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- Trump has sparked a shift in how some conservatives talk and think about abortion
There is a robust argument being made, by prominent public figures but also among everyday Americans, that the white evangelical movement has made a Faustian bargain by supporting the GOP, and President Trump, in exchange for promises to eliminate abortion.
- Fact check: Biden leveraged $1B in aid to Ukraine to oust corrupt prosecutor, not to help his son
- Marines remove general investigated over alleged racial slur
The Marine Corps has removed a two-star general from command of Marine forces in Europe and Africa based on an investigation into allegations that he used a racial slur during a training event, officials said Tuesday. The decision to relieve Maj. Gen. Stephen Neary of command of Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa, headquartered in Germany, was made by the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David Berger. ?Neary was relieved due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to serve in command,? the Marines said in a brief written statement.
- Fake naked photos of thousands of women shared online
- US Army base claims its Twitter account was hacked after suggestively tweeting at an OnlyFans creator
- Germany reports record new virus cases in 24 hours
- Australian soldiers killed Afghan prisoner as only six could fit on American helicopter, US marine claims
A United States Marine Corps helicopter crew chief has accused Australian special forces of shooting dead one of seven bound Afghan prisoners because there was only space for six on the US aircraft due to collect them. The chief, ?Josh?, flew 159 combat missions for the Marine Corps? Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469. He told Australia's ABC Investigations he was a door gunner providing aerial covering fire for the Australian soldiers of the 2nd Commando Regiment during a night raid in mid-2012, north of his squadron?s base in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. The raid was part of a broader joint Australian special forces-US Drug Enforcement Administration campaign targetting drug operations financing the Taliban. Josh told the ABC: ?We just watched them tackle and hogtie these guys and we knew their hands were tied behind their backs?. He said the Australian commandos then called for the US aircraft to pick them and seven prisoners up. ?The pilot said, 'That's too many people, we can't carry that many passengers.' And you just heard this silence and then we heard a pop. And then they said, 'OK, we have six prisoners'.? The USMC chief said it was ?apparent to everybody involved in that mission that they had just killed a prisoner that we had just watched them catch and hogtie?.
- Something is fishy about Daniel Cameron and the Breonna Taylor case
Cameron is the Kentucky attorney general who dragged his feet seeking charges against the police officers who murdered Breonna Taylor, a Black woman, in her home and in her sleep. When the grand jury indicted only one of the four officers ? not for murdering Breonna, but for endangering the lives of the white folks next door ? we knew something wasn?t smelling right.
- Letters to the Editor: USC is taking strong action against anti-Semitism and other forms of hate
- Do we really want to go through this on a regular basis? Then no term limits on Supreme Court justices | Opinion
President Trump?s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court has ignited an expected, yet unfortunate, conflagration on the left. With few procedural levers to pull and little chance of blocking Barrett?s confirmation, the left wing of the Democratic Party has threatened to ?pack the court,? if given the chance, by increasing the number of justices.
- Rudy Giuliani turns over alleged Hunter Biden laptop to authorities in Delaware
- Orionid meteor showers are happening now. Here's where to watch
- Large earthquake off southern coast of Alaska prompts tsunami fears, fleeing
- Singapore Airlines is launching the new world's longest flight that will see flyers spending almost 19 hours on a plane nonstop
- Many killed and wounded in Afghanistan visa stampede
- The 2021 IKEA Catalog Is Finally Here!
- Doctor asks court to dismiss murder indictment in 25 deaths
Lawyers for the Ohio hospital doctor charged with murder in 25 patient deaths accused the prosecutor of misconduct and asked Tuesday that the court dismiss the indictment handed up by a grand jury. Former intensive care doctor William Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkillers for patients who died shortly thereafter in the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System. Prosecutors charged him only in cases involving at least 500 micrograms of fentanyl, saying doses that big in nonsurgical situations pointed to an intent to prematurely snuff out lives.
