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Sunday, February 17, 2019

A lesbian activist and former member of a city LGBTQ Commission in Baltimore, said that she was kicked off that commission for using the wrong pronoun to refer to a rapist who identified as transgender. She said that her story was "as unbelievable and absurd as it is common place." Julia Beck to;d reporters that she had been kicked off the LGBTQ Commission for the mayor of Baltimore, despite being the sole lesbian on the committee, "simply for stating biological facts."

Apparently, Ms. Beck was dismissed for using male pronouns while referring to a convicted male rapist who wanted to be addressed as a female. The convict in question had earlier declared himself a transgendered woman, for which he was cheered on by the progressive establishment and sent to a female prison. Shortly afterwards he raped two cisgendered female inmates. According to the Mayor of Baltimore, the real crime here, was not the rape itself but the denial of his chosen gender identity by Ms. Beck.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has launched a bi-partisan inquiry into meetings in 2015 between top Obama administration officials, a Russian central banker and Maria Butina, who has pleaded guilty to conspiring to work as a Russian agent to influence American foreign policy. "The Senate Finance Committee has a constitutional responsibility to engage in vigilant oversight of entities and government agencies within its jurisdiction," wrote Senators Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, and Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, the committee's chairman and ranking member, respectively.

"A critical issue facing the Committee and the country is the extent to which the Russian government engaged in efforts designed to undermine our political system and governmental policy through obfuscation and manipulation as early as 2015" Wyden said in a press release.

When TMZ first reported that actor Jussie Smollett was the victim of a vicious hate crime, it sounded almost impossible to believe: at 2 AM one sub-zero night in late January, two masked men recognized the "Empire's" gay black actor, hurled racist & homophobic slurs at him, beat him to the point of breaking his ribs, doused him with bleach, tied a noose around his neck, before pronouncing "This is MAGA Country!" and fleeing.

Making such astonishing claims, the national media owed it to their viewers to give this story the circumspect coverage responsible journalism demands. Instead the major media used their platform to uncritically parrot TMZ's original report, even adding new fake details along the way (such as that the attackers wore "Make America Great Again" hats). This vicious hate crime, they said, painted a disturbing picture of America in 2019.

As Smollett's claims have unraveled over the intervening weeks, it's worth revisiting how the story was originally covered.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer were back in Beijing this week, where they again sat across the table from Vice-Premier Liu He, China's lead trade negotiator. The US delegation also met Premier Xi himself at the end of the talks on Friday. Both nations said they had made progress to settle their disputes, but admitted there were still difficult issues to deal with, and will continue the talks in Washington next week.

What's slowly slipping through the cracks in this process is a sustainable and long-term agreement on structural reform in China, the ideal short-term measures the American side would like to see include unconditional market access for US firms in China; a less insulated environment for state-owned enterprise decision making; greater regulatory transparency; and fairer legal protections for American businesses in China. read more

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Chicago police confirmed Thursday that detectives are talking to two persons of interest in connection with the alleged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett. Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of "Empire."

A source familiar with the investigation told the ABC7 I-Team that Smollett failed to appear for an interview with detectives earlier Thursday. A source briefed on the Smollett investigation confirmed to ABC News that Chicago police are questioning the two persons of interest -- one of whom has appeared on "Empire."

The law enforcement official also told ABC News that the homes of the persons of interest were raided Wednesday night. Police removed shoes, electronic devices and other items they believe could help them determine if the two people played any role in the assault from those homes.


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