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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Syracuse University has suspended their Theta Tau chapter after becoming aware of a graphic recording where members pretend to ejaculate onto another member on his knees while he discusses hating black people, Latinos and Jews. Syracuse.com initially reported on the suspension of the school's chapter of the engineering fraternity, but SU's student newspaper, The Daily Orange posted the video which purports to show the "history" of a rival frat. "I solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart for n*ggers, sp*cs and most importantly the f*ckin' k*kes," the member on his knees recites after having his "pledge" dictated by another member who is standing.

Trump political consigliere Roger Stone unloaded on Barbara Bush in an Instagram post on Tuesday evening just hours after her death. There, Stone wrote that the former first lady was a "nasty drunk" and posted a quote from him suggesting that if you lit her body on fire it would "burn for three days." "Barbara Bush was a nasty drunk. When it came to drinking she made Betty Ford look like Carrie Nation #blottoBabs," said Stone. "Barbara Bush drank so much booze, if they cremated her ... her body would burn for three days." The former first lady died last night after several years in failing health. She was 92. "She said far worse things about me," Stone told TheWrap. "Barbara Bush was a vindictive, entitled, mean spirited woman. May she rest in peace."

Three members of a Kansas militia with a hatred of Muslim immigrants have been found guilty of plotting to blow up a mosque and apartment complex that housed Somali refugees in order to "wake people up". A federal jury in Wichita convicted Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen on charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy against civil rights. Wright was also convicted of lying to the FBI. The men, who pleaded not guilty, face up to life in prison when they are sentenced on 27 June. Their plot developed against a backdrop of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rhetoric as Donald Trump's presidential campaign intensified ahead of the November 2016 election. According to prosecutors, the group decided to detonate explosive-filled vehicles at corners of an apartment complex with many Somali residents. In January this year the judge denied a request from the defendants' attorneys to increase the number of Trump voters in the jury pool.

A federal judge on Wednesday found Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in contempt of court for disobeying her order not to enforce the state's disputed proof-of-citizenship voter registration law while the court weighed its legality. Kobach is the front-running Republican candidate for Kansas governor, despite ongoing legal battles over the voter registration law he has sought to enforce as the state's top election official. Wednesday's ruling was the latest in a series of rebukes of Kobach by Judge Julie Robinson of Kansas City. Kobach is one of the United States' most prominent voter fraud crusaders and an advisor to President Donald Trump on the issue. He has made claims of widespread voter fraud in the United States and co-chaired Trump's now-dismantled commission on the subject.

Michigan House bills recently introduced would require the driver's license for many legal immigrants to have visual markers indicating the length of their immigration status, raising concerns from immigrant advocacy groups who say it will lead to profiling and discrimination. A pair of House bills proposed last month by Republicans, state Rep. Pamela Hornberger, R-Chesterfield Township, and state Rep. Beth Griffin, R-Mattawan, call for the driver's licenses of noncitizens to state when the legal status of the license holder expires and also to be "visually marked," indicating they are different from regular licenses. The bills, which deal with both driver's licenses and state identification cards, are now being considered by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. A committee hearing is planned for Tuesday.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Police are gearing up for possible protests in the event President Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller. Read more

04/18/2018 09:27 PM

President Donald Trump and his outside advisers are increasingly worried that his longtime personal attorney might be susceptible to cooperating with federal prosecutors.

Two sources close to the president said people in Trump's inner circle have in recent days been actively discussing the possibility that Michael Cohen -- long seen as one of Trump's most loyal personal allies -- might flip if he faces serious charges as a result of his work on behalf of Trump.

"That's what they'll threaten him with: life imprisonment," said Alan Dershowitz, the liberal lawyer and frequent Trump defender who met with the president and his staff over two days at the White House last week.

