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Trump’s 'lynching' tweet draws outrage — and some Republican support

Trump’s 'lynching' tweet draws outrage — and some Republican supportPresident Trump's comparison of the House Democrats’ ongoing impeachment inquiry to “a lynching” was promptly condemned by many critics. But three prominent GOP senators came to his defense.



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Avenatti Draws on Ukraine Scandal to Say He Too Is Trump Target

Avenatti Draws on Ukraine Scandal to Say He Too Is Trump Target(Bloomberg) — Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti told a New York judge that Donald Trump’s Ukraine debacle is further evidence that the president uses the power of the federal government to target his political enemies.Avenatti, who gained fame as the Trump-bashing lawyer for pornographic-film actress Stormy Daniels, said in a court filing Thursday that Trump “overtly uses and encourages the Department of Justice to target his enemies and act as his own personal law firm.”Prosecutors say Avenatti tried to extort millions of dollars out of Nike Inc. while representing a coach for elite youth basketball players. Avenatti has said the case against him emerged after he weighed a possible run for president in 2020.In Thursday’s filing, Avenatti cited Trump’s effort to get Ukraine to investigate the president’s top 2020 rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, saying it’s the same kind of abuse of office that he’s dealing with.A representative for U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman declined to comment. The White House didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.Avenatti was charged in March. In August, he asked the judge to dismiss the charges, calling it a “vindictive prosecution,” and the filing added to his pending request.Prosecutors say the evidence against Avenatti is overwhelming. The government says it has video and audio recordings of Avenatti demanding Nike pay him more than $ 20 million to conduct an internal investigation of the company or face damaging claims that he planned to make public in a press conference.Read More: Avenatti-Nike Extortion Case Isn’t About Trump Feud, U.S. SaysTo contact the reporter on this story: Erik Larson in New York at elarson4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Joe SchneiderFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Sweden’s Anti-Immigrant Party Draws Even With Social Democrats in Poll for First Time

Sweden’s Anti-Immigrant Party Draws Even With Social Democrats in Poll for First Time(Bloomberg) — Support for the nationalist Sweden Democrats and the Social Democrats is almost equal for the first time in an Expressen/Demoskop poll, adding to Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s burden as he steers his minority government.His Social Democrats, the largest political party in Sweden for most of the past century, have lost voters to anti-immigration party Sweden Democrats, the survey showed."The result stands out," Demoskop spokesman Peter Santesson told Expressen. "The loss of voters to the Sweden Democrats is the main reason for the decline in support for the Social Democrats".Recent shootings and gang violence may be the reason for the rising concern and frustration among voters, Social Democrats spokeswoman Lena Radstrom Baastad told Expressen.Support for the Social Democrats declined by 0.9 percentage point from a month earlier to 23.1%, while the Sweden Democrats gained 1.5 percentage point to 22.9%. The other parties saw marginal changes.To contact the reporter on this story: Veronica Ek in Stockholm at vek@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edith Moy at echan10@bloomberg.net, Jonas BergmanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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'#ClintonBodyCount': Trump's sharing of Epstein conspiracy theory draws outrage

'#ClintonBodyCount': Trump's sharing of Epstein conspiracy theory draws outragePresident Trump drew widespread backlash after sharing a baseless conspiracy theory tying the death of Jeffrey Epstein, a well-connected convicted sex offender, to Bill and Hillary Clinton.



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Burger King employee draws pig on order placed by a New Mexico police officer

Burger King employee draws pig on order placed by a New Mexico police officerThe fast-food restaurant chain has fired five employees following the incident.



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Trump’s shares Epstein conspiracy theory, draws outrage

Trump’s shares Epstein conspiracy theory, draws outragePresident Trump, who has trafficked in conspiracy theories since he entered public life, seemed to cross a line Saturday by sharing a tweet tying Bill and Hillary Clinton to the jailhouse death of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.



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Slavery Reparations Draws 2020 Democrats as Race Rises as Issue

