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Syrian refugee in Germany arrested after killing woman in machete attack

July 25, 2016 by legitgov

Syrian refugee in Germany arrested after killing woman in machete attack | 24 July 2016 | A 21-year-old Syrian refugee was arrested on Sunday after killing a pregnant woman with a machete in Germany, the fourth violent assault on civilians in western Europe in 10 days, though police said it did not appear linked to terrorism. German police said they arrested the machete-wielding Syrian asylum-seeker after he killed a woman and injured two other people in the southwestern city of Reutlingen near Stuttgart. The Syrian had been involved in previous incidents causing injuries to others, and had apparently acted alone, a police spokesman said.

Chaos Erupts On NYC Subway After Trump Supporter Attacks Black Woman For Not Giving Up Seat

July 25, 2016 by walden9

Chaos Erupts On NYC Subway After Trump Supporter Attacks Black Woman For Not Giving Up Seat | 24 July 2016 | A blatantly racist man, who kept shouting "Donald Trump 2016" on a subway car in Manhattan, goes off on a woman after he couldn't find a seat. In this beautiful age of technology, it was all caught on film.

Wasserman Schultz to Have a New Role in Clinton Campaign

July 25, 2016 by walden9

Wasserman Schultz to Have a New Role in Clinton Campaign | 24 July 2016 | Hillary Clinton is thanking her “longtime friend” Debbie Wasserman Schultz after the Florida congresswoman’s decision to step down as chair of the Democratic National Committee. Clinton says that Wasserman Schultz will serve as honorary chair of her campaign’s 50-state program to help elect Democrats around the country.

9/11 defense lawyers: Judge let U.S. secretly destroy CIA 'black site' evidence

July 25, 2016 by legitgov

9/11 defense lawyers: Judge let U.S. secretly destroy CIA 'black site' evidence | 24 July 2016 | Defense lawyers for the alleged 9/11 plotters said for the first time Sunday that the government destroyed a secret CIA prison with secret permission of the trial judge, and they learned of it only after the fact. Defense attorneys have been complaining about a mysterious destruction of evidence episode in a cloaked manner since May...Defense lawyers also for the first time solved a mystery that had surrounded the Pentagon's two death-penalty prosecutions that seek to execute six former CIA prisoners: Two sets of top secret filings - known to the public as "the no-name motions" - sought permission to destroy the black site whose location was so secret the defense attorneys couldn't even know it. They've been under seal for years, as AE92 in the USS Cole case and as AE52 in the 9/11 case.

Bernie Sanders Backers March Against Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

Bernie Sanders Backers March Against Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia | 24 July 2016 | A large, boisterous crowd of Bernie Sanders supporters - chanting, "Hell, no, D.N.C., we won't vote for Hillary" - marched on Sunday afternoon toward the site of the Democratic National Convention, promising a week in which the party’s divisions will be on vivid display in the streets. The parade set off from City Hall led by a banner proclaiming, "Help End Establishment Politics, Vote No on Hillary." Despite 97-degree heat, more than 1,000 people from as far as Seattle and Florida participated in the first of what are expected to be many rallies in support of Mr. Sanders, a Vermont senator. It was far larger than any of the protest marches last week in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention, though there were no signs of confrontations early on between demonstrators and either supporters of Donald J. Trump or the police, who maintained a low-key, even casual presence.

Huge fire breaks out near NATO base in Turkey

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

Huge fire breaks out near NATO base in Turkey | 24 July 2016 | A massive fire has erupted near a NATO base in the Buca district of Izmir province in western Turkey. Authorities are investigating a possible act of sabotage, local media report. The inferno started on Sunday evening on the border of the Sahintepe and Mevkiinde districts. The fire engulfed the grassy wooded area and is spreading closer to NATO's military base because of strong winds.

