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For Trumps faithful, the Supreme Court game brings excitement as protests spark fear
News ImageThe White House is preparing to backstop any lawsuits tied to the election with a 6-3 majority in the country's highest court.
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:14:05 -0400
An NYPD officer and US Army reservist has been arrested and accused of spying on Tibetan New Yorkers for China
News ImageBaimadajie Angwang, 33, was charged with acting as the agent of a foreign government, wire fraud, and making false statements.
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 06:49:52 -0400
Stranger tries to snatch child from moving SUV outside Costco, California cops say
News ImageId do anything I could to stop him because thats the worst nightmare.
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:09:29 -0400
Only in Arizona: Bobcats clinging to a saguaro cactus caught on camera
News Image"At first, obviously, it was exciting to see them but then I kind of realized, 'Oh they're up there for a reason,' " Mindy King said.
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:04:01 -0400
Fox News Defends All-American Kenosha Shooter: Little Boy Just Protecting His State
News ImageFox News devoted multiple segments on Tuesday night to defending accused murderer Kyle Rittenhouse, describing the 17-year-old charged with shooting several Kenosha protesters as an all-American and a little boy out there trying to protect his community.Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who justified the shootings earlier this summer, kicked off his program Tuesday night by airing a video detailing the August shootings produced by a fundraising group led by Rittenhouses attorney, L. Lin Wood.The heavily narrated video, which purportedly details Rittenhouses actions that night, largely uses previously shown footage while portraying the victims as criminals, going so far as to show their rap sheets when identifying them. Rittenhouse, meanwhile, is described as a lifeguard who has devoted hundreds of hours to community service.The video also tries to sow doubt about whether Rittenhouse actually killed Jason Rosenbaum, the first victim. Acknowledging that Rittenhouse shot four times toward Rosenbaum, the narrator notes that other shots were fired in the vicinity, suggesting that the shot that killed Rosenbaum could have been fired by someone else.After showing the slickly produced clip from Rittenhouses defense team, Carlson turned to pro-Trump Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro, who immediately took the opportunity to defend Rittenhouse.We still dont know if Kyle did the kill shot, because we cant get the autopsy or the ballistic reports yet, she said. But if you move on to the second shooting, what you realize is this kid is not a mass murderer, there were several times he couldve continued shooting. Twice he shot in the air, once he turned around and the guy put his hands up, he didnt shoot him, he kept moving.After applauding Rittenhouses apparent restraint in not shooting more protesters that night, Pirro called on the district attorney to drop the charges against Rittenhouse, saying theres no shame in exonerating a defendant if hes not guilty.Kyle Rittenhouse has been villainized here, and he's been demonized, and I think it should be just the opposite, she continued, adding: This one kid is an innocent man, hes looking to help, hes all-American, and hes trying to just make sure his town is safe.Notably, Rittenhouse is not from Kenosha, or even Wisconsin. He traveled to the Jacob Blake protests that night from Antioch, Illinois, roughly 20 miles away.The following hour on Trump confidant Sean Hannitys show, former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondiwho served on President Donald Trumps impeachment defense teampiggybacked on Pirros portrayal of Rittenhouse as a clean-cut kid trying to make a positive difference.After Hannity played a bit of the video, Bondi said she was glad Wood was the attorney before justifying Rittenhouses alleged actions, saying Kenosha was a war zone.You have got a 17-year-old out there trying to protect his state, she exclaimed. He is helping people who have been injured. He has paramedic training for being a lifeguard. He is taking graffiti off walls. He is trying to mitigate the chaos out there.Once again, it should be noted that Rittenhouse is not from Wisconsin.The video speaks volumes, Bondi said, adding that the victims were criminals who were chasing him down before claiming that it is too soon to charge him with anything.They charged him two days later and there were bullets flying everywhere. Other people were firing, she said. This kid was out there trying to help people. Were people killed? Absolutely.We have a little boy out there trying to protect his community, Bondi continued. Should he have been out there with a gun? No. But should he have been charged with murder? We just dont know yet and they charged him two days later. So its a war zone out there.The former attorney general concluded by seemingly placing the blame for the shootings on local leadership, asking, Whats it coming to in these liberal cities when teenagers have to go out there to try to provide aid to other people who are getting injured by these rioters?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.
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 00:47:00 -0400
Oregon grieves for natural places wiped out by wildfires
News ImageOregonians are grieving the loss of some of their most treasured natural places after wildfires wiped out campgrounds, hot springs and wooded retreats that have been touchstones for generations in a state known for its unspoiled beauty. The flames that destroyed hundreds of homes and killed at least nine people also encroached on beloved state parks, scorched some of Oregon's best-known hiking trails and raged through a whitewater rafting mecca. A forest center built on the ruins of an old mining town that hosted thousands of Oregon children was largely reduced to ashes.
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:41:26 -0400
House passes temporary funding bill, averting shutdown
News ImageThe House on Tuesday night passed a sweeping bipartisan funding bill, averting a government shutdown.
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:27:13 -0400
China 'coercing' thousands of Tibetans into mass labour camps - report
News ImageResearchers warn the "militarised vocational training" can lead to a loss of cultural heritage.
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 04:54:50 -0400
Real estate tycoon and critic of China's President Xi Jinping jailed for 18 years
News ImageThe former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticised President Xi Jinping's handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday on corruption charges, a court announced. Ren Zhiqiang, who became known for speaking up about censorship and other sensitive topics, disappeared from public view in March after publishing an essay online that accused Mr Xi of mishandling the outbreak that began in December in the central city of Wuhan. Mr Xi, party leader since 2012, has suppressed criticism, tightened censorship and cracked down on unofficial organisations. Dozens of journalists, labour and human rights activists and others have been imprisoned. Mr Ren, 69, was convicted of corruption, bribery, embezzlement of public funds and abuse of power, the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court announced on its social media account. It cited Mr Ren as saying he wouldn't appeal. The former chairman and deputy party secretary of Huayuan Group was expelled from the ruling party in July. In a commentary that circulated on social media, Mr Ren criticised a Feb. 23 video conference with 170,000 officials held early in the pandemic at which Mr Xi announced orders for responding to the disease. Mr Ren didn't mention Mr Xi's name but said, "standing there was not an emperor showing off his new clothes but a clown who had stripped off his clothes and insisted on being an emperor". Mr Ren criticised propaganda that portrayed Mr Xi and other leaders as rescuing China from the disease without mentioning where it began and possible mistakes including suppressing information at the start of the outbreak. "People did not see any criticism at the conference. It didn't investigate and disclose the truth," Mr Ren wrote, according to a copy published by China Digital Times, a website in California. "No one reviewed or took responsibility. But they are trying to cover up the truth with all kinds of great achievements." Mr Ren had an early military career and his parents were both former high officials in the Communist party. Some called him a princeling, a term for offspring of the founders of the communist government, a group that includes Mr Xi. He appeared to have crossed a political line by criticising Mr Xi's personal leadership.
Mon, 21 Sep 2020 23:56:04 -0400
Joe Biden is already being cagey about expanding the Supreme Court
News ImageBiden refuses to say whether he'd expand the Supreme Court if he wins
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 02:21:48 -0400
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