Slavery Reparations Draws 2020 Democrats as Race Rises as Issue(Bloomberg) — Democrats in Congress and running for the White House are taking a fresh look at reparations for the descendants of slaves, as the party wrestles with addressing inequality and confronting racial tension and violence they say are being stoked by President Donald Trump.Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee has given new life to an idea first raised in the aftermath of the Civil War and periodically revived since then. It’s pushed into the Democratic presidential contest as a marker for candidates seeking to show their commitment to addressing issues of race and the economic disparity between whites and blacks.In the Senate, Cory Booker of New Jersey has introduced companion legislation to Jackson Lee’s measure that would form a commission to study proposals for reparations. All six of the other senators in the Democratic presidential race, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California, have signed on as co-sponsors.Another presidential hopeful, former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas, said at the Democratic debate in Detroit in July that, if elected, he would sign Jackson Lee’s legislation if it passed Congress “so that we can have the national conversation we’ve waited too long in this country to have.” Historic StepA commission to study compensating African-Americans for slavery would be an historic step, although Congress is unlikely to pass Jackson Lee’s legislation while Republicans control the Senate. And while studying reparations is a far step from enacting them, the debate is pushing the Democratic candidates to articulate how they would address the wealth gap between white and black families that continues to widen. “America has to come to grips with something that is continuously raising its head again,” Jackson Lee said in an interview in July. Race has jumped to the forefront of the 2020 campaign as Democrats denounce Trump’s rhetoric, accusing him of using racist language that’s encouraged extremists, like the gunman who killed 22 people in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.“This president has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation,” Joe Biden, the front-runner in the Democratic presidential contest, said at a campaign stop this week in Iowa, days after the shooting in Texas and another in Dayton, Ohio.Still, the support for a study of reparations rather than an actual program for payments is a sign of the cautious approach the candidates are taking toward the idea, which surveys have shown has little support among voters. Instead, they’re emphasizing broader economic policies intended to address income inequality.Booker’s campaign proposed “Baby Bonds” which could give all U.S. children a savings account at birth, with as much as $ 2,000 added each year for children from low-income families to access at age 18. Harris offered an economic plan called “The Lift Act” to give a tax credit to all families who make less than $ 100,000 a year.Warren and Sanders both suggested education policies aimed at closing racial achievement gaps. Warren’s plan includes universal tuition free college and an increase in Pell Grants. She would also put $ 50 billion into historically black colleges and universities and cancel 95% of student-loan debt in an effort to close the wealth gap. Schools and WealthSanders’s “Thurgood Marshall Plan,” named for the first African-American Supreme Court justice, focuses on combating school segregation and increasing funding for public schools.South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg proposed the Douglass Plan, named for 19th century author and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, which aims to help black families build wealth by supporting home ownership, health care and entrepreneurship, and would overhaul the criminal justice system. His campaign describes the policy as “a complement to any potential reparations proposals.”Biden said he supports a commission to study reparations, but hasn’t endorsed a specific bill so far. His campaign has emphasized education reforms including investing in schools serving low-income areas, as well as policies to reduce incarceration. His proposal would change sentencing for drug offenses and establish social programs to reduce crime.Only Marianne Williamson, a self-help author and outlier in the crowded Democratic field, fully endorsed cash reparations, which she estimated to cost as much as $ 500 billion. History of ReparationsTrump regularly points to job gains for minorities and the low African-American unemployment rate achieved during his administration to deflect criticism for his comments targeting immigrants and other people of color, including members of Congress.Republicans have largely dismissed the idea that descendants of slaves should be compensated as a way to address enduring wealth disparities. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he doesn’t believe Americans today should pay for the nation’s “original sin” that happened “150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible.”America did attempt reparations for former slaves after the Civil War. In 1865, Union General William Sherman issued Special Field Order No. 15, which dictated that land in Georgia and South Carolina be reserved for newly freed slaves. The slaves were offered 40 acres of land and a mule, a calculation Williamson cited on the debate stage to calculate how much would be owed today. While 40,000 former slaves ended up living on this land, President Andrew Johnson reversed those orders.Making the Case The argument for reparations began in Congress in 1989 when Representative John Conyers of Michigan introduced the original bill to establish a commission to study reparations.Author Ta-Nehisi Coates sparked the conversation again in a 2014 article in The Atlantic, “The Case For Reparations.” He argued that the descendants of slaves are owed reparations for the role their ancestors played in building the nation and the economy. Coates testified during the House Judiciary Committee’s June 19 hearing on Jackson Lee’s bill, H.R. 40.The hearing was timed to coincide with Juneteenth, marked by many African Americans as the anniversary of their emancipation from slavery in Texas on that day in 1865. Built the NationAlso at the hearing, House Majority leader Steny Hoyer said he expects the committee to advance Jackson Lee’s bill, with a possible floor vote. Jackson Lee said this moment, in which Trump’s controversies follow the two terms of the country’s first black president, Barack Obama, is the perfect time to study reparations.“Cotton was king, people were in bondage, they were never paid, they helped the build this nation, they built the United States Capitol that we’re sitting in, they built the White House that we love and have affection for, they served in all the wars starting with the revolutionary war,” Jackson-Lee said. “Once you have all that understanding, I don’t think anyone would be angry or mad about the fact that we would pass H.R. 40.” To contact the reporter on this story: Jarrell Dillard in Washington at jdillard11@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Anna Edgerton, Ros KrasnyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Modi's "bold" Kashmir move draws praise, criticism in India

Modi's "bold" Kashmir move draws praise, criticism in IndiaPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to revoke special status for the disputed Kashmir region is a bold gamble to end a three-decades old armed revolt and draw the territory closer to the rest of India, the country’s media said on Tuesday. The Hindu nationalist-led government on Monday scrapped a constitutional provision that allowed the Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir to make its own laws and barred non-residents from buying property there. “Mission Kashmir Accomplished: In one swift stroke, India gets special status in state,” The Economic Times said on its front page.



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Biden draws criticism for pre-debate quip to Harris

Biden draws criticism for pre-debate quip to HarrisThe introduction was swiftly criticized on Twitter as dismissive and patronizing.



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The Latest: Wisconsin sheriff draws parallel with Closs case

The Latest: Wisconsin sheriff draws parallel with Closs caseAuthorities in Wisconsin say a man suspected of killing four people may have been imitating the abduction last year of teenager Jayme Closs. Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said Tuesday that investigators may never know exactly what led to the Sunday attacks. Kowalczyk says German used a shotgun to blast his way into the woman’s home, and then shot and wounded her parents.



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