Death toll in Kabul suicide attack climbs to over 80; more than 230 injured

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

Death toll in Kabul suicide attack climbs to over 80; more than 230 injured | 23 July 2016 | At least 80 people were killed and 231 injured when a huge blast rocked a mass demonstration in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the Interior Ministry has announced. The attack was claimed by terrorist group Islamic State. The numbers were confirmed to Afghan TOLOnews network and Pajhwok agency, as well as to Reuters. Officials have confirmed to TOLOnews that at least three suicide bombers were present at the rally.

Massive explosion rocks diplomatic district of Kabul, Interior Ministry says

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

Massive explosion rocks diplomatic district of Kabul, Interior Ministry says | 24 July 2016 | A massive explosion has rocked the diplomatic district of the Afghan capital, Kabul, the Interior Ministry has confirmed. A mortar hit a school building that was empty at the time, causing no fatalities. Police say at least five people are being treated for cuts from broken glass dispersed by the blast, according to Kabul journalist Bilal Sarwary.

White House to review ban on military gear for police - police leaders

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

White House to review ban on military gear for police - police leaders | 21 July 2016 | The White House will revisit a 2015 ban on police forces getting riot gear, armored vehicles and other military-grade equipment from the U.S. armed forces, two police organization directors told Reuters on Thursday. Shortly after the recent shooting deaths of police officers, President Barack Obama agreed to review each banned item, the two law enforcement leaders said. That could result in changes to the ban imposed in May 2015 on the transfer of some equipment from the military to police, said Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, and Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations.

Wasserman Schultz Steps Down as DNC Chair Over Leaked Emails

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

Wasserman Schultz Steps Down as DNC Chair Over Leaked Emails | 24 July 2016 | Debbie Wasserman Schultz is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party's convention, which is set to begin here Monday. The Florida congresswoman's resignation -- under pressure from top Democrats -- comes amid hackers' release of emails that show DNC staffers favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the party's 2016 nominating contest. Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation in a statement Sunday afternoon, saying she remains committed to seeing Clinton elected president.

Clinton's campaign manager: Russia helping Trump

July 24, 2016 by walden9

Clinton's campaign manager: Russia helping Trump | 24 July 2016 | Hillary Clinton's campaign manager is alleging that Russian hackers are leaking Democratic National Committee emails critical of Bernie Sanders in an effort to help Donald Trump win the election in November. It comes on the heels of "changes to the Republican platform to make it more pro-Russian," Robby Mook told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" Sunday. "I don't think it's coincidental that these emails were released on the eve of our convention here, and I think that's disturbing," he said.

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz under pressure to resign

July 24, 2016 by walden9

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz under pressure to resign | 24 July 2016 | Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not have a major speaking role or preside over daily convention proceedings this week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced raising questions about the committee's impartiality during the Democratic primary. The DNC Rules Committee on Saturday named Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, as permanent chair of the convention, according to a DNC source. She will gavel each session to order and will gavel each session closed. "She's been quarantined," another top Democrat said of Wasserman Schultz, following a meeting Saturday night. Wasserman Schultz faced intense pressure Sunday to resign her post as head of the Democratic National Committee, several party leaders told CNN, urging her to quell a growing controversy threatening to disrupt Hillary Clinton's nominating convention.

The Death of Wilson: How the Academic Left Created Donald Trump

July 24, 2016 by walden9

The Death of Wilson: How the Academic Left Created Donald Trump | 18 July 2016 | Why should a minimum wage retail worker think they somehow immorally benefit by dint of blue eyes and pale skin? Why should they listen to some bohemian asshole who’s both morally and intellectually self-righteous? Why shouldn’t they feel aggrieved on all sides, economically and culturally disenfranchised?

DNC chair won't speak at Dem convention following WikiLeaks fallout

July 24, 2016 by legitgov

DNC chair won't speak at Dem convention following WikiLeaks fallout | 23 July 2016 | The head of the Democratic National Committee [Debbie Wasserman Schultz] will not speak at the party's convention next week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee's impartiality during the Democratic primary. The revelation comes following the release of nearly 20,000 emails. One email appears to show DNC staffers asking how they can reference Bernie Sanders's faith to weaken him in the eyes of Southern voters. Another seems to depict an attorney advising the committee on how to defend Hillary Clinton against an accusation by the Sanders campaign of not living up to a joint fundraising agreement.

