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Illinois conservative group's cartoon sparks racial clash

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:31:54 GMT

A political cartoon circulated by a conservative Illinois think tank with ties to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has triggered accusations of racism and insensitivity in the wake of the deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. The rendering depicted a black child from Chicago begging for money from a suit-clad white man who has a cigar.

US Jewish criticism of Trump expands to some supporters

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:53:15 GMT

Ivanka Trump's rabbi denounced President Donald Trump for blaming "both sides" in a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the number of American Jewish leaders willing to criticize him grew. Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, and other rabbis from the prominent modern Orthodox synagogue in Manhattan, said in a Facebook message late Wednesday that they were "deeply troubled by the moral equivalency and equivocation" of Trump's reaction.

Wanted man who had a stand-off in Scunthorpe arrested

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:22:24 GMT

Living the high life: Inside the secretive Korowai tribe who live above the forest in treehouses... and didn't know other people existed until the 1970s Trump denies he drew 'moral equivalency' between KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and Charlottesville victim in Twitter outburst against Senator Lindsey Graham Parent tr-app! Father was so fed up with his teenage son ignoring his messages he created an app to FORCE him to text back US bombers take off from Guam air force base for joint exercise with Japan in show of strength after threats from North Korea Astonishing moment 'lion whisperer' catches and HUGS lioness that leaps on him in nature reserve where it has lived since being abandoned by its mother The most INEXCUSABLE restaurant habits revealed, from taking a picture of a meal to asking if the food is gluten-free What do YOUR pimples say about you? From forehead zits pointing to ... (more)

Mississippi holds on to state flag with Confederate symbol

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:47:12 GMT

Critics said the same thing two years ago after an avowed white supremacist killed black worshippers in South Carolina, and nothing changed. The same leaders who control Mississippi flag legislation remain in office, with the Republican governor and lieutenant governor still saying flag design should be determined by a statewide election.

Ousted chief justice makes runoff in Alabama Senate race

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:20:04 GMT

Moore, who took losing stands for the public display of the Ten Commandments and against gay m... . Sen. Luther Strange speaks to supporters after forcing a runoff against former Chief Justice Roy Moore, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Homewood, Ala.

Mitch McConnell's secret fury over Charlottesville response highlights GOP's Trump dilemma

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:56:08 GMT

McConnell held back his anger over Trump's response blaming "both sides" for Charlottesville violence. It's a quandary facing many Republicans.

Trump's die-hard supporters show no signs of straying

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:38:56 GMT

They wash their hands of neo-Nazis and wag their fingers at leftists. They denounce a press corps they see as biased and controversies they view as manufactured.

US court rules Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood funding

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:24:31 GMT

REUTERS: A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday reversed a ruling that prevented Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood following the release of controversial videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals St. Louis reversed a federal judge's ruling forbidding Arkansas from carrying through with Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson's directive to suspend Medicaid reimbursements to a Planned Parenthood affiliate.

Army Black Hawk helicopter with five aboard crashes off Hawaii: US Coast Guard

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:16:47 GMT

Rescue teams searched for a downed Army Black Hawk helicopter with five crew members aboard that was last reported off the west coast of Hawaii, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday. Coast Guard Hercules and Army Black Hawk aircrews spotted debris near Kaena Point, Oahu at 11:28 p.m. local time after staff at Wheeler Army Airfield said they had lost contact with one of their UH-60 Black Hawk aircrews, the Coast Guard said.

Obama's response to Charlottesville becomes most-liked tweet ever

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:57:26 GMT

A post by Barack Obama responding to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville has become the most-liked tweet in history. Just days after the former US president condemned the tragic events in Virginia with a powerful Nelson Mandela quote, his tweet has gained more than three million likes to set a new record, according to Twitter tracking site Favstar.

May slams Trump for failing to condemn far-right after Charlottesville violence

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:57:25 GMT

Theresa May has criticised Donald Trump for not singling out white supremacists for criticism following deadly unrest in Virginia, insisting there is "no equivalence" between fascists and their opponents. The Prime Minister spoke out after the US president failed to condemn far-right demonstrators outright for violence in Charlottesville in which a woman was killed.

South Australian man shot himself dead in front of police

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:51:17 GMT

Republicans turn on Trump as the White House insists he is a 'voice for unity' who is 'correct' to blame both sides for violence at neo-Nazi rally and defend 'fine people' among white supremacists 'Trump made hate fashionable gain': Chrissy Teigen, LeBron James, Lady Gaga and a host of celebrities blast the President for Charlottesville comments Trump's race meltdown as he says 'both sides' of the 'Unite the Right' clash had 'fine people' and violence also came from the 'alt-left' - then attacks removing Gen Lee statues, asking: 'Is George Washington next?' Ex-KKK leader David Duke THANKS Trump as white supremacists rejoice after the president blamed 'alt-left' for violence in Charlottesville Hero mother-of-three fashion editor breaks her NECK while saving her young children from a falling tree in New York's Central Park and is left in critical condition Will they be cancelled? Lionel ... (more)

Rudy Giuliani undergoes surgery after fall on L.I.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:36:16 GMT

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery over the weekend after falling while on vacation. Rudy Giuliani undergoes surgery after falling on vacation on Long Island Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery over the weekend after falling while on vacation.

Texas 'Bathroom Bill' Is Dead for Now After Second Defeat

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:36:15 GMT

A Texas "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people died again late Tuesday along with many of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's summer demands as an already bruising legislative session was derailed by Republican backbiting that could preview an even nastier 2018 primary season. It is the second time that North Carolina-style bathroom restrictions have failed to pass in Texas, and Abbott gave no indication he would order weary lawmakers to stay in Austin and try again - which would risk a third failure over what has erupted into one of the most high-profile bills in any U.S. legislature.

Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts 'Obamacare' subsidies

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:25:18 GMT

Premiums for a popular type of individual health plan would rise sharply, and more people would be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop "Obamacare" payments to insurers, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

Facebook to open 10th data centre in Ohio

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:39:46 GMT

Facebook will spend US$750 million on a new data centre in central Ohio in another boost for the state's growing technology sector, the company announced on Tuesday. The world's biggest social media company joined Republican Governor John Kasich and a host of other dignitaries to announce its 10th data centre will be in New Albany, just northeast of Columbus.

Hillary Clinton's pastor plagiarized prayer at heart of book

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:04:03 GMT

Hillary Clinton's pastor has acknowledged he plagiarized part of the prayer commentary he sent her the day after she lost the presidential election, a devotional that is at the heart of a book he published Tuesday. The Rev.