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Biden attack ads featuring his comments on race to be launched by right-wing group

Biden attack ads featuring his comments on race to be launched by right-wing groupClub for Growth, a conservative political group, will launch new attack ads against Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden targeting his past statements about race next week.The ads, which come amid criticism of Mr Biden’s work with segregationists in the 1970s, will run during his first Democratic debate appearance.The decision to attack Mr Biden is based on internal polling Club for Growth conducted that has been viewed by Reuters. The ads will air on MSNBC and NBC stations in Des Moines, Iowa, according to the organisation.Iowa holds the nation's first nominating contest.Club for Growth, whose stated top policy goals include reducing income tax rates, a full repeal of Obamacare and reducing the size of the federal government, will never back a Democrat for president, but it is wading into the Democratic primary likely because Mr Biden poses the greatest risk to Donald Trump's re-election bid. Early national polling and surveys in important swing states have repeatedly shown Mr Biden beating Mr Trump in a hypothetical match up.Club for Growth's poll found voters were less inclined to vote for Mr Biden if they were told he had previously taken positions that included opposing slavery reparations and busing of school children as part of desegregation systems."Joe Biden’s past statements and positions on race issues present a serious challenge to his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination according to our polling," Club for Growth president David McIntosh said in a statement to Reuters."This poll and the coming ad are designed to help voters and observers of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary understand the field as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the frontrunner, former vice president Joe Biden."Mr Biden, who has consistently been the frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary, drew sharp criticism from his Democratic rivals this week when he pointed to the "civility" during his early time in the US Senate in the 1970s when he worked with segregationists. He has refused to apologise, pointing out that he opposed segregationists.Mr Biden is one of two dozen Democrats vying to challenge Mr Trump in the November 2020 election. The Democrats will go head-to-head in Miami next week in their first debate.The Club for Growth poll – which included 1,000 voters in the 18 states that are the first to hold primary contests – reaffirmed Mr Biden's position as a frontrunner. It found, like other polls, that Mr Biden's lead is being fuelled largely by black voters. The poll found 46 per cent of black voters, 29 per cent of Hispanic voters and 33 per cent white voters are backing Mr Biden.The poll found Mr Biden followed by US senator Bernie Sanders and then senator Elizabeth Warren.The research also looked more closely at the four states that conduct the first nominating contests: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. In those states Mr Biden leads, but Ms Warren edges out Mr Sanders – a possible sign of her growing support in states that are pivotal for the primary contest.The poll was conducted 10-13 June by Republican polling firm WPAi Intelligence.Reuters



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Joe Biden: AOC-linked progressive group blasts 2020 candidate as ‘old guard’ and ‘no we can’t’ politician

Joe Biden: AOC-linked progressive group blasts 2020 candidate as ‘old guard’ and ‘no we can’t’ politicianA progressive group aligned with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has blasted Joe Biden as the “old guard” of Democratic politics, just hours after the former vice president announced his candidacy for president.Justice Democrats, a PAC that supported candidates like Ms Ocasio-Cortez in 2018, declared on Thursday morning it would support whoever becomes the Democratic nominee — but claimed candidates such as Mr Biden had divided America and led to the election of Donald Trump.“The old guard of the Democratic Party failed to stop Trump, and they can’t be counted on to lead the fight against his divide-and-conquer politics today. The party needs new leadership with a bold vision capable of energizing voters in the Democratic base who stayed home in 2016,” the statement read.But, the group went on to blast Mr Biden specifically, and used the former campaign slogan of Barack Obama — “Yes We Can” — against the former vice president.“While we’re going to support the Democrat nominee, we can’t let a so-called ‘centrist’ like Joe Biden divide the Democratic Party and turn it into the party of ‘No, we can’t,’” the group wrote. The early attack highlights the broad ideological spectrum represented in the 2020 Democratic field, which now has 20 candidates with Mr Biden in the race.While Mr Biden has led in many early polls of Democratic voters, voters have also shown strong support for Bernie Sanders — a candidate largely written off during his 2016 run against Hillary Clinton, only to aggressively compete in that primary. Candidates like Mr Sanders have sworn off support from big moneyed interests, drawing a clear line between their candidacies and those of candidates like Mr Biden, who is supported by big money interests and whose campaign announcement was expected to be followed hours later by a fundraiser hosted by an executive for Comcast — one of America’s largest telecommunication companies.



