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|It no doubt seemed like a good idea at the time. In January, Donald Trump was in
the middle of a spat with Fox News, so the Republican presidential hopeful
boycotted a debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses, instead holding a fundraiser in the
Hawkeye State for veterans. The GOP candidate boasted that he’d raised $6 million
for vets, and he’d contributed $1 million out of his own pocket. The trouble,
however, started two weeks ago, when the Washington Post started asking what
happened to the money. The newspaper found that Trump did not raise $6 million
as he’d claimed, and making matters worse, though his campaign said Trump had
already made a $1 million contribution, that turned out not to be true, either.
After carefully avoiding any involvement in the Democratic presidential primary,
Gov. Jerry Brown dropped his neutrality – and looked past his bitter history with
the Clintons – to endorse Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. In an open letter to
Democrats and independents, Brown urged voters who do not want to see
a Donald Trump presidency to stop the infighting and rally behind Clinton, the
Democratic front-runner. “This is no time for Democrats to keep fighting each
other,” he wrote. “The general election has already begun.” Read More.....
|California Governor Jerry Brown
|Muhamad Ali "The Greatest"
Dead at 74
Muhammad Ali, the eloquent, colorful, controversial and brilliant three-time heavyweight boxing champion who was known as much for his social conscience and staunch
opposition to the Vietnam War as for his dazzling boxing skills, died Friday. Ali, who had a long battle with Parkinson's disease, was taken to a Phoenix area hospital earlier
this week where he was being treated for a respiratory issue. He was 74. Once the most outrageous trash talker in sports, he was largely muted for the last quarter century of
his life, quieted by a battle with Parkinson's. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on Jan. 17, 1942, in Louisville, Ky., Ali learned to box after his bicycle was stolen when he was
12 years old. When young Clay vowed to "whoop the behind" of the thief, a local police officer encouraged him to learn to box to channel his energy. He would go on to
become known as "The Greatest," and at his peak in the 1970s was among the most recognizable faces on Earth. He was known for his tendency to recite poems while
making predictions about his fights – "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see." – as well as for giving opponents often unflattering
nicknames. He referred to Sonny Liston as "the big ugly bear," George Chuvalo as "The Washerwoman," Floyd Patterson as "The Rabbit" and Earnie Shavers as "The Acorn."
But his most controversial, and some would say cruel, nicknames were reserved for his fiercest rival, Joe Frazier. He first dubbed Frazier "Uncle Tom" and then later called
him "The Gorilla." Read More.....
|"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see." Ali KO's George Foreman in 1974's "Rumble in the Jungle"
|Trump Dogged over
Funds for Vets
|In spite of past differences,
California Gov Jerry Brown
endorses Hillary Clinton
An American-born man who'd pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned
down 49 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the
deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation's worst
terror attack since 9/11, authorities said.Omar Mir Seddique Mateen
carried an assault rifle and a pistol into the packed Pulse club about 2
a.m. Sunday and started shooting, killing 49 people and wounding at
least 53, officials said.After a standoff of about three hours, while
people trapped inside the club desperately called and messaged friends
and relatives, police crashed into the building with an armored vehicle
and stun grenades and killed MateenMateen was born in 1986 in New
York. Most recently he lived in Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast
of Orlando. Fearing explosives, police evacuated about 200 people
from the apartment complex where he lived while they looked through
his residence for evidence. Mateen's parents, who are from
Afghanistan, said he'd expressed outrage after seeing two men kiss in
Miami, but they didn't consider him particularly religious and didn't
know of any connection he had to ISIS. Read More.....
Over the past 12 years, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, had
carved out a reputation for great music, fierce entertainers and, above
all, space for anyone to come find support and be themselves. Early
Sunday, the LGBTQ nightclub became the scene of the deadliest mass
shooting in U.S. history, with at least 50 people dead and 53 injured.