- US and Russia Scramble Jets in Another Exchange of Aerial Intercepts
- Progressive Groups Call to Impeach AG Barr in Effort to Delay Supreme Court Confirmation
More than 20 progressive groups signed a letter Tuesday urging House Democrats to impeach Attorney General Bill Barr in an attempt to delay Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett?s confirmation vote until after the November 3 election.In a letter addressed to House speaker Nancy Pelosi, groups including Demand Progress, Our Revolution, and the Sunrise Movement outlined a list of what they consider impeachable offenses by the attorney general.The letter reads:> Dozens of members of your caucus and various outside groups have for months urged an inquiry into Barr?s impeachment on any of several grounds. They include: misleading Congress with respect to the Mueller investigation and other matters; overruling career prosecutors for political purposes, such as helping the president?s allies; sanctioning investigations into the president?s political rivals; supporting the use of federal troops against protestors in support of racial justice while standing aside for armed right-wing protestors; prohibiting the referral of an Intelligence Community whistleblower complaint to Congress; and failing to comply with subpoenas issued by the House of Representatives while ordering others to not comply with subpoenas from the House of Representatives.> New: 20+ progressive groups, including the Sunrise Movement and Our Revolution, signed onto a letter urging Nancy Pelosi to back impeaching AG Barr. They said it "would have the salutary effect of delaying the confirmation process and may help push it towards after Election Day." pic.twitter.com/con05vfwuF> > -- Holly Otterbein (@hollyotterbein) October 21, 2020The letter claims Barr has ?made a career out of undermining our democracy? and accuses the attorney general of ?ramping up efforts to undermine the upcoming elections and invalidate the votes of millions of Americans.?Instead the group suggests that House Democrats serve as a roadblock to both Barr and the Senate?s confirmation of Barrett, which is expected next week, by impeaching Barr and forcing action in the Senate, delaying the confirmation process."Should you impeach Attorney General Barr prior to October 23rd, the Senate would be required to take one of two actions. On one hand, the Senate would be obligated to hold a trial, which would occupy a day or more of floor time and delay the hasty and irregular consideration of Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court associate justice," the groups explained. "In the alternative, Senate Republican leadership would be forced to go 'nuclear' by changing the rules that govern how that chamber responds to receiving articles of impeachment from the House of Representatives.""Either outcome is desirable," the groups concluded.Democrats have fought hard against Barrett?s confirmation, accusing Republicans of being hypocritical in going back on the standard they set in 2016 by refusing to consider President Obama?s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, months ahead of an election. With a Republican majority in the Senate, Democrats have had no recourse for stopping or delaying Barrett?s confirmation. However, many in the party have called on Democrats to add additional seats to the Supreme Court in retaliation if Barrett is confirmed.
- Joe Biden supporter who was installing BLM sign arrested for allegedly shooting at passing Trump supporter and son
- Where recreational marijuana is legal, data show minimal impacts on teen use and traffic deaths
- Epsilon rapidly intensifies from tropical storm to Category 3 hurricane in a day
- 26 Neutral Rugs That Make the Case for Beige
- TikTok explicitly calls out white nationalism, white genocide theory, and male supremacy as hate speech
- What you should know about gender pronouns, how to use them, and why they're important
- A jailed Philippine activist is forced to attend her infant's funeral in handcuffs and a hazmat suit
The death of Reina Mae Nasino's 3-month-old daughter, River, has sparked an uproar over President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on human rights defenders. The underweight infant was separated from her mother, denying her breast milk that could have prolonged her life.
- Mark Meadows' FEC filings raise questions of unlawful spending, campaign coordination
- Human remains found in search for Tulsa massacre victims
One set of human remains, and perhaps a second, have been found in a Tulsa cemetery where investigators are searching for victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Oklahoma state archaeologist Kary Stackelbeck said Tuesday. ?We do have one confirmed individual and the possibility of a second? body found, Stackelbeck said. The confirmed human remains were found little more than 3 feet (90 centimeters) underground in an area known as the ?Original 18,? where funeral home records show massacre victims are buried.
- US spies and diplomats accuse Trump administration of cover-up after mysteriously getting sick in Cuba, China and Russia
- Vanessa Guillén, Fort Hood soldier who went missing in April, died 'in the line of duty,' Army says
- 3 killed, 1 person in critical condition after Texas club shooting
- Miami Springs nursing home with 52 COVID deaths fined $67,000, but not stripped of license
- GMC just revealed the all-new Hummer EV, a 1,000-horsepower electric pickup to take on the Tesla Cybertruck ? take a closer look
- Tilting Venezuelan vessel could lead to catastrophic oil spill
- 'We are the ones your children have nightmares about': A Maryland man has been charged with threatening to kidnap and kill Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
- Democrats seize on U.S. Supreme Court election deadlock in Barrett fight
The Supreme Court's deadlock this week in a key election case illustrates the power President Donald Trump's nominee Amy Coney Barrett could wield and reveals why Republicans are hurrying to install her as a justice, Democrats said on Wednesday in their latest pitch to block her U.S. Senate confirmation. Chief Justice John Roberts broke with the four other conservative justices and joined with the court's three liberals on Monday in denying a request by Republicans seeking to block a state court's ruling that extended the deadline for the delivery of mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania by three days.