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New Mexico armed border group barred from Facebook fund-raising

New Mexico armed border group barred from Facebook fund-raisingFacebook Inc on Thursday barred a New Mexico-based paramilitary group that has stopped undocumented migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border from using its fundraising tools and said it would remove any of its posts that violated company policies. Facebook made the statement after a civil rights organization asked it to block videos posted by the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), saying the clips violated its standards, which prohibit images showing criminal acts. “People cannot use our fundraising tools for activities involving weapons,” said a Facebook spokesperson in a statement.



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Militia group 'commander' Larry Mitchell Hopkins attacked in New Mexico jail

Militia group 'commander' Larry Mitchell Hopkins attacked in New Mexico jailOfficials said they're investigating an assault on Larry Mitchell Hopkins that occurred Monday at the Doña Ana County Detention Center in Las Cruces.



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Neo-Nazi linked to group who said Prince Harry was a race traitor for marrying Meghan pleads guilty

Neo-Nazi linked to group who said Prince Harry was a race traitor for marrying Meghan pleads guiltyTwo teenage neo-Nazis, linked to a group that called Prince Harry a "race traitor"  for marrying Mehgan Markle, are facing jail after admitting terror charges. Polish national, Michal Szewczuk, 19, admitted two counts of encouraging terrorism and five of possessing documents that could be useful to a terrorist, when he appeared at the Old Bailey. His co-defendant, Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, 18, had previously pleaded guilty to encouraging terrorism. The charges relate to a neo-Nazi group called the Sonnenkrieg Division, which posted extreme racist material on the GAB social media platform. In one post, a picture of the Duke of Sussex was set against a swastika with a gun pointing at his head and the slogan: "See ya later, race traitor!" The group is an off shoot of the American Atomwaffen Division, which encourages terrorism and worships Adolf Hitler and Charles Manson. Szewczuk, who used an online pseudonym, posted comments that called for the "systematic slaughter" of women.  He also pleaded guilty to five charges relating to the possession of bomb making documents and other extremist terrorist material. At an earlier hearing, prosecutor Jessica Hart described how Szewczuk and Dunn-Koczorowski had shared the Sonnenkrieg Gab account, with both posting from the same account at different times. Judge Rebecca Poulet QC warned both teenagers they could face custody when they return to court for sentencing on 17 June.



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Armed border group shuts down camp at border in New Mexico

Armed border group shuts down camp at border in New MexicoSUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — An armed group that has been patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border left its post in the New Mexico desert Tuesday amid pressure from law enforcement following videos that showed militia members stopping migrants who had illegally crossed into the country.



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Islamic State group claims Sri Lanka suicide bombings

Islamic State group claims Sri Lanka suicide bombingsThe Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a devastating series of suicide attacks against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed more than 320 people. The claim, accompanied by a photo and video of the men the group said had unleashed the carnage, emerged more than two days after the near-simultaneous blasts ripped through three high-end hotels popular with foreigners and three churches packed with Christians celebrating Easter. Sri Lanka’s government had said initial investigations suggested the attack had been carried out as “retaliation” for shootings at two mosques in New Zealand last month that killed 50 people.



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Alleged commander of militia reportedly said group was training to assassinate Clinton, Obama

Alleged commander of militia reportedly said group was training to assassinate Clinton, ObamaThe group has posted social media videos of its volunteers apprehending migrants crossing the U.S. border in New Mexico.



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Little-known Islamist group NTJ accused in Sri Lanka blasts

Little-known Islamist group NTJ accused in Sri Lanka blastsBefore being named prime suspects in Sri Lanka’s Easter bomb suicide attacks, National Thowheeth Jama’ath’s main claim to fame was being linked to vandalising of Buddhist statues. After long wrangling with radical Buddhist leaders, suicide bomb attacks against churches and hotels would be a spectacular departure for the little-known Islamic extremist group. Cabinet minister and government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne on Monday said authorities believed the NTJ was behind Sunday’s attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels in which 290 people died.



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Armed militia group that detained migrants kicked out of their New Mexico camp

Armed militia group that detained migrants kicked out of their New Mexico campMembers of the United Constitutional Patriots militia, who had set up camp in Sunland Park, New Mexico, were told to leave their campsite by Friday.



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