"They're going to threaten him with a long prison term and try to turn him into a canary that sings." Read more

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Andrew McCabe -- who was fired as FBI deputy director last month -- hit back at former FBI Director James Comey, saying he was not telling the truth in an interview earlier Wednesday. "Comey has relied on the accuracy and the soundness of the Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) conclusions in their report on Mr. McCabe. In fact, the report fails to adequately address the evidence (including sworn testimony) and documents that prove that Mr. McCabe advised Director Comey repeatedly that he was working with the Wall Street Journal on the stories in question prior to publication," said Michael Bromwich, counsel for McCabe. In an appearance on ABC's "The View" earlier Wednesday, Comey said he ordered the probe that eventually led to McCabe's firing, and believes McCabe lied about his conversations with the media. Read more

'What a Waste.' NRA Lashes Out at Dick's Sporting Goods for Destroying Unsold Firearms

On Tuesday, the National Rifle Association criticized Dick's Sporting Goods over its decision to destroy unsold firearms.

"@DICKS decision isn't focusing on the actual problem, what it is doing is punishing law-abiding citizens," the NRA tweeted. "What a waste, and what a strange business model."

Dick's Sporting Goods is in the process of "destroying" firearms and accessories that the company pulled from shelves after a February 28 policy change, according to a report last week from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

At the end of February, the company's chairman and CEO Edward W. Stack announced that Dick's Sporting Goods would no longer sell "assault-style rifles, also referred to as modern sporting rifles." Read more

As recently as 2013, Russia controlled about half of the global commercial launch industry with its fleet of rockets, including the Proton boosters. But technical problems with the Proton, as well as competition from SpaceX and other players, has substantially eroded the Russian share. This year, it may only have about 10 percent of the commercial satellite launch market, compared to as much as 50 percent for SpaceX. Read more

Hulu's The Looming Tower tackles terrorism and the lead up to 9/11 that was 60 years in the making, managing to pack the multifaceted subject into ten episodes. The result is as riveting as the subject matter.

Based on the Lawrence Wright book of the same name, one White House insider called it the definitive crash course on Al Qaeda. Tower co-stars Jeff Daniels as real-life/f-bomb dropping F.B.I agent John O'Neil, and Peter Sarsgaard as "Professor" Martin Schmidt, an amalgamation of C.I.A. agents.

Director Craig Zisk was eager to give his writers much credit for the series success. Read more

Little Pink House is a devastating dramatization of Susette Kelo's battle to keep her house from politicians invoking ‘eminent domain.'

Working on behalf of a giant corporation and a corrupt politician, a development czar explains at a town-hall meeting why it's necessary to bulldoze a group of houses nestled by a river: to "help those in need," of course. "The jobless, the homeless, the people on the fringes of society will benefit the most from this plan," says the development executive. Replies an incredulous resident: "You're gonna help the homeless by kicking people out of their homes?"

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The annual State of Global Air Report was published on Tuesday by the Health Effects Institute (HEI) and it found that over 95 percent of the world's population is breathing unhealthy air.

Long-term exposure to air pollution contributed to the deaths of 6.1 million people in 2016 with strokes, heart attacks, lung disease and lung cancer causing many of them.

Air pollution is now the fourth-highest cause of death worldwide, trailing smoking, high blood pressure and diet, with the majority of deaths recorded in poorer nations. Read more

"Our demographer came into my office with a chart and said, ‘Greta, look at this, we've never seen this before,' " said Greta Klingler, the family planning supervisor for the public health department. "The numbers were plummeting." Read more

A series of videos posted on Facebook this week shows that employees at an LA Fitness gym in Secaucus, New Jersey called the cops on a black member because they assumed he didn't pay to get in -- and refused to back down even after learning he was a member. The videos were posted by a New Jersey man named Tshyrad Oates but were originally filmed by Oates' friend, who is a member of the gym. The first video shows Oates' friend fuming as he walks from the main gym area toward the lobby after he's been asked to leave the gym because he didn't pay an entrance fee -- despite the fact that he's a paid member. Read more

I recently heard on cable news that special counsel Robert Mueller wanted to interview some "Russian oligarchs" about their supposed influence on the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Liberal talking heads at such organizations as MSNBC and CNN keep warning that nothing has been done yet to protect the integrity of our voting process against "Russian interference" as the 2018 midterm elections loom ever closer on the nation's horizon. What about the American oligarchs, I wondered, people like businessman Richard Uihlein, who regularly distort U.S. elections at every level -- local, state and federal? Who will protect our "democracy" from the plutocratic "wealth primary" power of the American oligarchy? Read more

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