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Secret Service probing conservative blogger’s call for Obama assassination

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The Secret Service is investigating a conservative critic of President Barack Obama who called for his assassination Sunday on Twitter.

Self-described conservative blogger and writer Solomon Forell called for Obama’s assassination on the eve of House Democrats’ passage of health care reform. “We’ll surely get over a bullet 2 Barack Obama’s head!” Forell Tweeted.

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He added: “The Next American with a Clear Shot should drop Obama like a bad habit. 4get Blacks or his claim to be Black. Turn on Barack Obama.”

As of Sunday evening, the Secret Service said they were “actively investigating.”

Spokesperson Max Milien told AOL’s DailyFinance: “We are aware of the actual posting and are actively investigating.”

The actual Tweets have been removed from Twitter’s website, but appear above.

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In a statement emailed to a blogger, Twitter wrote: “We have removed this profile due to violation of Twitter’s Rules, specifically listed under “Content Boundaries and Use of Twitter”: *Unlawful Use: You may not use the service for any unlawful purposes or for promotion of illegal activities.”

“It is against the Twitter Terms of Service to use the service to commit illegal acts,” the site continued. “Threatening the life of the president (or president-elect) is a federal offense under Title 18, USC, section 871. All accounts in violation of our Terms of Service are permanently suspended and we report to legal authorities accordingly.”

Twitter, however, hasn’t removed Forell’s actual profile. They have, though, pulled the offending Tweets. Among those that remain up are Forell’s posts backtracking on his original remarks.

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“Let us all renounce the harsh rhetoric about the POTUS,” Forell Tweeted. “Several, including myself, hv used inappropriate language. Let’s remain civil!”


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Can Donald Trump refuse to hand over his financial records to Congress and New York prosecutors simply because he is president of the United States? The Supreme Court will rule Thursday on two related cases to answer this, with potentially widespread political implications.

The decision by the nine justices could lift the veil on Trump's finances ahead of the November 3 election.

Unlike all of his predecessors since Richard Nixon in the 1970s, New York real estate mogul Trump refused to release his tax returns, despite promising to do so during his 2016 White House campaign.

Trump made his fortune a key component of that campaign, and his lack of transparency raises questions about his true worth and possible conflicts of interest.

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Australia offered pathways to permanent residency for thousands of people from Hong Kong on Thursday in response to China's crackdown on dissent, drawing a furious reply from Beijing.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government was suspending its extradition agreement with the city and, in addition to extending the visas of 10,000 Hong Kongers already in the country, threw open the door to thousands more wanting to start a new life Down Under.

Morrison said the decisions were taken in response to China's imposition last week of a tough new security law in Hong Kong, which he said "constitutes a fundamental change of circumstances" for the semi-autonomous territory.

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‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera missing, feared drowned

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"Glee" star Naya Rivera is missing and feared drowned at a California lake, local officials said, with rescuers to continue a search for her on Thursday.

The Ventura County Sheriff's office earlier tweeted it was looking for a "possible drowning victim" at the lake, and said a dive team was being deployed to the area.

Rivera, 33, is best known for her role as high school cheerleader Santana Lopez in "Glee", the TV series that she starred in for six seasons.

She rented a boat on Wednesday to take her four-year-old son onto Lake Piru, northwest of Los Angeles, local media cited the County Sheriff as saying.

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