Munich shooting: Attacker researched rampage killings, police say

July 23, 2016 by walden9

Munich shooting: Attacker researched rampage killings, police say | 23 July 2016 | The teen gunman who killed nine people in a shooting rampage in Munich on Friday was a mentally troubled individual who had extensively researched spree killings and had no apparent links to ISIS, police said. Speaking at a press conference in the southern German city Saturday, police officials said the 18-year-old lone attacker -- who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound -- had no political motivations, and no references to religion had been found in documents in his home. Rather, investigators searching his belongings found numerous documents on rampage killings, including a book entitled "Rampage in My Mind -- Why Students Kill," said Robert Heimberger, president of the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office.

Mexican President SLAMS Trump, Compares Him to Hitler and Mussolini

July 23, 2016 by walden9

Mexican President SLAMS Trump, Compares Him to Hitler and Mussolini | 29 June 2016 | Sometimes, it seems like the who world is out to get Donald Trump - and that's why so many Americans like him in the first place. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto compared Donald Trump to Hitler and Mussolini today at the North American Leaders Summit Meeting in Ottawa, Canada. Nieto does not like Trump's promise to build a wall and clamp down on illegal immigrants and his announcement yesterday that Trump would renegotiate NAFTA.

Three Palm Beach men charged with conspiring to help Islamic State

July 23, 2016 by legitgov

Three Palm Beach men charged with conspiring to help Islamic State --FBI informant infiltrated ring, authorities say | 22 July 2016 | A West Palm Beach man first talked with an FBI informant a year ago about his desire to travel to Syria to help the terrorist cause of America's No. 1 foreign enemy, the Islamic State. Gregory Hubbard, also known as "Jibreel," told the informant that he had a local friend "in touch" with a Syrian national who was a member of ISIL, according to a criminal complaint. Hubbard introduced the informant, who was posing as an ISIL sympathizer bent on traveling to Syria, to the friend - as well as another colleague seeking to join the same violent jihad...The three Palm Beach County men were charged with conspiring and attempting to support the Islamic State.

Ex-New York Official Rejects Trump's Golf Course Claim: 'It's Simply Not True'

July 23, 2016 by walden9

Ex-New York Official Rejects Trump's Golf Course Claim: 'It's Simply Not True' | 22 July 2016 | Just before Donald J. Trump took the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Thursday night, the actor Jon Voight narrated a breezy video biography of the candidate highlighting his can-do abilities. "He took over another city project tied up in red tape since 1978," Mr. Voight says with none of the charm or the menace of his character on Showtime's "Ray Donovan" series. "Donald transformed a landfill into a championship public golf course and saved the city millions." But it was a shot into the rough for Mr. Voight and Mr. Trump's oft-told creation myth of the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx.

Munich shopping centre shooting: '10 dead in horror mall massacre including lone gunman'

July 23, 2016 by legitgov

Munich shopping centre shooting: '10 dead in horror mall massacre including lone gunman' --The Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall was put into lockdown after a gunman opened fire on shoppers at a McDonald's restaurant | 23 July 2016 | An 18-year-old gunman of dual German and Iranian nationality who killed nine people in a chilling mall massacre shot himself dead after fleeing police, officers have revealed. The unknown killer struck in the area around the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum (OEZ) shopping mall on Friday afternoon. Chilling video footage showed a man opening fire on terrified members of the public outside a McDonald's restaurant.

MH370 Pilot Flew a Suicide Route on His Home Simulator Closely Matching Final Flight

July 23, 2016 by legitgov

MH370 Pilot Flew a Suicide Route on His Home Simulator Closely Matching Final Flight | 22 July 2016 | New York has obtained a confidential document from the Malaysian police investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that shows that the plane's captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, conducted a simulated flight deep into the remote southern Indian Ocean less than a month before the plane vanished under uncannily similar circumstances. The revelation, which Malaysia withheld from a lengthy public report on the investigation, is the strongest evidence yet that Zaharie made off with the plane in a premeditated act of mass murder-suicide. The document presents the findings of the Malaysian police's investigation into Zaharie.

