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Three Mexicans dead in Texas shooting just north of border

Three Mexicans dead in Texas shooting just north of borderThree Mexicans were among the 20 people who died in a shooting in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, said Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who expressed condolences to both Mexican and American victims in the attack just north of Mexico. “There is a fraternal coexistence between those who live in Ciudad Juarez and El Paso,” he said. Six Mexicans were injured in the shooting, including a 10-year-old girl, said Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Twitter.



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'Don't just come and criticize': Elijah Cummings defends Baltimore in face of Trump's insults

'Don't just come and criticize': Elijah Cummings defends Baltimore in face of Trump's insultsRep. Elijah Cummings said he would 'love' to have President Donald Trump come to Baltimore to discuss ways the federal government can help the city.



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QAnon Says FBI Labeling Them a Terror Threat Just Proves There’s a Deep-State Conspiracy Against Them

QAnon Says FBI Labeling Them a Terror Threat Just Proves There’s a Deep-State Conspiracy Against ThemScott Olson/GettyOn paper, Thursday was a bad day for followers of the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon. A newly revealed FBI report warned that the theory’s followers presented a heightened risk for terrorism. Multiple popular predictions by QAnon followers also failed to materialize.But for hardcore Q followers, the rough week won’t shake their faith.The FBI memo, which was published in late May and first reported by Yahoo News, warned of the theory’s likelihood to “spread and evolve in the modern information marketplace.” So far, the warning has proven true. Despite a series of violent QAnon-inspired incidents and failed Q prophecies, movement followers still say they see nothing wrong with it, and even suggest that the FBI report is part of a conspiracy against them.The memo names QAnon supporters, alongside followers of other fringe political conspiracy theories like Pizzagate, as being likely to carry out extremist acts in the name of their beliefs.“One key assumption driving these assessments is that certain conspiracy theory narratives tacitly support or legitimize violent action,” the memo reads. “The FBI also assumes, but not all individuals or domestic extremists who hold such beliefs will act on them. The FBI assess these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread, and evolve in the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts.”What Is QAnon? The Craziest Theory of the Trump Era, ExplainedQAnon followers believe President Trump’s opponents are involved in a vast conspiracy of Satanic child sex-trafficking and cannibalism, and that Q, an anonymous poster on the forum 8chan, is actually a high-level military operative feeding them information on mass arrests that are totally coming this time around. The movement has been suspending its disbelief for nearly two years of unfulfilled promises of purges and revolutions.They saved plenty of skepticism for the very real FBI memo. Maybe the FBI report was fake, a prominent Q peddler suggested on Twitter. (When asked about the memo, the FBI told Yahoo it “routinely shares information with our law enforcement partners.”)Other Q followers on Twitter accused FBI Director Christopher Wray of acting against Trump, and suggested that he needed to be fired. A third set suggested the memo was actually good. This crowd claimed the memo was an elaborate ruse to trick the media into asking Trump about QAnon. (For reasons not entirely clear, many QAnon supporters believe that Trump supports QAnon but won’t speak openly about it unless asked by a reporter.)But QAnon followers have stuck with their conspiracy theory through other rough patches. The theory’s followers have gone on to commit violence, including a follower who led an armed standoff at the Hoover Dam last summer, inspired by his frustration that one of Q’s clues never materialized. Months later, a vlogger who made QAnon videos was arrested for allegedly threatening a massacre at YouTube, which he believed was censoring him. In January, a Q believer allegedly murdered his brother with a sword over a conspiratorial idea. Leaders of multiple heavily armed groups on the southern border were led by QAnon believers, who were later arrested for various counts of trespassing and weapons violations. A man accused of murdering a New York mob boss scribbled a Q on his hand in court and claimed to have been motivated by his belief in the conspiracy theory.Despite those incidents, major figures in Trump World have still flirted with the conspiracy theory. “Now do ANTIFA,” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted after the FBI memo was revealed, in reference to the anti-fascist movement. (In fact, federal agencies have already released memos about anti-fascists, some of them based on right-wing hoaxes, The Daily Beast previously reported. Figures on the right are currently trying to have the FBI classify the anti-fascist movement as a domestic terror group, something it cannot do because anti-fascism is not a group, and the FBI makes no such domestic classifications. The same holds true for QAnon believers.)At Trump’s rally in Cincinnati hours after the memo was revealed, warm-up speaker Brandon Straka invoked one of the movement’s slogans. The crowd around him was full of Q shirts and signs.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet 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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Iowa newlywed, 22, drowns on honeymoon during first-ever time in ocean, just 3 days after wedding

