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FBI denies CNN report of Islamic State plot in California

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CNN reported on Saturday that the FBI was investigating a possible Islamic State-inspired terrorism plot in California but a U.S. law enforcement official in Los Angeles denied there was any such threat.

“There is no known or specific threat to Los Angeles or any airport in our territory,” an official in Los Angeles told Reuters. The official declined to be identified.

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CNN had said earlier that an investigation had been initiated because of intercepted communication and other intelligence information and security was being enhanced in the state.

Homeland Security Department spokesman Peter Boogaard declined to discuss specific intelligence, but said the authorities had made a number of “security adjustments” in the last few months “reflecting an evolving threat picture.”

He said there was an increased law enforcement presence at U.S. federal facilities in February and many extra security arrangements were still in place. “We will make adjustments to this evolving environment as appropriate,” he said.

The United States is engaged in a military campaign with allies in the Middle East to fight Islamic State militants who have taken over parts of Iraq and Syria and created cells in other countries racked by conflict in the region.

(Reporting by Sandra Maler and Mark Hosenball; Editing by David Storey and Michael Perry)

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Calls grow to revoke White House press pass for Jew-bashing pro-Trump pastor — but why did he have one to begin with?

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Two Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida and Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia, are calling for the Trump White House to revoke the press credentials of Florida-based pastor and TruNews founder Rick Wiles following his latest anti-Semitic rant. In a video posted on TruNews’ YouTube channel on November 22, the far-right evangelist described Democratic efforts to impeach President Donald Trump as a “Jew coup” and claimed that Jews will “kill millions of Christians” if they succeed in removing Trump from office. The remarks were so offensive that YouTube shut down the TruNews channel as a terms of service violation — and Deutch and Luria, in a letter to Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, asserted that the White House should “firmly reject anti-Semitic ideas, language” by banning Wiles from all future White House media events.

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Trump is a ‘malignant’ cult leader who employs ‘universal mind control’ techniques: Former cult member

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A former member of the Unification Church cult led by Sun Myung Moon sees a lot of similarities between the man he once blindly followed and President Donald Trump.

In an interview with Vox, author Steven Hassan, who has written a new book called The Cult of Trump, explains why he believes Trump fits the exact profile of a malignant cult leader.

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White losers have always tried to punish black election winners — Mississippi case just the latest example

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The recent experience of Hester Jackson-McCray, a black Democrat who narrowly defeated a Republican incumbent in a Mississippi statehouse race, echoes America's long history of criminalizing black politicians.

GOP legislator Ashley Henley, who lost by 14 votes, asked the Republican-controlled statehouse to overturn the results based on her claims of election irregularities, and that's not the first time in U.S. history that whites have sought to punish black politicians for winning, reported The Guardian.

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