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FBI: MLK parade bomb may have been racially motivated

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Even decades after his death, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. may be setting fanatics on edge as a result of his revolutionary role in the Civil Rights Movement.

An incident Monday involving a bomb planted on the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Washington appears to have been racially motivated, according to the FBI and the city’s mayor.

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“The confluence of the holiday, the march and the device is inescapable,” Frank Harrill, an FBI special agent in Spokane, told The Associated Press, “but we are not at the point where we can draw any particular motive.”

He said the concealed device was found — and successfully defused — by city officials just one hour before the parade, which implied it was racially motivated. Spokane has a history of crimes linked to white supremacists.

Mary Verner, the mayor of Spokane, did not act as if the day bore no relevance to the act.

“I was struck that on a day when we celebrate Dr. King, a champion of non-violence, we were faced with a significant violent threat,” she told AP. “This is unacceptable in our community, or any community.”

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Monday was a federal holiday slated for the 81st birthday of Dr. King, the civil rights hero and Nobel Peace Prize winner who was assassinated at the age of 39.

An FBI statement after the incident described it as “domestic terrorism,” warning that the device could have killed multiple people.

“Suffice it to say it was of grave concern,” Harrill told NBC News.

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GOP’s Devin Nunes gets busted for lying about progressives ‘harassing’ his wife

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has filed two lawsuits claiming that a progressive activist group "doxxed" his wife and her coworkers by requesting emails from the school she works at, prompting harassment of teachers and thousands of dollars in increased security at the school. But according to records obtained by McClatchy, none of that happened.

According to the school, no teachers ever reported any incidents of harassment. Even his claim of increased security was refuted by the school. Nunes' wife, Elizabeth Nunes, is an elementary school teacher in the Sundale Union Elementary School District in Tulare, California.

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Judge rules against NC man who says lynching ‘threat’ to Muslim candidate is ‘free speech’

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A federal appeals court ruled this week that a North Carolina man must face trial after he allegedly threatened a Muslim candidate with lynching.

Attorneys for Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 52, argued that charges against their client should be dropped on the grounds of freedom of speech, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

Vandevere is charged with interstate communication of a threat to injure a person. He allegedly used anonymous social media accounts to communicate lynching threats.

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Kavanaugh book authors battle The View’s Meghan McCain over New York Times uproar

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The authors of a new book about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh appeared on "The View" to explain some of the controversial aspects of an excerpt published by the New York Times.

Co-host Meghan McCain pressed authors Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, whose book The Education of Brett Kavanaugh was published Tuesday, to explain an editor's note that conservatives have argued invalidates some of their bombshell reporting about sexual misconduct allegations against the justice.

Thank you for the question," Kelly explained. "We're eager to clear the air on this. First of all, there was no desire to withhold important information from our readers. We have all of it in the book and the essay is an adaptation of the book that of course we had to edit for length and clarity."

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