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Anti-war veteran arrested for dancing in Jefferson Memorial

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According to a recent court ruling, the National Park Service was acting lawfully in 2008 when officers shut down a “flashmob” and arrested a woman who was “expressively dancing” inside the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

In protest of the judge’s decision to uphold the ban on demonstrations, five activists went to the Jefferson Memorial on Saturday and began silently dancing. They were all rounded up by officers in short order.

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One of the activists, anti-war veteran Adam Kokesh, appeared to ignore an officer’s order to stop. As he began to slowly walk away, Kokesh was grabbed and violently thrown to the ground, then held down by an officer who put two hands around his throat.

Kokesh is also the host of a Russia Today political news show called “Adam VS The Man.”

Naturally, there were cameras present. The whole event was even live-streamed on the Internet and local media outlets were notified about the protest ahead of time.

Another “dance party” at the Jefferson Memorial is planned for June 4.

Update: Officials with the U.S. Park Police said they are investigating whether officers acted with excessive force in the arrests of five activists on Saturday afternoon.

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The Trump White House's latest defense of the president ahead of his impending impeachment trial has been widely panned, and has even sparked speculation that Trump himself had a hand in writing it due to its low-grade legal analysis.

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Last Thursday, Jan. 16, was Religious Freedom Day. As befits his mendacious nature, Donald Trump "honored" it by promoting two policies profoundly at odds with the original meaning of what religious freedom is all about: a license to discriminate with federal funds, both in employment and in provision of services, and new pressure on public schools to allow student prayer and religious use of school facilities.

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