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Palin defends use of ‘blood libel’

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – US conservative celebrity Sarah Palin has defended her use of the term “blood libel” to accuse the media of blaming her supporters after the Arizona shooting spree.

The use of the term in a video statement last week has drawn criticism from some Jewish leaders because it refers to an anti-Semitic slander that spawned deadly pogroms going back to the Middle Ages.

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In her first public interview since the video, Palin told Fox News defended her use of the controversial phrase, saying it was meant to show how some media commentators had blamed supporters of the archconservative Tea Party after the shooting.

She also said critics were falsely accusing her and other conservatives for the crime.

“It means being falsely accused of having blood on your hands and in this case that’s exactly what was going on,” she said.

“I think the critics, again, were using anything that they could gather out of that statement. You know, you can spin up anything out of anybody’s statements.”

Palin vowed to continue to speak out about what she called lies.

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“They are not going to shut me up,” she said about her critics.

The attack, allegedly carried out by a disturbed local 22-year-old with no obvious political leanings, killed six people and wounded more than a dozen.

The intended target was US Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot through the head and critically wounded.

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BUSTED: Cops fired for framing Stormy Daniels reportedly arrested on federal corruption charges

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On Tuesday, the Scioto Valley Guardian reported that two former Columbus police officers for the vice unit have been arrested on a number of federal charges.

Ex-Officers Steven Rosser and Whitney Lancaster are the same officers who allegedly conspired to frame porn star Stormy Daniels, who became a national name after suing to get out of a nondisclosure agreement negotiated by President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen to bury the story of Trump's sexual affair with her.

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Authorities searching for spring breakers who flew from Cabo on private plane with 28 COVID-19 victims

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Texas authorities are on the lookout for a group of spring breakers who returned from Cabo San Lucas testing positive for the coronavirus.

According to Alyssa Goard at KXAN News, public health officials announced Tuesday that about a week and a half ago, about 70 students in their 20's flew back to the United States on a chartered plane while others used commercial flights. There are 28 youth from the trip who have tested positive for COVID-19.

"Austin Public Health and UT Health Austin and University Health Services have made contact with every spring breaker onboard the plane using flight manifest from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 28 confirmed cases are self-isolating at this time. Others are under quarantine while being monitored and tested. The Department of State Health Services has been notified.

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Trump’s schedule is empty because he’s spending his days chatting with titans of industry, world leaders, and celebrities

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President Donald Trump isn't jetting off aboard Air Force One every few days to preside over MAGA and KAG campaign rallies anymore, now that his pandemic is keeping much of the nation – including the president – at home. World leaders have stopped calling – at least in person – so his televised Oval Office diatribes have come to an end, at least temporarily.

Trump's calendar has been looking pretty empty these days (not a dramatic change from pre-pandemic days.)

Here's Trump's public schedule for tomorrow. (Public schedules don't include all of a president's activities.) pic.twitter.com/dst1Nybqbg

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