Iowa newlywed, 22, drowns on honeymoon during first-ever time in ocean, just 3 days after weddingA 22-year-old Iowa man tragically drowned Tuesday during his Floridahoneymoon, just three days after he and his bride said, "I do



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'Serving under Trump is embarrassing': Fifth Republican congressman retires in just two weeks as GOP fears more exits

'Serving under Trump is embarrassing': Fifth Republican congressman retires in just two weeks as GOP fears more exitsThe fifth Republican congressman in two weeks is set to step down as the GOP reportedly fears a wave of retirements amid ongoing tension in the party over Donald Trump’s presidency.Representative Mike Conaway will not seek re-election to his Texas seat in 2020, according to Politico, but has not confirmed his decision or his reason for retiring.However, House Republicans are reportedly worried that the difficulties of serving under Mr Trump and working with a Democratic majority in Congress will lead to more exits.“Serving in the era of Trump has few rewards. He has made an already hostile political environment worse,” Tom Davis, a former senior Republican congressman, told The Hill.“Every day there is some indefensible tweet or comment to defend or explain. It is exhausting and often embarrassing.”Mr Conaway, who has served in Congress for 15 years, will join Republican representatives Paul Mitchell, Pete Olson, Martha Roby and Rob Bishop in announcing his retirement.Mr Mitchell's resignation was spurred by his frustration with partisan fighting and the "rhetoric and vitriol" in US politics, according to The Hill.However, he did not explicitly attribute blame to the president.Ms Roby said she would not vote for Mr Trump in 2016 as his behaviour had been "unacceptable as a candidate for president" but has since improved their relationship and received an endorsement from him in 2018.The Republican Party is facing a difficult task in reclaiming the House in 2020 after Democrats were victorious in last year’s midterm elections.Mr Trump’s approval ratings remain low, currently at about 43 per cent on average, and his divisive political agenda could prove costly in congressional elections next year.Mr Conaway, Mr Mitchell, Ms Roby and Mr Bishop all represent safe Republican districts that are expected to pick GOP candidates in 2020.However, Mr Olson’s district could be competitive, as the Texas congressman saw his majority cut to 5 per cent in 2018.Even in safe districts, the prospect of returning to the House in 2020 may be unappealing for many conservative representatives as Democrats are expected to win a majority again next year.In a general ballot, recent polling has shown Democrats lead Republicans by 5.6 per cent for the 2020 election, according to an average by political analysis website FiveThirtyEight.All 435 voting seats in the House of Representatives will be up for election in 2020, along with 34 seats in the US Senate.



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‘Put the tweet down, brother, and just show up.’ Baltimore responds to Trump calling city rat infested

‘Put the tweet down, brother, and just show up.’ Baltimore responds to Trump calling city rat infestedBaltimore officials dismissed Donald Trump's attacks on their city as a racial wedge. Now, they're asking what his White House is doing to help.



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Donald Trump Just Granted 5 Full Pardons. Check Out to Who.

Donald Trump Just Granted 5 Full Pardons. Check Out to Who.President Donald Trump granted five full pardons Monday to John Richard Bubala, Roy Wayne McKeever, Rodney Takumi, Michael Tedesco and Chalmer Lee Williams.The president decided each man was worthy of Executive Grants of Clemency after “a careful review of the files” of each individual, according to an official statement from the Office of the Press Secretary.John Richard BubalaBubala pled guilty to improper use of Federal Government in 1990 in an effort to transport automotive equipment from one town to another. Today, he volunteers at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center by teaching classes on the American Flag, and is serving on an honor detail for veteran funerals.Roy Wayne McKeeverMcKeever was arrested in 1989 when he was 19 years old for transporting marijuana from Mexico to Oklahoma and immediately pleaded guilty to one count of using a telephone to facilitate the distribution of a controlled substance. He has spent the last 29 years doing charity work for his community and is an active member of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas.Rodney TakumiTakumi was arrested in 1987 at an illegal gambling parlor during a law-enforcement raid and pleaded no contest. After his arrest, he worked as a tax preparer for several years and now owns a tax preparation franchise within the Navajo Nation.



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Trump boasts Afghanistan would be easy to fix: 'I just don't want to kill 10 million people'

Trump boasts Afghanistan would be easy to fix: 'I just don't want to kill 10 million people'The president said he could “win that war in a week.”