- Las Vegas resorts increase security amid shootings, fights on the Strip
- USPS still hasn't reversed election mail slowdown despite multiple court orders: attorneys general
- Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions. What does this mean for LGBTQ rights in the US?
- Unmasked man in Washington grocery store speaks out after video goes viral
- Record-setting catch of 110-pound catfish in Georgia has angler under fire. Here?s why
- Kentucky AG Cameron: I Faced ?Beyond the Pale? Racial Attacks After Breonna Taylor Case
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron had always found the Left to be intolerant of black conservatives, but the spate of character assassination attempts he has faced recently have gone ?beyond the pale.?In a recent interview with National Review, Cameron, the first African-American to ever be independently elected to statewide office in the Bluegrass State, detailed the experience of being on the receiving end of a firestorm of criticism over his investigation into the police shooting of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor. Much of the backlash has centered on his own identity as a black man.Perhaps most notable was rapper Megan Thee Stallion?s Saturday Night Live performance earlier this month in which she played a clip of activist Tamika Mallory calling Cameron ?no different than the sellout Negroes that sold our people into slavery.?The 34-year-old attorney general, in just under a year of being in office, has found himself at the center of one of the nation?s most contentious cases of a fatal encounter between police and black Americans.Louisville police fatally shot Taylor during a botched drug raid in March. Officers were executing a search warrant shortly before 1 a.m. on March 13 when they used a battering ram to enter Taylor?s home. The officers claim they knocked and announced themselves to no response, but Taylor's boyfriend Kenneth Walker says he did not hear police identify themselves. Walked fired a shot when the door opened. He said he believed someone was breaking in.Walker?s shot hit Sargeant Jonathan Mattingly in the thigh, police said, leading Mattingly and Detectives Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison to fire 32 rounds in response, striking Taylor six times in her hallway, where she stood next to Walker. Outrage, which had been brewing in the months since the fatal incident, boiled over last month when the grand jury decided, on the recommendation of the attorney general?s office, to indict Hankison for wanton endangerment for firing into the empty apartment next to Taylor?s. None of the officers involved were charged in Taylor?s death. Cameron?s office made the recommendation after spending thousands of hours examining evidence in the case from mid May up until just days before the grand-jury presentation began last month.In public remarks about the investigation following the grand-jury decision September 23, Cameron called Taylor?s death a tragedy, but said his job was to investigate the facts of the case. After combing through ballistics evidence, 911 calls, police-radio traffic, and interviews, Cameron found that there was no wrongdoing on the part of Cosgrove and Mattingly, who were justified in returning fire.?The decision before my office as a special prosecutor in this case, was not to decide the loss of Miss Taylor's life was a tragedy. The answer to that question is unequivocally yes,? he said.?I deeply care about the value and sanctity of human life deserves protection. And in this case, a human life was lost. We cannot forget that,? he said. ?My job as the special prosecutor in this case was to put emotions aside and investigate the facts to determine if criminal violations of state law resulted in the loss of Miss Taylor's life.?The facts, he said, are that Cosgrove and Mattingly returned fire after being fired upon and were justified in doing so."Sometimes the criminal law is inadequate to respond to or address a tragedy,? he told National Review.?Frankly that, in my judgment, is the case here. But that doesn?t exclude my responsibility to make sure that we stand up for truth and justice in this office, and make sure that the facts lead us to conclusions," he said.Cameron said he recognizes that in his role, and with all public service positions, most decisions will be met with criticism, but some of that criticism has been ?beyond the pale,? he said. MSNBC host Joy Reid said on her show last month after the grand-jury decision that Cameron's identity as a black man came second to his party affiliation and criticized him for having done "nothing but give a speech.""You have to always look at [political] party," she said. "Party is the religion now in America, especially for Republicans. Don?t look at the fact that this guy is black. That does not mean anything. He is a Republican, through and through."On Reid's show, Alicia Garza, an original founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, was similarly critical, comparing Cameron to the segregation-era politician Bull Connor who fought against civil rights for blacks."I think what I saw this morning was a Bull Connor speech in 2020. And . . . unfortunately, it was being given by a black prosecutor," Garza said.Cameron said he hopes the harsh backlash he has received will shine a light on the hypocrisy of the Left.?What I hope people are seeing in this process is that a lot of those folks who preach tolerance are really being exposed for their intolerant views,? he said. ?There are really a lot of intolerant people here to black folks who might have different philosophical views or don't subscribe to a liberal orthodoxy.?Cameron is a lifelong conservative, having been raised by two conservative parents in the former frontier town of Elizabethtown, Ky. Growing up, he worked in the coffee shop that his dad owned, and his mother taught at a community college. ?My parents are conservatives. Owning a small business lent itself to that viewpoint. Our connection to faith and church and