Radiation levels in seabed off Fukushima '100s of times' higher than prior to disaster - Greenpeace

July 23, 2016 by legitgov

Radiation levels in seabed off Fukushima '100s of times' higher than prior to disaster - Greenpeace | 22 July 2016 | The amount of radioactive substances in seabed off Fukushima is hundreds of times higher than before the 2011 disaster, a report issued by Greenpeace reveals. The figures mean that there is absolutely "no return to normal after nuclear catastrophe" in the area. On Thursday, the environmental group released a report addressing the results of the study during which scientists analyzed radioactivity levels along Fukushima's rivers and in the Pacific seabed off the coast.

Clinton Picks TPP Supporter Kaine as VP in Move Toward Center for Election

July 23, 2016 by legitgov

Clinton Picks TPP Supporter Kaine as VP in Move Toward Center for Election | 22 July 2016 | Hillary Clinton named Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate for the Democratic presidential ticket, a widely-anticipated choice that may say more about how she wants to govern than how she plans to win in November. Clinton made the announcement Friday in a text message to supporters. Kaine, 58, a white Catholic from a battleground state who's fluent in Spanish, is a safe choice for the woman who will this week become the first-ever female presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party. He's also a supporter of free trade, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership [corporate takeover] that President Barack Obama's administration negotiated with 11 other nations, and which awaits ratification in Congress.

At Least 9 Dead in 'Possible Terror Attack' at Munich Mall, Suspect Believed Dead

July 23, 2016 by legitgov

At Least 9 Dead in 'Possible Terror Attack' at Munich Mall, Suspect Believed Dead | 22 July 2016 |  At least nine people are dead and at least 10 are injured, following what police have described as a "possible terror attack" at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in Munich, Germany. The Munich Police said in tweets that they've found someone connected to the attack who killed himself and there’s a high probability he acted alone. Earlier, police said that witnesses called to report three people with guns on a nearby street who later moved toward the mall. They also said earlier that they found the ninth body about a half-mile from the mall, but it is unclear whether it is that of an attacker mentioned in the most recent tweet.

Virginia court invalidates Gov. Terry McAuliffe's order restoring felon voting rights

July 22, 2016 by legitgov

Virginia court invalidates Gov. Terry McAuliffe's order restoring felon voting rights | 22 July 2016 | The Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled against Gov. Terry McAuliffe's order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 felons who completed their sentences, a decision that dealt a major blow to the Democratic governor and has implications for the November presidential race in the crucial swing state. In a 4-3 ruling issued Friday, the court ruled that McAuliffe overstepped his clemency powers under the state constitution by issuing a sweeping order in April restoring rights to all ex-offenders who are no longer incarcerated or on probation or parole. The court agreed with state Republicans who challenge McAuliffe's order, arguing voting rights should be restored on a case-by-case basis.

Armed police lifeguards to patrol French beaches amid terror fears

July 22, 2016 by legitgov

Armed police lifeguards to patrol French beaches amid terror fears | 28 June 2016 | Police lifeguards on France's busiest beaches will carry guns and bulletproof vests for the first time this summer amid fears that terrorists could target holidaymakers...Officers of the CRS riot police are deployed as lifeguards at beach resorts in July and August each year. In the past they have abandoned their guns, flak jackets and helmets in favour of swimming trunks, sunglasses and T-shirts when taking up the much coveted perch on a lifeguard's chair. The officers in charge of beach first-aid centres and their deputies will now carry guns in sand-proof holsters, specially designed for use with beachwear. Bullet-proof vests will be kept near lifeguard posts.

