Mississippi Removes Traitor Design From State Flag, Trump Threatens Troops Funding

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https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/30/885779855/mississippi-governor-signs-law-removing-confederate-design-from-state-flag

After more than 120 years of flying over the state of Mississippi, the Confederate battle flag is no longer a part of the state's official flag.

On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed into law a bill fast-tracked by the Mississippi Legislature over the weekend that calls for a new design.

In a somber ceremony, Reeves said he was signing the law to turn a page in Mississippi.

"A flag is a symbol of our present, of our people, and of our future," Reeves said. "For those reasons, we need a new symbol."

First adopted in 1894 by white supremacists reclaiming power after Reconstruction, the old flag incorporated the Confederate battle emblem – a red background with a blue X lined with 13 white stars.

Since the civil rights movement, activists have been calling for its removal, arguing it's an outdated banner in a state that has a 38% African American population.

But state elected officials had not been willing to go against the nearly 65% of voters who approved keeping the flag in a 2001 referendum.

It finally fell this week amid the outcry for racial justice happening across the U.S., much like Confederate monuments that have come down elsewhere around the South.

"People who wanted to keep the flag couldn't ignore what it meant anymore," says Democratic state Rep. Robert Johnson, the minority leader in the Mississippi House.

He says it makes no sense that it took this long, but he feels a sense of relief.

"You can't live in Mississippi as an African American and don't every day feel angry when you see that flag," Johnson says. "It is like somebody waving a weapon, a gun or a threat at you. And then it represents your ancestors' servitude and slavery."
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Scholar forced to resign over study that found police shootings not biased against blacks

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Union rep tells College Fix that university should not share data that runs afoul of its support of BLM protests

Michigan State University leaders have successfully pressured Stephen Hsu to resign from his position as vice president of research and innovation after the Graduate Employees Union launched a campaign to oust him from his role.

This came after the union, which represents teaching and research assistants, crawled through years of blog posts and interviews Hsu had conducted and criticized him for sharing content on genetic differences among different races.

But the main thrust to oust Hsu came because the professor touted Michigan State research that found police are not more likely to shoot African-Americans.
“The victory of the Twitter mob will likely have a chilling effect on academic freedom on campus,” Hsu told The College Fix via email.

https://www.thecollegefix.com/scholar-forced-to-resign-over-study-that-found-police-shootings-not-biased-against-blacks/

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Finland cancels the swastika

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https://www.hs.fi/kotimaa/art-2000006557623.html

Finnish Air Force abandoned using swastika.

Finnish Air Forces have been using swastika since 1918, and in 2020 they abandoned using it.

The swastikas used by the Finnish Army became a target of global hatred and a weapon for the foreigner information warfare.

According to the director of staff of the Finnish Air Force, they thought it'd be much easier just to abandon using the swastika than keep using it.

Abandoning it has stirred a controversy in Finland because swastikas were always a central part of the Finnish national identity.
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FBI Arrest Maxwell, get ready for another "SUICIDE"

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Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and heiress who became a confidante of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and was later accused of involvement in his alleged sexual crimes, has been arrested by the FBI, two senior law enforcement sources tell News 4 New York.

She was arrested in New Hampshire on Epstein-related charges and is expected to appear in a federal court later today, the sources say.

Spokespeople for the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan declined to comment.

The daughter of media baron Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine was a one-time girlfriend of Epstein's and was at the high-flying investor's side for decades.

But she was also alleged to have helped Epstein groom teen girls for sex with the rich and powerful. One of those teens, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, leveled that charge against Maxwell in a 2015 defamation suit, as have a number of other women.

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/ghislaine-maxwell-arrested-jeffrey-epstein-aide/2495762/

In Setback for Democrats, Supreme Court Will Hear Case On Sealed Mueller Evidence

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The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear the Trump administration's bid to shield secret grand jury materials from House Democrats, all but ensuring that those records won't feature in the presidential election.

The High Court previously blocked House Democrats from viewing the materials while it considered the administration's appeal, and that order will remain in place until Thursday's case is decided. Arguments will likely be scheduled near the end of the year, and a decision will follow some months later, long after the November balloting.

House Democrats say former special counsel Robert Mueller's report raises the prospect that President Donald Trump made false or misleading statements in written answers to questions from the special counsel. Some of those questions concern WikiLeaks and the publication of Clinton campaign chief John Podesta's emails. Though Mueller declined to reach a conclusion about obstruction of justice on Trump's part, congressional investigators claim redacted grand jury records could cast new light on the president's actions.

Grand jury materials are protected by secrecy rules. The legal question in the case is whether Congress can obtain records from the Mueller grand jury under an exception to secrecy that permits release "in connection with a judicial proceeding." House Democrats say that exception applies here because the Mueller records will help them decide whether to bring new articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

"The redacted grand-jury material bears on whether the president committed impeachable offenses by obstructing the special counsel’s investigation," congressional lawyers wrote in a legal filing before the Court.

https://freebeacon.com/courts/supreme-court-will-hear-case-on-sealed-mueller-evidence-in-setback-for-democrats/
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Scoop: U.S. seizes $800,000 shipment of Xinjiang products made with human hair

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers detained a shipment of almost 13 tons of wigs and other human hair products suspected of being made through forced labor in Xinjiang, China, U.S. government officials tell Axios.

Why it matters: Importing products made with forced labor into the U.S. is illegal. But it's extremely difficult to trace U.S. supply chains back to factories in Xinjiang that use forced labor, making this a rare event.

What's happening: On June 17, CBP issued a withhold release order for Lop County Meixin Hair Product Co. Ltd. in southern Xinjiang requiring U.S. ports of entry to detain any shipments from that company to the U.S.

