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View Photos of Volkswagen Microbus with Civil Rights History

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Tucker Carlson: Gun Buybacks Would Lead to ‘Civil War’

Tucker Carlson: Gun Buybacks Would Lead to ‘Civil War’Hours after The View’s Meghan McCain warned that there would be “lots of violence” if the American government enforced mandatory gun buybacks, Fox News host Tucker Carlson took that argument even further on Tuesday night and claimed buybacks would lead to a “civil war.”Following yet another mass shooting in Texas this past weekend, Carlson led off his Tuesday night primetime program by blasting Democratic calls for mandatory buybacks of assault-style weapons. (The Odessa shooter used an AR-15, a weapon that has become commonplace in mass shootings.)“They are not buying them back,” Carlson grumbled. “It’s gun confiscation. Nothing but that. An attempt to eliminate a constitutional right the ruling class finds inconvenient.”“It won’t reduce gun violence,” the right-wing cable news host continued. “In fact, sending armed authorities door-to-door to seize people’s lawfully owned weapons is a sure-fire recipe for causing violence. If you cared about America and the people who live here, you would not suggest that. But they don’t hesitate.”Carlson went on to grouse some more over Democrats pointing the finger at firearms and high-capacity magazines and clips as a root cause of America’s gun violence problem, bringing on a former Army ranger to back up his criticisms. The Fox host then brought on Democratic strategist Bernard Whitman to debate the merits of buybacks and gun reform in general, resulting in a predictably heated exchange.After Whitman pointed out that the vast majority of American citizens support universal background checks—the Odessa shooter failed a federal background check—Carlson pivoted back to buybacks, insisting they would result in war.“What you are calling for is civil war,” Carlson exclaimed, noting that several 2020 candidates support buybacks. “What you are calling for is an incitement to violence. It’s something—I wouldn’t want to live here when that happened, would you?!”The Fox host went on to allege that this was really about the ruling class punishing and attacking rural America, adding that “there is no violent crime in most places where everyone owns a gun.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Full U.S. pullout from Afghanistan could ignite 'total civil war': ex-U.S. envoys

Full U.S. pullout from Afghanistan could ignite 'total civil war': ex-U.S. envoysNine former U.S. ambassadors on Tuesday warned that Afghanistan could collapse in a “total civil war” if President Donald Trump withdraws all U.S. forces before the Kabul government and the Taliban conclude a peace settlement. The nine, including five former ambassadors to Kabul, a former special envoy to Afghanistan and a former deputy secretary of State, issued their warning a day after U.S. chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad announced a draft accord with the Taliban for an initial drawdown of nearly 5,000 U.S. troops.



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Trump administration says transgender workers aren't protected by civil rights, Supreme Court filing reveals

Trump administration says transgender workers aren't protected by civil rights, Supreme Court filing revealsDonald Trump's administration has told the Supreme Court that transgender workers are not protected by federal civil rights law and can be fired because of their gender.The US government is arguing workers should only be protected from discrimination based on their “biological sex”, court filings have revealed.A Supreme Court ruling in favour of the administration’s position would set a legal precedent, marking a major setback for LGBTQ rights since the Obama administration.The court filing relates to an upcoming court case involving transgender funeral home worker Aimee Stephens, who was fired from her job after telling her employer about her transition.“In 1964, the ordinary public meaning of 'sex' was biological sex. It did not encompass transgender status,” the document filed on Friday reads.The 1964 Civil Rights Act states employers cannot discriminate based on sex, race, colour, religion, and national origin. “Title VII [of the act] does not prohibit discrimination against transgender persons based on their transgender status,” the filing argues. “It simply does not speak to discrimination because of an individual’s gender identity or a disconnect between an individual’s gender identity and the individual’s sex.”Under Barack Obama, the Justice Department decreed that Title VII did protect transgender workers. This meant Court of Appeals judges sided with Stephens in 2018.But former attorney general Jeff Sessions reversed the government's stance after Mr Trump took office in 2017.The Trump administration has since banned transgender people from joining the US military, reversing an Obama-era policy that allowed them to openly serve.The ban, which puts 14,700 jobs at risk, was formally upheld by the Supreme Court earlier this year.Mr Trump has previously claimed to be “perhaps the most pro-LGBT presidential nominee in the history of the Republican Party”.The Supreme Court will hear Stephens's case on 8 October. It is one of three cases concerning LGBTQ workers rights expected to come before the court in the autumn.



