality TV
News ImageKevin Lamarque/ReutersThis story originally appeared in Right Richter, a newsletter by Will Sommer. Subscribe now to see what's happening in right-wing media from the safety of your inbox.Militias and other vigilante groups chasing immigrants on the southern border are able to broadcast their activities and gain new supporters thanks to Facebooks live video feature. So far, the social media giant hasnt done anything about it. Last week, livestreamed Facebook video of a United Constitutional Patriots, a militia group in New Mexico, falsely identifying themselves as law enforcement to a group of immigrants and detaining them went viral. While the video eventually prompted a backlash against the group, it was initially filmed for the groups more than 5,000 Facebook fans, who thrilled as members of the militia ordered migrants around, apparently illegally.The groups leader has since been arrested on gun charges. But United Constitutional Patriots and the people who shot the immigrant videos are still on Facebook, where they can use Facebook Live to broadcast future border activities against migrants and gain even more attention. The United Constitutional Patriots arent the only border group using Facebook to draw in fans. AZ Patriots, an Arizona group devoted to confronting migrants, also livestreams its attempts to catch immigrants on Facebook. In one video thats still live on Facebook, the groups members are shown questioning migrants at the border.Livestreaming on Facebook is key for border vigilantes looking to raise funds and recruit news supporters, according to Heidi Beirich, the head of the Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project. The live video lets them show supporters that theyre actually doing the activities they say they are.It lets someone be part of the reality TV action, Beirich said. Want this in your inbox? Subscribe to Right Richter here.Facebook livestreaming became a large part of the militia movement after different militia activists met during the 2014 Bundy Ranch standoff, according to John Temple, the author of an upcoming book on the Bundy incident. Militia activists started livestreaming various meetings and court hearings on Facebook, drawing in more members.They began livestreaming a lot in the subsequent years, because so many people met each other at that first standoff, and all these networks sort of formed, Temple said. Facebook Live has been fueling border militia activity since at least last year, when Veterans on Patrol an Arizona group led by a QAnon believer claimed that theyd discovered a Pizzagate-style sex trafficking camp in the Tucson area. The site was clearly just a homeless camp, but that didnt stop Veterans on Patrol from attracting on patrols through the desert, where they allegedly repeatedly trespassed on private property. The Facebook Live footage was later used in court against one of the groups leaders.Asked why militias like United Constitutional Patriots are still allowed to broadcast their activities on Facebook Live, Facebook said only that they will shut down any fundraisers on the site that involve weapons. People cannot use our fundraising tools for activities involving weapons, a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. We will remove fundraisers this group may try to start on our service and any content that violates our Community Standards. As it turns out, though, Facebook doesnt take that strong a stance against the militia groups fundraising. As of Wednesday, one of United Constitutional Patriots top posts is a fundraising link meant to raise money to keep the militia going on the border.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:03:46 -0400
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