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Donald Trump denies he tried to fire Mueller, disputing account from a former senior White House aide

Donald Trump denies he tried to fire Mueller, disputing account from a former senior White House aideDonald Trump insisted he did not try to fire Robert Mueller, disputing an account given to investigators by former White House counsel Don McGahn.




POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 4:18 PM

Elizabeth Warren assures She the People forum that America is ready for woman president

Elizabeth Warren assures She the People forum that America is ready for woman presidentThe senator from Massachusetts delivers a strong performance at a gathering organized by women of color activists.




POSTED APRIL 24, 2019 6:42 PM

Leader of self-styled U.S. citizen border patrol attacked in jail

Leader of self-styled U.S. citizen border patrol attacked in jailLarry Hopkins, 69, whose group of self-styled citizen border cops drew condemnation from civil liberties advocates, suffered broken ribs in the beating by fellow inmates on Tuesday at the Dona Ana County Detention Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, according to his attorney, Kelly O'Connell. Hopkins was arrested on Saturday by the FBI on an outstanding warrant accusing him of being a felon in illegal possession of firearms, a charge dating back to a 2017 search of his home. The detention facility, about 200 miles south of Albuquerque, confirmed that Hopkins was "the alleged victim" of a Tuesday night attack and said the incident was under investigation.




POSTED APRIL 24, 2019 9:40 PM

Pete Buttigieg faces backlash for saying people in prison should not be allowed to vote

Pete Buttigieg faces backlash for saying people in prison should not be allowed to voteDemocratic frontrunners are facing scrutiny for their stance on voting rights for incarcerated felons - after Bernie Sanders said he supports voting rights 'even for terrible people'.In one of five CNN town halls that aired Tuesday night, Senator Sanders was asked by a Harvard student specifically on whether those currently serving a prison sentence should be allowed to vote."This is a democracy and we have got to expand that democracy,” the Vermont senator said, “and I believe every single person does have the right to vote.”Vermont is one of two states, the other being Maine, where incarcerated felons have always retained their right to vote. In Sanders’s adopted state, voters must be citizens of Vermont and register at their previous home address, preventing prisons from becoming voting blocs. A 2018 report from NBC on the practice claimed that it’s had a “profound” effect on prisoners re-entering free society. As of 2018, neither states tracks the number of votes from prison.Still, allowing prisoners to vote became an unexpected, and hotly contested, issue. Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren both told audiences that they’d like to have a “conversation” about that practice. Each added that restoring voting rights for felons after they leave prison remains important to them. Meanwhile, South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg came out strongly against the notion."You lose your freedom and I think during that freedom it does not make sense to have an exception for it the right to vote," Buttigieg said.His response was mostly met with applause in the town hall, but a swift response from viewers at home criticised the Midwestern mayor for his unwavering stance."I’ve been working in prisons for five years now & there is not a single person in there who doesn’t deserve the right to vote," wrote author and Harvard PhD candidate Clint Smith on Twitter. "To suggest otherwise is to have a myopic, regressive view of who & is not deserving of citizenship.""Buttigieg said that it was a matter of punishment," wrote organiser and photographer Kelly Hayes in the midst of a Twitter thread responding to the mayor's position. "But if to punish a human being, you must remove their ability to have any voice in what happens to them in the largest of matters, in addition to the smallest of matters, that's not mere punishment. That's utter dehumanisation."Others pointed out hat at least one member of the town hall audience seemed perplexed by the mayor's statement. “What's the reason NOT to let incarcerated people vote?” wrote Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti ‏in a tweet Wednesday morning. “Shouldn't the people most affected by unjust laws have some say in electing people to change them?”Senator Amy Klobuchar, who also had a town hall on CNN Tuesday night, was not asked about her stance on the matter.




POSTED APRIL 24, 2019 11:16 AM

First picture of 'mastermind' behind Sri Lanka suicide bomb attacks as identity of UK student is revealed