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Epstein’s Victims Will Pursue Civil Cases Against His Estate

Epstein’s Victims Will Pursue Civil Cases Against His Estate(Bloomberg) — Jeffrey Epstein is dead in an apparent suicide, but the women who say he sexually abused them plan to seek justice by suing his estate and helping any prosecutions of his enablers, according to lawyers and one of the women.Epstein, a financier accused of sex trafficking and conspiracy, was found dead Saturday morning in his jail cell in lower Manhattan. He was accused last month of trafficking underage girls from 2002 to 2005, but authorities may have expanded the case after dozens of potential victims contacted the FBI.Prosecutors acknowledged that Epstein’s death posed “yet another hurdle” for victims but signaled that others may be charged with aiding him. “Our investigation of the conduct charged in the Indictment – which included a conspiracy count – remains ongoing,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement.Last month, Jennifer Araoz said he had raped her when she was a 15-year-old New York City high school student. On Saturday, she was angry that Epstein won’t have to face the survivors of his abuse in court.“We have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he will never face the consequences of the crimes he committed,” or the “pain and trauma he caused so many people,” Araoz said in a statement. “Epstein is gone, but justice must still be served.”Dozens of women claim that Epstein lured them to his Palm Beach, Florida, mansion, where he coerced them into sex, paid them, and asked them to bring him other girls. At least one other woman claims that Epstein trafficked her to his rich and powerful friends.The abuse allegedly took place as well at his Manhattan mansion, his Virgin Islands island and his New Mexico ranch property.Epstein will now carry to his grave the secrets of his sordid conduct, the escapades of his wealthy friends, and the mysteries of his financial dealings.Cheated Once Again“Jeffrey Epstein’s victims have once again been cheated out of an opportunity for justice,” said Jack Scarola, a Florida attorney who represented five women and litigated with him for 12 years. “I’m sure that none of them regret his death. All of them regret the loss of information that died with him.”Lawyers said that victims may pursue civil lawsuits against the estate of Epstein, a process that could take years and run up against laws barring claims that are too old. A decade ago, more than two dozen women reached confidential settlements with Epstein in Florida. The size of Epstein’s estate is unknown, although prosecutors say that after his arrest, he claimed a net worth of $ 559 million.Many questions have arisen since then about his wealth and business practices.Araoz’s lawyer said she planned to sue under a New York law that takes effect on Aug. 14, giving victims of child sexual abuse one year to sue over older claims. In Florida, sexual abuse victims have four years to file claims, with some exceptions for children, said Scarola.Emotional DayEmotions ran high for lawyers and victims on Saturday.“It’s possible that other people who conspired to protect Epstein, destroy evidence, pay off witnesses, or otherwise facilitate his sexual trafficking and predatory pedophilia may be charged,” said attorney Josh Schiller of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in Manhattan, whose firm represents nine victims. “They may also be sued individually as they are identified.”One person at potential risk is Ghislaine Maxwell, a friend of Epstein’s who at least one victim has accused of procuring underage girls for him. She settled an earlier case but could be named in other lawsuits.Attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents three women, said the estate should preserve assets for his victims.“I am calling today for the administrators of Jeffrey Epstein’s estate to freeze all his assets and hold them for his victims who are filing civil cases,” Bloom said in a tweet. “Their lives have been shattered by his sexual assaults, their careers derailed. They deserve full and fair compensation NOW.”Epstein entered a controversial non-prosecution agreement more than a decade ago with U.S. prosecutors, which barred federal charges in the Southern District of Florida against him and four named conspirators. Instead, he admitted to two state prostitution charges and served 13 months in jail.Federal prosecutors in New York, who filed sex trafficking charges against Epstein last month, said they weren’t bound by the non-prosecution agreement in Florida.“I hope and expect that the investigation into his co-conspirators is ongoing and will continue,” Scarola said. “It’s hard to imagine that there is not an ongoing investigation into the involvement of others in Epstein’s criminal activities.”A federal judge ruled in February that the Justice Department broke the law by making that deal without consulting the accusers. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who was the lead federal prosecutor in Florida, resigned last month because of renewed public fury over the case. The judge in Florida is considering how to proceed in that case, in which Epstein was a party.Constitutional RightIn his civil lawsuits a decade ago, Epstein repeatedly invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination before settling cases.“The civil cases against Jeffrey Epstein were prosecuted in the absence of Epstein, who was asserting his Fifth Amendment right throughout,” Scarola said. “He might as well have been dead. The claims were progressing in the absence of Epstein being a source of information.”Epstein’s death came a day after a federal appeals court unsealed hundreds of pages of documents in a case that revealed new details about how he allegedly lured his victims and who enabled his sexual crimes.Read more: Epstein Pal Maxwell Loses Last-Ditch Attempt to Seal PapersThe filings revealed new allegations of sexual abuse by powerful men who associates with Epstein, including former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, and asset manager Glenn Dubin, chairman of Castleton Commodities International LLC. All three men deny the claims.(Adds prosecutors' statement in third paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: David Voreacos in New York at dvoreacos@bloomberg.net;Patricia Hurtado in Federal Court in Manhattan at pathurtado@bloomberg.net;Erik Larson in New York at elarson4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Heather Smith at hsmith26@bloomberg.net, Ros Krasny, Ian FisherFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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UPDATE 2-Jeffrey Epstein accuser links powerful men to financier -civil court filing

