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Students form human wall to protect soldier’s funeral from Westboro Baptist protesters

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Students and alumni of Texas A&M University formed what they called a “maroon wall” of volunteers around Central Baptist Church in College Park, Texas on Thursday, shielding the funeral of Army Lieutenant Colonel Roy Lin Tisdale from a group of protesters from the notorious Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas. College Park’s KBTX Channel 3 reported that a group of more than 600 counter-protesters turned out in the Texas university’s school colors to block the grieving family’s view of the Westboro Baptist members, who, in the end, never showed up.

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Tisdale, 42, was killed in a training exercise on June 28 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was a graduate of Texas A&M who served tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Westboro Baptist is the parish of anti-LGBT pastor Fred Phelps, whose extended family form the bulk of his congregation. Waving signs that say “God hates fags” and “Thank God for dead soldiers,” the group travels to picket the funerals of fallen soldiers and other individuals who they perceive as having been overly sympathetic to the LGBT community. The church, whose daily operations have mostly been handed over to Phelps’s daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, contends that military casualties and other misfortunes that befall the U.S. are god’s punishment for the country’s increasing acceptance of LGBT people.

According to Huffington Post, volunteers stood quietly and were determined to keep the demonstration peaceful.

“We are standing here quietly. We are here for the family,” Lilly McAlister, a Texas A&M student, “Everyone has been told there’s no chanting, no singing, there’s no yelling anything back.”

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In the end, the Westboro group never made an appearance and Tisdale was peacefully laid to rest by his family and friends. He was buried in the Aggie Field of Honor, a cemetery for Texas A&M alumni and staff.

(image via KBTX.com screen grab)


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‘Left wing hack’: Fox News fans lose it after anchor calls Ukraine allegations ‘a problem’ for Trump

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Fox News viewers lashed out at the network on Sunday after host Arthel Neville grilled New York Congressman Peter King (R) about President Donald Trump's alleged effort to get Ukraine to help him defeat Joe Biden.

Neville twice asked King about Trump's Ukraine scandal, and both times he evaded the question by saying that Congress does not have a right to know the details of Trump's conversations with foreign leaders.

On her third attempt, Neville got to the point by noting Trump's alleged actions are "a problem."

"We don’t know that it’s true, we hope it’s not true," the Fox News host said of the allegations against Trump. "But if there is a possibility that our president used his office to put pressure on a foreign government -- president-elect -- to dig into his possible, potential political opponent, then that’s a problem."

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New York Times battered on MSNBC for pushing smear of Hunter Biden in order to maintain access to Trump

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Speaking with host Joy Reid -- who noted that her producers asked for comment from the Times but were rebuffed -- MSNBC regular Maria Teresa Kumar scorched the Times, as well as reporter Ken Vogel, for the uncritical parroting of the president's smear.

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Ukrainian journalist throws down gauntlet after Giuliani smear: ‘I express my readiness to testify’

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A Ukrainian journalist said on Sunday that he would be willing to testify to Congress against President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

After Giuliani unleashed a bizarre rant on CNN accusing Democrats of trying to get help from Ukraine in the 2016 election, Ukrainian journalist Serhiy Leshchenko wrote an op-ed exposing the accusation as a lie.

In his op-ed, Leshchenko explains:

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the Manafort revelations would become fodder for the U.S. elections in 2020. President Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, the mouthpiece of this campaign, is not only attempting to rehabilitate Manafort but is also working to undermine U.S. relations with Ukraine, which has been confronting Russian aggression on its own for more than five years. Giuliani and his associates are trying to drag our newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelensky, into a conflict between two foreign political parties, drastically limiting Ukraine’s room for maneuver in respect to the United States, perhaps its most important international partner.

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