First picture of 'mastermind' behind Sri Lanka suicide bomb attacks as identity of UK student is revealedThis is the first image of Inshaf Ahamed Ibrahim, the Sri Lankan suicide bomber and alleged mastermind of the atrocity which killed 359 people. Ibrahim, 33, blew himself up at the Shangri-La Hotel at just before 9am local time in a third-floor restaurant. The hotel was full of tourists including British victims Anita Nicholson, 42, and her two children Alex, 14, and 11-year-old daughter Annabel. Ibrahim’s younger brother Ilham also killed himself when he detonated a suicide bomb at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, also in the capital Colombo, five minutes later. The father of the two dead terrorists is a senior and wealthy businessman in Sri Lanka who ran a large spice trading company. Inshaf Ibrahim was involved in the spice export company but also ran a copper factory where it is thought the bombs were manufactured. It also emerged one suicide bombers who perpetrated the Easter Sunday attacks was former UK student Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed, The Telegraph has learned. A group of men claiming to be the the Sri Lanka bomb attackers appear in an Isil propaganda video Credit: Twitter Mohamed is understood to have studied in south east England at some point between 2006 and 2007 before later enrolling on a postgraduate course in Australia. He is then believed to have returned to Sri Lanka. He was one of nine terrorists who carried out a series of blasts targeting churches and hotels in the country, killing 359 people - including eight from Britain. More than 500 were injured.  His identity came to light after Sri Lanka's deputy defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene said earlier today that one of the bombers had studied in the UK. “We believe one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and then later on did his postgraduate in Australia, before coming back to settle in Sri Lanka,” said Mr Wijewardene, without naming the suspect. He said one of the bombers was a woman. He told a press conference in the capital, Colombo, that most of the suicide bombers were “well-educated and come from middle or upper-middle class,” adding that they were “financially quite independent.” Some held law degrees,” he added. Mr Wijewardene’s comments came as the police confirmed that the death toll for Sunday’s massacre had risen to 359. The attacks were claimed on Tuesday by the Islamic State militant group, which did not give any evidence to support its claim. If true, it would make it one of the worst attacks linked to the group outside Iraq and Syria. The deputy defence minister said that 60 people “have been arrested on possible links to the attacks” and 32 of those are still in custody. All are Sri Lankan. Sri Lanka attacks - Locator map Among those assisting police, reported India’s First Post, is Mohammed Yusuf Ibrahim, a wealthy spice trader and pillar of the Sri Lankan business community, whose two sons Imsath Ahmed Ibrahim, 33, and Ilham Ahmed Ibrahim, 31 allegedly bombed the breakfast buffets at the Cinnamon Grand and Shangri La hotels. Indian intelligence sources told the website that a third son Ijas Ahmed Ibrahim, 30, was also reportedly asked about the attack. Police are understood to be investigating possible links to overseas jihadist networks and training camps that had been hidden on a remote compound near Wanathawilluwa, on the island’s west coast. The compound, believed to be linked to the chief suspects in the Easter Sunday bombings, the National Thawheed Jamaath group, was raided by police in January. Read more | Sri Lanka attacks Officers found 100kg of military grade explosives and arrested four suspects, all of whom were released on bail. One Sri Lankan minister alleged on Monday that political pressure had been applied to free them. Outside the Ibrahim family home in Colombo, neighbours told The Telegraph that Imsath was the business brains and Ilham was more aloof and awkward. "Imsath was the best of the sons. He runs the business and he drives good cars and wears Western brands,” said one neighbour. "Ilham was not so bright and not well educated." At a copper factory owned by Imsath in the Colombo suburb of Wellampitiya, workers said they had not seen him for a week. Sri Lankan staff and supervisors at Colossus Ltd had been arrested for questioning leaving only abandoned Bangladeshi migrant workers.




POSTED APRIL 24, 2019 10:43 AM

Texts between the FBI's Strzok and Page draw investigator focus

Texts between the FBI's Strzok and Page draw investigator focusNine days after the presidential election, FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page exchanged texts that Fox News has learned are under new scrutiny by congressional investigators reviewing the genesis of the Russia probe; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.




POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 6:16 PM

AP EXCLUSIVE: At Walmart, using AI to watch the store

AP EXCLUSIVE: At Walmart, using AI to watch the storeLEVITTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Inside one of Walmart's busiest Neighborhood Market grocery stores, high resolution cameras suspended from the ceiling point to a table of bananas. They can tell how ripe the bananas are from their color.




POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 2:58 AM

Rouhani says U.S. must lift pressure and apologize before Iran will negotiate

Rouhani says U.S. must lift pressure and apologize before Iran will negotiateGENEVA (Reuters) - Iran is willing to negotiate with America only when the United States lifts pressure and apologizes, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, according to state media. Oil prices hit their highest level since November on Tuesday after Washington announced all waivers on imports of sanctions-hit Iranian oil would end next week, pressuring importers to stop buying from Tehran and further tightening global supply. "We have always been a man of negotiation and diplomacy, the same way that we've been a man of war and defense. ...




POSTED APRIL 24, 2019 4:20 AM

'I smiled in the face of bigotry': A woman's response to anti-Islam protesters goes viral

'I smiled in the face of bigotry': A woman's response to anti-Islam protesters goes viralA group of anti-Islam protesters gathered at a conference in Washington, D.C. One woman's reaction: 'I smiled in the face of bigotry.'




POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 10:00 AM

Trump is suing Congress ... with a weak lawsuit: Today's talker

Trump is suing Congress ... with a weak lawsuit: Today's talker'Trump's lawsuit is an irresponsible attack on the American public's legitimate interests in oversight,' says Donald Sherman of CREW.




POSTED APRIL 25, 2019 3:27 PM

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