UPDATE 2-Jeffrey Epstein accuser links powerful men to financier -civil court filingA woman who accused Jeffrey Epstein of keeping her as a sex slave said one of the financier’s associates had instructed her to have sex with at least a half-dozen prominent men, according to a court filing unsealed on Friday in a civil lawsuit. The claim by Virginia Giuffre came in a deposition that was included among roughly 2,000 pages of documents related to her defamation lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell, the associate whom Giuffre has said helped Epstein procure girls for sex. Lawyers for Maxwell did not respond to several phone and email requests for comment.



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Thousands of Hong Kong civil servants defy government to join protests

Thousands of Hong Kong civil servants defy government to join protestsThousands of civil servants joined in the anti-government protests in Hong Kong on Friday for the first time since they started two months ago, defying a warning from the authorities to remain politically neutral. Protests against a proposed bill that would allow people to be extradited to stand trial in mainland China have grown increasingly violent, with police accused of excessive use of force and failing to protect protesters from suspected gang attacks. Chanting encouragement, crowds turned out to support the civil servants at their rally on Friday evening which halted traffic on major roads in the heart of the city’s business district.



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Former tenant charged in killing of Louisiana civil rights activist

Former tenant charged in killing of Louisiana civil rights activistBaton Rouge detectives arrested Ron Jermaine Bell in the killing of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, whose body was found stuffed in the trunk of her car on Friday afternoon, Police Chief Murphy Paul told a news conference. The suspect was already in jail in East Baton Rouge Parish for failing to register as a sex offender when police linked him to the murder, said Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux, III, at the same news conference. Roberts-Joseph’s death was ruled a homicide by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office on Monday.



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Biden apologizes for remarks about segregationists, defends civil rights record

Biden apologizes for remarks about segregationists, defends civil rights recordThe Democratic candidate also highlights his time in the Obama administration in a South Carolina address.



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Joe Biden Says He Wasn't Ready for Kamala Harris to 'Come After' Him on Civil Rights

Joe Biden Says He Wasn't Ready for Kamala Harris to 'Come After' Him on Civil RightsJoe Biden said he wasn't ready for Kamala Harris to go after his civil rights record during the Democratic primary debate.



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