Attorney General Loretta Lynch will visit a controversial Virginia mosque next week, likely as a response to a recent FBI report that found a spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes in the U.S.
The visit to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center (ADAMS) will mark Lynch’s first to a mosque since she took over the Justice Department last year. And that will be one visit more than the number she has paid to a synagogue. That despite there being two-and-a-half times as many hate crimes against Jews reported last year than against Muslims.
No details have been provided about Lynch’s visit or for why ADAMS was chosen.
Activists at Ohio State University held a protest this week that framed the killing of Abdul Razak Ali Artan during a terror attack as unjustified.
Eleven students were injured Nov. 28 when Mr. Artan turned his car into a weapon. The Somali immigrant and logistics management student was shot by Ohio State University Police Department Officer Alan Horujko, 28, before he could execute victims with a butcher knife.
Maryam Abidi, a fourth-year in women’s, gender and sexuality studies, defended the protest in a statement to the campus newspaper. She said Mr. Artan, 18, was added to a list of names of those wrongly killed by cops because lethal force cannot bring justice.
“In some cases, the deceased may have committed acts of violence against others before they were killed,” Ms. Abidi told the Lantern Thursday. “Perhaps they were domestic abusers, perhaps they threatened or killed others. This possibility is not something to shy away from. The protest against police brutality extends to the innocent and the guilty alike, because we know that no matter the crime, justice and due process don’t come from a cop’s bullet.”
The activist added that “right-wing pundits” have used the attack to focus “Islamophobia and xenophobia” onto Columbus.
Longtime Hillary Clinton aide and former communications director for the Clinton campaign Jennifer Palmieri hinted at possible electoral college mischief in a tweet on Friday after a statement from President-elect Donald Trump seemed to rub her the wrong way.
“Wonder if [Trump] knows that electoral college hasn’t even met yet,” Palmieri tweeted, in the latest indication that Clinton allies may be trying to undermine the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency before the billionaire real estate mogul ever takes office.
Palmieri was triggered by a brief statement from Trump in which the president-elect cast doubt on a Washington Post report that Russia had intervened in U.S. presidential elections for the purpose of getting Trump elected.
The foreman of the jury hearing the murder trial of former North Charleston Police officer Michael Slager says he believes race was not a factor in the jury’s failure to meet a decision.
Dorsey Montgomery II appeared in an exclusive interview on NBC Today Thursday morning along with his attorney Ross Miller.
“Due to the society that we live in, you know, race will always be a factor,” Montgomery said. “But at that point in time, I do believe that some jurors may have had that in their minds. But the majority of them didn’t have anything in their minds in reference to race that may have played a factor in the decision.”[…]
At first we looked at the the evidence that has been presented, and looking at the evidence that has been presented and looking at the video, of course the video was something that’s very shocking,” Montgomery said of a video of the shooting taken by a bystander. “So, not knowing everything that we know now, of course, we can speculate. But after seeing the video and seeing the evidence, we understand just a little bit different now.”
Montgomery admitted that before the jury began deliberating, he was personally prepared to convict Slager of murder.
“At that point in time, yes. Initially it was going to be murder, but after we looked at the evidence and read the laws and looked at the things that were presented to us by the judge, we had to come to find out that he didn’t do anything malicious. He had manslaughter. When we had — when he had a brief disturbance, he had a reason for that moment. So based on the law, that would be classified under manslaughter — voluntary manslaughter.”
“That’s why I’m here to correct that and speak up for the jurors who were with me in the deliberation room. ‘Cause I come to find out that the media misconstrued that particular letter. When that letter was submitted on that Friday, it was because we had one individual who was just deadlocked and he wasn’t changing. But yet we had five other individuals who were undecided. And so because of that, we went and when the judge asked me, I believe we could have deliberated just a little bit more to see if we could sway that one particular juror and get those who were undecided to make a decision.”
MANAMA, Bahrain — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday that as many as 200 more American troops are being sent to Syria to help Kurdish and Arab fighters capture the Islamic State group’s key stronghold of Raqqa.
The extra troops will include special operations forces and are in addition to 300 U.S. troops already authorized for the effort to recruit, organize, train and advise local Syrian forces to combat IS.
Addressing a security conference in Bahrain, Carter also took gentle jabs at U.S. Middle East partners for failing to provide more military muscle in the broader campaign to defeat IS and counter extremism.
Police are looking for a man who allegedly beat a 94-year-old woman, stole her purse and took off in a stolen vehicle before crashing it in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood.
The victim’s daughter, Judy Dusk, said her mother, Josephine Regnier, is a World War II Navy veteran.
Dusk said she was waiting for one of her daughters outside her building in the 5100-block of South Long Avenue to pick her up to go to the dentist when she was attacked around 11:50 a.m. Wednesday. Police said a man pushed Regnier into the hallway of her building.
“This man just came in the gangway and assaulted her, beat the **** out of her, took her purse and ran,” Dusk said.
Regnier was rushed to MacNeal Hospital, where police said her condition stabilized.
Dusk said her mother was transferred to Edwards Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital, where she is in serious condition, but stable.
“She’s in the hospital right now with three fractured ribs, a black eye, a big goose egg on her head and a possible concussion,” Dusk said.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign tried to remove an MSNBC personality from the air after she aired criticisms of the Democratic presidential candidate, the host revealed Friday.
Mika Brzezinski, a co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” said NBC was pressured to get her pulled during the campaign.