Search the DNC email database

July 22, 2016 by legitgov

Search the DNC email database | 22 July 2016 | Today, Friday 22 July 2016 at 10:30am EDT, WikiLeaks releases 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the top of the US Democratic National Committee -- part one of our new Hillary Leaks series. The leaks come from the accounts of seven key figures in the DNC: Communications Director Luis Miranda (10770 emails), National Finance Director Jordon Kaplan (3797 emails), Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer (3095 emails), Finance Director of Data & Strategic Initiatives Daniel Parrish (1472 emails), Finance Director Allen Zachary (1611 emails), Senior Advisor Andrew Wright (938 emails) and Northern California Finance Director Robert (Erik) Stowe (751 emails). The emails cover the period from January last year until 25 May this year. [Be sure to read this email, "Panel on Dems [sic] path forward," from Jeremy Brinster, dated 24 April 2016. In it, we read: "Yes, Super PAC paying young voters to push back online on Sanders supporters."]

Nice attack: When justice minister demanded the mayor destroy 24 hours of footage

July 22, 2016 by legitgov

Nice attack: When justice minister demanded the mayor destroy 24 hours of footage | 21 July 2016 | Info Le Figaro - An urgent legal requisition was sent to urban supervision center of Nice Wednesday, July 20. The Paris prosecutor evokes a desire to "avoid the uncontrolled dissemination of these images." Panic and incomprehension in the office of mayor of Nice. Wednesday at 11 am, the Anti-Terrorism Sub-Directorate (SDAT) sent two agents who manage video surveillance of the city, with a requisition citing Articles 53 and L706-24 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and Article R642-1 of the Penal Code asking them for a "complete" erasure of 24 hours of images from six cameras named and numbered, but also of all the scenes from the beginning of the attack that took place on the Promenade des Anglais, on the night of July 14. The state agents of urban supervision center of Nice are stunned. "This is the first time we are asked to destroy evidence, says a source close to the investigation. The center of CCTV and the city of Nice could be prosecuted for this and also the officers in charge of the device don't have jurisdiction to engage in such operations."

Shooting rampage in Munich: Multiple deaths and attacks reported; gunmen at large

July 22, 2016 by legitgov

Shooting rampage in Munich: Multiple deaths and attacks reported; gunmen at large | 22 July 2016 | Multiple deaths are reported in a shooting at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany. Police confirmed that shots have been fired in the mall but gave no information on casualties. There are conflicting reports on casualties. According to the local media outlet Muencher Abendzeitung, up to 15 people have been killed in the center, while German NTV channel puts the death toll at 10. Police say it appears they are dealing with a "shooting rampage."

Nice rejects anti-terror police order to wipe CCTV footage of Bastille Day attack

July 22, 2016 by legitgov

Nice rejects anti-terror police order to wipe CCTV footage of Bastille Day attack --Anti-terrorism agency orders city to destroy images of the July 14 attack [Why? Was this oh-but-another false flag?] | 22 July 2016 | Authorities in Nice have rejected a request from French anti-terror police to delete surveillance camera images of the Bastille Day truck attack, as a row intensified over alleged security failings...The Right-wing town hall of the Riviera city said it received a letter this week from the anti-terrorism agency ordering it to destroy images of the July 14 attack, when Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove his truck into the crowds. But it said it has refused and has filed a legal complaint instead, arguing that the images could constitute evidence in the case, said the official, who is not authorised to be publicly named.

Tim Kaine, Outspoken Advocate of the TPP, Seems Likely for Hillary Clinton's No. 2

July 22, 2016 by legitgov

Tim Kaine, Outspoken Advocate of the TPP, Seems Likely for Hillary Clinton's No. 2 | 21 July 2016 | Democrats close to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign signaled strongly Thursday that she would choose Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate, rounding out the ticket with a popular politician from a battleground state...Liberals say they are concerned about Mr. Kaine's positions on global trade deals and Wall Street regulation. He has been an outspoken advocate of free trade and has defended the North American Free Trade Agreement, which many voters in Rust Belt states blame for the loss of manufacturing jobs to Mexico. He voted in support of "fast track" authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade pact corporate takeover that President Obama has championed. Two others under consideration, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, also supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership...Putting Mr. Kaine on the ticket "could be disastrous for our efforts to defeat Donald Trump in the fall" because of his support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, a liberal political action committee.

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