CBP officials at the Port of New York/Newark subsequently detained the shipment of Meixin Hair Product goods, which included wigs and other human hair products.
A withhold release order indicates CBP has uncovered strong evidence linking those products to forced labor.
Once their goods are seized, the importing company is given the opportunity to provide proof that the products are not made with forced labor.

What they're saying: “The production of these goods constitutes a very serious human rights violation, and the detention order is intended to send a clear and direct message to all entities seeking to do business with the United States that illicit and inhumane practices will not be tolerated in U.S. supply chains," Brenda Smith, executive assistant commissioner of the CBP Office of Trade, said in a statement.


https://www.axios.com/us-china-forced-labor-products-human-hair-69da26c5-2d01-4bad-a2b2-8c944f6d0a70.html

Trump Demands Statue of Traitor Toppled by Patriots in DC To Be Put Back Up

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The 2nd president of the confederacy does it again!

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/trump-requests-toppled-confederate-statue-put-back-up-in-dc/2343633/

President Donald Trump personally requested that a statue of a Confederate general be put back up, less than a week after cheering protesters toppled it and set it on fire in a Washington, D.C., park, NBC News reports.

Trump called Interior Sec. David Bernhardt and asked the Park Service to restore a statue of Brigadier General Albert Pike, two sources told NBC News.

The White House did not provide a comment, NBC News reported.

But an Interior Department spokesman reiterated Bernhardt's call for law and order.

"The Secretary has made his position quite clear when it comes to lawlessness, violence against police, and destruction of public property," the spokesman said.

The fight over statues and public memorials in the capital reached a boiling point this week, putting the White House, city officials and protesters at odds with each other.

Protesters surrounded D.C.'s only outdoor statue of a Confederate on Friday, the night of Juneteenth.

They wrapped ropes around the statue and pulled until it fell. Then, the statue was set on fire. News4 cameras captured the scene on live TV.

D.C. police officers were standing nearby as protesters took down the statue, which is on federal land and under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service and U.S. Park Police.

The Pike statue, dedicated in 1901, has been a source of controversy over the years. The former Confederate general was also a longtime influential leader of the Freemasons, who revere Pike. It was built at the request of Masons, who successfully lobbied Congress to grant them land for the statue as long as Pike would be depicted in civilian, not military, clothing.
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AP sources: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019

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Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence.

The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump’s written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials. Then-national security adviser John Bolton also told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence assessment in March 2019.

The White House did not respond to questions about Trump or other officials’ awareness of Russia’s provocations in 2019. The White House has said Trump was not — and still has not been — briefed on the intelligence assessments because they have not been fully verified. However, it is rare for intelligence to be confirmed without a shadow of a doubt before it is presented to top officials.

Bolton declined to comment Monday when asked by the AP if he had briefed Trump about the matter in 2019. On Sunday, he suggested to NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Trump was claiming ignorance of Russia’s provocations to justify his administration’s lack of a response.

https://apnews.com/425e43fa0ffdd6e126c5171653ec47d1
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New research proves lies from conservative media and Trump intensified the severity of the pandemic

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>The three studies paint a picture of a media ecosystem that entertains conspiracy theories and discourages audiences from taking steps to protect themselves and others

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/06/25/fox-news-hannity-coronavirus-misinformation/

Coronavirus infections have surged in a number of states, setting the United States on a markedly different pandemic trajectory than other wealthy nations.

There are many reasons our response to the pandemic tied to more than 120,000 U.S. deaths has faltered, experts say, including the lack of a cohesive federal policy, missteps on testing and tracing, and a national culture emphasizing individualism.

In recent weeks, three studies have focused on conservative media’s role in fostering confusion about the seriousness of the coronavirus. Taken together, they paint a picture of a media ecosystem that amplifies misinformation, entertains conspiracy theories and discourages audiences from taking concrete steps to protect themselves and others.

>The end result, according to one of the studies, is that infection and mortality rates are higher in places where one pundit who initially downplayed the severity of the pandemic — Fox News’s Sean Hannity — reaches the largest audiences.

“We are receiving an incredible number of studies and solid data showing that consuming far-right media and social media content was strongly associated with low concern about the virus at the onset of the pandemic,” said Irene Pasquetto, chief editor of the Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review, which published one of the studies.

Misinformation and conspiracy theories

In April, Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and Dolores Albarracin of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign published a peer-reviewed study examining how Americans’ media diets affected their beliefs about the coronavirus.
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Antifa and BLM literally just pulling cars over and blowing the drivers away in Utah

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Literally standing in front of their cars and shooting them when they stop.

https://kutv.com/news/local/suspect-arrested-in-connection-with-provo-shooting-woman-booked-for-rioting
(KUTV) — 33-year-old Jesse Taggart was arrested Tuesday night in connection with a shooting in downtown Provo on Tuesday.

Taggart, of Salt Lake City, was booked into the Utah County Jail and held on charges of attempted aggravated murder, aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, rioting, threatening the use of a weapon during a fight, criminal mischief, and firing a weapon near a highway, according to Provo Police.

Police announced they were questioning a person of interest after a manhunt through Provo on Tuesday.

One person was shot and injured, possibly during a demonstration on Monday night. Police have not directly confirmed that the shooting took place at a protest happening at the same time as the shooting.

Another person, 27-year-old Samantha Darling, of Ogden, was booked into Utah County Jail on Tuesday night on charges of obstruction of justice and rioting.

>HURR HURR WHY ARE THESE WHITE BOOMERS SCARED OF OUR PEACEFUL PROTEST MOVEMENT WALKING BY, WE'RE SUCH VICTIMS. DON'T MOVE SO I CAN SHOOT YOU

But oh wait, if things couldn't get any worse for the retard left on /news/, there's video with this one, too.

https://twitter.com/NiasDiad/status/1277866178048700416
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