that background sort of lent itself in our views to the Republican Party and our views on smaller government,? he said. ?It wasn?t until I got to undergrad that I realized that not everybody held those views.?Cameron studied at the University of Louisville, where he played football and later earned his law degree, in 2011. He was the recipient of one of ten McConnell scholarships, a competitive academic prize at the university, beginning an influential mentor-mentee relationship with Senator Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.).Cameron went on to intern in McConnell's Senate office and then clerked for a federal judge who had also previously worked for the Senate majority leader. McConnell hired Cameron as general counsel in 2015. In that role, Cameron helped McConnell identify and promote conservative judges to the federal bench and helped to shepherd through the nomination of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. It was McConnell who encouraged Cameron to run for attorney general.Cameron thanked his mentor shortly after winning the AG race against Democratic competitor Greg Stumbo, becoming the first Republican elected to the office since 1944.He said the senator ?changed the trajectory of my life? by recommending that he run for the role. ?I?m proud to call him a friend, I?m proud to call him a mentor,? Cameron said.Speaking to The Hill last year, McConnell said there are ?a lot of similarities? between him and his protégé.?Neither of us when we started out were well connected and had to start from scratch. But he?s earned this opportunity and he deserves the credit,? McConnell said. ?All you could credit me with was observing the real talent.?McConnell has supported Cameron?s work in the Taylor case, saying last month that he had ?conducted exactly the kind of thorough, impartial investigation that justice demands.? ?I have full confidence in the attorney general?s painstaking pursuit of facts and justice,? he said.But not everyone has been so kind.The Megan Thee Stallion stunt, which Cameron called ?pretty disgusting,? was just one in a series of racial attacks on the attorney general. ?There are folks that had already made a determination about how they want to see this case play out and when that didn?t happen, they?ve responded in a way that is not very civil in my judgment,? he said, saying the SNL incident was ?just another demonstration of that.??It?s not uncommon for folks to make wild accusations about black conservatives,? he said. ?This isn?t the first time it happened to me, and it certainly won?t be the last.?Last year during the AG race, it was clear that race would play a role of outsized importance when the Lexington-Herald Leader published a cartoon depicting Cameron latching onto the coattails of a Ku Klux Klan robe worn by President Trump. > This is what the @HeraldLeader ?a ?tolerant,? left-leaning newspaper?thinks about black folks who dare to be Republican. You?re a racist following the KKK unless you hate @realDonaldTrump. Let?s make history on November 5th and show we don?t take orders from the elites anymore. pic.twitter.com/gjnCT4eOsg> > -- Daniel Cameron (@DanielCameronAG) October 27, 2019Cameron blasted the cartoon then as evidence of liberal intolerance of ?the idea of folks that look like me who happen to be Republican.?He told National Review that ?there?s a long list of black conservatives who have been disparaged just because of the political philosophy that we have.??I hope it exposes the intolerance of the Left and how they don't respond in civil public conversation or discourse. The way they respond is to hurl insults at black conservatives, and it's disappointing,? he said.?I wake up every day and my skin is black and I?m fully aware of that," he added. "But my responsibility as the attorney general is to be the attorney general of all of Kentucky. I ran on the idea that this office needs to be about the rule of law, and our responsibility to enforce the rule of law, regardless of the outcomes or the consequences to me whether personally or politically that is my responsibility.?In a speech at the Republican National Convention in August, Cameron called out Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for his disparaging remarks about the black community, including black Republicans."I think often about my ancestors who struggled for freedom," he said. "And as I think of those giants and their broad shoulders, I also think about Joe Biden, who says, if you aren't voting for me, 'you ain't black.' Who argued that Republicans would put us 'back in chains.' Who says there is no 'diversity' of thought in the black community?""Mr. Vice President, look at me, I am black. We are not all the same, sir. I am not in chains. My mind is my own. And you can't tell me how to vote because of the color of my skin," he added. Cameron recognizes that, as someone who holds public office, he is opening himself up to criticism and said he supports civil discourse and peaceful protests. In July, more than 100 people gathered on Cameron's front lawn to demand the officers involved in Taylor's death be charged. Police arrested 87 protesters including Leslie Redmond, the president of the NAACP?s Minneapolis chapter; Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills; and Porsha Williams, a member of the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.Jefferson County attorney Mike O?Connell ultimately dropped the felony charges against the protesters.?Peaceful protest has been a part of our history,? Cameron told National Review. ?But when we see these violent elements try to hijack peaceful protests and we?ve seen some of the looting and vandalism and burning of American cities, I mean that is disheartening.?He believes it will take an effort from leaders on both sides to denounce that sort of conduct and ?let people know that that?s outside the bounds of what is normal and appropriate.??I am always optimistic about the future of this country and always know that cooler heads will prevail,? he said.
