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A tragic shooting is exposing deep divisions across Canada

A tragic shooting is exposing deep divisions across Canada

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Canadian activists are calling for political and judicial reforms after a white farmer was found not guilty in the 2016 shooting of a young indigenous man by a seemingly all-white jury, spurring thousands of Canadians to demonstrate across the country. Protests spread around Canada after the jury acquitted Gerald Stanley, a 56-year-old farmer, in the murder of 22-year-old Colton Boushie, a member of the Cree Red Pheasant First Nation in the central province of Saskatchewan, on Friday. Two years ago, Boushie and his friends drove onto Stanley’s land in search of assistance with a flat tire near the town of Biggar. The young people caught Stanley’s attention when he heard a vehicle start; believing it was being stolen, the farmer confronted them. A verbal back-and-forth ensued an
Police Recommend Bribery Charges Against Trump Buddy Netanyahu

Police Recommend Bribery Charges Against Trump Buddy Netanyahu

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Police investigating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have recommended to Israel’s attorney general that he be charged with bribery in two cases, Israeli news media reported on Tuesday. Netanyahu, who denies wrongdoing, has been questioned several times since the start of 2017. Police can make only a recommendation; the final decision to […] The post Police Recommend Bribery Charges Against Trump Buddy Netanyahu appeared first on Politicus USA.
White House had big plans to promote serial wife beater Rob Porter before his history went public

White House had big plans to promote serial wife beater Rob Porter before his history went public

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Campaign Action Rob Porter was so exemplary, he was up for a promotion. That news came just after FBI Director Christopher Wray confirmed Tuesday during testimony that the White House knew for months about the former staff secretary’s history of domestic violence. Nonetheless, he was in “serious discussions” to take on bigger roles in Donald Trump’s West Wing, writes CNN: Porter had been actively lobbying to take on new policy portfolios outside the traditional scope of the staff secretary, one person familiar with the matter said, which included speechwriting duties and a role in planning policy rollouts. Neither of those tasks is traditionally carried out by the staff secretary. One of the areas Porter was set to delve further into was trade policy, according to the person. Porter wa
Here is where most of Trump’s education cuts come from

Here is where most of Trump’s education cuts come from

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The largest portion of President Donald Trump’s cuts to the Education Department in his 2019 budget proposal is buried within 160 pages and mentioned in a single sentence among a slew of other programs. Making up more than half of the $3.6 billion total cuts to the agency, the budget plan calls for eliminating the $2.1 billion Supporting Effective Instruction State Grant program in its entirety. The program, also known as Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is used by schools to pay for teacher professional development, reductions in class size, and the formation of new evaluation procedures. Listed in a section entitled “Reduces Waste: Streamlines or Eliminates Ineffective or Redundant Program,” the administration barely gives any other explanation for the cuts.
A Completely Deranged Trump Claims GM Is Coming Back To Detroit (GM Never Left)

A Completely Deranged Trump Claims GM Is Coming Back To Detroit (GM Never Left)

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With no evidence to support his claim, Trump assumed that GM was bringing a South Korean plant back to Detroit. Trump said that GM was coming back to Detroit. The problem is that GM never left Detroit. Video: .@POTUS on General Motors closing plant in South Korea: "General Motors is coming back into Detroit. That […] The post A Completely Deranged Trump Claims GM Is Coming Back To Detroit (GM Never Left) appeared first on Politicus USA.
Following unleashing of ICE, arrests of immigrants without criminal records more than doubles

Following unleashing of ICE, arrests of immigrants without criminal records more than doubles

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It’s been said once, it’s been said a million times: when Donald Trump and members of his administration claim Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is using American taxpayer resources to prioritize dangerous people and “bad hombres” for arrest and deportation, they’re lying to you. Since Trump unshackled his mass deportation agents via executive order after taking office last year, the largest surge in ICE arrests haven’t been people who pose a risk to public safety, but rather undocumented immigrants with no criminal convictions at all: The agency made 37,734 “noncriminal” arrests in the government’s 2017 fiscal year, more than twice the number in the previous year. The category includes suspects facing possible charges as well as those without criminal records. Critics say ICE i
New York Times publishes column from the world’s least reliable gun researcher

New York Times publishes column from the world’s least reliable gun researcher

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John Lott, a discredited researcher with a history of pushing false and misleading information about guns, scored space in Tuesday’s New York Times. The article, which argues that background checks are flawed and ineffective, continues his streak of misleading and deeply flawed analyses. It’s unclear why, exactly, the New York Times believed Lott is a credible source of gun research. Lott’s trademark assertion that more guns means less crime was formally and thoroughly repudiated by a panel convened by the National Research Council. In one case, a researcher has suggested that Lott fabricated an entire survey on defensive gun use. Lott has also been caught publishing studies with severe statistical errors. Faced with mounting criticism, Lott created a fake online persona,
Trump Compelled Five Former Federal Prosecutors To Seek House Seats As Democrats

Trump Compelled Five Former Federal Prosecutors To Seek House Seats As Democrats

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Thanks to the chaos Trump continues to unleash with everything he does, five former federal prosecutors have decided to seek House seats — and they’re running as Democrats. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Chris Hunter resigned from the job he’d held at the Justice Department for over a decade in December, prompted by […] The post Trump Compelled Five Former Federal Prosecutors To Seek House Seats As Democrats appeared first on Politicus USA.