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Religious Parents Who Refused to Take Son to Hospital Guilty of Murder

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Police corruption

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"Day without a Woman" strike to protest Trump is being lead by a literal convicted terrorist

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https://nypost.com/2017/02/25/the-next-womens-march-is-co-organized-by-a-terrorist/

>Instead of milling around Washington, organizers have in mind a “general strike” called the Day without a Woman. In a manifesto published in The Guardian on Feb. 6, the brains behind the movement are calling for a “new wave of militant feminist struggle.” That’s right: militant, not peaceful.
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>The document was co-authored by, among others, Rasmea Yousef Odeh, a convicted terrorist. Odeh, a Palestinian, was convicted in Israel in 1970 for her part in two terrorist bombings, one of which killed two students while they were shopping for groceries. She spent 10 years in prison for her crimes. She then managed to become a US citizen in 2004 by lying about her past (great detective work, INS: Next time, use Google) but was subsequently convicted, in 2014, of immigration fraud for the falsehoods. However, she won the right to a new trial (set for this spring) by claiming she had been suffering from PTSD at the time she lied on her application.

>Another co-author, Angela Davis, is a Stalinist professor and longtime supporter of the Black Panthers. Davis is best known for being acquitted in a 1972 trial after three guns she bought were used in a courtroom shootout that resulted in the death of a judge. She celebrated by going to Cuba.
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>The International Women’s Strike is meant to be a grass-roots affair, with womensmarch.com promising more information about how to participate in local protests across the US. Women around the country are being urged to walk off their jobs and join a demonstration near them.
>According to The Guardian piece, women should spend their day “blocking roads, bridges, and squares, abstaining from domestic, care and sex work” and “boycotting” pro-Trump businesses. Also every woman is supposed to wear red in solidarity.
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Cop Fires at Trespassers

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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/02/23/video-appearing-to-show-off-duty-los-angeles-cop-firing-gun-in-scuffle-with-teens-spark-protests.html

Fake news version for lefties:
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/23/us/anaheim-protest-police-teen-fight/

So these idiots trespass on private property and this upstanding citizen tries to stop them. There ringleader hits and curses at him because the guy (who is a cop) is withholding him. Then his gang-members try to surround the cop, and one of the shits attacks the cop. Then another thug tackles the cop before the tall black thug punches at the cop and so he gets out his gun and shoots a warning shot.
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Milo Yiannopoulos disinvited from CPAC amid tape controversy

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http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-cpac-milo-yiannopoulos-tape-235204

>Milo Yiannopoulos lost his keynote speaking slot at the Conservative Political Action Conference after tapes surfaced of the right wing provocateur and senior Breitbart editor advocating for sexual relationships between “younger boys and older men.”

>“Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation,” said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the group which sponsors CPAC, in a statement Monday afternoon. The group called Yiannopoulos to “further address these disturbing comments,” but defended its original decision to invite him as a nod to “the free speech issue on college campuses.”

>The statement went on to declare that CPAC does not endorse “everything a speaker says or does.”

>President Donald Trump, along with Vice President Mike Pence, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, will be headlining this year’s event, along with top White House aides Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus. But the Milo controversy quickly threatened to taint the event and raised questions about what it would mean if other speakers still attended.

>Yiannopoulos, a senior editor at the conservative Breitbart News, is no stranger to controversy, but the CPAC's recent embrace of the crusading anti-political correctness provocateur has been discomfiting to some conservatives. Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter after stirring up online harassment of Ghostbuster star Leslie Jones. And a planned Yiannopoulos event at the University of California, Berkeley was recently canceled when protests against him turned violent. The incident prompted Trump to threaten Berkeley with a loss of federal funds.
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For Marine who urinated on dead Taliban, a hero’s burial at Arlington

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/marine-sniper-is-saluted-as-more-than-the-video-scandal-that-defined-him/2015/02/21/e0a8492a-b7ba-11e4-9423-f3d0a1ec335c_story.html?tid=hybrid_experimentrandom_2_na

>His three combat tours in Afghanistan had been boiled down to a 38-second video clip, played and replayed on YouTube more than a million times. In it, Rob Richards and three other Marine Corps snipers are seen urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters they had just killed.

>“Total dismay” were the words then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used to describe the video when it surfaced on the Internet in January 2012. “Utterly deplorable,” agreed then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Richards’s career in the military was finished.

>More than two years later — long after the rest of the country had moved on to other scandals — Richards, 28, died at home and alone from an accidental painkiller overdose.

>Now an ammunition can carrying his cremated remains sat on the table of a hotel bar in Arlington, Va., as his family, friends and fellow Marines swirled around it.

>Almost everything about war is complicated, messy or morally fraught; in this case even more so. A Marine vilified by his country’s leaders and court-martialed for “bringing discredit to the armed forces” would soon be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, the country’s most hallowed ground. On this mid-February night before the funeral, dozens who knew Richards beyond those 38 seconds gathered to celebrate his life.

