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Candidates propose expanding the 'war on terror' to counter the real threat: White supremacists

Candidates propose expanding the 'war on terror' to counter the real threat: White supremacistsSince the El Paso shooting, which was declared an act of “domestic terrorism" by the Justice Department, the FBI has thwarted seven mass shootings, including attacks planned by alleged white supremacists. But those arrested are unlikely to be designated as domestic terrorists or face any federal terrorism-related charges.



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Indiana attorney general exposes the real reason behind California's homeless crisis

Indiana attorney general exposes the real reason behind California's homeless crisisIndiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says California's Proposition 47 has had unintended consequences.



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Will the real Mr. No-Deal step forward please?

Will the real Mr. No-Deal step forward please?As world leaders touched down in the French seaside resort of Biarritz for the Group of Seven summit, the long-running tensions over Britain’s departure from the EU got a tad personal. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU Council president Donald Tusk each suggested that the other is bent on scuttling the chances that the UK will break away from the single market of 500 million with an agreement.



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Police: Fake cop busted pulling over real detectives on Long Island

Police: Fake cop busted pulling over real detectives on Long IslandNassau County police say Valiery Portlock sounded a horn and flashed emergency lights Friday morning as he an attempt to pull over a van in Hicksville, Long Island.



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Overwhelming support for gun restrictions in the suburbs is good news for Democrats, but real gun reform is unlikely with a GOP Senate

Overwhelming support for gun restrictions in the suburbs is good news for Democrats, but real gun reform is unlikely with a GOP SenateIn a poll conducted after the El Paso and Dayton shootings, 71% of suburban voters and 64% of Republican women backed banning assault-style weapons.



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Fox News host Tucker Carlson says white supremacy is ‘not a real problem in America’

Fox News host Tucker Carlson says white supremacy is ‘not a real problem in America’‘This is a hoax. Just like the Russia hoax, it’s a conspiracy theory,’ Tucker Carlson continued to say on his show Tuesday evening.



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Tucker Carlson: White Supremacy Is a ‘Hoax’ and ‘Not a Real Problem in America’

Tucker Carlson: White Supremacy Is a ‘Hoax’ and ‘Not a Real Problem in America’Three days after a Texas man allegedly killed 22 people in El Paso after apparently posting a manifesto complaining of a “Hispanic invasion,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson said white supremacy is not a problem in the United States and is actually a “hoax” and a “conspiracy theory.”Carlson, who regularly spouts the same anti-immigrant “invasion” rhetoric the El Paso shooter is believed to have espoused in a racist manifesto, hit back against those who say President Trump’s rhetoric on immigration may have emboldened the suspected shooter. The Fox News star claimed it is “just a lie” to say Trump ever “endorsed white supremacy or came close to endorsing white supremacy.”Crediting the president for condemning white supremacy while addressing the recent mass shootings, Carlson not only blasted critics of the president but took it a step further and dismissed the issue of white supremacy altogether, saying “the whole thing is a lie.” “If you were to assemble a list, a hierarchy of concerns, problems this country has, where would white supremacy be on the list? Right up there with Russia probably. It’s actually not a real problem in America.”After asserting that one could fit all the white supremacists in America within a football stadium, the Fox News primetime star—who has repeatedly claimed racism is essentially a non-existent problem— then mocked the idea of white supremacy being an issue in this country.“It’s a hoax,” he declared.  “Just like the Russia hoax, it’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.”Moments later, during an interview with frequent guest Victor Davis Hanson, Carlson insisted he's “never met anybody—not one person—who ascribes to white supremacy.”“I don't know a single person who thinks that's a good idea,” he added. “I don't—I mean, they are making this up, and it's a talking point which they are using to help them in this election cycle, obviously, because Russia died.”The New York Times, meanwhile, recently highlighted how white extremist ideology is a major driving force in deadly mass shootings. Furthermore, the FBI said last month that the majority of domestic terrorism cases they’ve recently investigated are versions of white supremacist violence. Besides the El Paso shooting, at least a dozen people were killed over the past year in two separate synagogue attacks in Poway, California, and Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania, both of which were tied to alleged gunmen who had expressed white nationalist views online beforehand. 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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North Korea’s 13,000 Deadly Artillery Pieces: The Real Threat Trump Should Fear?

North Korea’s 13,000 Deadly Artillery Pieces: The Real Threat Trump Should Fear?"Even without using nuclear weapons, North Korea has the capacity to unleash a devastating level of violence against a significant portion of the ROK population through some mix of conventional artillery and possibly chemical munitions," according to a January 2019 report from RAND, a California think tank with close ties to the U.S. military.North Korea on May 4, 2019 test-fired a short-range ballistic missile \– its first major launch in the 18 months since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un suspended missile testing ahead of a summit with U.S. president Donald Trump.Pyongyang on May 9, 2019 launched a second “projectile,” South Korean officials said.(This first appeared in May.)The May tests of at least one apparently nuclear-capable short-range missile startled foreign observers and threatened to elevate tensions between the United States and its allies South Korea and Japan on one side and, on the other side, North Korea and its main patron China.But a less dramatic test of North Korea’s heavy artillery that occured at the same time as the May 4 rocket launch arguably is more important.