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Trump Can’t Just Walk Away From ‘Send Her Back’

Trump Can’t Just Walk Away From ‘Send Her Back’(Bloomberg Opinion) — Last Sunday, President Donald Trump suggested that four Democratic congresswomen of color, three of whom were born in the U.S., “go back” to their ancestors’ countries. Despite a broad public outcry about the leader of the free world unleashing a timeworn racist trope, Trump refused to apologize or back away from his comments.On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted to condemn Trump for “racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.” The president stood his ground. A day later, he presided over an unsettling and ominous political rally in North Carolina during which the crowd started chanting “send her back” after he singled out Representative Ilhan Omar, a Democrat and a Somali immigrant, as unpatriotic.Public pressure finally forced Trump into a lukewarm retreat by Thursday. “I was not happy with it; I disagreed with it,” he said of the chants he had incited, claiming he attempted to stop them by “speaking very quickly." (This isn’t true. Trump didn’t speak at all while the chants were occurring.)Trump’s defenders have blamed the media and his political opponents for the backlash, and the president himself tweeted this week that “I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” If Trump’s racism isn’t in his bones, then it’s likely to be found in his heart because he’s been awash in it for decades.Consider:\– Trump and his father, Fred, ran a housing business that the Justice Department censured in 1973 for discriminating against prospective tenants of color.\– Trump bought newspaper ads in 1989 that condemned black and Latino teenagers accused of assaulting a white jogger in Central Park, stoking racial acrimony to snare media attention. (He continued to insist on the teenagers’ guilt long after they were exonerated.)\– Jack O’Donnell, a senior executive at Trump’s Atlantic City casinos during the late 1980s, described Trump as someone whose “prejudices didn’t stop at the color of one’s skin. Everyone was subject to judgment. It could be their ethnicity, their gender, their religion. It could be their social ‘caste.’”\– O’Donnell also described Trump as picky about who handled his cash back then. “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”\– When he was running his casino business, Trump paid for a series of newspaper and broadcast ads that sought to brand a potential competitor seeking a gambling license — a Native American tribe, the Mohawks — as drug dealers and criminals.\– Trump’s first wife, Ivana, told her lawyer during their divorce that Trump kept a copy of Hitler’s collected speeches by his bedside in Trump Tower. When a reporter questioned Trump about the book in 1990, he balked and then said it was a gift.\– Trump embraced birtherism in 2011 and falsely asserted that President Barack Obama was born overseas and had forged his birth certificate.\– While the Trump University lawsuit was being litigated, Trump publicly claimed one of the judges hearing the case, Gonzalo Curiel, was biased because of his Mexican heritage. Curiel was born in the U.S.\– Trump has often been reluctant to distance himself from white supremacists like the former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.\– Trump gave Steve Bannon, who has been associated with white nationalism, a senior role in his 2016 presidential campaign and in his White House.\– Trump has unapologetically retweeted white nationalists, and for years has praised himself and others as being the successful beneficiaries of “good genes.”\– Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, testified before Congress earlier this year that “Mr. Trump is a racist.” He also recalled a trip with Trump: “While we were once driving through a struggling neighborhood in Chicago, he commented that only black people could live that way. He told me that black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid.”\– In White House meetings, Trump has inveighed against allowing immigrants from “shithole countries” into the U.S. — noting that, unlike residents of Norway, Haitians all had AIDS and Nigerians lived in “huts.”\– In the wake of the Charlottesville marches in 2017, Trump famously couldn’t bring himself to condemn the neo-Nazis who had taken part. Instead, he criticized the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides — on many sides.”All this preceded the events of this week and there’s no reason to believe that the president is chastened. Someone who was authentically compassionate and not a racist would be horrified to be accused of racism; an apology would’ve been prompt. Yet Trump bridled and has yet to apologize to anyone. He doesn’t care; this is who he is.The North Carolina rally is a just a taste of how craven the president is prepared to be to retake the White House. And the path he’s on will test the country’s morality, decency and ideals.(Updates 15th paragraph to more accurately reflect Steve Bannon’s past associations.)To contact the author of this story: Timothy L. O'Brien at tobrien46@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Timothy Lavin at tlavin1@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Timothy L. O’Brien is the executive editor of Bloomberg Opinion. He has been an editor and writer for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, HuffPost and Talk magazine. His books include “TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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A dramatic satellite photo shows Hurricane Barry enveloping the Gulf of Mexico just before making landfall in Louisiana

A dramatic satellite photo shows Hurricane Barry enveloping the Gulf of Mexico just before making landfall in LouisianaSince the photo was taken around 10 AM Friday, the storm has since strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane.



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