Authorities say the suspected shooter, Omar Mateen, stormed the
downtown club around 2 a.m. before taking dozens of people hostage
and killing dozens more. For Orlando’s LGBTQ community, Pulse
was a place to go and “get lost from all the crap in the world,” said
Blue Star, an LGBTQ-friendly business owner and co-founder of the
cancer survivor charity The Barber Fund.“When you get in those
doors, terrorism doesn’t matter, discrimination doesn’t matter,” Star
said. “It was a place to be free, period. Just be free.”As one of the
premier clubs in Orlando’s small but close-knit LGBTQ community,
Pulse offered more than entertainment and escape, according to Gia
Gunn, a former “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant who performed
multiple times at the nightclub.
|"Pulse" The hottest Gay Club in Orlando Florida
|Beware of Trump's
Donald Trump is of German descent. Hitler rose to power in very the same
manner thatTrump is using to build his political career. Hitler gained popular
support by attacking the Treaty of Versailles (Trump the Iran Deal) and
promoting Pan-Germanism,(Trump pro WASP) anti-Semitism (Trump
anti-Latino), and anti-communism with charismatic oratory and Nazi
propaganda. Hitler frequently denounced international capitalism and
communism as being part of a Jewish conspiracy ( Trump Obama Pro-Muslim).
Trump's attack on the US immigration policy especially his proposal to ban
Muslims from the US supports the theory that people of German descent
should be banned as well.
President Obama, speaking to reporters at the White House, said it appeared the
attack was “an example of the kind of homegrown extremism that all of us have
been concerned about,” with a gunman who was inspired by radical material he
found online.Even as American military forces and intelligence agencies attack
the Islamic State and other extremist groups, Mr. Obama said, “one of the
biggest challenges we are going to have is this kind of propaganda and
perversions of Islam that you see generated on the internet.”
|Trump Fires his Campaign Manager, Corey Lewandowski
|Donald Trump fired his controversial campaign manager Corey Lewandowski Monday, unleashing a major shake-up as he comes under pressure from his closest advisers
-- particularly his family members -- to urgently reset his struggling presidential campaign. Lewandowski's abrupt departure is the campaign's most significant staff change
to date and signals an acknowledgment from Trump that an overhaul is necessary ahead of the general election. Trump has suffered major setbacks since becoming the
GOP's presumptive nominee last month, coming under intense criticism from party leaders, major donors and rank-and-file Republicans for an array of issues -- including
his response to the terrorist attack in Orlando that killed 49 people. "The Donald J. Trump Campaign for President, which has set a historic record in the Republican
Primary having received almost 14 million votes, has today announced that Corey Lewandowski will no longer be working with the campaign," Trump spokeswoman
Hope Hicks said in a statement Monday. "The campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future."
A rally was held Saturday in honor of a murdered Brooklyn teenager
days after an arrest in the decade-long cold case.
Community members, elected officials and activists gathered in Crown
Heights Saturday for the Justice Rally and March for Chanel
Petro-Nixon. The 16-year-old was killed in June of 2006.
Prosecutors say she was found strangled and stuffed inside a garbage
bag on Kingston Avenue. NY1's own Errol Louis spoke at the event
and said it's important for the community to stay united in times of
tragedy. "Cause what holds this community together is faith and
friendship and family," Louis said. "And that's really all we have."
"And we've got to stand together because when you do harm against
one of us in the community you do harm to all of us and that's why
we're going to stand together and march in memory of her," said Public
Advocate Letitia James. Longtime suspect Veron Primus was indicted
in the case earlier this week. The 29-year-old is currently in custody in
the Caribbean for allegedly killing another woman. It's unclear when
Primus will be extradited to the U.S.
Rally Held for
Slain 10 Years Ago,
Arrested in the
An 8-year-old boy is being questioned
after he brought a gun to school in
Police were called to P.S. 91 in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens around 11:30 a.m. Friday.
Union representatives said a teacher was first alerted that the boy was carrying the gun
in a backpack. When security personnel checked that bag, they found a partially-loaded
.380-caliber gun No shots were fired, and no one was hurt, according to officials.
Police confiscated the gun immediately. One union leader said more measures are needed
to prevent these incidents. "We need to have a meeting with all the parents and we need
to alert them as to what's going on in the schools,
" Local 237 President Gregory Floyd said. "We don't need to hide these incidents. We
need to find out why they're occurring." "Why did the 8-year-old child bring the firearm
to school?" Floyd said. "He had a dispute with another student and he was threatening
to shoot that student." "It's ridiculous," one man said. "An 8-year-old with a gun? How
does he even get a gun and bring it to school?" "I think it's wrong," one woman said. "I
think the parents should have licenses and should have it in a safe lock."
"It's really scary to know, because what if it came in and it was something different?"
another woman said.
The city police department could not confirm if a dispute was the reason the gun was
brought to school. "We are working closely with the NYPD as they investigate this
deeply troubling incident," a city education department spokesperson said in a
statement. "Nothing is more important than the safety of all students and staff and there
is zero tolerance for weapons of any kind."
It's unclear if any charges will be filed.