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WATCH: Black C-SPAN host talks racism with listener who gets his only news from ‘Cops’

The Raw Story - Sat, 26 Aug 2017 - 9:23am
As President Donald Trump enflames race relations in America, one C-SPAN caller’s story of redemption offers a glimmer of hope during these dark times. “Garry from North Carolina” called into C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” one year ago today and told black guest, Heather McGhee, “I’m a wh...

85-year-old NJ drag queen to perform with Miley Cyrus at VMAs: report

The Raw Story - Sat, 26 Aug 2017 - 9:11am
James “Gypsy” Haake, an 85-year-old drag queen from Denville, will perform with Miley Cyrus at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, The Daily Record reports. Haake performs in a revue in Palm Springs, California and will accompany Cyrus — who infamously twerked at the awards show...

Buckingham Palace suspect was brandishing 4ft sword, police say

BBC News - Sat, 26 Aug 2017 - 9:01am
A man shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he was arrested outside Buckingham Palace, police say.

Hundreds arrested after deadly riots over 'rape guru'

Al Jazeera - Sat, 26 Aug 2017 - 8:36am
At least 32 people were killed in riots after a court declared a religious leader guilty of raping two of his followers.

North Korea Used Multiple-Rocket Launchers to Test Missiles

World News (NY Times) - Sat, 26 Aug 2017 - 8:25am
Pyongyang fired three rockets capable of hitting U.S. bases in South Korea. Two of them traveled 155 miles before splashing down.

Lewis Hamilton equals Michael Schumacher's all-time pole position record

BBC News - Sat, 26 Aug 2017 - 8:01am
Lewis Hamilton equals Michael Schumacher's all-time pole position record at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Cryptocurrencies: Another digital gold rush?

Al Jazeera - Sat, 26 Aug 2017 - 7:53am
We examine the rise of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and its implications for the global monetary system.

Morocco’s Stability Is Roiled by Monthslong Protests Over Fishmonger’s Death

World News (NY Times) - Sat, 26 Aug 2017 - 7:51am
What started as a spontaneous call for a serious inquiry into a vendor’s death in a Berber area has turned into one of the longest protests in North Africa since the Arab Spring.

My life as a Las Vegas ring girl

BBC News - Sat, 26 Aug 2017 - 7:21am
As fans gather in Vegas ahead of the Mayweather vs McGregor fight, Newsbeat finds out what it’s like to be a ring girl in the boxing capital of the World.

Iraqi forces 'capture majority of Tal Afar' from ISIL

Al Jazeera - Sat, 26 Aug 2017 - 6:48am
Iraqi troops dislodge ISIL from 70 percent of the city, a stronghold of the armed group, with French artillery support.

Thousands attend funeral for slain Philippine teenager

Al Jazeera - Sat, 26 Aug 2017 - 6:16am
Mourners call for justice after 17-year-old was killed by police during bloodiest week of President Duterte's drug war.

Duterte's war on drugs and those reporting it

Al Jazeera - Sat, 26 Aug 2017 - 6:05am
What's behind the Philippine president's war on the media and NGOs? Plus, reporting on the working class in the US.

A step-by-step guide to Hajj

Al Jazeera - Sat, 26 Aug 2017 - 5:32am
How Muslims perform the rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Late Wages for Migrant Workers at a Trump Golf Course in Dubai

World News (NY Times) - Sat, 26 Aug 2017 - 4:00am
At a golf course managed by the president’s company, migrant workers employed by a local contractor complain they are not paid on time.

Trump Exploits Harvey Victims in Stealth Pardon of Arpaio

Informed Comment - Sat, 26 Aug 2017 - 1:18am

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Eminent climate scientist Michael Mann of Penn State noticed not one but two horrible things about Friday evening.

You never want to see a Hurricane that looks like this at landfall.
I fear #Harvey will take a heavy toll. Be safe folks. pic.twitter.com/1r0CXvhghm

— Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann) August 26, 2017

The second one was that Trump dropped a load of shady announcements while eyes and cameras were on the Texas coast:

Bush may have botched #Katrina, but at least he didn't exploit in heinous manner Trump has just exploited #Harvey: https://t.co/k8Sih3iTc3

— Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann) August 26, 2017

That’s right, instead of hunkering down with an emergency response team or consulting FEMA as category 4 Hurricane Harvey made landfall, Trump’s mind was on voiding the criminal contempt of court verdict against former sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County.

Even if the timing had not made the move gauche, it was objectionable on a large number of grounds.

First, the criminal contempt of court sentence was issued by the judiciary, and Trump voided it even though Arpaio had not been sentenced or served any time. Many observers saw this high-handed intervention not as a pardon so much as it was a blatant shredding of the separation of powers.

Second, Arpaio is charged with a whole series of serious offenses. Although he is no longer sheriff, his legacy is a dangerous one and you would not want to see other sheriffs encouraged that they could get away with this behavior.

The Phoenix New Times newspaper has been reporting on Arpaio for years, and its editors recalled his many alleged crimes.

Arpaio illegally and routinely engaged in profiling Arizona Latinos, arresting them for existing while Latin.

For instance, he rounded up people and put them in a tent city that Arpaio himself admitted was a “concentration camp.”

Or, there was that suspiciously high rate of “suicides” among the prisoners in his jail, far more than in any similar institution.

Arpaio even wrongly arrested the reporters the newspaper sent to cover him, and the county had to pay the newspaper’s owners nearly $4 million in damages for false arrest.

Even after having been found guilty of profiling Latinos, he went on doing it. That behavior resulted in his being found guilty of criminal contempt of court.

And that was when Trump cavalierly wished the people of Texas “good luck” and turned his attention to pardoning Arpaio.


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