- A 21-year-old woman who was filmed feeding a black bear in Tennessee is facing 6 months in jail
- A US lab used rockets to launch a semi-truck into a new tractor trailer built to transport nuclear weapons
- Trump is reportedly mad his FBI director isn't hurting Biden before the election, might fire him
"President Trump and his advisers have repeatedly discussed whether to fire FBI Director Christopher A. Wray after Election Day," less than four years into his 10-year term, The Washington Post reports. "Trump often complains about members of his Cabinet and contemplates dismissing them, without doing so," the Post concedes, but he is "increasingly frustrated" that "federal law enforcement has not delivered his campaign the kind of last-minute boost that the FBI provided in 2016."Specifically, the Post says, Trump is agitated that neither Wray nor Attorney General William Barr has announced that "Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, or other Biden associates are under investigation," as then-FBI Director James Comey did with Hillary Clinton 11 days before the last presidential election, sending Clinton's poll numbers sliding.Comey's decision to publicly disclose a reopened, ultimately fruitless investigation of Clinton's emails so close to the election was sharply criticized by Democrats and the Justice Department inspector general. It was also the official reason Trump fired Comey four years into his 10-year term.Trump hasn't exactly kept his feelings secret. As his poll numbers remain dire weeks before Election Day, Trump "has intensified public calls for jailing his challenger, much as he did for Hillary Clinton," the Post notes. "Trump has called Biden a 'criminal' without articulating what laws he believes the former vice president has broken."> Sticking to his latest campaign messaging, Trump baselessly calls Hunter Biden a criminal, then turns the question on the reporter: "You know who's a criminal? You're a criminal for not reporting it." pic.twitter.com/Gv5l8Qb9jS> > ? The Recount (@therecount) October 19, 2020"Trump considers Wray one of his worst personnel picks," the Post reports, and many of his top aides and conservative media allies are similarly critical. Trump has also publicly floated the idea of firing Attorney General Barr, citing the lack of a pre-election report on the Russian investigation from U.S. Attorney John Durham."Trump was so focused on the Durham report that he would turn up the television volume when segments would air about it," the Post reports. "Trump has told allies that he once believed Barr would deliver 'scalps' in the form of Durham's findings, according to an adviser who recently spoke to Trump about it. 'But they aren't doing s---,' the president said, according to this person." Read more at The Washington Post.More stories from theweek.com The left embraces rigging democracy The greatest risk for a Biden administration A new constitution? Be careful what you wish for.
- Why are Hong Kong and Taiwan bickering over the fate of a murderer?
Hong Konger Chan Tong-kai admits to murdering his pregnant girlfriend in a Taipei hotel room nearly two years ago. He has even said he is willing to return to Taiwan and face trial. Yet he remains a free man. Why?
- AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial continues despite Brazilian volunteer death
Brazilian health authority Anvisa said on Wednesday that a volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University had died but added that the trial would continue.
- As wildfires explode in the West, Forest Service can't afford prevention efforts
President Trump has repeatedly said 'forest management' is the key to preventing wildfires. Yet across the West, the government has put on hold millions of acres' worth of projects aimed at reducing fire risk.
- ?Cheer? star Jerry Harris was warned before child porn arrest by the owner of a gym featured on ?AGT,? lawsuit claims
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