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Anita Hill deserves a real apology. Why couldn't Joe Biden offer one?

Anita Hill deserves a real apology. Why couldn't Joe Biden offer one?His failure to genuinely say sorry makes Biden not seem like a responsible, self-aware man who has learned from his mistakes and wants to make amends‘It’s the same demand she’s had for years: not for a simple acknowledgement that she has suffered, but for a way to ensure that other women don’t have to suffer the same way.’’ Photograph: Jennifer Law/AFP/Getty ImagesJoe Biden’s long-awaited presidential announcement finally came on Thursday, in the form of a policy-free video in which the former vice-president castigated Donald Trump for his racism and offered peans to an imagined noble American past (presumably, the past of 2008-16, when Biden served under Barack Obama) instead of a vision for the future.“America’s coming back like we used to be,” Biden said of his run. “Ethical, straight, tell ’em the truth. Supporting our allies, all those good things.” It was Make America Great Again, delivered from a different old white man, with a slightly more patrician east coast accent – harking back to a past that never was, and ignoring or, perhaps, tacitly embracing the injustices that the real past contained.Several of those injustices have been perpetrated by Biden himself, or exacerbated by his career in the Senate, in which he worked steadily to push the Democratic party to the right, championed the 1994 crime bill that needlessly and sadistically accelerated mass incarceration, and cultivated a chummy, shoulder-clapping consensus with Republicans.Among those injustices were the 1991 confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas, now one of the most fiercely conservative justices on the supreme court. As chair of the Senate judiciary committee, Biden led the hearings into accusations of gross sexual harassment by Thomas that had been unearthed from Anita Hill, a lawyer who had once been Thomas’ employee at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Under Biden’s leadership, the committee subjected Hill to a humiliating public ordeal in which she was belittled, condescended to, smeared and disbelieved.It was a spectacle of cruelty in which Biden and his all-male committee colleagues confirmed the dark suspicions of many American woman, on live TV: that men could harass and humiliate them with impunity. Hill was harangued in the press, which concocted a bizarre and evidence-free theory, encouraged by Republicans, that she had invented her accusations against Thomas because she was sexually obsessed with him. Biden and his cohort confirmed Thomas anyway.In an interview with the New York Times this week, Hill, now a law professor at Brandeis, revealed that Biden contacted her last month. She “declined to characterize his words to her as an apology”.In the past, Biden, under pressure from women’s rights activists and a Democratic base increasingly intolerant of sexual misconduct, has spoken of the Thomas hearings in passive terms, as something that happened rather than as something he did. At an event in New York in March, he said: “To this day, I regret I couldn’t give her the kind of hearing she deserved. I wish I could have done something.” Like his announcement, this statement partakes of a kind of rosy historical revisionism, one that conveniently absolved Biden of all responsibility. Because he absolutely could have, in his words, “done something”. He was the chairman of the committee overseeing the hearings. There was no one with more power to “do something” than him.> He seems to understand Hill as an annoying obstacle to his own rise, rather than as a full person with rights and dignityBiden’s non-apology to Hill, coming as it did 28 years after the disastrous hearings, six months after a similarly humiliating and futile ordeal was endured by Dr Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, and mere days before Biden’s own presidential run, smacks of insincere opportunism. He seems to understand Hill as an annoying obstacle to his own rise, rather than as a full person with rights and dignity, whom he wronged and should make amends to.His insistent use of the passive voice, meanwhile, makes him appear to lack an understanding of his own agency and power, like someone who will exaggerate his responsibilities for successes and disavow any role in missteps, wrongdoings and failures. As the journalist Bryce Covert put it: “There’s a huge difference between ‘I’m sorry for what I did’, and ‘I’m sorry that happened to you’.” In failing to grapple with his own blind spots, privileges, prejudices and personal failures, Biden has betrayed a lack of personal responsibility that in unacceptable in any adult, let alone in a national leader. The episode does not make Biden seem like a responsible, self-aware man who had learned from his mistakes and wants to make amends. It makes him seem like a man who wants to shut a woman up.To her credit, Hill has not taken the bait. Where a person of less fortitude would have understandably wanted to put the hearings behind them, Hill has been unwavering in her insistence that the way she was treated was wrong and unwilling to compromise in her search for real justice. “I cannot be satisfied by [him] simply saying, ‘I’m sorry for what happened to you,’” she told the New York Times. “I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose.”It’s the same demand she’s had for years: not for a simple acknowledgement that she has suffered, but for a way to ensure that other women don’t have to suffer the same way. “Rather than expect an apology, which in political terms is a pretty easy act to do,” she told the writer Irin Carmon in 2014, “I would like for us to improve our processes, and ensure that we do not allow this to happen ever again.” * Moira Donegan is a Guardian US columnist



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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this weekA roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:



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