Op-ed: Why are white supremacists making immigration policy?

As our eyes seared from images of torch-wielding protesters and bare-faced white supremacists sowing violent chaos in the streets of small-town Virginia last August, Americans expressed collective horror. After President Donald Trump’s comparison of white supremacists to civil rights supporters, respected voices on both sides of the aisle condemned his words. Now we see Trump’s equivocation again — this time towards the DACA Program, which has allowed 800,000 young men and women brought here as children to contribute to their communities, to work, go to school and to live without fear of being torn from their families. The president has made whiplash-inducing flip-flops on DACA, a program that enjoys overwhelming… Read More

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Funeral starts for soldier at center of Trump fight

COOPER CITY, Fla. Mourners filled a church in Florida on Saturday to honor a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman. The widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson held the arm of an Army officer as she led her family, dressed in white, into the Christ the Rock Community Church in suburban Fort Lauderdale. The family asked that reporters remain outside. Johnson, 25, was one of four U.S. Special Forces troops killed Oct. 4 in an ambush in Niger in an attack by militants linked to the Islamic State group. Four soldiers from Niger also died.… Read More

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Polish man confesses to deadly knife attack, prosecutor says

WARSAW, Poland A prosecutor says a man who stabbed people at a shopping mall in Poland, killing one and injuring nine, has confessed and faces charges of homicide and attempted homicide. The 27-year-old wielding two knives attacked people at the VIVO! mall Friday afternoon in the southeastern town of Stalowa Wola. He was detained by shoppers and handed over to police. Regional prosecution head Janusz Woznik says the man blamed society for his problems. If convicted, he could face life in prison. Eight people were hospitalized, two of them in critical condition. …read more Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

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Norman Rockwell’s 3 sons seek to halt sale of his artworks

BOSTON Norman Rockwell’s three sons were among several people who went to court on Friday seeking to halt a museum’s plans to sell 40 works of art, including two by him. A complaint seeking a temporary restraining order filed in Berkshire Superior Court alleges the board of trustees at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield contracted with Sotheby’s for a public auction of the works before it announced its plans publicly, acted in breach of its fiduciary duties and trust and acted without legal authority to sell the art. The planned sale is against Massachusetts laws establishing the museum, which requires the museum to maintain any gifts it receives “for the… Read More

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5 living ex-presidents attend Texas hurricane relief concert

AUSTIN, Texas All five living former U.S. presidents will be attending a concert Saturday night in a Texas college town, raising money for relief efforts from hurricane devastation in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush are putting aside politics in contrast with President Donald Trump, who has vowed to help Texas and Florida for as long as it takes but has criticized Puerto Rican leaders while suggesting aid there won’t be unlimited. Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, which made landfall after Harvey and Irma had battered other areas. Having… Read More

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Op-ed: President Trump is doing his best to restore American values

President Donald Trump’s five amazing children should speak volumes about who the man really is. We know his rough-and-tumble New York style is not Utah, but his actions and words delivered at the recent Values Voter Summit, and his executive order signed on religious liberty should be looked at. If history can be repeated, those of us who really know the Trump family are not surprised by what the president has become. The swamp needs draining, and it is a messy job. There are also some Utah folks who are serving high in his administration, including his personal secretary, Rob Porter. Ambassador Huntsman, acting director of the U.S. Fish and… Read More

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The Czech Republic’s Fake News Problem

In Prague, there’s a popular website with a reputation among journalists and politicians for publishing content seemingly aimed at stirring up trouble or disrupting the status quo, exaggerating facts, and blasting out sensational headlines. Dramatic articles about the dangers of refugees and Islam pop up frequently on the site. Populist-leaning politicians quote its stories, and often grant interviews to its writers or author guest posts. Its content is frequently shared across social media. Though it may sound like a Breitbart offshoot, it’s not: It’s a Czech news site with a monthly audience of about 8 million users called Parlamentní listy (or, “Parliamentary Letters”). It publishes interviews with politicians, alongside more… Read More

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The History of Russian Involvement in America’s Race Wars

According to a spate of recent reports, accounts tied to the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency—a Russian “troll factory”— used social media and Google during the 2016 electoral campaign to deepen political and racial tensions in the United States. The trolls, according to an interview with the Russian TV network TV Rain, were directed to focus their tweets and comments on socially divisive issues, like guns. But another consistent theme has been Russian trolls focusing on issues of race. Some of the Russian ads placed on Facebook apparently targeted Ferguson and Baltimore, which were rocked by protests after police killings of unarmed black men; another showed a black woman firing… Read More

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Shinzo Abe Keeps Winning

When Shinzo Abe, the prime minister of Japan, called a lower house snap election in September, he appeared to be imperiling his supermajority and risking a Theresa May nightmare scenario: losing power by winning a narrow victory. Abe didn’t need to call elections until December 2018, but took the plunge early to capitalize on both an opposition in more disarray than usual, and the boost to his public support triggered by North Korea’s recent missile tests. The elections, which will take place on October 22, will pit two parties that didn’t exist a month ago against Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)-led ruling coalition, which commands a two-thirds majority in both… Read More

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Op-ed: Corporate anonymity is a conduit for crime

Few people would imagine Delaware or Wyoming as potentially key players in the world of international crime and terror. But as a result of some of the most permissive corporate legal codes in the world, that appears to be a strong possibility. When people want to form a corporation or an LLC, they contact a corporate service provider — often a law firm or a stand-alone enterprise whose main business is to create companies for others. In more than 180 countries, international standards dictate that these providers require customers to furnish notarized photo ID. Ironically, although the U.S. pushed the rest of the world to adopt these standards, U.S.-based incorporation… Read More

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