Dylann Roof may face death penalty for South Carolina church shooting

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The racist 22-year-old who slaughtered nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church nearly a year ago will face the death penalty, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the nature of gunman Dylann Roof’s crime “and the resulting harm compelled this decision.” Roof faces 33 federal charges, including hate crimes, weapons violations and an obstructing the ...

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How Obamacare Town Halls Went From Chaotic To Downright Frightening

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In August 2009, the debate over the proposed Affordable Care Act made its way into town hall meetings across the country. Democrats hoped to use the forums to explain the complexities of health care reform and dispel any myths. They came with long-winded answers and PowerPoint slides. Tea party conservatives had another plan: They saw these earnest settings as opportunities for rage. ...

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Mitt Romney, Run for President

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Let’s be clear about our nation’s plight: At this moment, American voters face a choice between two historically corrupt, dishonest, and incompetent politicians. One of them helped create the most dangerous foreign-policy environment since the Cold War, a world in which our nation faces the largest and most savage jihadist fighting force in modern times, a re-arming and potentially nuclear ...

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Koch-Funded Efforts To Win Hispanics Crashing, Burning

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WASHINGTON — A large, well-funded Republican network established following the 2012 electoral defeat to expand GOP support among Hispanics now lies in ruins. The Libre Initiative, which has received more than $10 million from the conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, aimed to expand the party’s reach inpresidential battleground states in hopes of winning the White House in 2016. But ...

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North Korea Shuts Down Donald Trump’s Kim Jong Un Proposal

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GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump‘s proposal to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a “kind of propaganda or advertisement” in his election race, a senior North Korean official said on Monday. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters in New York last week, said he is willing to talk to the North Korean leader ...

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Donald Trump Only Uses The Word ‘Rape’ When He Has Something To Gain

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WASHINGTON — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump doesn’t hesitate to use the word “rape” when talking about Mexican immigrants, the Chinese government or former President Bill Clinton — all of whom it helps him politically to condemn. But in other cases — like when the person accused of sexual misconduct is a wealthy or powerful man who doesn’t happen to be married ...

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Virginia Governor Under FBI Investigation Over Campaign Donations

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Virginia’s Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, is under investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department over campaign fundraising, CNN reported on Monday, citing U.S. officials briefed on the probe. The investigation is focusing, at least in part, on whether contributions to McAuliffe‘s 2013 gubernatorial campaign, including $120,000 from a Chinese businessman, Wang Wenliang, violated the law, ...

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Police Body Camera Video Shows Cops Tasering Hallucinating Man To Death

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Fifteen jolts from a Taser were too much for Chase Sherman’s body to handle. On Friday, The New York Times published police body camera footage, which captures the final chaotic moments of the 32-year-old’s life. The video, recorded last November, shows deputies with Georgia’s Coweta County Sheriff’s Department trying to restrain Sherman as he struggles in the back seat of ...

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Tiq Milan Opens Up About Trans Male Visibility, His Advocacy Work And Liberation

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This is the ninth feature in a series that aims to elevate some of the transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals who have played a significant role in the ongoing fight for trans and queer liberation. Check out the previous features with CeCe McDonald, Kate Bornstein, Laura Jane Grace, Buck Angel, Calpernia Addams, Ts Madison, Amos Mac and Candis Cayne. Tiq Milan is a writer, advocate and media personality ...

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Britain Grants Refugee Status To Ex-President Of Maldives, Lawyer Says

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COLOMBO, May 23 (Reuters) – Britain has granted refugee status to Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives who was jailed in 2015 after a trial that drew international criticism, his lawyer said on Monday. Nasheed, the Maldives’ first democratically elected president, was allowed to go to Britain in January for medical treatment after President Abdulla Yameen came under ...

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Bernie Sanders Steps Up Feud With Democratic Establishment

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(Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders cranked up his fight with party leaders on Sunday, backing a challenger to the Democratic National Committee’s chairwoman and accusing the party’s establishment of trying to anoint Hillary Clinton as the nominee for president. In a series of television interviews, Sanders remained defiant despite what he acknowledged was an uphill fight to overtake ...

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Donald Trump Doesn’t Want Guns In Classrooms, Except When He Does

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stumbled to clarify his stance on guns in classrooms, contradicting his position on the issue in one breath. “I don’t want to have guns in classrooms. Although, in some cases, teachers should have guns in classrooms,” Trump said Sunday on “Fox & Friends.” The real estate mogul doubled down on his contradictory stance as ...

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