“I was concerned the campaign was not understanding that perhaps there was an arrogance. They needed to sort of get off their high horse and understand that this isn’t over,” Brzezinski said on her show Friday, recalling the criticism she expressed frequently during the campaign.
“I’ll just say it: NBC got a call from the [Clinton] campaign. Like I had done something that was journalistically inappropriate or something and needed to be pulled off the air,” she added.
‘Woke’ Hillary supporters like Jennifer and Lena Dunham are so classy. The same people who would read the slightest comment as sexist, but things like this and taking selfies of yourself on the toilet are just hunky dory.
Apparently Jennifer Lawrence told some dopey story during an appearance on the “Graham Norton Show” last week about using a pile of sacred rocks that she was sitting on while filming “Hunger Games” in Hawaii to scratch her butt:
Here’s Jennifer talking about her despair over Hillary’s loss and how women have to brave going into the future in this unfair world.
If you’re worried about the health of our planet, find out everything you can about how to protect it. If you’re worried about racial violence love your neighbor more than you’ve ever tried to before — no matter what they believe or who they voted for. If you’re afraid of a wall putting us all into another recession then organize and stand against it. If you’re a woman and you’re worried that no matter how hard you work or how much you learn, there will always be a glass ceiling, then I don’t really know what to say. I don’t know what I would tell my daughter if I were you. Except to have hope. To work for the future.
“[L]ike Hillary, you can still be an inspiration and get important things done. Do not let this defeat you — let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman — don’t be afraid, be loud!”
First rule of how you can protect the environment- not use sacred rocks as a scratching post for your butt.
Sen. Joe Manchin announced Friday he has new assurances that Congress will extend coal miner health benefits, and he seemed prepared to lift his objection to a vote on a government spending bill before a critical midnight deadline.
Manchin relented on the pre-midnight vote amid pressure from Democrats, even those who back his effort to win longer benefits for the miners.
Manchin took the floor with several of his Democratic colleagues, many of whom stressed that they were not about to let the government partially shutdown over the healthcare fight. Manchin himself didn’t say when votes might happen, but his colleagues made it clear they would happen soon.
“We are not going to shut down the government on this issue,” said Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. “But we are going to make sure this fight does not end tonight.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined them on the floor and said it was never the intention of Democrats to shut down the government.
Still, Democratic leadership aides would not confirm a vote would happen before midnight, which is when the current spending resolution expires.
The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.
Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances.
A new theme park has been opened by the Iranian government, where young children learn to be revolutionaries and fight against the country’s enemies.
Youngsters as young as eight are able to don military uniforms and fight ‘battles’ against the US and Israel at the new attraction in the city of Mashad.
The park is named The City of Games for Revolutionary Children.
Visitors are split into ‘squads’ of up to 10, the World Tribune reports, and go through 12 stages – including sections dedicated to the Iran-Iraq war, defending holy shrines, and walking through minefields.
Abortion activists have been turning to increasingly immature and potentially illegal actions in recent months in response to situations where they did not get their way.
Their latest move is to urge women to send blood-soaked tampons to Texas pro-life Gov. Greg Abbott in protest of a new state rule requiring that aborted babies’ bodies be cremated or buried.
The new rule, introduced in July by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, requires that abortion facilities, hospitals and other medical centers either cremate or bury the remains of aborted and miscarried babies. State officials said the rule does not apply to miscarriages or abortions that take place at home.
The commission finalized the rule in late November. It is scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 19.
The Daily Dot reports no one is taking credit for a recent Facebook post telling women that it’s their “civic duty” to send their used tampons to the governor.
In an interview aired Wednesday on CNN, President Obama described how he thinks people may view him differently than other presidents because of his race.
”I think there’s a reason attitudes about my presidency among whites in northern states are very different from whites in southern states,” Obama told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.
Obama described how the “birther” movement, fueled in large part by President-elect Donald Trump, affected him.
“Are there folks whose primary concern about me has been that I seem foreign — the other? Are those who champion the birther movement feeding off of bias? Absolutely,” he said.
Be careful what you wish for … you just might get it. Jill Stein didn’t get the recount she wanted in Michigan, but she did get the state to take vote-integrity issues seriously. Meeting in its lame-duck session, the state House of Representatives passed a tough voter-ID bill that includes $3 million for funding of free state identification and birth certificates after over 18,000 voters cast ballots without identification in the presidential election:
Michigan’s Republican-led House on Wednesday night approved a strict voter identification proposal over strenuous objections from Democrats who argued the plan could disenfranchise properly registered voters.
Michigan voters without photo identification could still cast a provisional ballot under the controversial legislation, but they would have to bring an ID to their local clerk’s office within 10 days of an election in order for their vote to count.
Former New York mayor and an early backer of Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, has withdrawn his name for consideration for an administration job. Giuliani was on the president-elect’s shortlist for secretary of state.
In a statement, the Trump transition team said that Giuliani informed Trump of his withdrawal at a Nov. 29 meeting.
Giuliani said in a statement that the decision was “not about me.”
“It is about what is best for the country and the new administration,” Giuliani said. “Before I joined the campaign I was very involved and fulfilled by my work with my law firm and consulting firm, and I will continue that work with even more enthusiasm.”
A Daily Caller analysis found that just 13 far-right extremists have been indicted on federal terrorism charges since Sept. 11, 2001, despite liberal journalists, groups and academics spreading the narrative that far-right extremists are just as or more dangerous than Islamic terrorists.
Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center maintain lists of right-wing extremists. The lists combined contain 13 individuals charged with federal terrorism or terrorism-related charges.