>Richards’s mother spotted her son’s platoon commander and platoon sergeant, both of whom were in the video, ordering drinks at the bar. “My boys, my sons,” she called out to them. The two men are out of the Marine Corps now and have thick beards and long hair.

>The platoon sergeant rolled up the sleeve of his sweatshirt to show off a memorial tattoo bearing Richards’s name on his wrist. “Right where everyone can see it,” he said.
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GOP congressman Issa calls for special counsel on Trump and Russia

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The first Republican lawmaker has called for an independent investigation into possible contacts between Donald Trump's associates and the Russians during last year's election, while the White House says there's nothing to the various claims.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., speaking this weekend on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, praised new Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but noted that he worked on Trump's campaign and may have an inherent conflict of interest.

"You're going to need to use the special prosecutor's statute and office," Issa said, adding that "you can't just give it to your deputy. That's another political appointee."

Trump and aides have rejected the idea of an outside investigation, and said that there were no contacts between campaign aides and Russian operatives involved in efforts to interfere with the 2016 election.

Trump himself disputed news reports in a tweet Sunday: "Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media, in order to mask the big election defeat and the illegal leaks! "

The FBI is already conducting an investigation of Russian election activity, as are Senate committees.

Issa, who struggled last year to win re-election in a district carried by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, spoke about the Russia investigation after news reports of a discussion of the case between the FBI and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

The White House said an FBI official approached Priebus to deny news reports about contacts between Trump associates and the Russians; Priebus asked the FBI to make that statement publicly; the FBI said it didn't want to get into the habit of commenting on ongoing investigations.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/26/donald-trump-russia-sarah-sanders-darrell-issa/98443060/
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White House blocks CNN, BBC, New York Times, LA Times from media briefing

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/white-house-blocks-news-outlets-from-media-briefing-a7598641.html

The White House has blocked several major news outlets from covering its press briefing.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday hand selected news outlets to participate in an off-camera “gaggle” with reporters inside his West Wing office instead of the James S Brady Press Briefing Room.

The news outlets blocked from the press briefing include organisations who President Trump has criticised by name. CNN, BBC, The New York Times, LA Times, New York Daily News, BuzzFeed, The Hill, and the Daily Mail, were among the news outlets barred from the gathering.

Instead, the press secretary hand-picked news outlets including Breitbart News, One America News Network, The Washington Times, all news organisations with far-right leanings. Others major outlets approved included ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, Reuters and Bloomberg.

“Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties,” Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, said in a statement.

“We strongly protest the exclusion of The New York Times and the other news organizations. Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest.”

BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, Ben Smith, also responded to his outlet being barred from the briefing: “While we strongly object to the White House’s apparent attempt to punish news outlets whose coverage it does not like, we won’t let these latest antics distract us from the work of continuing to cover this administration fairly and aggressively.”

Several media outlets including the Associated Press and TIME Magazine declined to attend the briefing to boycott the President's decision.
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Shia LaBeouf and the Pitfalls of Celebrity Activism

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/23/nyregion/shia-labeouf-celebrity-activism.html?ribbon-ad-idx=5&rref=nyregion

>The occasion of Harry Belafonte’s 90th birthday landing within a few days of the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday makes it a good moment to think about what celebrity political activism looked like a half-century ago, when Mr. Belafonte’s service in the civil rights movement involved acting as a confidant to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and what it looks like now. Given the current tensions, the Oscars are sure to deliver a number of speeches, in greater volume than might ordinarily be expected, devoted to doing more than merely thanking the good people at Warner Bros. and William Morris Endeavor. Even if our sympathies perfectly line up with the substance of what is said, many of us will find ourselves annoyed — at the prospective opportunism, the posturing, the stridency, the absence of connection in some cases between words and meaningful action.

>Hollywood, for the most part, has positioned itself as one of Donald J. Trump’s chief institutional antagonists, and yet only a nation that had fully absorbed the values of show business could have elected him president. A culture that put a man whom many view as a pathological narcissist at the top of American government has also produced, rather logically, a response to his various offenses, among entertainers, that is tainted by a similar self-regard.

>Consider the recent adventures of Shia LaBeouf, a former Disney Channel performer and star of the “Transformers” franchise (whose name precedes that slightly cringe-making combination of words in any Wikipedia entry: “Shia LaBeouf is an American actor, performance artist and filmmaker”). In collaboration with his artistic partners Luke Turner and Nastja Sade Ronkko, Mr. LaBeouf mounted an exhibit, “He Will Not Divide Us,” on an exterior wall at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens on Jan. 20, the day President Trump took office.
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Harvard Scientist Admits Age of Enlightenment is Over

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/02/23/harvard-scientist-worries-were-reverting-to-a-pre-enlightenment-form-of-thinking/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.3238e5086899

The age of reason is over. Intellectualism is dead and the democratic order is in free fall. The future will be built upon passion and action, and power shall be taken from the insipid masses and given to the righteous and strong . Empathy shall be replaced by justice, tolerance by competition and conquest, science by belief, reason by passion, mind by sinew and cartilage, introspection by action, and peace by war; the future is dark enlightenment.
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