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Florida principal of 99% minority school ‘commends’ McKinney officer for roughing up teen girl

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A Florida principal — whose school reportedly has a 99 percent minority student body — apologized this week after he praised the actions of a police officer in McKinney, Texas who was caught on video slamming a 14-year-old black girl’s face into the ground at a pool party.

Screen captures obtained by The Miami Herald showed that North Miami Senior High School Principal Alberto Iber argued in the comments section of the paper’s website that officer David Eric Casebolt had been right to manhandle the girl and to draw his weapon on other unarmed teens.

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“He did nothing wrong,” Iber insisted. “He was afraid for his life. I commend him for his actions.”

Retired police veteran Ambrose Sims, who worked for the Miami Beach Police during a period of intense racial tension in the 1980s, fired back at Iber.

“Such a comment reveals to me that you’re a serious part of the problem,” Sims wrote.

According the The Miami Herald, Iber’s remarks were later deleted, but not before the screen captures had begun circulating on social media.

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“I support law enforcement, and also the community and students that I serve as the proud principal of North Miami Senior High,” Iber said in a prepared statement on Tuesday. “The comment I posted was simply made as the result of a short video that I watched and my personal opinion.”

The principal explained that he had intended the comment to be anonymous.

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“I regret that I posted the comment as it apparently became newsworthy and has apparently upset people,” he said. “That was not my intention in any way.”

Iber was removed from his post on Wednesday. A spokesperson told Local10.com that Iber had violated school policy by failing to conduct himself “both personally and professionally, in a manner that represents the school district’s core values.”

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Democrats could flip the Texas state house in 2020 — and reshape the national map

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Blue Texas? Democrats have long dreamt of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes in the presidential election. That may still be a long shot, but a recent “Texodus” from Congress has given new talk to a political transformation across the Lone Star State that could have massive ramifications down the ballot and for decades to come.

This article was originally posted at Salon.

Four of the state’s GOP members of Congress have announced their retirements in recent weeks, an unusual torrent of departures signaling that a storm is coming. And evidence shows that it’s not just hitting Texas’s federal delegation. It’s coming to Austin, too.

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‘There’s an awful lot of really good Republicans out there’: Joe Biden at Cape Cod fundraiser

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Former Vice President Joe Biden defended Republican lawmakers in DC as "decent people" during a campaign fundraiser held at Cape Cod.

"There’s an awful lot of really good Republicans out there," Biden argued, according to Washington Post reporter Matt Viser.

"I get in trouble for saying that with Democrats, but...every time we ever got in trouble with our administration, remember who got sent up to Capitol Hill to fix it? Me," he said.

”Because they know I respect the other team. I do. They’re decent people," Biden claimed. "They ran because they care about things, but they’re intimidated right now.”

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Neo-Nazi ‘Atomwaffen Division’ holding live-fire militia trainings at ‘The Base’ near Spokane: report

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One sign of the growing white nationalist crisis in America is a new outreach effort for paramilitary training.

"A neo-Nazi group focused on providing paramilitary-style training to far-right extremists has been conducting a massive recruitment drive and claims to have already conducted live-fire training with its members," Vice News reports.

"The Base, which is connected to extreme-right groups the Atomwaffen Division and the Feuerkrieg Division, has been promoting its growth on social media with photos announcing its presence in major cities across North America, including New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, and in Europe, South Africa, and Australia," Vice reported. "The images often include a small contingent (typically one to three) of masked, camo-clad men holding weapons standing in front of The Base's flag, a black flag with three white lines running down the centre."

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